On July 4th, current and former residents of the Old Edgeboro section of Bethlehem did what they have been doing for the past 43 years: they gathered on Sycamore Street for the annual Independence Day celebration.
Neighbors line the block with tables and chairs. Overhead are two large American flags suspended over the ends of the block by Marty Plyler.
The budget crunch and deficit has Harrisburg legislators seriously considering a new source of revenue: gambling video game terminals in airports, bars and restaurants. These machines only deal in low-stakes gambling, but their possible widespread availability and disconnect from resources physical casinos develop within their host communities have many outside the legislature up in arms.
Lehigh County Commissioners had a second reading of the $133,755,495 Lehigh County Capital Plan for 2018 – 2022, and then passed several motions to amend the bill at their July 12 meeting. The capital plan, according to explanatory text in the ordinance, “is a policy statement only and is in no way to be construed as a budget or an appropriation.” A vote on the Capital Plan will be held at the next meeting July 26.
“The Capital Plan kind of kicks off the budget season,” said Commissioner Michael Schware in an interview.
Moravian Day, a festival for Moravians and the community, was held June 17 on the grounds of Central Moravian Church and the nearby Moravian community in historic downtown Bethlehem. The first-time event featured entertainment, food, music and family-oriented activities. The admission-free celebration was sponsored by the Bethlehem Area Moravians (BAM) and other Moravian entities as part of a 2016-17 schedule of special commemorative events marking the 275th Moravian founding of Bethlehem in 1741.
Penn Forest Township supervisors voted Wednesday to review its ordinance that permits turbines in the township.
After Atlantic Wind filed its application for a special use exception permit to build wind turbines in Penn Forest Township, resident Marcus Laurence asked the township to tighten up the ordinance that permits turbines. Laurence has even provided the township with a sample revised ordinance to consider.
During June’s supervisors meeting, the board agreed to consider Laurence’s request.
Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board on July 18 will rule on an appeal by PVC Third St. L.P. and Quarry St. Whitehall Development L.P. — two entities owned by developer Abe Atiyeh — requesting the board of commissioners change an ordinance to allow Pathstone Housing Corp. of Pennsylvania to convert a long-idle apparel factory at 215 Quarry St. into 49 low- and moderate-income apartments.
Atiyeh is challenging the validity of the ordinance, specifically the parking study.
It took a little patience, but one member of the public got the update he requested on the proposed ethics ordinance under discussion by city council.
During the public portion of council’s July 5 meeting, Allentown resident Robert Trotner asked for a status update on the ethics ordinance. The proposal was brought forward by council members Olga Negron and Michael Colon in January and has been discussed at two committee of the whole meetings, however it has not yet come to an actual council meeting for a vote.
The council meeting of July 3 reported cleanup days around Fountain Hill Borough are progressing. Each Saturday brings more people topitch in and help clean up. The next cleanup Saturday is scheduled for August 2 at 9am at the park at Stanley Ave. Mayor Jose Rosado said that the “playground and pool are looking quite good.” They put one basketball hoop back up and the park has
been quiet. The playground coordinator has things under control.
Fountain Hill has obtained a DEP grant in the
amount of $100,000 for repairs at the Lechauwecki Springs Park.
Physician General of Pennsylvania Dr. Rachel Levine gave a press conference at Lehigh Valley Hospital June 12 on new programs which aim at getting drug addicted patients – notably, opioid and heroin abusers – the care they need. Several representatives from the hospital and other local organizations were on hand to give insight on their efforts.
The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) paid tribute to their late friend and former next door neighbor in the Banana Factory, Ray Smicker, with a ribbon cutting ceremony recently. Smicker, owner of Silver Images in the adjoining space and steadfast supporter of PCFLV, passed away in 2016 from cancer. PCFLV then expanded their office suite into the vacant digital print shop and named it the “Ray of Sunshine Room” in his honor.