September 19, 201811:02 AM

On behalf of the City of Bethlehem, thank you Gail Hoover and the "Annual Gail Hoover Birthday Bash Party," for donating 35 pet oxygen rescue masks, 3 collapsible pet cages and 3 large metal pet storage carts for dogs, to the Bethlehem Police Department.

September 19, 20188:37 AM

Effective beginning this weekend, there will be an increase in monitoring and enforcement of Short Term Lodging Facilities throughout the City. We will now have on-call and proactive monitoring of our STL ordinance on Thursday and Friday evenings, as well as on Saturday and Sunday. The public is encouraged to call the City’s non-emergency number, 610-865-7187 and speak with a dispatcher, leaving your name and phone number so an inspector can call you back to assess the situation. The inspectors will be available to come out to the site, gather evidence, and cite new violators of this ordinance. Questions, during regular business hours, should be directed to Mike Simonson, Chief Building Inspector 610-865-7091.

September 18, 20189:19 AM

Last night's scheduled mosquito spray was canceled due to weather. If weather permits an attempt for the application will take place 9/18 or 9/19 if possible.

September 17, 201812:48 PM

The mosquito control application scheduled for last week was canceled due to rain. A planned ultra-low volume truck mounted application of Aqua Duet at a rate of .75 ounces per acre in the city will take place on Monday 9/17 with rain dates of 9/18 and 9/19, between 7:30 and 11 p.m., when the species of mosquito targeted are most active. Given the above average temperatures and rainfall we have been experiencing along with the record number of West Nile positives throughout the state this is the best course of action to protect the residents of Northampton County. *No precautions are necessary for residents regarding pets and bird feeders. If keeping garden vegetables certified organic covering them would not hurt but is also not necessary. The ULV applications conducted are at an extremely low rate and have no residual effects; as soon as they are no longer suspended in the air they immediately break down into their core chemical components and become inert.*

September 13, 201811:53 AM

Residents and business owners located in the Northside 2027 neighborhood are invited to participate in a public meeting on October 11, 2018 from 6-8pm at Liberty High School. The city is interested in soliciting feedback on possible improvements to the area which may include physical enhancements to homes, streetscapes and parks and/or the creation of neighborhood-specific programs. Questions can be directed to the Department of Community and Economic Development or by contacting alehr@bethlehem-pa.gov.

September 12, 20181:55 PM

The City of Bethlehem received Lehigh Valley Planning Commission's first ever Community of Distinction award for exemplifying innovation in the community by demonstrating excellence in planning, design and implementation in the redevelopment of the former Bethlehem Steel lands, the Bethlehem Greenway and the Skateplaza. County Executive Lamont McClure, along with the LVPC presented the award to Mayor Donchez.

September 12, 20189:17 AM

The planned ultra-low volume truck mounted application of Aqua Duet for Tuesday night was canceled due to the rain. The application will take place this evening if the conditions remain appropriate between between 8 and 11 p.m.

September 9, 20188:15 PM

Trick or Treat night is scheduled for Friday, October 26th from 6-8pm. The Halloween Parade is Sunday, October 28th at 2pm.

September 7, 201811:47 AM

Surveys in Bethlehem and Easton have indicated that the threat of West Nile Virus to the human population is still elevated.A planned ultra-low volume truck mounted application of Aqua Duet at a rate of .75 ounces per acre in these two cities will take place on Monday 9/10 with rain dates of 9/11 and 9/12. The application will take place between 8 and 11 p.m. when the species of mosquito targeted is most active. Given the above average temperatures and rainfall we have been experiencing along with the record number of West Nile positives throughout the state this is the best course of action to protect the residents of Northampton County. The applications will take place within the highlighted areas around E. Market and Hillmond streets and Easton Ave. For questions contact: Jeffrey Carroll, IPM Coordinator, (610) 391-9840 or jsc15@psu.edu

