Bethlehem Press

Saturday, December 14, 2019

$700K approved for pool updating

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

City plans for a rebuilt Memorial Pool dominated the Bethlehem City Council meeting June 4. The pool is currently closed.

Public Works Director Michael Alkhal asked for an additional $700,000 for rebuilding the pool on Illick’s Mill Road near the ice rink. He said he envisions the result to be a “destination” pool.

According to Business Manager Eric Evans, the existing pool has several fatal flaws, which means extensive rebuilding is needed.

Councilman Bryan Callahan thought it important to “do it right; make it last another 60 years.”

‘Understanding our part’

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

Liberty High School had its 97th commencement exercise at a nearly packed Stabler Arena June 5, as a festive, sometimes raucous crowd cheered and blared an occasion noise horn. According to officials, 631 students earned their high school diplomas.

“The students did a good job,” said Dr. Jack Silva, assistant superintendent for education and chief academic officer. “They are a strong group of kids.”

Keeping Pa. music, art forms alive

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

The Easton Municipal Band, the Fusion Jazz Trio, Kari Holmes, Nakked Soul and A few Good Men of PA filled the Sunday afternoon with music at Ag Hall when the Allentown Fairgrounds hosted The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration May 25 and 26.

It was all part of the celebration of music and arts with roots in Pennsylvania.

The evening performance featured Hector Rosado y Orquesta Hache.

Outside, Dave Fry entertained a small group of attendees, including fan Chris Andrews, a librarian from Emmaus.

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.