Bethlehem Press

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Prelim budget shows no increase

Monday, February 18, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The curriculum meeting had been canceled Feb. 11, and ensuing special and finance meetings together lasted only 18 minutes.

And while some few residents may acknowledge an approaching vote next year’s district calendar or the purchase of new electrical equipment that will be largely reimbursed by E-Rate funds, the real news is that the 2019-20 preliminary budget will likely avoid any tax increase.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy said, “We’re on track for a zero-percent tax increase as we’ve ever had.”

Ben Franklin reports continued growth

Monday, February 11, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pa., now enjoying its 35th year, has released the report for its 2018 highlights and overall longtime disposition and successes.

Ben Franklin considers itself a small-business incubator; investing in and cultivating new and imaginative ideas to produce businesses that join and grow within the community, creating partnerships, jobs and innovative uses for technology and industry.

2018 Year in review

Monday, December 31, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Another year has passed, and The Bethlehem Press has been happy to share in our community’s trials and triumphs. Each week we bring you stories about our local government, places and events of interest, and people you probably know as friends and neighbors.

Here are highlights of items we brought you in 2018:


• As the nation contends with conflicting views of immigrants, Congressman Charlie Dent meets with business owners and undocumented youngsters to discuss the likely negative impact of losing farm labor and “Dreamers.”

Resident concerned speeding cars will lead to tragedy ‘I’ve seen a lot of close calls’

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

For many commuters, South Mountain consists of little more than steep and winding Wyandotte Street. But around it are the various blurs that make up its cliffside neighborhoods, rarely acknowledged by harried drivers, but deeply affected by traffic’s influence.

On one small street in particular, residents are worried that an accident is inevitable; one involving a car and a child.

’Tis the season!

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The Christmas City officially opened the season of holiday revels with its annual tree lighting festivities at Payrow Plaza Nov. 23.

Administrators, sponsors, performers, school students and thousands of residents braced the toe-numbing chill with free cookies and hot chocolate during performances and sing-alongs.

Mayor Bob Donchez said he is proud of a city “that celebrates Christmas in a thousand ways with lights and goodwill.”

BETHLEHEM City council taken to task

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Perhaps still hot with election fever Nov. 7, 10 residents spoke for a full hour to council, many of them demanding transparency, answers and action from city government.

From resource allocation to shelter maintenance to poorly constructed curbs, item after item was clearly delivered for council’s digestion. But some items may cause a little heartburn.

Sign presented for 2014 Community of Distinction

Monday, October 8, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Having successfully clawed its way out of the desperate years following the collapse of the Bethlehem Steel Corp., the city has since rejuvenated itself and become something of an example to other communities suffering the loss of major businesses. In 2014, Bethlehem was the first municipality honored by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and named a Community of Distinction for its recovery and redevelopment efforts.