Archive for the ‘Image & Identity’ Category

Game Night at Log Cabin a Hit!

Saturday, 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.

Gardening for Wildlife – Sand Island

Tuesday, 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

Neighborhood Meeting April 27th

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Bring your ideas and bring your neighbors!

Come to learn and share your thoughts on:

    W. Broad Street/3rd Avenue Gateway Enhancement

    House History Research Project

    Best Front Forward Façade Loan/Grant Program

    Movies, Games & More 4.0 & Movies by Moonlight

    Backyards for Wildlife Certification

    Streetscape Enhancement – Trees etc.

    Pedestrian & Bike Safety – Crosswalks/Shared-Use

    Neighborhood Image and Identity

    Parking & Snow removal

    Getting involved and getting plugged in

    And more!

Where: Holy Trinity Church meeting room – 514 Third Ave.

When: 7pm on Wednesday April 27th


Elm Street Mgr. 610-997-5732

@nbnwbpa @studioboss18018

We Hear You America – vote every day!

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Readers Digest is having a contest for cities to win some bucks. As I write this, we are in a heated race for 8th, 9th, 10th place. We are currently in 10th place but only a few hundred votes away from taking over the 9th spot and 8th isn’t too far from that. Genoa Nebraska however is coming on strong from 11th place. You can vote 10 times a day every day so tell your friends, tell your family, tell your neighbors and your co-workers to support Bethlehem in it’s bid to get some of the loot!

I think we are the smallest town in the top 10 and that says alot about the community support in Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley. Vote every day and help bring some dollars as well as great publicity to our great town!

Fall is cleanup season in NbNW

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Hey, it’s officially Fall! That means the plants will shortly die back and reveal heaps of litter on the Route 378 on/off ramps at 3rd Avenue and Union Blvd. This weekend, Saturday October 2nd, we plan on starting to do something about it by getting at some of that litter.

If you have a few hours to spare, get out those boots, long pants, long sleeves and bring your garden gloves and meet us under the bridge on West Union Blvd where Route 378 passes over to haul out some trash and recyclables and start to turn this site around. There are a few small spots we would actually like to plant some azaleas and rhododendron but we have a ways to go to get to that point yet. First up is getting rid of the trash and chopping back the wild growth. In a couple weeks we can have another go at it when the plants are completely done and we can really get in there.

ALSO, up on the entrance and exit ramp at 3rd Avenue, there is trash and plant debris all the way to the Hill to Hill Bridge. What does this say to visitors to Bethlehem? Let’s get this area cleaned up. If you have a broom, shovel and are an adult (no kids – car traffic is an issue) then we could use your help here.

Coffee and donuts will be provided for this first of Fall event. See you at 9am for a few hours beautifying Bethlehem.

House History Walk, Sept. 30

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Ever wonder about the history of your house, such as when it was built, who were the previous owners, etc.? Join us for two upcoming house history walks where we’ll be exploring the history of some of your neighbors’ homes.

A house tour focused on the Elmwood Park neighborhood on Thursday, September 30th at 6pm. We’ll be meeting at Friendship Park to begin this tour.

The history walks will be a great opportunity to learn more about some of the homes in your neighborhood and you’ll also learn how you can find out the history of your own home.

North By Northwest Neighborhood has created a House Research Guide booklet that provides some tips and tools about how to research the history of your home. Booklets will be distributed at the walks.The first walk, scheduled to meet at Fairview Park on Thursday, September 16th, was postponed because of rain and will be rescheduled for a date in October.

League of Cities comes to Downtown Bethlehem

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

After over 20 years, Bethlehem is hosting the Pennsylvania League of Cities! ( Join the businesses city-wide in celebrating this event by strolling the streets of the Historic Shopping District and the Southside Shopping District from 6:00-9:00pm. Receive discounts, sample FREE wine and cheese in the shops, and enjoy listening to live music on the streets!

2010 PLCM Meet Me Downtown Flyer

Survey 2010…the survey said?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Click here to download the NbNW ELM STREET SURVEY 2010

It’s time for our annual Elm Street Survey. The survey time period is from now until Labor Day but why wait! If you live, work or own property in the North by Northwest Neighborhood Initiative area, please take a moment to download the pdf, print it and mail it get it back to us.

