Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bills target domestic violence

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by CHRIS PARKER in Local News

Over the past 10 years, more than 1,600 people have died in domestic violence-related incidents in Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, state senators and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence stepped up to defend victims of abuse.

The coalition and senators unveiled four pieces of proposed legislation aimed at curbing domestic violence and better protecting its victims by strengthening the state’s Protection from Abuse Act.

Groups pushing for fair political districts in Pa.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by BRIAN MYSZKOWSKI in Local News

In a partnered effort between the League of Women Voters and Fair Districts PA, a citizens’ group discussed gerrymandering Saturday at the Stroud Community Library.

Frederick “Fritz” Walker told the group that Pennsylvania’s practices are in desperate need of a change.

“We are, according to this analysis, the worst state for gerrymandering of our congressional districts,” Walker said.

He was referencing the state’s score of 11 for the Efficiency Gap Standard, which determines if a party had a systemic advantage by evaluating and analyzing votes.

District budget The tone at workshop is ‘frustrated’

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Directors and administrators conducted a lengthy discussion March 29 as they took another look at the ever-constricting 2017-18 budget. Despite paring down his wish-list and clipping away plans and services, Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy said he is not optimistic about the financial future of the district.

The culprits, to no one’s surprise, are pensions and charter schools, said board members, who lamented the lack of activity and responsibility toward education by legislators in Harrisburg. “State policies continue to hurt us,” Roy said.

PPL reports problems with nightlight kits

Thursday, April 6, 2017 by The Press in Local News

PPL Electric Utilities announced March 30it is asking customers not to use LED nightlights contained in energy-efficiency kits after three people reported the units started smoking and one reported it caught fire.

The nightlights were part of kits mailed to customers who completed online home energy assessments and in kits given to students at as part of PPL’s THINK! ENERGY school programs.

Resolution benefits Cedarbrook

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Lehigh County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution March 8 transferring $10.6 million from the county stabilization fund to the intergovernmental transfer fund, which will go directly to Cedarbrook Nursing Homes.

The bill provides for the transfer of funds to the Department of Human Services, the nonfederal share of Medical Assistance payments to nursing homes.

ACS Telethon

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by The Press in Local News

LEHIGH VALLEY

Forty-nine acts are scheduled for this weekend’s telethon benefiting the American Cancer Society.

Acts include\ singers, dancers, rock and blues bands and a karate demonstration. A Salute to Survivors segment is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday. During this segment, survivors are introduced and encouraged to talk briefly about their battle with cancer.

Five area residents will be honored with Courage Awards during this year’s telethon benefiting the American Cancer Association airing April 8 and 9.

Board recognizes outstanding student achievements, awards

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by LIZ KEMMERER in Local News

School directors recognized the profound academic and extracurricular achievements of several students from Liberty HS and Freedom HS at their monthly board meeting March 20 at East Hills MS.

Liberty HS senior and member of the broadcasting staff Sean Collins was recognized for creating a video documenting the Liberty HS Grenadier Band’s trip to Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii Nov. 20-26, 2016. The band was invited to perform as the honorary band in the Waikiki Holiday Parade, as well as the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.