Bethlehem's new 2013 Pierce engine will be on the front line of duty by the end of April. Purchased through Glick Fire Equipment, the new pumper has a number of features that make it safer and more effective. According to Fire Chief George Barkanic, the new cab is roomier and provides a better view through the front windshield. The engine includes an independent front suspension, has side-curtain airbags for firefighter safety, and has gearing that limits its top speed to 55 mph.
The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts is dancing its way down Easton Avenue toward the Southside.
In an April 2 press conference, administrators at the East Broad Street school invited government representatives to promote fundraising for a new $5 million facility at Third and Polk streets. The school is marking its 10th anniversary.
Lehigh County Executive Bill Hansell highlighted financial stability and resident safety in his "State of Lehigh County" program at Brookside Country Club March 28.
Hansell said the county has endured through the fiscal downturn in previous years and has remained financially viable.
"Any way you measure it, the state of our county finances is strong," Hansell said.
At the March 20 workshop meeting of Fountain Hill Borough Council, a representative of UGI Utilities Inc. said the company plans to replace 20 percent of the borough's cast iron gas mains this year.
Daniel Adamo, business development director-east region told council that 4,054 feet of cast iron pipe running under Delaware Avenue will be replaced. The borough has a total of 3.9 miles of cast iron pipe. The replacement will be done before the borough starts the Delaware Avenue repaving project this summer.
Preparations are underway for the American Association of University Women's 51st annual Book Fair, which is held at the Memorial Pool bathhouse on Illick's Mill Road. The 2013 sale is co-chaired by Linda Robbins and Linda Zimmerman. Robbins said that patrons can expect between 40,000 and 50,000 books to be available when the sale begins on Preview Day, April 23 at 2 until 6 p.m. Entry in the first hour is a $20 donation and from 3 to 6 p.m. for a $15 donation. Free entry days follow from April 24 through April 26, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A recent Kids Count study, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, determined that Pennsylvania ranks 14th out of 50 states in terms of children's overall well-being.
Ismael Arcelay has announced that he is dropping out of the race for Northampton County Council.
"My commitment to my job with the City of Allentown simply does not allow me the time to run an effective campaign," he said, "and I don't want to waste anyone's time and effort if I can't run an effective campaign in such a large field of candidates."
Arcelay, a former Bethlehem City Councilman, is currently a special assistant for Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.
At their March 25 meeting, Bethlehem Township Planning Commissioners unanimously endorsed a revised land plan for a centralized human services building at 2801 Emrick Boulevard. In February, Northampton County Council signed off on a 15-year lease for a three-story, 66,375-square-foot building on 5.36 acres, with 256 parking places, at a cost of about $1 million a year in rent. Because the plan previously approved by planners contemplated a medical office building, it had to be revised for human services. The plan must also be endorsed by the board of commissioners.
A proposed 314-home residential development to be located at Green Pond Country Club was greeted with concerns about stormwater management, road widths and the environment by both residents and Bethlehem Township Commissioners at their March 18 meeting. Developer J.G. Petrucci is nevertheless hopeful that the project will be built next year.
Petrucci Principal Greg Rogerson, along with Pennoni Engineering's Rocco Caracciolo, presented a plan that requires no zoning changes.