Bethlehem Press

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bethlehem Township Commissioners take aim at ATV use

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

After a rash of complaints about the noise and dust caused by all-terrain vehicles, Bethlehem Township Commissioners are on the brink of strictly regulating their use. A proposed ordinance, debated at Monday night’s meeting, would ban their use between dusk and dawn. They would also be required to stay at least 100 feet away from the property line of any adjacent owner.

Northampton Co.-Gracedale’s service rating tumbles

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services maintain a five-star rating system for nursing homes. Those with five stars are considered the best. Gracedale, Northampton County’s nursing home, had a four-star (“above average”) rating in January. But that has gone on a downward slide to just one star, or “much below average.”

That’s its lowest rating. According to both Human Services Director Allison Frantz and Gracedale Administrator Rayond Soto, Gracedale may wear this black eye for as long as a year.

BASD-Summer work continues focus on early reading

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

As summer begins, most of us are daydreaming of pool parties, ice cream and summer vacation. But for the Bethlehem Board of School Directors, the theme of the summer is “Excellence Through Equity,” an idea repeated throughout the June 12 meeting of the curriculum committee.

While recognition was given for an excellent school year, the meeting focused on a continued commitment to students and families. This vision now reaches beyond the classroom, targeting family and socio-economic factors that greatly impact student achievement.

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‘A Grand Tasting’

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Thirty-two top restaurants from throughout the Lehigh Valley served up samples of everything from yellow fin tuna to lamb sliders to kourabiedes (Greek cookies) at the eighth annual Food and Wine Festival in June at the Sands Event Center.

The weekend fundraiser for the Northampton Community College (NCC) Foundation attracted more than 3,000 food enthusiasts who bought tickets to taste some of the area’s unique cuisines, and sample wines from around the world. The event raised approximately $250,000 for scholarships for NCC students.