Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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.

Boscola, Brown hail P3 prison legislation redevelopmenr oNorthampton County P3

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) and Northampton County Executive John Brown in a joint statement July 27 applauded the senate’s approval of legislation that provides more flexibility for the redevelopment of a correctional facility.

The measure allows the county to use the Public Private Partnership (P3) process, which is currently available for transportation projects, to be applied to the prison facility’s redevelopment. Under the legislation, the county may elect to use the P3 procedure to contract for the adaptive reuse of the facility as county officials see fit.

Police, fire depts hold joint ceremony

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

In a rapid ceremony July 21, during which the Rotunda was packed with city officials, family, friends, media and fellow uniformed public servants, 10 people were honored with promotions or welcomed into their ranks.

Mayor Bob Donchez announced, “Bethlehem’s approach to safety has seen many changes over the years. The implementation of new technology and training techniques. They have improved the equipment that is used. But that cannot change the critical factor that one needs to be a police officer or firefighter, and that is character.

BB&T, LVCF disperse $1.45M in grants

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Lehigh Valley Community Fund and BB&T announced $1.45 million in local investments and grants in a day of roving news conferences June 29.

BB&T is a North Carolina financial services company with interests in community banking, and in cooperation with LVCA donated to more than a dozen valley organizations to support economic development and education.

2017 will feature the last city seal

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The City of Bethlehem will unveil its very last Christmas City Seal this winter.

The annual fundraiser, which has collected donations for the city’s many Christmas activities for more than 50 years, has suffered diminished returns in a more technologically rich world, said Lynn Collins Cunningham on behalf of the chamber and Citizens Christmas City Committee.

Created in 1964 as a local arts contest to create stamps for Christmas cards, the sale of “seals” has earned more than a million dollars to help defray the costs of trees and lighting thought Bethlehem over the years.

Casinos and locals at odds with state

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The budget crunch and deficit has Harrisburg legislators seriously considering a new source of revenue: gambling video game terminals in airports, bars and restaurants. These machines only deal in low-stakes gambling, but their possible widespread availability and disconnect from resources physical casinos develop within their host communities have many outside the legislature up in arms.