Bethlehem Press

Saturday, August 19, 2017

City council approves new parks plan

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

The South New Street stretch from Morton Street to the Fahy Bridge will be getting improvements thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the Pennsylvania Financial Authority. City council approved the grant at the July 18 meeting.

The grant funds will be used to improve pedestrian and bicycle access, as well as measures to assist traffic flow in a congested area.

Council members also heard a brief account of a recent gas leak at Lehigh University, which led to the evacuation of 16 buildings.

Getting things done?

Monday, July 10, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

Little progress made advancing ethics proposal

It took a little patience, but one member of the public got the update he requested on the proposed ethics ordinance under discussion by city council.

During the public portion of council’s July 5 meeting, Allentown resident Robert Trotner asked for a status update on the ethics ordinance. The proposal was brought forward by council members Olga Negron and Michael Colon in January and has been discussed at two committee of the whole meetings, however it has not yet come to an actual council meeting for a vote.

Getting things done?

Friday, July 7, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

Little progress made advancing ethics proposal

It took a little patience, but one member of the public got the update he requested on the proposed ethics ordinance under discussion by city council.

During the public portion of council’s July 5 meeting, Allentown resident Robert Trotner asked for a status update on the ethics ordinance. The proposal was brought forward by council members Olga Negron and Michael Colon in January and has been discussed at two committee of the whole meetings, however it has not yet come to an actual council meeting for a vote.

‘Doors that open up to us’

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in School

Liberty and BAVTS graduate learns to control the ‘sleeping beast’

Sometimes Pomp and Circumstance is the sweetest song in the world because the student hearing it worked hard to overcome obstacles on his way to graduation.

The 2017 Liberty HS graduate Sam Lopez recalls a difficult road on his way through school as he learned how to control what he calls a “sleeping beast” – anger.

“I’ve always been an angry kid,” he said. “From fifth grade all the way until my twelfth grade year, anger has been one of my biggest battles and still is!”

DA says ethics draft needs work

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli told city council members at their meeting on June 20 that creating an ethics board in the city would be costly and “a bureaucratic mess.” He was invited by council President J. William Reynolds to speak on the proposed ethics ordinance that will be the subject of a committee of the whole meeting June 26.

The draft ordinance was originally proposed in January by council members Olga Negron and Michael Colon.

Bethlehem Council discusses medical marijuana

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

City council held two public hearings during the June 6 meeting. The first was for input on a proposed ordinance allowing medical marijuana research, growth and distribution in the city. The second was for a proposed ordinance to define psychological and behavioral health facilities.

Director of Planning and Zoning Darlene Heller said the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission reviewed the ordinance on medical marijuana and actually found it more restrictive than the state legislation. The state medical marijuana act is “quite detailed legislation,” she said.

‘You are writing your story’

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in School

Living the dream and living for others: The Lehigh Valley Academy class of 2017 is prepared to do both.

At the May 30 commencement, CEO Susan Mauser told the 59 graduates, “You have what it takes to be what you dream of being.” She reminded them that making dreams come true will take grit, which she defined as “the ability to manage your fear of failure.” Failure is a part of the process, not the end, Mauser said. She quoted Eleanor Roosevelt, “Do something that scares you every day.”

Bethlehem City Council honors 3 property owners

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

Present and future redevelopment was on the minds of city council members at their meeting May 17, as they joined with members of the Southside Historic Conservation Commission (HCC) to present awards to three property owners. The awards cited two property owners for adaptive reuse of a building and one for scale of the renovation project.

Phil Roeder, chair of the HCC, said, “It’s easy to see the visual benefits of redevelopment. When you visit the neighborhoods you can feel the positive impact.”

Council approves state training ‘A good first step’ says Callahan

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

In a 6-1 vote, city council members approved mandatory state ethics training at their May 2 meeting, with council member Olga Negron voting nay.

Negron said ethics training should be part of a larger comprehensive ethics ordinance. She said Bethlehem can choose to make its ethics standards more stringent than those imposed by the state and the state training would be confusing because the standards would be different if council members adopt a city ethics ordinance.

CITY: Council approves state training -- ‘A good first step’ says Callahan

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

In a 6-1 vote, city council members approved mandatory state ethics training at their May 2 meeting, with Council Member Olga Negron voting nay.

Negron said ethics training should be part of a larger comprehensive ethics ordinance. She said Bethlehem can choose to make its ethics standards more stringent than those imposed by the state and the state training would be confusing because the standards would be different if council members adopt a city ethics ordinance.