September 7, 20188:07 AM

Center Street / 512: Norfolk Southern will be repairing the railroad crossing on Center Street / SR512 just south of SR22 this weekend. The work will begin on Friday, September 7th at 6:00pm and last through Monday September 10th at 6:00am. During this time, Center Street will be closed and a full detour, utilizing US22 and Johnston Dr, will be posted. Center Street / New Street (Fahy Bridge) / Lehigh Street: PennDOT’s contractor for the Center Street construction project will be working in the intersection again and will need to shift traffic and conduct temporary lane closures Friday, Sept. 7th through Tuesday Sept. 11 from 9am-3pm. E 3rd Street: The contractor at the Greenway Commons construction site will be paving tomorrow, Friday, on E 3rd Street between Fillmore Street and Pierce Street. Lane closures will occur from 7am-4pm. Main Street: A contractor will be working on the waterline on Main Street on Tuesday, Sept 11 and Wednesday Sept 12 and will need to shift traffic between Walnut Street and Broad Street from 8am-4pm each day.

August 31, 20188:41 AM

Congratulations to James J. Lynn and his family on his promotion from Captain to Assistant Fire Chief.

August 30, 20188:47 AM

Notice to City of Bethlehem Water Customers August 30, 2018 The City of Bethlehem began construction in June to relocate one of its water transmission mains along Willowbrook Road in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, north of LVIA Airport. Phase I of the project has now successfully been completed and beginning September 4, 2018 contractors will begin work on Phase II. This work is part of the broader project to widen Willowbrook Road in preparation for the opening of the new FedEx Distribution Facility later this year. This phase of the work is expected to be completed by the end of September 2018. This transmission main provides drinking water to a large part of our service territory, particularly customers in West Bethlehem and Hanover Township - Lehigh and Northampton Counties. The City and Contractors are taking steps to ensure that there will be no disruption of water service during this project. However, there is the possibility that a loss of water pressure or discolored water could occur at any time during this period. The City will provide immediate updates should any major disruptions occur and if any corrective actions are warranted. We monitor water chemistry in the distribution system every day and we continue to meet or exceed stringent PaDEP limits on drinking water quality. There are no restrictions on water use and there are no boil water advisories at this time. Should you experience discolored water we advise that you do not let your water run continuously. Rather, run your cold water faucets only for a few minutes at a time until it begins to clear up. Repeat this step every hour or so until the water runs clear. We recommend that you do not run your hot water while you are experiencing discolored water and to use discretion when using water for routine chores such as washing clothes. We take our responsibility to deliver safe, clean drinking water to our customers very seriously and are taking steps to minimize the impact to our customer’s daily activities during this project. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the office of the Director of Water and Sewer Resources at 610-865-7207 or contact our 24/7 Control Center at 610-865-7077. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

August 24, 20183:45 PM

Road Work in Bethlehem the Week of August 27, 2018 Center Street / SR512: PennDOT will continue to mill and pave Center Street throughout the next 2 weeks between Church Street and US22. Watch for lane closures and parking restrictions. N. New Street: UGI will continue to work on New Street; however, the road will only be closed between 9am and 3pm to provide access for rush hour and buses.

August 24, 201812:59 PM

The yellow and blue Ukrainian flag was raised over City Hall to commemorate the 27th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence. Saint Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church dancers treated spectators to a traditional Ukrainian dance in celebration

August 23, 20185:56 PM

Such a pleasure to be visited by former Mayor of Bethlehem, Ken Smith.

August 1, 201811:03 AM

Yesterday we welcomed Nana Kitani, an exchange student from our sister city in Tondabayashi, Japan. She will be here for 3 weeks and is loving our blueberry pancakes! We hope she enjoys her trips to NYC and Philadelphia!

July 31, 20183:16 PM

Welcome to our new City of Bethlehem Police Officers and Fire Fighters who were sworn in today. Congratulations to those officers and firefighters who received promotions. Thank you for your service and dedication!

July 30, 20182:56 PM

On Saturday we issued a Mayoral Proclamation to the Liberty High School football team for their continued maintenance of the Bethlehem Steel Workers Memorial. Thank you Coach Truby and team for your hard work.

July 16, 20189:35 AM

Today we welcomed Ziga Mekis Recek, an exchange student from Murska Sobota, Slovenia. He was here for three weeks and just can't understand the appeal of root beer floats.

July 4, 20189:52 AM

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Independence Day!

