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Sunday, April 5, 2020

LVHN male caregivers shave for fight against COVID-19

Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Why are Lehigh Valley Health Network male caregivers being asked to shave their facial hair?

Some facial hairstyles compromise the effectiveness of the N-95 face mask, preventing a tight seal around the face. An N-95 respirator and surgical mask are examples of personal protective equipment that are used to protect the wearer from airborne particles and from liquid contaminating the face and are a critical piece of PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘It’s not a battle; it’s a war’

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by RICH STRACK in Local News

Rising number of cases of coronavirus warns of no end soon

Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine warned Pennsylvania residents Thursday that the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise statewide.

“The number of positive cases has skyrocketed since the beginning of the problem,” Wolf said. Levine revealed hard data to support the governor’s claim.

“As of midnight yesterday, 560 new cases have been reported across 48 counties,” Levine said. “The day before we had 276 patients who tested positive.”

Boscov’s temporarily closes all stores, offices due to COVID-19

Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Boscov’s has announced that it has temporarily closed all stores and offices.

In a news release, Jim Boscov, chairman and CEO, said, “Throughout this crisis, our first priority has always been the health and safety of our co-workers, customers and our communities. We have been guided by the recommendations of the CDC as well as other medical and governmental authorities.”

Spanish Influenza knew no boundaries

Monday, March 30, 2020 by ROSEMARY C. BUFFINGTON in Local News

In the autumn of 1918, all of South Bethlehem braced for a strange influenza that traveled from town to town with a terrifying grip on the U.S. With continuous World War I updates, Bethlehem Steel plant injuries and railroad accidents – local newspapers were used to daily horrors, even as they struggled to keep up with virulent cases in St. Luke’s and hastily built emergency hospitals.

High Street picket fence approved

Monday, March 30, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Alan Lowcher was granted a certificate of appropriateness from the Historical and Architectural Review Board for proposed white picket fencing and trash enclosure for 438 High St. at the March 4 hearing in the Rotunda.

Lowcher explained that he was replacing an existing fence and gate with like materials, color and style. The trash enclosure, measuring five feet wide, three feet deep and six feet high, features white pickets and lattice work.

The approved project also involves extending the bluestone walkway from an existing courtyard to meet the sidewalk.


Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in Local News


TAXES: Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez announced March 24 that the city is extending the deadline for paying earned income tax and business privilege tax to July 15 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal and state tax filing deadlines have been extended to the same date. City of Bethlehem 2020 real estate taxes paid or postmarked before May 11, 2020, will be eligible for the two per cent discount. The full payment due date is be extended from May 29 to August 10.

Dorney, Knoebels parks delay opening for 2020 season

Monday, March 30, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Two area amusement parks that many residents frequent each summer have announced that they are delaying their opening weekends as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg and Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown are both postponing their season.

The opening weekend for tKnoebels is May 9 and 10. Ride passes, campground, cottage and picnic reservations for the weekends of April 25-26 and May 2-3 will be rescheduled for later in the season.

Changes to the schedule have been updated on Knoebels’ website and via its Facebook page.

Filling a seat Candidates interviewed, new budget unveiled

Monday, March 30, 2020 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

The BASD school board March 16 interviewed Winston C. Alozie, Basilio A. Bonilla Jr. and Sam Hopp, Ph.D., for the Region 1 seat recently vacated by Rogelio Ortiz. The board also reviewed the 2020-21 budgets from Bethlehem Area Vo-Tech (BAVTS), Northampton Community College (NCC), and Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 (IU20).