The East Penn Board of School Directors received a status update on the high school artificial turf project at its regular meeting July 8.
James Lynch, principal and senior project manager of D’Huy Engineering provided the good news that a geotechnical study of the stadium field found a foot of topsoil which is marketable and can offset the cost, existing utilities are deep, no rock was encountered for 10 feet and the soil appears to be well graded. There is also good infiltration and the area is suitable for underground stormwater impoundment under the field.
Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Easly from Troop M was canvassing houses on Walnut Lane in Lower Macungie Township during the late afternoon June 26 to alert neighbors about a rash of burglaries recently in the otherwise quiet Ancient Oaks community.
The suburban neighborhood has been the target of an opportunistic thief or group of thieves who seek cash, jewelry and valuables that can be quickly grabbed and easy to fence.
The Bethlehem Palette Club’s “All-Member Exhibition” is back for a second year in Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Ronald K. De Long Gallery with 34 non-juried submissions, concluding with a closing reception, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. July 27.
“This is the best space we’ve had for it,” says Exhibit Chairperson Pam Baylis. “We’ve been very lucky. We have had two years in a row here.”
The PSU Lehigh Valley gallery affords exhibiting three-dimensional works.
Business administrator Robert Saul introduced RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Ken Phillips and Ben Kapenstein, senior analyst with PFM Financial Advisors to the East Penn Board of School Directors at their regular meeting June 24. The duo informed the board the district could gain a potential net savings of $155,000 by considering their proposal for debt service refinancing.
The exhibition, “A Tribute to Polly Wood,” continues through July 3, David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, with a memorial reception, 6-8 p.m. June 20, The Baum School of Art, as part of Allentown’s “Third Thursday” events.
Ten high school art students from the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania were honored at the Baum School of Art during a reception for the 2019 “An Artistic Discovery Congressional High School Art Competition and Exhibition.”
Congresswoman Susan Wild (D-15th) presented the national commendations and Urban Affairs Liaison Alta Mercado from the office of State Senator Patrick M. Browne (R-16th) handed out state commendations.
Fern Roopchand from Wild’s office assisted with the awards ceremony.
The East Penn Board of School Directors voted unanimously to adopt the 2019-2020 East Penn School District Final Budget with expenditures totaling $158,189,781 financed by a tax levy of 18.3808 mills per dollar of assessed valuation on real estate, a one-half percent earned income tax and a one-half percent real estate transfer tax.
Business Administrator Robert Saul explained there was no need for a tax increase based on recent land development in the district, as well as a leveling of district employee pension costs and medical insurance premiums remaining unchanged.
Touchstone Theatre will present “Festival UnBound,” a 10-day visual and performing arts festival, Oct. 4-13, at venues in South Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley.
According to festival coordinator Bill George, “This ten-day series of performances, installations and happenings is created in collaboration with the people and artists of Bethlehem, visiting regional and international artists, and Bethlehem city government.”
Voting 5 to 3, the East Penn Board of School Directors chose Jeff Jankowski to fill a seat recently vacated by Seth Flanders at its May 13 meeting. Having resigned in April, Flanders and his family relocated to Milwaukee, Wis., where he had started a new job.
Jankowski was immediately sworn in and will finish out the rest of Flanders’ term, which ends in December.
“Artifacts Reimagined: A 5x5 Artist Exhibition,” through Aug. 18, Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, Bethlehem, of more than 50 contemporary pieces by five Lehigh Valley artists sheds new light on historic and vintage items.
The artists, members of the 5x5 Artists group for their work in five distinct media, spent a year researching, photographing and studying artifacts from the Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Collection as inspiration for their works.