Bethlehem Press

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Article By: Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Bethlehem’s Planning Commission has recommended an expansion of the city’s Southside LERTA, a special tax zone in which increases in property assessments are gradually phased in over a period of years. The May 11 vote followed a presentation by Community and Economic Development Director Alicia Karner.

LERTA stands for Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance. Karner explained the program was adopted by the state in 1977. Bethlehem adopted the program in 1984 and has used it in the south and west sides.

Hanover Township Rt. 512 Turkey Hill to remain dry

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

You can buy a nice chiinti at Wegmans or Weis. But by a 3 to 1 vote at their May 9 meeting, Hanover Township Ssupervisors voted down the proposed transfer of a liquor license to a Turkey Hill gas station located at Sterners Way and Route 512. Mark Tanczos, who owns a beer distributorship, recused himself. The sole Yes vote was cast by John Diacogiannis. Jack Nagle, Steve Salvesen and Michael Prendeville voted no.

Township dedicates park to first responders

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Most of the time, they are taken for granted. Sometimes they are maligned. But when you need them, they come without hesitation. These are our nation’s first responders. Our police officers, firefighters, emergency medical and management personnel. In their honor, Hanover Township dedicated First Responders Park on Airport Road Saturday, April 28. “Thank you, for turning towards things that most people run from,” said Hanover Township Supervisor Michael Prendeville, who conceived the idea of naming this park after them.

Restaurant bar license for Turkey Hill?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Will you soon be able to pick up a six-pack at the Hanover Township Turkey Hill? Or stop there for one or two beers? That’s a question Hanover Township supervisors pondered at their April 25 meeting.

Attorney Mark Kozar of the Pittsburgh law firm Flaherty and O’Hara asked supervisors to approve a license transfer to the Turkey Hill at 6220 Sterners Way. He said it would basically be the same thing as already exists at Wegmans and Weiss, but “at a smaller scale.”

Tax deductible contributions accepted

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Former council member Scott Parsons attended council’s April 21 meeting to announce the establishment of the Friends of Gracedale Foundation.

That’s a nonprofit charitable corporation that will be able to accept tax-deductible donations for the county’s nursing home. He is the president.

“It’s good to see most of you,” said Parsons, who was joined at the podium by council member Bob Werner.

The duo formed a close friendship during Parsons’ tenure on council.

“We’re here to help,” he added.

Article By: BERNIE O’HARE Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Opinion

Last month, Controller Steve Barron told Northampton County Council that stronger internal controls are needed over the amount of money spent on travel and related expenses. What bothered him were trips to New Orleans and Las Vegas by human resources staffers, as well as a staggering jump in training for human resources (HR).

Spending there increased from $5,749.35 in 2015 to $56,758.15 in 2016. HR Director Amy Trapp has also spent $800 on a popcorn machine and thousands of dollars for Target gift cards, which are then handed out to some employees.

Linden swim school approved

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Joe Negrao, owner of Alexandria Manor, a popular assisted living facility, had a green light to build another at the corner of Linden Street and Oakland Road. Instead, he’s decided on a swim school for children. It will be located next to Lightbridge, a preschool center he plans to build there.

He owns the entire city block along Linden Street, between Johnston Drive and Macada Road.

May Lyme disease prevention month

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

At their April 21 meeting, Northampton County Council members honored Palmer Township resident Cathy Gumlock, a retired school teacher, for her crusade against Lyme disease. She is a founding member of the Lehigh Valley Lyme Support Group, which meets the first Wednesday of every month at Country Meadows, 4011 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township, Building 1. That group seeks to improve the lives of those who suffer from Lyme disease.