Bethlehem Press

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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.

DA says no to courthouse time clocks

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

Many Northampton County employees who work at the jail and at Gracedale already punch timeclocks. But John Brown wants to use them countywide, including at the courthouse and at the Human Services building. HR Director Amy Trapp has argued they will reduce paperwork, save time and even be beneficial for employees in the long run. But employees resent them. They find the practice degrading, and feel that being compelled to supply their fingerprint for a biometric device is an infringement of their privacy.

Judge Koury sentences Atkins -- ‘A heartless human being who lacks social conscience’

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

Following a four-day trial, a Northampton County jury found Royce Atkins, 23, guilty in November in a fatal hit-and-run that killed 9-year old Darius Condash. The accident itself occurred almost exactly one year before when Condash, accompanied by an older friend and cousin, crossed busy Schoenersville Road - a five-lane highway - at night. Atkins hit and killed Condash, but failed to stop. He said nothing, waiting for police to find him. But in phone conversations from jail to his father and girlfriend, he said too much.