Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Martin Tower Residents hear about asbestos removal at site

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

Concerned residents had an opportunity to have questions answered about the process of asbestos removal from Martin Tower at a public meeting at Nitschmann MS March 27.

Representatives from RCD Group (Renovation, Construction, Demolition) of Center Valley gave a brief history of the use of asbestos from 1900-1980, when its use was discontinued due to health concerns. The naturally occurring mineral was used in fireproofing, insulation and in acoustic tiles.

Sands, parking and spring fundraisers

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Mayor’s South Side Task Force March 28 meeting at Northampton Community College’s E. Third St. campus began with chairman Roger Hudak channeling Sergeant Schultz from “Hogan’s Heroes.” “I don’t know anything about the Sands,” said Hudak concerning the possible sale of Sands Bethlehem to MGM Resorts International. “Nobody knows anything. Everything’s being done in Las Vegas,” he added.

Signs of Heroin Use

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by The Press in Local News

• Q-Tips missing (use to filter their heroin into a syringe)

• Q-Tips pulled apart and found in garbage or rolled up in a tiny ball

• Spoons missing, spoons with bent handles, spoons with burn marks on bottom (used to melt the heroin into liquid form to inject)

• Burn marks on clothing

• Chore Boy (copper strings; signs of crack usage)

• Aluminum foil, burned or with burned lines on it (smoking heroin or OxyContin; called “chasing the dragon”)

• Hose clamps, used for grinding pills into powder for snorting or injecting

City officers promoted, sworn in

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City administrators lauded four police officers and welcomed two new department members in remarks during a brief ceremony in the Rotunda Thursday.

Mayor Bob Donchez and Chief Mark DiLuzio each stressed the importance and success of public safety to Bethlehem, often looked upon as one of the safest cities in the state, and thanked the officers for potentially placing themselves in harm’s way to protect their fellow citizens.

Education is key to stopping drug epidemic

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by TERRY AHNER in Local News

Education is pivotal in the continued attempts to address the heroin epidemic.

“One of our biggest problems is heroin,” John Sienkiewicz, president of Safer Streets for Tamaqua’s Little Feet, said at a recent STEP-Up Tamaqua meeting. “What they’re doing now is a diabetic needle.”

Sienkiewicz said the diabetic needles are sold at Walmart by the box of 100.

Safer Streets for Tamaqua’s Little Feet purchased a mock drug board for educational purposes by through donations and fundraisers.