After a contentious hearing in August, Bethlehem's Zoning Hearing Board gave John Brew a green light to move his financial planning operations to The Bethlehem Inn, a historic district bed and breakfast located at 476 North New St.
This decision was appealed by eight residents, led by attorney Tim Stevens, who lives in the historic district. Rather than fight his neighbors, Brew has chosen to move.
Solicitor Mickey Thompson, in a report to zoners during their Dec. 19 meeting, advised that Brew has decided to move into West Bethlehem, which will likely end the litigation.
Hellertown Borough Council approved the 2013 budget during its Dec. 3 meeting. The budget will see taxes raised by 1 mill to 20.25 mills.
The tax increase would generate approximately $129,000 in revenue. For borough property owners, the tax hike means property assessed at $50,000 will see an increase of $50.
Bethlehem Food Co-Op members and supporters gathered Nov. 15 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the organization's inception. With their invitation to the Bethlehem area community at large, the group wanted to say "thank you" to many community partners who have given support as the co-op nears its formal incorporation as a nonprofit, according to steering committee co-chair Colleen Marsh.
The cold temperatures and predicted rain Otc. 7 didn't stop approximately 50 cyclists from leaving Northampton Community College on rides of 50, 68 or 103 miles. They were participating in the recent Lehigh Wheelman Association's 37th annual Gap Gallop Century.
In previous years, the ride averaged around 300 riders.
"I'm sure the weather had something to do with it," said Geoff Rogers, VP Touring for the association. He added that there are several other cycling events in the area that all ended up on the same weekend.
Your pooch or kitty will be living the dream come next July. Freshpet, which cooks high-quality, non-processed food for dogs and cats, is coming to Hanover Township. Best of all, it's bringing 100 jobs.
Freshpet President Richard Thompson, standing alongside cardboard cutouts of a dog and cat, presented plans for a new facility at 176 N. Commerce Way, located in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, to supervisors Dec. 18. An existing 60,000 square foot building will be expanded to 80,000 square feet with a $25 million investment and will be fully operational by next July.
Bethlehem Township residents will see no tax hike next year, thanks to a 2013 budget approved by commissioners at their Dec. 17 meeting. At $16.2 million, the budget retains a 5.99 millage rate, which means a home assessed at $75,000 will be taxed $449.25. Michael Hudak is the sole commissioner who voted no. He declined to explain his opposition. The budget includes two new patrolmen and a captain in the police department, and Hudak has historically opposed increased spending there.