With state budget cuts for the county's human services departments a reality, Northampton County Council unanimously supported applying for the commonwealth's Human Services Block Grant pilot program.
Calling major patron Marlene "Linny" Fowler "an all around wonderful person, an angel," Jeff Parks, president and CEO of ArtsQuest, thanked her and presented her with this year's Musikfest Founders Award at Musikfest opening ceremonies Friday night at the new Americaplatz at the SteelStacks campus on Bethlehem's Southside.
Bethlehem zoners have denied a use variance that would have permitted developer Abe Atiyeh to relocate his offices from Whitehall Manor to a residence at the northeast corner of Center Street and Dewberry Avenue. Following a three-hour hearing July 23, attended by approximately 40 neighborhood opponents, Atiyeh's application was denied by a 4-0 vote.
Sayre Observatory, the second building erected at Lehigh University campus in 1868, no longer functions as an observatory and was moved in 2005 from its original site. Today, it is called the Sayre building and houses the Graduate Student Council.
After Alfred Marshall Mayer was hired by Lehigh University as professor of physics and astronomy for the college's first year in 1866, he pleaded with the college board of trustees to build and equip an observatory.
A new information sharing system and a records management system will be welcome for needed technology advancements for Northampton County's sheriff's department.
At Northampton County Council's Aug. 2 meeting, Sheriff Randall Miller received council's approval to purchase a county-wide COBRA information sharing system and a digital records management system.
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.
To the editor:
One of the first things you learn in college is how to do many things at the same time. It wasn't called multi-tasking when I was a Penn State student, but like most Penn Staters, I mastered it early.
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.
The Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority and City of Bethlehem invite the public to enjoy a sneak peek of the new Bethlehem Visitor Center at SteelStacks during Musikfest, Aug. 4-12.