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Hellertown Council increases pool rates

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Due to recent incidents at the Hellertown pool, Hellertown Borough Council July 16 unanimously approved increasing pool rates from $5 to $10 for adults and from $4 to $8 for children.

Rate changes resulted from discussions July 2 regarding reports of recent thefts, parents leaving children unattended at the pool, the use of inappropriate language and failure to follow pool rules.

Councilwoman Gail Nolf said the rate increases are necessary to help reduce the influx of non-residents.

Paying a fair share School district seeks reassessment on commercial properties

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Long a method used by property owners to reduce their tax bills, the assessment appeal will now be used by Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) to increase revenue – they call it a "reverse tax appeal."

Administration officials think they can collect $1.5 to $2 million more per year from residents by getting some big-ticket properties reassessed.

BASD Superintendent Joseph Roy said if the district had received that money, last year's budget would have only been increased 3.3 percent instead of the 4.8 percent that was approved.

Lehigh County One job, four candidates Committee passes buck to commissioners full board

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by ANDREW CASS Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

After interviewing all four candidates vying to serve out the remainder of County Executive Don Cunningham's term, the intergovernmental and appointments committee (IGAC) decided to not recommend a single name at its Aug. 1 meeting in Allentown.

Instead, a motion was passed by the committee to send all four names to the board of commissioners, to be voted on at its Aug 8. meeting.

Commissioner Vic Mazziotti, who serves on the IGAC, said he was impressed by the interviews of all four candidates and said he did not feel ready to make a decision.

All that shimmers

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by BRANDON TAYLOR Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

There's something liberating about walking around without shoes, bare-footing your way through people traffic. It's even better when your steps fall upon smooth avenues of shimmering marble.

In Amritsar, the last stop on my trip around northern India, I had such a chance to experience life sans footwear. And, more importantly, I experienced the country's tolerance and diversity, two forces that seem to hold India together.

Hanover Township Board ends NIZ challenge

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

Hanover Township got the ball rolling. It was the first municipality to support a legal challenge to Allentown's controversial Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ). A creature of a 2009 state law that could only ever apply to Allentown, it authorized the diversion of all earned income taxes from workers inside a 130-acre NIZ, even those who reside outside the Queen City.

Sixteen townships and boroughs, along with a school district, eventually joined this litigation.

Lehigh County Commissioners may ax health department at next meeting

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by ANDREW CASS Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners discussed a bill that would withdraw Lehigh County from the joint department of health it shares with Northampton County at its July 25 meeting in Allentown.

It was the first reading and discussion of the bill, which is co-sponsored by commissioners Michael Schware, Thomas Creighton III, Vic Mazziotti, Brad Osborne, Scott Ott and Lisa Scheller. The bill will be voted on at the next board of commissioners meeting scheduled for this evening.

Hanover Township Smile! An orthodontist is coming to Wegmans

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

Wegmans thinks of everything. Though customers love those oatmeal raisin cookies and Chuckles candy bars, they can still have perfect smiles. That's because Dr. Luis J. Alvarez will be moving his orthodontist offices to Stoke Park Road and Wegmans Drive, right across the street from the upscale grocer. Following a July 26 hearing, Hanover zoners unanimously granted dimensional variances from setback requirements.

Representing Alvarez, Attorney Christine Durso argued that the irregular, flagpole-shaped lot, makes those variances necessary.