Saucon Valley High School Principal Eric Kahler presented to school board members, teachers and parents proposed graduation changes at the board's Oct. 23 meeting.
The changes, which were not well received by those in attendance, will see graduation credit requirements go from 28 credits to 26 credits. The changes will allow students greater leeway in earning 17 credits in core subjects. Also, Advanced Placement classes will receive greater weight than honors courses when calculating grade point averages.
Tax incentive programs are useful financial tools to attract developers to build on underutilized properties. But the increased availability of these programs is making it more difficult to attract businesses to the South Bethlehem area.
The Oct. 22 meeting of the Northampton Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority could impact five contiguous municipalities, including Bethlehem Township, Freemansburg and Lower Saucon Township.
Hellertown resident Joe Delfoe asked Hellertown borough council Nov. 5 to make a commitment to assisting him restore the stone fountain located at the Borough Authority Park, near Rentzheimer Drive. Delfoe currently is responsible for maintaining the clock tower and the fountain in Detwiller Plaza.
"I know we're in trouble, in terms of how money goes, but a person came to me to give monies to get the fountain going," Delfoe said.
The Hellertown public works and police departments were lauded during the Nov. 5 council meeting for their work during Hurricane Sandy.
Borough Manager Cathy Kichline said both departments responded well to the storm. "Thank you very much," Kichline said to department personnel. "It was well appreciated."
Hellertown Mayor Richard Fluck also thanked the police department for its efforts.
A Lehigh Valley Convention/Expo Center is on its way to becoming a long-awaited reality.
Mike Stershic, director of Discover Lehigh Valley, answered Northampton County Council's questions on the $50,000 feasibility study for a convention center in Southside Bethlehem.
When Fountain Hill Council met Nov. 5, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy was still very much on the minds of many local residents. The primary agenda item was thanking the police, fire and the public works departments of Fountain Hill. Their ongoing efforts during the crippling Hurricane Sandy are greatly appreciated by council.
Council member Carolee Gifford thanked the fire department.