They came from England and the Virgin Islands, Arizona and Oregon, to celebrate the holidays in Bethlehem! When all was said and done, nearly 95,000 visitors travelled to Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem and the Christmas City this year.
Attendance at the 2019 edition of Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem presented by Univest Financial was 94,980, a new record for the event. During Christkindlmartkt’s five-weekend run, attendees came from more than 25 states, as well as England, Canada and beyond. Attendance was up three percent from 2018, when 92,297 people visited the holiday marketplace.
The Environmental Advisory Board welcomed four volunteers as council appointees at the Dec. 7 meeting: Lynn Freyman Rothman, Elizabeth Behrend, Elisabeth Chichonski, Benjamin Guthrie, and Benjamin S. Felzer.
Ann McHale was appointed to the Bethlehem Revitalization and Improvement Authority.
Council will hold its reorganization meeting Monday, Jan. 6 at which times council officers will be elected.
Recent Christkindlmarkt ttendance
2017: 89,923 (6 weeks)
2018: 92,297 (6 weeks)
2019: 94,980 (new event record)
A tradition created over 60th years ago continued Saturday, Dec. 14 as the Christmas Peace Pilgrimage made its way from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Over 90 pilgrims came out to spread the message of world peace as they walked nearly 10 miles from start to finish. Each year the walk starts at Nazareth Moravian Church and finishes at Christ United Church of Christ taking approximately six hours to complete.
Public confidence in Northampton County’s $2.9 million ExpressVote XL voting system was badly shaken during its rollout in the Nov. 5 election. At the polls, some voters complained they had difficulty making choices in the retention races. This is because as many as 30 percent of the machines were improperly configured in the factory. Worse, 100 percent of the machines reported false results in all races in which cross-filing was permitted. Finally, these significant errors were missed in pre-election testing.
In a letter to Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio which has since gone public, Southside District Judge Nancy Matos-Gozalez last month criticized irreconcilable differences between city and Lehigh University law enforcement’s handling of marijuana possession cases.
Both departments operate on the Southside, but Matos-Gonzalez notes a disparity in charges by city officers are often more severe, so much so that she feels it has, “brought forth a situation which constricts my ability to dispense equitable justice.”
The PA Turnpike Commission today reminded customers that beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday tolls will increase 6% for cash, E-ZPass and toll by plate customers. The increase, approved by the commissioners last July, takes effect on all sections and extensions excluding three western Pennsylavnia “cashless” tolling facilities.
For the 19th consecutive year, Lehigh Valley Health Network hosted the Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force annual spirit-free mix-off Dec. 19, 2019, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Supported by business and community leaders, the event promotes a critical message of not mixing the consumption of alcoholic beverages and driving during the holiday season.
Guest servers representing local media outlets offered tastes of nonalcoholic drinks and encouraged tasters to judge the ones they enjoyed the best.
The Bethlehem Zoning Board heard four variance applications in its December 18 meeting, granting all but one. The most discussed item was the proposed five townhouse development at 262 Ninth Ave. The property is in a zone where multi-family dwellings are permitted but must have at least 2,500 square feet of lot area per unit, with maximum building coverage at no more than 30 percent of the property.