Lehigh Commissioners paid homage to one of the county’s most illustrious and highly respected citizens on Wed. Joseph R. Zeller, “statesman, patriot, and recipient of the Freedom Foundation Award” was honored on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Mr. Zeller’s birthday is Sept. 19.
In a special resolution, the Commissioners thanked Zeller “for a lifetime of service to his community and his country.”
Bethlehem Rotary Club’s sixth annual Taste & Tunes, an event to benefit the Bethlehem Rotary Foundation and The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District, will be held 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at Moravian College Sally Breidegan Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences in Bethlehem.
Co-chairing the event this year are two former Bethlehem mayors and proud graduates of the Bethlehem Area School District -- Don and Lynn Cunningham, and John and Mafalda Callahan.
Lehigh Valley is on the verge of doing away with cash bail, if the enthusiasm level in the Lehigh County Commissioner’s chamber is a predictor. Proponents of the measure spoke Sept. 14 to what seemed to be a very supportive group of commissioners and county administrative officials.
Allentown resident Julie Thomases said, “We are here to make a case for doing away with cash bail for non-violent and low-risk offenders, as has Northampton County, Philadelphia and other counties, cities and states.
Bethlehem Township Commissioners gave their blessing to a permanent helipad at the St. Luke’s Hospital Anderson campus Sep. 17. By a 4-0 vote, they approved both the helipad and anticipated flight take-off and landing patterns. This vote came after a hearing attended by about 30 people, some of whom were there for other matters. Voting Yes were Malissa Davis, John Gallagher, Michael Hudak and John Merhotten. Tom Nolan was absent.
Northampton Area School District and Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 face a federal lawsuit based on the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old female student with special needs.
The complaint, filed Sept. 11 by Philadelphia Attorney Michael D. Shaffer, is based on incidents that allegedly occurred in December of 2017.
The student is identified in the complaint only by her initials. She and her parents, also identified only by their initials, are seeking more than $150,000 in damages.
The Saucon Valley School Board discussed classroom sizes Sept. 11 upon releasing a report indicating the overall average class size from K through eighth ranged from a low of 17 to a high of 23.
After returning from summer break, the Mayor’s South Side Task Force got back to business with a discussion of the Community Action Development Corp. (CADCB) of Bethlehem’s City Lights neighborhood, that is in its initial planning stages.
Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez responded to criticism of the apparent lack of enforcement of the new ordinance restricting the use of private residences as short-term rentals Sept. 18 at the city council’s meeting.
“Effective this weekend,” said Donchez, “there will be an increase in monitoring and enforcement of short-term lodging facilities throughout the city. We will now have on-call and proactive monitoring of our short-term lodging ordinance on Thursday and Friday evenings, as well as on Saturday and Sunday.”
An unusual proposal for large short-term signage was granted a certificate of appropriateness by the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission at the August meeting in the Rotunda. The approved contemporary design would be installed on the front and side façades of a late 20th century brick veneer structure in the historic district.