Bethlehem Press

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Council approves prosecutors, Problem Court Administrator

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

When John Morganelli was first elected district attorney, he had a staff 13 part-time assistants. Though those attorneys are now senior prosecutors who can be counted on to try the most difficult cases, Morganelli has gradually replaced departing part timers with career prosecutors. On March 16, he asked county council to approve the elimination of two vacant part-time assistant DA positions so he could create two full-time positions for experienced prosecutors who will be paid a salary of $59,084 each. He said he could find the money for this within the approved budget for his office.

Who will fill this pulpit at First Presbyterian?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

That’s an ecclesiastical matter in which courts refuse to involve themselves. But oftentimes, there are property questions. Who owns the real estate on which First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem stands? Questions like that are decided by a judge.

That’s a question currently before President Judge Stephen Baratta. He has already had to play Solomon once and direct the two denominations on when they could hold their Sunday services. He’s urged them to work together and has given both factions reason to believe each could lose. But they remain at odds.

Jaindl Boulevard may see more traffic

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

After hearing Hanover Township resident Lorna Rossnagle complain about “extremely disruptive” truck traffic along Jaindl Boulevard, Hanover Township Supervisors on Feb. 28 heard that developer J.G. Petrucci is planning to build two more big boxes along the same road. Kevin Horvath, P.E., representing Petrucci, presented plans for what Petrucci prefers to call two flex warehouses (99,000 square feet and 94,300 square feet). Horvath said they would be 70 percent warehouse and 30 percent light industrial.

Will new Brooman sweep clean?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Controversial plans for a senior retirement community at Green Pond will be decided by an independent hearing officer from outside the Lehigh Valley. Attorney David Brooman, from Norristown, was the unanimous choice of Bethlehem Township’s board of commissioners at its March 6 meeting. He has three decades of experience in municipal law, land use planning and environmental law.

‘What we do is not sexy’

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Historic Hotel Bethlehem was the venue for Executive John Brown’s State of the County address on a blustery March 2 morning. The event included a free breakfast, which usually means stale croissants and weak coffee. Not at Hotel Bethlehem.

Over 150 guests were treated to mountains of scrambled eggs, bacon and home fries, along with a wide variety of juices, coffee and tea. Brown spoke for nearly a full hour, which is the longest speech he’s given as county executive.

Northampton County: ‘What we do is not sexy,’ says Brown

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Historic Hotel Bethlehem was the venue for Executive John Brown’s State of the County address on a blustery March 2 morning. The event included a free breakfast, which usually means stale croissants and weak coffee. Not at Hotel Bethlehem.

Over 150 guests were treated to mountains of scrambled eggs, bacon and home fries, along with a wide variety of juices, coffee and tea. Brown spoke for nearly a full hour, which is the longest speech he’s given as county executive.