Borough council and Mayor Gerald Yob announced the promotion of a police officer to fill the vacant commander’s office during a warm swearing-in ceremony at their May 3 meeting. Jonathan Itterly, formerly a corporal and acting officer-in-charge, is the new chief effective May 8.
The borough had been bereft of official police leadership following the abrupt resignation of Police Chief Todd Pantuso about two months ago.
The flurry of activity generated an equal amount of rumor-mongering, with many believing this was the beginning of a new project to refurbish another derelict Steel structure.
Such was not the case.
Sands Bethlehem Director of Brand Marketing Julia Corwin said via email the “project” was in fact merely a precaution against old windows rattling out of the building.
Mayor Bob Donchez announced in a release last week that Standard and Poor’s has officially upgraded the city’s bond rating by two notches and expects continued positive progress. The rating has moved from BBB to A-, skipping over BBB+ entirely.
S&P’s analysis cites improved structure and concerted management efforts following a period of fiscal distress as reason for the rating change.
Reduced costs and improved revenue were enacted by;
• Applying/negotiating higher contribution to healthcare and adding deductibles for the first time in our history.
Reaching beyond its place as a fine eatery, Prime Steak House on Stoke Park Road for the past year has invited community members in for monthly cooking demonstration with chef John Wolf. Having worked in the kitchens of restaurants such as Caesar’s and the Cascade Lodge in Antigua, Wolf has leaned a wide range of cooking styles and is excited to share some tricks of the trade – as well as tasty recipes – during small, friendly classes the third Monday of each month. For registration and information, call 610-882-4070 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concerns voiced by visiting citizens brought fresh wariness to board members at the April 14 meeting, primarily as those concerns regard rumors of changes to the proposed PennEast Pipeline’s diameter and accompanying enlargement of at least one pump station.
Linda Christman of Carbon County cited swirling rumors and the perceived leverage the authority possesses in the pipeline deal – being the single largest landowner involved in the project – as reason enough for her appearance in the city.
For years borough council has tried to stress to residents the importance of catching up on outstanding taxes and bills, and now a coordinated effort with the city is approaching to collect on lapsed water and sewer bills.
Borough Manager Judith Danko said at the April 5 council meeting the final notice is on its way – a real final notice declaring literal cut-off deadlines for people to pay or have their water or sewer services halted.
For the better part of a month there was no word from PennEast Company regarding the proposed natural gas transmission pipeline in contentious discussion through several Pennsylvania counties. And as soon as he remarked about such, authority Executive Director Steve Repasch was inundated with calls and emails from the company to reestablish momentum.
Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem announced a pair of new partnerships in its successful Southside Vision 20/20 community improvement project March 10.
CADC and local officials, and residents involved in the community welcomed Provident Bank CEO Chris Martin and Peoples Security & Trust Bank Regional President Neal Koplin as they offered the project $600,000 in new funding through 2022, split evenly between the two banks.
Bethlehem is now in the midst of its 275th year since its Christmas Eve birth in 1741. But how will this milestone be celebrated when it’s already a popular destination for big events year-round?
Mayor Bob Donchez announced March 2 the plan to supplement the city’s busy calendar with a pair of daylong anniversary events, the first of which being a gala fundraiser April 16. Anniversary Committee chair Lynn Cunningham said the black-tie-optional gala will be held at Hotel Bethlehem and range throughout all its historic ballrooms.
Borough Police Chief Todd Pantuso, who took the reins from retired Chief George Bruneio in 2012, submitted a letter of resignation to borough council Feb. 18.
Mayor Gerald Yob read the letter aloud during the March 1 meeting, and its contents were respectful, yet indicting. Pantuso said, “After some thought, I put my heart and soul into the police department and bringing it into the 21st century,” but continuous interference in the day-to-day workings of police affairs had made it increasingly difficult to perform his duty to provide protection and service to Freemansburg.