Archive for the ‘Volunteers’ Category

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
mes4@lehigh.edu
215.872.5695

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

Info: www.nbnw-bpa.org

Elm Street Mgr. 610-997-5732

apitsilos@bethlehem-pa.gov

@nbnwbpa @studioboss18018

Cleanup time! March 19th and April 16th

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Update: Cleanup postponed AGAIN due to expected rain. New Date Saturday April 30th.
Winter’s strength is draining away leaving a clear view of the usual areas needing cleaning. We want to use the early cleanup on March 19th to get behind the fence and in the brush at the Route 378 on and off ramps at 3rd Avenue and at the W. Union Blvd sites before the poison ivy and other plants wake up and hide the trash.

Matt Nuhfer will be the project leader for this one. We will supply the bags, vests, gloves etc and have the trash hauled away from the site. Let’s clean up these important entrances and exits from Bethlehem for the summer season. Meet at 9am at the Union Blvd and Route 378 overpass area. Wear boots, jeans and long sleeve shirts. No kids please as there is vehicle traffic at these highway entrance sites.

April 19th is also the Big Lehigh County Cleanup and this second event is part of that project as well. We hope to form teams for Fairview Park, Friendship Park and any areas you think need cleaning up here in NbNW. Let’s say 9am at the sites with more info to follow as we get closer.

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!

http://wehearyouamerica.readersdigest.com/

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!

Snow – what if it sticks around?

Friday, January 7th, 2011

It’s snowing today! It’s nice to see snow on the trees and that cover of winter white. Snow must be shoveled and plowed of course so we can navigate on our block and on city streets. We are kind of lucky here in that snow usually doesn’t stick around for the winter. It usually comes and gets shoveled and melts away with the next warm spell. Well, what if we don’t get the warm spell and we keep getting snow?

When your shoveling, think for a minute about how/where you put the snow with the idea that it just might hang around and keep piling up. A few years back, I remember we kept getting pounded w snow. Seemed like some big wide streets ended up as one way streets after 3 storms as the cars kept parking further out.

If you have the ability to park your car off street, please do that so the plows can get in all the way to the curb. If not, perhaps all the neighbors on a block could work together to park on one side so the plow can do it’s work and then switch sides so they can get the other side.

Are you lucky enough to have a snowblower? Do you have any elderly neighbors on the block who might not be able to easily handle 1-3 or 3-5 or a foot? How about somebody working a couple jobs to make ends meet? If you have the ability to help them out by making a pass down and back on your block, that might be a huge help to them.

Got kids old enough to go out and shovel? Send them out to do some good deeds and send them to the movies tonight or stream something they like on Netflix as a thank you.

Enjoy the snow, stay safe using that snowblower (keep your fingers out of that thing) and take breaks if you are shoveling. Happy New Year!

Union Blvd under Rt 378

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

I had some time to organize files on the office PC and took a look at pictures of the West Union Blvd cleanup site under the Route 378 overpass we took prior to our first cleaning a few years back and our post-cleaning pics from early November this year. It shows what a few people determined to make a difference can do. I’ll come back and post the before/after pics here.

When we first looked at the site, it was buried in trash, tires, cans, bottles, leaves on top of concrete that had decomposed into dirt and supporting 10 ft tall trees and weeds. We have visited the site 4-5 times now and its a world of difference between when we started and today.

Sure, we will have to hit it again in the spring before the plants wake up to get all the new trash coming off Route 378 as well as what people throw out their windows as they speed down W. Union Blvd but it’s getting better each time. We have not had an army of people, just a half dozen people at a time spending a couple hours once or twice a year with gloves and rakes and bags etc. cleaning it up.

Consider getting involved in your neighborhood with a cleanup, consider cleaning out the leaves from the storm drain on your block. Clogged drains are causing problems today in the rain, what’s that going to be like when it’s snow and ice? Clogged drains could mean water in your basement. It’s easier to go out and clear that drain than call the insurance guy and put in new drywall.

Consider helping out at Movies Games & More or just going to the park and reading a book or magazine and being an adult present at Fairview, Friendship, Higbee, West Side, Rose Garden or other local park. We would like to plant and tend some plantings at Fairview Park, we would like to organize a Baggo Bean Bag Tournament Tuesday event in the park but we need your help to do all our project.

Snow season is about to hit. Consider shoveling out your elderly neighbor, consider pushing the snow off your neighbors car windows in the morning when you do your own. Have a snowblower? Would it really be that hard to go all the way down to the corner and clear the block? It’s self propelled.

Consider what a few hours can do to make a difference in your neighborhood. Each of you has unique talents, consider bringing your skills to bear to improve things right on your block.

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.

NbNW Crew at Hotel B 10/7 BrewWorks 10/14

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Hey stop out and have a beverage with the crew from the NbNW Neighborhood Initiative from 7-9pm on the 7th and 14th at the Hotel Bethlehem and the Bethlehem BrewWorks. Get to know us, and what we have done and let us know what you would like to do.

We are always looking for more people who want to get involved in the neighborhood. We will shortly be unveiling our Home History program with some walks, we want to plant more trees, we have a facade loan program, we do the movies in the park etc. Come on out and jump in.

Tickets for Stoketoberfest will also be available both nights. Ullr is rumored to be attending.

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

Activities:
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