Bethlehem Press

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Cunningham: Manufacturing Alive and well in the Lehigh Valley

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Whether Democrat or Republican, Northampton County Council has historically been a very harsh critic of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC). They have long complained that Northampton County is Lehigh’s ugly stepsister, and is too often overlooked by LVEDC when it comes to economic development. LVEDC, which is funded with hotel tax dollars from both counties, has also been slammed over the years for its complete lack of transparency and secretiveness.

Morganelli wants teacher bill of rights

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

John Morganelli is Northampton County’s district attorney. Allentown is outside his jurisdiction. But he walked into a hastily called news conference recently with a copy of The Morning Call in his hand. Over the weekend, he read a Watchdog report detailing over 3,000 incidents involving unruly students last year, including assaults on other students and staff.

Cunningham: Manufacturing Alive and well in the Lehigh Valley

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Whether Democrat or Republican, Northampton County Council has historically been a very harsh critic of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC). They have long complained that Northampton County is Lehigh’s ugly stepsister, and is too often overlooked by LVEDC when it comes to economic development. LVEDC, which is funded with hotel tax dollars from both counties, has also been slammed over the years for its complete lack of transparency and secretiveness.

The Hispanic Center’s Sergeant-at-Arms

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Enrique Vazquez Vega is a regular fixture at the Lehigh Valley Hispanic Center in South Bethlehem. Despite being wheelchair bound, he participates in daily exercises, even Zumba, until lunchtime. But according to Executive Director Lorna Velázquez, he has a secret.

He’s a Boringqueneer. This gang is far more dangerous than the Latin Kings or Ñetas.

Article By: Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

This unique property, known both as 2 West Market and 511 North New streets, is located in the heart of the city’s historic district, and about 35 residents were on hand to comment on the project. The zoning board usually decides these cases immediately after the hearing. But questions raised at the end of the hearing by board member Michael Santanasto, who is an attorney in private practice, left other members feeling they need more time.

Bethlehem Township: Board approves new McDonald’s plan

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

If you like to visit the McDonald’s at 3925 Nazareth Pike near Route 22, you’ll be sad to learn that it’s coming down. But you’ll be happy to learn that it will be replaced by ... a McDonald’s. Bethlehem Township Commissioners approved plans for a new Mickey Ds to replace the Golden Arches at their April 18 meeting. The vote was 4-0. VP Michael Hudak chaired the meeting because President Pat Breslin was absent.

Article By: Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Over the past several years, Bethlehem’s Saucon Park has been increasingly inundated by out-of-town visitors who have come in by the busload and have taxed limited city resources. Alcohol, radios, open fires, damming the creek to create swimming holes, disruption of reserved picnics and damages to the rest rooms were becoming a regular occurrence.

Bethlehem pitches downtown market study, retention specialist

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County’s $1.3 million Community Investment Partnership Program (CIPP), funded with table games revenue, focuses on the county’s smaller communities. But it does include $150,000 for Bethlehem ($100,000) and Easton ($50,000). Easton is still working on its proposal, but Bethlehem introduced its spending plan to NorCo Council at its May 5 meeting.

DA releases results of Sugar investigation

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

When North Catasauqua police Officer Leighton Pursell shot and killed a domestic cat named Sugar, whom he said he believed to be injured, Dec. 6, 2015, did he break the law? According to Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, the answer is yes. But after an extensive investigation, he announced Monday that only summary charges are warranted.

Article By: Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press

Monday, May 2, 2016 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin’s dream of a truly regional crime center came a step closer to reality on March 28.

Its technical name is the Regional Intelligence and Investigative Center (RIIC) or Regional Crime Center, and has been in existence since 2012. But despite its regional application, which has extended to police departments in Bethlehem and Easton, there’s been no regional support. Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has been forced, year after year, to ask Lehigh County Commissioners to fund this crime-fighting tool.