Saucon Valley School Board voted 6-3 during it's first meeting of the year to discontinue offering applied government and economics courses beginning 2013-14. Voting in opposition were board members Sandra Miller, Edward Inghrim and Lanita Lum.
Based on the high school's three-track system, applied courses are lower-level courses.
"We've found that students in applied classes have consistently not been meeting academic standards to graduate," Assistant Superintendent Carl Atkinson told the board.
Apple has sold more than 85 million iPhones in the U.S. since 2007. The Apple Store has more than one billion downloads of applications (apps) each month. The types of apps range from educational to just plain silly. The South Bethlehem Historical Society was curious to see if their historical knowledge of South Bethlehem could translate into app downloads.
Bethlehem Township's old meeting meeting room at the Coolidge House, located at Fifth and Orth streets, will soon serve a new purpose. Its walls, which once echoed with oratory, will soon be adorned with anchors against which suspected drunk drivers can be chained until they are processed.
At their Jan. 7 meeting, commissioners unanimously approved a 5-year lease with Northampton County's district attorney for a new DUI center. This will replace one currently in use at Bethlehem's Police Department.
Following a nearly weeklong trial earlier this month, a Northampton County jury convicted two Scranton area businessmen of stealing nearly $832,000 from Bethlehem Township. Instead of buying street lights from PPL, as promised, this duo spent large sums of money on themselves. Instead of passing this complicated case off to one of his assistants, District Attorney John Morganelli tried the case himself. His efforts were recognized at the Jan. 21 meeting of the Township's Board of Commissioners.
Despite the absence of Chairman Gus Loupos, the remaining four members of Bethlehem's Zoning Hearing Board decided five separate zoning appeals at their Jan. 23 meeting. Four applicants walked away happy. But not Vince Fantozzi. His request for a self-storage facility at the vacant Straub car dealership was shot down unanimously.
Last week's cold snap reminded us we're in Pennsylvania in January, and the American Red Cross' Lehigh Valley chapter is offering tips for those surprised by the sudden chill.
Communications Specialist Jennifer Loconte said the very mild winter has yet to demand a serious effort from the Red Cross, but it is ready to act.
The Bethlehem Branch of the NAACP and Bethlehem YWCA once again co-sponsored the annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration held each year at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity with over 100 attendees breaking bread, praying, singing, remembering and expressing hope together Jan. 21.
Speakers Dr. Ernest Smith, a retired pediatric cardiologist and Marques Grundy, the first African American appointed to the Northampton County Election Commission, wove their messages around the commitment of Dr. King, his "Dream," and the actions needed today to fulfill that dream.