Gretchen Naso, a principal officer from RKL LCC, briefed commissioners on the a five-year financial forecasting model at the Nov. 21 meeting. She analyzed the county’s finances for the last five years to give planners an idea of how financial decisions today may affect the future.
“One of our goals was to allow the commissioners to take the financial information that’s out there and kind of distill it until it becomes more manageable.”
It’s back to the drawing board for young entrepreneur Dallas Basha of Lehigh Properties, LLC. The Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission again tabled his proposed new residential over retail building during the Nov. 20 hearing at City Hall in room B504.
State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola announced Nov. 17 the Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded grants totally $106,927 for Safe Schools to five local school districts and Intermediate Units.
• East Penn School District has been awarded the Year 2 allocation of their 2016-17 Safe Schools School Police/Resource Officer Grant by the Department of Education in the amount of $30,000
• Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit has been awarded the Year 2 allocation of their 2016-17 Safe Schools School Police/Resource Officer Grant by the Department of Education in the amount of $20,000
“They are things of the heart that last,” said Reverend John M. Gibbons as he gave the invocation before breakfast. He was speaking at the 52nd annual Community Advent Breakfast hosted by Moravian Village Dec. 2.
The breakfast, attended by those celebrating the beginning of the Advent season, attracted business leaders, political leaders and a good number of attendees from the residents at Moravian Village.
Donors and supporters came together to celebrate the work accomplished by New Bethany Ministries by hosting a soup luncheon at The Event Center at Blue in Bethlehem Township.
Rabbi Emeritus Allen Juda of Brith Sholom Congregation gave the invocation.
After lunch, New Bethany Ministries Executive Director Diane Elliott welcomed her guests and reviewed some of the accomplishments and programs of NBM.
Fire was a constant threat to the Moravian community that had settled in 1741 on 500 acres of land on the north side of the Lehigh River in what is now part of the city of Bethlehem. Many of the community houses were built partly of wood, and were interconnected to protect the residents against the harsh winters. Some farm buildings were made with logs, and filled with flammable contents. All of these structures were highly vulnerable to fast-spreading fires.
At its Nov. 27 meeting, Northampton County’s nine-member Gaming Board awarded $530,834.40 in “impact” grants to the municipalities surrounding Bethlehem’s Sands Casino. But they may have played Santa Claus for the last time.
The evening of Dec. 9 marked the 20th anniversary of a beloved tradition in Bethlehem and throughout the Lehigh Valley, Luminaria Night. On that night rows of white paper bags holding a lighted candle anchored in sand are arranged in rows up and down streets, creating a magnificent sight. All of the money collected for the Luminaria kits goes to New Bethany Ministries, which serves the needs of the poor.