Would you like a safer Southside? One that grabs the attention of the 20,000 visitors who pass through it each day? One with a fresh appearance and vibrant neighborhoods? That's the whole point of a Community Benefit District proposed by a coalition that includes Lehigh University, Northampton Community College, St. Luke's Hospital, ArtsQuest and several Third and Fourth Street businesses. During a June 25 meeting at Comfort Suites, Landscape Architect and Planner Carter Van Dyke provided about 25 residents with a sneak preview of some of the plans under consideration.
By BERNIE O'HARE
Special to the Bethlehem Press
Bethlehem Zoners have ruled against a Southside property owner who relied on the city's own assurances that he owned a four-unit apartment building.
Following a contentious June 26 hearing, they upheld an enforcement notice requiring Richard Smith to discontinue leasing a basement apartment at 311 East Fourth St.
"The layout of the apartment is hazardous," argued Zoning Officer Suzanne Borzak. "If there's a fire in the apartment, people will die."
Borough Council made a number of decisions in late June, from pools to grants, but some residents, namely Councilwoman Helen Halleman, were preoccupied with a sign.
Zoners and council, after more than a year of debate, voted to allow St. Luke's University Hospital to install a new sign proudly proclaiming its affiliation with Temple University in view of Delaware Avenue.
Forty-six children ages six through 12 with Type 1 diabetes participated in Camp Red Jacket June 26 at Camp Fowler, North Whitehall Township.
Six young adults with Down syndrome ended their college days as they started them with cheers
and tears as the Career and Independent Living and Learning Studies at East Stroudsburg University
celebrated the culmination of three years of study for students Alec Mertz, Lauren Coni, Sam Heller,
Brian Meltzer, Jessica Floryshak and Matthew Paladino.
The energy was palpable, the emotion visible as family, friends, and mentors gathered for the Program Recognition Celebration held at the Abeloff Center for Performing Arts on the East Stroudburg campus.
The Bethlehem Area School District Board has approved a budget for the school year 2013-2014. This budget includes a property tax increase that is higher than originally anticipated.
The property tax increase included in the new budget is now 2.7 percent. In previous versions of the budget, the suggested property tax increase was 2.1 percent.
This new property tax means that the tax bill for the average homeowner in Northampton County will jump to $84.27 while the average homeowner's property tax bill in Lehigh County will jump to $51.79.
Bethlehem has a new Sister City. At a Town Hall ceremony in March, Mayor John Callahan and Corfu, Greece, Mayor Ioannis Trepeklis signed the Sister City agreement before a large contingent of Bethlehem's Greek-American population and to the sounds of children's voices performing traditional Greek music and an exhibition of Greek dance.
For nearly a year, developer Abe Atiyeh has decorated a 5-acre tract at the southeast intersection of Center Street and Dewberry Avenue with "Hospital Coming Soon" signs.
But not yet.
Bethlehem's Planning Commission, at its June 13 meeting, put the brakes on his plans for an 80-bed, 29,352 square-foot hospital. Atiyeh engineer David Harte asked for an extension himself after concerns were raised about stormwater infiltration by the city Chief of Engineering Matt Dorner.