In April, a three-judge Commonwealth Court panel told Bethlehem Township that its zoning ordinance needed an overhaul. A failure to provide for prisons made the ordinance unconstitutionally exclusionary. Township commissioners, at their Sept. 4 meeting, decided unanimously to advertise an ordinance that will allow for prisons in agricultural zones. They are doing so over the objections of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC).
There will be a vendor craft fair and silent auction to benefit Peaceable Kingdom Animal Shelter from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29.
There will be a blessing of the animals at noon. Kittens and dogs will be present and available for adoption. The event will take place at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2540 Center St.
The Lehigh Valley is experiencing continued growth in the housing market, based on data released by the Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors (LVAR).
Year-to-date sales are recorded at 3,837, up 17.4 percent over 2011 year-to-date sales of 3,268.
Year-to-date pending sales, which indicate transactions in process that have not yet closed, reached 4,648, which is up 38.4 percent from last year at the same time when pending sales were 3,359.
"The increase in year-to-date data is a positive indicator that the housing market is recovering," said Ryan Conrad, CEO of LVAR.
Colonial Regional Police arrested two young men for stealing from the Nazareth Highway Walmart around 4 p.m. AUg. 22.
According to police, Alewdy Rivera, 20, of Hottle Avenue and Jamie Mink, 21, of East Laurel Street, were observed by loss prevention officers taking items and then fleeing the store.
Rivera tried to drive off in a Honda Accord but was stopped by police at the rear of the store. Mink successfully fled on foot but turned himself in to police two hours later.
They allegedly had 77 items valued at nearly $700, and are both charged with retail theft.
Bethlehem Southside Recreation and Northampton Community College will hold SAT math and verbal prep classes for Southside residents only from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29 through Nov. 17.
The course, which will take place at the Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third St., includes strategies and techniques for taking the test, a review of verbal and math concepts and essay-writing tips. Call 610-997-7971 for information.
In 1908, a group of Fountain Hill citizens met in the basement of the old Electric Laundry building, located at Bishopthorpe and Cherokee streets, to organize a new Evangelical and Reformed church. This would be the third church to organize in Fountain Hill. With the help of the Tohickon Reformed Church of Bucks County, the group was able to build their church within the year. In 1925, the congregation expanded the church with an addition. The congregation was renamed Grace Community United Church of Christ in 1965. Due to dwindling membership, the church was closed in 2003.
"Fest O' Fall," presented by the Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association and the Borough of Catasauqua, is noon - 5 p.m. Sept. 29, Biery House, 8 Race St.; George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets; and at Front Street businesses.
There will be an art exhibit, vendors, pony rides, petting zoo, hayride, children's activities, towpath walk, scavenger hunt, bake sale, and food and beverages.
Performing is the James Supra Band, Tavern Tan and Modern Romance.
PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL WILLISTEIN