Bethlehem Press

Monday, June 25, 2018

Pa. journalists work to deliver fact-based news

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by MARK COHN in Local News

Newspaper staffs across the commonwealth work tirelessly, day in and day out, to deliver fact-based news and information.

It is the pledge of dedicated journalists, who are also fellow members of the community, to report real, honest and credible news.

In an era of misinformation and fake news dissemination, it’s even more important to know that newspapers are a reliable resource that deliver accurate, fair and unbiased reporting from which you may form your own opinions.

Stepping outdoors at SteelStacks

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

The fourth annual “Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley” festival June 2 and 3 at SteelStacks featured a number of family friendly activities designed to encourage kids and adults to experience the outdoors.

Activities this year included a mud run two-mile course, nature-themed artisan show and the Keystone DockDogs competition, which brought dog enthusiasts and competitors from all over.

Valley tourism by the numbers

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Discover Lehigh Valley, our local tourism bureau, has been around since 1984. It has a $3 million budget and 13 full-time employees. You might ask yourself, “What good is it?” Is it all just fluff? Mike Stershic, who is President at Discover LV until the end of the year, made an effective case for his agency in a June 7 presentation to Northampton County Council. Here’s a condensed version, by the numbers:

• In 2016, visitors spend $2.2 billion in the Lehigh Valley. They spent more on recreation (28 percent) than all other regions in the state.

50-unit apartment complex proposed

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by The Press in Local News

A newly formed development company has announced plans to develop the first multi-family market rate housing project in Bethlehem’s Historic District in over 30 years. Jeffrey Parks, Dennis Benner, Garrett Benner and Brandon Benner are the owners of Skyline West LLC, the developer of a proposed 50-unit luxury apartment building to be located at 143 West Broad St., one block from Main Street. The building is proposed to be erected on the eastern slope of a ridge between the Monocacy Valley and Pennsylvania Route 378.

Jeter Ave. work will move to phase 2

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by TRACY RICE in Local News

At the May 7 meeting council received five bids for the second phase of the Jeter Avenue reconstruction project. The bids that came in were: Bracalente Construction Inc, for $99,413; New Enterprise Stone Lime for $141,330; Lehigh Asphalt Paving Construction for $142,390; Graver Industries DBA Barker Barker for $147,948; and Lehigh Valley Site Contractors for $153,896. The bid was awarded to Bracalente Construction Inc.

Marijuana one step closer to being legal

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Decriminalizing marijuana is firmly on the agenda for the next meeting of Bethlehem City Council ,as members unanimously approved the measure in their first reading. This procedure ensures that the ordinance will get a final vote and approval at the next scheduled regular meeting June 19.

All members of council expressed support of the ordinance to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. A small amount is defined as “thirty grams or less of marijuana or eight grams or less of hashish.”


Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Penn State Extension on the offensive to curb spotted lanternfly crop threat

At one stage of its life, the Spotted Lanternfly looks like a red and black creature from a scary monster movie.

However, the Spotted Lanternfly threat is real and not some fictional movie plot.

Even so, true to a Hollywood creature feature, the government is ready to do battle.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $17.5 million to halt the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania.