South Bethlehem Historic Board Approves 9-Story Building After Previously Panning It

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After voicing strong opposition last month to a proposed 9-story building on West Fourth Street, the South Bethlehem Historic Conservation District voted 5-2 Monday to support the building’s design.

District board Chairwoman Beth Starbuck said she had been very troubled by the building’s height until she realized Hotel Bethlehem also was nine stories and doesn’t stick out badly on Main Street.

“I’m not happy with the scale of this, either, but I’m less freaked out about it — it just never occurred to me that the Hotel Bethlehem is that tall,” she said.

The board makes recommendations to Bethlehem City Council, and board Historic Officer Christine Ussler said there’s a fear if the board is often overruled by council “this developer and other developers will get the sense we don’t count.”

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2014/10/south_bethlehem_historic_board.html

Garlic Fans Push Easton Garlic Fest To Record Attendance

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English: Skyline of Easton, PA from Lafayette College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Easton Garlic Fest chairwoman Jo Moranville learned one thing about garlic lovers this weekend.

“We’ve clearly reached the point where garlic-crazy people don’t care if they get wet,” Moranville says.

Despite a rainy start to the 14th annual festival on Saturday, Easton Garlic Fest saw its biggest crowd – ever – for the two-day festival.

More than 20,000 visitors flocked to Centre Square to “eat, drink and stink,” according to festival and police reports.

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/food/index.ssf/2014/10/easton_garlic_fest_breaks_atte.html

New Plans For South Bethlehem Apartments, Stores And Offices Submitted

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A developer has submitted new plans for three buildings that will include stores, offices and apartments across from the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. site in Bethlehem.

Developer BethWorks Renovations has submitted plans for one five-story and two four-story buildings along East Third Street across from Northampton Community College.The company’s previous plans for the site called for one five-story and two three-story buildings, but its total of 111 apartments remains the same.

The company’s new plans are scheduled to go before the Bethlehem Planning Commission 4 p.m. Thursday.

BethWorks’ five-story building would be located at 422-430 E. Third St., which is on the corner of Fillmore Street. It’s proposed to have first-floor retail space and 96 apartments.

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2014/10/new_plans_for_south_bethlehem.html

Bethlehem Looking To Spice Up South Side With New Mexican Restaurant And Microbrewery

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A vacant parking lot on South Side Bethlehem could see new life under a $6.7 million plan for a Mexican restaurant and brewpub under one roof.

Ashley Development Corp., based in the city, proposes transforming the 0.38-acre plot at 404 E. Third St. from a former Bethlehem Steel Corp. parking lot into a multi-restaurant space owned by Bethlehem 21st Century, according to Alicia Miller Karner, director of community and economic development for Bethlehem.

Ashley Development Corp. President Lou Pektor says the project would complement and be within walking distance of the entertainment venues that have been developing in that area of the city.

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/food/index.ssf/2014/10/bethlehem_looking_to_spice_up.html

Philadelphia Archdiocese Sells Delco Property, 2 Others For $56.2M

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Thursday announced the sale of three suburban properties for $56.2 million and said it will use the proceeds to help plug gaps in its balance sheet.

In addition to the previously reported sale of a 200-plus-acre property in Delaware County to Jenkintown-based Goodman Properties for $47 million, the Archdiocese said that it had an agreement to sell a 454-acre property in Northampton County for $5.5 million, and that it had sold 55 acres in Chester County for $3.7 million.

The $3.7 million from the sale of excess land at the St. John Vianney Center in Downingtown, a behavioral-health center for clergy and woman religious, was deposited into the archdiocesan priests’ pension fund, which previously had a $76.3 million deficit. The buyer was Woodbine Partners L.P.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20141003_Archdiocese_sells_Delco_property__2_others_for__56_2M.html#85J5QPF07OFiZsCw.99

Officials Further Hopeful About International Rail Port In Bethlehem

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials were in Bethlehem last week to further discuss opening a local international rail port and local officials left the meeting feeling very hopeful.

“They’re very interested in the site, they’re very interested in the Lehigh Valley,” said Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez, who attended the Sept. 12 meeting with Port Authority officials at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.

Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. President and CEO Don Cunningham also said the Port Authority is very interested in opening an inland port in Bethlehem. He said the main unknown is whether the owner of the Bethlehem Intermodal rail yard can get funding to expand.

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2014/09/officials_further_hopeful_abou.html

Six Lehigh Valley Foodie Events This Weekend And Next, That Will Leave You Stuffed

Dig in!

The next two weekends are jam-packed with tasty events.

Here’s your outlook this weekend:

Bacon 5K Challenge and Bacon & Brews Bash – Friday and Saturday, Allentown

Coca-Cola Park, 1050 Iron Pigs Way, is hosting a Bacon 5K Challenge on Friday where participants need to consume a half-pound of bacon when they reach the 2.5-kilometer mark. A post-race party follows.

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/food/index.ssf/2014/09/foodie_forecast_the_next_two_w.html

The Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild Presents: Storytelling Olio

Friday Sept. 19, 2014
7:30 PM
Lipkin Theatre
Northampton Community College
3835 Green Pond Rd.
Bethlehem, PA 18020

Storytelling Olio

An olio is a round-robin of storytelling.This year’s Olio will feature some of the best storytellers in and around the area including:
Black diamond (cards) Sasha Cheer (Pennsylvania Youth Storytelling Showcase Winner )
Black diamond (cards) Robin Reichert (Lehigh Valley)
Black diamond (cards)Judy England-McCarthy (New Jersey)
Black diamond (cards) Lynn Ruehlmann (Virginia)
Black diamond (cards)Bernie Libster (New Jersey)
Black diamond (cards) Jennings & Ponder (Featured National Storytellers)
(pictured).

Storytelling

 

Friday’s Storytelling Olio is part of
StoryFUSION Festival – September 19th – 21st 2014

Headliners: Jennings and Ponder
World folktales, duo narrative performance, interwoven with traditional music. Besides evening performances on Friday and Saturday, there will be workshops, free children’s show and story swaps.
For full schedule go to www.storyfusion.org.

Jennings & Ponder:
In a powerful blend of technique and soul, this Vermont couple presents traditional world folktales as duo narrative performance, interwoven with traditional Celtic music on harp and concertina. By combining their voices, sensibilities, and creative talents, the duo has developed a form of entertainment that is truly magical, with a unique ability to transcend boundaries.

Friday night – Rush Ticket $6

Two Rivers Brewing Co. Wins Judge’s Choice In Easton Clam Jam Chowder Contest

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English: Skyline of Easton, PA from Lafayette College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eleven restaurants brought vats of their best chowders for customers to sample Sunday at Easton’s first Clam Jam.

The scene looked like something straight out of New England. Servers carried raw bar platters of oysters and clams. The bar was pouring up drinks like Cape Codders and Bloody Marys rimmed with Old Bay and served with crab cakes. And the smell of seafood chowder filled the whole restaurant.

The event, coordinated by the folks at 3rd & Ferry Fish Market, closed off Ferry Street for a seafood festival that invited restaurants to serve their nautical best – hush puppies and lobster roll, steamers and oysters galore.

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/food/index.ssf/2014/09/two_rivers_brewing_co_wins_jud.html

Online Retailer Zulily To Open Hub In Bethlehem That Employs 1,200

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Online retailer zulily plans to establish a distribution center in Bethlehem that will create 1,200 full-time jobs over the next three years, Gov. Tom Corbett announced today.

The hub is targeted for 10 Emery St., an 800,000-square-foot warehouse owned by Liberty Property Trust in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII — former Bethlehem Steel Corp. land off Route 412.

Corbett said in a news release that the building will serve as zulily’s Northeast fulfillment center and the company is making a multimillion-dollar investment there.

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2014/09/online_retailer_zulily_to_open.html

Bethlehem Distillery Gets OK For State’s First New Economic Development Incentive

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Bethlehem-based distillery to be opened by the owner of Franklin Hill Vineyards received approval today to be the first business in the state to use a new economic development incentive.

The Bethlehem Revitalization and Improvement Authority gave its unanimous approval to grant the distillery — which will be called Social Still — funding through the state’s City Revitalization and Improvement Zone. The designation allows state and local nonproperty taxes from new businesses in the zone to help finance new development within it.

Authority members debated today over how much of those taxes the business should get. The authority’s guidelines say the authority “strives” to give the developer 80 percent of the funding, an amount board member Ann McHale said is too low for such a unique project.

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2014/09/distillery_gets_ok_for_bethleh.html

Nazareth Council Wants Harrisburg To Study Police Department; Petition Calls For Chief’s Job

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s Note:  There are ways to get the state involved when outside intervention is needed.  This should have been done years ago in Pottstown because of the out of control crime rate, that apparently isn’t a concern to the leadership.

Political blogger Bernie O’Hare criticized Nazareth Council tonight for seeking a contractor to study the police force rather than take steps to fix it.

In a shouting exchange with solicitor Al Pierce, O’Hare claimed council had a similar study performed and didn’t like the results so the group is hoping for a better result this time.

“You don’t like what he’s telling you,” O’Hare told the mayor of the private investigator and his report.

Mayor Carl Strye Jr. said the previous study was internal. Pierce called O’Hare’s claims not “factually accurate.”

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/nazareth/index.ssf/2014/09/nazareth_council_wants_harrisb.html

Bethlehem To Reverse Back-In Angled Parking On Main Street

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  Come on Pottstown, follow suit!

The back-in angled parking on Bethlehem‘s Main Street is going to be reversed.

Mayor Bob Donchez said merchants on that end of Main Street have long been asking for the parking to be switched to head-in and he’s complying with their requests.

“It was clear the back-in angle parking was a negative to bringing people to lower Main Street,” Donchez said. “It’s the right thing to do to help the merchants.”

Donchez is hopeful the switch could occur in time for the Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival scheduled Sept. 26-28 or shortly thereafter.

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2014/08/bethlehem_to_reverse_back-in_a.html

Bethlehem Developer Now Seeking 12-Story Building On South Side

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Bethlehem developer has submitted new plans for a 12-story South Side building wherehe’s already received approval to build a seven-story structure.

Dennis Benner is now seeking approval to build a 12-story building at West Fourth and Vine streets. He received approval for the other project in April.

Benner’s plans include demolishing a second building to allow for the new project, which would include a restaurant or retail space on the first floor plus 11 stories of apartments.

“It’s a substantial change in the project,” said Alicia Karner, Bethlehem’s community and economic development director. “It’s several stories higher and the footprint is far larger.”

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2014/08/bethlehem_developer_now_seekin.html

Easton Mayor Arrives At Scene Of Reported Shooting; Witnesses Say Several Shots Fired

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English: Skyline of Easton, PA from Lafayette College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Easton Mayor Sal Panto Jr. has arrived at the scene of a reported shooting in the 1200 block of Washington Street.

Easton police have yet to confirm earlier scanner reports that someone was wounded in a drive-by shooting about 3:30 p.m. on the block, but witnesses say they heard or saw several gunshots exchanged between the occupants of two vehicles.

Panto said he didn’t have any information about the shooting. He said he came out to the scene as a show of support for the police department.

“I like to support them and the neighbors,” the mayor said. “They get upset about this kind of thing and rightfully so. Seeing me here can show them that we’re making this a priority.”

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/easton/index.ssf/2014/08/easton_mayor_arrives_at_scene.html

Group Forms To Raise Money For Easton Ambassadors Program In Downtown Area

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English: Skyline of Easton, PA from Lafayette College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Easton Ambassadors are looking for a little help from their friends to generate needed money to sustain and expand the program.

The red-shirted Ambassadors clean Downtown streets, assist visitors with local tourism questions and provide police with an extra set of eyes to spot potential trouble.

But officials say reduced funding has limited their ability to perform their duties. Their patrol shrank in 2012 to cover primarily Centre Square and nearby Third and Northampton streets.

The group’s budget is about $230,000 this year but if it can raise its revenues by at least $50,000 to previous years’ totals, it may be able to expand its reach to Pine and Fifth streets, as it had done in the past, officials said.

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/easton/index.ssf/2014/08/group_forms_to_raise_money_for.html

Lehigh Valley Arts Box Office Upcoming Performances

 

Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra:
Black diamond (cards) August 17, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Wesley Church: Valley Vivaldi IV
Black diamond (cards) October 18, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Christ Lutheran Church: Emerging Genius

Chamber Music Society:
Black diamond (cards) September 5, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Foy Hall: Horszowski Trio
Black diamond (cards) October 10, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Foy Hall: Arianna Quartet

Lehigh Valley Arts Council:
Black diamond (cards) September 20, 2014 | 10:30 AM @ Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum:Creating Your Legacy
Black diamond (cards) October 3 & 4, 2014 | 10:00 AM @ Lehigh Valley Arts Council: Audio Description Training

Moravian College Music Institute:
Black diamond (cards) September 13, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Foy Hall: A Night of Moravian Stars
Black diamond (cards) September 14, 2014 | 4:00 PM @ Foy Hall: “Czech Dreams” w/ Skip Wilkins, jazz piano, & Libor Smoldas, jazz guitar
Black diamond (cards) September 19, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Peter Hall: “Seasons of the Heart” w/ Suzanne Kompass, soprano
Black diamond (cards) September 21, 2014 | 4:00 PM @ Peter Hall: “Mostly Modern” w/ The DeMarina Trio
Black diamond (cards) October 3, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Foy Hall: Moravian Works for Choir & Orchestra
Black diamond (cards) October 5, 2014 | 4:00 PM @ Foy Hall: “Cowboys in Capes” Neil Wetzel, saxophone
Black diamond (cards) October 26, 2014 | 7:00 PM @ Peter Hall: Moravian College Early Music Ensembles
Black diamond (cards) October 31, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Peter Hall: Moravian College Celtic Ensemble & Guitar Ensemble

3rd And Ferry Fish Market To Close Easton Block For First Clam Jam Festival

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The folks at 3rd and Ferry Fish Market are bringing the flavors of an authentic New England seafood festival to Downtown Easton.

On Sept. 14, the restaurant is hosting its first Clam Jam and free street festival.

Co-owner Rebecca Pichetto says it’s going to be “Casual, fun and a great way to finish up your summer.”

They’re reeling in a boatload of fresh seafood and activities that day.

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/food/index.ssf/2014/08/3rd_and_ferry_fish_market_clos.html