Skyrocketing pension costs, which have risen from $1.5 million in 2004 to $11.1 million next year, have forced Bethlehem City Council to impose a 7 percent tax hike next year. In a 6-1 vote at their Dec. 20 meeting, council members approved the plan, with only David DiGiacinto opposed. It is the conclusion of a six-week budget process.
Mayor John Callahan proposed raising revenue by imposing an event tax, seeking voluntary contributions from nonprofits like Lehigh University and...
There is a toll-free line,1-888-9-READYPA (1-888-973-2397), as part of ReadyPA, a public outreach campaign that includes a website ReadyPA.org to educate residents about the importance of making emergency kits and family emergency plans.
Home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are at ReadyPA.org and by calling 1-888-9-READYPA.
CENTER FOR VISION LOSS, Allentown, is looking for volunteers to be "Annie's Angels" to do home visits, read mail and provide companionship. Contact Rita Lang, 610-433-6018, email@example.com.
EXECUTIVE SERVICE CORPS OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY (ESCLV) is looking for retired and career professional management consultants to volunteer their expertise to nonprofits in the Lehigh Valley. Contact Bill Cosgrove, 610-504-6199,...
Beginning Jan. 2, the Bethlehem Area Public Library is trimming hours and reducing staff costs due to budget constraints. The library will assume an additional $230,000 in expenses for 2013 due to the loss of subsidies by the City of Bethlehem.
The main library, 11 W. Church St., will be open weekly from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The South Side Branch, 400 Webster St., which closes on Jan. 2 for...
Wednesday, December 26
Bethlehem Parking Authority meeting, 4:30 p.m., 85 W. North St.
Bethlehem Twp. Zoning Board, 6:30 p.m. municipal building, 4225 Easton Ave.
Bethlehem City Zoning Board, 7 p.m., City Hall, 10 E. Church St.
Thursday, December 27
Hanover Twp. Zoning, 7 p.m., municipal building, 3630 Jacksonville Road.
Lower Saucon Twp. Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Town Hall, 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Christmas Day has come and gone once again. As we reflect on the joys we've shared this past holiday season, let us look back on another Christmas of long ago.
Described as the happiest Christmas in years, Christmas 1922 was truly a special time.
Downtown, shoppers were out in full force making their holiday purchases at places such as Bush & Bull, corner of Broad and Main, where Christmas cards could be had for the trifling cost of five cents.
Even more people had...
College prize winner
Michael Roche, of Bethlehem, received the Samuel P. Weaver Prize at Gettysburg College's Fall Honors Day ceremonies. The event recognized students for outstanding scholarship, academic achievement and service to the campus community.
Diane Kimsey, a Bethlehem resident, recently graduated from Saint Joseph's College of Maine. She earned a master of science in nursing degree.
Competes for teen title
Katilyn Fritz, a...