Bethlehem Press

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Norco gets $1.5M for lead remediation

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County is getting the lead out. It just received a $1.5 million grant from Housing and Urban Development to help residents with lead remediation in owner-occupied housing rehabilitation projects.

Frank Brooks and Mike Brett of Northampton County’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), under the leadership of Director Tim Herrlinger, deserve the credit for lobbying federal officials for these funds. This money is provided to help the county’s neediest homeowners, and more importantly, their children.

Council passes on greater contract oversight

Monday, July 10, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

In the wake of a federal investigation of political corruption in Allentown that has already resulted in nine guilty pleas, local governments are taking notice. Bethlehem, Allentown and Lehigh County have all taken at least some steps to improve transparency and impose greater oversight with government contracts.

But Northampton County Council passed at such an opportunity at their July 6 meeting. To be specific, they rejected an ordinance giving them more authority over county contract approvals.

Commissioners take aim at ATV use

Monday, July 3, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

After a rash of complaints about the noise and dust caused by all-terrain vehicles, Bethlehem Township Commissioners are on the brink of strictly regulating their use. A proposed ordinance, debated at JUne 19 meeting, would ban their use between dusk and dawn. They would also be required to stay at least 100 feet away from the property line of any adjacent owner.

Officer recieves nathan Ogden award

Monday, July 3, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

In 1771, Northampton County Deputy Sheriff Nathan Ogden was killed while attempting to execute an arrest warrant. He is the first known law enforcement officer to make the ultimate sacrifice for his community in America. Unfortunately, many others have followed. Last year alone, 134 police officers died in the line of duty. In memory of Nathan Ogden and his fallen comrades, the Northampton County Chiefs of Police Association established an annual award in 2002 for a police officer who distinguishes himself and his profession.

Bethlehem Township Commissioners take aim at ATV use

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

After a rash of complaints about the noise and dust caused by all-terrain vehicles, Bethlehem Township Commissioners are on the brink of strictly regulating their use. A proposed ordinance, debated at Monday night’s meeting, would ban their use between dusk and dawn. They would also be required to stay at least 100 feet away from the property line of any adjacent owner.

‘A most powerful weapon’

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in School

Notre Dame Catholic HS of Green Pond graduated 122 seniors at its 51st commencement ceremony earlier this month in an outdoor ceremony attended by over 700 people at its Bethlehem Township campus. Unlike some previous years, in which periodic downpours soaked everyone, this year’s graduation was under sunny skies with no hints of rain. It truly is a school of faith.

Class of 2017 honorees included Dannielle Hibshman, the school’s valedictorian who will be attending Syracuse University. Salutatorian Sophia Macchia will attend Drexel University.

Northampton Co.-Gracedale’s service rating tumbles

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services maintain a five-star rating system for nursing homes. Those with five stars are considered the best. Gracedale, Northampton County’s nursing home, had a four-star (“above average”) rating in January. But that has gone on a downward slide to just one star, or “much below average.”

That’s its lowest rating. According to both Human Services Director Allison Frantz and Gracedale Administrator Rayond Soto, Gracedale may wear this black eye for as long as a year.

Article By: BERNIE O’HARE Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in School

Bethlehem Catholic HS graduated its 2017 class of 202 seniors in a commencement ceremony at the school auditorium June 7. Though the school is mostly known for its athletic prowess in the East Penn Conference and District XI, this graduating class received 176 scholarships and awards to 52 different colleges and universities.