Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

County appeals cross use objection

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by DOUG GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh Commissioners voted OCt. 11 to appeal U.S. District Judge Edward Smith’s ruling in favor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation in their suit against Lehigh County’s continued use of a Christian cross in the county seal.

The 6–3 vote came after an executive session when commissioners discussed the case. In public session three commissioners voted against appealing the decision: David Jones, Geoff Brace and Dan Hartzell.

Article By: Doug Graves Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by DOUG GRAVES in Local News

Effective this winter ,Christ United Church of Christ at Center and Market streets will provide a cot and food to homeless men and women over 18. This is a change in the policy of previous years, when the homeless were rotated daily among several churches around the city of Bethlehem.

The new homeless policy has been adopted by Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing food and shelter to homeless men and women during the winter months.

Article By: Doug Graves Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by DOUG GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh Commissioners voted OCt. 11 to appeal U.S. District Judge Edward Smith’s ruling in favor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation in their suit against Lehigh County’s continued use of a Christian cross in the county seal.

The 6–3 vote came after an executive session when commissioners discussed the case. In public session three commissioners voted against appealing the decision: David Jones, Geoff Brace and Dan Hartzell.

BETHLEHEM COUNCIL - Shelter policy altered for winter

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by DOUG GRAVES in Local News

Effective this winter ,Christ United Church of Christ at Center and Market streets will provide a cot and food to homeless men and women over 18. This is a change in the policy of previous years, when the homeless were rotated daily among several churches around the city of Bethlehem.

The new homeless policy has been adopted by Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing food and shelter to homeless men and women during the winter months.

Roberts Youth Services job confirmed

Monday, October 2, 2017 by DOUG GRAVES in Local News

Paula Roberts’ appointment as Lehigh County’s Children and Youth Services director was confirmed by unanimous vote by commissioners Sept. 27. Two weeks ago the commissioners approved the appointment at the first reading of the proposal a preliminary step to finalizing the position, which is what they did last week.

Roberts said she has been acting director for two weeks. The commissioners have now finalized the appointment and she can put on her full director’s hat.

Cedarbrook renovations approved

Monday, October 2, 2017 by DOUG GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners Sept. 13 approved 5-4 a mix of renovations and new construction for the Cedarbrook nursing home in South Whitehall Township near Dorney Park. A second campus of the facility is in Fountain Hill.

The approved plan, often referred to as Option 6B, will take up to four years to complete. The approved plan for the South Whitehall facility allots $68 million for renovation of the existing facility and includes a new four-story addition. The plan allows 480 skilled nursing beds.

City to loan Bertoia art to Allentown

Monday, September 25, 2017 by DOUG GRAVES in Local News

A unique art piece by Harry Bertoia sits in the main hall way in city hall. Titled “Sonambient Sound Environment,” it is a spindly, fragile-looking sculpture with a “Do Not Touch” sign on it. While the casual viewer of the piece might never recognize it as musical instrument, it is, in fact, designed to be played. The Bethlehem City Council voted Sept. 19 to loan the unusual art work to the Allentown Art Museum for display from Oct. 10 of this year to Nov. 2 to Jan. 7, 2018.

Dr. R. K. Laros Memorial Service

Monday, July 3, 2017 by DOUG GRAVES in Local News

Celebrating a life well-lived

Friends and family gathered last Saturday morning to celebrate the life of one of Bethlehem’s illustrious sons, Dr. Russel K. Laros Jr. They came together June 24 at Rosemont Lutheran Church on West Broad Street just as the morning’s cloudy start gave way to brilliant blue skies.

The memorial service was attended by family which included his son, Russell Keller Laros III of Hawaii and his daughter Ann Laros-Weaver of Dubai both of whom spoke to the attendees. Several grandchildren and other family members also attended.