Bethlehem Press

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Art district hopes for national recognition

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

The Southside Arts District in South Bethlehem is developing a new five-year plan to help it become nationally accredited and designated as a Main Street Program with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The plan is focused on ways to improve streetscape, economic development, marketing and branding, and organizational sustainability.

Giant Food Stores begins deploying robots to all stores

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Following successful pilots that improved in-store efficiencies and freed employees up to better serve customers, Giant Food Stores announced Jan. 14 the introduction of a new robotic assistant to all of its 172 stores.

“Marty,” a tall gray robot with googly eyes, will soon be working alongside associates, thanks to a partnership between Ahold Delhaize USA services company Retail Business Services, Giant and Jabil subsidiary Badger TechnologiesTM.

Lehigh County Coroner announces retirement

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

In a letter to Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong Jan. 10, Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim, D-ABMDI, announced his retirement.

“It is with a heavy heart that I respectively inform you that effective Thursday, February 28, 2019, after 26 years on the job, I will be retiring my position as Lehigh County Coroner,” Grim wrote in his resignation letter.

Grim said he has been offered “a very interesting opportunity and I am up for the challenge.”


Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

District files challenge to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s tax-exempt status

Salisbury Township School District is challenging the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s tax-exempt status in a lawsuit filed Jan. 9.

In an action filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, the district is arguing Lehigh Valley Hospital should be ordered to pay its “fair share” of taxes.

According to a news release, Lehigh Valley Hospital, part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, is a multi-billion dollar integrated health network with hospitals, outpatient facilities and numerous related health facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley.

School board asks for support

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Bethlehem Area School District’s Board of School Directors President Michael Faccinetto addressed Bethlehem City Council Jan. 15 to urge a “yes” vote on a resolution titled “Fair Funding Formula for Pennsylvania Schools,” which was on the agenda. The resolution was sponsored by Councilman William Reynolds, who is a teacher. The draft resolution requests that the state “pass legislation in support of the full implementation of the Fair Funding Formula by rerouting all or substantially more state basic education dollars through the formula.”