Bethlehem Press

Friday, December 14, 2018

’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.

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.