Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cusik strikes out again on car fee

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

One of the annual rites of spring is baseball. Though it’s still chilly outside, kids all over the Lehigh Valley have left the batting cages housed in old warehouses for the diamonds that dot parks all over the Lehigh Valley. But April 6 was a bad night in Mudville for the Northampton County Nine. Council President John Cusick struck out in a seemingly Quixotic quest to shackle Northampton County residents with a new tax in the form of a $5 vehicle registration fee that would make its way from the state to county coffers.

Female leaders of the Civil Rights movement to be honored April 28

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Local civil rights leaders Esther Lee and Sharon Lee refused to let pouring rain prevent them from drawing attention to the female leaders of the freedom movement at a recent news conference. Standing in front of the statues honoring Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, they announced their own march, scheduled for April 28 at 4 p.m. It will start at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown, make its way to the Freedom Memorial and then return for a banquet.

Gov. Wolf begins Union Blvd resurfacing project

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED in Local News

The Wolf Administration announced today that work is scheduled to begin next week on a $3.6 million project to repair and resurface Union Boulevard in the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem, Lehigh County.

“This busy east-west corridor between Allentown and Bethlehem is used by thousands of motorists each day, and will soon be resurfaced due to Act 89,” Governor Tom Wolf said.

Drug Court celebrates another graduate

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

The court celebrated its third graduate last month with ice cream cake.

The graduate’s name is Alysha. She’s a person who has struggled with heroin and who had been in and out of the system since 2010. She’d attend a few meetings with her probation officer, Cynthia Greene-Wimmer, but would start using again and abscond. Friendless, she described hiding in a bathroom with her son in her arms when deputy sheriffs came looking for her. At the time, she was pregnant with a daughter who would be born addicted to heroin.

New senior facility offers all-in-one services

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Walking from wide, sterile hallways into the dayroom was like stepping out of the shade into the sun. The cavernous hall was not nearly filled with people, but there was a humming bustle as knots of elderly men and women ate and talked with each other and passing aides. Doris Day rang from a stereo at the front of the room and a scheduled group activity was about to commence.

It was just another day at Senior LIFE’s new facility on High Point Boulevard.

MacArthur Road 75th celebration is about to begin

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

Banners will be placed soon

Over the next several days, MacArthur Road will be lined with more than 150 banners celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Once a two-lane road connecting Egypt to Allentown, MacArthur Road has been transformed over the years to six lanes and is recognized as the prime commercial hub in the region with shopping malls, stores of every persuasion and a wide selection of restaurants.

The township will officially kick off the celebration at the April 10 meeting of the board of commissioners.

Local volunteer committee attends annual Fresh Air Fund Conference in NYC

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by The Press in Local News

The Lehigh Valley volunteer committee attended The Fresh Air Fund’s annual Friendly Towns Leadership Conference Feb. 3-5 at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

Over the course of three days, volunteers participated in interactive workshops with The Fresh Air Fund’s staff and community agency partners.

Volunteers attended professional development workshops throughout the conference, with topics ranging from children’s safety to empathy and diversity, to community engagement.

Groups pushing for fair political districts in Pa.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by BRIAN MYSZKOWSKI in Local News

In a partnered effort between the League of Women Voters and Fair Districts PA, a citizens’ group discussed gerrymandering Saturday at the Stroud Community Library.

Frederick “Fritz” Walker told the group that Pennsylvania’s practices are in desperate need of a change.

“We are, according to this analysis, the worst state for gerrymandering of our congressional districts,” Walker said.

He was referencing the state’s score of 11 for the Efficiency Gap Standard, which determines if a party had a systemic advantage by evaluating and analyzing votes.