Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Commissioners approve $1.8M for center’s repairs

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Bethlehem Township Commissioners have awarded $1.8 million in contracts to renovate the township’s 11-year old community center. They did so with little discussion at their April 3 meeting.

Last July, Entech Engineering’s Ryan Kennedy reported that gutters were improperly sloped on the metal roof over the facility’s natatorium, leading to pockets of standing water that seep into the building. He identified about $2.5 million in repairs for a 50,000 square-foot building that cost $10.3 million to build and is shackled by a mortgage requiring a $725,000 annual payment.

Council hears resident concerns

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

Members of the community from Tombler and neighboring streets wanted to know if St. Luke’s University Hospital was constructing a new helicopter pad at a recent coucil meeting. Joe Patanella, St. Luke’s Community liason to Fountain Hill, assured residents that they were not. “We removed three pine trees and will replace them with six smaller ones,” he said. The nursing school parking lot will be used in an emergency situation only as a backup for the helicopter pad. St.

Women stand up for equal pay

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Further complicating the economic issues for women, Oakley pointed out that 47 percent of women in college graduate into the workforce with at least $30,000 in student loan debt, needing six more years than their male counterparts to pay off the debt, thus incurring higher interest costs. This sets them back when it comes to investing in 401Ks, affects credit scores, and delays purchasing homes and financing cars. Essentially, said Oakley, this puts them behind males facing the same economic and life issues.

HCC approves new signage for established barber shop

Friday, April 7, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission granted a certificate of appropriateness to Will Soto for new signage for 516 E. Fourth St. at the March 20 meeting. Soto, owner of Sin’s Fade and Shave Barber Shop, a Southside establishment that has been around since 2003, was accompanied by sign maker Mike Psitos. The vote was unanimous to allow the installation of aluminum signs to the building, attach dimensional address numbers, and install vinyl graphics to the windows. The board convinced Soto to go with a blade sign instead of a proposed flag sign.