Bethlehem Press

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Tax deductible contributions accepted

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Former council member Scott Parsons attended council’s April 21 meeting to announce the establishment of the Friends of Gracedale Foundation.

That’s a nonprofit charitable corporation that will be able to accept tax-deductible donations for the county’s nursing home. He is the president.

“It’s good to see most of you,” said Parsons, who was joined at the podium by council member Bob Werner.

The duo formed a close friendship during Parsons’ tenure on council.

“We’re here to help,” he added.

May 16 primary election candidates

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by The Press in Local News


Judge of the Court of Common Pleas

(D,R): Melissa Pavlack

Lehigh County Executive

(D): Phillips Armstrong

(R): Brad Osborne, Glenn Eckhart


District 1

(D): Bob Elbich

(R): Marc J. Grammes

District 3

(D) Dennis Leroy Pearson, Basilio Bonilla Jr. Amy Zanelli (See A6)

(R) Robert E. Smith Jr.

Lehigh County Executive

(D): Lamont G. McClure

(R): John Brown


Magisterial District 31-1-06

Board recognizes exceptional students, faculty and staff

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by LIZ KEMMERER in Local News

The April 24 regular board meeting was decorated in appreciation for some exceptional students, faculty and staff of the Bethlehem Area School District community.

The directors first recognized seniors Gabriella Greenhoward from Freedom HS and Lexi Vega of Liberty HS, who were each awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Moravian College March 27. Greenhoward and Vega were selected out of 50 students who applied for the scholarship.

BASD: District adopts new core reading program

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by LIZ KEMMERER in Local News

Bethlehem Area School District has a new core reading program for grades K-2 that better aligns with the district’s Reading by Grade 3 (RBG3) initiative, announced chief academic officer Dr. Jack Silva at the curriculum committee meeting May 8. Starting in 2017-18, “Wonders” by McGraw Hill will roll out across all 16 elementary schools.

RBG3 aims to make students proficient readers by the end of third grade by targeting their teachers with professional instruction on the science of learning to read and how to put theory to practice in the classroom.

CITY: Council approves state training -- ‘A good first step’ says Callahan

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

In a 6-1 vote, city council members approved mandatory state ethics training at their May 2 meeting, with Council Member Olga Negron voting nay.

Negron said ethics training should be part of a larger comprehensive ethics ordinance. She said Bethlehem can choose to make its ethics standards more stringent than those imposed by the state and the state training would be confusing because the standards would be different if council members adopt a city ethics ordinance.

Linden swim school approved

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Joe Negrao, owner of Alexandria Manor, a popular assisted living facility, had a green light to build another at the corner of Linden Street and Oakland Road. Instead, he’s decided on a swim school for children. It will be located next to Lightbridge, a preschool center he plans to build there.

He owns the entire city block along Linden Street, between Johnston Drive and Macada Road.