As Northampton Community College's women went after each other in a lacrosse game, three Northampton County Executive candidates beat each other with verbal sticks May 9 during a lively debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters (LWV). Though these hopefuls are by no means as attractive as that group of college co-eds, well over 70 people still enthusiastically watched as verbal blows landed and missed in the third of four scheduled forums.
Trash was once again a topic of conversation in city hall, but this time it had nothing to do with the single hauler plan. Resident Paulette Moll of 710 Second Ave. spoke to Bethlehem City Council at the May 7 meeting about a Dumpster being placed on her street.
Moll said a Dumpster was dropped off in front of 712 Second Ave. by the health department on April 15. Trash was then removed from the deck and backyard of the property.
"The Dumpster was full in about six hours," Moll said.
In the lottery of life, Diane Silviotti considers herself lucky to have met Hunter MacMillan. Since beginning his "Cans for Diane" collection efforts four years ago, this Notre Dame HS senior has raised $1,000 to help pay Silviotti's bills.
The Fountain Hill American Legion, Post 406 presented Fountain Hill Police with a check for $7,604.10 for the purchase of tasers at the May 6 borough council meeting.
Police Chief Ed Bachert accepted the check from Legion finance officer Jim Taglang. The money will be used for the purchase of tasers for the borough's officers and the training needed to use them. Borough officers currently do not carry tasers, Bachert said.
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Bethlehem School District Facilities Director Mark Stein wants school board members to begin thinking about selecting an architectural firm for the construction and design of the new Nitschmann MS.
The full and official criteria for selecting firms are yet to be developed. But at the May 6 board meeting, Stein suggested some parameters to determine which firms the board could consider. The facilities director told members they should obviously look at firms with experience in school construction and design.
Lehigh Valley Health Network Burn Prevention Center sponsored a seminar aimed at local and regional fire and EMS personnel titled "Wear Your Gear or End Up Here" May 7 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Keynote speakers were Mitch and Aimee Dryer, of Oneida, N.Y. and Dr. Daniel Lozano, medical director, LVHN Regional Burn Center.
Mitch Dryer was a municipal firefighter in Oneida when he became trapped in a structure collapse and fire in 2007.
Residents of Lehigh Township recently gathered at the township municipal building to hear plans for a Walmart on 34 acres at Riverview (Route 145) and Birch drives.
Many of the residents came from the Hills of Greenock development, which abuts the property in question.
Attorney Tina Makoulian said the retail store is a permitted use in the commercially zoned area. There is no problem meeting the setbacks and requirements for the parking area, which will accommodate 641 cars.
In 1948 there were 15 students who graduated in their eighth grade class from the St. John Capistrano Parochial School that once stood next to the now closed St. John Capistrano Church on East Fourth Street near Hayes Street.
Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin revealed the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center, along with Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Chief of Police at City of Bethlehem Jason Schiffer, other government officials and representatives of Computer Aid Inc., at a press conference April 25.
The RIIC began operating in January. It is a web-based portal which allows investigators to post and search important information in Lehigh County and the city of Bethlehem.