Bethlehem Press

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BASD--Board recognize exceptional students, faculty and staff

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 by LIZ KEMMERER in Local News

The April 24 regular board meeting was decorated with appreciation for some exceptional students, faculty and staff of the Beethlehem Area Schoo lDistrict community.

The directors first recognized seniors Gabriella Greenhoward from Freedom HS and Lexi Vega of Liberty HS who were each awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Moravian College on March 27. Greenhoward and Vega were selected out of 50 students between who applied for the scholarship.

Gov. Wolf begins Union Blvd resurfacing

Monday, April 24, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED in Local News

The Wolf Administration announced recently that work is scheduled to begin on a $3.6 million project to repair and resurface Union Boulevard in the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem, Lehigh County.

“This busy east-west corridor between Allentown and Bethlehem is used by thousands of motorists each day, and will soon be resurfaced due to Act 89,” Governor Tom Wolf said.

BETHLEHEM-Property value error causes momentary budget hold up

Monday, April 24, 2017 by LIZ KEMMERER in Local News

A miscalculation of the real estate market value of Northampton County is causing a momentary hiccup in the district budget approval process, reported directors at the finance committee meeting April 10.

School districts use real estate market values to determine tax rates for the current year, which impacts district budget calculations, explained Bethlehem Area School District Chief Financial Officer Stacy Gober. The State Tax Equalization Board (STEB) is responsible for determining the aggregate market value of taxable real estate property across Pennsylvania.

Zoo holds ‘Wild at Hearts’ fundraiser for masai giraffes

Monday, April 24, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

For those with a love of animals and a desire to celebrate cupid’s holiday with a twist, Wild at Heart at the Lehigh Valley Zoo was the perfect alternative Valentine’s date or family outing.

The event was held Feb. 12 as part of the zoo’s continuing fundraising efforts to bring a pair of long-awaited Masai giraffes from their current home in Kansas City, Mo., to Schnecksville.

National Drug Take Back Day on April 29

Monday, April 24, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

The 13th National Take Back Day drug collection event has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29.

Lehigh County residents can take expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to police departments and other locations at 11 sites in the county.

Residents can dispose of capsules, pills, including pet medications, and liquids.

Syringes or Sharps will not be accepted. Residents who dispose of medications will remain anonymous, and no questions will be asked.

After 43 years NCC student services coordinator retires

Monday, April 24, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

After more than four decades in education, Bethlehem native Virginia Gonzalez had finally come to terms with the idea of retirement. It’s now time to travel, focus on friendships and find personally meaningful projects to occupy her days.

She sat with the Press some time ago to reflect on the social evolution of her Southside neighborhood and the city, her career at Northampton Community College, and the ever-changing face of the local college population and the niche schools like NCC fill.

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP--Brodhead Road work begins in July

Monday, April 24, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Sometime in mid or late July, Bethlehem Township will finally begin work on the reconstruction of Brodhead Road. That’s a 9,000 foot long, two-lane township road that extends east from Township Line Road until it intersects with Route 191. Located in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, the road is heavily traveled by tractor trailers, and has been the subject of numerous complaints. Commissioners set aside $1.3 million for this project in this year’s budget, and a $400,000 grant has been secured.