School Board directors declared Jan. 7 they will make a final decision regarding the Nitschmann MS project next month.
Long debated has been the extent of work needed to make the dilapidated structure fit for future generations. Plans range from patching and replacing only what's absolutely necessary to knocking the building down and replacing it completely. Those plans have slowly been refined and engineer Mark Stein presented an in-depth look at what would be involved in each.
City Council member J. William Reynolds announced his candidacy for mayor from his home Jan. 8.
Surrounded by family, supporters and media, Reynolds stood on his own front porch and described his platform as centered on stronger neighborhoods and more economic development. "We're gonna win this election the only way we know how – neighborhood to neighborhood, street to street," he said.
This year's cold and flu season has been especially harsh, and national attention has been placed on dwindling vaccination stocks. But state and local organizations are working overtime to treat the ill and recommend preventive measures as the safest bet for a healthy winter.
To differentiate between a simple cold and the more severe flu, Deputy Press Secretary for the State Department of Health Kait Gillis said symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness, and cough are more common and intense with the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.
Governor Tom Corbett has filed a lawsuit against the National College Athletics Association on behalf of the commonwealth, railing against unjust penalties and breaches of procedure in their implementation.
Corbett, after accepting the sanctions again the Penn State football team in July, said in the complaint he's taken time to analyze the NCAA's decision and found it did not follow its own rules. He's declared the penalties "overreaching and unlawful" breaches of antitrust law.
Recent school board meetings have often returned to the Nitschmann MS debate; what are the options and what's the best use of resources and the existing building.
Residents referenced, numerous times, a Morning Call-published editorial by Pottstown School Board member Thomas Hylton, is which he offered to supply a group for an independent analysis of Nitschmann. As weeks passed BASD opposition to the idea arose and citizens (at least the two who spoke at public meetings) were embittered by the board's inattentiveness to the possibility.
Friday's tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook ES in Newtown, Conn., will leave an emotional scar on our country and permanent hole in the hearts of the families of that small community.
Though he announced the idea with his proposed budget a month ago, Mayor John Callahan announced Dec. 13 an altered version of his "amusement tax" after talks with local major venue owners.
The tax was originally proposed as a flat, but small, percentage on all event ticket sales to help pay for the increased demands for police and emergency services in our event-rich city. Local venue owners were less than pleased at first, but came to the table to negotiate.
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.
It was the final borough council meeting of the year Dec. 4, and members were happy to congratulate each other on a good year despite financial hardships and tough projects.
They approved the new, tax-raise-free budget, invited the community to the Dec. 13 borough Christmas party and welcomed new part-time police officers.
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.