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LERTA tax incentive talks continue

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City representatives Alicia Karner and Allyson Lysaght once again appeared before the school board Sept. 19 to discuss the LERTA incentive zone in north-central Bethlehem.

The proposed tax incentive zone is designed to assist local property owners with home improvements that may raise property values and eventually the quality of life in the neighborhood. The women said LERTA is one of several ongoing programs that could open numerous options for homes and businesses between Liberty HS and Broad Street.

Northeast MS remembers 9-11

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Each year Northeast MS remembers the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 with a short ceremony for students and neighbors. This 15th anniversary of 9/11 was marked by early morning remarks and music, and at least one considered reflection about what that day meant and how these young men and women should approach the future. Principal Joseph Rahs said, “Bringing you out here today in this heat, and with these bugs, is to tell you it’s important that you learn the lessons of the past. We as your adults have failed to bring peace to this Earth. We don’t want you to fail.

Article By: Nate Jastrzemski njastrzemski@tnonline.com

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The district’s facilities officer, Mark Stein, reported at the Aug. 8 meeting that the Nitschmann MS project is on schedule and on budget, with plumbing, ductwork, brick and structural steel now being added to the foundation.

And while Stein was discussing the use of tens of millions of dollars on a new building, CFO Stacy Gober had good financial news.

A connection between past, innovation

Monday, July 25, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

After long years of anticipation, the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem is finally about to open its doors.

The museum occupies a renovated former Bethlehem Steel Corp building right next door to Northampton Community College’s Fowler Family Southside Center. Here it serves not only a continuation of the revitalization of those weary old industrial structures but an instructive shrine to generations of workers in Bethlehem and nationwide who built the 20th century.

‘Together … or anarchy’

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

‘We need to fix what’s broken in this country’

“In your heart, say, ‘I’m going to make Bethlehem better,’” intoned Esther Lee, president of the local NAACP.

It was part of a deeper sentiment, one reflected by every speaker at Payrow Plaza during a peace rally Monday evening, during which more than 200 residents showed their solidarity against recent violence by police and citizens on the national stage.

Though divorced geographically from the recent terrible acts in Orlando, St. Paul, Baton Rouge and Dallas, Bethlehem is no different than other American cities today in its divisions and fears.

Article By: Nate Jastrzemski njastrzemski@tnonline.com

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City council’s experiment in getting meetings out into the community June 5 was maybe too brief to measure success.

Council President J. Willie Reynolds thanked staff for all the time and energy spent on setting up an appropriate meeting environment – complete with a row of mic’d and labeled seats for council members and tables for city administration and the press – in the Broughal MS auditorium. But maybe only six residents were present.

BAPL Children’s Center opens

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Though it’s been in use by the public for weeks, the official opening of the Frances L. Barnard Children’s Center at the Bethlehem Area Public Library was a gala affair the afternoon of June 10. Dozens of staff, supporters and officials from throughout the city were on hand to celebrate. The $1.3 million project, which renovated a section of the BAPL’s second floor with new technology and kid-friendly proportions and art, has been in the works for several years and effectively triples the space available for a growing youth collection over the old first-floor room.

‘We can just keep swimming’

Monday, June 13, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in School

Western thinkers once tried to make sense of the world through the four classical elements: Water, air, earth and fire. These concepts helped people understand the inevitability and necessity of change in our lives.

No change was more relevant to the nearly 500 Freedom HS graduates at Stabler Arena June 7, and commencement speakers coordinated their messages along those elemental themes.