Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

NEWS ANALYSIS--Zrinski slams Bethlehem Twp. pipeline deal; commissioners respond

Monday, July 22, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

It’s no longer just nonbinding plastic straw bans. Northampton County Council member Tara Zrinski is now pursuing a new resolution, also nonbinding, taking aim at the PennEast Pipeline route through Bethlehem Tp. This one calls for an evacuation plan and asks PennEast to provide equipment for first responders.

Tara Zrinski is an at-large member of NorCo Council. Her resolution was discussed by Council’s Energy Committee July 17.

‘A small but mighty team’

Monday, July 22, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Bethlehem resident a member of Two Rivers Roller Derby

Looking for a fun community event involving an exciting, full-contact sport? Look no further – roller derby is the place for you.

Two Rivers Roller Derby is a nonprofit, inclusive, flat track roller derby league serving Eastern Pennsylvania and Northwest New Jersey.

“We aim to provide a haven of athleticism, sportsmanship and fun,” boasts the league’s Facebook page.

The league was launched in 2012 and is comprised of women ranging in ages from late teens to their forties.


Monday, July 22, 2019 by The Press in Local News

A sense of place and sharing

It was with great excitement that we read this week about several buildings designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright -- including Pennsylvania’s own Fallingwater -- being named World Heritage Sites. Fallingwater joins Independence Hall as Pennsylvania’s two entries on a prestigious global list that includes iconic sites such as The Great Wall of China, the Acropolis in Greece and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Raceway at SteelStacks!

Monday, July 22, 2019 by The Press in Local News

ArtsQuest’s SteelStacks thrilled families with an open Lehigh Valley Grand Prix to celebrate Father’s Day June 16. Despite overcast skies and sporadic rain, the enthusiasm wasn’t dampened in any way. The Lehigh Valley Grand Prix set up a temporary half-mile road course in the parking lot next to the blast furnaces. For $25 a person, drivers were given a safety briefing, helmet and eight minutes of track time on go-karts with speeds up to 40 mph. There was a category for adults and one for kids starting at age 8.

45 years at the Rink

Monday, July 15, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

The 2019 Boutique at the Rink cancer fundraiser was a rousing success as over $282,000 was raised to support three area agencies, Cancer Support Community, St. Luke’s Hospice and St. Luke’s Cancer Center. Co-chair Carol Jacoby reported that 303 volunteers provided 15,069 hours to set up, run and pack up the 45th annual event. Jacoby was joined by co-chair Janet Binsau to run the 2019 sale. Premiere night May 28 saw hundreds of shoppers pay $10 to enter and shop from amongst the best inventory of donated items, followed by four days of full price, half price and bag purchase options.

Hotel Bethlehem to host Latino convention

Monday, July 15, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Bethlehem City Councilwoman Olga Negrón and other leaders in the state’s Latino community joined Norman Bristol Colón July 8 as he announced that the Pennsylvania Latino Convention will hold its annual gathering Oct. 29 – 31 at the Hotel Bethlehem.

Colón and Latino leaders from around and outside the Lehigh Valley made the announcement to a group of supporters in the lobby of the main street hotel.

Bruce Haines, managing director of the Hotel Bethlehem, welcomed the group.

“We’re thrilled to have you here,” he said.

Freemansburg honors veteran public servant

Monday, July 15, 2019 by The Press in Local News

press photos by bernie o’hare

Gerald Yob, who served as Freemansburg’s mayor for 36 years and twice as a borough council member, has been honored by his neighbors and constituents. Borough council recently named its municipal park after him, where you’ll find him behind a hot grill at the annual National Night Out. Yob first got involved in government to clean out the rats. Not the two-legged kind, but honest-to-goodness rats that had infested his neighborhood. He has spent over a half century serving his borough.

Board approves Shaman signage

Monday, July 15, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Local News

CBD American Shaman at 9 E. Third St. was granted a certificate of appropriateness for signage during the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission June 17 meeting in the Rotunda. Representing the new retail franchise for hemp oil wellness products were owner Laura Penske and Chuck Longacre from City Sign Service. Dimensional aluminum serif lettering pin-mounted to the sign band measures approximately 217 inches across the façade over the entrance. Included, is a two-sided, 36-inch by 47-inch hanging sign with company name and feather logo on burgundy background.

Parking lot planned next to courthouse

Monday, July 15, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

They may have paved Paradise and put in a parking lot, as Joni Mitchell sings. But no one would confuse the Milides Building with paradise. Northampton County Council voted unanimously on June 20 to tear it down at a cost of $72,500. It will be replaced by a badly needed parking lot with room for 104 vehicles, including eight handicapped spots. Demolition will be done by Paul Giroux, Inc., a firm located locally in Wind Gap. Once permits are in place, the building will be down in a month.

“It’s no Martin Tower,” said County Administrator Charles Dertinger

U.S. vs Netherlands

Monday, July 15, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Valley watches FIFA final

People from all over the Lehigh Valley converged on SteelStacks’ PPL parking lot in South Bethlehem to watch the United States woman’s soccer team win the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup July 7. The U.S. team won the game 2-0, defeating The Netherland’s team as local soccer enthusiasts and fans sweltered on the sun-baked pavement in front of a huge, trailer-mounted television screen. Beer and food vendors kept the crowd happy between goals by star athlete Megan Rapinoe and tournament first-timer Rose Lavelle, who clinched the victory.