Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

NECC offers same valuable assistance

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

It’s been nearly 40 years since the Northeast Ministry was established as part of the Bethlehem Council of Churches. Although nearly four decades have passed, one overarching mission remains – it’s important to help those in need.

It was recently renamed as the Northeast Community Center; Paula Johnson, NECC’s executive director since January 2017, said the organization is there when help is needed.

Norco Judge McFadden to resign Nov. 30

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Judge F.P. Kimberly McFadden, Northampton County’s first female judge, was up for retention in November. But on Aug. 19, she notified Governor Tom Wolf of her withdrawal from the retention election. She also advised she would be resigning, effective Nov. 30.

She’s a graduate of Bryn Mawr College (1974) and received her Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University in 1978.

After her appointment to the bench in 1988, she was elected in 1989 and retained in 1999 and 2009.

She’s been a judge for 31 years.

Lehigh Valley shows its Pride

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

A blazing sun made attendees at the Aug. 18 Lehigh Valley Pride event appreciate any shady spot they could find. But the heat didn’t melt the enthusiasm of the attendees who paraded, dressed in their campiest pride finery, or who just came to show support for the LGBT community and just to have fun.

Politicians and government officials came to show their support and their faces at the event held in Allentown at the Jewish Community Center on Tilghman Street. The Lehigh Valley Pride event was a program of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.

Payrow Plaza plots place to play

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

The city of Bethlehem has introduced a new play area for children at the city center. It is located on Payrow Plaza between the stairs and south wall and was installed Aug. 27. Health director Kristen Wenrich said the location was underutilized and that the play area, which is stenciled onto the existing paver surface, will provide an activity and learning circuit. Wenrich and chronic disease director Sherri Penchishen led a team of city employees in first laying out the design and then painting the stencil- based activity stations.

Fight against human trafficking Lehigh Co. DA Jim Martin lauded

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by The Press in Local News

District Attorney Jim Martin was received an award in acknowledgement of his work in the fight against human trafficking. The Victory through Service Award was given to Martin by Aspire, a local organization working to assist victims of human trafficking, at the group’s first anniversary event in July. The award is sponsored by Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania, which is an organization working toward elevating victims’ rights through the Pennsylvania Constitution.

City EMS has advanced new wheels

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Mayor Bob Donchez and city public safety officials unveiled a new ambulance to serve the city Aug. 7. At a cost of $147,000 with a trade-in of a heavily used 2009 ambulance, the new vehicle will slide into a front line role to help handle the 12,000 EMS calls received annually.

Praising public safety responders in Bethlehem, Fire Chief Warren Achey said, “As well trained as we are, we still need the proper equipment.”

Southside schools introduce themselves to incoming students

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

Donegan and Fountain Hill elementary schools hosted the first-ever Southside Stride Aug 9. The event, which began with a walk in which faculty members greeted new kindergarteners at their homes and continued with a literacy and snack event at two local parks, was the brainchild of the principals and community school coordinators at each school.

State education ranking report possibly overhyped

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

A recent report comparing state education systems nationwide has placed Pennsylvania’s primary schools around the middle of the pack.

According to WalletHub, a personal finance website, Pennsylvania ranks 27th out of 51 (including the District of Columbia).

The report weighed numerous criteria, from dropout rates to reading and math scores, to pupil-teacher ratios and bullying incidents, and has been published on websites including Forbes, NBC News and Fox Business.