The City of Bethlehem presented the results of the recent Bethlehem Parks and Pools Study at public open house events at several city locations earlier this month.
Eighteen vocational students were honored at the Bridges Foundation’s Celebration of Excellence ceremony at the Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School on May 4. The high-achievers were chosen from sixty applicants for scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000.
Chairman Roger Hudak began the Mayor’s South Side Task Force meeting May 23 with the disappointing news of the negotiations falling through for the sale of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to MGM. Resident Stephan Antalics asked, “Is what happened in the long term good or bad for the city?” Hudak replied that while negotiations were going on, development of the real estate was put on hold, which endangered the historic buildings on the property. He asaid Sands has kept the promises made when it built the casino and hoped projects can begin moving again.
Returning to meet with the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission after an initial consultation in March, Greg Heitman, owner of 337 Vine St., was granted a certificate of appropriateness to build an addition to an existing two-story mixed use building. Accompanied by architect Daniel L. Harrigan at the hearing, Heitman followed the board’s recommendations with his proposal to demolish the existing roof, add a third story, install new windows, new cornice, and new doors. The street level would be smooth stucco with the upper stories clad in smooth vinyl siding.
The Bethlehem Historical and Architectural Review Board, with chairman Fred Bonsall and historic officer George Donovan, quickly approved almond-colored vinyl window lettering for “Bone Appetit Dog Barkery” at the May 3 hearing in the Rotunda. Bruce E. Haines is the owner of the pet boutique located at 444 Main St. inside the Moravian Book Shop.
“Hubert Davis: Scenes of Pennsylvania” brings the forgotten paintings and lithographs created by a Pennsylvanian-born artist to public view at the Ronald K. De Long Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley. The exhibit, which highlights works Davis created for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the late 1930s and early 1940s, continues through June 9.
There was murder afoot on the stage at Notre Dame HS with “Curtains,” a play-within-a-play musical comedy from April 20 through 22.
In the play, set in 1959, Lt. Frank Cioffi, a Boston police detective and theater fan, investigates the opening night demise of the untalented leading lady of the musical “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West.” While trying to solve the mysterious deaths of additional cast and crew members, the lonely gumshoe attempts to save the day and the play, as well as find love.
As a Southside Arts District committee member, Darlene Heller asked the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission for input on a public art installation scheduled for the upcoming Southside Arts and Music Festival. Heller, the Bethlehem director of planning and zoning, was accompanied by Karen Beck Pooley from Lehigh University and Stacie Brennan, senior director of visual arts at ArtsQuest at the April 17 meeting at the Banana Factory.
Greenway Trail Leads to Saucon Park at mayor’s South Side Task Force
Special to the Bethlehem Press
Bethlehem Director of Planning and Zoning Darlene Heller shared news of the city’s progress on the South Bethlehem Greenway Trail connection at Saucon Park at the April 24 meeting of the Mayor’s South Side Task Force.
There’s murder afoot on the stage at Notre Dame High School with “Curtains,” a play-within-a-play musical comedy, at 7 p.m. April 20, 21 and 2 and 7 p.m. April 22, auditorium, Notre Dame High School, 3417 Church Road, Easton.
With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and written by Rupert Holmes, “Curtains” is based on the book and concept by Peter Stone.