Local News Archives

Local News Archives

A draft audit provided to City Council revealed good news for Bethlehem - $3.2m left over from the 2016 budget thanks to a slight increase in fees and taxes and an upturn in the economy.

In a recent announcement, Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez said that the old Dempseys restaurant site and the once-lavish Wilbur Mansion were prime candidates for the City Revitalization and Improvement Zone tax incentive program (CRIZ).

After the controversy of No Child Left Behind, educators and parents are primed for the changes that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) can bring to Pennsylvania pupils.

StoryWalk is a program created in Montpelier that has since popped up in all 50 states, and Bethlehem is the latest city to join in this initiative creating locations throughout the city.

Merry Maids of Bethlehem owner, Audrey Rehnert, wanted to give back to her community. Partnering with the non-profit, Cleaning For A Reason, has enabled her to do just that. Rehnerts franchise is providing free cleaning services to women undergoing cancer treatment.

ArtQuest, which is located in Bethlehem, is looking to hire about 300 seasonal employees this year.

Like many other cities, Bethlehem is considering banning the planting of bamboo in rural areas where the fast-growing plant can reach into neighboring yards.

Autistic children are often sensitive to sound and other sensory input, and a special Easter event has been planned for the Bethlehem area that will give them a chance to fully enjoy the spirit of the holiday.

Starting this weekend, over a dozen downtown restaurants will participate in the annual restaurant week event in Bethlehem. The restaurants participating vary between casual and upscale, offering something for everyone.

Built in 1865, the Wilbur Mansion has long been a landmark for residents of Bethlehem. The neighboring Masonic Temple was built in 1925. The Bethlehem Planning Commission has backed plans for developers to renovate the mansion and tear down the temple.

To help residents experiencing financial struggles, the Bethlehem office of State Representative, Steve Samuelson, announced at a Salvation Army News conference that the office will be designated as a location for locals to drop off diapers and wipes for the diaper drive initiative.

For students looking to venture into the health field, Lehigh Colleges expansion, at the South Bethlehem campus, will help them down that path.

Barre3, a studio that focuses workouts to muscle groups with yoga, Pilates, and ballet barre, will soon open a studio in Bethlehem.

The ArtsQuest Center on SteelSacks Campus in Bethlehem will play host to the 3rd annual Yuengling Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk in October.

The Steelworkers Archives is hosting tours for residents of Bethlehem to take a step back in time and visit Bethlehem Steel, where long ago immigrants settled in to hopefully achieve the American Dream.