Bishop John. O. Barres, who has led the Allentown Diocese of the Catholic Church since 2009, will soon transfer his responsibilities to Long Island as he was recently appointed by Pope Francis to lead the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., which consists of Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island.
Barres, 56, is the first Bishop of Allentown in the diocese’s 55 year history to be transferred to another diocese. He will be officially installed in a ceremony Jan. 31.
Authority board members Nov. 10 discussed the ongoing back-and-forth between developer Atlantic Winds, which seeks to build dozens of giant energy-creating turbines in Carbon County, and the local boroughs and county itself, with residents and politicians protesting the project.
The Steelworkers’ Archives is collaborating with Lehigh University on a Mellon Foundation funded digital archive project. The Women of Bethlehem Steel project aims to collect stories of women’s experiences as workers, wives, store owners, union officials, managers and clerical workers at Bethlehem Steel or in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Bethlehem Area School District’s own Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy Nov. 17 was recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators as the 2017 Pennsylvania superintendent of the year.
According to the PASA’s release, since his tenure began in August 2010, Roy established a “Roadmap to Educational Excellence” plan, introduced restorative practices to improve behavior in the high schools, implemented full-day kindergarten and continues to provide constant positive communication and community engagement.
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.