The City of Bethlehem will unveil its very last Christmas City Seal this winter.
The annual fundraiser, which has collected donations for the city’s many Christmas activities for more than 50 years, has suffered diminished returns in a more technologically rich world, said Lynn Collins Cunningham on behalf of the chamber and Citizens Christmas City Committee.
Created in 1964 as a local arts contest to create stamps for Christmas cards, the sale of “seals” has earned more than a million dollars to help defray the costs of trees and lighting thought Bethlehem over the years.
In the spring of 2017, DeSales University, in cooperation with the office of the chief of police and Mayor Robert Donchez, conducted a Bethlehem community survey to investigate the perceptions of safety in Bethlehem neighborhoods by household residents. I hoped that the survey would provide insight and information that the Bethlehem Police Department could utilize in order to better serve the citizens of Bethlehem, target areas of citizens’ concerns and to open additional channels of communication with all members of the community.
English beer. Belgian beer in many varieties. German-style beer. Even Chocolate Peanut-butter Stout.
Beers of every sort were available to sample July 8 at the Second Annual Homebrew Fest organized by WDIY, the Lehigh Valley’s Community NPR station. Twenty-six homebrewers contributed their wares; nearly 300 guests sampled among the many offerings. One guest described the event as “heaven for beer lovers.” It was also a very successful fund-raiser for WDIY.
From the July 19 personnel and finance committee meetings:
50,000 - Northampton County parcels identified by aerial maps as having additions and improvements that need to be assessed. “That’s a lot of tax revenue,” said Council member Ken Kraft. “We hope so,” answered assessment manager Cheryl Johnson.
Anyone passing by the Linden Street landmark known as the Bethlehem Dairy Store, also known as The Cup, on June 29 may have felt as if they were experiencing a time warp. Classic cars from the 1950s and very early 1960s were parked in the store’s lot and along Millard and Linden streets to set the scene for an SAC union independent film being produced by FIFO (Fade In/Fade Out) CEO and founder Bill Hartin.
FIFO is a nonprofit filmmaking consortium dedicated to cultivating and growing filmmaking in the Lehigh Valley area.
A regional summer aggressive driving traffic enforcement detail was marked locally by a joint Salisbury Township/Allentown traffic law enforcement detail along Fish Hatchery Road, at the border between the township and the City of Allentown, July 6.
Bethlehem Press editors and correspondents gather at the Southside 313 Bar & Grille June 28 to celebrate the weekly’s recent Pa. State Keystone Press Awards wins. Around the table from front left, Carole Gorney, Katie McDonald, Heather Negrone, Dorothy and Dennis Glew, Ed Courrier, Dana Grubb, editor George Taylor, Karen Samuels, Tim Gilman, and assistant editor Nate Jastrzenski. For a full list of Bethlehem Press Keystone award winners: http://bethlehem.thelehighvalleypress.com/2017/06/17/keystone-press-awar....
Each Fountain Hill Council meeting starts with the Pledge of Allegiance, and council members were honored to have Gavin Strelecki, a local Boy Scout working to earn his Communication Merit Badge, led them at their July 17 meeting.
Gavin currently attends Lehigh Valley Regional Academy.
If you’ve been saying that Northampton County Council is in the dark, you’re right! Well, at least they were at their July 20 meeting. A Summer thunderstorm plunged the courthouse into darkness in the middle of the meeting.
“I called it!” said Ken Kraft, who previously had predicted there would be a power outage.
Eight Lehigh Valley law enforcement officers were recognized June 29 for their efforts to make area roads and highways safer for drivers and passengers in the region.
Recognition awards were given by the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force to the officers from cities, boroughs and townships in the Lehigh Valley, as well as troopers from the Fogelsville and Belfast barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police.