Bethlehem Press

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Framing what you love

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

After years in an Eastside studio, Girl on the Hill Framing has moved to a new shop in center city. Offering custom framing for home and business use, art preservation and the sale of vintage pieces, owner Dawn Moser said she relishes the chance to help people find creative answers to their questions about art and family relics. “For me, that’s creating a time capsule for preserving memories,” she said. Call 610-849-2295 or visit https://girlonthehillframing.com/

City announces public meeting for parking review

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City administrators have announced upcoming public presentations of a citywide parking study and an online survey, open for the public.

The Bethlehem Parking Authority invites residents to attend a presentation Oct. 24 at noon at Northampton Community College’s Fowler Campus classroom 623, and 6 p.m. that evening in city call. DESMAN Parking Consultants will provide an update on the status of the study, initial findings from their data collection and outreach and timeline for completion of this engagement.

Board awaiting word on pipeline, wind projects

Monday, October 2, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Authority board members and administrators spent much of the Sept. 14 meeting discussing refinancing and the rest attending to typical business, but news regarding big projects such as the PennEast pipeline and Carbon County wind energy project is still up in the air.

Board President John Tallarico, regarding the pipeline, said only that Executive Director Steve Repasch had recently met with PennEast’s “technical people,” but what revelations there may have been from that meeting were left for a closed-door session.

Parking has spot saved for Sands’ lot

Monday, September 25, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Amid the continually haphazard parking on the Southside, Bethlehem Parking Authority is looking to build another car park near downtown, at Third and Polk streets near the Sands Casino. However, the Sands owns the lot and much of the surrounding area, and its relationship with the city has been cooler of late, starting in March when it became public knowledge Las Vegas Sands was in serious talks to sell the entire project.

The lot discussed is a footnote in the grand scheme of things, but the authority has already developed plans for a garage and is eager to build.

Board awaiting word on pipeline, wind projects

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Authority board members and administrators spent much of the Sept. 14 meeting discussing refinancing and the rest attending to typical business, but news regarding big projects such as the PennEast pipeline and Carbon County wind energy project is still up in the air.

Board President John Tallarico, regarding the pipeline, said only that Executive Director Steve Repasch had recently met with PennEast’s “technical people,” but what revelations there may have been from that meeting were left for a closed-door executive session.

Dent’s retirement announcement a surprise

Monday, September 11, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-15th, announced in a press release last week he is not seeking re-election in 2018. He has served nearly 27 years in state and federal legislatures.

The seven-term congressman said he has done his best in his many senior responsibilities to make a meaningful, positive impact on the Republican party to instill stability, certainty and predictability in Washington.

LVIP fire likely accidental

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Deputy Fire Chief Craig Baer in a statement Wednesday said early investigation into the Aug. 10 warehouse fire on Commerce Center Boulevard was likely accidental.

Baer, who is also fire marshal, said he determined the fire originated on the roof while the final roof surface was being installed. The installation process of the final roof surface involves the use of a highly flammable adhesive, and the vapors from this adhesive were likely ignited by one of multiple ignition sources on the roof.

There is no evidence available to indicate that this fire was intentionally set.

Administrators against armed staff

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The states senate last month passed bill 383, which allows school district staff and faculty who possess concealed-carry permits to carry firearms on school property.

Educators across the state have spoken against the bill.

Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Dr.Joseph Roy said he’d be uncomfortable with guns in the hands of anyone other than trained professionals. He told Lehigh Valley Live anything else raises the risk that some innocent person is going to get hurt,

Summer camp fun takes a turn

Monday, August 7, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

NAACP concludes first program in the face of a possible hate crime

It’s a plot line right out of a summertime horror film: Kids playing in a park happily until the monster arrives. In this case, the children were part of a summer camp experience hosted by the Bethlehem NAACP. It was the organization‘s first time offering the camp for young people ages 5 – 18 at Saucon Park on Williams Street in Bethlehem.

The monster itself didn’t show up at the camp, but it left its droppings: the head of a dark-skinned baby doll ripped from its body and impaled on a stick.