Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

New fire truck purchase pondered

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Hellertown Fire Chief Mike Maguire was on hand to summarize a lengthy report presented to council outlining their search for a new fire truck July 15.

The purchase would be a quint fire truck to replace an existing fire truck made by KME Fire Apparatus. A quint is a multipurpose fire truck that covers five areas of needs to the borough. They are pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial device and ground ladders. The plan is to send Hellertown’s requirements to around eight companies for bids with KME not on the list.

Voting Machine Demonstrations in Northampton County

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Lamont McClure and the Department of Elections will hold demonstrations of the new Election Systems & Software (ES&S) ExpressVote XL voting machines at sites around Northampton County before the Nov. 5 election.

Members of the public will be able to cast a mock ballot so they can see how the machine functions. Employees from the Election Office will be on hand to provide guidance and answer any questions.

Oasis Community Center For families impacted by substance use disorder

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Oasis Community Center charted new ground when it opened with a ceremony attended by more than 150 guests recently.

Located in the historic Park Plaza Farmhouse, at 3400 Bath Pike, the center is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania and will serve families and individuals impacted by Substance Use Disorder (SUD).

Article By: The Press

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Father’s Day was celebrated at the Lehigh Valley Zoo with activities geared to Dads and families. The “Avenger” Captain Marvel and Captain America were on hand to keep the families safe from unwanted aliens as well as pose with dads and families for photos. Despite the threat of rain, most of the day remained dry and the zoo filled with families wanting to enjoy time with the residents of the zoo.

Water damage to pool substantial

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by TIM HEALY in Local News

Hanover Township supervisors opened the floor to residents with questions or concerns regarding the closure of the Hanover Community Center Pool July 24.

At the previous meeting, Township Manager John Finnigan explained how 180,000 gallons of water were lost through three broken pipes when they attempted to fill the pool at the beginning of the summer, leading to underground voids both under and beside the pool, as well as the potential danger of sinkholes.

Finnigan said the board would now have to consult with sonar companies for a complete evaluation of the issue.

Rental assistance offers new way of stabilizing those families in need

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

New Bethany Ministries announced last month that a state grant fund will enable the continuation and expansion of a successful family sheltering program.

The Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) awards include $75,000 for rental assistance to families in need.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by The Press in Local News

My 5-year-old, James, and I walked to Familienplatz Saturday. We walked along Main Street, past free music acts and bustling restaurants, to the small blacksmith’s building by the Hotel Bethlehem. Just beyond the building is a path down to the Familienplatz. Follow the path and walk around the metalworks tent, and you will see the bouncy houses. Keep following the path, past the rides and the ArtsQuest tent. Just beyond it is the Information and tickets tent. Tickets are $1 each, good for rides and food. Rides range from five to 10 tickets per ride.