The district finance committee had a lengthy discussion Oct. 16 to educate those in attendance about the new Homestead referendum expected on the November ballots. Board Secretary Stacy Gober brought up the topic in hopes of bringing a further understanding, and urged people in attendance to discuss the topic with the public.
Northampton Community College’s Fowler Center Fab Lab was the scene of some zombie mask creativity recently, just in time for Halloween.
Resin casting instructor Michael Bianco showed a small group of students how to mold, adhere, feather and bloody a number of mask special effects, and how to make a prosthetic hand casting.
“It sounded like fun,” Moravian Academy student Liam Brolly said. “I had done this kind of make-up for a movie my cousin made.”
Brolly’s father Michael and brother Hugh also participated.
Several Bethlehem Township police officers, along with Chief Dan Pancoast and Manager Melissa Shafer, visited the newly renovated McDonalds to share coffee with residents and employees. In addition to listening to their concerns, officers accepted applications for a citizen police academy. They also discussed Project Lifesaver, a program that helps locate Alzheimer patients who wandering away from home and get lost.
Long in the works behind the scenes, the Southside Proud marketing campaign officially launched at a public gathering Sept. 30. Part of the Southside Vision 2020 neighborhood improvement project, the campaign is geared toward bettering the Southside’s image in the city’s consciousness, turning from the impression of rough and compact steelworkers’ districts to the modern iteration; schools, restaurants, entertainment and the arts all within walking distance of close-knit neighborhoods.
Out of concern for declining math performance over the last couple of years, Saucon Valley ES has made changes for this year including a proposal for more changes being brought to the school board for review.
The school has implemented an additional half hour of daily math instruction called Math IE (Intervention and Extension) this year, and special education teachers will be in the classroom for the full period and will work with special needs students as well as other students’ math needs.
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Volunteers gathered at Farrington Square at Lehigh University for the Southside and Southside Arts District cleanup Sept. 30. During the morning hours, the goal of volunteers were to cleanup and beautify Southside Bethlehem in anticipation of city events held throughout the Fall months. Activities included planting new plants and revitalizing existing plants in large plantar pots positioned along the city’s sidewalks.
The school board’s curriculum committee discussed charter renewal for the Lehigh Valley Dual Language Charter School (LVDLCS), located in Bethlehem Oct. 9. Under state law, all charter schools must seek renewal of their charter every five years, and a large portion of that process is an in-depth investigation by the chartering school district, as well as a question session before the board.
Over the past three county election cycles, Gracedale has been a dominant issue. An effort to sell the public nursing home sparked a rare public referendum in 2011 in which voters overwhelmingly voted the keep it. Since that time, county candidates have universally made their own support clear. Now a possible jail at Gracedale has galvanized Nazareth area residents. They have packed into both County Council meetings on October 5 and 22 to oppose any new jail at Gracedale. They have circulated an online petition, gathering over 1,000 signatures.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by DAVID MOLONY OF CATASAUQUA WAS UNANIMOUSLY SELECTED AS THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE TO RUN FOR THE STATE REPRESENTATIVE SEAT IN THE 133RDLEGISLATIVE DISTRICT. THE SELECTION WAS ANNOUNCED OCT. 11, THE REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE OF THE LEHIGH COUNTY. in Local News
The seat was left vacant by the death of Representative Dan McNeil.
A special election will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Molony was joined by family and friends in Whitehall, when he was nominated on the first vote. Molony previously had run against McNeil for the seat that encompasses the eastern part of Lehigh County including: Coplay, Catasauqua, Hanover Township, Fountain Hill, and parts of Whitehall, Salisbury and the city of Bethlehem.