Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Volunteer Center Holiday Hope chests needed

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley announced Oct. 13 that the 2017 Holiday Hope Chests program is well underway and off to a great start.

Holiday Hope Chests is a national project adopted by the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, in partnership with Enterprise Holdings, UGI and Kids Care Clubs to help less fortunate children living in the Lehigh Valley.

Veterans Day events

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Sunday, November 5

11th annual free, public Salute to Veterans, featured speaker Henry “Hank” Kudzik (Battle of Midway), Rep. Steve Samuelson, honor guard, testimonies, music and memorabilia. For information, call 610-217-0909. 4 p.m. Ebeneezer Bible Fellowship Church, 3100 Hecktown Road.

Thursday, November 9

Veterans’ Day assembly, 10 a.m. Miller Heights ES, 3605 Allen St.

Friday, November 10

Most schools, banks and government offices are closed

STEELSTACKS Filmmaker panel meets Nov. 2

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

The Female Filmmaker Roundtable will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the ArtsQuest Center’s Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, 101 Founders Way.

The free event will be paneled by Emmy Award winning documentary producer Roberta Morris-Purdee, TV and film producer Ali Norod Pensyl, filmmaker and production company owner Koula Sossiadis Kazista, Lafayette College professor and director Nandini Sikand and Art House Convergence Managing Director Barbara Twist.

Breinigsville Concert on Nov. 21

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Allentown Band, under the direction of Ronald Demkee, conductor, will perform 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Gala Dinner Concert at Holiday Inn Conference Center, 7736 Adrienne Dr., Breinigsville.

The concert will feature many of the guest soloists who have appeared with the band over the years, including: Daniel Rodriguez, Patricia Risley, Frank Kaderabek, Scott Shelsta, Geoffrey Gallante, Stefan Xhori, Evelyn Stewart and Chet Brown.

For information and schedule, visit

Cesario Branco Jr.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

restaurant owner; union steward

Cesario Branco Jr., 87, Hellertown, died Oct. 23, 2017. Born in Ribeiro Murtosa, Portugal, he was a son of the late Cesario Branco and Maria (da Ascensáo) Valente. He was the husband of Alice (Ferreira) Branco for 65 years.

He was in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne division and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He w as a union steward and heater at the Bethlehem Steel Coke Works, from which he retired at age 46 He and his wife owned and operated Branco’s Restaurant for 33 years. He and “Jukebox Jerry” co-owned Cesar’s Entertainment.

Nothstein to run in 15th District

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by The Press in Local News


Olympic medals winning cyclist and Republican Lehigh County Commissioner Marty Nothstein has announced his bid to run for the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent in the 15th Congressional District.

The self-described conservative and political outsider joins state Lehigh County Representatives Justin Simmons and Ryan Mackenzie to oppose four Democratic candidates, solicitor Susan Ellis Wild and Pastor Greg Edwards, both of Allentown; Bill Leiner of Coplay; and Laura Quick of Lebanon County.

LV Torch Club Meeting, dinner Nov. 2

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Lehigh Valley Torch Club will be holding a dinner and meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Hamilton Family Restaurant on Hamilton in Allentown.

The lecture topic will be “In Search of King Arthur.”

Advanced registration required.

Inquires about our club or attending the meeting, call 484-619-3655.

Upcoming talks can be found at the Lehigh Valley Torch Club Facebook site under events.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Officers responded to a report of multiple gunshots heard in the 1500 block of Irene Street around 2:34 a.m. Oct. 26.

A victim was located shortly thereafter outside a residence on Abbe Court in Freemansburg, shot in the leg and chest. The victim was transported to a hospital and was listed in stable condition.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Detective Brad Jones at 610-865-7187 or the Police Tip Line at 610-691-6660.