State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) and Northampton County Executive John Brown in a joint statement July 27 applauded the senate’s approval of legislation that provides more flexibility for the redevelopment of a correctional facility.
The measure allows the county to use the Public Private Partnership (P3) process, which is currently available for transportation projects, to be applied to the prison facility’s redevelopment. Under the legislation, the county may elect to use the P3 procedure to contract for the adaptive reuse of the facility as county officials see fit.
In a rapid ceremony July 21, during which the Rotunda was packed with city officials, family, friends, media and fellow uniformed public servants, 10 people were honored with promotions or welcomed into their ranks.
Mayor Bob Donchez announced, “Bethlehem’s approach to safety has seen many changes over the years. The implementation of new technology and training techniques. They have improved the equipment that is used. But that cannot change the critical factor that one needs to be a police officer or firefighter, and that is character.
Lehigh Valley Community Fund and BB&T announced $1.45 million in local investments and grants in a day of roving news conferences June 29.
BB&T is a North Carolina financial services company with interests in community banking, and in cooperation with LVCA donated to more than a dozen valley organizations to support economic development and education.
The City of Bethlehem will unveil its very last Christmas City Seal this winter.
The annual fundraiser, which has collected donations for the city’s many Christmas activities for more than 50 years, has suffered diminished returns in a more technologically rich world, said Lynn Collins Cunningham on behalf of the chamber and Citizens Christmas City Committee.
Created in 1964 as a local arts contest to create stamps for Christmas cards, the sale of “seals” has earned more than a million dollars to help defray the costs of trees and lighting thought Bethlehem over the years.
The budget crunch and deficit has Harrisburg legislators seriously considering a new source of revenue: gambling video game terminals in airports, bars and restaurants. These machines only deal in low-stakes gambling, but their possible widespread availability and disconnect from resources physical casinos develop within their host communities have many outside the legislature up in arms.
Forester Robin Wildermuth was the star of the June 8 Water Authority board meeting, bringing good news about moths and confusing news about carbon emissions before rushing out to greet an expected grandchild as early as the next day.
Bethlehem Catholic’s principal for the past seven years, John Petruzzelli, has taken
the next step of his career, returning to his hometown of Philadelphia as principal of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, where he once worked as dean of students.
Petruzelli made an impression and was well liked by the students. From his quirky morning announcements to taking cameos in school plays to setting up opportunities for the student body to hoot out SpongeBob Squarepants references during assemblies, he helped change the culture and attitude at the school.
The city of Bethlehem announced in a release June 15 a new cybercrime unit has been created to work with other local and state units to combat internet child pornography and abuse.
The Internet Crimes Against Children Unit will be part of the State ICAC Task Force and will work along with the Lehigh County Computer Crime Task Force and the Officer David M. Petzold Digital Forensics Laboratory of Lehigh County, located at DeSales University.
In a two-hour meeting June 26, during which the same arguments were repeated several times and exasperated residents grumbled in their seats, city council members agreed the much-discussed ethics ordinance proposal, weighing in at 34 pages, is simply too unwieldy to handle as one item.
First proposed by members Olga Negron and Michael Colon in January, the work has been applauded by groups such as the League of Women Voters as a measure for transparency and curb corruptive influences in government.
Forester Robin Wildermuth was the star of the June 8 board meeting, bringing good news about moths and confusing news about carbon emissions before rushing out to greet an expected grandchild as early as the next day.