Bethlehem Press

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bethlehem Township: Traditions, Green Pond site arguments heard

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Developer Traditions of America (TOA) wants to build an active senior community at Green Pond Country Club. What makes this development controversial is its location. It’s adjacent to environmentally sensitive wetlands, in the middle of an Audubon-designated “Important Bird Area” called Green Pond Marsh.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

New K-9 Patrol Unit took off like a Rocket in 2016

Last of four parts

There was a new dog in town for the Salisbury Township K-9 Patrol in 2016.

And he took off like a Rocket. In fact, his name is Rocket.

In addition, in the annual report presented to the township board of commissioners and the media by Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles, the township’s fire inspection program increased its revenue in 2016.

AAUW’s book sale opens April 20

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

The Bethlehem chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is currently hard at work making preparations for its 55th annual used book sale. Over 50 volunteers and area high school students seeking to meet community service requirements have been collecting, sorting and pricing donations at the Memorial Pool House located at 359 Illick’s Mill Road.

Grants available for fire equipment for rural communities

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Applications are now available for federal grants to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas, Rep. Jack Rader (R-Monroe) announced.

The program is administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and applications are due by May 18.

Churches band together to aid homeless families

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Several local churches have decided to tackle the problem of homeless children and their families in Lehigh County.

Family Promise is a nondenominational organization with a mission of building communities and strengthening lives.

The group is a nonprofit 501(c)3 with more than 202 affiliates in 42 states.

The idea of launching Family Promise of Lehigh County was spearheaded a year-and-a-half ago by doctoral candidate and licensed social worker Diane Joy Irish.

Police costs would hurt rural towns

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by CHRIS REBER in Local News

Should municipalities that get their police coverage from the state police pay a fee for the service?

Gov. Tom Wolf believes so, and a new proposal takes the idea even further.

Understandably, elected officials from those communities, many of them small and rural, are not wild about the idea.

Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, has proposed charging municipalities that use state police part time or full time.

His proposal is for a fee that would increase each year.

Lawmakers are trying to wean the state police off state transportation funds.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Lower Macungie man charged in 2016 homicide

District Attorney Jim Martin and Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, announced April 5 a Lower Macungie man has been charged in relation to the 2016 homicide of Stephanie Roof, 46, of 6409 Pinecrest Lane, Lower Macungie Township.

Josef Charles Raszler, 35, of 6412 Pinecrest Lane, Lower Macungie Township, has been charged with criminal homicide. Raszler will be arraigned through Central Booking and committed to Lehigh County Jail. There is no bail on this charge.

Specifics addressed in report

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by The Press in Local News

The proposed 118-mile PennEast pipeline would run from Luzerne County to Mercer County, New Jersey, passing through Carbon County.

The project also includes a 47,700 horsepower compressor station in Kidder Township.

On Friday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its final environmental impact statement on the project.

According to FERC, any adverse environmental damage would be reduced to “less than significant” levels through mitigation actions proposed by PennEast and recommended by FERC.