A Jan. 13 special meeting of the zoning board was another continuation of the appeal of the zoning ruling for 2 West Market Street. Morningstar Partners LLC has been seeking a zoning variance and/or a amendment to the city zoning ordinance.
Every city has its own New Years traditions. Here in Bethlehem, we have Peepsfest. As a mom, I appreciate the Peep drop celebration, especially because it takes place long before midnight. We attended the Peepsfest Dec. 31, and the yellow Peep, hoisted before the Steelstacks, was a bright spot in the cloudy landscape. Before the drop, we explored the children’s activities at ArtsQuest.
Just two items were on the Zoning Hearing Board’s Jan. 8 agenda, yet the meeting lasted nearly five hours only to be continued to the following Monday.
At the start of the meeting, officers were chosen. William Fitzpatrick was named chairman, and James Schantz was named vice chairman. Craig Pfeiffer was named board secretary. Erick Schock was named board attorney, and alternates were also named. Jean Genova will continue as the stenographer.
Three properties were on the agenda during the Historic Conservation Commission meeting Dec. 16.
First up was 702 East Fourth St., site of the Antillana Meet Market. The owner of the market was proposing to install an awning across the front of the store and around to the side of the building. Four designs were submitted, but were not to scale. At issue was a cornice on the front of the building, which the submitted designs would hide. The commission tabled the discussion, and asked for revised designs to be submitted the following month.
Christmas with Saint Nicholas at Christkindlmarkt takes place over three Saturdays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14, from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online. Your ticket will also give you early admittance and all day admittance to the Christkindlmarkt. Expect a line for the breakfast. (It was a much smaller queue than the one for Christkindlmarkt).
Many parents used the waiting time to take a photos in front of the large Christmas tree in the lobby.
A highlight of the Steelstacks Oktoberfest is the annual Weiner Dog Race. Four sessions of races were held, Oct. 5, 6, 12 and 13, in a small area in front of Steel Stacks. To compete in the races, dogs had to be Dachshunds or Dachshund crossbreeds. Competing dogs ranged in age from puppies to seniors. Each race began with a parade. Dogs not competing in the races were welcome to participate in the parade, though they could not receive prizes. At the end of each parade, dogs returned to the area and were paraded one by one before the judges.
The Factory in the arts district of South Bethlehem hosted a Pet Innovation Challenge Oct. 2 and 3. One hundred innovative pet companies had applied. Ten were selected to compete. Each was allotted a short timed period to present their product. Audience members were able to ask questions at the end of each presentation.
The event began with a evening reception Oct. 2, during which guests could enjoy food prepared in the Factory’s test kitchen, and browse displays for all ten contestants, and meet them.
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