In zoning cases, use variances are tough. You have to convince a Zoning Hearing Board to permit a land use that is contrary to the plain provisions of the Zoning Ordinance. Bethlehem Township's strict board has refused to grant one in recent memory, but they've never seen Bethlehem Attorney Jim Holzinger. He worked his magic with Bethlehem's zoners at their July 24 meeting.
Since 2011, each Spring and Fall, TeamX Sports has conducted flag football games every Saturday for kids more interested in fun than in winning. Loudspeakers near the Hanover Township Community Center would help put kids in a festive mood. But they did nothing for neighbors awakened at 7:45 a.m. on weekends by loud, vibrating music. That's what Nick Csorba, accompanied by wife Deborah and Sue Hahn, told supervisors at their July 23 meeting.
If you lived in the Lehigh Valley 30 years ago this month, you might remember hearing about a small festival with a German-sounding name that was being held for the first time under the bridge on the north side of the Lehigh River in historic Bethlehem. It was being promoted as a way to bring the community together, and to encourage people to visit the Christmas City beyond just the December holiday.
In our July 31 coverage of the Liberty HS Alumni Day, we incorrectly stated that the event was held on May 14 instead of May 18. We also stated some incorrect information in a photo caption. The caption should read "Wearing a Liberty HS shirt, Nancy Becker ' 73, goes through the alumni luncheon line with students serving a variety of food. The Bethlehem Township resident said she remains involved with her Alma Mater as a purchasing assistant in the BASD Business Department and celebrates her 40-year anniversary in August as a school district employee.
Chairman Roger Hudak trumpeted the success of summer youth programs across South Bethlehem before turning the attention to the Hispanic Center food bank at the Mayor's South Side Task Force meeting July 30 at Northampton Community College's Fowler Family Southside Center.
The Hispanic Center food bank, which began operations last November, is short on food according to board member Donna Taggart, due to high demand. She went on to say the food bank serves more than 80 families composed of more than 300 people.
"The need is tremendous," said Hudak.
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Saucon Valley School District School Board member Lanita Lum has resigned from the school board effective July 25.
Lum announced her resignation near the conclusion of the July 23 board meeting. The board has 30 days to appointment a replacement to fill the vacant seat.
"I will be pursuing other interests at this time," Lum read from a statement.
Lum previously decided she would not seek re-election in the next election.
Gracedale's chief administrator confirmed for Northampton County Council that the county-owned nursing home has exceeded its six-month spending plan by 1 percent.
However, Gracedale Administrator Millard D. Freeman told council members at their Aug. 1 meeting "it is too early to predict if [the nursing home] would be overbudget for 2013."
Savings from policy changes and Medicaid reimbursements have not yet been entered on the nursing home's balance sheets for the year.