Bethlehem Press

Sunday, December 8, 2019

McNeill nets $210K for Rose Garden renovation

Monday, November 18, 2019 by The Press in Local News

State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, has announced that a $210,000 state grant has been awarded toward the renovation of Bethlehem’s Rose Garden park.

The Rose Garden is an eclectic park that has a play area and has a replica of the first home in Bethlehem and a Civil War monument. The garden features more than 100 variety of flowers.

BETHLEHEM - Council supports increased parking fines, Medicare for all

Monday, November 18, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Parking tickets just jumped; what was a $10 fine is now a $15 fine. As Bethlehem Parking Authority Chair Joe Hoffmeier and Executive Director Kevin Livingston looked on, council approved the increase 5–2.

For scofflaws who park in spaces reserved for the handicapped, the fine went from $50 to $100. Several other categories of violations also had fines increased.

The new fine schedule was not fine with Councilwomen Olga Negrón and Paige Van Wirt, the two “no’ votes.

Regional groups work to negate racism

Monday, November 18, 2019 by The Press in Local News

An impressive array of Lehigh Valley’s key regional organizations have come together to confront what may be the most divisive issue of our times: racism. The project is called “Color Outside the Lines” and is intended “to identify and remove the systemic and structural barriers to racial equity and inclusion,” according to David Jones, a health benefits consultant and former three-term Lehigh County commissioner who will be co-chairing the project.

Auto theft task force earns award

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by The Press in Local News

District Attorney Jim Martin has announced that the Lehigh County Auto Theft Task Force has been awarded the George J. Acker Memorial Award. This award was established in 1999 in memory of George J. Acker, a charter member of the Northeast Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators and a former member of the New York State Police, who was a past president and active member of the organization until his death in 1997.

Voting issues Murphy’s Law, not the election code, dominates election

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Provisions of the Elections Code are strictly followed in every Pennsylvania election. Unfortunately for Northampton County elections officials, another law raised its ugly head in the Nov. 5 municipal election. Murphy’s Law, the epigram that anything that can go wrong will go wrong, was in full force during the County’s roll out of a brand new voting system called The Express Vote XL.

Local groups share ways to support displaced families

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by The Press in Local News

In response to the individuals and families affected by the October 20 fire in Allentown, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (UWGLV), Community Action Community of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) and American Red Cross Lehigh Valley-Bucks Chapter announced the Fountain Street Fire Fund. The three community groups have come together to unite in support of a common cause and coordinate relief efforts for victims of the fire.

Holiday Hope Chest receives record requests

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by FROM THE VOLUNTEER CENTER OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY in Local News

Holiday Hope Chests is entering its 19th year serving the greater Lehigh Valley community. Holiday Hope Chests is a national project adopted by the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley to help less fortunate children living in the Lehigh Valley. Each year in the Lehigh Valley, generous supporters take part in the Holiday Hope Chests program- creating magical holiday memories for local children.