Bethlehem Press

Monday, September 16, 2019

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.

$700K approved for pool updating

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

City plans for a rebuilt Memorial Pool dominated the Bethlehem City Council meeting June 4. The pool is currently closed.

Public Works Director Michael Alkhal asked for an additional $700,000 for rebuilding the pool on Illick’s Mill Road near the ice rink. He said he envisions the result to be a “destination” pool.

According to Business Manager Eric Evans, the existing pool has several fatal flaws, which means extensive rebuilding is needed.

Councilman Bryan Callahan thought it important to “do it right; make it last another 60 years.”

$700K approved for pool updating

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

City plans for a rebuilt Memorial Pool dominated the Bethlehem City Council meeting June 4. The pool is currently closed.

Public Works Director Michael Alkhal asked for an additional $700,000 for rebuilding the pool on Illick’s Mill Road near the ice rink. He said he envisions the result to be a “destination” pool.

According to Business Manager Eric Evans, the existing pool has several fatal flaws, which means extensive rebuilding is needed.

Councilman Bryan Callahan thought it important to “do it right; make it last another 60 years.”

‘Understanding our part’

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

Liberty High School had its 97th commencement exercise at a nearly packed Stabler Arena June 5, as a festive, sometimes raucous crowd cheered and blared an occasion noise horn. According to officials, 631 students earned their high school diplomas.

“The students did a good job,” said Dr. Jack Silva, assistant superintendent for education and chief academic officer. “They are a strong group of kids.”

Keeping Pa. music, art forms alive

Friday, June 7, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The Easton Municipal Band, the Fusion Jazz Trio, Kari Holmes, Nakked Soul and A few Good Men of PA filled the Sunday afternoon with music at Ag Hall when the Allentown Fairgrounds hosted The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration May 25 and 26.

It was all part of the celebration of music and arts with roots in Pennsylvania.

The evening performance featured Hector Rosado y Orquesta Hache.

Outside, Dave Fry entertained a small group of attendees, including fan Chris Andrews, a librarian from Emmaus.