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Announcements

November 17, 201710:28 AM

Unveiled a new program; BPAIR (Bethlehem/Bangor Police Assisting in Recovery). The Bethlehem and Bangor Police Departments are partnering with the Northampton County Heroin and Opioid Task Force to encourage opioid drug users to seek recovery and connect addicts to treatment. The BPAIR program allows an individual struggling with a drug addiction to walk into the Bethlehem or Bangor Police Departments during regular business hours and ask for assistance. The police department will then arrange for a professional to complete a drug and alcohol intake assessment and assist with finding a treatment facility. A peer recovery support specialist will also be provided to support the individual during the recovery process. For more information about BPAIR, contact the City of Bethlehem Health Bureau at 610-865-7083.

November 13, 201712:55 PM

Pembroke Rd: PennDOT will have crack sealing crews on Pembroke Rd between Stefko Blvd and Easton Ave on November 16th and 17th from 9am – 2pm. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic. Stefko Blvd: A contractor will be working on Stefko Blvd doing curb work in the area of Radclyffe Street and will need to close one lane beginning Monday through next week from 8am – 3pm. Fire Lane: The bridge on Fire Lane off of Millside Dr will be closed for construction starting Monday, November 13. This project is expected to last approximately 6 weeks. Hill to Hill Bridge: The City’s Electrical Bureau will be installing Christmas decorations on the Hill to Hill Bridge on Wednesday, November 15th from 9am – 2pm and will need to close a lane at times on the bridge to facilitate the work. Church Street: UGI crews will be back next Thursday and Friday to temporary pave Church Street from New Street to Center Street. No parking signs will be posted and the road will be temporarily closed at times.

November 13, 201712:39 PM

The Bethlehem Yardwaste Facility will be closing on Dec 4th for the winter. We will reopen on Jan 2nd for the collection of Christmas Trees. We will close again on Feb 1st, 2018 and reopen approximately April 2nd, 2018.

November 10, 20172:55 PM

Weekend road closures. Pembroke Rd: PennDOT will have crack sealing crews on Pembroke Rd between Stefko Blvd and Easton Ave on November 16th and 17th from 9am – 2pm. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic. Stefko Blvd: A contractor will be working on Stefko Blvd doing curb work in the area of Radclyffe Street and will need to close one lane beginning Monday through next week from 8am – 3pm. Fire Lane: The bridge on Fire Lane off of Millside Dr will be closed for construction starting Monday, November 13. This project is expected to last approximately 6 weeks. Hill to Hill Bridge: The City’s Electrical Bureau will be installing Christmas decorations on the Hill to Hill Bridge on Wednesday, November 15th from 9am – 2pm and will need to close a lane at times on the bridge to facilitate the work. Church Street: UGI crews will be back next Thursday and Friday to temporary pave Church Street from New Street to Center Street. No parking signs will be posted and the road will be temporarily closed at times.

October 31, 20173:23 PM

On Wednesday, November 1st, 2 different contractors will be working on E 3rd Street and will need to close the road to one lane with flaggers from 8am – 3pm. UGI will be working at the intersection with Webster Street and the contractor for the construction between Fillmore St and Pierce St will be conducting utility work near Fillmore Street. Please use caution through the work areas.

October 30, 20173:05 PM

PennDOT’s scheduled nighttime bridge closure will be extended through Wednesday night (7pm) into Thursday morning (6am).

October 27, 20173:11 PM

PennDOT’s contractor for the Fahy Bridge Project, J.D. Eckman, will implement nighttime bridge closures on the following days for milling and overlay operations. Sunday, October 29th, 7pm – Monday, October 30th 6am Monday, October 30th 7pm – Tuesday, October 31st 6am Tuesday, October 31st 7pm – Wednesday, November 1st 6am Pedestrians will maintain access on the bridge’s sidewalk. The posted truck detour which utilizes the Minsi- Trail Bridge may be utilized as an alternate route.

