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Norco considers Gracedale as a nonprofit

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

By a 6-3 vote, Northampton County Council voted Jan. 7 to authorize a study, at no cost to the county, of the benefits and pitfalls of turning the county nursing home, Gracedale, into a tax exempt nonprofit corporation, commonly known as a 501c3. Gracedale’s administrator, Premier Healthcare Resources, will prepare the report, but has been specifically instructed that it the possibility of a sale to a private, for profit corporation, is off limits.

Board hedges out public, treats civil servants

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

At the brief Jan. 18 meeting, Bethlehem Township’s Board of Commissioners decided it’s time both to adopt a public comment policy and address continued participation in the Bethlehem Area Public Library. Those discussions occurred at the end of a meeting in which commissioners raced through three pages of agenda items with virtually no public discussion. This is because the township failed to post its back-up documents online. Those were made available the next day.

New rules will speed police booking

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

When a person is arrested and charged with a serious offense, he is taken to a central booking station, located next to the jail. Arresting officers have been required to wait as the accused is processed, which usually takes between two and four hours. With 2,000 bookings per year, this is roughly 4,000-8,000 man hours. This is an incredible drain on smaller departments like Bangor, and sometimes means there is no one to patrol the streets.

New rules will speed police booking

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

When a person is arrested and charged with a serious offense, he is taken to a central booking station, located next to the jail. Arresting officers have been required to wait as the accused is processed, which usually takes between two and four hours. With 2,000 bookings per year, this is roughly 4,000-8,000 man hours. This is an incredible drain on smaller departments like Bangor, and sometimes means there is no one to patrol the streets.

Atkins hearing March 17

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Royce Atkins, 22, will have to answer in Northampton County Court for a Nov. 6 hit-and-run accident that left a 9-year-old Hanover Township boy dead.

Darious Condash, along with a 14-year-old cousin and 15-year-old friend, had just left the WaWa store on Schoenersville Road, at about 6:30 p.m. The store is located about a quarter mile from Darious’ home.

When he dropped a piece of candy while crossing the road, and stepped back to pick it up, he was struck by Atkins’ blue Mazda.

Local Sands leads state in casino revenue

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Bethlehem Sands led all Pennsylvania casinos in table games revenue, according to a report released by the state gaming board. It raked in $214 million, which is a 13.4 percent jump over the previous year. Overall, Pennsylvania’s casinos generated over $3.1 billion in revenue last year, the most money since casinos began operations in 2006.

Slots machine revenue at the Sands generated $299 million, a 6.6 percent revenue over 2014. Sands finished second among 12 casinos in slots revenue.

Planners: Boyd blighted

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Though Bethlehem’s Boyd Theatre was recently sold for $1.35 million, the city planning commission has added it to its roster of blighted properties. Chief Building Inspector Craig Hynes made the recommendation at the commision’s Jan. 14 meeting after noting that the property, located at 30-40 West Broad St., has been vacant for four to six years.

A leaking roof forced the city to close three businesses located at the site. Hynes added that a blighted designation might provide a loan advantage to its new owner.

Rob Melosky to lead commission

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

New member Stellato tries to down-play Ronca-city staff communications

Before he stepped down as chair of Bethlehem’s Planning Commission at its Jan. 14 meeting, Attorney Jim Fiorentino invited Mayor Bob Donchez and Community and Economic Development Director Alicia Karner to appear and explain the “exact nature” of their discussions with Martin Tower developer Lew Ronca. But neither Donchez nor Karner accepted.