Be cautious any time a stranger comes knocking unsolicited, especially if the visitor is trying to sell you goods or services.
To avoid door-to-door scams, refuse to do business right on the spot.
Always ask for credentials and check with an objective third party to verify someone’s identity.
Never pay for services in cash and be wary of paying up front for a product or service that will be delivered at a later date.
A receipt is worth nothing unless the business is valid and reputable.
On a warm Sunday afternoon in Bethlehem, a tradition was born. The first annual Faith Crawl occurred Sept. 15. An event that brought members from 12 different congregations together to see how different faiths practiced, highlighting the similarities and differences that exists among different religions. The Faith Crawl, dubbed the B.I.G. (Bethlehem Interfaith Group) Faith Crawl included nearly 150 participants who toured five Lehigh Valley houses of worship. There were a variety of reasons that brought members out to the event.
With the city’s Walnut Street garage at the edge of the historic district, the Historical and Architectural Review Board weighed in on proposed wayfinding signs for 33 W. Walnut St. Bethlehem Parking Authority operation managers Jeremy Alleshouse and Steve Fernstrom came to the Oct. 2 meeting seeking board opinion on the sign designs and placement.
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy addressed the school board and the members of the public Oct. 28 about SB 334, a controversial bill making its way through Harrisburg which would limit Pennsylvania school districts’ ability to appeal property assessments it believes are undervalued.
Scenes from around the city
Business owner Sandra Freeman was granted a certificate of appropriateness from the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission for signage for Your CBD Store at 14 W. Fourth St. at the Oct. 21 meeting held in the Rotunda. Her 101-inch by 22-inch refaced sign above the entrance features a colorful mandala-like cannabis bud logo adjacent to the name of her establishment in gold serif lettering and a gold double pinstripe over black. A smaller version of the bud logo over the store name in vinyl are in the shop windows flanking the entrance.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine Oct. 14 alerted residents who visited several locations in the Allentown area between Oct.7-12 they may have been exposed to measles.
The locations and times when residents may have been exposed include:
• 7350 office building, 7350 Tilghman St., 9:30-11:45 a.m. on Oct. 7;
• 1251 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. Office building, main lobby of the building, 2:30-4:35 p.m. on Oct. 7;
• Quest Diagnostics, 1608 W. Allen St., 8-10:30 a.m. on Oct. 8;
The fence between two feuding neighbors got the green light Oct. 15 when city council voted to allow one of the neighbors to build their fence, over the objection of the other.
It’s an age-old problem, one that Robert Frost tried to address in his poem, “Mending Wall,” of which the most famous (and often misinterpreted) line goes: “Good fences make good neighbors.”
However, in the poem, Frost is actually challenging the wisdom of building fences as he and his neighbor are mending a stone wall between their properties. Here is an excerpt: