Twenty-seven re-enactors, camped on the Greenway on Bethlehem's Southside Sept. 7-9, and joined with a traveling state museum to help visitors understand details of life and conflict during America's divisive Civil War. Dressed in authentic period costumes and Northern Army uniforms, participants performed Victorian-era dances, sang popular songs and explained the realities of life for soldiers in the field.
Lehigh County Executive Bill Hansell issued a line-item veto on Lehigh County's proposed budget Nov. 1, effectively enacting a $3.5 million cut in spending to accompany proposed tax credits.
"I am using the veto surgically to correct a problem rather than using it as a blunt instrument to simply say 'no' and force an arbitrary choice. While this veto will be somewhat complicated, its objectives are simple and clear," Hansell said at a press conference Nov. 1 announcing the line-item veto.
Oct. 29 - 10:30 a.m., city announces state of emergency, calling for evacuations from flood-prone areas and preparations by residents for a period without electricity.
Oct. 29 - Noon, American Red Cross of the Lehigh Valley, in conjunction with Lehigh and Northampton county emergency services, opens shelter on City Line Road, ready to provide heat, bedding, pet care, medications and food and water to residents who may lose power.
My computer is located on the second floor of my Cape Cod house and I had been on my computer Monday evening and I could feel my computer desk shake. WOW! That was interesting. At first, I thought it was my imagination.
Around 9:15, I saw a blue flash coming from a nearby power transformer. My first thought was that it was lightning; then I realized it was the transformer blowing out, and we lost power.
Cars and homes were crushed, streets were blocked and yards were filled with branches and trees as Hurricane Sandy battered the Bethlehem area Oct. 29 and into the wee hours of Oct. 30.
Power outages had area residents flocking to WaWa, Seven-Eleven, Dunkin' Donuts and anywhere else that a hot drink could be served and newspapers purchased.
The storm delivered less rain than anticipated, but the relentless winds pounded nearly everything in their path, even ripping siding from buildings in the city.
Reporters just annoy the hell out of me.
I suppose it's not their fault – maybe their editors – but this desperate need for the media at-large to label things – objects, people, events – with brand-worthy monikers just to get people countrywide repeating the same unimaginative phrase smacks of laziness and worse, neediness.
Instead of Bill Murray, who played a weatherman living the same day over and over again, it is now developer Abe Atiyeh's turn. In September, zoners and lawyers from all sides agreed to postpone his application for a 47-bed substance abuse facility at 2349 Linden St., the site of the vacant Moose & Bug Florist Shop. Differences between the application and how it was actually advertised presented the possibility that someone could later file a challenge. But on Oct. 18, when the case was presented to Bethlehem's Zoning Hearing Board again, the problem still existed.