Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 15, 2018

SCHOOL SAFETY State offers grants, lots of questions

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Four state senators spoke with media in a web conference Aug. 15 to tout the new Comprehensive School Safety bill, Act 44, which provides $60 million for safety improvement grants for all of Pennsylvania’s 800 districts and other school entities, such as Vo-Tech.

Sponsors Sens. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), Wayne Langerholc (R-Bedford), Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny), and Mike Regan (R-Cumberland) reviewed highlights and answered press questions for an hour.

Pope’s apology, a call for solidarity, reform

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The Vatican’s communications office released a statement by Pope Francis last week in response to the many many allegations of abuse compiled in Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s nearly 900-page grand jury report. It detailed nearly seven decades of manipulative, corrupt, and abusive acts by hundreds of priests throughout the state, including dozens who served in the local Diocese of Allentown.

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26).

BASD: District steps up lunch fee collections

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The BASD school board’s special meeting Aug. 13 began with a question from resident Steve Antalics, who asked if members had a policy on people attending meetings kneeling during recitations of a loyalty oath, which is often invoked at meetings’ openings.

President Mike Faccinetto said simply, “There’s no better place for the freedom of speech.”

Early meeting over quickly

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City council met early Aug. 7 to avoid the Musikfest rush, and moved rapidly through a handful of working items.

Council voted to recommend a $103,000 pedestrian improvement project at Liberty HS, a liquor license transfer, execute a new lease agreement with the municipal golf course’s Clubhouse Grille, and to award TuWay Communications a contract for a site mapping study to pursue a new radio tower on the Southside.

These items will be open for public discussion at the Aug. 21 meeting.

Early meeting over quickly

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City council met early Aug. 7 to avoid the Musikfest rush, and moved rapidly through a handful of working items.

Council voted to recommend a $103,000 pedestrian improvement project at Liberty HS, a liquor license transfer, execute a new lease agreement with the municipal golf course’s Clubhouse Grille, and to award TuWay Communications a contract for a site mapping study to pursue a new radio tower on the Southside.

These items will be open for public discussion at the Aug. 21 meeting.

BETHLEHEM-Musikfest opens for 35th year

Monday, August 6, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The country’s largest free music festival is celebrating its 35th year.

In the big tent at Festplatz Friday evening, ArtsQuest CEO Kassie Hilgert energized the early crowd with palpable excitement during the opening ceremony. “I think it’s time to get this started!” she shouted. By “this” she meant a brief ceremony honoring so many years of success and those who have made it possible, namely former Mayor Paul Marcincin and 13 volunteers who have participated in every single Musikfest.

Cops ‘n’ Kids summer fun

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in School

Sixty Donegan ES students came down the hill for a day of fun and education promotion at the Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program special event July 12.

With Reading Room, Lehigh University international student, and city Health Bureau volunteers directing and playing with the kids throughout Northampton Community College’s Southside campus, complete with gift bags of goodies and books, the fun and promotional event lived up to the Cops ‘n’ Kids mission of connecting kids and the community through literacy.

$7M in drugs confiscated during second quarter

Monday, July 16, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Police Log

The Pennsylvania State Police announced today that troopers confiscated $7,050,174 worth of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and other prohibited drugs in the second quarter of 2018.

From April 1 through June 30, state police seized more than 22 pounds of heroin and over 21 pounds of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. In its purest form, only a small amount of fentanyl can cause a severe or potentially deadly reaction, putting not only users but also anyone who encounters the drug at risk. The illegal opioids have a combined street value of $1,008,520.