Bethlehem Press

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Early meeting over quickly

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City council met early Aug. 7 to avoid the Musikfest rush, and moved rapidly through a handful of working items.

Council voted to recommend a $103,000 pedestrian improvement project at Liberty HS, a liquor license transfer, execute a new lease agreement with the municipal golf course’s Clubhouse Grille, and to award TuWay Communications a contract for a site mapping study to pursue a new radio tower on the Southside.

These items will be open for public discussion at the Aug. 21 meeting.

Early meeting over quickly

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City council met early Aug. 7 to avoid the Musikfest rush, and moved rapidly through a handful of working items.

Council voted to recommend a $103,000 pedestrian improvement project at Liberty HS, a liquor license transfer, execute a new lease agreement with the municipal golf course’s Clubhouse Grille, and to award TuWay Communications a contract for a site mapping study to pursue a new radio tower on the Southside.

These items will be open for public discussion at the Aug. 21 meeting.

BETHLEHEM-Musikfest opens for 35th year

Monday, August 6, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The country’s largest free music festival is celebrating its 35th year.

In the big tent at Festplatz Friday evening, ArtsQuest CEO Kassie Hilgert energized the early crowd with palpable excitement during the opening ceremony. “I think it’s time to get this started!” she shouted. By “this” she meant a brief ceremony honoring so many years of success and those who have made it possible, namely former Mayor Paul Marcincin and 13 volunteers who have participated in every single Musikfest.

Cops ‘n’ Kids summer fun

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in School

Sixty Donegan ES students came down the hill for a day of fun and education promotion at the Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program special event July 12.

With Reading Room, Lehigh University international student, and city Health Bureau volunteers directing and playing with the kids throughout Northampton Community College’s Southside campus, complete with gift bags of goodies and books, the fun and promotional event lived up to the Cops ‘n’ Kids mission of connecting kids and the community through literacy.

$7M in drugs confiscated during second quarter

Monday, July 16, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Police Log

The Pennsylvania State Police announced today that troopers confiscated $7,050,174 worth of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and other prohibited drugs in the second quarter of 2018.

From April 1 through June 30, state police seized more than 22 pounds of heroin and over 21 pounds of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. In its purest form, only a small amount of fentanyl can cause a severe or potentially deadly reaction, putting not only users but also anyone who encounters the drug at risk. The illegal opioids have a combined street value of $1,008,520.

For attempted homicide

Monday, July 2, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Police are seeking a local man in connection with a stabbing last year and request residents’ help in the apprehension of Gary Paul Mayers, 43.

On Nov. 10, 2017, at approximately 3:21 p.m., a stabbing was reported to the Bethlehem Police 911 Center. The caller reported that the stabbing occurred in the 500 block of Ontario Street, and a crime scene was established in the neighborhood.

PSEA, board prezes praise senate education move

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Dolores McCracken, president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, last week praised members of the state Senate Education Committee for their unanimous vote advancing legislation introduced by state Sen. Thomas J. McGarrigle (R-26), which will provide all students with additional options to fulfill high school graduation requirements.

Two early-morning shootings reported

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio in a release Monday said two people were found dead at separate locations early that morning.

DiLuzio said a dispatch to Bayard Street around 3:25 a.m. to check on the welfare of an individual led officers to discover the first body. Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said John Schmoock, 33, died of gunshot wounds in a manner suggesting a homicide.

A roommate and vehicle were missing.

KidsPeace reportedly hosts migrant children

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Amid the growing backlash against separating migrant families at the southern border and the president’s subsequent policy reversal, reports have spread of where children are being filtered across the country. WHYY in Philadephia is reporting one specific destination is KidsPeace on Broadway in Salisbury Township.

HIAS Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project of Pa.’s Supervising Attorney Elizabeth Yaeger told WHYY last week at least nine youths had been moved to the Lehigh Valley, and that her organization is their legal representation.

Community Wellness Center opens

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Following three years of work and $2 million in fundraising, a broad partnership of various city and Southside organizations finally celebrated the opening of a new Community Wellness Center on East Fourth Street.

“This is a vision for a renaissance in the Southside,” said Hispanic Center board President Donna Taggart, who listed St. Luke’s University Hospital, Pinebrook Family Solutions, Lehigh University, the Fowler Foundation and the city’s Health Department as but a sample of the cooperative effort in play.