Bethlehem Press

Thursday, June 4, 2020

High Street picket fence approved

Monday, March 30, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Alan Lowcher was granted a certificate of appropriateness from the Historical and Architectural Review Board for proposed white picket fencing and trash enclosure for 438 High St. at the March 4 hearing in the Rotunda.

Lowcher explained that he was replacing an existing fence and gate with like materials, color and style. The trash enclosure, measuring five feet wide, three feet deep and six feet high, features white pickets and lattice work.

The approved project also involves extending the bluestone walkway from an existing courtyard to meet the sidewalk.

Gallery View: ‘Quiet Reflections’ exhibited at Rotunda

Friday, March 20, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Editor’s Note: At the request of the City of Bethlehem administration because of the Coronavirus, “Quiet Reflections” and the next Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission Rotunda Gallery exhibition by Lehigh Valley Charter Arts students have been canceled.

“Quiet Reflections,” Jeffrey M. Green’s solo exhibition of his colored pencil works provides a temporary respite from today’s turbulent world through March 30, Rotunda Gallery, Town Hall, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem.

Heated exchange over lighting plan

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

“I remind everyone to conduct themselves in a civil manner,” instructed Chairman Philip Roeder at the start of the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission’s Feb. 18 meeting in room B-504 at city hall.

It was more like ‘civil war’ when Joseph Pearl Jr. exploded after being told that previously installed, modern-looking floodlights with an exposed conduit at 127-129 E. Third St. were in violation of historic district code.

Pearl was also informed that window signage for his current tenant, New York Gyro, had not been approved.

Moravian Academy’s ‘State Fair’

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 by ED COURRIER in School

A farming family finds love and adventure in Des Moines, Iowa, during 1946 with Moravian Academy’s production of “State Fair” which ran from Feb. 28 through March 1 in Dyer Auditorium.

While parents Abel and Melissa Frake seek to win blue ribbons, their children Margy and Wayne look for romance on the midway.

With book by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli, and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Richard Rodgers, the musical is based on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1945 film version of Phil Stong’s novel “State Fair.”

Heated exchange over lighting plan

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

“I remind everyone to conduct themselves in a civil manner,” instructed Chairman Philip Roeder at the start of the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission’s Feb. 18 meeting in room B-504 at city hall.

It was more like ‘civil war’ when Joseph Pearl Jr. exploded after being told that previously installed, modern-looking floodlights with an exposed conduit at 127-129 E. Third St. were in violation of historic district code.

Pearl was also informed that window signage for his current tenant, New York Gyro, had not been approved.

Packer Ave. 45-day closure detailed

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Adrienne McNeil from Lehigh University described the upcoming temporary road closure for Packer Avenue at the Mayor’s South Side Task Force Feb. 25. Beginning March 9, Packer Avenue will be cut off from vehicular traffic by water barriers for 45 days between Webster Street and Vine Street said McNeil. She explained these can be quickly drained and moved aside to provide access for emergency vehicles.

Elevator allowed; patio proposed

Monday, February 17, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Historical and Architectural Review Board approved a proposal to install an elevator and stair shaft at the rear façade of 523-525 Main St. Since he was one of the applicants, Chairman Fred Bonsall recused himself from voting on this one agenda item at the Feb. 5 meeting in the Rotunda. Also representing the project was contractor Kevin Serfass.

The project involves removing one of a pair of existing skylights on the roof of the venerable five-story retail brick building to make way for a masonry elevator and stair shaft which would run from the basement to the fourth floor.

Elevator allowed; patio proposed

Monday, February 17, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Historical and Architectural Review Board approved a proposal to install an elevator and stair shaft at the rear façade of 523-525 Main St. Since he was one of the applicants, Chairman Fred Bonsall recused himself from voting on this one agenda item at the Feb. 5 meeting in the Rotunda. Also representing the project was contractor Kevin Serfass.

The project involves removing one of a pair of existing skylights on the roof of the venerable five-story retail brick building to make way for a masonry elevator and stair shaft which would run from the basement to the fourth floor.

Winging it with community art project

Monday, January 20, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Penn State Lehigh Valley unveiled its final installation of “Spotted LanternFly Zones of Syncopation (SFZ)” Dec. 3. The tabletop displays of six mandalas stretched between the front and rear entrances of Center Hall for public viewing, along with a video explaining the art and science behind the project utilizing the wings of the non-native insect. Originally scheduled for Dec. 2, inclement weather delayed the reception.

The completed installation will be on display through December 2020 at Center Hall, Penn State Lehigh Valley in the campus reception area.

Car port permitted to become garage

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Historical and Architectural Review Board re-elected Chairman Fred Bonsall and Vice Chairman Philip Roeder to their respective posts at the Jan. 2 meeting before getting back to business at the new start time of 5 p.m. for 2020. Bonsall reflected that he had served on the board for 42 years.

The hearings previously started at 4 p.m. with access through the city hall entrance, and Roeder reminds the public to now use the Rotunda entrance.