That’s an ecclesiastical matter in which courts refuse to involve themselves. But oftentimes, there are property questions. Who owns the real estate on which First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem stands? Questions like that are decided by a judge.
That’s a question currently before President Judge Stephen Baratta. He has already had to play Solomon once and direct the two denominations on when they could hold their Sunday services. He’s urged them to work together and has given both factions reason to believe each could lose. But they remain at odds.
YWCA Bethlehem will celebrate the volunteer achievements of local women and teens at the 42nd annual Women & Teens of the Year Award Ceremony April 4 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Event Center at blue.
The YWCA will present four special awards; the Golden Laurel, the Women of the Year Award, the Mission Award and the Teens of the Year Award.
The Women & Teens of the Year Awards ceremony began in 1975 to empower women and celebrate their achievements in the community. Past recipients of the Women of the Year award include Esther Lee and Marion Horton.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners took a bold step at the Feb. 22 meeting by passing a resolution supporting redistricting reform.
The 8-1 vote specifically lends support to naming an independent citizens commission for redistricting. The commission would consist of 11 persons, four from the state’s majority party and four from the minority party. The remaining three would come from any political party. The Pennsylvania Secretary of State would elect the members.
Commissioner Amanda Holt voted in opposition.
After hearing Hanover Township resident Lorna Rossnagle complain about “extremely disruptive” truck traffic along Jaindl Boulevard, Hanover Township Supervisors on Feb. 28 heard that developer J.G. Petrucci is planning to build two more big boxes along the same road. Kevin Horvath, P.E., representing Petrucci, presented plans for what Petrucci prefers to call two flex warehouses (99,000 square feet and 94,300 square feet). Horvath said they would be 70 percent warehouse and 30 percent light industrial.
Controversial plans for a senior retirement community at Green Pond will be decided by an independent hearing officer from outside the Lehigh Valley. Attorney David Brooman, from Norristown, was the unanimous choice of Bethlehem Township’s board of commissioners at its March 6 meeting. He has three decades of experience in municipal law, land use planning and environmental law.
Broughal was supposed to decide that motion on March 1, when the hearing was scheduled to resume. But that never happened. Broughal told commissioners that his decision, whatever it is, would be the basis of an appeal. He also predicted that other disqualification motions would soon follow, aimed at others.
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Saucon Valley HS’s Theatre Department brought a ’S Wonderful’ Roaring ’20s comedy to the high school auditorium stage from March 2-5. Set to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, the musical, “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” involves a trio of bootleggers, Cookie, Billie and Duke, who take advantage of an inebriated playboy, Jimmy Winter, who owns a posh beach house where they stash a shipment of illegal booze. Produced and directed by Chad Miller, musical numbers included “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Demon Rum,” “’S Wonderful,“ and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
Wednesday, March 15
Bethlehem Township Municipal Authority, 6:30 p.m. Municipal building, 4225 Easton Ave.
Snow date - BASD Board Finance and Human Resources committees, 6 p.m. Edgeboro Room, Education Center, 1516 Sycamore St.
Fountain Hill Council workshop, 7 p.m. 941 Long St.
Thursday, March 16
Bethlehem Redevelopment, 4:30 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St.
Northampton Co. Council, 6:30 p.m. 669 Washington St., Easton.
Monday, March 20
Historic Conservation Commission, 6 p.m. Banana Factory, 25 E. Third St.