Bethlehem Press

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Former coroner Grim honored

Monday, April 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Former County Coroner Scott Grim will be remembered long after he has left office because Lehigh County Commissioners voted April 10 on a resolution to name the conference room in the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensic Center in his honor.

According to the resolution approved by the Commissioners, Grim served in the Coroner’s Office of Lehigh County for 26 years, 22 of which he was the coroner of Lehigh County. Under his leadership, the Lehigh County Coroner’s office was nationally accredited by the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners in 2005.

Council lauds career

Monday, April 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Bethlehem City Council President Adam Waldron on April 7 gave Jane Persa a letter of commendation to mark her retirement after 40 years with city government.

“Whereas, this dedicated civil servant served as Recreation Director, her passion and commitment to the Parks and Recreation Department led to countless initiatives including redeveloping the Earl E. Schaffer Ice Rink, introducing a Splash Park at Yosko Park, building a world class skate plaza and developing the Greenway rails-to-trails park.

Mess Night honors service members

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

U.S. Marines and their guests convened at a formal Mess Night March 16 at Bethlehem’s Best Western hotel ball room for an evening of camaraderie and to honor one of Lehigh Valley’s most senior ranking military officers, U.S. Air Force Major General Gerald Still with the Marine Corps League’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

Still also received a Pennsylvania Senate Commendation from Matthew D. Szuchyt the Deputy Director of Policy and Communication for Pa. State Senator Pat Browne.

Outlaw riders threaten villagers

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Dirtbikers and four-wheelers are racing through the park on the South Bethlehem Greenway Trail, complained resident Olivia Funghini at a recent city council meeting. She said they are endangering pedestrians and possibly disturbing a nesting pair of eagles in the area.

“Can the police help?” pleaded Funghini. She said the outlaw riders are racing up behind pedestrians, putting the walkers in danger.

LEHIGH COUNTY Employees vocal over contract delay

Monday, April 1, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Many employees of Lehigh County’s Department of Human Services attended the county commissioners’ meeting March 27, voicing concern about lack of progress on a contract.

The county sheriff increased security around the room, with additional officers inside and outside the meeting room; however, the assembly remained perfectly peaceful and respectful.

Their union contract expired Dec. 31, according to one of the people speaking to the commissioners during the public comment portion of the regular meeting.

‘Women aren’t finished making a difference!’

Monday, March 25, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The important leadership that women provide in the families, the churches, the community, and the general political life of the country was a repeated theme at the Bethlehem NAACP’s 74th annual Freedom Fund Banquet Feb. 17. A second theme emphasized the need for greater racial parity in public service jobs and leadership positions.

Prayers at Packer Chapel

Monday, March 25, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Students, faculty and others were drawn together in solidarity and grief Friday at the Asa Packer Memorial Church at the edge of the Lehigh University campus. They were there to express their concerns and thoughts and to show their support of the victims killed in Christ Church, New Zealand on March 15 when 50 people were murdered and 50 wounded by a white Australian man espousing white supremacy as a reason for his massacre.

Council Okays $6M general bond

Monday, March 25, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Money will fund projects such as renovations, upgrades, improvement to public safety projects

After Scott Shearer, of PFM Financial Advisors, briefed the Bethlehem City Council on the final details of the planned $6 million general obligation bond and his plans to offer it up for public sale, the council approved the sale 5–0. Council members Olga Negrón and William Reynolds were absent.

The money will fund non-utility capital projects such as renovations, upgrades and improvement to public safety projects, including traffic lights, street paving, bridge repairs, storm sewer improvements and various heating and air conditioning projects.

Crowded Kitchen Players’ premiere addresses topic that’s ‘Unspeakable’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Focus

“’Unspeakable’” describes a system that often finds itself inadequate to help the very individuals it has been created to serve,” says Ara Barlieb about the genesis of his new play.

The Crowded Kitchen Players’ “Unspeakable” has its world premiere March 22, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem, where it continues March 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.

LEHIGH COUNTY - Term limit referendum fails in council

Monday, March 18, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

A motion to put a referendum on term limits before citizens failed in a 5–2 vote March 13 during the Lehigh County Commissioners’ regular meeting.

The sole sponsor, Commissioner Amy Zanelli, couldn’t muster enough support to pass the measure. Even fellow Democrat Dan Hartzell could not be persuaded to support his colleague with his vote; he sided with Republicans to vote against the measure.

“We need to use reason instead of emotion,” said Hartzell. “This implies that long service is a problem. I can’t convince myself – this a problem in search of a solution.”