Bethlehem Press

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Rental assistance offers new way of stabilizing those families in need

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

New Bethany Ministries announced last month that a state grant fund will enable the continuation and expansion of a successful family sheltering program.

The Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) awards include $75,000 for rental assistance to families in need.

Southside lightning strike-not

Monday, July 22, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Police Log

Reports that a little boy was struck by lightning Sunday evening were found understandably untrue by Monday afternoon.

According to Police Chief Mark DiLuzio, the 6-year-old was riding his bike on Argus Court during a period of storms when lightening struck a tree nearby. He fell at the same moment, causing neighbors to think he’d been struck.

DiLuzio posits the boy fell from fear, and at the hospital it was determined the lucky fellow sustained only an abrasion on his lip.

SteelStacks incident concludes safely

Monday, July 15, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City police report that a man climbed high onto the former Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces at ArtsQuest SteelStacks Friday evening, causing concern and forcing the cancellation of events held on the grounds.

Police Chief Mark DiLuzio said in a public statement the man continued to climb to the very top of a structure and took up a position on a single steel beam approximately 300 feet above the ground.

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.”