Leveling a landmark
It took about 15 seconds Sunday to reduce the 21-story Martin Tower to a pile of rubble, as HRP Management, LLC, owners of the 53-acre site, make way for new development.
As puffs of smoke and flames signaled the start of controlled explosions set by demolition contractor Controlled Demolition, Inc., the former world headquarters of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation seemed to stiffen before the four crucible wings started crumbling as the structure dropped under its own weight.
At two public meetings held May 9, Bethlehem stakeholders, area elected officials, and residents received a PowerPoint update on the Martin Tower implosion scheduled for last Sunday. The meetings were sponsored by the property owners HRP Management, LLC and included an overview presented by their representative, Duane Wagner.
At each meeting Mayor Bob Donchez introduced public officials from the City of Bethlehem and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, and representatives from Controlled Demolition, Inc. who handled the implosion.
After his friend Gina Kosmas died of breast cancer in 2004, Brent Bundy decided that he needed to raise awareness about the disease through cross country cycling treks. He was 36 years old and today at 51 is currently on his sixth awareness journey. The Keizer, Ore., resident stopped at the city’s Earl E. Schaffer Ice Rink May 2 as preparations for the 45th Annual Boutique at the Rink cancer support fundraiser had moved into full gear.
Preparations are underway for the 45th annual Boutique at the Rink cancer support fundraiser as volunteer orientations have begun for the 2019 event, which will be held at the Earl E. Schaffer Skating Rink on Illick’s Mill Road from May 28 through June 1.
Over 70 people attended a recent clean water forum held in south Bethlehem’s Fowler Center to hear a panel of stakeholders discuss the threats to the area’s drinking water Feb. 28. ‘The Water We Share: Protecting Water Quality in the Lehigh Valley’ was hosted by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, PennFuture and the Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network.
Area environmental organizations provided outreach materials prior to the panel presentation.
Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman brought his 67-county recreational marijuana legalization tour to Bethlehem April 7, drawing about 150 to the ArtsQuest Center.
Fetterman has been soliciting feedback from Pennsylvania residents.
“It’s an issue people feel very passionate about for and against,” Fetterman said as he established ground rules for the 90-minute session in which residents could state their case, and nearly two dozen did.
Fetterman was joined on stage by Pa. Senator Lisa Boscola (D-18) and Easton Mayor Sal Panto.