Bethlehem Press

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bethlehem’s reaction to Charlottesville: Holding hands, prayer

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Over the weekend, as the 34th Musikfest came to an end, Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio had just one word to describe it - “Great!” Over the 10-day festival, over 1.2 million people visited the Christmas City. Only 36 people were arrested, mostly for public drunkenness. But 309 miles away in Charlottesville, Va., a “Unite the Right” rally ended in tragedy. Three people are dead. Dozens more are injured. A president first said “both sides” are to blame, then blamed white supremacists and...

Sage new Freedom assistant principal

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

The Bethlehem School Board held a special board meeting Aug. 7. Although the board took off during July, this special meeting confirmed that the commitment to employees and students doesn’t get a vacation.

The primary task was the recommendations of the administration, a 14-page document listing all of the staffing resignations, retirements, promotions and reassignments throughout the district. As Superintendent Dr. Joe Roy mentioned, the purpose of the meeting was to memorialize the...

Fab Lab: ‘Fabulous Fabrication’

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Northampton Community College’s Fab Lab in South Bethlehem will double its space and learning opportunities when NCC’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship opens in May 2018.

The initiative is being made possible by a $7 million grant to renovate the first floor of the Fowler Family Southside Center on East Third Street, where the Fab Lab will expand to half of the new space for innovation, and the remaining space will be devoted to entrepreneurship.

The nearly self-...

Administrators against armed staff

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The states senate last month passed bill 383, which allows school district staff and faculty who possess concealed-carry permits to carry firearms on school property.

Educators across the state have spoken against the bill.

Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Dr.Joseph Roy said he’d be uncomfortable with guns in the hands of anyone other than trained professionals. He told Lehigh Valley Live anything else raises the risk that some innocent person is going to get hurt...

Task force thanked for veteran help

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by JULIA FRITZ in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Task Force has been recognized for effectively ending veteran homelessness across the Lehigh Valley.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski accepted the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, announced in June 2014 by then-First Lady Michelle Obama, in the fall of 2014.

Pawlowski approached Director of Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs Thomas Applebach, to spearhead the challenge.

Applebach organized the first meeting of the Lehigh...


Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Wednesday, August 16

Bethlehem Twp. Municipal Authority, 6:30 p.m. municipal building, 4225 Easton Ave.

Fountain Hill Council workshop, 7 p.m. 941 Long St.

Thursday, August 17

Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority, 4:30 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St.

Northampton Co. Council, 6:30 p.m. 669 Washington St., Easton.

Monday, August 21

Historic Conservation Commission, 6 p.m. Banana Factory, 25 E. Third St.

BASD School Board, 7 p.m., Edgeboro...

Some do’s & don’ts for viewing Monday’s total solar eclipse

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by DR. LINDA CHOUS in Local News

The first total eclipse to span coast to coast across the U.S. mainland in almost a century will be visible on Monday, Aug. 21. For people in Pennsylvania, the eclipse coverage will reach over 75 percent.

This rare celestial event is a spectacular occurrence; however, there are precautions people should take to help maintain their eye health while witnessing the spectacle in its full glory. Looking at a solar eclipse without proper protection can cause serious eye damage, including...


Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

THE CENTER FOR ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE, Easton, is seeking volunteers to walk dogs, assist with a.m. cleanings, attend off-site events to promote the shelter, cat and dog enrichment and general shelter help. If interested in helping, please contact Walt Hoffman at 610-252-7722, ext. 4 or email

BETHLEHEM SPECIAL OLYMPICS is in need of coaches for several different sports: rhythmic gymnastics,...


Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Seitz is Penn State award winner

Eileen Seitz, a first year teacher at Lincoln ES for the upcoming school year, recently won Penn State University’s spring 2017 Outstanding Student Teaching Award for elementary education.

The P.S.U. Class of 2017 graduate was chosen by the dean of the College of Education and the Penn State Alumni Society Board of Directors.

She was honored for having excelled in her field and for continuing to serve Penn State and the College of...