Archive for the ‘Safe, Clean & Green’ Category

Cleanup in Isle 378

Monday, November 8th, 2010

November, finally the vegetation is dying back and we have a chance to cleanup the on-ramp on Route 378 located at Union Blvd. The space to drivers left on the ramp always is full of litter. Also the space underneath the overpass on Union needs help.

Saturday is the day to go at this before it gets really cold. Interested in helping us out? Meet at 8:45am under the Route 378 overpass. Wear long sleeves and tough clothes and boots. Bring gloves if you have em. We will have plastic bags and we again hope to seperate recycling from trash as we did with the 3rd Avenue cleanup a few months back.

Coffee will be available.

Clean Team storms 3rd Ave On-Ramp

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

The NbNW Clean Team led by Megan Donovan stormed the 3rd Avenue Route 378 On-Ramp this morning cleaning up from 3rd Avenue all the way to the Hill to Hill Bridge. After fueling up on coffee and sugary donuts the dirty dozen got to work. Devin Donovan, Megan Donovan, Josh Britton, Pete Nagy, Meghan Rosing, Laura Kremmel, Abby Barnhart, Jenny Hyest, Kevin Thomas, Cheryl Smith


They found: A Bong, motor oil containers, boots, shoes, lots of men’s clothing, rope swing, bike frame, storm drains, lots of recyclables (which were kept separate to be recycled) etc. Yes, that’s right, it does say storm drains. In doing some digging, 2 storm drains were uncovered that we didn’t even know were there. Amazing. Huge pile of trash bags at the on-ramp ready to be hauled away.


Thank you Megan for organizing today’s cleanup and thank you everyone who dove in and helped cleanup! You all win today’s good neighbor awards. Keep watching this space for news about our next fall cleanup…probably the Route 378 On-Ramp on W. Union Blvd.

Police Explorer Post

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Dear NbNW Residents,

On behalf of Bethlehem Police Commissioner Stuart Bedics and Deputy Commissioner Jason Schiffer, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about an exciting program the Bethlehem Police Department is offering called “Police Exploring”.

The Bethlehem Police Department will be offering students from the Bethlehem area the opportunity to join other interested teenagers in planning and operating their own Law Enforcement Explorer post, with guidance from qualified adult advisors. Students who are 14 years old and in 9th through 12th grade are eligible to participate in the program. Exploring can be an informative and fun way to help you prepare for the future.

Any one interested is invited to attend a first-nighter at the City of Bethlehem Police Department located at 10 East Church Street Bethlehem Pa 18018, in Bethlehem’s Town Hall. The meeting will be on Tuesday, October 12th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. At this meeting you will learn how Law Enforcement Exploring works. As an Explorer, you will learn important skills, such as team building, public speaking, and interviewing. You will also learn how to organize your time to accomplish tasks for school and for extracurricular activities. You are welcome to bring a friend and/or your parents.

There is no cost to attend the first-nighter. If you should decide to enroll in the Explorer Post, a $20.00 dollar fee will be required that evening. If you are interested in attending the first-nighter, please call 610-865-7187 or e-mail me at Please indicate whom else, if anyone, you may be bringing with you. To learn more about exploring, ask your school guidance counselor or visit the website at Click on the Exploring icon for more information.

We look forward to seeing you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call.


John A Karb
Sergeant John A Karb
Community Patrol Division
3rd Platoon
City of Bethlehem Police Department
10 E Church St
Bethlehem PA 18018

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.

Backyards for Wildlife Contest Awards

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Bethlehem Backyards for Wildlife Gardening Contest Awards Event

Date: Saturday Sept 18 (Sunday Sept 19th as a rain date)
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Friendship Park

1. Award prizes from Edge of the Woods native plant nursery, local artist Will Christine, The Bird House and Heavenly Hedgehog for contestants.
2. Plant walk-about/scavenger hunt
3. Bird house/feeder craft activities
4. Information on native plants and invasive exotics

Dog Waste Station Donations

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Do you walk around the neighborhood and occassionally spot pet litter? Would you be interested in helping us reduce that problem? We would like to install some Dog Waste Stations around the neighborhoods that make up the North by Northwest Neighborhood Initiative but we need your help.

Click below to make a $75 dollar donation to sponsor one of the Dog Waste Stations.

Some places mentioned so far:
Border of Friendship Park
Border of Fairview Park

We welcome suggestions for locations where you think dog litter is an issue. Thank you for your help, we will keep you informed on our progress.

West Side Neighborhood Blockwatch Mtg.

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Within the past few months, there have been numerous reports of theft, vandalism, drug usage, and trespassing in our neighborhood. In many of these instances, the BAPD and BASD security have been involved. With the help of Lorna Velazquez at Calypso, we’d like to have a meeting to discuss how we can band together as a community and keep our awesome neighborhood safe.

Please try to attend…it will take all of us together to …send a message that these kinds of behaviors will not be tolerated.

August 4th 6-8pm @ Calypso School

Shared Roadway Markings Surveys

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The health bureau, traffic engineering, police (traffic bureau) and Coalition for Appropriate Transportation have collaborated and launched a pilot project through the Federal Highway Administration installing Shared Roadway Markings on high bicycle crash routes and where there may be conflicts between motorists and bicyclists in the city. The pilot project is now over and I need your help to fill out a quick survey so I can finalize the end results.

Please click here to complete the Motorist survey:


Click here to complete the Bicycle survey

I thank you in advance for your assistance in obtaining your opinions regarding the usefulness of the Shared Roadway Markings.

Sherri L. Penchishen, MPH, RD, LDN
Director, Chronic Disease, Health Education & Planning Programs
City of Bethlehem, Bureau of Health
10 East Church Street
Bethlehem PA 18018
484.239.6065 (c)

610.865.7087 (p)
610.865.7326 (f)

Graffiti Season

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Well, schools out, hot summer weather is in. That means it’s time to keep your eyes peeled for graffiti in the neighborhood, on your block, at your playground. This is an assault on your property value. It’s a 25% drop if the value of the house you live in if there is graffiti present on the block. Help yourself by helping us catch some of these taggers and by removing it as fast as it goes up.

Report graffiti to Izzy Geier at the City of Bethlehem or call the Parks Department. If you can take a picture and attach it to your email that would be helpful.

These are from today at Friendship Park. (more…)

Curb Appeal – Upgraded Walkability

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Hats off to this NbNW homeowner for not only fixing some sidewalk that needed to be replaced but also, going the distance AND fixing their curbs. If you look around, the curbs and sidewalks are falling apart all over the neighborhood. Fixing the sidewalks and making the neighborhood more walkable one house at a time raises the liveability of the neighborhood and raises the property value. Hats off!

Curb Appeal