Bethlehem Press

Friday, October 19, 2018

State delivers $5.4 M to crime victims

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Pennsylvania Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm, Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell and York County officials last week highlighted the positive impact of the state income tax refund intercept program, which has delivered more than $5.4 million to Pennsylvania’s courts since its inception last year.

The program helps to ensure justice in part by deducting court-ordered restitution from the personal income tax refunds of people who have been convicted of a crime, allowing the money to be transferred to crime victims.

Candidates speak at CACLV luncheon

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

A few weeks ago, CACLV’s Alan Jennings hosted a Congressional forum on WDIY’s Lehigh Valley Discourse for Libertarian Tim Silfies, Republican Marty Nothstein and Democrat Susan Wild. Instead of speaking in sound bites, each candidate was able to answer well-researched questions in detail. Each candidate shined. What happened Sept. 26 may have been even better.

Customers may now bring REAL ID documents to driver’s license centers

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Deputy Secretary for Driver and Vehicle Services Kurt Myers provided an update recently on Pennsylvania’s progress toward compliance with the federal REAL ID Act and how customers can apply for REAL ID pre-verification in PennDOT driver’s license centers.

Tom Nolan: ‘Will remember him well’

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Commissioner Tom Nolan, 76, a fixture in Bethlehem Township government for the past three decades, passed away Sept. 25. He suffered from an aggressive form of leukemia and had been absent from the past several meetings.

“He was dedicated and always had Bethlehem Township’s best interests at heart,” said Hanover Township Manager Jay Finnigan, who served with Nolan on the county gaming board.

“We will remember him well,” added John Diacogiannis, who chairs Hanover Township’s board of supervisors. He started last week’s meeting with a moment of silence in remembrance of Nolan.

Board honors 3 county residents

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh Commissioners paid homage to one of the county’s most illustrious and highly respected citizens recently. Joseph R. Zeller, “statesman, patriot, and recipient of the Freedom Foundation Award” was honored on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Mr. Zeller’s birthday was Sept. 19.

In a special resolution, the commissioners thanked Zeller “for a lifetime of service to his community and his country.”

Brown new court services director

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Easton City Council member Ken Brown is Northampton County’s new Director of Court Services. He was confirmed unanimously by County Council at their Sept. 20 meeting. He will be paid an annual salary of $77,566. “I cannot tell you enough how much I respect his experience at Shiloh Manor,” said Executive Lamont McClure.

He also complimented Brown’s acumen as a PIAA basketball referee, although that is more debatable. Brown does have a new pair of glasses.

In addition to serving as executive director at Shiloh Manor, Brown has been a member of Easton City council since 2004.

‘Serving God by serving the People of God’ Second Baptist Church marks 100 years of service to the community

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

This year, the Second Baptist Church at 1016 Wood St. in Bethlehem is celebrating the centennial of its founding as the second African-American house of worship in Bethlehem. In September, it marked the occasion with a special worship service and catered luncheon.

The congregation also celebrated the life and contributions of long-time senior pastor Edward Arnold Thompson, who passed away in January. Thompson served as interim pastor from 1986-1988, and pastor from 1988 until his death.

Council approves of $33.7M IT deal

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County Council voted unanimously Sept. 20 for a new, $33.7 million contract for managed IT services. It’s with a new vendor, too. Conduent, a spin-off of Xerox, is being replaced by Vision Technologies, located in Glen Burnie, Md.

A managed IT service is an information technology (IT) task provided by a third-party contractor and delivered to a customer.