Bethlehem Press

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N.J. native worker spurs office-wide Sandy relief

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Many tales have been related recently regarding the charity of citizens helping their neighbors recover from Hurricane Sandy. But one story is of a large New Jersey-based company making a donation, supplemented by some its own employees locally.

Antonette Ciccone, an account executive at Automated Data Processing in Allentown, is a New Jersey native who moved to the Lehigh Valley after graduating from DeSales University. She laid down new roots in Bethlehem while staying close enough to home to drive back for weekends.

Suburbs ok with single hauler

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

Don't worry. Hanover Township plans no litigation against Allentown or Bethlehem this year. It's not in their budget. But how does mostly Republican Hanover Township feel about all the trash talk over a single hauler in mostly Democratic Bethlehem? Are the Republicans in the burbs laughing at the Dems in the hood?

Quite the opposite. To a man, Hanover supervisors and Township Manager Jay Finnigan agree with Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan in principle. So do Upper Nazareth Supervisors, who decided last month to hire a single hauler for trash removal.

Bethlehem Zoning: Clerics follow Christmas Star

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

The Rev. Wesley Jun. The Rev. Alan Disbrow. The Rev. Lilia Santiago. Like the three wise men following the Christmas Star 2,000 years ago, these three clerics followed the South Mountain Star into the little town of Bethlehem Nov. 28. But instead of meeting Baby Jesus, they ran into Gus Loupos and the rest of the Bethlehem Zoning Hearing Board. Despite having no frankincense or myrrh, which would be bribery these days, two out of three clerics were successful.

PPL meter swaps are ongoing, not new

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Recent rumor of PPL's replacing local residential electric meters by government edict are both completely false and somewhat true.

PPL Spokesman Joe Nixon said in a telephone interview replacement of old meters in favor of new, advanced meters has been ongoing since 2002. About 160,000 old dial meters have been replaced with digital meters, he said, and no longer require nearby radio monitoring because they send information directly back through the electrical system.

Hanover Township: Union agent opposes Faulkner signs

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

Although he lives in New Tripoli, 26 miles away, Francis Loughney was at the Hanover Township Zoning Board Nov. 29. He made this trip to oppose an application for four wall-mounted signs requested by Faulkner Chevrolet Cadillac at 298 Stoke Park Road.

Loughney questioned every witness. He even attempted to interrogate Faulkner's attorney, Tom Maloney. Citing concerns about safety and lighting, he urged zoners to deny the appeal. But when Maloney had a few questions of his own, Loughney refused to answer him.

'The most good for the most people' Callahan pitches single hauler plan at West Bethlehem Block Watch

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

More than 50 people attended a West Bethlehem Block Watch meeting Nov. 26 to hear Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan and Department of Community and Economic Development Director Joe Kelly pitch a controversial single trash hauler system. Despite the somber venue at the Church of the Manger, it was a tough crowd that included independent hauler Andrew Prickler. City Council members Bob Donchez and Eric Evans were also in the audience.

Why is the City considering a single hauler now?

Six shot, one dead in club gunfight

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI and BERNIE O'HARE The Bethlehem Press in Local News

Bethlehem police are searching for those responsible for an early morning shooting spree outside the East Third Street Puerto Rican Beneficial Society Dec. 2.

Five men and one woman suffered gunshot wounds during a shootout between at least three men around 2:21 a.m. Police and emergency workers got them all to St. Luke's University Hospital in Fountain Hill.

Yolanda Morales, 23, of Randolph Road, was pronounced dead at 2:49 a.m. The five men were admitted with serious to critical wounds.

Hanover Township: For 6th year, no tax hike budget

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

For the sixth year in a row, Hanover Township is considering a no-tax increase budget for next year. Despite a projected 3 percent drop in revenue and a last-minute increase requested by the Bethlehem Public Library, Hanover Township Manager John "Jay" Finnigan has still cobbled together a $7.2 million proposed 2013 budget that holds the line on taxes.

It continues with the 3.9 mill tax rate and 0.5 mill fire tax. Under these rates, a home assessed at $50,000 will have an annual tax bill of $220.