There couldn’t have been a better way to say ‘goodbye’ to summer and ‘hello’ to autumn than Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites’ 4th annual Family Fun Apple Days Festival. On Sept. 9 and 10, the Burnside Plantation hosted record numbers of over 3,500 apple lovers from locations all over the Lehigh Valley.
With an overwhelming endorsement by the Lehigh County Democratic Executive Committee and the state’s Democratic leadership Oct. 4, Jeanne McNeill accepted the party’s nomination to fill the 133rd Legislative District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which has been vacant since the Sept. 8 death of her husband, Daniel.
The 133rd District includes portions of Hanover (Lehigh County), Whitehall and Salisbury townships, Bethlehem (Lehigh County) and Catasauqua, Coplay and Fountain Hill boroughs.
David Molony of Catasauqua was unanimously selected as the Republican nominee to run for the State Representative seat in the 133rdLegislative District. The selection was announced Weds. October 11, by the Republican Committee of the Lehigh County.
The seat was left vacant by the death of Representative Dan McNeil.
A special election will be held on Tuesday, December 5.
The Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission granted a certificate of appropriateness for an ambitious project to convert the former Lehigh Valley Cold Storage facility at 321 Adams St. into 30 apartments during the Sept. 18 Banana Factory meeting. Lehigh University, which owns the warehouse, was represented by developers Charlie Jefferson and Duane Wagoner from Jefferson-Weiner LLC and architect Tom Gerchk. Named “Brinker Lofts” in tribute to the cold storage company’s founder Adam Brinker, the massive five-story red brick 1890s era structure fills the block between E.
Nitschmann MS hosted an open house Oct. 4 for the public to showcase the new $53.1 million, 180,000-square-foot building.
The evening began with Principal Peter Mayes giving a brief introduction in the school’s auditorium before inviting everyone to explore the new school. Many teachers and students were posted around the campus and in classrooms to greet the public and answer questions.
Lehigh Commissioners voted OCt. 11 to appeal U.S. District Judge Edward Smith’s ruling in favor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation in their suit against Lehigh County’s continued use of a Christian cross in the county seal.
The 6–3 vote came after an executive session when commissioners discussed the case. In public session three commissioners voted against appealing the decision: David Jones, Geoff Brace and Dan Hartzell.
It’s been a long time coming, but the New Bethany Ministries’ Mollard Hospitality Center and kitchen received its first makeover since 2004, courtesy of several generous private donors, members of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem congregation, and Boyle Construction.
The kitchen serves two daily meals, Monday – Friday, a meal on alternating Sundays, and special holiday meals for approximately 150 people each day. In 2016, the kitchen served over 57,000 meals.
City administrators have announced upcoming public presentations of a citywide parking study and an online survey, open for the public.
The Bethlehem Parking Authority invites residents to attend a presentation Oct. 24 at noon at Northampton Community College’s Fowler Campus classroom 623, and 6 p.m. that evening in city call. DESMAN Parking Consultants will provide an update on the status of the study, initial findings from their data collection and outreach and timeline for completion of this engagement.