Bethlehem Press

Friday, July 21, 2017

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.

Becahi principal goes home

Monday, July 10, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Bethlehem Catholic’s principal for the past seven years, John Petruzzelli, has taken

the next step of his career, returning to his hometown of Philadelphia as principal of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, where he once worked as dean of students.

Petruzelli made an impression and was well liked by the students. From his quirky morning announcements to taking cameos in school plays to setting up opportunities for the student body to hoot out SpongeBob Squarepants references during assemblies, he helped change the culture and attitude at the school.

City police announce new child porn unit

Monday, July 3, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The city of Bethlehem announced in a release June 15 a new cybercrime unit has been created to work with other local and state units to combat internet child pornography and abuse.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Unit will be part of the State ICAC Task Force and will work along with the Lehigh County Computer Crime Task Force and the Officer David M. Petzold Digital Forensics Laboratory of Lehigh County, located at DeSales University.

Article By: Nate Jastrzemski njastrzemski@tnonline.com

Monday, July 3, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

In a two-hour meeting June 26, during which the same arguments were repeated several times and exasperated residents grumbled in their seats, city council members agreed the much-discussed ethics ordinance proposal, weighing in at 34 pages, is simply too unwieldy to handle as one item.

First proposed by members Olga Negron and Michael Colon in January, the work has been applauded by groups such as the League of Women Voters as a measure for transparency and curb corruptive influences in government.

Tech/Trade school students honored by SkillsUSA

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in School

SKillsUSA honored dozens of local students at its 31st annual Elmer Gates awards breakfast at the Best Western Conference Center (DATE). SkillsUSA Council founder Gates established a program to recognize students at our local career and technical schools for exemplifying qualities desirable as both a student and prospective employee. The Elmer Gates Enterprise Awards are presented to students based on their scholastic achievement, school and community involvement, entrepreneurial spirit, and involvement in SkillsUSA.

Freedom HS graduation-‘Now it’s our turn’

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in School

It was a year to celebrate benchmarks, and the graduates of Freedom HS were flush with pride at Stabler Arena June 7.

They entered knowing some of their class’ accomplishments would survive to inspire underclassmen for many years to come – the fulfillment of the evening’s theme: “Building Something That Will Outlive Us.”

Signifying that by his mere presence was guest speaker Mark Sigmon, who was president of the school’s very first class of graduates, who began their senior year 50 years ago in 1967.