Bethlehem Press

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Valley Youth House gets $180K grant

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Valley Youth House has received a grant of $180,000 over a two year period from the Weinberg Foundation for supportive housing for homeless older adolescent youth in Lackawanna County. The objective of this program is to ensure that youth have the skills and resources to sustain stable housing and engage as contributing members of their community following conclusion of services.

Success will be measured according to participants’ level of preparedness in five core arenas: housing, education, employment, permanency, and income. Direct services will include:

BASD--First In Math Program adding up to success

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

It is no secret that BASD has been very focused on improving reading skills throughout the district, with programs such as Reading by third grade, and new Spanish literacy initiatives. So it was with great pleasure that Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Dr. Jack Silva addressed the curriculum committee March 5 with an update on elementary math skills, and the numbers are encouraging.

Saquon Barkley Day Parade set for March 24 in Coplay

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Coplay Borough Councilman Stephen Burker announced Feb. 8 that the borough plans to have a community parade for Penn State football star Saquon Barkley.

“He has been someone this community has followed throughout his football career,” he said.

The parade date is set for March 24.

“We set the date after numerous discussions with Saquon’s mother, Tanya,” Burker said. “It is something that the borough wanted to do, and the Barkleys were humbled by our request.”

Sale ‘music’ to library’s ears

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The Bethlehem Area Public Library’s one day music sale Feb. 17 drew a huge crowd to the Bob Cohen Room and raised $3,925 to help renovate this former children’s library space into a multi-use community room. Fueled by a donation of 20,000 music CDs and another collection of vinyl record albums, the sale also included twenty local vendors who offered their own CDs, tee shirts, collectibles and more. Laurel Stone, the library’s book sale coordinator, called the event “very successful,” so much so that many who came were asking about another event like this one being held in the future.

BASD celebrates FBLA student accomplishments

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

Bethlehem was well represented at the Future Business Leaders of America competition this year by students from both Freedom and Liberty high schools.

Members of the school board took a moment at the beginning of the Feb. 26 meeting to recognize the students and their great success. Subjects ranged from Public Speaking and Business Communication to Securities and Investments and Cyber Security. Of the 20 BASD students who placed at the regional competition, 10 were selected to continue on to the state conference in Hershey in April.

Saving Lehigh County’s hex signs One barn at a time

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Take a long drive around Lehigh and nearby Berks counties, and you’re sure to spot at least one brightly painted disk on the side of a barn. Known more correctly as barn stars, today they are commonly called hex signs. These colorful disks are a very visible and important reflection of the state’s distinctive Pennsylvania Dutch culture, but with the loss of farms and increases in housing and commercial development, they are at risk of becoming an endangered “species.”

Native American group purchases Sands for $1.3B

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Las Vegas Sands Corp. announced last week the sale if its Bethlehem casino to Wind Creek Hospitality for $1.3 billion.

Wind Creek is an affiliate of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama.

The sale must still be must approved by the Pa. Gaming Control Board, which may take several months to a year, and Sands will be seeking a license renewal in April.

According to Lehigh Valley Live, if the license is renewed for the Sands, Wind Creek will be in the clear to operate the resort for its duration; five years.

Bethlehem HARB--Board approves new business signs

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Historical and Architectural Review Board granted a certificate of appropriateness to Gail Fly for proposed signage at 523 Main St. during their meeting in city hall room A-109 Feb. 14. The Feb. 7 hearing had been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Gail Fly, owner of Designer Consigner, was approved for a 19.2 inches high by 144 inch wide sign with pink letters highlighted in beige, on a black background surrounded by a beige pinstripe. The color scheme is the same as the Designer Consigner blade sign approved six years ago for another location on Main Street.