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BASD: Board tours middle school

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The uncushioned fold-down seats in Nitschmann MS's auditorium, far fewer than one might think of seeing at a school with 900 students, are every bit as uncomfortable as they look. The cavernous room is also filled with an array of band equipment and generally looks shabby.

And it was the site of the Bethlehem Area School District's board of directors' facilities meeting Oct. 1, which followed a tour of much of the equally-dingy building.

Point well made.

Bethlehem Township: Prisons to grow in farm district

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

Like it or not, Bethlehem Township must provide for prison uses in its zoning ordinance. That's what a three-judge Commonwealth Court panel ruled in April, holding that the township ordinance was unconstitutionally exclusionary. At its Oct. 1 meeting, a sharply divided Board of Commissioners complied with that decision by approving a zoning ordinance amendment that will allow prison uses in the township's agricultural district. These changes were supported by President Paul Weiss, Tom Nolan and Mike Hudak. But the board's two newest members – Phil Barnard and Marty Zawarski – voted no.

CENTER

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by The Press in Local News

Bethlehem City Council Solicitor Chris Spadoni was having a rough night. A former prosecutor, he was batting 0 for 4 in objections to testimony during Abe Atiyeh's quest for zoning approval of residential drug and alcohol treatment centers at 2110 Center St. and 2349 Linden St. With no success, he argued that Atiyeh's engineer David Harte lacks the qualifications to describe the management and operation of a drug and alcohol treatment center.

Bethlehem: Blight keeps getting harder to find

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) provides funding to redevelop crucial areas. According to Steve Kehs and Tammy Wetzel, strategic planners at Triad Associates, it's getting harder to find those areas.

At the Sept. 20 Planning Commission meeting, Kehs and Wetzel reported that Bethlehem has done "tremendous work" since its last Blight Study in 2002. But blight still exists, predominately at Bethlehem Steel properties on the South Side. After that, the Pembroke Road corridor, which includes a portion of Stefko Boulevard, has numerous vacant and deteriorated properties.

Bethlehem: Drug center hearing continues Oct. 16

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

Bethlehem City Council Solicitor Chris Spadoni was having a rough night. A former prosecutor, he was batting 0 for 4 in objections to testimony during Abe Atiyeh's quest for zoning approval of residential drug and alcohol treatment centers at 2110 Center St. and 2349 Linden St. With no success, he argued that Atiyeh's engineer David Harte lacks the qualifications to describe the management and operation of a drug and alcohol treatment center.

AROUND TOWN

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by The Press in Local News

Thursday, October 11

LEPOCO solidarity group's "Migrants' Passage and Their Hopes On Their Journey" with Leonila Romero Gonzalez, St. Luke's Church, 417 N. Seventh St., Allentown. Call 610-691-8370 or visit www.lepoco.org for information.

Saturday, October 13

UNCIO Columbus Celebration, 9:30 a.m., Bethlehem City Hall Plaza, 10 E. Church St. followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Columbus Memorial, Bethlehem Rose Garden, Eighth Avenue between Broad Street and Union Boulevard.

MEETING BOARD

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by The Press in Local News

Wednesday, October 10

Lehigh Co. Commissioners, 7:30 p.m., public hearing room, Lehigh County Gov. Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.

Thursday, October 11

Bethlehem Water Authority, 3 p.m., 85 W. North St.

Bethlehem Planning Commission, 4 p.m., Town Hall

Monday, October 15

BASD regular board, 7 p.m., East Hills M.S. auditorium, 2005 Chester Road.

Bethlehem Twp. Commissioners, 7 p.m., municipal building, 4225 Easton Ave.

Fountain Hill Zoning Board, 7 p.m., 941 Long St.

Bethlehem: Planners ponder Minsi Ridge sidewalks

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

Habitat for Humanity, developer of 17-acre neighborhood called Minsi Ridge on the slopes of South Mountain, would like to be excused, at least for now, from installing sidewalks along the west side of James Street and the south side of Aaron Street.

Citing the topography and remoteness of this site, located near the Sands Casino, Habitat asked the city's planning commission for a deferral at its Sept. 20 meeting. But a confused board tabled the matter, uncertain whether a deferral or outright waiver is the most appropriate solution.