Bethlehem Press

Sunday, September 22, 2019

‘Appreciate our differences’

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by MICHELLE MEEH in School

“Stay close,” the 182 graduates in the class of 2019 were told at Bethlehem Catholic HS’s graduation, June 5 at the high school auditorium.

During his Invocation, school chaplain Rev. Kevin Bobbin urged graduates to stay close to the school, to each other and to God.

A prayer in the graduation program told the graduates of how much the school community celebrates their achievements.

Ross: ‘Data is the raw material’

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by MICHELLE MEEH in Opinion

Technology policy expert Alec Ross spoke on “Innovation Education and the Industries of the Future” as part of the Cohen Arts & Lecture Series at Moravian College Sept. 12. An expert on innovation, cybersecurity, and internet freedom, he is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Industries of the Future.”

Ross is the former Senior Advisor for Innovation for the State Department and was named one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine and Huffington Post’s “10 Game Changers in Politics.”

New Southside neighborhood in its initial planning stages

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

A planned development of 36 twin homes called Southside City Lights is getting its energy from the local community. Southside City Lights is being planned near the 1200 block of East Sixth Street.

About 30 people attended a planning meeting for the community on July 31. Gathering at the Southside Lofts on Hayes Street, the group discussed community needs and preferences, which will help in the design and planning phase of the project.

City council approves new parks plan

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

The South New Street stretch from Morton Street to the Fahy Bridge will be getting improvements thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the Pennsylvania Financial Authority. City council approved the grant at the July 18 meeting.

The grant funds will be used to improve pedestrian and bicycle access, as well as measures to assist traffic flow in a congested area.

Council members also heard a brief account of a recent gas leak at Lehigh University, which led to the evacuation of 16 buildings.

Getting things done?

Monday, July 10, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

Little progress made advancing ethics proposal

It took a little patience, but one member of the public got the update he requested on the proposed ethics ordinance under discussion by city council.

During the public portion of council’s July 5 meeting, Allentown resident Robert Trotner asked for a status update on the ethics ordinance. The proposal was brought forward by council members Olga Negron and Michael Colon in January and has been discussed at two committee of the whole meetings, however it has not yet come to an actual council meeting for a vote.

Getting things done?

Friday, July 7, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

Little progress made advancing ethics proposal

It took a little patience, but one member of the public got the update he requested on the proposed ethics ordinance under discussion by city council.

During the public portion of council’s July 5 meeting, Allentown resident Robert Trotner asked for a status update on the ethics ordinance. The proposal was brought forward by council members Olga Negron and Michael Colon in January and has been discussed at two committee of the whole meetings, however it has not yet come to an actual council meeting for a vote.

‘Doors that open up to us’

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in School

Liberty and BAVTS graduate learns to control the ‘sleeping beast’

Sometimes Pomp and Circumstance is the sweetest song in the world because the student hearing it worked hard to overcome obstacles on his way to graduation.

The 2017 Liberty HS graduate Sam Lopez recalls a difficult road on his way through school as he learned how to control what he calls a “sleeping beast” – anger.

“I’ve always been an angry kid,” he said. “From fifth grade all the way until my twelfth grade year, anger has been one of my biggest battles and still is!”

DA says ethics draft needs work

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli told city council members at their meeting on June 20 that creating an ethics board in the city would be costly and “a bureaucratic mess.” He was invited by council President J. William Reynolds to speak on the proposed ethics ordinance that will be the subject of a committee of the whole meeting June 26.

The draft ordinance was originally proposed in January by council members Olga Negron and Michael Colon.

Bethlehem Council discusses medical marijuana

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

City council held two public hearings during the June 6 meeting. The first was for input on a proposed ordinance allowing medical marijuana research, growth and distribution in the city. The second was for a proposed ordinance to define psychological and behavioral health facilities.

Director of Planning and Zoning Darlene Heller said the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission reviewed the ordinance on medical marijuana and actually found it more restrictive than the state legislation. The state medical marijuana act is “quite detailed legislation,” she said.

‘You are writing your story’

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in School

Living the dream and living for others: The Lehigh Valley Academy class of 2017 is prepared to do both.

At the May 30 commencement, CEO Susan Mauser told the 59 graduates, “You have what it takes to be what you dream of being.” She reminded them that making dreams come true will take grit, which she defined as “the ability to manage your fear of failure.” Failure is a part of the process, not the end, Mauser said. She quoted Eleanor Roosevelt, “Do something that scares you every day.”