Bethlehem Press

Monday, March 25, 2019

Cascade of illicit drugs

Monday, March 18, 2019 by CHRIS PARKER in Local News

Opioids are most often the drug of choice in the staggering increase in the numbers of overdose deaths across the nation in recent years.

“Over the past 10 years, the drug landscape in the United States has shifted, with the opioid threat – including controlled prescription drugs, fentanyl and other synthetic opioids and heroin – reaching epidemic levels and impacting significant portions of the United States,” said U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Patrick J. Trainor....

At a glance: Addicted babies

Monday, March 18, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The rate of neonatal abstinence syndrome in newborns increased 1,096 percent between 2000-01 and 2016-17.

The Pennsylvania Cost Containment Council tracked the rate of hospital stays for infants who are born with drugs in their systems.

Green County, in southwestern Pennsylvania, topped the list with a rate of 76 per thousand births. The lowest was Tioga County, with a rate of 3.2 per thousand.

Here are the rates per thousand babies in our area.

• Monroe County:...

Shining the light on the important role of the press

Monday, March 18, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Freedom of the press should never be taken for granted. As we celebrate Sunshine Week, a national initiative designed to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy, this is the opportunity to remind us all that truth-seeking journalism is alive and well and should be celebrated.

Journalists, as the eyes and ears of the public, rely on public access laws to keep you informed, and great reporting begins with government...

Gov. Wolf: Warm hand-offs help transition many overdose survivors

Monday, March 18, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Jennifer Smith and Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine have joined with partners in the drug and alcohol treatment and emergency physician communities to discuss takeaways and next steps following regional summits held to discuss warm hand-off programs around the commonwealth.

The summits were held through March and April and brought together stakeholders from federal, state, and local governments; the drug and...

State of city ‘strong’ says Donchez

Monday, March 18, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Citing Brookings Institution economist Alan Berube in his annual state-of-the-city address recently, Mayor Bob Donchez said Bethlehem is among the country’s strongest recovering industrial cities.

Berube said in an interview earlier this year, in which Donchez participated, that strong cities have innovation engines to create and grow new products, companies and jobs, usually connected with a local research university, and a heavy reinvestment in their downtowns.

Donchez...

LV Jewish community condemns attacks

Monday, March 18, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

The Jewish community of the Lehigh Valley is saddened, shocked and outraged by the terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which at least 49 people were murdered and many more were injured while attending Friday prayers in two different mosques.

We strongly condemn this attack, which is a barbaric assault on every person who believes in the dignity of human life.

As the head of New Zealand’s Jewish community stated, there are “no adequate words to describe how sickened...

lent/easter HAPPENINGS

Monday, March 18, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

Friday, March 22

Fish fry supper, raffles, Treasures of Russia boutique. Eat in or take out. 4 to 6:30 p.m. St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 980 Bridle Path Road. Visit www.facebook.com/stnicholasoca/ or call 610-867-0402.

Saturday, March 30,

Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Bunny visit, light refreshments, children’s activities. Cost; must register in advance. Hanover Township Community Center, Northampton County, 3660...

STUDENT PROFILE-Laurent Weintraub, Saucon Valley HS - by Julie Swan

Monday, March 18, 2019 by The Press in School

Grade: 12

Family members: Keri Weintraub (mom), Matthew Weintraub (dad), Cindy Weintraub (stepmom), David Weintraub (brother), Alexa Weintraub (sister), Molly Nicholas (stepsister)

Favorite subject: Any classes in the sciences, particularly topics involving medicine. I have a true passion for learning how the body works and how to help others feel well and be their best!

Activities: Medical Sciences Club, Special Needs Sports Club assistant, SADD

Next steps: I...

MEETING BOARD

Monday, March 18, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

Wednesday, March 20

BASD board meeting (snow date), Finance and Human Resources committees meetings, 6 p.m. Education Center, Edgeboro room.

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

Hellertown Zoning Hearing Board, 6:30 p.m., Borough Hall, 685 Main St.

Northampton County Personnel Committee meeting, 4 pm., Northampton Co. Courthouse, 669 Washington St., Easton.

Northampton County Finance Committee meeting, 5 p.m., Northampton Co. Courthouse, 669...