Governor Tom Wolf has announced new low-interest loan approvals through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) for eight businesses in five counties. The loans will enable the purchase, construction, and renovation of facilities and will help create and retain thousands of jobs across the commonwealth.
After years of debate, lengthy meetings and several plan revisions, Bethlehem Township Commissioners voted over a year ago to approve an active senior community at Green Pond Country Club. But if you drive by, you’ll see no homes being built.
Bikers came from as far away as West Virginia, New Jersey and New York to participate.
The ninth annual Tucker’s Toy Run was held Nov. 2, as sunny weather encouraged over 700 bikers to make the ride from Northampton to St. Luke’s University Hospital’s Fountain Hill campus to deliver well over a thousand toys for pediatric patients throughout the hospital’s system.
“The success we have is because of all of you,” said organizer Rick Nauman.
State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced last month that four state grants totaling $255,000 in state funds have been approved today as part of the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program.
“I’m pleased to announce state funds being allocated to improve recreational opportunities across the Lehigh Valley,” Boscola said. “I will continue to seek state funding and resources for local efforts aimed at improving the quality of life of our residents through improved and expanded recreational opportunities.”
The four grants are being awarded to the following:
Several hundred well-wishers crowded into the Hotel Bethlehem Oct. 6 to help the landmark celebrate its 97th birthday and its recent selection as the third best historic hotel in the country by readers of USA Today.
The birthday bash included free food and hors d’oeuvres, mounds of cupcakes, tours, musical entertainment and presentations on the history of the hotel. Guests were greeted by Hospitality Girls in white knee-high boots, a flashback to 1968, when the then-new general manager hired the young women as greeters.
South Bethlehem is on track to gain a new housing development adjacent to Lehigh University. The Zoning Hearing Board Oct. 23 unanimously approved local developer Louis Intile’s plan to demolish the existing structures on Van Buren Street between Taylor and Polk streets and build seven 2,100-square-foot, five-bedroom townhouses with expected completion in fall 2020.
Business owner Sandra Freeman was granted a certificate of appropriateness from the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission for signage for Your CBD Store at 14 W. Fourth St. at the Oct. 21 meeting held in the Rotunda. Her 101-inch by 22-inch refaced sign above the entrance features a colorful mandala-like cannabis bud logo adjacent to the name of her establishment in gold serif lettering and a gold double pinstripe over black. A smaller version of the bud logo over the store name in vinyl are in the shop windows flanking the entrance.
Bethlehem firefighters, city officials and other elected officials paused to honor departed firefighters and recognize Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9 at Fire Company No. 1 - Schweder Fire Station. “Thank you for your courage and devotion,” said Mayor Robert Donchez as three firefighters who passed during the last year were remembered.
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