Bethlehem Press

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Cartwright faces friendly town hall

Monday, April 24, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

When Congressman Charlie Dent faced 400 angry people at Hanover Township Community Center a few weeks ago on a cold and rainy day, it was hard for him to speak more than a few words without being interrupted by numerous catcalls over Trump’s attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare with something that Dent himself refused to support. But the weather and mood was much brighter on April 18, when Congressman Matt Cartwright faced a friendly crowd of about 90 people at Northampton Community College’s Alumni Hall. One of the messages he repeated frequently is that “democracy really works.”

Valley residents banish winter blues with trip to Cuba

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Just ahead of Winter Storm Stella, which dumped more than a foot of snow that blanketed the area, 10 Lehigh Valley residents escaped to sunny Cuba for an unforgettable week.

Urszula Abolik of Emmaus, one of the two hosts leading the group, promised an untraditional trip.

“We organize these trips because we are both in total love with Cuban culture, music, dance [and art],” Abolik said. “You will discover with us some places tourists do not know about.”

Abolik was as good as her word.

Election Policy

Monday, April 24, 2017 by The Press in Local News

A message to candidates, and our readers

As we approach the Nov. 8 General Election, the Bethlehem Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by those running for office.

The last week for publication of columns by local government officials is the Oct. 6 edition.

We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.

Letters to the Editor supporting a candidate needed to be received by The Press no later than by 5 p.m. Oct. 21.

George Taylor, editor

YMCA to manage Fountain Hill pool this summer

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

Fountain Hill Borough did not get any other interested parties for the position of the poll manager for the summer, so it went to the Bethlehem YMCA for help.

Vanessa Rex, the aquatic/youth coordinator at the YMCA, put together a proposal for the Borough council. The proposal would have the pool open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The YMCA would manage the lifeguards only. The borough would be responsible to hire people for the ticket booth for admissions and for supplying all the necessary chemicals for the pool maintenance.

Warning: deadly drug surfacing

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by CHRIS PARKER in Local News

Animal sedative often disguised as heroin

Schuylkill County coroner Dr. David J. Moylan has sat with dozens of distraught families, gently telling them their daughters or sons died of drug overdoses.

Most of the deaths — 77 in Schuylkill County alone last year — were from opiates such as heroin, morphine and oxycodone.

Now, a new, even more deadly drug is surfacing: carfentanil, an animal sedative.

“The gold standard for pain relief that all narcotics are compared to is morphine,” Moylan said.

Carfentanil, he added, is “10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl.”