Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 22, 2018

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.

Turbine plan spins on despite legal hurdles

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The Authority is another step closer to its long-running wind energy project, which is likely to see more than two dozen giant turbines placed atop hills in rural Carbon County.

The project has begun receiving clearances from entities such as the FAA, but is still facing legal blocks from Penn Forest Township’s zoning hearing board, which has been fighting the authority with an array of tactics and lawsuits, including one solicitor Jim Broughal has motioned to quash, as the ZHB has shown no proof a suit is needed.

BETHLEHEM POLICE Robbers arrested

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Police Log

Bethlehem police arrested two young men following investigations into an armed robbery at the Center Street Shell Station Sept. 12.

Police said two men wearing bandannas and displaying pistols entered the business around 7:20 p.m. and fled on foot once they had taken an undisclosed amount of cash.

Angelo Melendez, 18, of Sixth Avenue, and a 15-year-old were arrested the following day, charged with robbery, theft, conspiracy, and possession of an instrument of crime.

Melendez’s bail was set at $60,000, while the juvenile is charged as an adult with a $50,000 bail.

Roy: ‘Legislative fixes to the problem’

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

BASD Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy and many school board members have long been on record at public meetings and during annual presentations railing against the additional costs, lack of supervision, and overall redundancy of charter schools as they are currently run.

Roy says charters are publicly funded but privately run, with different standards and no public accountability.

STATE Auditor clears Charter Arts; condemns legislation

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

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale visited Bethlehem Sept. 12 and gave a presentation at Northeast MS, at which he reported the results of an investigation into key blind spots in the law that allow charter schools to take advantage of taxpayer money without transparency or supervision.

The report is the result of an investigation into the city’s own Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts, which has been operating for more than a decade, and three years ago constructed an impressive $25 million building on Third Street on the Southside.

Charter Arts’ LaBelle responds to report

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

Regarding the bidding and construction process for the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts, Executive Director Diane LaBelle responded to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s recent report via email to the Press Friday.

“The auditor general’s characterization that this loophole ‘keeps the public in the dark’ implies that a school is making a maneuver to deceive when the fact is that it is the only option available. The Charter Arts Foundation was formed to raise the funds for the building construction,” LaBelle said.

The Kolbe Academy -- Allentown Diocese opens recovery high school

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The Diocese of Allentown announced in a press event Friday the planned opening of the nation’s first Catholic-run high school for students recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

The Kolbe Academy will open its doors next September to up to 90 ninth-12th grade students in need of an environment specifically designed to cater to recovery, where curriculum, staff and counselors are all focused on teens in need.

Diocese Department of Education Deputy Superintendent of Secondary and Special Education Dr. Brooke Tesche began work on the project two years ago.

The Kolbe Academy

Friday, September 7, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Allentown Diocese to open drug/alcohol recovery high school

The Diocese of Allentown announced in a press event Friday the planned opening of the nation’s first Catholic-run high school for students recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

The Kolbe Academy will open its doors next September to up to 90 ninth-12th grade students in need of an environment specifically designed to cater to recovery, where curriculum, staff and counselors are all focused on teens in need.

Diocese Department of Education Deputy Superintendent of Secondary and Special Education Dr. Brooke Tesche began work on the project two years ago.