Candidates from both major parties filed nomination petitions last week for the municipal primary May 16. There are several hot magisterial district judge races. The Saucon Valley School Board race should be contentious, too. But it looks like it will be a quiet primary.
When John Morganelli was first elected district attorney, he had a staff 13 part-time assistants. Though those attorneys are now senior prosecutors who can be counted on to try the most difficult cases, Morganelli has gradually replaced departing part timers with career prosecutors. On March 16, he asked county council to approve the elimination of two vacant part-time assistant DA positions so he could create two full-time positions for experienced prosecutors who will be paid a salary of $59,084 each. He said he could find the money for this within the approved budget for his office.
ALLENTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUNDATION needs volunteers (age 25+ years) to read to kindergarten students once a week during the school year. Background checks and registration are required for this new literacy effort. Call Susan Williams, 484-765-4093, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CEDARBROOK NURSING HOME, Allentown needs a volunteer for the gift shop from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Training and background clearances will be provided. Call Kerry Magliane, 610-336-5684, email@example.com.
The seventh annual Parade of Shamrocks in Bethlehem, presented by the Celtic Cultural Alliance, was held despite the bitter cold March 11. Both spectators and participants were bundled up for the St. Patty’s celebration in downtown Bethlehem. The highlight of the annual procession is its march along historic Main Street where a large crowd lines the popular thoroughfare. This year’s 1 p.m. parade seemed to end early, perhaps with groups walking faster and some no-show participants. However, the pride of the Irish remained untarnished.
Wednesday, March 22
Bethlehem Parking Authority, 4:30 p.m. 85 W. North St.
Bethlehem Zoning Hearing Board, 6 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St.
Snow date: BASD regular board meeting, 7 p.m. East Hills auditorium, 2005 Chester Road.
Monday, March 27
Bethlehem Twp. Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Municipal building, 4225 Easton Ave.
Northampton Co. Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment meeting, 5:30 p.m., third floor, room 3116, Northampton Co. Courthouse, 669 Washington St., Easton.
Tuesday, March 28
Family members, residents and staff gathered March 3 for a party at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall Township, to celebrate Michalena Fiorello’s 105th birthday.
According to a press release from Cedarbrook, Aunt Lena, as she is known by her family was truly a woman ahead of her time.
Fiorello, who was born Feb. 26, 1912 and never married, came to live at Cedarbrook when she was 99 years old.
Her niece Mary Deutsch of Whitehall spoke with The Press during the party.
Before the hiring of Police Chief Ed Bachert, grievances were made several times a week, Rosado said. The police department has hired four new officers since 2012, new computers, a new fleet of vehicles, new weapons and good communication with the Lehigh County task force and the district attorney’s office have improved public service. Rosado said he feels confident Bachert will continue to keep the department in good standing with the community, and he is looking forward to attending future council meetings as a resident of the community.
Cub Scout Pack 317 celebrated this year’s Blue and Gold banquet at Farmersville ES March 4 to signify the transition of nine young Webelos to the more advanced Boy Scout Troop. The time-honored tradition, during which the Scouts carry a lit candle across a “bridge” and light another candle on the other side, symbolizes a new chapter in their lives and growth in the scouting ranks.
A full calendar appears on the Bethlehem Press website, but due to space constraints, for ongoing events, email, visit or call the following:
Salvation Army: Call 610-867-4681 for schedule.
Bethlehem Area Public Library: daily. Call 610-867-3761(main) or 610 867-7852 (south side) or visit www.bapl.org (main) or http://www.bapl.org/ssmain.htm (south side); for the newsletter, visit http://bit.ly/2bTICeZ.
The bitter cold weather and sharp wind March 11 reminded the meeting attendees, 10 women and five men, gathered at the PBS 39 Community Room, that the needs of the homeless were critical. “I can’t imagine what it would be like to be homeless and outside today,” one participant said.
The workshop on Homelessness and Housing, sponsored by the Bethlehem chapter of the NAACP, featured discussion with Eugene Gonzalez, executive director of the Bethlehem Housing Authority, and Allyson Lysaght, City Housing and Development planner.