Bethlehem Press

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Despite ethics sanction, member reappointed

Monday, March 25, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Judith Henckel is a well-known environmental activist who currently serves on Northampton County’s Open Space Advisory Board. At their March 21 meeting, council members re-appointed her to a two-year term, with no discussion. They did so despite a $1,000 fine levied by the state ethics commission against her last year for engaging in a conflict of interest as an Upper Mount Bethel Township supervisor. She had been accused of using her public office to steer public work to her son, a landscape architect. She signed some of the checks paying him. She never disclosed this relationship.

Carpenter announces for city council

Monday, March 25, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Longtime Bethlehem resident Will Carpenter is happy to announce his candidacy for the two-year term on the Bethlehem City Council. “I spent my career at the intersection of business and government, finding solutions that benefit the city, its citizens and the private sector,” he said.

Carpenter spent more than 20 years managing corporate real estate and development for a global retail company, and looks forward to bringing his business and municipal experience to council.

Council Okays $6M general bond

Monday, March 25, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Money will fund projects such as renovations, upgrades, improvement to public safety projects

After Scott Shearer, of PFM Financial Advisors, briefed the Bethlehem City Council on the final details of the planned $6 million general obligation bond and his plans to offer it up for public sale, the council approved the sale 5–0. Council members Olga Negrón and William Reynolds were absent.

The money will fund non-utility capital projects such as renovations, upgrades and improvement to public safety projects, including traffic lights, street paving, bridge repairs, storm sewer improvements and various heating and air conditioning projects.

Bethlehem toasts the Irish

Monday, March 25, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The City of Bethlehem held its annual St. Patrick’s Day Flag Raising March 15, as the Irish flag was hoisted by Bethlehem businessman Neville Gardner, members of the city of Bethlehem Pipe Band played Irish melodies, two members of the Liberty HS Grenadier Band performed “The Star Spangled Banner,” and students at the O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance high stepped to several Irish tunes on the Payrow Plaza. Mayor Bob Donchez hosted the annual event noting “Today we carry on the tradition of celebrating the Irish,” and citing their accomplishments and participation in the community.

Fleeing to America The Experiences of Refugees

Monday, March 25, 2019 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

Few controversies are more fraught than immigration to this country. The issue has divided Americans and caused a crisis on our southern border.

Two guest speakers at Moravian College discussed immigration from different perspectives Feb. 13. Both gave the audience insight into what we can learn from the experiences of refugees.

Grace Han recounted her dangerous nighttime escape from”the prison state of North Korea” to China under cover of night, accompanied by her parents,