For the first time in Lehigh University's history, an outdoor menorah lighting ceremony was conducted at Asa Packer Campus in recognition of Hanukkah. Over 100 people, most of them students with Chabad at Lehigh, celebrated what is also called the "Festival of Lights."
Before three candles were lit atop a 12' high menorah strategically located next to the flagpole at the center of the campus, Rabbi Zalman Greenberg explained why he loves Hanukkah.
"No speeches, no synagogue, no sermons, no fasting. All in all, its just a beautiful holiday," he explained.
Thanks to 50 volunteers from Moravian College, over 200 people were treated to a "seasonal feast" at Bethlehem's Cathedral Church of the Nativity Dec. 1. Guests were treated to turkey with all the trimmings, and were serenaded by Delta Omicron, the College's Music Fraternity.
But for the kids, the best part was a visit from Amos, Moravian's Greyhound Mascot, along with the coloring books his helpers handed out.
Though he announced the idea with his proposed budget a month ago, Mayor John Callahan announced Dec. 13 an altered version of his "amusement tax" after talks with local major venue owners.
The tax was originally proposed as a flat, but small, percentage on all event ticket sales to help pay for the increased demands for police and emergency services in our event-rich city. Local venue owners were less than pleased at first, but came to the table to negotiate.
At Northampton Community College's sprawling campus, 12 apartments and a residence hall provide housing for about 300 students. But by the time school starts in 2015, college officials would like to double its housing component. That's what Mardi Closson, the college's dean of students, told Bethlehem Township commissioners at their Dec. 3 meeting.
Bethlehem City Council unanimously voted Dec. 5 to support Mayor John Callahan's proposal to have large nonprofits contribute funds to help close the city's budget gap.
Nearly 20 percent of Bethlehem's land is occupied by nonprofits, which cannot be taxed. Callahan's proposal does not call for a specific amount to be paid, but the mayor said he would like to see a $1 million total contribution. Lehigh University, Moravian College and Lehigh Valley Health Network are the main targets of the mayor's proposal.