Bethlehem Press

Friday, August 17, 2018

Marijuana one step closer to being legal

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Decriminalizing marijuana is firmly on the agenda for the next meeting of Bethlehem City Council ,as members unanimously approved the measure in their first reading. This procedure ensures that the ordinance will get a final vote and approval at the next scheduled regular meeting June 19.

All members of council expressed support of the ordinance to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. A small amount is defined as “thirty grams or less of marijuana or eight grams or less of hashish.”

First reading of ordinance prohibiting conversion therapy within the city

Monday, June 4, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Owners of a historic mansion at 114 W. Fourth St. were denied a certificate of appropriateness Wednesday when Bethlehem City Council voted to uphold a recommendation of denial by the Historic Architecture Review Board. Plans for the circa 1885 Grace Mansion called proposed renovations which would have added six townhouses on the historic properties.

Council voted 6–0 to uphold the HARB’s recommendation. Council President Adam Waldron was absent, so the vote was unanimous among present members.

LEHIGH COUNTY Holt asked to pull amendment

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Administration requested that Commissioner Amanda Holt withdraw a proposed amendment to the professional services agreement with Computer Aid, Inc. for information technology management services May 9. No reason was given. The same amendment had been delayed at the last meeting at the request of Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne, who said he wanted time to study the effect of the amendment on other issues.

Trinity Knights of Columbus mark 120th anniversary

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Local Knights of Columbus members and their guests or family members gathered April 7 at the Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the founding of Trinity Council #13. Monsignor David James the Vicar General of the Diocese of Allentown was a guest of honor.

The charitable organization raises money for worthy causes. One recent recipient of Trinity Council #13’s charity was Bethlehem’s Mary’s Shelter Cay Galgon Center which received $6,567.17 in 2017.

BETHLEHEM - Is city going to pot? Not yet

Monday, April 23, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Bethlehem City Councilwoman Olga Negron wants the city to adopt an ordinance that would reduce penalties for possession and personal use of small amounts of marijuana. However, the proposed law was not voted on Tuesday when it was placed on the agenda for a “first reading,” but instead council members decided to refer the matter to the Public Safety Committee for further review.

LEHIGH COUNTY Authority’s charter extension rejected

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Authority’s effort to have its charter extend to 50 years collapsed Wednesday when Lehigh County commissioners voted 6–3 to reject a proposed amendment to LCA’s articles of incorporation.

The decision seemed to catch LCA’s CEO, Liesel M. Gross, by surprise. Gross had spoken to the Commissioners in support of the resolution.

“I want to know the path forward,” Gross said to commissioners following the vote to deny the amendment extending the water and sewer authority’s charter.