Forty-six children ages six through 12 with Type 1 diabetes participated in Camp Red Jacket June 26 at Camp Fowler, North Whitehall Township.
Six young adults with Down syndrome ended their college days as they started them with cheers
and tears as the Career and Independent Living and Learning Studies at East Stroudsburg University
celebrated the culmination of three years of study for students Alec Mertz, Lauren Coni, Sam Heller,
Brian Meltzer, Jessica Floryshak and Matthew Paladino.
The energy was palpable, the emotion visible as family, friends, and mentors gathered for the Program Recognition Celebration held at the Abeloff Center for Performing Arts on the East Stroudburg campus.
The Bethlehem Area School District Board has approved a budget for the school year 2013-2014. This budget includes a property tax increase that is higher than originally anticipated.
The property tax increase included in the new budget is now 2.7 percent. In previous versions of the budget, the suggested property tax increase was 2.1 percent.
This new property tax means that the tax bill for the average homeowner in Northampton County will jump to $84.27 while the average homeowner's property tax bill in Lehigh County will jump to $51.79.
Bethlehem has a new Sister City. At a Town Hall ceremony in March, Mayor John Callahan and Corfu, Greece, Mayor Ioannis Trepeklis signed the Sister City agreement before a large contingent of Bethlehem's Greek-American population and to the sounds of children's voices performing traditional Greek music and an exhibition of Greek dance.
For nearly a year, developer Abe Atiyeh has decorated a 5-acre tract at the southeast intersection of Center Street and Dewberry Avenue with "Hospital Coming Soon" signs.
But not yet.
Bethlehem's Planning Commission, at its June 13 meeting, put the brakes on his plans for an 80-bed, 29,352 square-foot hospital. Atiyeh engineer David Harte asked for an extension himself after concerns were raised about stormwater infiltration by the city Chief of Engineering Matt Dorner.
Last week in our graduation supplement, we inadertently published the wrong graduation list for Freedom High School.
We apologize for our error and are republshing the entire Freedom graduation package on pages A19 and A20 of this week's issue.
The Lehigh County Commissioners voted against a tax increment financing plan for the proposed Hamilton Crossings shopping center at its June 26 meeting.
In a 6-3 vote, Commissioners Michael Schware, Scott Ott, Vic Mazziotti, Brad Osborne, Lisa Scheller and Daniel McCarthy voted against the TIF. Commissioners Percy Dougherty, David Jones and Thomas Creighton voted in favor of the TIF.
Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative, the bicycling education hub of CAR-FREE CAT-Coalition for Appropriate Transport held a bike education day at Calypso Elementary School on May 25. Students and their families were able to enjoy helmet/bike fittings, mechanical checks and a basic skills obstacle course to test students' awareness and bike handling skills.