Wednesday, May 22
Bethlehem Committee of the Whole: City pension funds. 6 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St.
Bethlehem Zoning Hearing Board, 6 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St.
Bethlehem City Council, 7 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St. Rescheduled due to primary elections.
Fountain Hill Borough Council, if needed. 7 p.m. 941 Long St. (change of date for this month)
Freemansburg Council, 7 p.m. 600 Monroe St. (change of date for this month)
Lehigh Co. Board of Commissioners, 7:30 p.m. Public hearing room, Gov’t. Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
Lehigh County residents disposed of 753 pounds of expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications during the 17th National Take Back Day April 27, according to District Attorney Jim Martin.
The total of drugs collected during all Take Back Day events since 2010 is 13,696.5 pounds.
Leveling a landmark
It took about 15 seconds Sunday to reduce the 21-story Martin Tower to a pile of rubble, as HRP Management, LLC, owners of the 53-acre site, make way for new development.
As puffs of smoke and flames signaled the start of controlled explosions set by demolition contractor Controlled Demolition, Inc., the former world headquarters of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation seemed to stiffen before the four crucible wings started crumbling as the structure dropped under its own weight.
At two public meetings held May 9, Bethlehem stakeholders, area elected officials, and residents received a PowerPoint update on the Martin Tower implosion scheduled for last Sunday. The meetings were sponsored by the property owners HRP Management, LLC and included an overview presented by their representative, Duane Wagner.
At each meeting Mayor Bob Donchez introduced public officials from the City of Bethlehem and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection, and representatives from Controlled Demolition, Inc. who handled the implosion.
WIth a ribbon-cutting and light refreshments, officials celebrated 50th anniversary of the 660 Delaware Avenue Post Office April 17.
The festivities were open to the public, and Hellertown Postmaster Joe DiRusso received several honorary recognitions from governmental officials. In honor of the milestone, the building was festooned with artifacts of the borough’s postal delivery history, which dates back to the early1800s.
Items on display included photos, newspaper articles, locks, letter box receipts and a very special sign on loan from the Hellertown Historical Society.
Southside Bethlehem held its sixth annual Southside Arts & Music Festival May 3 and 4.
Unlike last year’s Steelstacks activities, this year the focus was more on art-based programs at the Banana Factory with free live music. It was an opportunity for the community to experience art and music in the thriving Southside district.
The twisted orange steel girders are piled like bundles of firewood for a bonfire. The steel and glass tower rising from between them seems to be stoically awaiting its fiery fate. “Kindling” (2019; archival print; 20 by 30 inches) and other digital photographs by Glenn Koehler will grace the walls of Fox Optical & Gallery at 25 E. Third Street through June 29. Koehler’s exhibit, “A Final Look: Inside the Last Days of Martin Tower,” features images captured inside and out of the soon to be demolished former headquarters for Bethlehem Steel.