Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

$700K approved for pool updating

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

City plans for a rebuilt Memorial Pool dominated the Bethlehem City Council meeting June 4. The pool is currently closed.

Public Works Director Michael Alkhal asked for an additional $700,000 for rebuilding the pool on Illick’s Mill Road near the ice rink. He said he envisions the result to be a “destination” pool.

According to Business Manager Eric Evans, the existing pool has several fatal flaws, which means extensive rebuilding is needed.

Councilman Bryan Callahan thought it important to “do it right; make it last another 60 years.”

KEMERER MUSEUM

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

‘Out of Sight!’ neighborhoods

Don’t sweat the small stuff, discover it at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts at 427 N. New St. Hidden away in the second floor vault are rows of movable shelving housing the Elizabeth Johnston Prime Dollhouse and Toy Collection. With 44 structures and 6,000 pieces, this is one of the largest antique dollhouse collections in the United States. Most of the collection was either handmade or manufactured from 1830-1930, representing 100 years of architectural and decorative arts history.

$700K approved for pool updating

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

City plans for a rebuilt Memorial Pool dominated the Bethlehem City Council meeting June 4. The pool is currently closed.

Public Works Director Michael Alkhal asked for an additional $700,000 for rebuilding the pool on Illick’s Mill Road near the ice rink. He said he envisions the result to be a “destination” pool.

According to Business Manager Eric Evans, the existing pool has several fatal flaws, which means extensive rebuilding is needed.

Councilman Bryan Callahan thought it important to “do it right; make it last another 60 years.”

Commissioners aim at intersection

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

At their June 3 meeting, all five Bethlehem Township commissioners gave Engineer Brian Dillman a green light to study how best to straighten the busy Freemansburg Avenue/Farmersville Road intersection. Funding for the design alone is estimated at $110,000-120,000, but can be paid out of transportation impact fees imposed on developers.

“There’s been way too many deaths and accidents at that intersection,” said Board President Michael Hudak, who supports a study. “It’s the worst intersection in the township,” echoed Commissioner John Merhotten.

BASD ACADEMIC SIGNING

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

‘Be confident taking your turn’

The Bethlehem Area School District held its sixth annual academic signing ceremony June 4 in the Haupert Union Building at Moravian College. Twenty-one academic scholars combined from Liberty and Freedom high schools attended with family members and enjoyed a luncheon prior to actually signing their commitment documents.

Attendees were greeted by Dr. Joseph Roy, superintendent of schools. Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Jack Silva said, “Today’s ceremony is one of our absolute favorite days of the year.”