Bethlehem’s Business Development and Retention Specialist Sara Bukowiec provided the Mayor’s South Side Task Force with an economic and demographic profile of the city from both sides of the Lehigh River at the March 27 Meeting.
Explore a police car and fire engine . . . participate in a science experiment . . . work with the folks from the Northampton Community College’s “fabulous” Fab Lab . . . get fingerprinted . . . build with Lego’s . . . create a craft . . . be entertained by storytellers . . . work out with local student-athletes . . . enjoy the performances of more than 600 young people from throughout the community . . . visit one of more than 15 reading stations . . . have your face painted . . . visit the Northampton Community College demo kitchen to learn how to make “Crepes Around the World” . . .
Lamont McClure is pleased to announce that the County of Northampton will competitively award grants to be funded from revenues collected from the Northampton County Hotel Tax. The Hotel Tax funds are provided for under Northampton County Resolution No. 440 of 2005, as authorized by P.L. 307 of 2000 and amended by Act 12 of 2005, by imposing a Hotel Room Rental Tax of 4 percent on hotel guests, to be used for tourism and community development initiatives.
At their April 10 meeting, Hanover Township Supervisors unanimously approved an agreement that will allow Bath Borough to leave the Colonial Regional Police Department six months sooner than was expected. Under its contract, Bath was required to continue using the services of Colonial Regional until Jan. 1, 2019. But at Bath’s request, its separation from the regional police department will be accelerated to July 1, 2018. Bath will still be required to pay Colonial Regional $242,714.88. It will also pay $92.26 per hour for contract services.
After a weather-related weekslong delay, the city Parking Authority hosted Desman Design Management parking consultant members at city hall for a two-hour presentation April 12 to publicly unveil some preliminary findings and suggestions for the Northside and Southside downtowns’ parking issues.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that traffic deaths in Pennsylvania reached a new low in 2017 — dropping to 1,137 — the lowest since record keeping began in 1928, and 51 less than 2016.
“Pennsylvania has continued to defy national crash trends by steadily decreasing the number of deaths on our roadways,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “Our biggest priority continues to be getting the public to their destinations safely through educational outreach, the latest innovations, effective enforcement and low-cost safety improvements.”
Though it was April 17, cold weather and falling snow made everyone feel as though Christmas was just around he corner. For 37 Northampton County municipalities, it is. That’s because Northampton County’s Gaming Board decided that night, during a special meeting at Hanover Township’s Municipal Building, to award grants of $31,440 to every Northampton County municipality, with the exception of Bethlehem. The Christmas City was omitted only because it already receives the lion’s share of gaming revenue.
An array of options were on the table regarding textbooks for the board April 10, and the decision - between hard cover textbooks, digital copy textbooks or a combination of both for the new Advanced Placement Psychology course - became controversial.
The books would be used by approximately 60 students at the high school beginning in the fall.
High School Principle Beth Guarriello took a poll of what students wanted. The poll numbers showed mixed results with 57.3 percent preferring hard copy books and 42.7 percent preferring digital copy books.