The Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton public libraries are now working hand-in-hand to provide the best possible free service to Lehigh Valley residents.
After a yearlong discussion, library directors announced July 16 the official activation of the Lehigh Valley Library System, which standardizes borrowing rules and fees and creates a shared database of content and customers.
Bethlehem has ramped up its in-house street overlay program another notch with the purchase of a $370,000 milling machine from 2013 bond proceeds. Coupled with the purchase of a $225,000 paver in 2012, city officials say they'll be able to cut prep time in half with the milling machine when city crews undertake street overlays and pave more quickly with the new larger paver.
Turkish folk music played across Bethlehem's Payrow Plaza, located between City Hall and the Public Library, as the sun descended in the sky above. Busy volunteers prepared for the Ramadan Tent Dinner by placing plates heaped with Turkish food; bottles of juice; and water on the dozens of white clothed tables inside a large white tent erected for the occasion. The band, Wind of Anatolia, performed yards away on the library stairs.
The Lehigh County Commissioners do not want the county to collect union dues for the Deputy Sheriffs Association.
In a 7-2 vote at the July 10 board meeting, commissioners directed the county administration to renegotiate the part of the new collective bargaining agreement that requires the county to collect the union dues.
Mayor John Callahan announced in a statement July 9 Police Commissioner Jason Schiffer will be retiring next month.
Schiffer submitted a letter of intent to end his career after 20 years with the department late August and looks forward to spending time with his family while considering his next career choice.
People interested in touring the remnants of the former Bethlehem Steel plant, and receiving the inside stories about what it was really like to work there, may now take one-hour walking tours guided by the men and women who made the steel that built America.
The Steelworkers' Archives led walking tour opportunities started on July 5 with three evening tours, which started at the ArtsQuest Center. Past Archives president Frank Behum, a former steelworker conducted the initial tour, accompanied by former steelworkers such as Tom Cooper, Jerry Werkheiser and Dolores Boyko.
Just last month, planners sidelined plans for a brand new Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts for want of a traffic study. It made no difference that school officials had already agreed to perform one and implement all recommendations, or that even a month's delay could affect financing for a $27 million project. But at their July 11 meeting, when presented with a detailed study and forty arts advocates packed into Town Hall, commissioners quickly voted 3-0 to approve the project.
The Freedom and Liberty high school students booked the following bands, all of which will appear on the Plaza Trapical stage during this year's Musikfest.
Time Will Tell - 2:30 p.m.
Ground Up - 3:30 p.m.
Bonner Band - 4:30 p.m.
Daylight - 5:30 p.m.
Ballroom Thieves 2:30 p.m.
Fox-Street Allstars - 3:30 p.m.
Dana Twigg - 4:30 p.m.
Mad Rapture - 5:30 p.m.