The Bethlehem Area Public Library is the 2018 recipient of the Charlotte & Tore Hartmann-Hansen Community Grant, presented by the Rotary Club of Bethlehem Morning Star. The grant award of $2,500 will support the renovation of the Bob Cohen Room at BAPL, and was presented to Library Executive Director Josh Berk, development and marketing specialist Kate Racculia, and Amy Miller Cohen, widow of Bob Cohen, by club President Cheryl Baker and Charlotte Hartmann-Hansen June 21.
At one stage of its life, the Spotted Lanternfly looks like a red and black creature from a scary monster movie.
However, the Spotted Lanternfly threat is real and not some fictional movie plot.
Even so, true to a Hollywood creature feature, the government is ready to do battle.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $17.5 million to halt the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania.
With the school year closing, the June 25 school board meeting meant the Bethlehem Board of School Directors had the wearisome task of reviewing 20 pages of proposed retirements, resignations, reassignments, and nominations. Before taking time to place votes on the entire list, and to point out any objections, Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy mentioned the most notable of the changes in staffing.
Saucon Valley School Board unanimously approved the hiring of Tamara Gary as the new high school principal. She is replacing Beth Guarriello, who is leaving to become the new principal at Southern Lehigh HS.
Guarriello only held the position for one year before issuing her resignation in April.
Gary has been Bangor’s HS principal since 2013. Prior to that she worked as Nazareth School District’s Director of Curriculum and Educational Technology and Freedom HS’s Assistant Principle of Curriculum in Bethlehem. She has a master’s degree in education from Lehigh University.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a six percent toll increase for 2019 both for E-ZPass and cash customers; the increase is set to start 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6, 2019.
The toll increase will apply to all PA Turnpike sections and extensions, including the westbound Delaware River Bridge cashless tolling point (#359) in Bucks County, where tolls have not changed since January 2016.
“Many of you know that sex trafficking occurs in India, in Russia, in Thailand, in China, but it happens right here in Pennsylvania, right here in your community in Bethlehem,” said Dee Dee Foran, a Bethlehem Rotary Club member and Accredited Pension Representative at GF Pension Corp. “Raising awareness is crucial and it often leads to action.”
Urbano Mexican Kitchen and Bar at 526 Main St. in Bethlehem made its opening official at a ceremonial ribbon cutting on May 8 with public officials and members of the local business community in attendance. “Thank you for your investment, commitment and faith in our downtown,” Mayor Bob Donchez said.
The 75-seat restaurant and bar is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Brunch is offered on Sundays at 11 a.m. and dinner from 4to 10 p.m. Sundays. More information is available at www.urbanobethlehem.com.
Larry Eighmy and Larson Lovdal from the Stone House Group, along with architect Bret Peters, sought advice from the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission regarding the structure located behind the iconic Flatiron Building. Eighmy, also owner of the property through Sycamore Hill Farm Development, presented plans to convert the Wells Fargo Bank’s parking deck at 327 Broadway and 324 W. Fourth St. into a magistrate’s office and courtroom with secure parking, a microbrewery and commercial space during the May 21 meeting in the Rotunda.
“Give me you tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses
yearning To breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless,
Tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my Lamp beside the