Fountain Hill is now able to allocate additional funds to its parks after a donation by the Bacchanalia Committee. Nine years ago the Bacchanalia Committee formed to raise funds for local parks and local needs. To raise money, the committee offers a full day experience of wine and food tastings annually. The event offers fun with friends, showcasing local artists and local shopping.
An initiative that would allow voters to elect county positions such as the sheriff will go to committee as part of a review, and possible overhaul, of the county's Home Rule Charter. The county adopted its Home Rule Charter framework of government in 1974. While it was set up to empower the county executive to function as the CEO of a corporation and county council to function as a board of directors, some council members think it is out of date.
School Board directors declared Jan. 7 they will make a final decision regarding the Nitschmann MS project next month.
Long debated has been the extent of work needed to make the dilapidated structure fit for future generations. Plans range from patching and replacing only what's absolutely necessary to knocking the building down and replacing it completely. Those plans have slowly been refined and engineer Mark Stein presented an in-depth look at what would be involved in each.
City Council member J. William Reynolds announced his candidacy for mayor from his home Jan. 8.
Surrounded by family, supporters and media, Reynolds stood on his own front porch and described his platform as centered on stronger neighborhoods and more economic development. "We're gonna win this election the only way we know how – neighborhood to neighborhood, street to street," he said.
This year's cold and flu season has been especially harsh, and national attention has been placed on dwindling vaccination stocks. But state and local organizations are working overtime to treat the ill and recommend preventive measures as the safest bet for a healthy winter.
To differentiate between a simple cold and the more severe flu, Deputy Press Secretary for the State Department of Health Kait Gillis said symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness, and cough are more common and intense with the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.
January 9 was a tough night for small business in Bethlehem Township. Zoners shot down a 1655-square-foot retail beer distributor proposed at 3801 Nazareth Pike, just outside the K-Mart Shopping Center. It would have required a use variance, something that Chairman Stephen Szy proudly claimed has never been granted during his tenure on the board.
"It would set a very dangerous precedent," Szy warned, although attorney Erich J. Schock, representing proposed beer distributor Marcus Dixon, insisted use variances have no binding value at all.