BASD unanimously adopted its proposed budget May 11 in a session accessible to the public via Zoom. Seven board members (all but Winston Alozie and Craig Neiman) were present. Projected expenditures for 2020-21 are $301,787,268, and expected revenues are $295,125,047. The district has two options (or some combination thereof) to make up the shortfall of $6,662,221: raising taxes and dipping into its fund balance.
Bethlehem 10th Ward, West Side Moravian Church, 402 3rd Ave;
Bethlehem 11th Ward, West Side Moravian Church, 402 3rd Ave;
Bethlehem 12th Ward 1st Dist, Bethany United Church of Christ, 600 W. Market St;
Bethlehem 12th Ward 2nd Dist, D.A.R. House, Rose GardeN, 8th Ave;
Bethlehem 13th Ward 1st Dist, Rosemont Lutheran Church, 1705 W. Broad St;
Bethlehem 13th Ward 2nd Dist, Holy Family Manor, 1200 Spring St;
Bethlehem 13th Ward 3rd Dist, Nitschmann Ms, 1002 W. Union Blvd;
Bethlehem 13th Ward 4th Dist, Crosspoint, 1414 Penna. Ave;
You see it on television – small businesses closing their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation. But it only happens in those other places, not your own neighborhood and not to someone who has become a friend to the community.
This friend, Dave Soska, owner of Allentown Bethlehem Goose, formerly Allentown Goose, was one of the first to say “yes” when a gift certificate was needed for a community fundraiser.
Yet when his business needed assistance due to COVID-19, help did not arrive.
Soska decided to close his business the first week of April.
While Willow Haven Farm and its Farm Store are located in New Tripoli, they have an ordering program that delivers in the Lehigh Valley, and also offer a farm share program, called a CSA, which delivers to pick up locations in Bethlehem and elsewhere.
Tessa DeMaster and her husband Reuben run the farm along with their children.
Kindergarten registration online
The Bethlehem Area School District incoming kindergarten virtual open house will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on various dates via ZOOM and will be structured in the same format as a face-to-face open house. There will be meetings with the school principal, a teacher and a guidance counselor; a virtual tour of the school; and learn about the kindergarten program.
As the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley’s month-long “Breakfast With Champions” virtual series continues to highlight exceptional volunteers across the region, a new round of nominees for the “Most Reliable” and “Organizational Advocate” categories were celebrated April 14-20.
Jan O’Keefe was recognized as a “Most Reliable” volunteer contender for her dedication to the NORWESCAP Food Bank and the group’s thrift store, the Traditions Family Success Center, where she performs a wide variety of tasks.
In another pandemic-driven remote meeting, most members of Bethlehem City Council listened to comments and voiced their votes via teleconferencing May 5. Members of the public who wanted to speak had been asked to provide phone numbers to Council President Adam Waldron who explained the process he has devised to accommodate public comments. Waldron was the only council member present; the rest being linked via the internet.
“I will them call on them much as I would call on them if they were in the room,” said Waldron.