October 27, 20179:48 AM

2017 Bethlehem Halloween Parade Due to the impending forecast for heavy rain this Sunday, October 29th, the Bethlehem Halloween Parade has been postponed and will be re-scheduled for Sunday, November 5th, at 2:00 pm. The parade forms on 16th Ave. and Broad and marches east to Main St. and then South to the lot on Main and Spring Streets. Darian Cruz, the NCAA National Wrestling Champion from Lehigh University and Bethlehem Catholic High School is scheduled to be the Grand Marshall for this year’s parade. This year’s parade promises to be one the largest in recent years with over 15 bands and 13 elementary schools registered. Additionally, there will be many floats, marching groups, and scouting groups participating. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that everyone will join us for the parade next Sunday.

October 26, 20174:02 PM

From their summer lemonade stands, Abigail, Alexandra and Keegan donated their proceeds to the Bethlehem Mounted Unit and K-9 Unit. We thank them for their generous donation.

October 24, 20178:11 AM

The crane currently in place on E 3rd Street at New Street will be moved to the New Street side of the construction on Wednesday, October 25. This will necessitate the closure of southbound New Street between E 3rd Street and Mechanic Street. Although the crane will be moved to New Street, the right (southern) eastbound lane on 3rd Street will be closed during 7am and 3pm for other work, and will open after 3pm. Southbound New Street is expected to remain closed for approximately 4 weeks for the installation of the building’s façade panels. Please use caution through the area.

October 20, 20178:58 AM

FAHY BRIDGE: REMINDER The Fahy Bridge will be CLOSED this weekend from 7pm Friday 10/20 until 6am Monday 10/23 for an epoxy overlay. Pedestrians will still have access to the sidewalk. HILL TO HILL BRIDGE: For clarification, the reconstruction of the Hill to Hill Bridge is slated to begin in 2024-2025.

October 17, 20178:22 AM

PennDOT’s contractor for the Fahy Bridge Project, J.D. Eckman, will implement a nighttime bridge closure on Wednesday (10/18) night into Thursday morning (10/19) from 7pm – 6am in preparation to saw and seal the roadway on the northbound side of the bridge. Pedestrians will maintain access on the bridge’s sidewalk. The posted truck detour which utilizes the Minsi- Trail Bridge may be utilized as an alternate route.

October 13, 20174:03 PM

FAHY BRIDGE – Closure for this weekend has been cancelled due to rain. The full bridge closure will take place next weekend, October 20-22 from 7pm Friday through 6am Monday morning. The Runner’s World races will continue to have access to the bridge. Fillmore Street – A crane will be placed on Fillmore Street on Thursday, October 19, between 4th Street and Morton Street and will necessitate the closure of Fillmore Street from 7am-2pm.

October 12, 201710:31 AM

NorthSide 2027 Public Meeting Announcement (Bethlehem, PA October 12, 2017) - Bethlehem has always been about neighborhoods. NorthSide 2027 is an initiative designed to invest in and revitalize several north Bethlehem neighborhoods that surround Thomas Jefferson and William Penn Elementary Schools. The unique partnership, involving the City of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Area School District, Moravian College, businesses, and citizens, will be holding the first meeting at Moravian College on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 4 PM in Room 121 of the brand new Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences, located at 1107 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. “NorthSide 2027 is about revitalizing and reinvesting in our neighborhoods. It is an exciting initiative that will improve the quality of life for the City of Bethlehem and its residents,” said City Council President J. William Reynolds. “It is a strategy for strengthening the neighborhoods north of the Historic Downtown,” remarked Mayor Bob Donchez. “One focus is to encourage rental properties to convert back into owner occupied residences,” he added. This public meeting will be the first opportunity to hear about some of the investments the City of Bethlehem hopes to make in the neighborhoods and what is coming next with the North Side 2027 initiative. Please invite your neighbors and share this information.