July 2, 20188:17 AM

A reminder from the Fire Marshal: As of October 2017 consumer grade fireworks are legal to purchase and possess across the State of Pennsylvania. However the use of fireworks remains limited by state law. In order to use consumer fireworks, a person must be 18 years of age or older, but a person MAY NOT INTENTIONALLY IGNITE OR DISCHARGE CONSUMER FIREWORKS or novelty sparkling devices: (1) ON PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PROPERTY WITHOUT THE EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE OWNER. (2) WITHIN, OR FROM A MOTOR VEHICLE OR BUILDING. (3) INTO OR AT A MOTOR VEHICLE OR BUILDING OR AT ANOTHER PERSON. (4) WHILE THE PERSON IS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL, A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE OR ANOTHER DRUG. (5) WITHIN 150 FEET OF AN OCCUPIED STRUCTURE. An "OCCUPIED STRUCTURE” is defined by state law as A STRUCTURE, VEHICLE OR PLACE ADAPTED FOR OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION OF PERSONS OR FOR CONDUCTING BUSINESS WHETHER OR NOT A PERSON IS ACTUALLY PRESENT.

Redevelopment Authority Meeting September 20, 2018 4:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street

Parking Authority Meeting September 26, 2018 4:30 PM

Meeting Location: 85 West North Street

Human Relations Commission Meeting September 26, 2018 6:30 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street, Room 504

Zoning Hearing Board Meeting September 26, 2018 7:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street

Fine Arts Commission Meeting October 1, 2018 5:15 PM

Meeting Location: Laros Room, Bethlehem Public Library, 11 W. Church Street

City Council Meeting October 2, 2018 7:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street

Board of Historical and Architectural Review Meeting October 3, 2018 4:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street, Room A205

Bethlehem Housing Authority Meeting October 8, 2018 4:30 PM

Meeting Location: Monocacy Towers, Community Room

Bethlehem Authority Meeting October 11, 2018 3:30 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street, Room 504

Planning Commission Meeting October 11, 2018 4:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street

City Council Meeting October 16, 2018 7:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street

Redevelopment Authority Meeting October 18, 2018 4:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street

Parking Authority Meeting October 24, 2018 4:30 PM

Meeting Location: 85 West North Street

Human Relations Commission Meeting October 24, 2018 6:30 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street, Room 504

Zoning Hearing Board Meeting October 24, 2018 7:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street

Fine Arts Commission Meeting November 5, 2018 5:15 PM

Meeting Location: Laros Room, Bethlehem Public Library, 11 W. Church Street

Board of Historical and Architectural Review Meeting November 7, 2018 4:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street, Room A205

City Council Meeting November 7, 2018 7:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street

Bethlehem Authority Meeting November 8, 2018 3:30 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street, Room 504

Planning Commission Meeting November 8, 2018 4:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street

Bethlehem Housing Authority Meeting November 12, 2018 4:30 PM

Meeting Location: Monocacy Towers, Community Room

Redevelopment Authority Meeting November 15, 2018 4:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street

City Council Meeting November 20, 2018 7:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street

Parking Authority Meeting November 28, 2018 4:30 PM

Meeting Location: 85 West North Street

Human Relations Commission Meeting November 28, 2018 6:30 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street, Room 504

Zoning Hearing Board Meeting November 28, 2018 7:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street

Fine Arts Commission Meeting December 3, 2018 5:15 PM

Meeting Location: Laros Room, Bethlehem Public Library, 11 W. Church Street

City Council Meeting December 4, 2018 7:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street

Board of Historical and Architectural Review Meeting December 5, 2018 4:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street, Room A205

Bethlehem Housing Authority Meeting December 10, 2018 4:30 PM

Meeting Location: Monocacy Towers, Community Room

Bethlehem Authority Meeting December 13, 2018 3:30 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street, Room 504

Planning Commission Meeting December 13, 2018 4:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street

City Council Meeting December 18, 2018 7:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street

Redevelopment Authority Meeting December 20, 2018 4:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street

Parking Authority Meeting December 26, 2018 4:30 PM

Meeting Location: 85 West North Street

Human Relations Commission Meeting December 26, 2018 6:30 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street, Room 504

Zoning Hearing Board Meeting December 26, 2018 7:00 PM

Meeting Location: Town Hall, 10 East Church Street