Dennis Scholl started several years ago creating a curriculum, putting together a website and developing field trips for what he thought would be just a dream. But recently that dream became a reality when the Freemansburg canal lock was designated a one-of-a-kind classroom.
When Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan unveiled his proposed 2013 budget Friday afternoon, he said it will, among other things, raise property taxes 8.5 percent and save each resident $50 per year.
Those seemingly contradictory elements are contingent on the passage of both the budget and the mayor's plan to institute a single citywide trash hauler.
Much like Hurricane Sandy, several elements came together to give Charlie Dent an easy path to re-election as the U.S. Representative from the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
The popular Republican had the advantage of incumbency heading into the election.
First elected in 2004, Dent has held onto his seat in Congress with wide margins in recent years.
Last month, Northampton County Judge Edward Smith ruled that Bethlehem's Planning Commission exceeded its authority in denying developer Abe Atiyeh's plans for a psychiatric hospital at the southeast corner of Center Street and Dewberry Avenue. But instead of reversing, he sent the matter to the Zoning Hearing Board to determine whether a hospital use is permitted at that site.
Democrat Daniel McNeill won the election Nov. 6 over Republican David Molony for the seat previously held by Democrat Joseph Brennan.
In Lehigh County, McNeill had 61 percent of the vote or 10,320 votes to Molony's 39 percent or 6,516 votes.
In Northampton County, McNeill took 79.39 percent of the vote or 2,977 votes to Molony's 20.40 percent or 765 votes.
McNeill ran on a fivepoint plan dealing with major issues facing Pennsylvania: quality education, job creation, safer communities, fiscal responsibility and tax reform.
Mitt Romney (R) 46.9 percent, 60,786
Barack Obama (D) 51 percent, 66,718
Jill Stein (Green) 0 percent, 487
Gary Johnson (Lib) 0 percent, 1,169
Write-in 0 percent, 309
Tom Smith (R) 44 percent, 55,657
Bob Casey Jr. (D) 53 percent, 67,329
Rayburn Douglas Smith (Lib) 1.4 percent, 1,771 Total 124,793
Bob Freeman (D – unopposed) 99.3 percent
Marcia Hahn (R) 63 percent, 19,959
Leslie Altieri (D) 36 percent, 11,680
In the aftermath of Sandy come "storm chasers," aka rip-off repair people, who descend on areas after a natural disaster looking to scam those in need of home repairs.
Homeowners facing major repairs following Hurricane Sandy should be on alert for scam artists hoping to prey on older adults. AARP Pennsylvania wants to alert people about common contractor scams during a time when members may be most vulnerable.
Mitt Romney (R) 46 percent, 65,951
Barack Obama (D) 53 percent, 76,612
Jill Stein (Green) 0 percent, 497
Gary Johnson (Lib) 1 percent, 1,296 Total 144,356
Tom Smith (R) 43 percent, 61,041
Bob Casey Jr. (D) 55 percent, 77,975
Rayburn Douglas Smith (Lib.) 2 percent, 2,728
David Molony (R) 39 percent, 6,516
Daniel McNeill (D) 61 percent, 10,320
Kenneth Barreto (R) 32 percent, 2,554