Editor's Note: The following is a recap of news in the town of Bethlehem from the first six months of 2008. A recap of the second half of 2008 will appear next week. To view Spotlight Newspapers' Year in Pictures Jan. to June click here: http://spotlightnews.com/gallery/view_all.php?category=In%20Your%20Community
Six elected officials took the oath of office at Bethlehem Town Hall: Highway Superintendent Gregg Sagendorph; Reciever of Taxes Nancy Mendick; Town Clerk Kathleen Newkirk; and Town Justice Paul Dwyer.
Mark Hennessey, the current board's freshman councilman, was sworn in, as was Supervisor Jack Cunningham, who was first appointed to the office when former supervisor Theresa Egan left to become a deputy commissioner at the Department of Motor Vehicles earlier this year.
Newly elected Councilwoman Joann Dawson was away on vacation at the time and could not participate in the ceremony. It was her first elected term after she was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Tim Gordon, D-Bethlehem, after he was elected to the state's Assembly in the 108th District.
Bethlehem Town Justice Ryan Donovan officiated the oaths of office.
Bethlehem Central School District had a Citizens Budget Group for the second year in a row, but the group met this year in January, five months before the May school budget vote.
Erwin Ungerer, known to the community as Tac, died Thursday, Jan. 3, at the age of 52 from melanoma.
Ungerer owned and operated T.A.C.S. ("The Auto Collision Specialists Inc.") Autobody service on Route 9W in Glenmont for 30 years.
Bethlehem created the 20/20 Advisory Committee and appointed two former town supervisors, Theresa Egan and Ken Ringler, to co-chair the 25-member panel. The group's members were appointed by the Town Board at the Wednesday, Jan. 23, meeting.
The committee's goal is to follow up on the townwide comprehensive plan, adopted in 2005, to guide land use, development and growth until the year 2020.