Bethlehem Press

Monday, March 27, 2017

Winter cold no match for Irish spirit

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in Local News

The seventh annual Parade of Shamrocks in Bethlehem, presented by the Celtic Cultural Alliance, was held despite the bitter cold March 11. Both spectators and participants were bundled up for the St. Patty’s celebration in downtown Bethlehem. The highlight of the annual procession is its march along historic Main Street where a large crowd lines the popular thoroughfare. This year’s 1 p.m. parade seemed to end early, perhaps with groups walking faster and some no-show participants. However,...

Who will fill this pulpit at First Presbyterian?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

That’s an ecclesiastical matter in which courts refuse to involve themselves. But oftentimes, there are property questions. Who owns the real estate on which First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem stands? Questions like that are decided by a judge.

That’s a question currently before President Judge Stephen Baratta. He has already had to play Solomon once and direct the two denominations on when they could hold their Sunday services. He’s urged them to work together and has given both...

Cedarbrook Allentown resident reaches 105 year old milestone

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

Family members, residents and staff gathered March 3 for a party at Cedarbrook Nursing Home, South Whitehall Township, to celebrate Michalena Fiorello’s 105th birthday.

According to a press release from Cedarbrook, Aunt Lena, as she is known by her family was truly a woman ahead of her time.

Fiorello, who was born Feb. 26, 1912 and never married, came to live at Cedarbrook when she was 99 years old.

Her niece Mary Deutsch of Whitehall spoke with The Press during the...

State reps offer

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


High school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education.

Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships through the program. It is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student.

Students must have attained a minimum 3.0...


Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Wednesday, March 22

Bethlehem Parking Authority, 4:30 p.m. 85 W. North St.

Bethlehem Zoning Hearing Board, 6 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St.

Snow date: BASD regular board meeting, 7 p.m. East Hills auditorium, 2005 Chester Road.

Monday, March 27

Bethlehem Twp. Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Municipal building, 4225 Easton Ave.

Northampton Co. Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment meeting, 5:30 p.m., third floor, room 3116, Northampton Co....

Judith’s award

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


Judith’s Reading Room local literacy nonprofit has announced changes to its third annual Freedom Through Literacy Award. The award recognizes world-wide teachers, librarians, authors, researchers, educators and others who have instilled in others a love of reading.

The organization’s board recently voted to change the prize money structure for the 2017 award. The winner will receive $3,000 cash; the runner-up will receive $1,000 cash; and honorable mention will receive $...

Fair set for

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


The Kempton Fair – the one you remember from years ago, starting in 1957 – is alive and well and living in beautiful Kempton, Berks County.

Sponsored by the Kempton Community Center, 83 Community Center Drive, Kempton, is set for June 15-17.

The refurbished event will bring new energy and new direction, but with more of the old-time feel of yesteryear.

The “Kempton Country Fair” of recent years, an organization separate from KCC, has changed its name and...

Unsung Heroes being sought

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


To celebrate Older Americans Month, the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services recognizes county residents, 60 years of age or older, who have displayed exceptional generosity with their time and talent to enhance the lives of others and their community. The Unsung Hero finalists will be honored at a special awards ceremony at 1 p.m. May 17.

To request a nomination form, contact Lehigh County Aging and Adult Services at 610-782-3034.

Forms are also...