Bethlehem Press

Thursday, April 25, 2019

MAT: A shot at a new life for addicts

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by CHRIS PARKER in Local News

Schuylkill County prison inmates who are recovering from opioid addiction and motivated to stay clean now have another tool to help them rebuild their lives.

In addition to counseling, offenders close to the ends of their sentences may qualify for injections of Vivitrol, a drug that blocks the effects of opioids.

Vivitrol, the brand name of naltrexone, is a promising weapon in the war on addiction.

Toomey: Stop fentanyl at source

Monday, April 1, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey met with officials at Bethlehem city hall during a tour of the area March 20, where he announced proposed legislation geared toward fighting the opioid epidemic.

While ever more laws, programs and resources are directed toward this effort, the Blocking Deadly Fentanyl Imports Act in particular is meant to curb sale and delivery of the drugs from their sources; notably China and Mexico, where fentanyl is manufactured.

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY County buys Human Services building

Monday, April 1, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County now owns its Human Services building, located at 2801 Emrick Boulevard in Bethlehem Township. It had been leasing the building for $1.05 million per year. It was also paying $190,000 per year in taxes. It purchased the building for $14.5 million on March 27, exercising an option that became available this year.

For years, former Executive John Stoffa had argued for a single centralized building for 80,000 clients who often need services from several departments. His vision has become reality.

‘Women aren’t finished making a difference!’

Monday, March 25, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The important leadership that women provide in the families, the churches, the community, and the general political life of the country was a repeated theme at the Bethlehem NAACP’s 74th annual Freedom Fund Banquet Feb. 17. A second theme emphasized the need for greater racial parity in public service jobs and leadership positions.

Gov. Wolf increases liquid fuels distribution to municipalities for local roads and bridges

Monday, March 25, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has committed $500.7 million in liquid fuels payments to help certified municipalities maintain their roads and bridges.

“Pennsylvania has the fifth-largest state-maintained road system in the country, and the locally owned network is even larger,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “Mobility and safety on all our state’s roadways is critical, which is why Governor Wolf has proposed Restore Pennsylvania to improve roadways in all our communities.”

Prayers at Packer Chapel

Monday, March 25, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Students, faculty and others were drawn together in solidarity and grief Friday at the Asa Packer Memorial Church at the edge of the Lehigh University campus. They were there to express their concerns and thoughts and to show their support of the victims killed in Christ Church, New Zealand on March 15 when 50 people were murdered and 50 wounded by a white Australian man espousing white supremacy as a reason for his massacre.

Minnich announces bid for Lehigh County Coroner

Monday, March 25, 2019 by The Press in Local News

With the recent announcement that Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim is retiring, Lehigh County First Deputy Coroner and Operations Manager Eric D. Minnich has announced his candidacy for coroner.

Minnich, 41, a Democrat, began his employment with the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office as a part-time deputy coroner in 2006.

By 2007, he began as a full-time deputy coroner and, in 2012, began his leadership role as the first deputy coroner and operations manager, having been promoted by Grim.

Naugle seeks re-election as Lehigh County Clerk of Judicial Records

Monday, March 25, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Longtime County Clerk and employee, Andrea E. Naugle, has announced she will seek re-election as Lehigh County Clerk of Judicial Records.

Naugle, of Allentown, has served as the first Lehigh County Clerk of Judicial Records since January 2008.

She oversees the civil, criminal, recorder of deeds and register of wills divisions.

Before her election as clerk of judicial records, Naugle was elected to three terms, beginning in 1995, as clerk of courts, overseeing the civil and criminal divisions.