Plans for the ArtsQuest Cultural Center in Bethlehem continue to move forward thanks to a $45,000 Community Improvement Grant awarded to ArtsQuest by Northampton County. The matching grant from the County of Northampton’s Community Investment Partnership Program (CIPP) will be used toward the construction of the new Cultural Center, which is currently in the planning phases.
Lehigh County Commissioners appointed Heidi Baer as a member of the board of directors for the Lehigh County Housing Authority, an unpaid position, Dec. 11. Baer is from North Whitehall Township.
The county has restored $100,000 for expenses it had expected to need following a suit that sought to remove the Christian cross from its official seal. It has since won on appeal, and so the predicted expenses never arose, and the money was moved back to the Stabilization Fund Balance. Final approval is expected at the next regular meeting.
In June, Bethlehem Area School District administrators selected Broughal MS for a Comprehensive Support & Improvement (CSI) plan, based on the school’s three-year average of math and English Language Arts (ELA) scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests administered annually to eighth-graders. Broughal’s CSI plan, using $545,000 of Title I federal funds, encompasses three main areas: culture and mindset; instruction and assessment; and professional development.
Friends, area residents and elected officials joined the family of the late Bob Cohen at the Bethlehem Area Public Library Nov. 16, to officially dedicate the Bob Cohen Room.
The $300,000 project converted the once children’s library area into a multi-purpose 3,600- square-foot space complete with ADA accessible restrooms, kitchenette and room divider.
As family and friends travel home for the holidays, it is important to remember the comfort and safety of the furry member of the family. Today, there are more pet-friendly travel options than ever before, and with the right preparation, pet owners can happily bring pets along by car, plane, or train.
Expert veterinarians at BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital recommend following these tips to ensure a safe and low-stress trip.
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Like a kid in his own candy store, CEO Christopher Beers excitedly greeted his first customers as they wandered in to explore Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop at his Bethlehem location’s Oct. 17 grand opening.
The Grandpa Joe’s founder opened his first candy shop in Pittsburgh in 2012. Since then, Beers said, “I’ve just continued to try to find unique small towns that really would be a great home run for a candy store like mine.”