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Half-million books given

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Cops 'n' Kids program soars

Five hundred thousand is a pretty hefty number, especially when it signifies a landmark donation by a grassroots program advocating childhood reading.

It's a mark Lehigh Valley Cops 'n' Kids Reading Room made in November, giving away its half-millionth free book to children at Sheridan ES in Allentown. It's a remarkable milestone for this local branch of the nonprofit which, under the direction of retired teacher Beverly Bradley, had an original goal of only 1,000 books.

Another View: 'Obituary' is a lively romp

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Opinion

When your many long years are drawing to an end, what made it worthwhile? What would want others to know about your life?

These questions may be existential, but they cut to the core of who we are. And while they're never spoken aloud, they form the thoughtful core of the otherwise thoroughly amusing new stage production from local attorney Lawrence Fox.

Bethlehem Authority: Wind sensors coming

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Several Bethlehem Water Authority projects are inching toward completion, according to reports given at the March directors' 14 meeting.

The largest of these is the long-running wind energy study, which is likely to see its first physical manifestation in the form of two meteorological towers – essentially weather study sensors – in Penn Forest Township.

Lehigh Supply Appliances: Store marks 90 years

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

It may not have always been in the same place, but Lehigh Supply Appliance has always offered what its customers needed. And that's a focus on customer service celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

Co-owner Greg Horgash, who with Chuck Deppen took over for last owners in 1998, said the current 312 W. Broad Street location is actually the business' third. It was first started – selling what one can assume were very different machines that those available today – as a mom and pop store in Hellertown around 1923.

ELECTION 2013: Melnick seeks city council seat

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Longtime local economic development director Steve Melnick announced his candidacy for city council Feb. 12.

"Bethlehem is not making the investments in our city's future that are needed to increase our vibrancy," he said in a statement, "and as a result we are at a crossroads. I believe I have the experience, ideas, partnerships and commitment to help ensure a better future for all residents."

ELECTION 2013: Dolan running for third term

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City Councilwoman Karen Dolan has announced she will run for a third term.

"I love the work, and I believe my role on council is important," Dolan said in a statement. "A lot of people recognize my name for environmental and historic preservation work, but on council, I advocate for all quality of life issues: safe streets and walkable neighborhoods, maintained parks and job-producing economic development, reasonable tax rates and the highest quality city services we can afford."

State of the City: 'Results speak for themselves'

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Mayor John Callahan gave his ninth and last state of the city address to a crowd of friends and officials at ArtsQuest SteelStacks the morning of Feb. 14.

After a decade, he said he felt compelled to compare today's hard truths with his own optimism from 2004, but that Bethlehem has made better improvements and a more transformative recovery from its industrial past than any other city in the region.

Community remembers Linny Fowler

Thursday, February 14, 2013 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Marlene "Linny" Fowler was a self-appointed patron saint of education in the City of Bethlehem. The 73-year-old died at home Feb. 4.

The philanthropist spent decades promoting education and the arts, from vast donations resulting in the Northampton Community College's Fowler Family Southside Center and the Banana Factory, to small, individual grants to allow struggling city families to send their children to alternative schools.

Community remembers Linny Fowler

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Marlene "Linny" Fowler was a self-appointed patron saint of education in the City of Bethlehem. The 73-year-old died at home Feb. 4.

The philanthropist spent decades promoting education and the arts, from vast donations resulting in the Northampton Community College's Fowler Family Southside Center and the Banana Factory, to small, individual grants to allow struggling city families to send their children to alternative schools.