Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Blueberry Festival parking

Monday, July 15, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites [HBMS] announces important festival parking information for the upcoming Blueberry Festival July 20-21 at the historic Burnside Plantation. In addition to parking lot changes, new points of entry for the festival have been added for greater convenience, accommodating those who will drive, bike, walk, or drop-off. Blueberry Festival signs will be posted around the various entrances and parking zones for ease of travel.

For more festival or parking information, call 1.800.360.TOUR or visit HistoricBethlehem.org.

SteelStacks incident concludes safely

Monday, July 15, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City police report that a man climbed high onto the former Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces at ArtsQuest SteelStacks Friday evening, causing concern and forcing the cancellation of events held on the grounds.

Police Chief Mark DiLuzio said in a public statement the man continued to climb to the very top of a structure and took up a position on a single steel beam approximately 300 feet above the ground.

Mayor talks Southside car parks

Monday, July 15, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Even though it was not an agenda item, Mayor Robert Donchez invited the Bethlehem Parking Authority (BPA) to brief the Bethlehem City Council June 3 on its plans to build a parking garage on a lot near the intersection of East Third and Polk streets.

“This is a project that has been a priority of mine for several years,” said Donchez in preamble to asking BPA Director Livingston to take the floor. “It is critical to support the parking needs of Northampton Community College and other business in the eastern corridor on [East] Third Street.”

National Night Out set for Aug. 6

Monday, July 15, 2019 by TIM HEALY in Local News

Freemansburg Borough Council announced July 2 the police department will be hosting the fifth annual National Night Out Against Crime in August. The event aims to create a safer community by strengthening the relationships between police and residents.

All are invited for a family-friendly night of food, drinks and entertainment. Activities will include inflatables, face-painting, carnival games, raffle prizes and more.

Vaping policy added to handbook

Monday, July 15, 2019 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

The 2019-20 student handbook for the Saucon Valley MS has been approved. There was one change involving the policy on smoking, tobacco and vaping. Assistant Principal Amy Braxmeier was on hand to update the board. Per the 2018-19 handbook it states “smoking and tobacco use and possession are prohibited in school buildings, on district property, and any other jurisdiction 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.

LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Zoo president and CEO reports increased revenue

President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Zoo Melissa Borland sounded excited and happy as she reported a series of good news milestones to the Lehigh County Commissioners at the June 26 meeting.

She reported revenue increased from $1 million in 2014 to $4.1 million in 2018.

Recertification by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is expected. This indicates the zoo would be rated among the top 10 percent of zoos in the country.

Plus, the zoo has begun a new initiative to reduce consumption of one-use plastics. There were 230,000 visitors in 2018.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

‘It all started with a patch’

When Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles started with the department in 1994, he wanted to know the 10 full-time and 11 part-time officers and staff.

“The first thing I did was work every shift and ride with every officer,” Stiles said. Officers thought that was great.

“I asked two questions: What’s wrong with this police department and what do you want to see this police department become? They had a lot of ideas.”

LV Zoo in great shape

Monday, July 8, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh Valley Zoo President and CEO Melissa Borland sounded excited and happy as she reported a series of milestones to the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners June 26; revenue up from $1 million in 2014 to $4.1 million in 2018; expected recertification by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, which indicates that the Lehigh Valley Zoo is rated among the top 10 percent of zoos in the country; plus a new initiative to reduce consumption of one-use plastics. She also reported the zoo had 230,000 visitors in 2018.

Board ponders plethora of proposals

Monday, July 8, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Representing 79 W. Market St., Mike Psitus of Express Sign Outlet was quickly granted a certificate of appropriateness for a 25-inch by 99-inch window sign for Stark Financial Group by the Historical and Architectural Review Board at the June 5 meeting held in the Rotunda. The vinyl decal graphic and sans serif font of the company logo is blue and green with off-white outlines. The first floor window measures 84 inches by 117 inches. The commercial building is owned by Rudy Amelio.