Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Community partners give away

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in School

500 backpacks, school supplies

Hispanic radio station La Mega 99.5, Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Pennsylvania Career Link, H.G.S.K. P.C., Merge Barber School, Gateway Health, and JCS Professional Staffing, Inc. combined to provide over 500 backpacks, school supplies, haircuts and handouts to area families with school age children Aug. 17 at the Fowler Community Wellness Center.

Payrow Plaza plots place to play

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

The city of Bethlehem has introduced a new play area for children at the city center. It is located on Payrow Plaza between the stairs and south wall and was installed Aug. 27. Health director Kristen Wenrich said the location was underutilized and that the play area, which is stenciled onto the existing paver surface, will provide an activity and learning circuit. Wenrich and chronic disease director Sherri Penchishen led a team of city employees in first laying out the design and then painting the stencil- based activity stations.

City EMS has advanced new wheels

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Mayor Bob Donchez and city public safety officials unveiled a new ambulance to serve the city Aug. 7. At a cost of $147,000 with a trade-in of a heavily used 2009 ambulance, the new vehicle will slide into a front line role to help handle the 12,000 EMS calls received annually.

Praising public safety responders in Bethlehem, Fire Chief Warren Achey said, “As well trained as we are, we still need the proper equipment.”

Birds, bees, cats and dogs COME TO TOWN

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Christmas City Veterinary Hospital has joined the ranks of city buildings that sport a mural to beautify city streetscapes.

“It was such a big plain white wall,” says veterinary nurse Bobbie Dumoff, who has worked with veterinarian Dr. Lisa Cawley since the former bank building at 1003 W. Broad St. was opened as a veterinary hospital eight years ago.

City EMS has advanced new wheels

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Mayor Bob Donchez and city public safety officials unveiled a new ambulance to serve the city Aug. 7. At a cost of $147,000 with a trade-in of a heavily used 2009 ambulance, the new vehicle will slide into a front line role to help handle the 12,000 EMS calls received annually.

Praising public safety responders in Bethlehem, Fire Chief Warren Achey said, “As well trained as we are, we still need the proper equipment.”

3 BASD teachers recognized Roy: ‘Love your students and make them always feel welcome’

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in School

For the 20th year in a row, the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has presented Bethlehem Education Scholastic Trust Awards to teachers in the Bethlehem Area School District. At the BASD’s annual convocation Aug. 21, three teachers were announced as award winners in front of their teaching peers in the Liberty HS auditorium.

Recipients in 2019 are Colleen Donegan, Amy Putlock and Karen Lynn.

Making city government more

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

‘Transparent, accountable’

Bethlehem’s former 9-1-1 communications center is now its service center and water control center providing residents with a single point of contact for non-emergency requests such as reporting pot holes, downed tree limbs, water main leaks, and high grass complaints.

At a recent roll out, city staff outlined the operation which allows residents to report their concerns via direct phone line (610-865-7000), email (bethlehemservicecenter@bethlehem-pa.gov), eGov and a BSC App available through the Google Play and Apple App stores.

45 years at the Rink

Monday, July 15, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

The 2019 Boutique at the Rink cancer fundraiser was a rousing success as over $282,000 was raised to support three area agencies, Cancer Support Community, St. Luke’s Hospice and St. Luke’s Cancer Center. Co-chair Carol Jacoby reported that 303 volunteers provided 15,069 hours to set up, run and pack up the 45th annual event. Jacoby was joined by co-chair Janet Binsau to run the 2019 sale. Premiere night May 28 saw hundreds of shoppers pay $10 to enter and shop from amongst the best inventory of donated items, followed by four days of full price, half price and bag purchase options.

Tee time for Victory

Monday, July 8, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

The Victory House annual charity golf classic was played at the Green Pond Country Club June 3 with 96 golfers participating. It marked the 13th annual golfing fundraiser to supports the emergency shelters programs at its Southside Bethlehem facility. Executive Director Pat DiLuzio said $120,000 has been raised to date to support the general operating budget, and expected to raise $10,000 from the 2019 classic which will be applied to the purchase and installation of an emergency generator.