Bethlehem Press

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Local Marines wish each other, Corps happy birthday

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Detachment #284 of Bethlehem led a ceremony commemorating the 244th anniversary of the United States Marine Corps Nov. 10. A small crowd of Marine veterans and other citizens attended the ceremony, held at the Marine Corps Memorial in Allentown’s Cedar Beach Park.

The brisk fall weather was perfect for the occasion and a welcome relief from the bitter cold of some previous ceremonies at the park.

Raising domestic violence awareness

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County law enforcement and human services professionals gathered in the Lehigh County courthouse recently to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Lehigh County.

“As a public-school teacher for 40 years, anyone who thinks domestic violence is not a problem has got their eyes closed,” said Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong.

“It makes me proud,” said Armstrong, “that our court system, and our District Attorney, and our two local hospitals are working together to bring it to an end. While we may not be able to end it, we can put a dent in it.”

Wind Creek officially takes over

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

An Oct. 10 grand opening signaled the completion of the Wind Creek Casino takeover of the Bethlehem casino from Sands. Poarch tribal chairwoman Stephanie Bryan said it was a “celebration of a vision that has become a reality” of the $1.3 billion purchase, that included re-branding the facility over several months.

It was a festive affair, as celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and Buddy Valastro circulated among guests posing for photos.

Students bring the holiday treatment

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by LESLIE REGAN in Local News

A little extra holiday spirit was in the air at Bethlehem City Hall Nov. 22. Joyful third graders from Spring Garden ES and Lehigh Valley Dual-Language Charter School gathered to decorate ornaments for the mayor’s tree and take part in holiday festivities.

This beautiful annual event was organized by Beverly Bradley, the president of the Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program.

Domestic violence by the numbers

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Over 10 million men and women are the victims of domestic violence in the United States every year.

In Pennsylvania alone, there were:


37,993 - New protection orders from domestic abuse cases


39,056 - New protection orders from domestic abuse cases


39,083 - New protection orders from domestic abuse cases

In Lehigh County, there were:


1,359 - New protection from abuse cases and 883 domestic violence cases


1,346 - New protection from abuse cases and 919 domestic violence cases


History - Rose Garden’s memorial explained

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by JASON REHM in Local News

One of several monument standing in Bethlehem’s Rose Garden honors the young men and women of the Westside who served in World War II. You can find it along Eighth Avenue facing Nitschmann MS.

The movement to erect this particular memorial was started by the West Side Republican Club and the work was carried out by the Bethlehem West Side Plaque Committee, chaired by Frank A. Bilheimer.

County nets $500K for crime intel center

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

With a half million-dollar state grant, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin will be able fund software support, maintenance and development costs for the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center (RIIC).

“I am very grateful to all of these legislators for the funding they have provided for the RIIC,” Martin said at a recent press conference. “It represents their acknowledgement and understanding of the important work being done there and how it enhances public safety for the citizens of our entire region.”