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Bethlehem School District Facilities Director Mark Stein wants school board members to begin thinking about selecting an architectural firm for the construction and design of the new Nitschmann MS.
The full and official criteria for selecting firms are yet to be developed. But at the May 6 board meeting, Stein suggested some parameters to determine which firms the board could consider. The facilities director told members they should obviously look at firms with experience in school construction and design.
Lehigh Valley Health Network Burn Prevention Center sponsored a seminar aimed at local and regional fire and EMS personnel titled "Wear Your Gear or End Up Here" May 7 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Keynote speakers were Mitch and Aimee Dryer, of Oneida, N.Y. and Dr. Daniel Lozano, medical director, LVHN Regional Burn Center.
Mitch Dryer was a municipal firefighter in Oneida when he became trapped in a structure collapse and fire in 2007.
Residents of Lehigh Township recently gathered at the township municipal building to hear plans for a Walmart on 34 acres at Riverview (Route 145) and Birch drives.
Many of the residents came from the Hills of Greenock development, which abuts the property in question.
Attorney Tina Makoulian said the retail store is a permitted use in the commercially zoned area. There is no problem meeting the setbacks and requirements for the parking area, which will accommodate 641 cars.
In 1948 there were 15 students who graduated in their eighth grade class from the St. John Capistrano Parochial School that once stood next to the now closed St. John Capistrano Church on East Fourth Street near Hayes Street.
Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin revealed the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center, along with Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Chief of Police at City of Bethlehem Jason Schiffer, other government officials and representatives of Computer Aid Inc., at a press conference April 25.
The RIIC began operating in January. It is a web-based portal which allows investigators to post and search important information in Lehigh County and the city of Bethlehem.
A 5-acre vacant tract at the southeast corner of Dewberry Avenue and Center Street is without doubt the most litigated property in Bethlehem. At one time it was the site for future expansion of Memorial Park Cemetery. Nobody minded. But since Abe Atiyeh acquired the property in 2007, you need a road map to figure out what's going on there.
Judge; Pa. Superior Court; term 10 years, Republican
Robert Wyda, (Withdrawn)
Judge; Pa. Superior Court; term 10 years, Democrat
Joseph C. Waters, Jr., Democratic
Jack McVay, Jr.
Judge; Court of Common Pleas; Republican
Christopher T. Spadoni
Judge; Court of Common Pleas; Democratic
Chris T. Spadoni
County Executive, term 4 years; Republican
Hellertown Borough Council instructed Rob Sarnowski of Barry Isett and Associates to "play hardball" with the company contracted to manufacture a new liner for the Hellertown Pool.
"Play whatever you've got to play," said council Vice President John Bate during last month's meeting. Council further directed Sarnowski to attempt to have the liner delivered to the borough within the next month.