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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Valley marks Juneteenth - ‘People around the world are seeing what people in our backyards refuse to see’

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

“They didn’t educate me in Allentown High School about Black people,” said Disley Mendez, past president of the Black Student Union at William Allen. “They said we were slaves and that Martin Luther King came in and saved the day. They didn’t tell me we were descended from kings and queens.”

The recent high school graduate spoke at Resurrected Life Church in Allentown as a crowd of about 125 gathered on the North Ninth Street campus of the church to celebrate Juneteenth.

Originally scheduled for the previous week, the event was postponed due to threatening weather.

BETHLEHEM COUNCIL - Lack of oversight led to trouble

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

In a sparsely-attended remote council meeting June 16, Ed Gallagher, a retired Lehigh University English professor and author of the blog “Bethlehem Gadfly,” used his now-standard Bethlehem Moment historic recounting to describe the 1997 Southside drug bust conducted by Bethlehem police, which left John Hirko Jr. dead with 11 bullets in his back from a police “submachine gun.” The suspected drug dealer’s home was also burned as result of pyrotechnic ordnance or flash-bang grenade used by the police.

Board eager to move to yellow

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Leigh Commissioners, meeting via Zoom, once again heard a motion from Commissioner Nathan Brown to urge Pa. Governor Tom Wolf to move Lehigh County from COVID-19 phase Red to phase Yellow earlier than June 5.

Unlike at the previous meetings his motion received a second so the issue moved to a discussion. This time Commissioner Dr. Percy Dougherty seconded Brown’s motion. He said he supported the motion because, “this time it is only asking [Gov. Wolf to reconsider.] It’s not forcing the Governor to do anything.”

‘A moral emergency’ NAACP hosts rally in memory of George Floyd

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

A multi-ethnic and multi-racial group of about 200 people gathered in Bethlehem’s Payrow Plaza June 6 to hear speeches by officers of local NAACP chapters and some religious leaders. All spoke in support of continued action in support of justice in the nation’s judicial system, especially at the hands of police. The need for accountability of police for their actions was a central theme.

Voting, healthcare under a review

Monday, June 8, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners will continue to support Governor Tom Wolf’s opening plans. They refused during an online meeting May 13 to take up a proposal by Republican Commissioner Nathan Brown, who moved a resolution urging commissioners to support State Senator Lisa Boscola’s (D-Northampton-Lehigh County) recent letter to Wolf urging him to move from the coronavirus status Red to Yellow for Lehigh County and the Lehigh Valley.

Voting, healthcare under a review

Monday, June 8, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners will continue to support Governor Tom Wolf’s opening plans. They refused during an online meeting May 13 to take up a proposal by Republican Commissioner Nathan Brown, who moved a resolution urging commissioners to support State Senator Lisa Boscola’s (D-Northampton-Lehigh County) recent letter to Wolf urging him to move from the coronavirus status Red to Yellow for Lehigh County and the Lehigh Valley.

Navy Capt. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Peters called to Javits New York Medical Station

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Navy Capt. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Peters, a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy and Upper Milford Township resident, had been recalled to active service and until recently has been on the front line in what President Donald Trump calls the “war on the invisible enemy.”

The Navy ordered Peters to help staff the COVID-19 related temporary hospital at the Javits Center in Manhattan, New York City renamed the Javits New York Medical Station.

Article By: Douglas Graves Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

In another pandemic-driven remote meeting, most members of Bethlehem City Council listened to comments and voiced their votes via teleconferencing at the regular meeting May 5. Members of the public who wanted to speak had been asked to provide phone numbers to Council President Adam Waldron, who explained the process he has devised to accommodate public comments. Waldron was the only council member present; the rest being linked via the internet.

“I will call on them much as I would call on them if they were in the room,” Waldron said.

BETHLEHEM - ‘Open parks’ council asked

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Resident Harry Antonelli complained to City Council President Adam Waldron May 19, asking if there is a law on the books to require dog walkers to have their pets on shorter leashes. He said dog walkers are using 20-foot leashes and allowing their dogs to defecate in his yard.

He was also unhappy with the way kids are riding their bicycles on his driveway and sidewalk. He said that when he complained to the offenders about the bike riding, he was called a racist.