The Rev. Frank Flisser was the pastor at St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church, located on Bethlehem’s Southside, for 35 years. He also served on the zoning hearing board, and for 35 years, with the Bethlehem Housing Authority.
While this community-minded cleric attended meetings, his son Frank started hanging around with a short but determined basketball player named John Morganelli and another kid just down the street named Bob Donchez.
Hanover Township, supervisors voted unanimously at their Aug. 23 meeting, to give the newly expanded Village View Park a new name – First Responder Park. That 23-acre park, located on the east side of Airport Road, is on target to be dedicated in the spring.
Before the 2014 Pennsylvania state and congressional races, Democrats outnumbered Republicans in voter registration by a 50 to 37 percent margin. But when the election was over, Republicans occupied 60 percent of the seats in the state legislature and controlled 13 of the state’s congressional seats. How can a minority rule in a representative democracy? That can be answered with one word.
On June 15, 2015, in the middle of a Bethlehem Township Commissioners’ meeting, between four and five inches of rain fell over the course of just three hours. Entire sections of roadway were washed out as the township ran out of barricades to warn passing motorists. The township spent $140,000 in emergency road repairs.
Could the recent violence between police officers and minority community members occur in Bethlehem?
That was the focus of a recent town hall, attended by over 60 people. “It is basically ripping our country apart,” said Police Chief Mark DiLuzio. “If we’re going to solve this problem, we’re going to have to put our dirty laundry out on the table, every single one of us.”
Kevin Dolan is a long-distance runner. Diagnosed with a weak heart many years ago, he hit the pavement and even began entering local races. He never wins. He understands that the real victory is in the effort. He has applied that same effort for the past 42 years in one of government’s most vital roles - helping children in crisis. He directs Northampton County’s Children, Youth and Families (CYF) division, where he oversees a 125-person staff with a $32 million budget.
Unfortunately, he’s very busy. He provided a glimpse into his world at council’s Aug. 18 meeting.
There will be be no pizza party this year. Gracedale’s two-year run as a deficiency-free nursing home is over. Raymond Soto, the nursing home’s new administrator, informed Northampton County Council at its Aug. 18 meeting that four deficiencies were noted by the State Department of Health in July. All relate to resident care.
Everyone agrees that Bethlehem Township’s nearly two-mile Brodhead Road is in dire need of repairs. Several residents have complained at prior meetings. But how will the township pay the $3.9 million re-paving pricetag?
Township officials had hoped that the state would award a $2.7 million grant for this needed project. But without explanation, the Commonwealth Financing Agency declined on July 1 to fund any more than $200,000.
National Night Out, held on the first Tuesday of August, is a chance for police and other first responders to get together with the local residents they serve and show them that they are here to serve.
Most people in Northampton County politics know Joanne Messenlehner as a Democratic activist, a two-time party chair who has orchestrated numerous campaigns over the years. What many don’t know is that she grew up on Bethlehem’s Southside. A Stofko, she was the first member of her family to go to college. She went on to become a teacher and swim coach in the Bethlehem Area School District, and moved her family out of the projects.