Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Hotel Bethlehem to host Latino convention

Monday, July 15, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Bethlehem City Councilwoman Olga Negrón and other leaders in the state’s Latino community joined Norman Bristol Colón July 8 as he announced that the Pennsylvania Latino Convention will hold its annual gathering Oct. 29 – 31 at the Hotel Bethlehem.

Colón and Latino leaders from around and outside the Lehigh Valley made the announcement to a group of supporters in the lobby of the main street hotel.

Bruce Haines, managing director of the Hotel Bethlehem, welcomed the group.

“We’re thrilled to have you here,” he said.

Gate Enterprise Awards

Monday, July 15, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

Promoting world-class workforce

“We’re here because of Elmer’s leadership,” said Katie Walter, executive director of the SkillsUSA Council.

She was speaking to a ballroom full of red-jacketed students who have honed useful skills applicable to the modern demands of the work place. The breakfast ceremony May 23 was held the Homewood Suites and Conference Center in Center Valley.

Walter was presiding over the Elmer Gates Enterprise Awards ceremonies where local students were being recognized for their scholastic achievement, their positive work ethic, their community service and their entrepreneurial spirit.

U.S. vs Netherlands

Monday, July 15, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Valley watches FIFA final

People from all over the Lehigh Valley converged on SteelStacks’ PPL parking lot in South Bethlehem to watch the United States woman’s soccer team win the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup July 7. The U.S. team won the game 2-0, defeating The Netherland’s team as local soccer enthusiasts and fans sweltered on the sun-baked pavement in front of a huge, trailer-mounted television screen. Beer and food vendors kept the crowd happy between goals by star athlete Megan Rapinoe and tournament first-timer Rose Lavelle, who clinched the victory.

Mayor talks Southside car parks

Monday, July 15, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Even though it was not an agenda item, Mayor Robert Donchez invited the Bethlehem Parking Authority (BPA) to brief the Bethlehem City Council June 3 on its plans to build a parking garage on a lot near the intersection of East Third and Polk streets.

“This is a project that has been a priority of mine for several years,” said Donchez in preamble to asking BPA Director Livingston to take the floor. “It is critical to support the parking needs of Northampton Community College and other business in the eastern corridor on [East] Third Street.”

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Zoo president and CEO reports increased revenue

President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Zoo Melissa Borland sounded excited and happy as she reported a series of good news milestones to the Lehigh County Commissioners at the June 26 meeting.

She reported revenue increased from $1 million in 2014 to $4.1 million in 2018.

Recertification by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is expected. This indicates the zoo would be rated among the top 10 percent of zoos in the country.

Plus, the zoo has begun a new initiative to reduce consumption of one-use plastics. There were 230,000 visitors in 2018.

LV Zoo in great shape

Monday, July 8, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh Valley Zoo President and CEO Melissa Borland sounded excited and happy as she reported a series of milestones to the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners June 26; revenue up from $1 million in 2014 to $4.1 million in 2018; expected recertification by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, which indicates that the Lehigh Valley Zoo is rated among the top 10 percent of zoos in the country; plus a new initiative to reduce consumption of one-use plastics. She also reported the zoo had 230,000 visitors in 2018.

County authority gets new life

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Authority (LCA) will get its requested 43-year lease extension. In a preliminary first reading, county commissioners approved amending the Articles of Incorporation of the LCA to extend its term of existence from the date the deal is approved by the Pa. Department of State.

Lehigh County Commissioners June 12 approved the bill 9-0.

The move allows LCA to negotiate long-term financing at the best rates for “capital improvements for its many water and wastewater systems serving fourteen municipalities” as stated in the bill.