Bethlehem Press

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fountain Hill--Nine volunteers join fire department

Monday, February 13, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

Council approved an ordinance at a recent meeting to remove three handicapped parking spaces from Senecca St., Bishothorpe St. and Senca St. Council President Larry Rapp reported that the acquisition of the new building for the firehouse is moving along. Council Vice President Normam Blatt said the tax collection committee is thinking of renewing services with Keystone Collections for local taxes. They will review it with the committee.

Lehigh County--Commissioners approve appointments, reappointments

Monday, February 13, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners appointed and reappointed five individuals to serve on boards and authorities at the Jan. 25 meeting.

Lynne Hanna was appointed to aging and adult services and Dilia Coppedge was appointed to serve on the county children and youth advisory board.

Additionally, Dean Browning and John Hayes were reappointed to serve on the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority and Sally Schoffstall received a reappointment to the aging and adult services board.

LV Winter Classic - Growing tournament supports a LV special needs hockey program but organizer is concerned about future of the fundraiser

Monday, February 13, 2017 by THOMAS BROAS in Local News

Sixteen hockey teams from Pennsylvania and New Jersey braved some flurries and brisk 30 degree temperatures to converge at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink on Illick’s Mill Road Jan. 28 for the fourth annual Lehigh Valley Winter Classic. The Winter Classic is a hockey tournament, played outside in the elements, which helps support the Lehigh Valley Polar Bears, a local, special hockey team, part of the American Special Hockey Association.

Bethlehem--Council targets bamboo--The invasive plant can damage foundations and other structures

Monday, February 13, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

Small enough to creep under fences. Tall enough and strong enough to damage fences and foundations. Dangerous enough to pose a threat to the city’s infrastructure. It’s bamboo, which can quickly grow and spread. City officials are discussing how to handle this invasive species.

Laubach-Franko Master Plan approved; officials laud proposal, eager to implement

Monday, February 13, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The Master Site Development Plan for the William H. Laubach Memorial Park and Franko Farm Recreation Area that calls for an estimated $5 million in improvements is being lauded to upgrade recreation on the east side of Salisbury Township.

“What we tried to do was take a little bit of the overcrowding from Laubach and shift it to Franko,” said Leonard J. Policelli, landscape architect, project manager, Urban Research & Development Corp., Bethlehem, consultant for the Laubach-Franko Master Plan.

Article By: The Press

Monday, February 13, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Wednesday, February 15

Bethlehem Township Municipal Authority, 6:30 p.m. Municipal building, 4225 Easton Ave.

(snow date) BASD Board Finance and Human Resources Committee and special board, 6 p.m. Edgeboro Room, Education Center, 1516 Sycamore St.

Fountain Hill Borough Council, 7 p.m. 941 Long St.

Thursday, February 16

Bethlehem Redevelopment, 4:30 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St.

Northampton Co. Council, 6:30 p.m. 669 Washington St., Easton.

Monday, February 20

Historic Conservation Commission, 6 p.m. Banana Factory, 25 E. Third St.

Gracedale profit less than first stated

Monday, February 13, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

On Jan. 19, Executive John Brown told Northampton County Council that he expected Gracedale, the county-owned nursing home, to finish 2016 about $800,000 in the black. But at council’s Feb. 3 meeting, as the picture becomes clearer, Brown now says the net profit will only be about $200,000. This would still be the first time since 2007 that the facility turned a profit.