Bethlehem Press

Thursday, June 27, 2019

City honors 35 lost in Vietnam

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The Vietnam War officially ended in 1975, and today represents a tumultuous period of American history. The politics and social upheaval resulted in an era we now reflect on with anger, shame, regret or simple bafflement.

But unlike the conflicted feelings of the time, in which soldiers were drafted and sent overseas to fight a war often against their will, only to return to wholesale spite for their actions while there, today Americans largely honor their service.

Church arson arrest made

Monday, April 29, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Police arrested a man allegedly responsible for two fires at a Pembroke Road church last week. Forty-three-year-old Wilmer J. Ortiz Torres of West Chew Street in Allentown, arrested Friday, is a former member of the Iglesia Pentecostal de Bethlehem (Pentecostal Church of Bethlehem) and faces charges of trespassing, burglary and arson.

Investigation at the scene using the city’s trained arson dog Silver indicated the use of an accelerate, and video surveillance in the area indicated someone was lingering around the building for about two hours before the second fire began.

Cops ‘n’ Kids annual celebration Saturday

Monday, April 22, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The March to the Millionth,”-themed Cops ‘n’ Kids family day Saturday offers fun, food, community, entertainment at the Children’s Literacy Program’s 13th annual “Celebration of Reading . . . and the Arts and Sciences,” at the Northampton Community College Fowler Family Southside Center at 511 East Third Street from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Moravian College offers two BASD seniors scholarships

Monday, April 1, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in School

For the fourth year ,Bethlehem Area School District celebrated a pair of exemplary students who will now benefit from full scholarships to Moravian College as a continued symbol of the connection between the college and local schools.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy said Moravian’s focus has long been on first-generation collegegoers and women, so he looks at students with compelling life experiences, but, “It turns out we have a lot of great kids in Bethlehem.”

Livengrin: Harm-reduction care

Monday, April 1, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The opioid crisis is making its avalanching consequences known across the country; to governments, the medical community, pharmaceutical industry and our own friends and families who are suffering through addiction or loss.

Amid the scramble to find ways of breaking the oft-deadly reliance on powerful drugs such as fentanyl, one solution being used locally is Medicated-Assisted Treatment, a process using FDA-approved medicines with therapy, counseling and 12-step programs.

Toomey: Stop fentanyl at source

Monday, April 1, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey met with officials at Bethlehem city hall during a tour of the area March 20, where he announced proposed legislation geared toward fighting the opioid epidemic.

While ever more laws, programs and resources are directed toward this effort, the Blocking Deadly Fentanyl Imports Act in particular is meant to curb sale and delivery of the drugs from their sources; notably China and Mexico, where fentanyl is manufactured.

Authority makes plans for Earth Day

Monday, March 25, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

No single agenda item dominated Bethlehem’s authority meeting March 14, as the majority of onging issues were addressed and set aside for further work.

Executive Director Stephen Repasch did say he is looking forward to Earth Day April 22 and intends to lead buses of volunteers to the watershed to plant chestnuts for a new generation of trees.

Repasch said he’s reached out to Northampton Community College in the hope of attracting student and faculty volunteers.