Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Article By: BETHLEHEM Coroner seeks victim’s kin

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by BETHLEHEM CORONER SEEKS VICTIM’S KIN in Local News

Lehigh County’s coroner’s office is seeking the next of kin of Elizabeth Jean Rivera, 47, who was fatally injured when sruck by a car Jan. 9 in Bethlehem.

Rivera was struck in the 400 block of East Broad Street around 6:32 p.m. She was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem Campus, at 6:57 p.m. Her death was ruled accidental.

The Lehigh County coroner’s office and Bethlehem police are conducting the investigation.

Anyone with information on Rivera’s family is requested to call the coroner’s office at 610-782-3426.

Longtime pastor retires from First Presbyterian Church

Monday, January 8, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Drake retired in fall 2017 from First Presbyterian Church of Allentown.

Drake, who was raised in Greenville, is the son of a Presbyterian father and a Methodist mother.

He studied piano and organ as a child and was involved in church school and youth groups.

A music major at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, he started to contemplate a career in the church, perhaps as an associate pastor and minister of music.

He then enrolled in Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for his pastoral training.

BETHLEHEM HARB - Several signage proposals discussed

Monday, January 8, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Historical and Architectural Review Board granted a certificate of appropriateness to Genevieve Marcon for new signage on two windows for her Church Street Market at 1 E. Church St. Marcon usually sits on the other side of the table as a board member. This time she was the applicant at the Dec. 6 meeting in the Rotunda. Chairman Fred Bonsall advised her to have a black outline around the edges of the proposed hand painted gold leaf letters and pinstripe border for greater visibility.

LEHIGH COUNTY - County invests in opioid fight

Monday, January 8, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County officials Dec. 20 introduced the newest initiative in their effort to meet the opioid crisis plaguing county residents; a website that shows parents how to look for drugs that may be hidden in a child’s bedroom.

Outgoing County Executive Tom Muller introduced the topic, telling reporters gathered in a basement room of the administrative building that the problem of opioid abuse is rampant in Lehigh County. Alluding to a recent visit to one of the county’s school districts, he said that a student said his or her high school is referred to as “Heroin High.”

Boscola: $4M in state grants for local projects

Monday, January 8, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED in Local News

State Sen. Lisa Boscola today announced Dec. 22 a total of $4 million in state grants for four local development and infrastructure projects.

“These funds will be used for key land development, infrastructure work, building development and parking improvements,” Boscola said. “I will continue to seek state support for local efforts that spur economic development, investment and create jobs.”

The projects include:

Community Foundation awards $50,000 in Spark Grants to Vet programs

Monday, January 8, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) announced the recipients of $50,000 in Spark Grants for veterans affairs programs at the foundation’s program, “In Focus: Veterans Affairs in the Lehigh Valley,” on Dec. 4, at PBS39, that featured Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15), chairman of the Congressional Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, whose appearamce was beamed in from the nation’s capital in Washington D.C. via satellite.

Dent meets with ‘Dreamers,’ business owners

Monday, January 8, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, recently met at Vynecrest Winery with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals advocates, “Dreamers” and businesses that rely on immigrants as employees.

The goal was to discuss problems facing children of undocumented immigrants who brought their minor children to America.

The Department of Homeland Security has rescinded the Obama-era program which allows such children to remain in this country.