Pumps will soon be busy at a gas station along William Penn Highway, right across the street from Farmersville ES. Everything else, from apartments to a supermarket, will soon be available at a village along Freemansburg Avenue. That's because Bethlehem Township Commissioners at their Sept. 17 meeting, unanimously approved both projects, located a stone's throw from the Route 33 corridor.
No members of the public voiced any opposition to either project.
Thursday, October 4
Muslims and Christians United, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2540 Center St. Bring a dish to share if possible (avoid meat and gelatin). For more information, call 610-866-1734 or 610-533-7391.
Delaware Lehigh Amateur Radio Club, 7:30 p.m., "Valuing and Insuring Your Radio Equipment" by Blair / K3YD. Bethlehem Area Vo-Tech School, 3300 Chester Ave. Visit www.dlarc.org or KE3AW@ARRL.NET, or 610-432-8286.
Friday, October 5
Thursday, October 4
Northampton Co. Council, 6:30 p.m., Northampton Co. Courthouse, 669 Washington St., Easton.
Monday, October 8
BASD Finance and Human Resources committees, 6 p.m., Education Center dining room, 1516 Sycamore St.
Fountain Hill Planners, 7 p.m., 941 Long St.
Tuesday, October 9
Freemansburg Council, 7 p.m., finance meeting if needed at 6 p.m., 600 Monroe St.
Hanover Twp. Supervisors, 7 p.m., municipal building, 3630 Jacksonville Road.
Saucon Valley School Board, 7 p.m., Audion building, 2097 Polk Valley Road.
School Board member Basilio Bonilla Jr., at the Sept. 24 meeting, made a personal statement condemning a recent comment by the State Dept. of Education which effectively blamed teachers for high levels of cheating in several districts statewide, including Bethlehem.
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy said in a phone interview Sept. 26 the BASD has been vindicated.
Roy said it was reported in a local daily newspaper Bethlehem's was one of six districts named as suffering grade drops due to cheating and the district could be in for intense state monitoring.
The first reading of a bill that would renew and expand the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) program was completed at the Sept. 19 Bethlehem City Council meeting.
The LERTA program allows companies to forgo paying property tax in the first year of new construction and then pay 10 percent more each year until they return to paying full property tax after a decade.
Three cultural exchange students currently visiting Bethlehem through the Bethlehem-Tondabayashi Sister City Commission conducted a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the Serenity Garden tea house recently. Miki Takeuchi, Aya Kagota and Shota Kubo spent three weeks in the Christmas City with their host families, traveling to and sightseeing in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.; attending picnics; taking a Learn to Speak American class at Lehigh University; meeting with Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan; and enjoying Musikfest.
The first green cemetery in the Lehigh Valley will officially open Oct. 10 at 1121 Graham St. in Fountain Hill.
Green Meadow will be the sixth such site in Pennsylvania, and is part of the larger and historic Fountain Hill Cemetery. It is a burial ground of wild flowers and grasses in which the unembalmed dead can be interred in a wholly natural way. This includes vaultless graves and caskets made from readily biodegradable materials.
In April, a three-judge Commonwealth Court panel told Bethlehem Township that its zoning ordinance needed an overhaul. A failure to provide for prisons made the ordinance unconstitutionally exclusionary. Township commissioners, at their Sept. 4 meeting, decided unanimously to advertise an ordinance that will allow for prisons in agricultural zones. They are doing so over the objections of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC).