Bethlehem Press

Friday, April 20, 2018

Dent feted at Lehigh Country Club event

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

After answering questions posed by Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Tony Ianelli during a live taping of the weekly half-hour Business Matters television program, retiring U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, was feted at an informal “thank you” reception March 28 at Lehigh Country Club, 2319 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown.

The show aired April 2 on WFMZ Lehigh Valley television, Channel 69.

Enhancing opportunities District foundation raises over $60,000 at annual Celebration Dinner

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District hosted its third annual Celebration Dinner March 20 at Sands Event Center, raising over $60,000 in net proceeds to support their mission – to enhance the learning opportunities for all students of the Bethlehem Area School District.

Over 450 guests enjoyed interactive student expos, integrated student musical performance, dynamic décor, placing bids on silent auction items, and a friendly game of “Are You Smarter than a BASD 5th Grader?” trivia game.

NORCO New corrections administrator named

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

James C. Kostura is a former Navy Seal who began working for Northampton County Corrections in 1993. He started out as a corrections officer and worked his way up through the ranks to became a deputy warden in charge of community corrections. Recently he was confirmed unanimously as director of corrections, replacing former Director Dan Keen.

Kostura’s salary is set at $93,626.

There were several bad jokes about Kostura “diving” into the new job.

Cancer hits volunteers Telethon volunteers raise $224,254, share their own story

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by MARTA GOUGER in Local News

The theme for the Cancer Telethon is “People you know helping people you know,” and this year the people we know were the cancer volunteers themselves.

The telethon at Penn’s Peak this year raised $224,254 for research and services, an increase from the $220,589 raised in 2017.

It became personal this year with Bud Wychulis, entertainer Fred Douglas and tympani drummer Vicki Willman all diagnosed with cancer in the past year.

Crashes up, but distracted driving is hard to quit

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by CHRIS REBER in Local News

Texting while driving is illegal, but people persist

Texting while driving has been illegal for five years in Pennsylvania, yet the number of crashes involving distracted driving has continued to increase since that time.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation suggests that the law hasn’t gone far enough to get drivers to put down the phone.

While the number of citations under the state’s distracted driving laws has steadily increased, the number of crashes involving phones has also increased.

Political elections discussed

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by BEVERLY SPRINGER in Local News

The Lehigh Valley League of Women Voters hosted a presentation on election trends by Dr. Christopher Borick, Muhlenberg College professor of political science and director of Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. The event was held Jan. 8 at Superior Restaurant, Emmaus.

The bipartisan audience of approximately 35 attendees included Connor Corpora, regional manager for Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., and Scott Uehlinger, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress.

Working 5 feet from danger

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by JARRAD HEDES in Local News

PennDOT workers just want motorists to slow down

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation crews worked to cold patch a portion of Route 248 between Lehighton and Palmerton on Wednesday morning.

Less than 5 feet away, motorists zoomed past the work site. Many were estimated to be traveling 15-20 mph over the speed limit.

It’s an every day occurrence, according to PennDOT’s Corey Reph, who manages road crews in the area.

“We talk all the time about safety,” Reph said.

Dent receives Benjamin Franklin Medal

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) awarded Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Distinguished Achievement on behalf of higher education at its annual meeting in Hershey March 26.

The Benjamin Franklin Medal, named for one of the nation’s and Pennsylvania’s earliest and most recognized leaders, is reserved for individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the ongoing vitality and effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities.