Bethlehem Press

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Charter Arts skaters practice for the big show

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

About 20 graceful ice skaters from The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts participated in the annual winter ice show for the community at Steel Ice Center Dec. 16. The Press was present for practice the day before.

Thom Mullins, the high school’s Artistic Director of Figure Skating, coached the skaters through their routines on one of the two ice rinks at the Steel Ice Center. Mullins was appropriately bundled up in the cold arena; the skaters, on the other hand, wore costumes that suggested warmer temperature as many had bare arms and heads, wore tights and big smiles.

BETHLEHEM: Council braces tax zones amid fed changes

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Bethlehem authorities scrambled Dec. 19 to get a resolution on the agenda in response to possible tax issues anticipated as a result of the then-pending federal tax code revision that was signed into law three days later by President Donald Trump. The new tax code could possibly affect the CRIZ (City Revitalization and Improvement Zone) and the TIF (Tax Incremental Financing) district.

Lehigh Valley organizations seek to help struggling Puerto Rico

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

“The Lehigh Valley has shown time and time again that we take care of our own,” said Allentown Councilman Julio Guridy speaking Nov. 21 at a rally in Fountain Hill asking for money to help area charitable organizations to meet the challenges of providing help to the refugees from Puerto Rico fleeing the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria.

Board reviews financial forecasts

Monday, December 18, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Gretchen Naso, a principal officer from RKL LCC, briefed commissioners on the a five-year financial forecasting model at the Nov. 21 meeting. She analyzed the county’s finances for the last five years to give planners an idea of how financial decisions today may affect the future.

“One of our goals was to allow the commissioners to take the financial information that’s out there and kind of distill it until it becomes more manageable.”

‘A little like finding home’

Monday, December 18, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Moravian Village hosts 52nd Advent Breakfast

“They are things of the heart that last,” said Reverend John M. Gibbons as he gave the invocation before breakfast. He was speaking at the 52nd annual Community Advent Breakfast hosted by Moravian Village Dec. 2.

The breakfast, attended by those celebrating the beginning of the Advent season, attracted business leaders, political leaders and a good number of attendees from the residents at Moravian Village.

‘Souper’ day for New Bethany Ministries

Monday, December 18, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

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Donors and supporters came together to celebrate the work accomplished by New Bethany Ministries by hosting a soup luncheon at The Event Center at Blue in Bethlehem Township.

Rabbi Emeritus Allen Juda of Brith Sholom Congregation gave the invocation.

After lunch, New Bethany Ministries Executive Director Diane Elliott welcomed her guests and reviewed some of the accomplishments and programs of NBM.

Article By: Douglas Graves Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Gretchen Naso, a principal officer from RKL LCC, briefed commissioners on the a five-year financial forecasting model at the Nov. 21 meeting. She analyzed the county’s finances for the last five years to give planners an idea of how financial decisions today may affect the future.

“One of our goals was to allow the commissioners to take the financial information that’s out there and kind of distill it until it becomes more manageable.”

Council restricts temporary housing

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

City council voted unanimously to pass an ordinance taxing and restricting the burgeoning temporary rental industry Dec. 5.

The ordinance, Article 1741 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Bethlehem, is to enhance “accountability of property owners and transient visitors, minimize risk of communal disturbances and conflicts,” ensure “safe, healthy and nondiscriminatory housing arrangements for Transient Visitors,” an to minimize “excessive noise, on-street parking” and “inappropriate conduct.”

Guest speakers laud Literacy Center

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The success of The Literacy Center’s education efforts were on proud display Oct. 5 at the Great Room on the Allentown campus of Muhlenberg College. Three guest speakers showed off their public speaking skills in English as they each made brief remarks before a roomful of fellow students, teachers and board members and sponsors of The Literacy Center. A smattering of political representatives and well-wishers, plus some proud family members of the speakers, rounded out the audience.