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January 23, 20182:51 PM

A contractor will be closing S. New Street to one lane with flaggers between Mechanic Street and Rink Street Wednesday, January 24th and possibly Thursday, January 25th from 7am – 3pm. Please use caution through the work zone.

January 23, 20182:14 PM

TheZoning Hearing Board meeting scheduled for the proposed billboard at 231 Union Station Plaza (by the Hill-to-Hill bridge) for Wednesday, January 24, 2018 has been continued. It will be heard on February 28, 2018

January 19, 20189:25 AM

NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE OF LETTERS OF INTEREST AND RESUMES AND RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS TO FILL THE VACANCY ON CITY COUNCIL FOR THE CITY OF BETHLEHEM LEHIGH AND NORTHAMPTON COUNTIES: NOTICE is hereby given that Bethlehem City Council is accepting letters of interest and resumes, and responses to questions if a candidate wishes to respond, for appointment to fill the vacancy on City Council as a result of the resignation of Council Member Eric R. Evans effective February 4, 2018. The candidate chosen to fill this City Council vacancy will serve commencing on March 6, 2018 until a successor Councilperson is sworn into office on January 6, 2020. Candidates can send a cover letter, resume, and obtain the list of questions starting January 26, 2018. Letters of interest and resumes, and, if desired, responses to questions from Members of Council shall be sent to the City Clerk's Office, 10 East Church Street, Room B212, Bethlehem PA 18018 by 12:00 Noon on February 9, 2018; email; fax 610-997-5738; phone 610-865-7130.

January 17, 20188:20 AM

Due to inclement weather, the curbside pickup (both recycling and Christmas trees) will be postponed for today 1/17/18 and will be picked up on Saturday 1/20/18. Questions should be directed to the Recycling Bureau 610-865-7082

January 12, 20184:22 PM

SR378: PennDOT will have drainage crews on SR378 next week between 3rd Ave and Union Blvd on Thursday and Friday between 9am and 2pm. Please be prepared for possible delays. Fillmore Street: A contractor will have Fillmore Street closed beginning Tuesday between 3rd Street and Evans Street. This work will last approximately 1-2 weeks. Long Street: A contractor will have Long Street closed between Church Street and Wesley Street on Monday from 8am-3pm.

January 5, 201811:59 AM

Ribbon cutting for the Flying Egg on Main Street yesterday. Congratulations to Juan Carlos and Cara Paredes.

January 3, 201812:07 PM

Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering is a faith-based partnership that provides a network of care and hospitality for the homeless in our community. Overnight sheltering is provided during the coldest months of the year, December through March at Christ UCC located at the corner of Center and Market Streets in Bethlehem. For more information about the shelter, please contact 484-379-6694.

January 2, 20184:25 PM

List of 2018 Open Door Dates: January 8 February 12 March 12 April 9 May 14 June 11 July 9 August 13 September 10 October 8 November 12 December 10 Open Door hours are 9:00 - 11:00 am and 1:00 - 3:00 pm in the Mayor's office. It is on a first come first served basis.

December 29, 20171:02 PM

2018 Christmas Tree Pickup Schedule All trees must be ornament and tinsel free. No tree stands attached. No Plastic tree bags. Recycling Date Christmas Tree Pick Up Date 15-Jan 22-Jan 16-Jan 23-Jan 17-Jan 24-Jan 18-Jan 25-Jan 19-Jan 26-Jan 22-Jan 15-Jan 23-Jan 16-Jan 24-Jan 17-Jan 25-Jan 18-Jan 26-Jan 19-Jan

December 21, 20171:58 PM

2018 CITY COUNCIL MEETING DATES January 2* July 3 January 16 July 17 February 6 August 7** February 20 August 21 March 6 September 4 March 20 September 18 April 3 October 2 April 17 October 16 May 1 November 7* May 16* November 20 June 5 December 4 June 19 December 18 * Note: Tuesday, January 2 Reorganizational Meeting – due to January 1 New Year’s Day Holiday Wednesday, May 16 – Rescheduled from May 15 (Primary Election Day) Wednesday, November 7 – Rescheduled from November 6 (General Election Day) **Note: Tuesday, August 7 – City Council Meeting will start at 5:30PM due to Musikfest

December 19, 201710:31 AM

Lynn Avenue Bridge rededication and ribbon cutting. The bridge is officially open.

December 11, 20179:37 AM

RCN has completed its nationwide upgrade of its distribution network and the residents of the City now have access to 1 Gigabit Internet speed. The City has been designated an RCN 1 Gigabit Community.

December 7, 201711:11 AM

Police promotion and swearing-in ceremony. Congratulations and welcome.

November 30, 201712:20 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 30, 20179:24 AM

The official ribbon cutting for the South New Street Parking Garage was held yesterday. The 626 space garage has been open for use since November 1st.

November 21, 20172:07 PM

Southside Bethlehem Keystone Innovation Zone Annual Update this morning. Innovation and entrepreneurship are foundational traits of the City of Bethlehem and the KIZ continues to lead. Thank you to all principal partners and a special thank you to Lehigh Unuversity and Northampton Community College for their support. Congratulations to Soltech Solutions LLC, UBMe, Inc., and Freebowler LLC on your success.

November 17, 20173:56 PM

Had a wonderful day at the annual Cops N Kids Tree decorating event. With us were Donegan Elementary School and St. Anne School. Thank you to all who made this event possible.

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.

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.