Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bethlehem Council: LERTA zone may expand

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

City Council members are considering expanding the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act (LERTA) zone in the city. At their March 7 meeting, they discussed the possibility of expanding the zone, but wanted more opportunity to discuss the matter, which will be done at a Committee of the Whole meeting yet to be scheduled.

The LERTA, proposed in 2016 by Mayor Bob Donchez, allows property owners to invest in their properties and phase in real estate taxes on building improvements and new construction over a decade.

Kutztown University hosts Lunar New Year celebration

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Kutztown University’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association recently hosted its annual Lunar New Year Celebration.

The Lunar New Year, also called Spring Festival, has more than 4000 years of history.

The celebration is the grandest and most important annual event for many Asian people.

Steeped in tradition, the holiday is celebrated with decorations, dragon and lion dances, family reunions, house cleaning, and lucky money given to children.

The Lunar New Year date changes every year based on the Lunar Calendar.

Ten face charges in drug operation

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by CHRIS REBER in Local News

Two doctors are among 10 people who were charged in connection with prescription fraud in Lehigh County on Friday.

The charges were the result of a joint investigation by the state Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control.

Three of the people were employed at health care facilities. Six of the other defendants were involved with a prescription drug ring that operated in the Allentown area between December 2016 and January. They include: