It was a very merry Christmas this year for nearly 600 children and adults from throughout the Lehigh Valley who, thanks to Project Hope of Easton, enjoyed a traditional turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings, and took home gifts of coats and other warm clothing, along with bags of packaged food for families to have another holiday meal.
Bethlehem Area School Board members welcomed William Gorman Jr. of Gorman & Associates Public Accountants for the local audit report of 2017-18 at the financial meeting Jan. 14.
Gorman congratulated the board on a second year in a row of no internal or external deficiencies in the Bethlehem schools. He said mistakes may have been made, but they were corrected under a controlled and organized environment.
Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh/Northampton) and other local legislators have announced that $210,000 in grants through the PAsmart Initiative were awarded to six school districts in the 18th Senatorial District to expand computer science programs.
As part of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January, Truth for Women (TFW) and a Penn State Lehigh Valley arts class have joined forces on an awareness and fundraising project involving the sale of silver heart charms meant to symbolize healing for sex trafficking victims.
Theis/Cornfeld Recycling Center
Due to the pending inclement weather and extreme cold temperatures, the Theis/Cornfeld Recycling Center and the Bethlehem Yard Waste Facility will be closed on Jan. 20 and 21. For more information, call 610- 865-7082. or visit https://www.bethlehem-pa.gov/.
Borough of Hellertown
A snow emergency was declared for the Borough of Hellertown, and vehicles should be removed from roads posted with “Snow Emergency Route” signs, as of 1 p.m. Jan. 19 until further notice. For more information, visit www.hellertownborough.org/snow/.
Women’s March On the Lehigh Valley Saturday
Drunken and rowdy behavior on Third Street near a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) club in South Bethlehem has gotten the attention of local residents, Chief of Police Mark DiLuzio and Mayor Robert Donchez.
Resident Tyler Buck, who spoke to council on Jan. 2 about loud and aggressive behavior in the parking lot used by patrons of the lounge and said shots have been fired, with bullets hitting a nearby pizza shop and a cigar store.
He said a shooting occurred in late December and that one person had been put in an ambulance. “There was blood everywhere,” said Buck.