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Zoners approve consulting biz in Historic Bethlehem

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by The Press in Local News

John Brew's first attempt to establish his community bank consulting business in Historic Bethlehem ended in failure. After a lengthy hearing, zoners denied his request in a close, 2-2, vote.

But it was a different story Aug. 28, thanks to a new zoning ordinance that permits some commercial use of corner properties in residential districts, even those located at the corner of North New and East Market streets.

By a 4-0 vote, zoners agreed to allow Brew to locate his business at a Bed and Breakfast known as The Bethlehem Inn.

Their decision followed a lengthy hearing.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by The Press in Local News

Wednesday, September 12

Lehigh Co. Commissioners, 7:30 p.m., public hearing room, Lehigh County Gov. Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.

Thursday, September 13

Bethlehem Water Authority, 3 p.m., 85 W. North St.

Monday, September 17

Bethlehem Housing Authority, 4:30 p.m., Monacacy Tower, 645 Main St.

BASD Finance and Human Resources committees, 6 p.m., Education Center dining room, 1516 Sycamore St.

Bethlehem Twp. Commissioners, 7 p.m., municipal building, 4225 Easton Ave.

Fountain Hill Zoning Board, 7 p.m., 941 Long St.

My Boys Baking moves to Stoke Park Road

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

My Boys Baking, along with its 20 different favors of biscotti, has received a green light from Hanover Supervisors for its baked goods empire at 310 Stoke Park Road. The unanimous endorsement followed an Aug. 28 hearing in which Attorney Joe Piperato clearly established that no one is offended by cookies.

Owner Cindy Levine was busy baking, so she sent husband Robert to testify.

Residents upset over smoking fire pits

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by DOROTHY PYLES Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Even though the summer has unofficially come to end and most people celebrated their final barbeque over the Labor Day holiday, open flames and grilling was the largest issue at the Sept. 4 Fountain Hill Council meeting.

Several Fountain Hill residents voiced their concerns about allowing the use of outdoor fire pits. While this topic was already on the agenda for Tuesday night's meeting under the topic "Amending Chapter 7 to specifically allow the use of outdoor grills, Ordinance #779," it was brought up in the beginning of the meeting during the open floor forum.

Zoners nix digital billboard

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

DUring an Aug. 30 hearing, Lamar Advertising's Meg Kyle was unable to persuade Bethlehem zoners to allow a digital billboard near Route 22, at 2224 Industrial Drive. Despite her promises to run the FBI's Most Wanted list and other public announcements, a unanimous board refused to see the light.

Testimony during the hearing established that the proposed billboard would be approximately 500 feet away from another digital display, in violation of a zoning ordinance that requires a separation of 1,000 feet.

GESA projects reap savings

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by CAROL SMITH Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The Northampton County Prison and Courthouse will reap the benefits of energy-saving improvements and the county will see a $200,000 reduction in these expenses, according to County Executive John Stoffa.

As the Stoffa administration prepares its 2013 budget for Northampton County Council's approval, Stoffa reported that the county's $6 million Guaranteed Energy Savings Agreement (GESA) with the McClure Company, a Harrisburg-based company which is a subsidiary of PPL, is 99 percent completed.

Commissioners bolster financial support to law

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by DANIEL MINGUEZ in Local News

Lehigh Valley Commissioners augmented funding to the offices of public defender, district attorney, and county coroner at its Aug. 22 meeting. According to Commissioner Percy Dougherty, crimes, including homicide, are up in the Lehigh Valley.

"The number of cases the public defender handles has increased drastically," he said. "It's almost guaranteed that the public defender is going to be back to us for more funding by the end of the year."