Bethlehem Press

Monday, September 16, 2019

Board supports farming inducements

Friday, June 7, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation is celebrating its 175th anniversary – that’s its dodransbicentennial, for readers who love obscure facts. The word had the board of commissioners stumped as they approved a resolution honoring the occasion.

Commissioners May 22 had a first reading for a bill that will authorize a lease for The Seed Farm to the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) for $1 per year. The 43-acre site at 5854 Vera Cruz Road is also known as Lehigh County’s Agricultural Incubator Program which is an educational program for future farmers.

City’s lost Vietnam servicemen honored at last Keeping their memory alive

Friday, June 7, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Bethlehem’s war dead were remembered Saturday morning in a solemn and emotional ceremony in front of Bethlehem City Hall. A new Vietnam War memorial now stands on East Church Street as a mute testimonial to the 35 men of Bethlehem who were killed in action during that war.

Some of the families of the fallen attended, several holding portraits of sons or brothers who gave their lives for their country.

City of Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez said these were neighbors and friends whose names are now graven into the black stone.

Human services pushes for more staff

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Members of Lehigh County’s human services office again made a strong showing at a commissioners’ meeting April 24. They have been making regular appearances at the commissioners’ meetings arguing for more staff.

“We have a wholesale system breakdown,” said Tony Lupo. He was referring to the ability of existing staff to properly care for children referred to Human Services for care and intervention. “Case-workers are not able to protect the children of Lehigh County,” he said.

“We can’t keep people,” said Lupo. “They run out the door.”

Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Annual fundraiser tops last total

Seventy volunteers and 1,042 runners and walkers showed up April 3 at Saylor Park’s Ironton Rail Trail in Coplay for “Ready, Set, Gold,” the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley’s 10th annual Walk/Run fundraiser.

The foundation, based in Bethlehem, was raising money for its core mission, the support of children diagnosed with cancer.

Cedarbrook renovation one step closer

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners defeated 4–5 a major step in getting the renovation of the Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation facility started. Commissioners gave a first reading to a resolution that “indicates [Commissioner’s] support for a facility plan which meets the facility standards set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.”

The resolution would have authorized County personnel “to take all such further action including any necessary transfer of funds, and to executed additional documents” as appropriate to carry out the project.

Former coroner Grim honored

Monday, April 29, 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.

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.