The 34th annual Live Christmas Pageant was held Dec. 8 and 9 at the Rose Garden Band Shell in Bethlehem. The re-enactment of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ featured a cast of 125 costumed actors accompanied by live music from the Chancel Choir of Bethany United Church of Christ, a narrative of the Christmas story and live animals. There is no charge to attend the one-hour outdoor presentation. The pageant committee is making special plans for next year's 35th anniversary of the local production, according to LBCP President David M. Landis of Bethlehem.
Dignitaries, support staff and volunteers,attended the official ribbon cutting recently for the Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley's food pantry grand opening. Located in the basement at the center's 520 East Fourth St. facility, it is anticipated that the pantry will assist 30 to 50 people initially, according to Hispanic Center Executive Director Lorna Velazquez.
Skyrocketing pension costs, which have risen from $1.5 million in 2004 to $11.1 million next year, have forced Bethlehem City Council to impose a 7 percent tax hike next year. In a 6-1 vote at their Dec. 20 meeting, council members approved the plan, with only David DiGiacinto opposed. It is the conclusion of a six-week budget process.
Family members: Dad, Gordon; mom, Anita; brother, Michael; sister, Valerie
Favorite subject: Playwriting because I like to express myself through writing and I like that it connects two of my passions, writing and theater
Activities: Dance (15 years), acting and stage managing
Next steps: Going to my dream college for four years and then becoming a professional stage manager
Career goals: Equity stage manager
Heroes: My dad because he's battling heart disease and he still takes care of his family. He's the bravest person I know.
Northampton County Council approved county government's $328 million 2013 budget with only one dissenting vote and some staffing request refusals.
For 2013, the millage rate will remain at 10.8. For a taxpayer with a property assessed at $50,000, that means $540 in county taxes.
The majority of council supported the balanced budget because of the no-tax increase.