Wednesday, September 26
Bethlehem Parking Authority, 4:30 p.m., 85 W. North St.
Bethlehem Zoning Board, 7 p.m., 10 E. Church St.
Lehigh Co. Commissioners, 7:30 p.m., public hearing room, Lehigh County Gov. Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
Bethlehem Twp. Zoning Board, 6:30 p.m. municipal building, 4225 Easton Ave.
Thursday, September 27
Hanover Twp. Zoning, 7 p.m., municipal building, 3630 Jacksonville Road.
Lower Saucon Twp. Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Town Hall, 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike.
Monday, October 1
Bethlehem Area Public Library was the venue for a Sept. 19 hearing in the latest round of Abe Atiyeh zoning hearings. But instead of a librarian, Solicitor Erich Schock and Zoning Chairman Gus Loupos both had to ask the 50 or so people to be silent. For the most part, they were, as Attorney Mark Malkames made the case for drug and alcohol treatment centers at 2110 Center St. and 2349 Linden St.
The polls open in 40 days, and as of this minute the contentious statewide Voter ID law is a hot potato; it's effective and binding but tossed from one level of court to another as it burns partisan hands before the election.
Enacted earlier this year, the law was later upheld by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson. Two weeks ago, it was appealed before the State Supreme Court, which sent it back to Simpson with the directive of certifying the law isn't actually excluding those trying to get an ID.
Hanover Township will host a free electronics recycling day Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Everything from cell phones to refrigerators will be accepted. There will be a small fee for batteries (75 cents per pound) and fluorescent lamps (25 cents each). This event will take place at the municipal complex, located at 3630 Jacksonville Road.
Supervisor Jack Nagle made this announcement during a brief meeting of the township supervisors Sept. 11, following a flag retirement ceremony.
A nearly-out-of-breath Jack Silva spoke of near-future plans with Bethlehem Area School District directors during the curriculum meeting Spt. 10.
It was Bethlehem's version of the United Nations when teachers and scholars from all over the world spent three days at the Hotel Bethlehem attending the 15th World Conference of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP).
Backed by a strong presence from Nazareth Ambulance Corps (NAC) employees, a paramedic's well-delivered speech convinced Northampton County Council to delay its decision to award a contract for Gracedale residents to LifeStar Response, a non-emergency medical transport service.