City Water Main Damaged

April 13th, 2011

Update: Water Safe, Boil Advisory Cancelled.

Yesterday (April 13th), a critical transmission main in the City’s system was damaged during construction. That section of the main was taken out of service and repairs are underway. However, due to the depth of the line and the type of line, it is a very tedious process to get repaired. Until we expose the line, we will not know specifics or be able to assess the damage. We expect to know more by early afternoon today about the repair. Meanwhile, this has created a hydraulic challenge on parts of our system that we are diligently working on to correct. If you are currently without water you will need to boil the water for one minute once service is restored.

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST.

For more information about this public notice visit the city website at www.bethlehem-pa.gov. We will be sending another message when the problem is corrected and your water is safe to drink.

Community Day – Saturday April 2nd

March 30th, 2011

Neighborhood Meeting April 27th

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

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.

Parade of Shamrocks on Broad Street – March 12

February 23rd, 2011

Beware the Ice Dams & Deep Freeze!

February 2nd, 2011

Danger Will Robinson! Today’s biggest problem might be water having no place to go but in your door or over your sidewalk and in your basement. Beware the problem of covered storm drains today. Don’t think we are getting alot of rain and it’s not super warm but there is already puddling out there.

After the rain stops, the forecast calls for a real dip in temps so what was liquid will again be ice. Check those gutters and downspouts, clear a path for the water to run off if possible.

According to the Groundhog, Spring is hon the way so hang in there!

We Hear You America – vote every day!

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?

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

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.

Clean Team strikes again

November 14th, 2010

Saturday was a good day for a fall cleanup – not too cold yet and enough vegetation died back to get to the trash. A hearty crew of 6 friends and neighbors (Kacie Aristide, Ramon Laboy, Devin and Megan Donovan, Wade Linebaugh and Kevin Thomas) led by Megan got together to take a whack at the area under the Route 378 overpass and onramp at Union Blvd.

The leaves have been piled for pickup this week. (West Side, get on it Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in this area). Trash was bagged and recycling was separated. Now the kids who walk to school this way and joggers who come through the area won’t have to dodge broken glass and other trash coming off Route 378.

This is a problem area and could certainly use yet another go at it yet this fall and another in the spring. We would like to work with the Bethlehem Backyards for Wildlife group to put in some more attractive native plantings in place of weeds etc.