Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Executive Armstrong vetoes budget amendments

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Making good on a promise, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong on Wed. vetoed the budget for 2019 because an amendment passed by County Commissioners rolled back the millage rate from the proposed 3.79 mils to 3.64 mils.

He made the announcement Wed. in a special news conference at the Lehigh Administration building attended by the press, members of the Armstrong administration, a couple of aspiring commissioners and one Lehigh County Commissioner, Democrat Amy Zanelli.

He warned against letting the Commissioner’s amended budget harm the County’s bond rating.

‘I love transforming the human face’

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

An entertaining hobby

Halloween may be Terri Vadino’s favorite holiday. It is certainly the one that gets her creative imagination going.

She recently started adding to the scary fun at a local haunted attraction, where actors line up for full-face make-up in a wide variety of ghoulish makeovers. In fact, one of the features of Vadino’s work is the fact that she likes to consult with her clients and create an original look.

Single vs.dual stream recycling

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

What is “Single Stream” versus “Dual Stream” recycling?

Single Stream Recycling

Single Stream refers to the process of recycling materials that are all mixed together, including glass, paper, plastic and metal. In this process, everything is “commingled” in a slurry of recyclables and will need to be extensively sorted and processed before the materials eventually end up in the correct categories. For consumers, this means that when you are sorting your recycling from your trash you will toss all recycling into one big bin for pick-up with less pick-up time, to boot!

Pastor does God’s work for feline residents

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Many people claim to be “cat people,” but Pastor Larry Vandever may be one of the most dedicated; He is committed to Lehigh Valley’s feral feline homeless population.

Vandever, who has pressed the Bethlehem City Council and administration to implement a catch, neuter and release program for the Christmas City’s feral cats, has made feeding and caring for homeless cats a crusade of conscience.

Male bison transferred from Trexler

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh Commissioners gave final approval recently for transfer of a male bison from Trexler Nature Preserve to the Catoctin Zoo and Wildlife Preserve.

The male bison (Tag #LC005) is the result of a managed breeding program started in 2011; he was born in 2013.

The young male would predictably challenge the elder male bison and cause problems for the herd. Thus, he got his ticket to a new future with a herd in Maryland.

City takes action on feral cat issue

Monday, October 8, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

As to Bethlehem, Chief of Police Mark A. DiLuzio announced Oct. 2 that his department and Bethlehem Health Department Director Kristin Wenrich have signed a contract with another nonprofit, No Nonsense Neutering (NNN), to immediately start trapping and processing feral cats in Bethlehem. After processing the cats will be released.

“It is a public safety and public health issue,” said DiLuzio. “NNN will start trapping this weekend.”

Parking ticket increase requested

Monday, October 8, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The Bethlehem Parking Authority asked the Bethlehem City Council to approve increased penalties for motorists who violate the city’s parking ordinance. The requested revision to the parking ordinance, with a few exceptions, would double the penalty for most infractions.

Bethlehem Parking Authority Executive Director Kevin Livingston’s letter to the Council President Adam Waldron didn’t give a reason for the proposed price hike, except to say that the Parking Authority board unanimously approves of it.

Parking ticket increase requested

Monday, October 8, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The Bethlehem Parking Authority asked the Bethlehem City Council to approve increased penalties for motorists who violate the city’s parking ordinance. The requested revision to the parking ordinance, with a few exceptions, would double the penalty for most infractions.

Bethlehem Parking Authority Executive Director Kevin Livingston’s letter to the Council President Adam Waldron didn’t give a reason for the proposed price hike, except to say that the Parking Authority board unanimously approves of it.

South Whitehall officer’s case will go to court

Monday, October 8, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Police Log

Magisterial District Judge Daniel Trexler, at a preliminary hearing on Thursday, sent, or “bound over” former South Whitehall Township police officer Jonathan Robert Roselle’s case to court. Roselle is charged with the voluntary manslaughter of Joseph Santos, reportedly from New Jersey.

A spokeswoman for the Lehigh District Attorney’s office said no trial date has been set at this time.

The hearing Sept. 20 was attended by the defendant, family members, reporters, legal staff, security staff and others.