Your pooch or kitty will be living the dream come next July. Freshpet, which cooks high-quality, non-processed food for dogs and cats, is coming to Hanover Township. Best of all, it's bringing 100 jobs.
Freshpet President Richard Thompson, standing alongside cardboard cutouts of a dog and cat, presented plans for a new facility at 176 N. Commerce Way, located in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, to supervisors Dec. 18. An existing 60,000 square foot building will be expanded to 80,000 square feet with a $25 million investment and will be fully operational by next July.
Bethlehem Township residents will see no tax hike next year, thanks to a 2013 budget approved by commissioners at their Dec. 17 meeting. At $16.2 million, the budget retains a 5.99 millage rate, which means a home assessed at $75,000 will be taxed $449.25. Michael Hudak is the sole commissioner who voted no. He declined to explain his opposition. The budget includes two new patrolmen and a captain in the police department, and Hudak has historically opposed increased spending there.
It was built and they sure came. More than 500 people were on hand for opening day at Easton Rotary Field in early September. Right next to Charles Chrin Community Center on Greenwood Avenue in Palmer Township, it's a $750,000 astroturf baseball diamond. There's a teletron in left center field, stands, and most importantly, lots of ballpark franks.
But this is no ordinary ballfield.
It's a miracle.
Hellertown resident Jan Doddy is not happy with the traffic light patterns at the intersections at Main and Walnut and Main and High streets.
Doddy approached council Dec. 3 and requested council alter the timing patterns.
He said there are mornings he sits at the intersection for 60 to 70 seconds before the light changes.
"It seems to take forever, " he said. "It's a waste of gas and time."
It was more than a meal; more than just fine dining. It was a culinary experience not soon to be forgotten. It was the Hotel Bethlehem's France Wine Dinner – the second in the autumn series of wine pairing and cuisines from various countries served in the newly renovated 1741 on the Terrace dining room.
The six- course menu, featuring such delights as foie gras, black truffle flan and wild mushrooms, was the most challenging of the dinner series, according to Executive Chef David Troxell.
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners tabled a bill Dec. 12 that would have given $1.06 million to local park improvement projects. The Green Futures Fund Program, which was approved by voters in a non-binding referendum in 2002, would have given $324,693 to Allentown for the Martin Luther King Trail, $238,000 to Lower Macungie and $231,888 to Upper Saucon Township for the Saucon Rail Trail.
The program would have also given money to projects in Salisbury Township, Emmaus and Bethlehem. Opposition to the program came primarily from the board's more conservative members.