February 11th, 2012
Over 40 kids and parents attended the NbNW Game Night at the Log Cabin back in January. Check back soon as we will shortly be scheduling additional game nights for what remains of our mild winter.
We had great fun with board games, puzzles, twister and air hockey and Rock Em Sock Em Robots at the Log Cabin. Refreshments included Pretzels from the Philly Pretzel Factory and coffee and hot chocolate. We did have a scheduling snaffu with another group playing cards but as we were all playing games, it worked out. In all about 60+ people were at the Log Cabin that night.
We will distribute flyers to the William Penn and Calypso students again soon to advise on upcoming dates. Check back for those dates here and pics from the first event.
November 10th, 2011
Have some free time on the 19th for a couple of hours in the morning? Bring some gloves and help us clean up 1st Avenue along Route 378. Alot of trash from 378 is in this area and it needs to go. Come join our clean team and if we get enough volunteers, we can branch out and clean up down off of Spring Street and Route 378 from the bridge back towards the 3rd Avenue on-ramp. Look at it the next time you drive by. It’s a mess and needs a good cleanup.
November 10th, 2011
Have you walked/driven down West Broad Street/3rd Avenue lately? Part 1 of the Gateway project has flipped the switch and lit up the night at this important Gateway to Bethlehem from Route 378. The acorn style streetlights have been switched on and look great.
Coming next will be some back-in angle parking which will add a few needed parking spaces as well as narrow the street a bit and hopefully slowing traffic making it easier to cross on foot.
Come spring, the last part of this phase of the project, the street trees will be planted. The forester is preparing the tree part of the project for bid over the winter with an anticipated spring planting timeline. Keep watching for those next 2 parts.
We are looking for funding to continue the lights and trees further west to 6th or possibly 8th Avenue over the next couple of years to reach the other Route 378 entrance at 8th Avenue.
November 10th, 2011
Hey how about some old fashion fun? Operation, Mousetrap, RockEm SockEm Robots, UNO, Puzzles and more. Bring your 6-12 year old kids and walk on over to the Rose Garden for a night of free fun.
We will provide the games, puzzles, coloring books/crayons as well as some hot chocolate, hot cider, milk, cookies etc.
If people enjoy it, we hope to do it a couple of times over the winter. Want to help? Call the office at 610-997-5732. We need games, coloring books and crayons, puzzles, snacks etc.
Mom’s and Dad’s can learn a little more about the NbNW project like the new Home History Project, Tree Tending, Rose Tending, Best Front Forward Program and more. Stay tuned as we add more info.
November 5th, 2011
Bethlehem Public, Main Library
07:00 pm to 08:30 pm
Unlock the history of your house with an informative workshop. Representatives of Bethlehem’s North by Northwest Neighborhood Initiative and the Library’s reference librarians reveal research tools and techniques to trace your own house history. Personal house research stories provide insight, and participants are guided through a hands-on investigation in the Library’s Bethlehem Room.
October 11th, 2011
Got an old TV taking up space? How about a computer, printer or air conditioner? Well, get it out and get ready to take it to Bethlehem Memorial Pool Parking Lot on Illick’s Mill Road on Friday October 28 or Saturday October 29 from 9am to 3pm. There is a small fee that varies by item for disposal. Check the recycling website for fees.
May 18th, 2011
If graffiti or tagging strikes your property, the key to discouraging more graffiti and tagging is to document it by taking a picture of it, reporting it to the police and removing it as soon as humanly possible.
It’s important that you get the photo and location of the graffiti or tag to the police for several reasons. If it’s a tag that is in 100 places around town and they catch the kid, it’s 100 offenses and can lead to a much stiffer penalty including jail time. Also, in case it’s gang related it’s important to get that info in so the gang task force knows about it.
If you are trying to clean brick or concrete block, I recommend Elephant Snot. It is something you paint on with a brush while wearing gloves and eye protection and then wait 15 minutes and power wash off. It is effective in removing graffiti as you can see on the wall below just after powerwashing. This company makes a range of products for different surfaces. I have used the wipes before on hard plastic and stop signs and they are also effective.
Getting rid of it as fast as possible is the key. The tag on the wall of the above photo was removed within hours of being tagged by the property owner, probably before the kid even came back to show it off.
The City removes graffiti on public property like stop signs, and in the parks. They do not automatically remove graffiti on private property.
May 6th, 2011
Get down to Dreamscape Comics on West Broad Street at 2nd Avenue quick! Godzilla is coming. Saturday is Free Comic Book Day! Dreamscape rocks the comic book scene in Bethlehem. Go check it out!
May 3rd, 2011
Hello Bethlehem and Conservation-minded Friends!
In case you haven’t heard about it already, I wanted to let you know about an event going on this weekend on Sand Island. Join us for “Gardening for Wildlife” at the Sand Island Native Plant Preserve (SINPP) along Delaware and Lehigh canal trail (just due east of where the Monocacy enters the Lehigh River, immediately after you cross the walking bridge) on Saturday May 7th, 2-6pm.
Learn how to certify your green space as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation! Guided Plant tours (2 & 5 pm); Live music by Gamelan Mekar Sari (2- 4 pm); Ribbon cutting by Mayor Callahan to dedicate Sand Island status as a National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat (4pm); Children’s activities (ongoing): make pinecone bird feeders & become nature detectives.
Hope to see you there!
Maura E. Sullivan