The Southside Arts District in South Bethlehem is developing a new five-year plan to help it become nationally accredited and designated as a Main Street Program with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The plan is focused on ways to improve streetscape, economic development, marketing and branding, and organizational sustainability.
Following successful pilots that improved in-store efficiencies and freed employees up to better serve customers, Giant Food Stores announced Jan. 14 the introduction of a new robotic assistant to all of its 172 stores.
“Marty,” a tall gray robot with googly eyes, will soon be working alongside associates, thanks to a partnership between Ahold Delhaize USA services company Retail Business Services, Giant and Jabil subsidiary Badger TechnologiesTM.
In a letter to Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong Jan. 10, Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim, D-ABMDI, announced his retirement.
“It is with a heavy heart that I respectively inform you that effective Thursday, February 28, 2019, after 26 years on the job, I will be retiring my position as Lehigh County Coroner,” Grim wrote in his resignation letter.
Grim said he has been offered “a very interesting opportunity and I am up for the challenge.”
Salisbury Township School District is challenging the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s tax-exempt status in a lawsuit filed Jan. 9.
In an action filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, the district is arguing Lehigh Valley Hospital should be ordered to pay its “fair share” of taxes.
According to a news release, Lehigh Valley Hospital, part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, is a multi-billion dollar integrated health network with hospitals, outpatient facilities and numerous related health facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley.
Grace Crampsie Smith, a Democrat and longtime Bethlehem resident, has announced her candidacy for Bethlehem City Council.
Crampsie Smith, who has lived in the city for 28 years, is a school counselor at Easton Area HS.
Bethlehem Area School District’s Board of School Directors President Michael Faccinetto addressed Bethlehem City Council Jan. 15 to urge a “yes” vote on a resolution titled “Fair Funding Formula for Pennsylvania Schools,” which was on the agenda. The resolution was sponsored by Councilman William Reynolds, who is a teacher. The draft resolution requests that the state “pass legislation in support of the full implementation of the Fair Funding Formula by rerouting all or substantially more state basic education dollars through the formula.”
It’s a tradition that includes singing, dancing, feasting and receiving a visit and present from three men who have traveled a very long way for a very important reason.
Three Kings Day is especially popular in Latino culture, and was celebrated Jan. 6 at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.
“The stories of black Bethlehemites have hardly been told,” said M. Rayah Levy, head of Adult Services at Bethlehem Area Public Library. Levy and a team of local professors and their students may be about to change that. She is leading a team that will collect, catalog and store materials “from the African Diaspora.”