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Bethlehem: Budget requires 8.5% tax increase

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

When Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan unveiled his proposed 2013 budget Friday afternoon, he said it will, among other things, raise property taxes 8.5 percent and save each resident $50 per year.

Those seemingly contradictory elements are contingent on the passage of both the budget and the mayor's plan to institute a single citywide trash hauler.

Dent retains 15th District seat

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by KEN PETRINI Special to The Press in Local News

Much like Hurricane Sandy, several elements came together to give Charlie Dent an easy path to re-election as the U.S. Representative from the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.

The popular Republican had the advantage of incumbency heading into the election.

First elected in 2004, Dent has held onto his seat in Congress with wide margins in recent years.

Bethlehem: Atiyeh appeals hospital decision

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by BERNIE O'HARE in Local News

Last month, Northampton County Judge Edward Smith ruled that Bethlehem's Planning Commission exceeded its authority in denying developer Abe Atiyeh's plans for a psychiatric hospital at the southeast corner of Center Street and Dewberry Avenue. But instead of reversing, he sent the matter to the Zoning Hearing Board to determine whether a hospital use is permitted at that site.

McNeill wins 133rd District

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by The Press in Local News

Democrat Daniel McNeill won the election Nov. 6 over Republican David Molony for the seat previously held by Democrat Joseph Brennan.

In Lehigh County, McNeill had 61 percent of the vote or 10,320 votes to Molony's 39 percent or 6,516 votes.

In Northampton County, McNeill took 79.39 percent of the vote or 2,977 votes to Molony's 20.40 percent or 765 votes.

McNeill ran on a fivepoint plan dealing with major issues facing Pennsylvania: quality education, job creation, safer communities, fiscal responsibility and tax reform.

Northampton County numbers

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by The Press in Local News


Mitt Romney (R) 46.9 percent, 60,786

Barack Obama (D) 51 percent, 66,718

Jill Stein (Green) 0 percent, 487

Gary Johnson (Lib) 0 percent, 1,169

Write-in 0 percent, 309

Total 129,469

U.S. Senate

Tom Smith (R) 44 percent, 55,657

Bob Casey Jr. (D) 53 percent, 67,329

Rayburn Douglas Smith (Lib) 1.4 percent, 1,771 Total 124,793

136th District

Bob Freeman (D – unopposed) 99.3 percent

Total 17,237

138th District

Marcia Hahn (R) 63 percent, 19,959

Leslie Altieri (D) 36 percent, 11,680

Homeowners beware of post-storm scam artists

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by JIM PALMQUIST Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

In the aftermath of Sandy come "storm chasers," aka rip-off repair people, who descend on areas after a natural disaster looking to scam those in need of home repairs.

Homeowners facing major repairs following Hurricane Sandy should be on alert for scam artists hoping to prey on older adults. AARP Pennsylvania wants to alert people about common contractor scams during a time when members may be most vulnerable.

Lehigh County numbers

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by The Press in Local News


Mitt Romney (R) 46 percent, 65,951

Barack Obama (D) 53 percent, 76,612

Jill Stein (Green) 0 percent, 497

Gary Johnson (Lib) 1 percent, 1,296 Total 144,356

U.S. Senate

Tom Smith (R) 43 percent, 61,041

Bob Casey Jr. (D) 55 percent, 77,975

Rayburn Douglas Smith (Lib.) 2 percent, 2,728

Total 141,744

133rd District

David Molony (R) 39 percent, 6,516

Daniel McNeill (D) 61 percent, 10,320

Total 16,836

135th District

Kenneth Barreto (R) 32 percent, 2,554