Bethlehem Press

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New volunteer firefighter sworn in

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

At a time in which it's getting increasingly difficult to find volunteers, Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Co. has added a new firefighter to its rolls. At the Aug. 6 commissioners' meeting, the first thing President Paul Weiss did was administer the oath to John Halleman IV, age 32.

A 1997 Notre Dame HS graduate, Halleman's interest in firefighting was sparked by a distant relative. He and his wife, April, have been married a year and have just moved into the township.

Bridges found deficient

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by CAROL SMITH Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Almost half of Northampton County's 115 bridges have maintenance work that will need to be done to meet Penn DOT requirements.

The engineering firm of Bethlehem-based Borton Lawson highlighted the 53 county-owned bridges that need to be replaced, removed or rehabilitated for safety reasons at an Aug. 15 Northampton County Finance Committee meeting. The condition of the county's bridges receive between a C-minus to a B-plus grade as compared with the state's bridges, which rated a C when evaluated for safety.

Business office braces for audit

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

"We're getting prepared for the annual audit," said Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) business manager Stacy M. Gober at the Aug. 6 meeting of the Finance Committee in the Education Building on Sycamore Street.

Gober was referring to the annual audit of the school district's business practices, a report that, in the past three years, has been extremely critical of the district's business office.

Last year's report showed that the business office, after previously failing to address many deficiencies, has made significant improvements in a variety of functional areas.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by The Press in Local News

Wednesday, August 22

Bethlehem Parking Authority, 4:30 p.m. 85 W. North St.

Lehigh Co. Commissioners, 7:30 p.m., public hearing room, Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.

Thursday, August 23

Hanover Twp. Zoning Board, 7 p.m., 3630 Jacksonville Road., municipal building.

Lower Saucon Twp. Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Town Hall, 3700 Old Philadelphia Pike.

Monday, August 27

Northampton Co. Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority, 5:30 p.m., Northampton Co. Courthouse, 669 Washington St., Easton.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by The Press in Local News

CEDARBROOK NURSING HOMES, Fountain Hill. is in need of Pinochle players every Monday and Wednesday from 9:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. Contact Darlene Altrichter, 610-336-5684,

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY, Allentown, is having a ReStore Volunteer Information Night on Aug. 22. Contact Alli Kowalski, 610-776-7737,

LEHIGH VALLEY HEALTH NETWORK MARATHON FOR VIA needs volunteers for race day Sept. 9. Contact Karen DeLuca, 484-239-4030,

Brennan arrested again

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Charged with hitting wife, DUI

Democratic state representative and Fountain Hill resident Joseph Brennan, D-133rd, was arrested the afternoon of Aug. 15 for hitting his wife and driving while drunk.

According to affidavits, borough police were dispatched to Delaware Avenue around 3 p.m. regarding alleged domestic violence on a front porch. Upon arrival, police identified Norma Jane Brennan, who had suffered injuries to her face, hands, feet and left knee.