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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.

King’s words recounted

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

“Our children are dying!”

A cold April wind whipped through Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in South Bethlehem Wednesday as, in impassioned oratory, Rayah Levy exhorted a small crowd in the sun-dappled park on Carlton Avenue.

“Our children are dying every day not through natural causes, but through an infectious disease called miseducation. They are dying because society has polluted their minds with hatred and bigotry,” Levy declared.

She recalled King’s analogy of a blueprint that serves as a pattern for a solid building, but that “we have become complacent.”

Authority’s future in contention

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

After hearing in detail vociferous objections to extending the charter of the Lehigh County Authority, the Lehigh County Commissioners, on the advice of County Director of General Services Richard Molchany, passed a resolution to schedule an information-gathering hearing prior to the next regular meeting.

“There are some scary numbers here,” said Marty Nothstein in support of Molchany’s suggestion. Nothstein is president of the Lehigh County commissioners.

“We need to take as long as necessary,” said Commissioner Amy Zanelli. “I’m not going to rush this kind of decision.”

BETHLEHEM Council approves vacating street

Monday, March 26, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The vacation of Filbert Street and part of Second Avenue was approved March 20 by Bethlehem City Council in a 6-1 vote. Councilman Bryan Callahan abstained because his brother, former Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan, works for the developer who asked for the change in street usage.

The action facilitates the development objectives for the owners of the historic Floyd Simons Armory who plan to redevelop the armory and adjacent lots into 70 upscale apartments and a business located at Prospect and Second avenues.

BETHLEHEM City Council: Van Wirt sworn in

Monday, March 19, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Judge Stephen G. Baratta swore in new city council member Dr. Paige Van Wirt in a brief ceremony at the beginning of the regular meeting of the Bethlehem City Council Tuesday. Van Wirt was accompanied by Council Vice President Olga Negron. Dr. Van Wirt was appointed to replace Eric Evans, who resigned his council seat to be the new business manager for Bethlehem; Van Wirt took her seat immediately following being sworn in.