Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 14, 2019

Toomey gives D.C. update to L.V. Chamber members

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., addressed a number of issues during a Washington, D.C. update presentation Aug. 29, at the Lehigh Country Club.

Toomey answered questions posed by Tony Ianelli, president and CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, during a live videotaping session of the chamber’s WFMZ television program, “Business Matters.” The show aired 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9.

More than 100 area business and corporate leaders attended the networking breakfast and the Toomey taping session.

BAPL opens township location

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

If Bethlehem Township residents ever wished that the public library were nearer by, they got their wish Aug. 24, with the grand opening of Bethlehem Area Public Library Coolidge, a satellite library at 2740 Fifth St.

Once upon a time the Coolidge Building was a schoolhouse, and as this school year was only days away, the theme of the event was “Kickin’ It Old School.”

Crampsie Smith replaces Martell

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Grace Crampsie Smith was seated Aug. 20 as a Bethlehem City Council member five months early after Shawn M. Martell announced plans to resign and accept a job with the public education team at the U.S. Botanical Garden in Washington, D.C.

Smith, a Democrat, won the seat in the last general election, but in accordance with city policy was not slated to take her seat until January 2020. She is currently a high school counselor with the Easton Area School District.

Bonn Place Brewery supports city watershed

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Bethlehem Authority and Bonn Place Brewing in South Bethlehem are partnering in a tree planting project on Bethlehem Authority Watershed property in Monroe County.

After determining what their business carbon footprint was, Sam Masotto and Kevin Geidasch decided they should do something about it.

It was Kevin’s idea to hold a fund raiser, Tattoos For Trees, which was held Aug. 20 at Bonn Place Brewing. Tree/beer themed tattoos were offered to all attendees and an amazing $2,600 was raised during the event.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Local troops welcome graduates

Commissioner Robert Evanchick announced today that 98 cadets graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey and have been assigned to troops across the commonwealth. The men and women represent the 156th graduating cadet class.

The ceremony at the Scottish Rite Cathedral marked the culmination of 28 weeks of classroom and physical training. Cadet Zachary M. McKeehan, of Huntingdon County, spoke on behalf of the graduating class.

The graduates have been assigned to the following local troops:

Troop M, Bethlehem

Michael J. Coleman of Northampton County

NECC offers same valuable assistance

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

It’s been nearly 40 years since the Northeast Ministry was established as part of the Bethlehem Council of Churches. Although nearly four decades have passed, one overarching mission remains – it’s important to help those in need.

It was recently renamed as the Northeast Community Center; Paula Johnson, NECC’s executive director since January 2017, said the organization is there when help is needed.

Norco Judge McFadden to resign Nov. 30

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Judge F.P. Kimberly McFadden, Northampton County’s first female judge, was up for retention in November. But on Aug. 19, she notified Governor Tom Wolf of her withdrawal from the retention election. She also advised she would be resigning, effective Nov. 30.

She’s a graduate of Bryn Mawr College (1974) and received her Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University in 1978.

After her appointment to the bench in 1988, she was elected in 1989 and retained in 1999 and 2009.

She’s been a judge for 31 years.

Lehigh Valley shows its Pride

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

A blazing sun made attendees at the Aug. 18 Lehigh Valley Pride event appreciate any shady spot they could find. But the heat didn’t melt the enthusiasm of the attendees who paraded, dressed in their campiest pride finery, or who just came to show support for the LGBT community and just to have fun.

Politicians and government officials came to show their support and their faces at the event held in Allentown at the Jewish Community Center on Tilghman Street. The Lehigh Valley Pride event was a program of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.