Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

LHS Class of 1948 gathers

Monday, June 4, 2018 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

About 35 graduates of the Liberty HS class of 1948 and their guests celebrated their 70th graduation reunion May 5 at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel and Conference Center in Hanover Township. Class emcee Jerry Yob said that only about 224 classmates remain out of the over 600 graduates of the combined Liberty and Bethlehem Vocational Technical Class, whose graduation commencement was held at Lehigh University’s Grace Hall.

Prizes were awarded in categories such as greatest distance traveled, longest marriage, most children and most grandchildren.


Monday, June 4, 2018 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

‘The Ultimate sacrifice’

Despite the uncertainty of an overcast morning, Bethlehem’s Memorial Day parade and remembrance service in Memorial Park Cemetery returned outdoors to honor those who paid for freedom and liberty with their lives.

United Veterans of Bethlehem president Ken Nichol conducted the service which featured patriotic messages from Mayor Bob Donchez, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure and Pennsylvania state Representative Steve Samuelson.

First reading of ordinance prohibiting conversion therapy within the city

Monday, June 4, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Owners of a historic mansion at 114 W. Fourth St. were denied a certificate of appropriateness Wednesday when Bethlehem City Council voted to uphold a recommendation of denial by the Historic Architecture Review Board. Plans for the circa 1885 Grace Mansion called proposed renovations which would have added six townhouses on the historic properties.

Council voted 6–0 to uphold the HARB’s recommendation. Council President Adam Waldron was absent, so the vote was unanimous among present members.

District lauds students, teachers

Monday, June 4, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

As Bethlehem prepares to finish yet another school year, the school board and Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy took the opportunity to congratulate students and educators on a number of impressive successes. Nearly 45 minutes was spent at the May 21 meetig recognizing everyone’s accomplishments. The first groups of students recognized were those who auditioned for positions in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association festivals.

SALISBURY Township Shredding event at high school

Monday, June 4, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Salisbury Township residents may have their unwanted papers shredded 9 to 11 a.m. June 16 at Salisbury High School, 500 E. Montgomery St.

Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich made the announcement at the May 24 board of commissioners’ meeting.

A shredder will be set up in the high school parking lot. Each family may bring three boxes or three garbage bags of paper goods to be shredded.

Participants may register the day of the event.

Additional information is to be available on the township website:

‘It’s about having a purpose’

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by ELIZABETH KEMMERER in Local News

BEST concert raises $18k toward college for disadvantaged youth

The legendary Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash brought a packed house to its feet in Moravian College’s Johnston Hall during a March special concert benefitting the BEST Scholarship Program. BEST (Building Educational Support Teams) Inc. is a local nonprofit that specializes in developing, mentoring and funding disadvantaged Lehigh Valley students to attend and succeed in college.

Charter suit strains district, taxpayers

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

The Bethlehem school board has never been soft spoken on the tremendous financial burden associated with charter schools, and the April 30 budget workshop was no exception. BASD has been working for months to put together a comprehensive budget for the 2018-19 school year. The board took months to create a budget that assess cost saving initiatives, fairly balances education initiatives, building maintenance, increasing retirement costs, and charter school tuition.

Champer, authority updates reviewed

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Jessica O’Donnell from the Hellertown Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce addressed the board with upcoming events and requested approval for a new event. O’Donnell discussed a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday June 13 at 6 p.m. for Farmers Insurance Agency owner Brandon Wimbish on Main Street in Hellertown. She reminded everyone of the second annual Music in The Park series which is an event where local bands play live shows at Dimmick Park in Hellertown on weekends from June through August.