Bethlehem Press

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Get the message and do the jobs

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

The Bethlehem Branch of the NAACP and Bethlehem YWCA once again co-sponsored the annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration held each year at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity with over 100 attendees breaking bread, praying, singing, remembering and expressing hope together Jan. 21.

Speakers Dr. Ernest Smith, a retired pediatric cardiologist and Marques Grundy, the first African American appointed to the Northampton County Election Commission, wove their messages around the commitment of Dr. King, his "Dream," and the actions needed today to fulfill that dream.

'A premium on service first'

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

Before a "Who's Who" of nearly 200 political leaders at the Hotel Bethlehem, City Council member Bob Donchez has made it official. He's running for Mayor of the Christmas City, which he calls the "jewel of the Lehigh Valley."

Son of an admired police detective, Donchez grew up on the Southside and became best friends with someone a block away who, like him, always had an interest in local sports and ... politics. Best friend Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli introduced Donchez at the Saturday morning announcement.

Local lawyer to debut second play

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

He's a quiet presence at local board and council meetings. He's unassuming and stoic, with trademark short gray hair, glasses and sweater-vest acting as a sort of corporate-casual camouflage.

When he does speak, it's to answer concisely and crisply, with additional considerations bulleted for quick reference in archived meeting minutes.

Lawrence B. Fox is a lawyer.

State, local leaders respond

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

President Barack Obama's gun control proposals announced last week garnered support and ambivalence from a number of local officials, but little outright argument.

Those proposals, compiled mostly by Vice President Joe Biden, include the reinstatement of a Clinton-era military-grade weapons ban, limit magazine sizes and institute nationwide background checks for gun purchasers.

Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey each released statements showing at least some solidarity with the president's cause without promising full support.