Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Houch takes DA oath of office

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

For the first time since 1991, Northampton County has a new district attorney. John Morganelli, who held office for an unprecedented 28 years, has been succeeded by his First Deputy, Terrence Houck. Houck was sworn into office Jan. 6.

When Morganelli was first elected, nine of his 11 assistants were part-time prosecutors with private practices. The office of district attorney was itself a part-time job. Morganelli argued that he and his assistants should devote 100 percent of their professional time to prosecuting criminal cases.

Election code change: You can now vote by mail

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

For the first time in 80 years, Pennsylvania has made significant changes to the Elections Code. If you hate standing in long lines on election day or insist on voting by paper ballot, this is for you.

For the first time, voters will be able to cast their ballots by mail. On Jan. 10, the Pennsylvania Department of State issued its guidance to all counties. Here’s what you need to know:

Christmas is not over until The Three Kings arrive

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

According to organizer Myrna Rivera, 500 children came to see Einstein the Snow Camel and to get presents from the Three Kings at a special celebration at SteelStacks on Jan. 5 in South Bethlehem.

Besides seeing Einstein, the kids all got to meet the Three Kings and receive a gift.

In Puerto Rico, Epiphany is a festive holiday commonly called Dia de Los Tres Reyes Magos, or Three King’s Day. Children traditionally leave a box of fresh grass or hay under their beds for the Wise Men’s camels.

Executive keeps eye on water proposal

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure wants residents to know that the County is closely monitoring New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection’s proposal to assume control of the flow of water from the Francis E. Walter Dam which feeds the Lehigh River.

In cases of drought, New York City wants to redirect the flow to the Delaware River to prevent salt from the ocean moving upstream and contaminating drinking water.

South Bethlehem Christmas

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Sharing the Spirit

Bethlehem Women of Excellence held its annual Christmas party Dec. 21 at Broughal MS. Women of Excellence is a nonprofit organization of Christian women that focuses on women’s empowerment through volunteer work.

The Christmas party provides food and fellowship to hundreds of South Bethlehem families every year, and is staffed by volunteers from the organization, as well as Bethlehem Police Department officers and their families.

Lehigh Co. drug box totals for 2019: 6,349 lbs.

Monday, January 6, 2020 by The Press in Local News

District Attorney Jim Martin is pleased to announce that 6,349 pounds of medications were collected during 2019 at the permanent medication collection sites located in Lehigh County. A total of 29,752 pounds have been collected since the program’s inception. The use of the boxes by Lehigh County residents has grown dramatically since 2014, the first year that statistics were kept. At the end of that year, a total of 1,855 pounds were collected, less than a third of this past year’s amount.

Cast iron toys at NMIH

Monday, January 6, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Once upon a time in Fullerton

Peter and Charlie Dent spoke about their family’s manufacturing legacy at the National Museum of Industrial History at 602 E. Second St. Dec. 14. They described how their great-grandfather, Henry H. Dent, and his business partners founded the Dent Hardware Company in 1894.

The Fullerton-based business produced hardware for refrigerators and cold storage units in their brass and iron foundries, as well as other specialty items. Between 1898 and 1937, the company added cast iron toys to its product line.

PENNDOT - Resources for older drivers

Monday, January 6, 2020 by The Press in Local News

With nearly a quarter of Pennsylvania’s licensed drivers 65 years of age or older, the Wolf Administration highlighted the unique challenges faced by older drivers during Older Driver Safety Awareness Week recently.

“Mobility is essential to quality of life at any age,” Kurt Myers, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary for Driver and Vehicle Services, said. “Many older drivers have a lifetime of valuable driving experience to draw from and PennDOT continually seeks to balance the safety of our roadways with the need for independence and autonomy.”