Southside Bethlehem held its sixth annual Southside Arts & Music Festival May 3 and 4.
Unlike last year’s Steelstacks activities, this year the focus was more on art-based programs at the Banana Factory with free live music. It was an opportunity for the community to experience art and music in the thriving Southside district.
The twisted orange steel girders are piled like bundles of firewood for a bonfire. The steel and glass tower rising from between them seems to be stoically awaiting its fiery fate. “Kindling” (2019; archival print; 20 by 30 inches) and other digital photographs by Glenn Koehler will grace the walls of Fox Optical & Gallery at 25 E. Third Street through June 29. Koehler’s exhibit, “A Final Look: Inside the Last Days of Martin Tower,” features images captured inside and out of the soon to be demolished former headquarters for Bethlehem Steel.
Administrators announced May 6 a ribbon-cutting for the new Dimmick Park playground, in conjunction with the Hellertown and Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce and the Hellertown Summer Concert Series. The event will be held July 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Martin’s lasting legacy The implosion of the tower is symbolic of the fall of the company and Bethlehem’s recent resurgence
For residents of the Lehigh Valley, the implosion of Martin Tower, once the corporate headquarters of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, has been a hot-button topic. Locals have mixed views on the behemoth, from those that miss the good ol’ days of ‘the Steel’ to those who see the building as a symbol of corporate grandeur. Love it or hate it, Martin Tower has been a landmark in Bethlehem, and its place in the skyline will be missed.
District Chief Financial Officer Stacy Gober presented a tentative budget for 2019-20 May 6. It includes no increase in the tax millage for the first time in several years, and uses only $1.6 million from the general fund balance to make up a shortfall.
Lehigh County Commissioners defeated 4–5 a major step in getting the renovation of the Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation facility started. Commissioners gave a first reading to a resolution that “indicates [Commissioner’s] support for a facility plan which meets the facility standards set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.”
The resolution would have authorized County personnel “to take all such further action including any necessary transfer of funds, and to executed additional documents” as appropriate to carry out the project.
Three seats are up in Bethlehem Twp.
Democratic - Malissa Davis
Democrat - Kristine Blake (inc)
Republican - Wayne Buller
Democrat - John K. Gallagher (inc)
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has committed $500.7 million in liquid fuels payments to help certified municipalities maintain their roads and bridges.
“Pennsylvania has the fifth-largest state-maintained road system in the country, and the locally owned network is even larger,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “Mobility and safety on all our state’s roadways is critical, which is why Governor Wolf has proposed Restore Pennsylvania to improve roadways in all our communities.”
JUDGE OF THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS
(Vote for One)
Democrat - William A Ehrlich
Democrat - Rashid Santiago
Democrat - Tom Capehart
Democrat - Jared J Hanna
Democrat- Anna-Kristie Morffi Marks
Democrat - Eric Dowdle
Democrat - Zachary Cohen
Republican - Anna-Kristie Morffi Marks
Republican - Tom Capehart
Republican -Zachary Cohen
Republican -Rashid Santiago
Republican - Jared J Hanna
Republican - Eric Dowdle
Republican - William A Ehrlich