On Monday, September 23, an author and a panel of food experts gathered in the Commons at the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts for a book talk and panel discussion of the food success and issues in the city of Bethlehem and beyond.
I am a single mother, separated and in the process of divorce for going on three years. I am mother to two wonderful adults, Samantha and Erick, and one precious and precocious 6-year-old, James. You may have seen photos of James in the Bethlehem Press, as he is often with me as I report on events.
The Zoning Hearing Board held a special meeting to finish out the Camel’s Hump Farm decision Oct. 15. Only about a dozen people were in the audience, including Victoria Bastidas.
Bastitdas is owner of 3.2 acres of Camel’s Hump farm and the old Johnston House. She is also caretaker of the larger 44 property that Friends of Johnston owns. Planners and lawyers had been arguing for months on whether to allow a variance for an environmental education/childcare center
The long-awaited zoning decision regarding Camel’s Hump Farm’s request for a variance for an environmental education/childcare center was delayed again Sept. 25, as some board members couldn’t be present.
The board did, however, grant a number of other requests, beginning with a request by Lehigh University for a variance to place bus shelters at 5 E. Packer Ave. and at 1 W. Packer Ave.
Morningstar Financial Services and city zoners have been on a carousel regarding a financial services office at 2 W. Market St. for more than a year, and it was up for discussion once again Sept. 11.
It was another slog, as planners and attorneys spent more than two hours arguing about procedure and whether to accept testimony from previous meeting minutes.
After more back-and-forth and private conferring, directors decided not to allow the minutes and to table all motions for subpoenas until they heard testimony from City Planning Director Darlene Heller.
Three hours was not enough time to resolve a zoning decicion appeal at the Aug. 28 meeting.
Victoria Bastidas, president of the Friends of Johnston Inc. and caretaker of the property at 1311 Santee Mill Road, was appealing a denial of a use permit for Camel’s Hump Farm on the Johnson Estate.
Five Crossing Guards serve the neighborhood around Thomas Jefferson ES. The crossing guards are employees of the Bethlehem City Police Department. Many of Thomas Jefferson’s students walk to and from school, and the crossing guards keep them safe at some of North Bethlehem’s busiest intersections. Some of the guards also cross students from Northeast MS and other local schools. They know many of the students by name, and with almost 95 years of combined experience, they know some of the students’ parents and grandparents too.
Six students from the Northampton Community College Culinary Program participated in a cooking challenge Aug. 12 at The Factory in Southside Bethlehem. The challenge was to produce dishes incorporating the ingredients used in making in a s’more.
There was a unique ingredient, Stuff Puffed chocolate filled marshmallows to be used in each dish. The other ingredient – graham crackers. Stuff puff marshmallows are produced in partnership with the Factory, and are available exclusively at Walmart this summer.