Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Rebranding for a stronger, productive future

Monday, January 6, 2020 by The Press in Local News

The name may have changed, but our goal remains the same.

“Our mission is to inform and entertain our readers, preserve the history of our local community and service the needs of local businesses and individuals with diverse media solutions.”

With a strong lineage that can trace its history back to the Mauch Chunk Daily Times well over a century ago, the Times News – the sister daily paper of the Lehigh Valley Press – continues to adapt and has rebranded.

Board considers three proposals

Monday, January 6, 2020 by LANI GOINS in Local News

Three properties were on the agenda during the Historic Conservation Commission meeting Dec. 16.

First up was 702 East Fourth St., site of the Antillana Meet Market. The owner of the market was proposing to install an awning across the front of the store and around to the side of the building. Four designs were submitted, but were not to scale. At issue was a cornice on the front of the building, which the submitted designs would hide. The commission tabled the discussion, and asked for revised designs to be submitted the following month.

Bethlehem Garden Club Honoring Betty Bartron

Monday, December 30, 2019 by LORI PATRICK in Local News

Bethlehem Garden Club hosted its November meeting at Advent Moravian Church, with celebrity guest speaker Jane Godshalk, AIFD, and invited other regional garden clubs to attend. The event brought out approximately 200 gardeners eager to learn from the design expertise of Godshalk, who created seven designs on stage following the looks of “modern mass” and ‘”armature” designs. The arrangements went home with attendees by raffle.

Short-term lodging faces new limits

Monday, December 30, 2019 by CHARONE FRANKEL in Local News

The Bethlehem Planning Commission Dec. 12 discussed a proposed amendment to the Zoning Ordinance that would establish Short Term Lodging (e.g. Airbnb hosting) as a new use category, though it was ultimately tabled.

Such a zoning change would, “create an opportunity to define where short term lodging is permitted in the city and create parameters for the use...such as parking, owner-occupancy, limits of use, and code requirements,” according to a Dec. 5 memorandum to the planners from Director of Planning and Zoning Darlene Heller.

Whitehall Mall Sears to close early next year

Monday, December 30, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Whitehall Mall’s Sears store is expected to close in early 2020, according to a recent news release from Transformco, which purchased the store’s assets in February.

This location, 1259 Whitehall Mall, is one of seven Sears or Kmart stores in Pennsylvania set to close.

Transformco has since faced a difficult retail environment and other challenges.

Borough living will get more costly

Monday, December 30, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Fountain Hill’s final budget meeting in mid-December resulted in a .5 mil tax increase. Council member Helen Halleman insisted in a later interview that in 20 years on council she’d never voted for a tax increase, and she was vehemently against this one as it will compound issues of a large senior population on a fixed income and the fact that rental properties outnumber owner-occupied properties in the borough.

“This is going to put a big burden on our taxpayers,” she said.