At the Feb. 4 school board meeting, the last before the Feb. 25 final decision on the Nitschmann MS renovation versus rebuild debate, district engineers D'HUY compared the old building's general space deficiencies with the more efficient newer buildings.
Thirteen areas were deemed deficient by current standards, Director of Facilities and Operations Mark Stein said, but the discussion seemed to be little more than additional confirm of existing problems to a board already leaning toward constructing a new school.
During a special meeting Feb. 11, Bethlehem Area School Board members voted to approve a preliminary budget for 2013-14 by a 6-2 vote, with Basilio Bonilla Jr. and Irene Follweiler dissenting.
Notre Dame's fifth annual MiniTHON this past weekend featured 250 students standing and dancing for a total of 24 hours, raising money and awareness for pediatric cancer.
The participants, split up into six different color teams, went up against each other in various games throughout the 24 hours. They also enjoyed taking part in Zumba routines, a visit from athletic trainer Barry Lovelace, as well as energizing pilates exercises.
The dancers ate every three hours, feasting on foods such as Chick-fil-a sandwiches, fruit and eggs and bacon for breakfast.
Glenn Reibman, a former county council member and executive, announced he is candidacy to once again fill that role Feb. 19.
Reibman, a Democrat, was first elected county executive in 1990 and served two terms before joining county council, in which he served eight terms, six of which as president.
He said in a statement he is excited about continuing to serve and finish the work he began in 1990.
Longtime local economic development director Steve Melnick announced his candidacy for city council Feb. 12.
"Bethlehem is not making the investments in our city's future that are needed to increase our vibrancy," he said in a statement, "and as a result we are at a crossroads. I believe I have the experience, ideas, partnerships and commitment to help ensure a better future for all residents."
For the first time this year members of the Fountain Hill Borough Council had to call to order an executive session. The executive session was held in private before the council meeting, and outcomes were made public after the session was over. On Feb. 4, Mayor Jose Rosado announced that during the executive meeting all members of the council had come to a unanimous decision. The mayor, on behalf of the council, decided to terminate officer Grady Cunningham for conduct unbecoming of an officer.
A snow day taken Jan. 28 has impacted this year's Saucon Valley School District calendar.
Saucon Valley School Board members approved changing the district calendar. The board decided Feb. 12 to change June 10 to a full day of school and June 12 as an early dismissal.
In other business, the board decided to reserve its March 12 meeting for budget discussions.
Lehigh County Commissioner Scott Ott announced his candidacy for Lehigh County Executive in front of a room full of supporters at the Hamilton Family Restaurant, Jan. 24.
Ott, a Republican, is one of a new breed of politicians, who see a greatly reduced role for government in the future.
Currently, Ott is the only declared candidate for the Executive position.
City Councilwoman Karen Dolan has announced she will run for a third term.
"I love the work, and I believe my role on council is important," Dolan said in a statement. "A lot of people recognize my name for environmental and historic preservation work, but on council, I advocate for all quality of life issues: safe streets and walkable neighborhoods, maintained parks and job-producing economic development, reasonable tax rates and the highest quality city services we can afford."
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pa. and Emeril's Restaurants have partnered to present a unique Girl Scout cookie based dessert experience at Emeril's three restaurants housed in the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort. Emeril's Chop House, Emeril's Italian Table and Emeril's Burgers and More will each feature specific desserts through March 3 at a $7 price point.