Bethlehem Press

Friday, November 17, 2017

Skimming devices found on gas pumps

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Local News

State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, and the U.S. Postal Inspector are investigating numerous gas pump skimming devices placed on gas pumps at the Top Star gas station and convenience store, 5626 Route 145, Laurys Station, North Whitehall.

According to police, three skimming devices, which could not be detected from outside the pump or by the individual pumping gas, were found Aug. 30 inside different gas pumps.

The devices appeared to be possibly placed on the pumps on or before Aug. 9 through Aug. 30, when they were removed.

Veteran attends Army-Air Force reunion

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Former Army Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Haenn, 100, well remembers his time serving his country.

The centenarian recently attended the 2017 reunion of the Army’s 467th Bombardment Group-Heavy Duty in Arlington, Va.

Haenn was accompanied by his daughter Judie Herb, a retired Parkway Manor Elementary School nurse.

He spoke with The Press about the upcoming reunion before his trip to Arlington.

“I am anxious to see if I know anybody,” Haenn said. “I thought I was done going to reunions.”

He also discussed his time in the military.

Defunding programs

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

Many families find Valley housing unaffordable

For many, housing costs in the Lehigh Valley are steep. For others, housing is simply unaffordable, and certain programs designed to help this sector of the population are being defunded.

The Restoration House Program, operated by New Bethany Ministries on Bethlehem’s Southside, is one of these programs. By the end of October, all current residents were required to vacate their apartments, even if they had not reached their full duration of stay.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by STATE in Local News


MUNICIPAL Election, Tuesday, Nov. 7


Proposed Constitutional amendment - vote yes or no

Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to permit the General Assembly to enact legislation authorizing local taxing authorities to exclude from taxation up to 100 percent of the assessed value of each homestead property within a local taxing jurisdiction, rather than limit the exclusion to one-half of the median assessed value of all homestead property, which is the existing law?

LEHIGH-Commissioners retain counsel to fight cross ban

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners Oct. 25 voted 7-1 to retain the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty of Washington, D.C. as special counsel to represent the county in its appeal to retain the Christian or Latin cross in the Lehigh County seal and flag.

Minutes from a December 1944 Lehigh County Commissioners meeting make the meaning the cross clear: “Underneath same and in center of Shield [Seal] appears the huge cross in canary-yellow signifying Christianity and the God-fearing people which are the foundation and backbone of our county.”

ArtsQuest Foundation names second annual Linny Award recipients, to be presented Nov. 9.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by The Press in Local News

The ArtsQuest Foundation recently announced the recipients of the second annual Linny Awards. Named after the late Marlene ‘Linny’ Fowler of Bethlehem, the multidisciplinary awards honor Fowler’s dedication to and support of the arts, while celebrating the extraordinary artists, arts educators, businesses and philanthropists who live and work in the Greater Lehigh Valley. All recipients will be presented with their awards during the 2017 Linny Awards 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.

Local winners of the 2017 Linny Award winners are:

Council approves purchase of loader

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Hellertown Borough Council unanimously voted to approve the purchase of a large wheel loader for a price of $116,500. Last week’s budget session originally projected to make the purchase next year, however, after further discussion it was decided that the purchase could not wait with the upcoming winter season approaching. The Borough will trade in its current loader for $27,000. The model they are purchasing is a 2017 Case 621G XT. The Case loader is a multi-use heavy equipment machine with an operating weight of 27,903 with four rubber wheels and a large front bucket.