Bethlehem Press

Friday, July 28, 2017

Getting things done?

Friday, July 7, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

Little progress made advancing ethics proposal

It took a little patience, but one member of the public got the update he requested on the proposed ethics ordinance under discussion by city council.

During the public portion of council’s July 5 meeting, Allentown resident Robert Trotner asked for a status update on the ethics ordinance. The proposal was brought forward by council members Olga Negron and Michael Colon in January and has been discussed at two committee of the whole meetings, however it has not yet come to an actual council meeting for a vote.

City police announce new child porn unit

Monday, July 3, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The city of Bethlehem announced in a release June 15 a new cybercrime unit has been created to work with other local and state units to combat internet child pornography and abuse.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Unit will be part of the State ICAC Task Force and will work along with the Lehigh County Computer Crime Task Force and the Officer David M. Petzold Digital Forensics Laboratory of Lehigh County, located at DeSales University.

Portuguese pride, hospitality on display ‘Dia de Portugal’

Monday, July 3, 2017 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

Red and green, the Portuguese flag’s dominant colors, were on display at every turn as the Portuguese community of Bethlehem celebrated the 38th annual “Portuguese Heritage Day” at Holy Infancy School June 9 and 10 on East 4th Street in South Bethlehem. The festival benefits the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Fatima.

Giving young cancer warriors

Monday, July 3, 2017 by JOANNA IRELAND in Local News

Something to smile about

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) held a week-long camp for pediatric cancer patients and their siblings on the campus of Cedar Crest College June 19 to 23.

Camp Smile, just one the many free services and opportunities PCFLV offers to its cancer warriors and their families, gave campers a chance to explore art classes, theater, sports, and swimming, and visit with many special guests from the community.

Emma Rawlings, a senior at California University of Pa. majoring in public relations, interned with the camp this year.

Child porn arrest made

Monday, July 3, 2017 by Nathaniel Jastrzemski in Local News

Police announced the arrest of a man on child pornography charges the same time they announced the creation of a special unit specifically designed to combat such abuse.

Following an investigation, police allege Derek J. Caponigro, 43, of Giribaldi Street in Roseto, was involved not only in sharing child pornography, but in making it.

He is charged with numerous counts of corruption, assault, endangerment and abuse, with more charges pending.

Caponigro was remanded to Northampton County prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Article By: Nate Jastrzemski

Monday, July 3, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

In a two-hour meeting June 26, during which the same arguments were repeated several times and exasperated residents grumbled in their seats, city council members agreed the much-discussed ethics ordinance proposal, weighing in at 34 pages, is simply too unwieldy to handle as one item.

First proposed by members Olga Negron and Michael Colon in January, the work has been applauded by groups such as the League of Women Voters as a measure for transparency and curb corruptive influences in government.

Board demands answers from charter school

Monday, July 3, 2017 by ZACH HOTTINGER in Local News

On Tuesday, Catasauqua Area School District School Board held a special meeting to address allegations against the Innovative Arts Academy Charter School, located in Catasauqua.

Ann Tarafas and Elizabeth Fox, former educators at the charter school, had spoken at the June 13 school board meeting to raise awareness of the situation at the charter school under Principal Douglas Taylor.

At the time, both Tarafas and Fox were employed by the charter school but have since been terminated due to “poor performance,” they said.

‘An important part of who we are’

Monday, July 3, 2017 by PETE BREKUS in Local News

More than 50 members of the Liberty HS Hurricanes varsity football team devoted a warm and sunny Saturday to cleaning up the Steelworkers Memorial at the foot of the Fahy Bridge on June 10.

The student athletes pulled weeds by hand and then used screwdrivers to painstakingly remove roots and debris from between each commemorative brick. The football players finished the job by sweeping the area with leaf blowers so that the inscriptions on the memorial bricks could be read clearly.

Commissioners take aim at ATV use

Monday, July 3, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

After a rash of complaints about the noise and dust caused by all-terrain vehicles, Bethlehem Township Commissioners are on the brink of strictly regulating their use. A proposed ordinance, debated at JUne 19 meeting, would ban their use between dusk and dawn. They would also be required to stay at least 100 feet away from the property line of any adjacent owner.


Monday, July 3, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Medical marijuana dispensary not in offing

Even though a medical marijuana dispensary is apparently not immediately in the offing for a location in Salisbury Township, consideration of legislation to regulate such a facility is expected to continue by the Salisbury Township Planning Commission.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health awarded two permits for dispensaries in the Lehigh Valley.

In Lehigh County, a permit was issued to Mission Pennsylvania II, LLC, for a dispensary at Emmaus Avenue Plaza, 2733 W. Emmaus Ave., Allentown. The site is in the vicinity of Interstate 78 and South 31st Street.