Bethlehem Press

Monday, April 23, 2018

Beware at area crossings

Monday, April 2, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Norfolk Southern is increasing train speeds across nearly 30 miles of its Reading Line through Lehigh and Berks counties.

The speed increase, effective March 14, includes 36 public highway-rail grade crossings on the main line from Allentown in Lehigh County to Laureldale in Berks County. Train speed will increase to 60 mph from 50 mph except at three crossings, where the speed will increase to 60 mph from 45 mph.

What a day!

Monday, April 2, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Barkley parade, celebration draw thousands of fans

For frequent visitors of Happy Valley in the fall, hearing Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” blasting from speakers and chants of “We Are” in the streets is nothing new.

But Coplay residents expecting to do their normal Saturday morning grocery shopping at their local Giant were in for a very different experience March 24.

It was Saquon Barkley Day in the borough.

Amazed by ‘Grace’

Monday, April 2, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Charter HS of the Arts hosted a March 3 evening charity premier of “Getting Grace,” a comedy/drama about a teenage girl losing her battle with cancer.

This was the finale of a full-day event where the film was shown consecutively at three Lehigh Valley venues. There was a morning screening at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas at Arts Quest followed by a matinee premier at the Roxy Theatre in Northampton.

Officials want jail population reduction

Monday, April 2, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

One way to handle an influx of extra inmates is to build a new jail. That’s what former NorCo Exec John Brown wanted to do. But there’s another way. It’s simply to reduce the jail population by releasing people who pose no risk to anyone. Northampton County court officials have come up with a plan to make that happen. At their March 15 meeting, Northampton County Council voted unanimously to support it by adding a new pretrial services officer

$500K mattresses makes everyone uncomfortable

Monday, April 2, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Gracedale Nursing Home, which is owned by Northampton County, has been struggling with its Medicare rating for quality measures. This system appears online and applies to all nursing homes. It reflects the quality of care afforded to residents. Gracedale’s rating had dipped to one star, the lowest rating. It currently is back at two stars, which is still considered below average.

NCC hosts Anderson ‘fireside chat’

Monday, April 2, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

St. Luke’s University Hospital President Richard Anderson sat for an hour to discuss his career and how to seek success in modern medicine during a “fireside chat” at Northampton Community College March 8.

Though advertised as little more than a friendly conversation between Anderson and his colleague and NCC President Mark Erickson, the second floor community room was nearly full of curious listeners.

At the Miss Amazing pageant

Monday, March 26, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Every contestant

The word “amazing,” meaning something that causes great surprise or wonder, is one of those terms that has become trendy, and greatly overused. Far too many things today are called “amazing,” but in the case of the Pennsylvania Miss Amazing pageant, held recently at Easton HS, the use of the adjective is entirely appropriate. The pageant is truly amazing because it provides opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to build their self-confidence and self-esteem in a supportive environment, while redefining in positive ways what it means to be beautiful.