Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

BPA is renewing enforcement

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 by The Press in Local News

The Bethlehem Parking Authority began a free parking program in the North and New Street garages in March to help alleviate any potential pressures to the residential parking system due to the COVID-19 stay at home orders. Because of very limited use of these garages, the Bethlehem Parking Authority will end the free parking program May 4. “It showed us that our residential parking permit system works.

Earl Koch, BASD retiree

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Earl Koch, 83, of Bethlehem, died April 28, 2020, at home. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Mildred (Pearson) and Frank Koch. He was the husband of the late Theresa C. (Potoski) Koch for 47 years.

He was in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was a heating and air conditioner technician for Reilly Oil. He was retired from the Bethlehem Area School District.

He was a member of various social clubs throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Elizabeth T. Szabo-Peebler, ShopRite cashier

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

Elizabeth T. Szabo-Peebler, 83, formerly of Bethlehem, died April 20, 2020. Born in Bethlehem, she was a daughter of the late John A. and Margaret (Zver) Meseros. She was the wife of the late Cloyde Peebler and Joseph Szabo Jr.

She was a baker and also a cashier at ShopRite for more than 20 years.

She is survived by four daughters, Mary Margaret Capozzolo with James, Juliann Bruneio with Robert, Loriann Barbera with Anthony and JoAnn; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Helen Jarinko with Rodney and Annie Mosteller with Chris.

13 behaviors to adopt as society battles COVID-19

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 by The Press in Local News

As society digs into its battle against COVID-19, a health researcher at Ball State University recommends behaviors that to adapt as soon as possible to avoid illness.

“Our society is more diverse than ever, and we have developed a tolerance for a variety of behaviors due to greater amalgamation of cultures, traditions, etiquettes, and norms,” said Jagdish Khubchandani, a health science professor. “In general, we tend to ignore unhealthy and unsanitary behaviors in the guise of other peoples’ choice, personality type, family habits, or culture.

A message to our loyal customers

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Until further notice, we will no longer accept walk-in customers at our offices. We have taken this step in order to protect our employees and the general public from the possibility of exposing anyone to the COVID-19 virus.

We will be happy to accept phone calls, and you can make payments through the mail or through the mail slot in our door or electronically on our website at

Our offices will be staffed and in operation conducting business over the phone and through email during this crisis.

David D. Roper, English teacher

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 by The Press in Obituaries

David D. Roper, 82, of Bethlehem, died April 8, 2020, at his residence. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Donald and Grace (Williams) Roper. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Wright) Roper for 54 years.

He was an English teacher for East Penn School District for many years before retiring.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a brother-in-law, Lloyd Wright; and a niece, Lisa King.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family

Arrangements were made by Cantelmi Long Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.

Wolf administration announces business loan deferrals

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin announced April 22 that the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority, and Commonwealth Financing Authority are deferring loans and that the maturity dates and amortization schedules of all applicable loans are extended by three additional calendar months.