Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

County will host senior center in church

Monday, January 20, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County will lease a portion of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Coopersburg for the purpose of establishing a Senior Center. The new center will occupy 1,300 square feet in the back part of the church and will include a kitchen.

The lease will include 50 parking spaces and access to public bathrooms.

In other business, Commissioners approved appointments of Kathryn E. McAuley and Lucas Gordils-Molina to the Aging and Adult Services Advisory Council. Also appointed to the Council were John Teufel, Sarina Vas and Grace Chehound Vengelo.

McClure: More machines, E-Pollbooks

Monday, January 20, 2020 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Since the Nov. 5 election, the ExpressVote XL voting system used in Northampton County has been under siege. Both a federal and state judge have been asked to ban its use in this year’s fast-approaching April 28 presidential primary as well as the Nov. 3 general election. Northampton County’s Election Commission, which had recommended this equipment, has changed its tune following an election in which the county was stuck with machines that had been improperly calibrated, improperly programmed and improperly tested.

PEEPSFEST: Room to run around

Monday, January 20, 2020 by LANI GOINS in Local News

Every city has its own New Years traditions. Here in Bethlehem, we have Peepsfest. As a mom, I appreciate the Peep drop celebration, especially because it takes place long before midnight. We attended the Peepsfest Dec. 31, and the yellow Peep, hoisted before the Steelstacks, was a bright spot in the cloudy landscape. Before the drop, we explored the children’s activities at ArtsQuest.

Winging it with community art project

Monday, January 20, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Penn State Lehigh Valley unveiled its final installation of “Spotted LanternFly Zones of Syncopation (SFZ)” Dec. 3. The tabletop displays of six mandalas stretched between the front and rear entrances of Center Hall for public viewing, along with a video explaining the art and science behind the project utilizing the wings of the non-native insect. Originally scheduled for Dec. 2, inclement weather delayed the reception.

The completed installation will be on display through December 2020 at Center Hall, Penn State Lehigh Valley in the campus reception area.

Appeals make for grueling debates

Monday, January 20, 2020 by LANI GOINS in Local News

Just two items were on the Zoning Hearing Board’s Jan. 8 agenda, yet the meeting lasted nearly five hours only to be continued to the following Monday.

At the start of the meeting, officers were chosen. William Fitzpatrick was named chairman, and James Schantz was named vice chairman. Craig Pfeiffer was named board secretary. Erick Schock was named board attorney, and alternates were also named. Jean Genova will continue as the stenographer.