Bethlehem Press

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City police announce new child porn unit

Monday, July 3, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The city of Bethlehem announced in a release June 15 a new cybercrime unit has been created to work with other local and state units to combat internet child pornography and abuse.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Unit will be part of the State ICAC Task Force and will work along with the Lehigh County Computer Crime Task Force and the Officer David M. Petzold Digital Forensics Laboratory of Lehigh County, located at DeSales University.

Article By: Nate Jastrzemski njastrzemski@tnonline.com

Monday, July 3, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

In a two-hour meeting June 26, during which the same arguments were repeated several times and exasperated residents grumbled in their seats, city council members agreed the much-discussed ethics ordinance proposal, weighing in at 34 pages, is simply too unwieldy to handle as one item.

First proposed by members Olga Negron and Michael Colon in January, the work has been applauded by groups such as the League of Women Voters as a measure for transparency and curb corruptive influences in government.

Tech/Trade school students honored by SkillsUSA

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in School

SKillsUSA honored dozens of local students at its 31st annual Elmer Gates awards breakfast at the Best Western Conference Center (DATE). SkillsUSA Council founder Gates established a program to recognize students at our local career and technical schools for exemplifying qualities desirable as both a student and prospective employee. The Elmer Gates Enterprise Awards are presented to students based on their scholastic achievement, school and community involvement, entrepreneurial spirit, and involvement in SkillsUSA.

Freedom HS graduation-‘Now it’s our turn’

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in School

It was a year to celebrate benchmarks, and the graduates of Freedom HS were flush with pride at Stabler Arena June 7.

They entered knowing some of their class’ accomplishments would survive to inspire underclassmen for many years to come – the fulfillment of the evening’s theme: “Building Something That Will Outlive Us.”

Signifying that by his mere presence was guest speaker Mark Sigmon, who was president of the school’s very first class of graduates, who began their senior year 50 years ago in 1967.

Fountain Hill-Council responds to overgrowth

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Residents of Norway Place came to council seeking advice June 5 and council acted decisively.

Colleen Breslin, of the 600 block, said she and others have mounted numerous complaints against an immediate neighbor who has long refused to properly care for his yard. She says more than a years’ growth has swollen unkempt vegitation over and through fences, breaking them, and an army of ticks, mice and possums infests the property, making it impossible to enjoy their own.

“I feel like a hostage,” she said.

Keep the story alive New NMIH prez ready to see more growth, outreach

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

When the National Museum of Industrial History opened last August, it was after years of bureaucracy, fundraising and even controversy. But today it’s becoming known as a tourist destination and is expanding its community involvement and educational programming.

Interim President and CEO Kara Cenni is thrilled to be running the show as NMIH gets on its feet.

“Everybody is really committed to the mission, to the museum and to each other,” she said. “We have a great time working together and we’re really excited to see it succeed.”