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BASD: 2.1 % tax increase looms

Thursday, May 9, 2013 by JOSE ROMAN Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Property owners in the Bethlehem Area School District might have to dig a little deeper into their pockets. On April 29, the school board presented a tentative budget for the school year 2013-14. This preliminary budget of about $224 million includes a proposed property tax increase of 2.1 percent.

This means that an average property owner whose home value is set at $56,000 would pay about $55 more in taxes yearly.

Mayor: Trash, police, districts

Thursday, May 9, 2013 by ANDREW CASS Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Bethlehem mayoral candidates J. William Reynolds and Robert Donchez debated each other in an April 30 forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northampton County.

The debate was held in the ESSA Community Room at PBS 39 and was moderated by League of Women Voters of Northampton County President Joan Dean.

Donchez has been on Bethlehem City Council since 1996 and served as president of council for eight years. He is a former U.S. Government teacher at William Allen HS and currently serves as the chief of staff to Representative Daniel McNeill.

SOUTH BETHLEHEM: General Pulaski honored

Thursday, May 9, 2013 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

At one time, the Lehigh Valley's strong Polish-American community worked the blast furnaces and cranes at the Bethlehem Steel, producing the gun forgings and artillery shells that protected this nation in two world wars. On April 28, about 60 members of this community were at Bethlehem's Southside again, not to manufacture steel, but to commemorate a man who represents the very best of American and Polish ideals. The valor of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, a Polish nobleman who fought and died in the Revolutionary War, is still remembered.

This week in Bethlehem history: World War I brought major leaguers to town

Thursday, May 9, 2013 by The Press in Local News

During World War I (April 6, 1917- Nov. 11, 1918), residents of Bethlehem were privileged to be able to watch major league level baseball at the Bethlehem Steel Athletic Field on Elizabeth Avenue. Bethlehem Steel had offered the perfect solution to professional baseball players who were either waiting to be drafted or looking for employment in a war industry. Steel offered high salaries to these players, typically $400 a month for factory work plus $60 - $90 a week to play baseball. The average salary for U.S. citizens in 1917 was $750 a year.

BASD Board: Who will pay for pre-K?

Thursday, May 9, 2013 by JOSE ROMAN Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The issue of supporting financially early childhood educational programs took center stage during a special budget meeting held April 29 by the Bethlehem Area School District Board to unveil a $224.3 million preliminary budget for the school year 2013-14.

The tentative spending plan allocates no monies at all to fund the school district's pre-K programs, something Board Director Aurea Ortiz was not pleased to hear.

Valley residents chargedin $7 million drug ring

Thursday, May 9, 2013 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Nineteen Lehigh Valley residents have been arrested and charged with drug offenses after a 15-month investigation by state narcotics agents.

According to State Attorney General Kathleen Kane, narcotics agents arrested 23 people and broke up a $7 million crystal methamphetamine ring stretching from Mexico to the Lehigh Valley.

Evidence and testimony regarding the alleged drug trafficking was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended criminal charges be filed.

'Breaking new ground' Charter school for autistic children to open in 2014

Thursday, May 9, 2013 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Dr. Tom Lubben has established both the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Arts and the Arts Academy Charter School, and now he wants to create a third; the Pennsylvania Autism Charter School. By his own admission, Lubben says he's doing it for his grandson, Jack, an 8-year-old who is autistic and whose image graces promotional materials for the school.