Northampton County broke ground on its first real forensic center Sept. 12. The facility will be located at the Gracedale campus, next to the 911 Center. Currently, Coroner Zach Lysek has no morgue and operates out of a small office at Louise Moore Park.
Several students, as well as their families, were on hand to be recognized as Advanced Placement Scholars at the latest Saucon Valley School Board meeting. High school Principal Tamara Gary introduced seniors who had, during their junior year, successfully completed Advanced Placement classes, in addition to recognizing graduates who had successfully completed these courses as Seniors.
With trepidation on the part of some members, city council voted 4-3 Oct. 1 to kill a hoped-for revision of the zoning map.
The bill would have paved the way for resident and architect Dennis Connell to build a five-story, 72-unit apartment building at 11-15 West Garrison St. that would have an underground garage.
In our fall festival calendar in last week’s Bethlehem Press, we incorrectly stated that the Holy Ghost Catholic Church Fall Festival was the weekend of Oct. 5. In fact the Fall Festival is Oct. 26-27.
Bethlehem hosted its 32nd annual Celtic Classic Sept. 27-29. The festival is a three-day celebration of Celtic traditions, including music, piping, dance, athletics, beer, food and merchandise. The yearly festival averages nearly 300,000 attendees, nd this year’s excellent weather guaranteeing a high turnout.
According to Celticfest.org, 40 percent of the patrons are from the Lehigh Valley, with 60 percent coming from throughout the United States and abroad.
Pennsylvania gave Lehigh County election officials a check for $380,868 that will partially pay the expense of new voting machines.
Secretary of State Kathleen Boockvar presented a mock-up oversize check to Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong in a short presentation last week in the administration building on Seventh Street in Allentown.
She said the check is part of a $14.15 million packet of state and federal funds set aside in 2018 for just this purpose.
Emotional responses dominated the public hearing Sept. 17 to rezone the zoning map to accommodate a planned apartment building spanning 11 to 15 West Garrison St. Dennis Connell, an architect who owns the property, wants to erect a five-story apartment building that could have 72 units and a garage with 74 parking spaces.
The properties are currently in the RT or High-Density Residential District, but Connell wants city council to approve a re-designation of the zoning map to classify the properties back to CB, or Central Business District, as they had been until 2005.
The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) board of directors has approved the investment of $488,400 in support of regional economic development. Clients are early-stage, technology-based firms and established manufacturers in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area.
Investments are identified as continuation projects indicate that the client achieved pre-determined milestones and is receiving more funding to accomplish additional project work.
Locally, these include:
Asking for input, Deputy Director Department of Community & Economic Development Amy Burkhart shared mockups of proposed holiday lighting for the Christmas City at the Mayor’s South Side Task Force meeting Sept. 24. These were created by David Weiner Design with white lights on the north side of the Lehigh River and multi-color lights for south of the river. Bridges between the two Bethlehems feature a combination of the two styles to create a transition. Digital projection on buildings is also being explored.