At a time in which it's getting increasingly difficult to find volunteers, Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Co. has added a new firefighter to its rolls. At the Aug. 6 commissioners' meeting, the first thing President Paul Weiss did was administer the oath to John Halleman IV, age 32.
A 1997 Notre Dame HS graduate, Halleman's interest in firefighting was sparked by a distant relative. He and his wife, April, have been married a year and have just moved into the township.
Almost half of Northampton County's 115 bridges have maintenance work that will need to be done to meet Penn DOT requirements.
The engineering firm of Bethlehem-based Borton Lawson highlighted the 53 county-owned bridges that need to be replaced, removed or rehabilitated for safety reasons at an Aug. 15 Northampton County Finance Committee meeting. The condition of the county's bridges receive between a C-minus to a B-plus grade as compared with the state's bridges, which rated a C when evaluated for safety.
"We're getting prepared for the annual audit," said Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) business manager Stacy M. Gober at the Aug. 6 meeting of the Finance Committee in the Education Building on Sycamore Street.
Gober was referring to the annual audit of the school district's business practices, a report that, in the past three years, has been extremely critical of the district's business office.
Last year's report showed that the business office, after previously failing to address many deficiencies, has made significant improvements in a variety of functional areas.
Wednesday, August 22
Bethlehem Parking Authority, 4:30 p.m. 85 W. North St.
Lehigh Co. Commissioners, 7:30 p.m., public hearing room, Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.
Thursday, August 23
Hanover Twp. Zoning Board, 7 p.m., 3630 Jacksonville Road., municipal building.
Lower Saucon Twp. Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Town Hall, 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike.
Monday, August 27
Northampton Co. Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority, 5:30 p.m., Northampton Co. Courthouse, 669 Washington St., Easton.
CEDARBROOK NURSING HOMES, Fountain Hill. is in need of Pinochle players every Monday and Wednesday from 9:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. Contact Darlene Altrichter, 610-336-5684, email@example.com.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY, Allentown, is having a ReStore Volunteer Information Night on Aug. 22. Contact Alli Kowalski, 610-776-7737, firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEHIGH VALLEY HEALTH NETWORK MARATHON FOR VIA needs volunteers for race day Sept. 9. Contact Karen DeLuca, 484-239-4030, email@example.com.
The Star of Bethlehem Festival (SoBF) will hold a fundraiser for the Kids Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 23 at Starters Clubhouse, 3731 Route 378. A portion of the proceeds will be donated providing learning arts and sciences experiences for children.
The family event will include celebrity bartenders and raffle prizes. For information, visit www.starofbethlehemfestival.org.
Democratic state representative and Fountain Hill resident Joseph Brennan, D-133rd, was arrested the afternoon of Aug. 15 for hitting his wife and driving while drunk.
According to affidavits, borough police were dispatched to Delaware Avenue around 3 p.m. regarding alleged domestic violence on a front porch. Upon arrival, police identified Norma Jane Brennan, who had suffered injuries to her face, hands, feet and left knee.