Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Additional $5 vehicle fee considered

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Those living in Lehigh County may soon be required to pay an additional $5 for each non-exempt vehicle registration.

The board of commissioners at its April 12 meeting discussed a motion authorizing the fee. Included in the approved motion is the establishment of a Municipal Transportation Infrastructure Program. The board will vote on the bill at the April 26 meeting.

Commissioner Dan Hartzell, co-sponsor for the bill, along with Commissioner Percy Dougherty, lauded the motion.

Tax Day rally in Bethlehem

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

With Tax Day approaching on April 18 this year, Americans in cities across the nation participated in a Tax March April 15 to demand that President Donald Trump release his most recent tax returns.

Though no president is required to release his tax income returns, every major party nominee since the 1970s has done so.

In Bethlehem, around 200 people gathered in Payrow Plaza next to Bethlehem City Hall to have their voices heard. The local rally was sponsored by the Bethlehem City Democratic Committee.

Telethon hits $220K mark

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by JARRAD HEDES in Local News

Cancer patients recognized with courage awards

One year after breaking its record for total pledges, the Carbon Tamaqua American Cancer Society did it again in 2017.

The organization’s annual telethon ended Sunday with $220,589 raised for cancer research.

The mark to beat was $215,949 raised in 2016.

“We’re very grateful for all the support,” said Joe Krushinsky, telethon chairman.

People filled Penn’s Peak on both days to watch the telethon in person.

“I think we had more people come here to support us live and it really adds energy to the place,” Krushinsky said.

Bills target domestic violence

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by CHRIS PARKER in Local News

Over the past 10 years, more than 1,600 people have died in domestic violence-related incidents in Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, state senators and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence stepped up to defend victims of abuse.

The coalition and senators unveiled four pieces of proposed legislation aimed at curbing domestic violence and better protecting its victims by strengthening the state’s Protection from Abuse Act.

AARP plans scan education event AARP offers document-shredding event

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED in Local News

Lehigh Valley consumers can safely dispose of personal financial documents and other sensitive records at a free Operation: Stop Scams shredding event offered by the AARP Fraud Watch Network on Saturday, April 22 at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem.

The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the east side of Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road. Consumers are asked to bring a maximum of three boxes of documents to be shredded per vehicle.

Cancer survivor honored on ACS Telethon ‘I found I was not alone in my fight’

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by MARTA GOUGER in Local News

Mary Ann Grant, a Red Hill resident, was honored April 8 by the American Cancer Society, as a Courage Award recipient, during the 38th annual ACS Telethon airing from Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe. The Courage Award honors both cancer survivors and those still fighting the disease.

Bethlehem Township: Traditions, Green Pond site arguments heard

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Developer Traditions of America (TOA) wants to build an active senior community at Green Pond Country Club. What makes this development controversial is its location. It’s adjacent to environmentally sensitive wetlands, in the middle of an Audubon-designated “Important Bird Area” called Green Pond Marsh.