Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Article By: TRACY RICE Special to the Bethlehem Press

Monday, July 3, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

The Public Works building in Fountain Hill is finally getting an addition and renovation. Ground breaking was held June 21.

This project has been talked about for over 12 years with plans being made the last five. The project adds a 40-foot-by-70-foot building, a salt shed and a wall and renovates the existing building.

All council members were present at the ground breaking. Council Preisdnet Larry Rapp spoke a few words before initiating the ground breaking. He expressed his thankfulness that the project was finally going to happen.

Fountain Hill-Bacchanalia team presents check

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

Members of the Bacchanalia XIV Committee of Fountain Hill were present at the May 24 council meeting to share news of another successful fundraiser. Angela Sinkler, chair of the Bacchanalia committee, presented council with a check for $12,000.

This money will help support Fountain Hill parks, pool and recreation activities. Themembers present at the meeting were Angela Sinkler, Lisa Gangewere, Jeff Ferry, Maurita Augello and Sandy Calon. The Bacchanalia is dedicated to raising money for Fountain Hill programs.

Next year’s Bacchanalia is scheduled for April 7.

Fountain Hill-Community pool to open June 10

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

The Fountain Hill Borough pool will open June 10. The pool was originally scheduled to open on Memorial Day, May 29, but it was delayed to save on some unnecessary spending.

A Memorial Day ceremony was scheduled for May 26 at 1 p.m. at the corner of Stanley Avenue and Spiegel Street in conjunction with the Legion, and Mayor Jose Rosado will speak.

Council President Larry Rapp thanked the police and public works departments for the successful Easter Egg hunt and Arbor Day events.. “It was a magical day in Fountain Hill,” said Rapp.

YMCA to manage Fountain Hill pool this summer

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

Fountain Hill Borough did not get any other interested parties for the position of the poll manager for the summer, so it went to the Bethlehem YMCA for help.

Vanessa Rex, the aquatic/youth coordinator at the YMCA, put together a proposal for the Borough council. The proposal would have the pool open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The YMCA would manage the lifeguards only. The borough would be responsible to hire people for the ticket booth for admissions and for supplying all the necessary chemicals for the pool maintenance.

Council hears resident concerns

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

Members of the community from Tombler and neighboring streets wanted to know if St. Luke’s University Hospital was constructing a new helicopter pad at a recent coucil meeting. Joe Patanella, St. Luke’s Community liason to Fountain Hill, assured residents that they were not. “We removed three pine trees and will replace them with six smaller ones,” he said. The nursing school parking lot will be used in an emergency situation only as a backup for the helicopter pad. St.

Mayor Rosado to leave office

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

Before the hiring of Police Chief Ed Bachert, grievances were made several times a week, Rosado said. The police department has hired four new officers since 2012, new computers, a new fleet of vehicles, new weapons and good communication with the Lehigh County task force and the district attorney’s office have improved public service. Rosado said he feels confident Bachert will continue to keep the department in good standing with the community, and he is looking forward to attending future council meetings as a resident of the community.

Fountain Hill--Nine volunteers join fire department

Monday, February 13, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

Council approved an ordinance at a recent meeting to remove three handicapped parking spaces from Senecca St., Bishothorpe St. and Senca St. Council President Larry Rapp reported that the acquisition of the new building for the firehouse is moving along. Council Vice President Normam Blatt said the tax collection committee is thinking of renewing services with Keystone Collections for local taxes. They will review it with the committee.

Borough council sets year’s pool fees

Monday, February 6, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

Fountain Hill Borough board members had tabled the discussion regarding new pool rates for 2017 at their December meeting, but have since decided admission fees are going up $5 for season membership and $1 for individual fees.

Board member Philip Trable proposed raising the cost for individual admission $2 from last year instead of the proposed $1. Trable said expenses keep going up. They gave the lifeguards a raise last year, the cost of supplies increases and there are repairs that will need to be made soon.