Archive for the ‘Volunteers’ Category

Seedbombing – great way to “go native”

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Seedbombing is the practive of spreading seeds into areas you can’t easily physically access by making a ball of clay and compost and embedding some seeds. It’s part of a European movement called Guerilla Gardening, and “Pimp Your Pavement. We have some pretty barren spots around that might benefit from some native plant seed bombs. This gumball machine idea rocks as a way to make it easy for people to help out!

Here is where it came from. Thanks Robin Spilner for the link.

Bike to Work Week May 17-21

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Bike to Work Week Flyer

PA Commuter Services has designated this week, May 17-21, as Bike to Work Week. Log the details of your bicycle commute with Commuter Services by clicking here. By participating in this event, you also will be entered to win a Commuter Perks Pack valued at more than $25!

Friendship Park goes Native

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Friendship Park was the place to be Saturday afternoon as neighbors gathered with the great folks from Bethlehem’s Environmental Advisory Council’s Backyards for Wildlife Committee to plant native plants, mulch the garden, hang birdhouses and birdfeeders and learn about compositing from Rodale’s Director of Research Alison Grantham.

Compost Coloring
Compost Coloring 2

Backyards for Wildlife Event at Friendship

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Hey Neighbors!

Got a front or backyard that you want to green up? Well, then, reserve May 15th from 3-6pm and get yourself over to Friendship Park and learn about native plants, make a bird-feeder, see a demonstration on composting and more. Rain date is May 16th.

BBFW poster for May 15

Clean Sweep at NbNW Cleanups

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

A BIG Thank You to Megan Donovan for organizing this years North by Northwest Cleanups. We had neighbors out at Friendship Park doing some cleanup of cans and bottles as well as some garden work. We had the same at Fairview Park with some planting of Hosta and Daylillies near the entrance to the park. Route 378 at 3rd Ave and then down on Union Blvd were the place to be with a ton of trash pickup and organic debris removal. Thank you to the Moravian students who came out and sacrificed some of their exam prep time to clean up Monocacy Street from the HUB down to Union Blvd and thanks to Hillary at Higbee Park for showing the kids that clean matters!

Our partners for the day, the DBA also had a great cleanup in and around the downtown with a big group fanning out from Main and Broad and cleaning up like a bunch of army ants! GREAT JOB and thanks to EVERYONE who participated!!

Census – get those forms in!

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The City’s overall average response rate to the Census is 69% (range of 85% to 59%). To look at the different Census Tracts in Bethlehem, you can go to: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/ , select Participation Rates, and type in Bethlehem, PA. Click on “Local View”.

As you know, grant money and federal aid is provided to Cities based on their population, so we need to have everyone send in their Census forms. It only costs the government 42 cents for MAILED IN CENSUS FORMS, but $60 if a census worker has to come knocking on your door.

Only Three Days Left To Mail Back Your 2010 Census Form There’s still time to fill out and mail back your 2010 Census form and help our community get the funding it needs. Please fill out and mail back your census form TODAY! If you mail back your form by April 21, you can avoid a visit from a census worker. For each one percent increase in the mail back response rate, we help save $85 million in taxpayer funds for the expensive follow up work load. So not only is it safe, easy, and important, but mailing back the census form can help all of us in the tough fiscal times.

Information provided on Census forms is completely confidential, and it takes between 4 and 7 minutes to complete the 10 questions. The Spanish Council at 520 E. 4th Street is a Census Assistance Center, and anyone can go there to get help filling out the form. A staff from the Census Bureau will be there Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Census staff is bilingual! Let’s make sure everyone is counted.

Thanks to all for your help!

Christine Bartleson, AICP

Community Planner

City of Bethlehem

(w) 610-997-7640

Spring Cleaning set for Saturday

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Saturday is the day to cleanup at Fairview, Friendship, Route 378 at 3rd Avenue, Route 378 at Union Blvd, Monocacy Street from Moravian to Union Blvd and in partnership with the DBA, Main Street. Download the flyer and if you are on Facebook, please indicate your coming on the North by Northwest Neighborhood Initiative Group Page event for the cleanups so we have enough gloves and bags etc.

Great NbNW Cleanup 2010

Start TimePlace Site Captain Phone
8:00am Downtown Bethlehem Samantha Schwartz 610-841-5831
9:00am Route 378/3rd Avenue Megan Donovan 914-874-6570
10:00am Friendship Park Anne Connors 610-867-3592
11:00am Fairview Park Kinsey Gensel 484-223-8816
12:00pm Moravian (meet at HUB) Leni Johnson 610-861-1602
2:00pm Higbee Park Hillary Kwiatek 610-984-7748

Graffiti…..busted – 5 parks cleaned up today

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Thank you, thank you Csala Peters, Nick Russo, Susana Racz, Nicole Steirer, Maegen Kozemko, Lisa Knedler from First Star Bank and thank you First Star for being our Graffiti Busting sponsor and funding those great removal supplies we use to wipe away graffiti!

This morning, the staff from First Star Bank staged a graffiti smack down at 5 City of Bethlehem neighborhood parks. We descended like a group of paratroupers on Fairview Park, Friendship Park, West End Park, the Rose Garden Park and Elmwood Park to clean up the play equipment. We didn’t get every last speck, but we got 95% of it cleaned off the play equipment.

Graffiti is B.A.D. for your property value so you can thank First Star Bank next time your on West Broad Street for helping to take care of the neighborhood. Pictures to follow tomorrow.

NbNW Newsletter Streets soon get pdf today

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Get your NbNW News here. Hurry Hurry, read all about it. Spring projects coming soon. Get your paper here!

Dowload PDF here – Spring 2010

Graffiti and Neighborhood Health

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

I stopped over at Friendship Park this morning to check out the condition of the play equipment and it’s pretty much covered with graffiti. Fairview Park only has 1 small thing to cleanup. I saw a few stop signs that need some cleaning as well.

If you see graffiti happening, get the camera, get the videocamera and call the police. These people are taking significant money out of your pocket in the form of the value of your house. According to the National Association of Realtors, property located within a community where there is graffiti will lose 15 percent of its value. Say your house is worth $180,000. That’s like somebody breaking down your door and taking $27,000.00 from you. If the graffiti is profane or hateful, the property owner can expect to lose up to 25 percent of the home’s value. That’s a $45,000 robbery.

This is not a victimless crime. Homeowners are the victims here. It’s spring, it’s the time when for sale signs go up and potential new neighbors are cruising the neighborhood. Are they going to pass when they see graffiti on stop signs? Are they going to look elsewhere when they stop to check out the neighborhood playground and see that filth? Probably.

So what’s going to happen to that house for sale? It’s going to sell for less. What happens when you need to move to take that new job or you are expecting another baby and need more space and that house becomes the comp on which the value of your house is determined? It’s going to come out of your pocket.

Be on the lookout for graffiti. Ideally they get caught and prosecuted. At least we can clean it up quickly because graffiti spreads like a rash. Trash, broken windows and abandoned cars are next. Stop graffiti in it’s tracks before it’s too late for your property value.