Councilman Thomas Rieger has announced his bid for re-election.
A key promise of his first campaign was to open up the borough's government to its residents. Over the last three years, Rieger built an interactive borough website so that residents can find important information and keep up to date with community events.
He holds a bachelor of science in business management from East Stroudsburg University. He currently work for Lehigh Valley Health Network in the Supply Chain Management Division.
With guitar in hand, 28 year-old Merv Shiner, an aspiring musician from Bethlehem, made his way to Decca Records in New York City to record a simple children's song. Within a matter of weeks it was selling hundreds of thousands of records.
The song? A timeless classic. It went something like this: "Here Comes Peter Cottontail/Hoppin' down the bunny trail/Hippety, hoppin'/Easter's on its way."
Democratic Bethelehm Township commissioner candidate Raymond Russin has been dropped from the ballot for a failure to provide proper income documentation.
Russin's failure to file a statement of financial interests Senior Judge Lawrence Brenner removed him during a hearing March 21, which Russin did not attend.
Russin had challenged the seat of incumbent Republican Paul Weiss, and the objections were raised by fellow Democrat Suzanne Robertson.
Pending the results of a March 25 inspection by the Pa. Department of Health, officials at the St. Luke's Anderson Campus are projecting that a $4 million expansion of the facility's emergency department will be operational beginning April 1.
Bethlehem's Southside, once the site of the Bethlehem Steel, is now becoming a big box warehouse center. The City Planning Commission, at its March 14 meeting, unanimously approved a 677,088-square-foot warehouse along Route 412 at Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII to be built by Trammell Crow Company. This is the fifth warehouse approved for Bethlehem Steel lands.
Trammel has also agreed to donate $40,000 to the city to plant trees as determined by the city forester.
School Board directors voted March 18 to renew the charters of two local charter schools, though not without reservations.
The Dual Language and Lehigh Valley HS for the Arts are renewed until 2018, but board members Eugene McKeon Aurea Ortiz, Basilio Bonilla Jr. and President Mike Faccinetto all voiced concerns over the district's inability to admonish charters for poor performance so long as they follow state guidelines.