Bethlehem Press

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BASD: Focus on student services

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The reorganization portion of Bethlehem Area School District's Dec. 3 meeting, in preparation for the new year, lasted all of five minutes.

Michael Faccinetto and Michele Cann retain their positions as president and vice president and all committee seats remain static as well. Though Basilio Bonilla Jr. lost in a bid for Cann's seat 3-6, he will take a new position as Pennsylvania School Board Association liaison, acting as a conduit for the statewide informational and support organization.

N.J. native worker spurs office-wide Sandy relief

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Many tales have been related recently regarding the charity of citizens helping their neighbors recover from Hurricane Sandy. But one story is of a large New Jersey-based company making a donation, supplemented by some its own employees locally.

Antonette Ciccone, an account executive at Automated Data Processing in Allentown, is a New Jersey native who moved to the Lehigh Valley after graduating from DeSales University. She laid down new roots in Bethlehem while staying close enough to home to drive back for weekends.

PPL meter swaps are ongoing, not new

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Recent rumor of PPL's replacing local residential electric meters by government edict are both completely false and somewhat true.

PPL Spokesman Joe Nixon said in a telephone interview replacement of old meters in favor of new, advanced meters has been ongoing since 2002. About 160,000 old dial meters have been replaced with digital meters, he said, and no longer require nearby radio monitoring because they send information directly back through the electrical system.

BASD: Board accepts LERTA, but rejects independent Nitschmann study

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Bethlehem Area School Board voted Nov. 19 to extend the LERTA tax incentive and wave off a local man interested in renovating Nitschmann MS.

Approval of the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance program, discussed at length during recent meetings, was reinstituted for five years in a 7-1 vote. The program is designed to attract business to the area by allowing companies to incrementally pay up to the full tax on their property over a 10-year span.

Bethlehem: Budget requires 8.5% tax increase

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

When Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan unveiled his proposed 2013 budget Friday afternoon, he said it will, among other things, raise property taxes 8.5 percent and save each resident $50 per year.

Those seemingly contradictory elements are contingent on the passage of both the budget and the mayor's plan to institute a single citywide trash hauler.

BASD: Board reassesses LERTA details

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Bethlehem Area School Board decided Oct. 15 to postpone a vote to expand a Southside Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance zone (LERTA) into the Bethlehem Center industrial site off Route 412 because developer Majestic Realty of California may not be offering work to local contractors.

A LERTA offers businesses incentive to operate locally by establishing an incrementally-rising tax payment over a decade, only at the end of which would the full tax payment be necessary.

Voter ID ads can be misleading

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The voter ID law did not pass for this election, but citizens are now seeing television and billboard ads that some say appear confusing.

The Department of State TV ads entreat citizens to proudly display their IDs, only to later qualify that doing isn't mandatory. The billboard ads proclaim in English and Spanish the slogan, "This Election Day, if you have it, show it." The emphasis seems to be on having ID to show, not on doing so being unnecessary.