The Bethlehem Farmers’ Market, located at Farrington Square on the campus of Lehigh University, gives shoppers a chance to purchase fresh produce, baked goods from Lehigh Valley farms and other services. The market is open from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Thursdays from May through October. On July 21 the market was hustling with activity during the early afternoon hours.
County solicitor Melissa Rudas, age 55, has been charged with driving under the influence after a July 8 traffic stop in Bethlehem. Her blood alcohol was 0.08, the lowest level BAC under which a person can be presumed to be under the influence. Charges were filed Thursday with Magisterial District Judge Nicolas Englesson. Rudas has been released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
Lehigh County Sheriff Joseph N. Hanna has announced the addition of a new canine program for the sheriff’s office and for the county of Lehigh.
Countless law enforcement agencies and sheriff’s offices throughout the commonwealth utilize canines to assist with daily operations and law enforcement functions and security activities.
The last 12 months have been very unprofitable for at least some Northampton County drug dealers. For the fiscal year ending June 30, District Attorney John Morganelli’s office has seized $280,907 in U.S. currency – the most money his office has taken out of the hands of local drug lords in the past five years. In addition, his office has sold 10 vehicles.
The Bethlehem Area Public Library is the 2018 recipient of the Charlotte & Tore Hartmann-Hansen Community Grant, presented by the Rotary Club of Bethlehem Morning Star. The grant award of $2,500 will support the renovation of the Bob Cohen Room at BAPL, and was presented to Library Executive Director Josh Berk, development and marketing specialist Kate Racculia, and Amy Miller Cohen, widow of Bob Cohen, by club President Cheryl Baker and Charlotte Hartmann-Hansen June 21.
Eight years ago, Bethlehem Township and St.Luke’s Hospital entered into a three-phase master development agreement for $40 million in improvements to Freemansburg Avenue, which is the main access point to the hospital’s Anderson campus. Two of these phases are substantially completed, and construction on the third phase is imminent. Bethlehem Township Commissioners voted 4-0 at a lightly-attended July 16 meeting on new timetables for the final third phase. What this means is that all road work outside the hospital should be done within the next six years.
The Community Action Development Corp. of Bethlehem (CADCB) was granted certificates of appropriateness for façade renovations for five houses by the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission at the June 18 meeting in the Rotunda. CADCB Director Anna Smith and Lynne Holden represented South Side homeowners who had been awarded grants for façade work.
Conversion therapy for minors is now illegal in Bethlehem. City council voted 7-0 July 3 to revoke the business license of any licensed therapist found to be providing a service that seeks to, according to the stature, “change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic attraction or feeling toward the individuals of the same gender.”
Allentown passed a similar ordinance in 2017.