Bethlehem Press

Monday, April 23, 2018

Declaration ‘a good starting point’ says health director

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Governor Tom Wolf declared a health disaster Jan. 10 due to the worsening opioid crisis. Unlike a national-level emergency announcement several months ago, this has real and immediate effect.

A collaboration of all the state agencies, including the departments of Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and the Pennsylvania State Police, the measure contains 13 initiatives in the war on heroin and opioids.

First meeting of year informational

Monday, January 15, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Bethlehem Authority members gathered for the first time this year Jan. 11 and began with the annual reorganization meeting, at which positions such as secretary and treasurer usually hop to somebody else and longtime employees and associates are quickly voted on for retention.

John Tallarico will once again serve as president of the body, a position he has held before for several years and which other members appear perfectly satisfied with. Following the rapid votes, Executive Director Stephen Repasch eyed the clock with a smile, saying, “Seven minutes.”

2017: A year in review

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

It was a year of continued tragedies and devolving political and social discourse nationwide, yet the Lehigh Valley and Bethlehem in particular remain quiet and prosperous. But that is not to say there have not been many highs and lows.

Here is a reminder of what we at The Bethlehem Press have covered in 2017:

JANUARY

• Northampton Country District Attorney John Morganelli at loggerheads with Sands Casino over state legal concerns regarding its annual $10 million in host fees to local municipalities

‘There’s no way we’re going to arrest our way out’ City, Bangor police offer new program

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Administrators and police officials of Bethlehem and Bangor announced in the city Rotunda Nov. 16 a new program designed to help residents suffering during the ongoing opioid crisis. Called the Bethlehem/Bangor Police Assisting in Recovery program, or BPAIR, it allows people who want help initiating their recovery from addiction to go directly to the police and ask for it.

Wolf announces initiative to spur statewide manufacturing success

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

“We have a budget.”

Though it was the biggest takeaway from Gov. Tom Wolf’s visit to Bethlehem Friday, it was only because of this the real reason for his visit was made possible. Standing in the National Museum of Industrial History on Third Street, Wolf announced a $12 million initiative to help coordinate and streamline activities and opportunities for bettering industry statewide.

Wolf announces initiative to spur manufacturing success

Friday, October 27, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

“We have a budget.”

Though it was the biggest takeaway from Gov. Tom Wolf’s visit to Bethlehem today, it was only because of this the real reason for his visit was made possible. Standing in the National Museum of Industrial History on Third Street, Wolf announced a $12 million initiative to help coordinate and streamline activities and opportunities for bettering industry statewide.