October 6, 20174:12 PM

Road Work in Bethlehem Week of October 9, 2017 Fahy Bridge PennDOT’s contractor for the Fahy Bridge Project, J.D. Eckman, will implement a nighttime bridge closure in order to construct the median barrier on the southbound side of the bridge. The bridge will be closed Monday night (10/9) and into Tuesday morning from 7pm – 6am. Pedestrians will maintain access on the bridge’s sidewalk. The posted truck detour which utilizes the Minsi- Trail Bridge may be utilized as an alternate route. In addition, the contractor will need to implement a full bridge closure the weekend of October 13-15 in order to install an epoxy bonded overlay. The closure will begin at 7pm Friday, October 13 and remain closed until Monday, October 16th at 6am. In case of inclement weather, this closure would be pushed to the following weekend from 7pm Friday October 20th to 6am Monday October 23rd. SR378 PennDOT will be conducting drainage work on SR378 / Wyandotte Street between Broadway and Black River Road on Thursday, October 12 from 9am – 2pm and will need to close lanes at times with flaggers. Two-way traffic will be maintained. Linden Street / SR191 A contractor will be conducting roadwork on 191 between Johnston Dr and Macada Rd beginning Monday, October 9th through Friday, October 13th between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Laurel Street, Fairview Street, Main Street, etc: UGI will begin work in this area on Laurel Street on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Traffic is proposed to be kept open with flaggers; however parking will be restricted at times. UGI will then move to Main Street (after Oct 22) and then to other roads in that area. Fillmore Street: The contractor for the Greenway Commons project at 3rd and Fillmore Streets will be working on the waterline on Fillmore Street on Monday and will need to close the road to through traffic from 7am-3pm. 5th Ave: Paving operations will take place on Wednesday, October 11 from 7am-3pm between Broad St and Union Blvd. 9th Ave: Paving operations will take place on Wednesday, October 11 from 7am-3pm between Lehigh St and Market St. Union Boulevard: Paving operations will take place between Center St and Main St on Thursday, October 12th and Monday October 16th. Macada Road: Paving operations will take place on Friday, October 13th through Wednesday, October 18th between Linden St and Center St.

October 5, 20174:18 PM

The Citizens’ Christmas City Committee is seeking donations of tall trees for the Christmas holiday season. The trees need to be nicely shaped, 40-50 feet in height, must be accessible to the roadway, and within no more than 7 miles of center city. City Electrician Greg Cryder, will come out to the location and inspect the tree for acceptability. We are also seeking the donation of a nicely shaped 18 – 25 foot tree. Donation of these trees will be recognized at the annual Christmas City Tree Lighting Ceremony, which will take place on Friday, November 24, 2017, at 4:30PM on Payrow Plaza. Anyone wishing to donate a tree should call Greg Cryder or Chris Lenhart at 610-865-7108. Please provide a return number and address in your message so we can find the tree.

October 4, 201711:10 AM

There will be no Open Door Day on October 9, 2017. The next Open Door Day will be on November 13, 2017, with the first session from 9:00-11:00 a.m., and the second session from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The discussions will be 15 minutes in length and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested individuals will be asked to sign in and wait in the 2nd Floor Lobby until their allotted time. Residents may only sign-in once per month, and are invited to return each month if they wish.

September 28, 20178:14 AM

Anyone interested in donating supplies to Puerto Rico can drop off items at the Hispanic Center located at 520 E. 4th Street, Bethlehem between 9am and 4pm. The center will be collecting items until October 5, 2017. Items needed: Towels, blankets, bug repellent, flashlights, batteries, soaps, diapers, baby food, medicine, power converters, snack bars, plastic eating utencils, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminie products, toilet paper, wipes, first aid kits, non perishable food and clothing.

September 27, 201710:11 AM

Mayor Donchez Announces Additional Bond Rate Increase (Bethlehem, PA—September 27, 2017)—Mayor Bob Donchez announced today that S&P has again upgraded the City’s bond rating an additional notch from A to A+, with a stable outlook. According to S&P, “The upgrade reflects our view of the City’s improved budgetary flexibility to a level we now consider very strong as a result of the recent strong budgetary performance as part of the management’s recent plan to maintain a certain level of available reserves as well as an improvement in the City’s per capita effective buying income which improved its economy score.” “The stable outlook reflects our opinion that the City will maintain its very strong budgetary flexibility and liquidity as well as sustain its strong budgetary performance.” “Our continued focus on all aspects of our operations has resulted in the increased bond rating” said Mayor Donchez. “These efforts, with the support of City Council, have resulted in a more effective and efficient government.” Additional factors impacting the increase in the City’s rating include: • Strong management with good financial policies and practices • Very strong budgetary flexibility • Very strong liquidity • Adoption of a long term financial plan • Fund balance of the General Fund now exceeds the Government Finance Officers Association recommendation. “The unprecedented improvement is an indication of my team’s focus on the task of improving the City’s financial stability” the Mayor also said. The City finished 2016 with a $3.2 million surplus and an unassigned fund balance of $12.5 million.