At Northampton Community College's sprawling campus, 12 apartments and a residence hall provide housing for about 300 students. But by the time school starts in 2015, college officials would like to double its housing component. That's what Mardi Closson, the college's dean of students, told Bethlehem Township commissioners at their Dec. 3 meeting.
Bethlehem City Council unanimously voted Dec. 5 to support Mayor John Callahan's proposal to have large nonprofits contribute funds to help close the city's budget gap.
Nearly 20 percent of Bethlehem's land is occupied by nonprofits, which cannot be taxed. Callahan's proposal does not call for a specific amount to be paid, but the mayor said he would like to see a $1 million total contribution. Lehigh University, Moravian College and Lehigh Valley Health Network are the main targets of the mayor's proposal.
The South Bethlehem Historical Society's 21st annual lighting of ethnic Christmas Trees was held Nov. 25 at the Comfort Suites in South Bethlehem. This year's display contains 18 beautiful Christmas trees, each decorated to represent the culture and customs of the diverse ethnic groups that are Bethlehem's founding heritage.
Despite a bone-chilling rain, more than 50 people attended a candlelight vigil in South Bethlehem Friday night, just a few feet from where six people were shot the previous weekend. After a volley of 30 bullets, Yolanda Morales, 23, died. Her killer and another shooter, still hospitalized, have been charged. But that was little consolation to the people who came to wonder why.
Kim Carrell-Smith, a Lehigh University history professor who lives on the Southside, pointed to where the shooting occurred.
The reorganization portion of Bethlehem Area School District's Dec. 3 meeting, in preparation for the new year, lasted all of five minutes.
Michael Faccinetto and Michele Cann retain their positions as president and vice president and all committee seats remain static as well. Though Basilio Bonilla Jr. lost in a bid for Cann's seat 3-6, he will take a new position as Pennsylvania School Board Association liaison, acting as a conduit for the statewide informational and support organization.
It was the final borough council meeting of the year Dec. 4, and members were happy to congratulate each other on a good year despite financial hardships and tough projects.
They approved the new, tax-raise-free budget, invited the community to the Dec. 13 borough Christmas party and welcomed new part-time police officers.