Bethlehem Press

Friday, July 28, 2017

Article By: DANA GRUBB Special to the Bethlehem Press

Monday, July 10, 2017 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

The sixth annual Fourth of July reading of the Declaration of Independence took place at Bethlehem’s Payrow Plaza late morning on Independence Day with over one hundred area residents in attendance. Readers for 2017 were Northampton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Emil Giordano, Lehigh Valley dentist Tom Gyory, Bethlehem Councilman Eric Evans, Northampton County Councilmen Glenn Geissinger, Matthew Deitz, Hayden Phillips and Seth Vaughn, Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez, Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio and former Lehigh County Commissioner Dean Browning.

Council passes on greater contract oversight

Monday, July 10, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

In the wake of a federal investigation of political corruption in Allentown that has already resulted in nine guilty pleas, local governments are taking notice. Bethlehem, Allentown and Lehigh County have all taken at least some steps to improve transparency and impose greater oversight with government contracts.

But Northampton County Council passed at such an opportunity at their July 6 meeting. To be specific, they rejected an ordinance giving them more authority over county contract approvals.

Fair queen concludes her year of promotion

Monday, July 10, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The search is on for the 2017 Great Allentown Fair Queen, who will be selected to represent the fair’s mission during the event’s Labor Day week run and in the community throughout the year.

The Lehigh County Agricultural Society, the nonprofit organization that has been operating the fair for 165 years, is looking for contestants from Lehigh, Northampton and Berks counties. An ideal candidate will have the ability to communicate enthusiasm for the Allentown Fair, local farming and the agricultural industry.

Sister City program marks 21st year

Monday, July 10, 2017 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Gray skies and drizzle forced the annual Slovenian flag raising ceremony from Payrow Plaza into Town Hall on June 23, but the spirit of those in attendance was not dampened.

Bethlehem-Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association founder Stephen Antalics Jr. acted as master of ceremonies and Robi Poredos of the Slovenian Press Agency gave the invocation and benediction.

UGI donation benefits area children

Monday, July 10, 2017 by The Press in Local News

UGI Energy Services has donated $10,000 to Lehigh Children’s Academy, a service of Via, towards scholarships through the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program.

Lehigh Children’s Academy, a service of Via of the Lehigh Valley, provides high quality, nurturing care and education for young children ages six weeks to six years, and provides before and after school care for school age children.

31 added to area volunteer fire depts.

Monday, July 10, 2017 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Fourteen area volunteer fire departments added 31 new firefighters to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received their certificates of completion June 8 at a ceremony at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.

This was the seventh annual Bucks County Fire Academy course held twice a week from January to May at the Allentown Fire Academy, at the Allentown Fire Department Mack Station at 1902 Lehigh St., near the Queen City Airport.

Becahi principal goes home

Monday, July 10, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Bethlehem Catholic’s principal for the past seven years, John Petruzzelli, has taken

the next step of his career, returning to his hometown of Philadelphia as principal of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, where he once worked as dean of students.

Petruzelli made an impression and was well liked by the students. From his quirky morning announcements to taking cameos in school plays to setting up opportunities for the student body to hoot out SpongeBob Squarepants references during assemblies, he helped change the culture and attitude at the school.