Bethlehem Press

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STATE: Dems tackle intellectual disabilities waiting list

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Too many people with intellectual disabilities and autism are waiting too long for treatment.

That was the consensus of a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing held July 24 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg in Bethlehem. The event, co-chaired by Pa. Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd and Rep. Michael Sturla, D-96th, featured testimony from county and state administrators, employees and doctors. It was one of a series being held across the commonwealth.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Craziest mini-golf tournament held

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Putt U Miniature Golf, 5201 Route 309, Center Valley, held “The Craziest Mini-Golf Tournament Ever” July 14 and donated a total of $6,000 to local charities.

In this special tournament, golfers played 18 holes with anything but a regular putter. No golf clubs were allowed, so players were encouraged to bring the most creative and outrageous gadget they could to putt with.

NORTHAMPTON-County pension over 90% funded

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Many municipal pensions statewide are underfunded, which leads to tax increases. No such problem exists in Northampton County. At the retirement board’s July 26 meeting, Pension Fund Manager John Spagnola reported that the pension is funded at over 90 precent, with over $415 million. In addition, a separate fund set up for medical benefits has $41 million.

Changing the narrative

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

The connection between the arts and economic success

“Stronger Than Steel: Forging a Rustbelt Renaissance” is Jeff Parks’ intensely personal perspective on the role that the arts played in the revitalization of Bethlehem when it was struggling in the wake of deindustrialization and the ultimate demise of the once-prosperous Bethlehem Steel. In the preface, Parks asserts that there is “a direct connection between the arts and economic success,” and he spends the next 348 pages making his case.

A Peep dream comes true

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

When the time comes for Bethlehem resident and Moravian College nursing instructor Michelle Sayenga to retire, she told her group of friends, who have nicknamed themselves “the breakfast club,” that she wants to “retire into a job where people are happy to see me.” She told her friends about her desire to fulfill that need by driving the Just Born PeepMobile when she does retire, and friends Chris and Adrin Eline took over from there.

A conversation with Jeff Parks

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Bethlehem’s social entrepreneur Jeff Parks once said he never wanted anyone to be able to say there was nothing to do in the Lehigh Valley. As the visionary who spearheaded the creation of Musikfest, Christkindlmarkt, the Banana Factory, the ArtsQuest organization and SteelStacks, Parks has done more than his share to assure a year-round abundance of local music, arts and educational programming. The purpose behind his efforts, however, goes far deeper than just providing someplace to go.

AblePay joins the downtown businesses

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Bethlehem based AblePay Health has relocated to join Bethlehem’s Historic Main Street business community with second- and third-floor offices at 574 Main St. AblePay Health is a no-cost benefit available to business entities and individuals.

According to founder and CEO John Fistner, AblePay is the only provider offering these kinds of services, which are designed to assist healthcare patients with deductibles and co-pays.

“Nationally, healthcare providers return roughly $.35 on the dollar,” Fistner says.