Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

City fire dept. welcomes five new members

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

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.

Police pact nets 3% raise

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by The Press in Local News

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.

Murder for rent money Bethlehem man charged in double homicide case

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

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.

‘Dedication, support, commitment’ ArtsQuest honors local partners’ contributions

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

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.