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MEETING BOARD

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by The Press in News Briefs

Wednesday, October 24

Bethlehem Parking Authority, 4:30 p.m., 85 W. North St.

Bethlehem City Zoning Board, 7 p.m., City Hall, 10 E. Church St.

Lehigh Co. Commissioners, 7:30 p.m., public hearing room, Lehigh County Gov. Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.

Thursday, October 25

Hanover Twp. Zoning, 7 p.m., municipal building, 3630 Jacksonville Road.

Lower Saucon Twp. Planning, 7 p.m., Town Hall, 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike.

Wednesday, October...

Lehigh County: Proposals offered to lower taxes

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by DANIEL MINGUEZ in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners put forth two competing budget amendments aimed at lowering real estate taxes for the 2013 fiscal year at their Oct. 8 meeting.

The first amendment, sponsored by commissioners Scott Ott, Thomas Creighton, Lisa Scheller, Michael Schware and Vic Mazziotti, would reduce the $6.5 million tax credit proposed by the county executive by $5 million, and reduce the millage rate to decrease real estate tax revenue by $5 million instead.

The same commissioners...

Slicing the pie

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by JULIA SWAN Special to the Bethlehem Press in Opinion

Tough challenges face whoever is elected president Nov. 6, Muhlenberg College Professor Michele Deegan said during a lecture at Kirkland Village Oct. 17. Her talk, "The American Election Reality – Challenges Facing the Presidential Winner" was a preview of the 38th annual Great Decisions lecture series, which begins in February.

"If the debt gets bigger, we have to squeeze other programs."

"Do we decrease spending? Where? Where do we increase revenue?"

These are some of...

STATE

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by The Press in News Briefs

Pointing to the Oct. 16 announcement that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose again, State Senator Lisa Boscola reiterated her call to prioritize job and economic development investment in Pennsylvania.

"Federal labor statistics clearly reveal that Pennsylvania unemployment rate is moving in the wrong direction," Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) said. "While the unemployment number has gone down in 41 states, I'm disappointed that Pennsylvania's rate climbed to 8.2 percent in...

Freemansburg: Council tempers flare again

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Attending to borough business Oct. 9 degenerated into a caterwauling free-for-all between residents, council and fire department representatives.

More than two months after an argument over council and borough employee use of a break room staked out by the fire department, Freemansburg's public meetings have become a hotbed of rumor-mongering, imagined slights and charges of disenfranchisement and unfairness.

The volunteer fire department, led by the dedicated Micolochick...

Farm bureau honors Dent

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15, was recently honored with The Friend of the Farm Bureau Award for consistently voting in favor of the farming community.

"The award recognizes those members of congress who support policies that help farmers obtain profitability with less regulatory interference and increase demand for U.S. products through new uses and enhanced trade opportunities," Arland Schantz, governmental relations director for the Lehigh County Farm Bureau, explained.

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SAUCON VALLEY NEWS: Presidential debate Nov. 2

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by Arielle Reed in School

Blinded by a glaring spotlight and looking sightlessly into an audience of hundreds of disinterested teenagers, eight brave Saucon Valley HS students will stand their ground and explain the controversial issues that characterize the 2012 presidential debates.

Mirroring the true election, Saucon's own debate will take place Nov. 2 during blocks two and three. Headed by Mrs. Kozel's Honors Government and Economics class, with assistance from both Mr. Gerencser's and Mrs. Knapp's classes...

DRIVER CLASS: Program set for Oct. 30, Nov. 1

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by The Press in News Briefs

The Bethlehem Area Public Library will hold a driver safety program from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. The two-part class for ages 55 and up will cover defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and age related issues. Upon completion, participants may be eligible for a discount on their auto insurance.

There will be a four hour refresher course for those who have previously taken the two day course within the past three years. It will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 25.

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Southside Ministries closing its doors

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The Southside Ministries, a collective of four Southside churches working together in community-building efforts since 1983, ended Oct. 11 as a transition team met to officially dissolve the organization and give away the last of its cash reserves.

Those churches were Cathedral Church of the Nativity at 321 Wyandotte St., University Parish of Holy Ghost Roman Catholic at 417 Carlton Ave., St. John's Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church at 617 E. Fourth St. and St. Peter's Evangelical...

Drunkenness

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by The Press in Police Log

Police made several drunkenness-related early morning arrests Oct. 6.

Around 1:35 a.m. officers arrested 31-year-old Gary Kuehner of South 16th Street in Allentown. He'd allegedly been in a fight with a bouncer at the Old Brewery Tavern and was found on West Spruce Street. He is charged with harassment, public drunkenness and marijuana possession charges.

About 10 minutes later police observed Alick Sinift, 39, of North New Street, stumbling over his own feet. He is charged...