Bethlehem Press

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Outlaw riders threaten villagers

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Dirtbikers and four-wheelers are racing through the park on the South Bethlehem Greenway Trail, complained resident Olivia Funghini at a recent city council meeting. She said they are endangering pedestrians and possibly disturbing a nesting pair of eagles in the area.

“Can the police help?” pleaded Funghini. She said the outlaw riders are racing up behind pedestrians, putting the walkers in danger.

Task Force prepares for annual “Cleanup’

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Chairman Roger Hudak announced at the March 26 Mayor’s South Side Task Force meeting that final preparations for the Spring Southside Cleanup are underway. The annual event is scheduled for April 13 from 10 a.m. - noon, with breakfast provided at 9:30 a.m. The task force, in partnership with Lehigh University and other organizations, sponsors the event. Volunteers are to meet at Farrington Square, rain or shine.

Lehigh County District Attorney’s Victim/Witness Unit receives $700,000 grant

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has recently announced that his office’s Victim/Witness Unit has received a $700,000 grant.

The Rights and Service Act grant, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency covers a period of two years and must be used for victim services.

The purpose of the grant is to assist victims and witnesses of adult and juvenile offenders, whose cases are proceeding through the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Former ambassador dishes on life as a diplomat

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

The first thing a foreign diplomat has to learn is, don’t drive the same route to the office every morning.

Patricia Butenis didn’t know this or much else when she joined the United States Foreign Service in 1980, but her ignorance worked out well. After 34 years, she retired in 2014 with the rank of career minister after having served as U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh, Maldives and Sri Lanka. She loved her career choice.

City to revamp Christmas display

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Bethlehem residents made their wish lists and checked them twice when contemplating how to make the Christmas City’s annual display just a better gift.

They had a chance to share their opinions during a public presentation April 2 with David Weiner, principal with New York-based David Weiner Design.

Since 1937, Bethlehem has marketed itself as “Christmas City USA” and the city is looking to revamp the display, paying Weiner and his company to come up with a more festive celebration to mark the birth of Jesus Christ.