Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 15, 2018

Commission discounts mansion plan

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

During a two-and-a-half hour long meeting Jan. 22, developer Robin Reshetar and attorney Brad Lare, carrying a stack of placards bearing example architectural images, tried to sell their plan for developing the historic Grace mansion property on Fourth Street. The idea was to remove secondary structures, refurbish the mansion itself, and build a five-story apartment building only five feet away.

Board elects new officers, retains staff

Tuesday, February 6, 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.”

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.