Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

County ahead of game in election prep

Monday, October 7, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

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.

11-15 West Garrison City considers apartment structure

Monday, September 30, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

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.

Ben Franklin invests $500K regionally

Monday, September 30, 2019 by The Press in Local News

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:

A glimpse of Christmas lighting plan

Monday, September 30, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

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.

Russian Orthodox Church

Monday, September 30, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

A taste of Russia comes to the city

The beautiful blue of the ornate Russian Orthodox Church on Bridle Path Road complemented a blue sky Sept. 7 as the church in Bethlehem was the scene of the Russian Food Festival.

George, Dimitra and Angelika came from Nazareth to browse the vendor’s tables at the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church’s 37th annual Russian Days Food Festival.

“We are from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Nazareth,” said George, who preferred not to give his last name. “We want to support other local communities in the Lehigh Valley.”

Boscola announces $600K-plus in local crime prevention grants

Monday, September 30, 2019 by The Press in Local News

State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced today that Northampton and Lehigh counties along with three local nonprofits have been approved by the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) for grants totaling $662,691 to enhance efforts to assist crime victims and improve county governments efficiencies in dealing with crime issues.

Chocolate Lab celebrates its 17th anniversary

Monday, September 30, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Chocolate Lab on Main Street in Bethlehem celebrated it’s 17th anniversary with an Alien Invasion party Sept. 21. A spaceship hovered over the sales counter, probably hoping to beam up some delicious chocolate. Two large Alien cutouts watched over the store and customers. Owner Arlene Brockel and her staff wore black t-shirts proclaiming “straight outta area 51”. The festivities began with face painting, story time with Miss Dana from the Bethlehem Area Public Library, and free samples of chocolate and baked goods. Outside, two local artists, Chris P.

Is 911 dispatching closest emergency responder?

Monday, September 30, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

On Sept. 10, John Pequeno’s Upper Nazareth home, at 3300 block of Rising Sun Court, was destroyed by fire. No human lives were lost, but Pequeno did lose a pup named Marshall, whom he referred to as his “fur baby.” “The rest of what was lost was mostly just stuff,” he said. Nine different fire departments ultimately responded. Pequeno has been so touched by their heroic efforts that he organized a fundraiser for what he calls the Rising Sun Fire Brigade.

Council, admin have partisan fallout

Monday, September 30, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The Republican members who dominate the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners 6–3 don’t trust the Democrats who head up Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong’s administration.

An amendment establishing procedures to allow the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners to recommend health care provider vendors other than the one recommended by the administration had its first reading Sept. 25.