Bethlehem Press

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Women’s rights are human rights

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

Though the temperature was a chilly 32 degrees, a crowd of some 200, mostly women, gathered at Payrow Plaza beside Bethlehem City Hall for the third annual Women’s March of the Lehigh Valley. This year, however, the Bethlehem Women’s March was not affiliated with the National Women’s March because of a desire to express disapproval of what was seen as anti-Semitism and ties to the Nation of Islam of some of its leaders.

Local Girl Scouts receive Girl Scouts Of Eastern Pa gold awards

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Madison A. Kocher’s and McKenzie E. Greenawalt’s were two of 80 girls from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, who Dec. 18 earned their Gold Award, the highest honor and award that a Girl Scout can receive.

To earn the award, Girl Scouts must demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable Take Action projects that have a sustainable impact in their communities and beyond.

Debbie Hassan, board chair of GSEP, was at the ceremony to share her remarks and honor the girls with this prestigious award.

Blocker’s treats airport workers

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Local News

Vicky Bartholomew, owner of Blocker’s Coffeehouse, decided to reward Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers at Lehigh Valley International Airport Jan. 25.

Many government employees had been working without a paycheck during the 30-plus-day government shutdown.

“We decided to run coffee and pastries up to them around 8 in the morning,” Bartholomew said. “That’s when the shifts change.”

TSA agents were thrilled.

Bartholomew said it was a goodwill gesture.

“Maybe some of them will taste some good coffee and stop by our place,” she said.

Annual MLK breakfast draws 130

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

MLK day was the coldest day of the year so far. Despite bitter temperatures, approximately 130 people bounced along icy roads in grumbling cars for something of an annual tradition.

It’s the annual Martin Luther King breakfast at the stately Cathedral Church of the Nativity. Civil rights leader Esther Lee usually leads these things, but she was actually in the kitchen, cooking up free breakfasts.

Cedar Brooke to get new head

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRACES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners approved an amendment to modify the 2019 budget authorizing the creation of a new position; Director of Cedar Brook Nursing home. They needed the new slot so they can pay for a director to replace Good Shepherd, the therapy services company that decided this year to give up the contract to manage the huge facility in South Whitehall located off Hamilton Boulevard just west of Dorney Park. The annual salary for the position is $123,136.

Cops ‘n’ Kids spring schedule announced

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Cops ‘n’ Kids returns with a roster of community events this spring. All events take place on Saturdays at the Fowler Family Southside Center Cops ‘n’ Kids Reading Room, 511 E. Third Street, Bethlehem, from 10 a.m. - noon, unless otherwise noted.

Feb. 9 - We’re All the Same on the Inside. To celebrate Black History Month, children will hear the story of Mae Jemison, the first black woman astronaut in space, and those of other brave girls who broke through barriers. For ages 6 and older.

District files challenge to LVHN’s tax-exempt status

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Salisbury Township School District is challenging the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s tax-exempt status in a lawsuit filed Jan. 9.

In an action filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, the district is arguing Lehigh Valley Hospital should be ordered to pay its “fair share” of taxes.

According to a news release from the district, Lehigh Valley Hospital, part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, is a multi-billion dollar integrated health network with hospitals, outpatient facilities and numerous related health facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Times News/LV Press buy semi-annual Kids Closet Sale

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by AMY MILLER in Local News

A longtime community resource that helps families save money on children’s necessities has a new owner.

The Times News and Lehigh Valley Press purchased the Kids Closet Sale from Danielle Andreas, who started the consignment sale nearly a decade ago, and will build on Andreas’ vision this April. The paperwork was finalized recently.