Last October, a unanimous ruling by Bethlehem's Zoning Hearing Board paved the way to save St. Stanislaus Church, located at 419-429 Hayes St. Instead of offering daily Mass, this historic church would become the hub for 36 affordable apartments, targeted at artists earning 60 percent of the Lehigh Valley's median income. But an attempt to expand that development by 10 units failed, just as unanimously, during a Sept. 26 hearing
Fountain Hill Council's Sept. 19 work session produced several important issues to address at the Oct. 1 council meeting.
The Ordinance Committee has met and decided the future of open fire pits being used in Fountain Hill and will vote on the outcome. The last few meetings have been flooded with concerns over open fire pits, what is being burned in them and possible air pollution.
Bethlehem Area School District Board of Directors voted Sept 24 to increase an after-school bus route from two to four days a week in support of student programs.
Board member Eugene McKeon supported all the agenda items listed under finance except the bus extension, citing the prohibitive cost, but Irene Follweiler disagreed. She said expanding that 4 p.m. bus run – but no others – would be very useful for students in after-school activities and show support for the programs.
Lehigh County Commissioner Sept. 12 Daniel McCarthy withdrew a bill he had sponsored to put forth funding from the community revitalization grant program.
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.