The Freemansburg Borough Council gathered last month to plan for upcoming township events.
The Freemansburg Police Department hosted the fifth annual National Night Out Against Crime. The event aims to create a safer community by strengthening the relationships between the FPD and Freemansburg Borough.
There is a saying about firefighters: “when everyone else is running out, they run in.”
The Bethlehem Fire Department welcomed its newest recruits who will be running into harm’s way, as five men officially joined the ranks during a swearing-in ceremony July 29 at city hall.
“It’s a great day to celebrate the new firefighters coming in,” said Bethlehem Fire Chief Warren Achey. “New blood, new hires.”
New firefighters wearing the blue are Kevin Burnett, Thomas Hart, Logan Sawka, Michael Kercsmar and Sean McCormick.
After a lengthy arbitration process that began in May of 2018, the City of Bethlehem police bargaining unit, represented by the Fraternal Order of Police Star Lodge #20, was awarded a 3 percent raise each year for the years 2018-22 through an arbitration award issued under the Policemen and Firemen Collective Bargaining Act (also known as Act 111).
No changes were made to their healthcare or pension benefits.
Mayor Carolee Gifford and Police Chief Ed Bachert, amid cheers and congratulations of family and friends, swore in Isaac Jimenez, a Marine veteran, as a new part-time police officer for Fountain Hill Borough July 24.
Atria Senior Living Community of Bethlehem challenged Colonial Regional Police Department Chief Roy Seiple and special guest Andrew Lawatsch to the fifth annual chef showdown July 18. Specifically, a “Competition to Separate the Mild from the en Fuego in a Test of Culinary Chops.”
A Bethlehem man has been charged with a double-murder, arson, burglary and related offenses stemming from a January fire at 2901 Stephen St. in Palmer Township.
Drew Alan Rose, 37, was charged Friday with the homicides of 97-year-old Virginia Houck and her son, Roger Houck, 61, of Seattle. The motive for these alleged actions was Rose’s need for his half of $900 in rent at a Broadway apartment he shared with his mother.
Musikfest kicked off its 36th year Friday night with the presentation of Marcincin Awards to three local organizations for their continued support of the 10-day free festival. The recipients, Macintosh Services, the Bethlehem Area School District and the Lehigh Valley Health Network, were recognized for their various partnership activities with ArtsQuest, the nonprofit sponsor of Musikfest.