Griffin Land is a Connecticut-based land development company that has recently expanded into the Lehigh Valley, both in Upper Macungie and Bethlehem townships. Its eyes are now fixed on a 49-acre site along the north side of Jaindl Boulevard in Hanover Township. On Aug. 28, Griffin representatives unveiled plans for two flexible use buildings that will be located directly across the street from a Traditions of America residential community.
Animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton. The shelter is working to end pet overpopulation by running a clinic so animals can be spayed or neutered before they go home. For more information, call 610-252-7722 or visit www.healthyanimalcenter.org.
John Brew's first attempt to establish his community bank consulting business in Historic Bethlehem ended in failure. After a lengthy hearing, zoners denied his request in a close, 2-2, vote.
But it was a different story Aug. 28, thanks to a new zoning ordinance that permits some commercial use of corner properties in residential districts, even those located at the corner of North New and East Market streets.
By a 4-0 vote, zoners agreed to allow Brew to locate his business at a Bed and Breakfast known as The Bethlehem Inn.
Their decision followed a lengthy hearing.
Wednesday, September 12
Lehigh Co. Commissioners, 7:30 p.m., public hearing room, Lehigh County Gov. Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
Thursday, September 13
Bethlehem Water Authority, 3 p.m., 85 W. North St.
Monday, September 17
Bethlehem Housing Authority, 4:30 p.m., Monacacy Tower, 645 Main St.
BASD Finance and Human Resources committees, 6 p.m., Education Center dining room, 1516 Sycamore St.
Bethlehem Twp. Commissioners, 7 p.m., municipal building, 4225 Easton Ave.
Fountain Hill Zoning Board, 7 p.m., 941 Long St.
MEALS ON WHEELS OF NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, Bethlehem, needs persons willing to grocery shop for homebound clients living in the Slate Belt. Contact Janet Soos, 610-691-1030, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MILLER-KEYSTONE BLOOD CENTER, Bethlehem, is now open Sundays for blood donors at the Bethlehem site and needs volunteers to serve as canteen attendants. Contact Naomi Pratt, 610-691-5850, email@example.com.
My Boys Baking, along with its 20 different favors of biscotti, has received a green light from Hanover Supervisors for its baked goods empire at 310 Stoke Park Road. The unanimous endorsement followed an Aug. 28 hearing in which Attorney Joe Piperato clearly established that no one is offended by cookies.
Owner Cindy Levine was busy baking, so she sent husband Robert to testify.
Even though the summer has unofficially come to end and most people celebrated their final barbeque over the Labor Day holiday, open flames and grilling was the largest issue at the Sept. 4 Fountain Hill Council meeting.
Several Fountain Hill residents voiced their concerns about allowing the use of outdoor fire pits. While this topic was already on the agenda for Tuesday night's meeting under the topic "Amending Chapter 7 to specifically allow the use of outdoor grills, Ordinance #779," it was brought up in the beginning of the meeting during the open floor forum.
DUring an Aug. 30 hearing, Lamar Advertising's Meg Kyle was unable to persuade Bethlehem zoners to allow a digital billboard near Route 22, at 2224 Industrial Drive. Despite her promises to run the FBI's Most Wanted list and other public announcements, a unanimous board refused to see the light.
Testimony during the hearing established that the proposed billboard would be approximately 500 feet away from another digital display, in violation of a zoning ordinance that requires a separation of 1,000 feet.