A “Democratic” town?

Thinking about Tuesday election.

Gadfly realizes he doesn’t know enough about the “political” history of Bethlehem.

D-Boscola 25 years in office.

D-Samuelson 20 years in office.

D-mayors for 20 years (and Ken Smith looks like a bit of an anomaly).

Are there any R’s on Council?


Is it safe to say that Bethlehem is a “Democratic” town?

And, if so, more significantly, why is that?

Gadfly would benefit greatly from some info on the political history of Bethlehem.

Timely, as we think about heading to the polls on Tuesday.


Daryl Nerl 1966-2018

Daryl was a contract reporter for the Morning Call, and many of us knew him from City Council meetings. Gadfly followers might think of this as a remembrance page and send short notes through the “Contact” page or as comments.

Some quotes from the wonderful Morning Call obituary:

Daryl“His workspace was legendary. One editor described Daryl’s desk at the Call’s Bethlehem Bureau this way: ‘To his left was his pyramid of empty diet soda cans that was at least 3-feet tall. To his right was his desk covered with a mountain of documents and reporter’s notebooks and embedded in that mess were about a half-dozen ties – already knotted and ready to wear. If Daryl had to go to City Hall, he would slip a tie over his head, cinch up and head out – a nod to convention for a rebel at heart.'”

“He was a true original; there wasn’t a wishy-washy bone in his body.”

Daryl welcomed me as a rookie attendee at Council from his left-field bleacher seat at Town Hall, often leaning over and filling me in — inside politics, just like inside baseball. — Gadfly

Baseball season officially ended Sunday night with Boston’s World Series victory. Sadly, I learned the next morning that my good friend, former Morning Call colleague and IronPigs season ticket-sharer Daryl Nerl, had died over the weekend. Daryl was a person of many areas of expertise, one of which certainly was baseball. He was a diehard Mets fan, for which I’ve long since forgiven him, and one of the joys of summer evenings at Coca-Cola Park was our discussions, lists and occasional arguments about professional sports.On this, as with everything else, he had strong opinions. We’ve been sitting together at those games since the inaugural IronPigs season, always keeping score and sharing some wonderful memories. I’m having a hard time imagining next summer in Section 110 without him. He was a great friend, a great writer and a great, great baseball fan. Deepest condolences to his mom and dad. — Bill White

Homecoming this Wednesday!

Good Gadfly followers:

Gadfly is so excited at the chance to meet many of you down near Broad and Main Wednesday at 4.

No, silly, not at the Brew Works but at the Bethlehem Parking Authority digs at Main and North.

Better than the Brew Works, a chance to hang out with some of the most well known names in Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley:




Kounoupis (Billy K!)



A regular Who’s Who! Don’t miss!

I know, I know, you will think me a bit obsessive about directions to the get-together, but I thought I would add the satellite shot for the convenience of you long-distance commuters:


The building’s hard to miss. In fact, it’ll be a bit like going home. You helped pay for it. Don’t lie.

Whatcha doin’ next Wednesday afternoon?

Good Gadfly followers:

I mentioned in my “Mirthday” post a few days ago how much fun I’m having.

And I was thinking this morning that I should invite you to share it.

Since the first of the year, I’ve been going to a wide range of meetings and seeing how the Boards and Commissions – staffed with regular, normal people just like you ‘n me – make careful and thoughtful decisions for the good of the City.

This is my Norman Rockwell fantasyness in action!

(I’ve mentioned Rockwell several times, and it occurs to me that especially young ‘uns out there don’t have the foggiest idea whom I’m talking about. Will have to spend a post filling you in sometime.)

And I’m often the only spectator there. Even though the cheap seats are free.

BPA garage

So I was thinking that I would invite you to come to meetings with me.

Turns out the Bethlehem Parking Authority Board – made up of people with some of the most familiar names in town – will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting Wednesday the 24th at 4.

The digs are beautiful – corner of North and Main. You know where it is. You’ve passed it a hundred times.

Join me, wouldya?

(By the way, was good to see so many of my new friends this morning at Runner’s World. I know I looked like a flounder flipping and gasping for air on a dock, but I am proud to say I was the 2nd fastest 75+ yr-old south of the river today. Your encouragements much appreciated.)