Bethlehem Press

Thursday, March 23, 2017

‘What we do is not sexy’

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Historic Hotel Bethlehem was the venue for Executive John Brown’s State of the County address on a blustery March 2 morning. The event included a free breakfast, which usually means stale croissants and weak coffee. Not at Hotel Bethlehem.

Over 150 guests were treated to mountains of scrambled eggs, bacon and home fries, along with a wide variety of juices, coffee and tea. Brown spoke for nearly a full hour, which is the longest speech he’s given as county executive.

Northampton County: ‘What we do is not sexy,’ says Brown

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Historic Hotel Bethlehem was the venue for Executive John Brown’s State of the County address on a blustery March 2 morning. The event included a free breakfast, which usually means stale croissants and weak coffee. Not at Hotel Bethlehem.

Over 150 guests were treated to mountains of scrambled eggs, bacon and home fries, along with a wide variety of juices, coffee and tea. Brown spoke for nearly a full hour, which is the longest speech he’s given as county executive.

Commissioners support redistricting reform bill

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners took a bold step at the Feb. 22 meeting by passing a resolution supporting redistricting reform.

The 8-1 vote specifically lends support to an independent citizens commission for redistricting. The commission would consist of 11 persons, four from the state’s majority party and four from the minority party. The remaining three would come from any political party. The Pennsylvania Secretary of State would elect the members.

Commissioner Amanda Holt voted in opposition.

‘Answers lie outside city hall’ -- Two new working groups add transparency, resources

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

Two new working groups are combining the talents of local citizens with information from city officials to find creative solutions to local issues.

At their meeting Feb. 21, city council members approved the two groups, one for social media and one for open data, as part of an initiative, Engaging Bethlehem, from Council President J. William Reynolds.

“Reading by the End of Grade 3” yielding big results in the classroom

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by LIZ KEMMERER in Local News

New data is showing marked improvement in students’ reading scores just since the beginning of this school year, when the literacy initiative, “Reading by the End of Grade 3,” (RBG3) took to the classroom. Assistant superintendent Dr. Jack Silva, supervisor of early learning, grants and development Dr. Jodi Frankelli, and supervisor of literacy Kimberly Harper presented the mid-year data to the board at the curriculum committee meeting Feb. 6.