Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

DA Morganelli enlists CHC for war on college drinking

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

On July 18, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli met with Northampton County’s four college presidents to see what could be done to curb college drinking. “Alcohol is still the drug of choice,” he said. He wants to avoid tragedies like last year’s death of a Lafayette College freshman, who fractured his skull in an apparent fall during a weekend of drinking.

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP 229-home Green Pond project a go

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Developer Traditions of America (TOA)’s plans for an active senior community at Green Pond Country Club have been approved. By a 4-0 vote, Bethlehem Township Commissioners approved a final plan at their Aug. 20 meeting. The approval incorporates conditions that would protect the wetlands and birds. They were set by attorney David J. Brooman, an independent hearing officer, to render a decision. Commissioner Tom Nolan was absent.

Magistrate directed to return court fee

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

A Bethlehem Magisterial District Judge who assessed court costs against an innocent defendant has been ordered to make a refund.

On Aug. 10, Judge Roy Manwaring II dismissed a expired meter violation filed against Ryan Woodmansee of Nazareth after photographic evidence was presented that the meter had malfunctioned. Though Woodmansee was exonerated, Judge Manwaring nevertheless ordered him to pay the court costs of $57.25, and directed that he do so before leaving his courtroom.

SafeSport clears sexual allegations

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Lehigh Valley congressional candidate Marty Nothstein announced in an Aug. 24 news conference that he has been cleared of undefined sexual misconduct allegations dating back to the year 2000. He has been exonerated by SafeSport, an independent nonprofit committed to ending all forms of abuse in sports. It generally only reports on its investigations when disciplinary action has been taken.

‘It’s time to end this sort of politics’ - Campaign manager says newspaper rejected evidence clearing Nothstein of sexual misconduct

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

It’s that bittersweet time of year when many parents see their college-bound children leave home for the first time. That includes Lehigh Valley congressional candidate Marty Nothstein and his wife, Christi. Their daughter left for Penn State Friday. Before that happened, the family awoke to a Morning Call story that placed Nothstein at the center of a supposed sexual misconduct investigation.

Nothstein is a candidate for the state’s newly created seventh congressional district.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Elvis stars in annual community event

National Night Out, celebrated nationally on the first Tuesday in August, is an opportunity for the community to get everyone together with first responders in a positive setting. Instead of a motor vehicle accident or a traffic stop, it’s hot dogs and pizza. Freemansburg, one of the Lehigh Valley’s smallest communities, has been hosting this event for the past five years. Where else can you tell a borough council member or the mayor that you want your hot dog well done?

New voting machines next year?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Pennsylvania’s Department of State has mandated all 67 counties must have new voting machines in place – with paper trails - in time for the next presidential election. But it only has $14.1 million in grants available for voting systems expected to cost $147 million. The counties will have to pick up the slack. Also, only one system with a paper trail has been certified, and county officials like another system.