Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Success stories from Restoration House

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

‘I’m proud of myself–finally–for the first time in my life.’

“It’s sad to see that the program is shutting down. It’s sad to see that there will no longer be help for people who are stuck in a situation like me,” said Zynnia, one of New Bethany Ministries’ Restoration House Program participants forced to vacate the apartments at the end of October.

After being defunded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, all current occupants of the Restoration House apartments on Third Street had to be moved out by the first of November, regardless of whether or not they have stayed for the full 18- to 24-month duration of the program.

Allentown man inducted into Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund program

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by The Press in Local News

More than 400 Vietnam veterans, including 17 from Eastern Pennsylvania, were inducted into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s In Memory Program in 2017.

The 2017 inductee who was added to the Honor Roll after the June ceremony from Allentown was Lee Allen Wittman, U.S. Army, Aug. 2, 1948 – Dec. 2, 2015.

The program honors Vietnam veterans whose lives were cut short as a result of their service in Vietnam, but are not eligible for inscription on The Wall under Department of Defense guidelines.

Korea/Vietnam Memorial celebrates 12th anniversary

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Korea/Vietnam Memorial Inc., hosted its 12th anniversary of the dedication of the U.S. Armed Forces Plaza this spring in the Lisa Scheller-Wayne Woodman Community Service Center at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville.

The dedication, to honor the most recent entries at the plaza, began with the laying of wreaths by the Korean War Veterans of Pennsylvania.

Parkland High School graduate Erin Kelly sang the National Anthem, the Armed Forces Medley and God Bless America.

First responders show support for trooper

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Some two dozen fire, police and EMS units from across Lehigh and Northampton counties staged a silent parade Nov. 12, with red lights flashing, but no sirens, past the St. Luke’s University Hospital, Fountain Hill, in a show of support for Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Seth Kelly who is recovering in that hospital after being seriously wounded in a shootout with a motorist stopped for a traffic violation in Plainfield Township Nov. 7.

Lehigh County 2018 taxes will remain static

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners on Oct. 30 passed the 2018 county budget on a vote of 9 – 0. In a very short meeting and with very little discussion, the lawmakers set the spending priorities for the next year. After the quick vote, they engaged in a general round of congratulatory exchanges and shared smiles.

The general mood of the lawmakers was epitomized by Commissioner Percy Dougherty’s comment, “Any budget without a tax increase is a good budget!”

Article By: STATE

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by STATE in Local News

unofficial election results


Proposed Constitutional amendment

Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to permit the General Assembly to enact legislation authorizing local taxing authorities to exclude from taxation up to 100 percent of the assessed value of each homestead property within a local taxing jurisdiction, rather than limit the exclusion to one-half of the median assessed value of all homestead property, which is the existing law?

Yes: 955,368

No: 815,554

Retention candidates for judicial seats -

Article By: Dorothy Glew Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

Though we rarely hear any mention of the Peace Corps, which was founded by President Kennedy in 1961, 7,213 Americans are currently serving in seventy countries. This year Pennsylvania ranks seventh in the nation in the number of volunteers it has produced, and Moravian College is one of the 27 colleges whose graduates have volunteered. Fifty-six Moravian alumni have served, and three graduates are currently serving. On Sept.