Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP-Township facing possible 9% tax hike

Monday, December 10, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

At their Nov. 18 meeting Bethlehem Township Commissioners voted unanimously to advertise a budget for next year that imposes a 9 percent tax hike. This decision follows three budget hearings. The proposed spending plan can be reviewed on the township website or physically inspected at the municipal building. A final vote is planned for Dec. 17.

Congregations host Winterfest

Monday, December 10, 2018 by The Press in Local News

While the rain poured down outside, the atmosphere inside was festive, as several hundred people gathered at Bethlehem’s Light of Christ Lutheran Church to celebrate the first Winterfest. Presented by the United Proclamation of the Gospel congregations of Light of Christ and St. Peter’s Lutheran, both of Bethlehem, to celebrate the beginning of Advent, the Dec. 1 festival featured carnival-style games, a living Nativity, free food, musical performances, carols and a reading of the Nativity story.

An apology offered

Monday, December 10, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Dear friends at the Bethlehem Press,

I am the chair of the board of directors for Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering. I had a letter published in your paper on Nov. 21 regarding Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering following your report on the Nov. 7 meeting of city council, where a letter was read by concerned neighbors to the shelter. I would now like to write again regarding Mr. Louis James, who read the letter to city council.


Monday, December 10, 2018 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

She’s 99 and still dancing

She was about to turn 99, and Jeff Bartron felt that it was time for a surprise celebration of the remarkable life of his grandmother, Betty Bartron.

Betty is an enthusiastic gardener with a huge plot that she tends herself. She is an active member of the Bethlehem Garden Club.

She is also an accomplished knitter.

A dance enthusiast until a couple of years ago, Betty would join other dancers half her age on the dance floor every Tuesday night at the Allentown Area Swing Dance Society, which meets at the Fearless Fire Co. in Allentown.

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY-McClure’s budget: No 2019 tax hike

Monday, December 10, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County Council has unanimously approved Executive Lamont McClure’s $455 million spending plan for next year. It holds the line on taxes, keeping the tax rate at 11.8 mills There’s been no increase in county taxes since 2015, when a half mill tax hike was approved by a previous council under former Executive John Brown.

BETHLEHEM COUNCIL-2 West Market; 4-3 vote seen as failure of council members to protect city’s integrity

Monday, December 10, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

After a long evening of testimony on both sides of the issue Dec. 4, Bethlehem City Council voted 4-3 to approve a revision of the zoning code that approves the existing office and residence complex at 2 West Market St. to allow the owners – Quadrant Private Wealth owned by the Herman Rij family – to continue using the property for commercial purposes. They converted a residential home to an office space after receiving previous approval from the city – approval that had since been challenged by neighbors and in court.

Behind the scenes At Christmas City Village

Monday, December 10, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The Christmas City Village Weihnachtsmarkt, located in the heart of downtown Bethlehem, is a hidden gem amid the rest of the excitement from the Main Street shops. When you walk past the Tavern at the Sun Inn you enter a little village of local vendors selling a variety of products that are festive for the holiday season. The village has a serene atmosphere, with plenty of space to walk around, engage with other shoppers and vendors, and shop at a slower pace.

LEHIGH COUNTY-Russell named new warden

Monday, December 10, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Jail has a new prospective warden. Lehigh County Commissioner setting in committee recommended Kyle Russell’s appointment Nov. 28. A final vote will confirm the position at the next regular meeting of the commissioners on Dec. 12.

Russell, already a long-time Northampton resident, is currently a Deputy Warden in Berks County. He has 17 years’ experience in corrections management.

“He is the right man for the job,” said Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong in remarks to the Commissioners.


Monday, December 10, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Putting meaning back

The arrival of Bethlehem’s festive holiday season was officially heralded at the 53rd annual Advent Breakfast, sponsored by the Citizens Christmas City Committee (CCCC) and its Community Advent Breakfast subcommittee.

More than 200 people attended the non-denominational event at Moravian Village. Besides the meal, there was seasonal music played by the Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir, along with caroling by Moravian College’s Sigma Alpha Lambda Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.