Bethlehem Press

Friday, October 19, 2018

New Bethany Souper Day set for Oct. 16

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

New Bethany Ministries will hold the 27 annual Souper Day at noon on Oct. 16 at the Event Center at Blue, 4431 Easton Ave. Blue has donated the venue, food and service in order that one hundred per cent of the proceeds will directly benefit NBM.

The keynote speaker for the event is Timothy S. Fallon, chief executive officer of PBS 39.

For information, visit To purchase tickets, visit the website; text SOUPER27 to 91999; or visit the website. For sponsorships, call 610-691-5602, ext. 201.

STATE Pa. D&A program gets federal grant

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that Pennsylvania will receive a $55.9 million State Opioid Response (SOR) grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant was sought aggressively by Wolf’s administration and awarded to the Pa. Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), which will administer the grant.

Halloween Hauntings

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Trick or Treat Nights

October 26, 6 to 8 p.m.: Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township, Fountain Hill, Freemansburg, Hanover Township (Northampton County), Upper Saucon.

October 28, 3 to 5 p.m.: Hellertown, Lower Saucon.


Oct. 21, 2 p.m.: Saucon Valley Spirit parade.

Oct. 28, 2 p.m.; rain date: 2 p.m. Nov. 4: City of Bethlehem parade.

Fall Halloween festival

Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Downtown Bethlehem Annual Harvest Festival, north side historic district.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Local P.A. major in India

Taylor Duplaga, of Bethlehem, a student at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, recently traveled to India on an International Holy Cross Students Engaged in Reflective Volunteer Service trip. Together with four other students and two staff members, she served at the Holy Cross School and Holy Cross College, Agartala. She visited the Bodhjungnager and Moharpara Missions. The trip was partially sponsored by the Apostolic Justice and Peace Fund through the Holy Cross Mission Center.

State delivers $5.4 M to crime victims

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Pennsylvania Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm, Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell and York County officials last week highlighted the positive impact of the state income tax refund intercept program, which has delivered more than $5.4 million to Pennsylvania’s courts since its inception last year.

The program helps to ensure justice in part by deducting court-ordered restitution from the personal income tax refunds of people who have been convicted of a crime, allowing the money to be transferred to crime victims.

Around Town

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

A full calendar appears on the Bethlehem Press website, but due to space constraints, for ongoing events, email, visit or call the following:

Bethlehem Area Public Library: Call 610-867-3761(main) or 610-867-7852 (south side); Visit (main) or (south side); newsletter:

Bethlehem Farmers Market: Thursdays weekly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Farrington Square, New and Morton, Lehigh University. Visit (through Oct. 25).

Save the historic

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

It’s a shame when a usable building is demolished. It’s more of a shame when half of it is historic. But that’s what ArtsQuest wants to do in demolishing five of the six buildings that comprise the Banana Factory, two of them historic, in order to build a new, considerably taller building that would include the remaining historic building and take part of the parking lot. Why not leave the present fun, charming. and useful building and use more of the parking lot for an expansion, since there is now a new parking garage only one block away?

Bill Scheirer


Harry T. Eckert, quality control lab tester

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Harry T. Eckert, 87, of Bethlehem, died Sept. 24, 2018, at Traditions of Hanover. Born in Bethlehem, he was a son of the late Harry L. and Helena (Kepfer) Eckert. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth (Tusak) Eckert for 38 years.

A combat veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a radar technician and operator with the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954; and earned the rank of sergeant.

He was a tester in the quality control lab for 33 years for the Bethlehem Steel.

He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Bethlehem Lodge 283.

CROP WALK Bethlehem event set for Oct. 14

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

The 2018 CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Oct. 14 with sign in at 1 p.m. and one (wheelchair accessible), three and six mile pet-friendly walks starting at 1:30 p.m., all beginning under the Hill-to-Hill bridge at the foot of Main Street. Rest stops are provided.

Twenty-five percent of the funds raised by the walks are returned to the community. The remaining 75 per cent is used by Church World Service local, national and international disaster relief and to help end hunger in our community and around the world.