The big item for city planners at their June 11 virtual meeting was a land development proposal for the property at 461 Webster St. Lehigh University wants to demolish three buildings and a parking lot to make way for an expansion of its College of Business and Economics. Attorney Steve Boell represented the university. He explained they were seeking preliminary final approval of their site plan. Robert Doulas and Kyle MacGeorge of Langan Engineering presented site plans, including for landscaping and ADA accessibility.
On June 4, the Bridges Foundation awards were presented to 25 seniors graduating from the Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School (BAVTS). The Foundation was created in 1998, and is administered by Board of Directors. To be eligible, students were required to complete an application, including two evaluations from their instructors, and two letters for recommendation from other sources. The awards were presented virtually this year. The full video of the ceremony can be viewed on the BAVTS Facebook page.
John and Bonnie Coleman own Stratus Building Solutions in Horsham, providing antiseptic spaying services to commercial business, private and parochial schools and other institutions. The franchise provides commercial cleaning services.
While Willow Haven Farm and its Farm Store are located in New Tripoli, they have an ordering program that delivers in the Lehigh Valley, and also offer a farm share program, called a CSA, which delivers to pick up locations in Bethlehem and elsewhere.
Tessa DeMaster and her husband Reuben run the farm along with their children.
Realtors are out of work right now due to the governor’s order. Under the order, realtors are not considered essential workers. Some may find this strange, as shelter is definitely considered a necessity.
Realtor Lucy Lennon of Morganelli Properties shares her experiences during the panemic.
Brandy Franco and Bob Weill are co-owners of Mystical Treatsss, 1310 Main St. in Hellerown.
My family and I often visit for the coffee and the children’s activities. I spoke with Brandy about how their business is faring.
For those of you who are not familiar with the store, I asked Brandy to describe more of the stores offerings.
Billy Cyr is the CEO of Freshpet. The company’s corporate office is located at 176 N. Commerce Way in Bethlehem. Freshpet produces all natural, preservative- and additive-free foods for dogs and cats, as well as dog treats.
How they are doing during the shutdown/isolation period: “Freshpet is an essential business; we are still operating at full capacity. With more people staying home, we have seen a surge in demand,” Cyr said.
While we try to keep ourselves safe, here is a look at several local businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
In the first appeal at the Zoning Hearing Board Feb. 26, Dominic Villani Jr. spoke for 565 West Lehigh Partners, LLC, regarding 1039 Decatur St., seeking a width variance of five feet for an existing house on the property closer to Norman Street. Villani spoke of extensive renovations having been made to the existing house, and of plans for a second house on the subdivided lot.
On Saturday February 22, the 12th annual Lehigh Valley Polar Plunge (Freezin’ for a Reason) took place in Scott Park in Easton. The weather wasr clear, cool but not cold. Over 600 people braved the chilly water of the Delaware River to raise money for Special Olympics.
Entertainment was provided by D.J. Joe Franzo; and radio personalities Sam and Hanna from Cat Country 96. Polar Plunge gear, including “I’m too Chicken to Plunge” T-shirts were sold. Wawa provided free treats and coffee and hot cocoa.