Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Vaping policy added to handbook

Monday, July 15, 2019 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

The 2019-20 student handbook for the Saucon Valley MS has been approved. There was one change involving the policy on smoking, tobacco and vaping. Assistant Principal Amy Braxmeier was on hand to update the board. Per the 2018-19 handbook it states “smoking and tobacco use and possession are prohibited in school buildings, on district property, and any other jurisdiction 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Zoo president and CEO reports increased revenue

President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Zoo Melissa Borland sounded excited and happy as she reported a series of good news milestones to the Lehigh County Commissioners at the June 26 meeting.

She reported revenue increased from $1 million in 2014 to $4.1 million in 2018.

Recertification by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is expected. This indicates the zoo would be rated among the top 10 percent of zoos in the country.

Plus, the zoo has begun a new initiative to reduce consumption of one-use plastics. There were 230,000 visitors in 2018.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

‘It all started with a patch’

When Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles started with the department in 1994, he wanted to know the 10 full-time and 11 part-time officers and staff.

“The first thing I did was work every shift and ride with every officer,” Stiles said. Officers thought that was great.

“I asked two questions: What’s wrong with this police department and what do you want to see this police department become? They had a lot of ideas.”

LV Zoo in great shape

Monday, July 8, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh Valley Zoo President and CEO Melissa Borland sounded excited and happy as she reported a series of milestones to the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners June 26; revenue up from $1 million in 2014 to $4.1 million in 2018; expected recertification by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, which indicates that the Lehigh Valley Zoo is rated among the top 10 percent of zoos in the country; plus a new initiative to reduce consumption of one-use plastics. She also reported the zoo had 230,000 visitors in 2018.

Board ponders plethora of proposals

Monday, July 8, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Representing 79 W. Market St., Mike Psitus of Express Sign Outlet was quickly granted a certificate of appropriateness for a 25-inch by 99-inch window sign for Stark Financial Group by the Historical and Architectural Review Board at the June 5 meeting held in the Rotunda. The vinyl decal graphic and sans serif font of the company logo is blue and green with off-white outlines. The first floor window measures 84 inches by 117 inches. The commercial building is owned by Rudy Amelio.

Summer swimming schemes sunk

Monday, July 8, 2019 by TIM HEALY in Local News

Dissatisfied residents brought their concerns regarding the municipal pool closure to supervisors June 25

Township Manager John Finnigan explained that when workers attempted to fill the pool before summer’s start, they found something peculiar. “There are at least three broken pipes underneath the pool. As soon as we had put water in, we lost 180,000 gallons. My guess is there aren’t only voids under the pool, but beside the pool underneath the deck.

Tee time for Victory

Monday, July 8, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

The Victory House annual charity golf classic was played at the Green Pond Country Club June 3 with 96 golfers participating. It marked the 13th annual golfing fundraiser to supports the emergency shelters programs at its Southside Bethlehem facility. Executive Director Pat DiLuzio said $120,000 has been raised to date to support the general operating budget, and expected to raise $10,000 from the 2019 classic which will be applied to the purchase and installation of an emergency generator.