Facilities director for the Bethlehem Area School District Mark Stein is calling upon the school board to begin budgeting to build and maintain several elementary school playgrounds within the district.
According to Stein, at least two playgrounds within the district are in need of repairs and equipment upgrades. Two elementary schools, Fountain Hill and William Penn, have no play equipment at all.
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The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute launched a campaign called The Heart Truth to raise women's awareness of their risk for heart disease. The symbol for this campaign is the Red Dress. Everyone can support this campaign by wearing red on National Wear Red Day on the first Friday in February.
Q: What is heart disease?
State Police Troop M Bethlehem say Wade Christian Weierbach, 2515 Woodbine St., North Whitehall Township, reported several chainsaws, two guns, a men's wedding band and an instant hot water heater were stolen after forced entry was made to his barn between 5 p.m. April 27 and 3 p.m. the next day.
This incident remains under investigation , police say.
Hanover Township Supervisors at their April 23 meeting unanimously awarded the bid for a new rescue truck to Marion Body Works, located in Wisconsin. The township will spend $449,774.00 for the truck, rejecting a lower, $411,098.38 bid from KME Kovatch.
Though lower, KME's bid contained 38 deviations from bid specs. This included shortcuts like incandescent instead of LED lights and a roof that was two feet higher than requested. Unlike KME, Marion's bid contained no variations from very detailed bid specs.
Bethlehem's Zoning Hearing Board had an unusual visitor at its April 24 meeting. Nicholas Hanna, a 13-year-old Boy Scout with Troop 318 in Bethlehem, was forced to attend the meeting by Solicitor Mickey Thompson, who moonlights as an assistant scoutmaster. Hanna, distant cousin of Bethlehem's former DCED Director Tony Hanna, correctly predicted how zoners would rule on each of three cases they considered. He proved to be a good luck charm to applicants.
The announcement that KidsPeace Broadway Campus is to be a site for the housing of children caught trying to cross the United States-Mexico border has caught Salisbury Township officials off-guard.
Township officials are looking into whether KidsPeace is permitted by law to undertake the project. Salisbury officials said they will speak with KidsPeace officials.
The six democratic candidates vying for seats on Bethlehem City Council squared off in a May 2 debate sponsored by the Bethlehem City Democratic Committee in Prosser Auditorium in the Haupert Union Building on Moravian College's campus.
Current council members Karen Dolan and Eric Evans were joined by Bryan Callahan, Steve Melnick, David Sanders and Adam Waldron in the debate moderated by former Bethlehem Mayor and Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham.
Callahan is the brother of outgoing Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan and a department chair at Freedom HS.
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Dealine: May 11.
President Homer "Bud" Lorrah began the April 16 borough council meeting with a moment of silence for Robert Martin, a member of the Freemansburg Fire Company. Martin volunteered with the company for more than 30-years. He died April 8 at St. Luke's Hospital at the age of 58.
Groundbreaking for Northampton County's new Human Services building will take place May 17 at 1 p.m.
County Executive John Stoffa told NC council at its May 2 meeting that the new centralized facility in Bethlehem Township will be open in March 2014. Between December and March, human services employees will be relocated to the new building, according to project timelines.