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Bethlehem Zoners nix Center Street office

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

Bethlehem zoners have denied a use variance that would have permitted developer Abe Atiyeh to relocate his offices from Whitehall Manor to a residence at the northeast corner of Center Street and Dewberry Avenue. Following a three-hour hearing July 23, attended by approximately 40 neighborhood opponents, Atiyeh's application was denied by a 4-0 vote.

This week in Bethlehem history Sayre Observatory

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by KAREN SAMUELS Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Sayre Observatory, the second building erected at Lehigh University campus in 1868, no longer functions as an observatory and was moved in 2005 from its original site. Today, it is called the Sayre building and houses the Graduate Student Council.

After Alfred Marshall Mayer was hired by Lehigh University as professor of physics and astronomy for the college's first year in 1866, he pleaded with the college board of trustees to build and equip an observatory.

Technology assists sheriff's dept.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by CAROL SMITH Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

A new information sharing system and a records management system will be welcome for needed technology advancements for Northampton County's sheriff's department.

At Northampton County Council's Aug. 2 meeting, Sheriff Randall Miller received council's approval to purchase a county-wide COBRA information sharing system and a digital records management system.

Hellertown Council increases pool rates

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Due to recent incidents at the Hellertown pool, Hellertown Borough Council July 16 unanimously approved increasing pool rates from $5 to $10 for adults and from $4 to $8 for children.

Rate changes resulted from discussions July 2 regarding reports of recent thefts, parents leaving children unattended at the pool, the use of inappropriate language and failure to follow pool rules.

Councilwoman Gail Nolf said the rate increases are necessary to help reduce the influx of non-residents.

Paying a fair share School district seeks reassessment on commercial properties

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Long a method used by property owners to reduce their tax bills, the assessment appeal will now be used by Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) to increase revenue – they call it a "reverse tax appeal."

Administration officials think they can collect $1.5 to $2 million more per year from residents by getting some big-ticket properties reassessed.

BASD Superintendent Joseph Roy said if the district had received that money, last year's budget would have only been increased 3.3 percent instead of the 4.8 percent that was approved.

Lehigh County One job, four candidates Committee passes buck to commissioners full board

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by ANDREW CASS Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

After interviewing all four candidates vying to serve out the remainder of County Executive Don Cunningham's term, the intergovernmental and appointments committee (IGAC) decided to not recommend a single name at its Aug. 1 meeting in Allentown.

Instead, a motion was passed by the committee to send all four names to the board of commissioners, to be voted on at its Aug 8. meeting.

Commissioner Vic Mazziotti, who serves on the IGAC, said he was impressed by the interviews of all four candidates and said he did not feel ready to make a decision.

All that shimmers

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by BRANDON TAYLOR Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

There's something liberating about walking around without shoes, bare-footing your way through people traffic. It's even better when your steps fall upon smooth avenues of shimmering marble.

In Amritsar, the last stop on my trip around northern India, I had such a chance to experience life sans footwear. And, more importantly, I experienced the country's tolerance and diversity, two forces that seem to hold India together.