Bethlehem Press

Sunday, September 23, 2018

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.

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.

Shelter families welcomed

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

Dilia Coppedge, owner of The Nanny Loft Foundation, teamed with Tiffany Sandt and Jerod Baim, co-owners of Sweet & Sassy and with Daniel Ballester and Charisse Carrion of Luminous Moment DJ and Photo Booth and with other sponsors to throw a wonderful party Nov. 12 for homeless children from Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown.

Over 30 children arrived by school bus at The Promenade Shops in Saucon Valley and were immediately greeted by about 40 volunteers welcoming the kids and the moms and the Sixth Street Shelter employees who accompanied them.

‘This is cool stuff’

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

Valley responds to storm victims’ needs

When a hurricane called Maria knocks your homeland to its knees, strips the shade from the trees, and leaves the land devastated, destitute and down, what do you do? If you’re a Lehigh Valley Puerto Rican, you get busy.

On Nov. 5 at ArtsQuest SteelStacks in Bethlehem, area Hispanics – Puerto Ricans and their simpatico brothers and sisters, the Dominicans, joined hands with other Lehigh Valley residents and raised money to help the families back home.

Council to limit short-term housing

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

Making a few extra bucks by using Airbnb to rent out a spare bedroom for MusicFest or Christkindlmarkt visitors is about to get a little harder.

Bethlehem city council Nov. 21 voted 6–0 to give preliminary approval to a bill called Short Term Lodging Facilities. This action and the public input citizens were able to make during the meeting advances the bill toward final approval Dec. 19, when the city council will take up the matter again, likely approving the final version.