Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Board reluctant to gamble with $745k in slots revenue

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

According to its treasurer, Tom Nolan, Northampton County’s Gaming Board is sitting on a $745,128 mountain of cash. That’s how much was in its restricted account, i.e.; the one that pays municipal grants, at the end of August. At their Sept. 25 meeting, board members made clear that they are in no hurry to award grants. That’s because, if they do, the state could ask that the money be refunded.

Sewer, garbage fees remain unchanged for 2018

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

The 2018 budget was discussed at Fountain Hill Council’s Oct. 18 meeting. Bethany Sebesta, assistant to the executive administrator, gave the presentation.

She was able to confirm that there will be no increase to the sewer and garbage fees for the 2018 year, which is something residents of Fountain Hill can be happy about.

“These are only the preliminary numbers and are not final,” Sebesta warned.

LANTA, union team up for Puerto Rico relief

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by The Press in Local News

LANTA and its Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) are joining together to help provide relief for the hurricane-ravaged Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Jointly announce by LANTA Executive Director, Owen O’Neil and ATU President Ricky Vega, LANTA will have buses stationed at local shopping centers Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

People are encouraged to bring new household goods and toys and non-perishable food items to help lessen the suffering on the Island, a U.S. territory.

‘Preserv[ing] the connection’

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

After six years of being closed, the High Street Bridge was dedicated in a reopening ceremony Sept. 25.

“As many of you know, this bridge used to be a single-lane wooden bridge that was owned and maintained by Norfolk Southern. Quite honestly, we’ve had issues with the bridge for at least the past 20 years in terms of deficiencies, and a couple of times it was closed,” said Michael Alkhal, city director of public works.

Election Policy

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by The Press in Local News

As we approach the Nov. 7 Municipal Election, the Bethlehem Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.

The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office is the Oct. 4 edition.

We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.

Article By: Tracy Rice Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

The Fountain Hill Little League will be getting some much needed renovations. They received a grant from The Iron Pigs for $3500 for field renovations. The newly appointed Little League President, Mike Yurasek and Vice President, Robert Brandt are super excited to get the field in playable condition. They will be working with Public Works Supervisor, Jason Quarry, to get quotes for clearing the overgrowth. The grant has $500 for updating/repairing the scoreboard, $500 for brush removal near 1st base and the scoreboard, $2500 for overall field renovation.

Article By: Doug Graves Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by DOUG GRAVES in Local News

Effective this winter ,Christ United Church of Christ at Center and Market streets will provide a cot and food to homeless men and women over 18. This is a change in the policy of previous years, when the homeless were rotated daily among several churches around the city of Bethlehem.

The new homeless policy has been adopted by Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing food and shelter to homeless men and women during the winter months.

Framing what you love

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

After years in an Eastside studio, Girl on the Hill Framing has moved to a new shop in center city. Offering custom framing for home and business use, art preservation and the sale of vintage pieces, owner Dawn Moser said she relishes the chance to help people find creative answers to their questions about art and family relics. “For me, that’s creating a time capsule for preserving memories,” she said. Call 610-849-2295 or visit

NORCO: Audit finds questionable use of P-Cards

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County’s Human Resources Department spent $3,950 on gift cards for county employees in late 2016 without prior approval. It is unable to explain how many of them were actually used by employees. That’s the major finding in an audit of the county’s credit cards, called P-cards. The audit, performed by Controller Steve Barron and Lead Auditor Frank Kedl, was presented to county council and Executive John Brown on Sept. 29. The audit finds P-Card abuse and misuse and is recommending that the county overhaul its staff training and travel policies.