In April, a three-judge Commonwealth Court panel told Bethlehem Township that its zoning ordinance needed an overhaul. A failure to provide for prisons made the ordinance unconstitutionally exclusionary. Township commissioners, at their Sept. 4 meeting, decided unanimously to advertise an ordinance that will allow for prisons in agricultural zones. They are doing so over the objections of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC).
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, Bethlehem, invites friends, families and coworkers to form a team for its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Oct. 27 in downtown Bethlehem. Contact Lyndsey Cumello, 610-921-2329, firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION, Bethlehem, needs help to make the next diabetes walk in Bethlehem Oct. 13 the most fun and successful walk to date. Contact Dawn Fernandez, 888-342-2383, ext. 4625, email@example.com.
The Lehigh County Auto Theft and Insurance Fraud Task Force recently held a free Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching event at Moravian Village Retirement Community. The Task Force serves Lehigh and Northampton counties.
Sal Aprile, detective sergeant and supervisor of the task force, explained that VIN etching deters two of the most common types of Auto theft: Chop Shop thefts and Auto Cloning Thefts. Chop Shop thefts refers to thefts that target specific vehicles, usually older makes and models, for parts.
Animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton. The shelter is working to end pet overpopulation by running a clinic so animals can be spayed or neutered before they go home. For more information, call 610-252-7722 or visit www.healthyanimalcenter.org.
Backed by a strong presence from Nazareth Ambulance Corps (NAC) employees, a paramedic's well-delivered speech convinced Northampton County Council to delay its decision to award a contract for Gracedale residents to LifeStar Response, a non-emergency medical transport service.
In 1908, a group of Fountain Hill citizens met in the basement of the old Electric Laundry building, located at Bishopthorpe and Cherokee streets, to organize a new Evangelical and Reformed church. This would be the third church to organize in Fountain Hill. With the help of the Tohickon Reformed Church of Bucks County, the group was able to build their church within the year. In 1925, the congregation expanded the church with an addition. The congregation was renamed Grace Community United Church of Christ in 1965. Due to dwindling membership, the church was closed in 2003.
Four years after open and frank discussions regarding the deteriorating Nitschmann MS, Bethlehem Area School District directors are planning similar events in the hope of finally determining a plan for the aging structure.