A local resident has organized a blood drive at ArtsQuest SteelStacks Nov. 4 in honor of her daughter, Tonya Rosado, who died in 2010.
Judy Negrete last year organized a 5K race and this year is continuing to help the community to honor Rosado's memory. "It involved a lot of work and time," said Negrete, "but it helped me with my grieving process because I was able to spend my days preparing and organizing, and putting this together with the help of friends and family members allowed me the support I needed to deal with her loss."
Two school principals and a psychotherapist spoke against Abe Atiyeh's quest for a residential drug and alcohol rehab center during a four-and-a-half hour hearing before Bethlehem's five-member Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB) Oct. 16. About 35 people attended this second night of testimony concerning this proposed facility, which would be located at 2110 Center St. That's just 380 feet from Bethlehem Catholic HS, and right next door to Vitalistic Therapeutic Charter School.
The YWCA of Bethlehem opened its doors just two years before the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the start of the Great Depression. It grew in the space between two world wars and thrived through the turbulence of the 1960s and 70s.
PRESS PHOTO BY PAUL WILLISTEIN
The Southside Ministries, a collective of four Southside churches working together in community-building efforts since 1983, ended Oct. 11 as a transition team met to officially dissolve the organization and give away the last of its cash reserves.
Those churches were Cathedral Church of the Nativity at 321 Wyandotte St., University Parish of Holy Ghost Roman Catholic at 417 Carlton Ave., St. John's Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church at 617 E. Fourth St. and St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church at 474 Vince St.
ArtsQuest's SteelStacks and PNC Pavilion buildings are property tax exempt. Northampton County officials have revealed the conclusions of an independent financial review that determined ArtsQuest meets all the criteria for a nonprofit organization and, therefore, is entitled to a real estate tax exemption.
David Backenstoe, the county's first assistant solicitor, said at an Oct. 19 press conference that he is satisfied with ParenteBeard's $14,000 investigation to review Arts Quest's nonprofit status.
The Saucon Valley School Board discussed the possibility of videotaping meetings and making them accessible to the public via the district website during the board's Sept. 25 meeting.
School board member Bryan Eichfeld requested the administration look into the costs associated with taping the meetings and the mechanics of doing so.
Solicitor Mark Fitzgerald pointed out Saucon Valley is one of the few school districts in the Lehigh Valley that do not videotape meetings.