Not only do we need this data for feedback to the state but we share the results with the various city departments, the mayor’s office etc. and use it in our planning. So, take a moment and help out your neighborhood by taking this quick survey!

How do you get it back to us? Good question! You can mail it to:

A.G. Pitsilos
Elm Street Manager
City of Bethlehem
10 East Church Street
Bethlehem PA 18018

or you could drop it off at one of the police substations in the neighborhood at either 4th Avenue and West Broad or on Linden Street. If you come to the movies in the summer, you could bring it along and give it to us there as well. I’ll also set up a box in the lobby here at City Hall if you are out and about and want to drop it here.

In the next couple of days, I will be generating the survey electronically so look for that link on the website shortly as well.

Greek Food Festival starts Thursday

Monday, May 17th, 2010

The place to be starting Thursday at noon will be St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Sample the familiar Gyros, or delve deeper and have some Souvlakia or Souzoukakia. How about some Moussaka or Pastitsio? Cheese lover? How about some of those delicious Tyropitas?

Do you have a sweet tooth? DROP EVERYTHING AND GET OVER THERE! Baklava, Kadaifi, Finikia, Kourabbiedes and Loukoumades will satisy!

There will be Church tours and traditional greek dancing as well.

2010 Greek Food Festival Poster

Festival Hours:

Thursday – noon to 9pm
Friday & Saturday – 11am to 9pm
Sunday – 11am to 6pm

Granola Factory on Rachael Ray!

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

The Granola Factory is another Bethlehem treasure. Their granola was recently featured on the Rachael Ray Show as the Snack of the Day! I’m always suprised how many people don’t know about this place so I’m posting this. Contact the Granola Factory and get on their email list for the weekly menu at or call 610-868-8100. If you want to map it, it’s at 518 Long Street Bethlehem PA 18018.

They are located behind the KNBT on East Broad Street. If you are traveling east on Broad, turn right into the alley at the KNBT. Go to the stop sign and just through the stop sign on the left side will be the Granola Factory. Check it out! Rachael Ray likes it!

Granola Factory between New & Market – look for sandwich board sign

Menu May 6 & 7
“Cinco de Mayo & Happy Mother’s Day”

Pecan Sticky Buns
Blueberry Filled Turnovers
Banana Crunch
Springtime Sangria Scones
Granola Factory Oatmeal Choc Chip

Kiwi Tarts w/ Lime Curd Filling - A shortbread pastry filled w/ lime curd & topped w/ kiwi & berries

Tres Leche Cakes - The traditional “3 milk” cake ~ we couldn’t make enough of this last year

Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes w/Kahula Butter Cream - To satisfy that chocolate craving a moist fudgy cupcake with a hint of Cinnamon and something new…Kahlua butter cream.

Granola Factory Spinach Salad w/ Mustard Vinaigrette - A healthy combo of organic spinach, hard cooked organic eggs, organic grated carrots, creamy Yukon gold’s, toasted nuts and diced Gruyere served w/ a light Dijon- herbed mayo dressing.

Fresh Tarragon – Lemon Chicken Salad Sandwich on Eight Grain - Always a sell-out, poached chicken breast, fresh tarragon, crunch fennel, fresh lemon, crisp Granny Smith apples & celery combine to make one of our most popular sandwiches.

Panini of Grilled Portabella, Tomato Mozzarella & Basil - For those non-meat eaters a delicious vegetable Panini served on rosemary cibatta.

Black Bean, Mango & Jicama Salad w/ Citrus Vinaigrette - A favorite spring time salad or get it with the grilled shrimp and you have a great entree.

Martha’s Vineyard Crab Cakes w/Fresh Corn Salad Stuffed Tomato - Our favorite crab cakes served w/ Cajun style Remoulade sauce & fresh corn salad w/ roasted peppers, basil, herbs & spices.

Penne w/ Homemade Sauce w/ Homemade Turkey Meatballs – Yes, real homemade sauce and homemade turkey meatballs – a delicious Mother’s Day Treat.

***Also available pints & quarts of sauce & meatballs