Bethlehem Press

Monday, August 20, 2018

Early meeting over quickly

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City council met early Aug. 7 to avoid the Musikfest rush, and moved rapidly through a handful of working items.

Council voted to recommend a $103,000 pedestrian improvement project at Liberty HS, a liquor license transfer, execute a new lease agreement with the municipal golf course’s Clubhouse Grille, and to award TuWay Communications a contract for a site mapping study to pursue a new radio tower on the Southside.

These items will be open for public discussion at the Aug. 21 meeting.


Friday, August 10, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Lower Saucon Police Department has joined the CRIMEWATCH Network to coordinate communications with other local police agencies. A new website and social media practices will be instituted.

The new website is

The department encourages residents to visit the CRIMEWATCH portal and subscribe to receive notifications or download the CRIMEWATCH mobile application for free.

Learn more about CRIMEWATCH at

DA says gang is behind Dumpster killing

Friday, August 10, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

In late April, Bethlehem police responded to what they thought was a burning mannequin at the Parkhurst Apartments complex. What they discovered was a grisly horror. It was a human being, later identified as Tyrell Michael Holmes, age 18. He had been stabbed and set afire while still alive, as determined by the presence of smoke in his lungs.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli determined that Holmes had been conscious and in extreme pain, and that an accelerant had been used to help burn him alive. No charges have been filed.

BETHLEHEM-Apollo Grille donates to local causes

Monday, August 6, 2018 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Continuing its community involvement since opening in 1999, the Apollo Grill recently presented checks to four local charities through its “Be Apollo Proud” program.

Owner Rachel Griffith Fox and general manager Jansen Howard presented checks to representatives from Valley Youth House ($3,260.50), the Bethlehem YWCA ($3,155.50), the LGBT Business Council Scholarship Fund ($3,315.50) and Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center ($2,825.50) July 31.

Bikers Remembering Bikers block party a success

Monday, August 6, 2018 by BILL LEINER JR. in Local News

Fundraiser benefits fire department and Dream Come True

With a subdued attendance due to rain, but with an abundance of enthusiasm, the 13th annual Bikers Remembering Bikers Memorial Ride-N-Block Party was a success. The party was held July 21 at the Bath Fire Company Social Hall, 135 S. Walnut St., and spilled out onto the closed street.

Borough leaders attended and supported the event.

The block party was to raise resources for two distinct groups, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department and Dream Come True.

BETHLEHEM-Three variances granted with alacrity

Monday, August 6, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Bethlehem’s Zoning Hearing Board is known for marathon meetings, sometimes taking testimony over several nights before deciding whether to grant a variance. But at their July 25 meeting, they heard three separate zoning appeals in less than an hour.

Eugene Takacs was granted a dimensional variance to erect a 15-by-15 foot deck at his property at 1621 East Blvd. He is allowed 25 percent building coverage on his lot, but the deck puts him at 27 percent.

LEHIGH COUNTY-Martin announces over 20,000 pounds of medication collected in Lehigh County

Monday, August 6, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin recently announced that 20, 294 pounds of medications have been collected since 2014 at the permanent medication collection sites located in Lehigh County.

In December 2013, permanent medication collection boxes were installed in 10 police departments.

Two other departments were added later, and additional boxes have been installed at three Lehigh Valley Hospital locations.

Manito students in therapeutic horse show

Monday, August 6, 2018 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Four student riders of Manito Life Center, 2160 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., South Whitehall, attended their first Therapeutic Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show May 26 at Thorncroft Equestrian Center, Malvern.

The four riders were: Richard Klingensmith, 12, of Center Valley; Sara Miller, 16, of Coopersburg; Victoria Bilyk-Sequine, 16, of Fountain Hill, and Mackenzie Eisenhart, 23, of Emmaus.

The show team took home four, first-place and second-place awards; and two third-place and sixth-place awards, said Lisa Schadt, president of Manito.

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY-General Purpose Authority is revolving door of people, problems

Monday, August 6, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

At their Aug 2 meeting, Northampton County Council members voted unanimously to appoint Administrator Charles Dertinger to the county’s beleaguered General Purpose Authority (GPA). He replaces Executive Lamont McClure, who served for exactly eight days. McClure quipped that he now holds the record as the GPA board member with the least amount of service.

McClure resigned in response to a complaint by GPA Chair Shawn Langen, who argued that a 1941 Pa. Supreme Court decision precludes the executive from service. Rather than litigate the matter, McClure bowed out.

HANOVER = Township joins growing chorus for state gerrymandering reform

Monday, August 6, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

You can add Hanover Townshipp (Northampton County) to the list over 270 counties, cities, townships and boroughs fighting for redistricting reform in Harrisburg. At their July 24 meeting, supervisors voted 3-1 in favor of a resolution supporting a constitutional change that will allow an independent and inclusive commission to draw the boundaries for state legislative and congressional races.

Supporting this nonbinding resolution were Susan Lawless, Michael Prendeville and John Diacogiannis. Voting No was Steve Salvesen. Jack Nagle was absent.