Bethlehem Press

Monday, May 27, 2019

Council approves new voting system

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

At a meeting attended by about 50 supporters of dueling voting systems, Northampton County Council voted 8-1 May 16 to approve the purchase of a new, $2.9 million voting system with a voter-verified paper trail. It’s called the Express Vote XL, a 32” touch screen similar to the system currently in use. The sole dissenting vote came from council member Bob Werner.

This purchase was delayed by council to see how this new system worked in Delaware, which conducted school board races...

Transpo, foundation costs cause debate

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

At the Human Resources Committee meeting May 13, Chief Human Resources Officer Russell Giordano presented information on the Workforce Board Lehigh Valley Internship Program, a proposal from TransPar Group to provide a full-time consultant at a cost of approximately $15,000 per month to advise on matters related to student transportation, and a proposal to convert the executive director position at the Foundation for the Bethlehem Area School District (currently held by Julie Bailey) from...

Raj Kundu

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by The Press in School

Grade: 12

Family members: Kaushik Kundu (father), Kwanjai Chonlapan (mother), Anita Kundu (sister)

Favorite subject: I love all of the sciences – biology, physics, chemistry – because they are each like a looking glass: through each of them, I’m able to catch a small glimpse of the amazingly complex world which we live in.

Activities: I am involved with the Robotics Team & Club, tennis team, debate team and Science Olympiad Club. Extracurricular activities really...

Martin’s lasting legacy The implosion of the tower is symbolic of the fall of the company and Bethlehem’s recent resurgence

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by ROBERT W. BILHEIMER in Local News

For residents of the Lehigh Valley, the implosion of Martin Tower, once the corporate headquarters of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, has been a hot-button topic. Locals have mixed views on the behemoth, from those that miss the good ol’ days of ‘the Steel’ to those who see the building as a symbol of corporate grandeur. Love it or hate it, Martin Tower has been a landmark in Bethlehem, and its place in the skyline will be missed.

But not as many people are aware of the Tower’s namesake...

Hellertown Post office marks 50th

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

WIth a ribbon-cutting and light refreshments, officials celebrated 50th anniversary of the 660 Delaware Avenue Post Office April 17.

The festivities were open to the public, and Hellertown Postmaster Joe DiRusso received several honorary recognitions from governmental officials. In honor of the milestone, the building was festooned with artifacts of the borough’s postal delivery history, which dates back to the early1800s.

Items on display included photos, newspaper articles,...

Leveling a landmark

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Leveling a landmark

It took about 15 seconds Sunday to reduce the 21-story Martin Tower to a pile of rubble, as HRP Management, LLC, owners of the 53-acre site, make way for new development.

As puffs of smoke and flames signaled the start of controlled explosions set by demolition contractor Controlled Demolition, Inc., the former world headquarters of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation seemed to stiffen before the four crucible wings started crumbling as the structure dropped...

District in the black; no tax hike likely

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

District Chief Financial Officer Stacy Gober presented a tentative budget for 2019-20 May 6. It includes no increase in the tax millage for the first time in several years, and uses only $1.6 million from the general fund balance to make up a shortfall.

The board was to vote on the tentative final budget May 13, with a final budget adoption vote scheduled for June 17. Board member Dean Donaher commended those involved in the process for bringing in a zero-tax-increase budget without...


Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by The Press in School

Lehigh Valley: DaVinci honors students

DaVinci honors The Da Vinci Science Center 20th anniversary Hall of Fame Awards Gala was held on April 27 at the ArtsQuest Center at Steel Stacks. This year’s event celebrated the curiosity of Leonardo da Vinci and the modern day achievements inspired by his legacy.

Graceanne Ruggiero, a Freedom HS grades nine 9-12 Science teacher, was awarded the center ‘s“New Educator Excellence Award”. This award identifies educators, in their second to...