Days after a nationwide election shocker, Mayor Bob Donchez eased some tensions among local business leaders at Moravian College Nov. 11 during his annual Lehigh Valley Chamber breakfast at Moravian College by delivering good news: His proposed 2017 budget is balanced and there will be no need for a tax increase.
Northampton Community College and local officials welcomed members of the storied 65th Infantry Regiment Nov. 10 to celebrate its members’ exceptional service for Veterans Day. The regiment was the only Hispanic-segregated unit in U.S. Army history, and is now immortalized in a documentary honoring its historic actions in World War II and Korea. The name “Borinqueneers” is derived from the native name for the island of Puerto Rico.
Celebrating years of effort by standing in fresh dirt, officials gathered Friday on the Southside to announce the New Street car park is now on its way. The $15 million deck will provide 626 parking spaces for the typically congested neighboring streets and businesses and is due to open next summer. Said Mayor Bob Donchez, “This is a long time coming.”
“Our business community benefits when we have the parking.” said Sen. Lisa Boscola, who said a succession of mayors helped her get $5.2 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants from the state for this project.
Sands Bethlehem announced in a release Nov. 14 the plan for a $90 million expansion to the Southside gaming and entertainment campus to begin development next year.
The current expansion plan is to add a new gaming floor and more than 1,000 gaming seats along with more restaurant space, restrooms and back of house (staff-only) facilities, all of which will measure about 60,000 square feet.
As Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem approaches a quarter-century of celebrating Christmas in the Christmas City, the popular holiday marketplace promises more holiday cheer than ever as it adds new tents and welcomes a record number of vendors to the event.
For 2016, Christkindlmarkt has expanded from two to four tents, resulting in up to 150 vendors each weekend, the most in the event’s 24-year history, including artists from 16 different states, with craftspeople coming from as far away as Florida, Maine and Wisconsin.
Bethlehem’s Food Co-op, a community group dedicated to bringing affordable, healthy, local foods together in a single location, announced recently that after years of effort enough financial stability has been achieved to begin searching for a store location.
Spokeswoman Tracey Werner of Blabbermouth Communications said in a release the co-op has formed a real estate committee to formally begin its search for what they hope will become a community-owned grocery store.
October 24, 2016 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola announced two state grants totaling $344,121 for projects in Bethlehem and Hellertown.
“These funds help our communities advance recreational development and infrastructure improvement projects,” Boscola said. “I will continue to seek state resources that help fund and expedite local projects.”
Approved by the Commonwealth Financing Agency Board in Harrisburg, the projects are:
Congressional District 17 Democractic incumbent Matt Cartwright faces opposition by former race car driver Republican Matt Connolly.
The 17th Congressional District includes all of Schuylkill County and portions of Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe and Northampton counties.
A month after they went on strike, hourly employees of Just Born Inc. are back at work. Four hundred of the company’s 600 employees picketed the Stefko Boulevard business day and night for weeks, and then management met the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local #6 union leaders at the table Sept. 28.
At 9 a.m. today representatives of Just Born Inc.’s hourly employees and management sat down with a federal mediator to try to find a consensus that will reopen the business to its regular schedule and workload. Contract negotiations began breaking down in May, though each side disagrees on why.