Bethlehem Press

Monday, July 13, 2020

Policing the police

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by CHRIS HARING in Local News

The June 30 edition of PBS 39’s Community Conversations series featured a discussion on the recently trending topic of police misconduct and accountability. The program featured a panel of five local officials, along with PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who offered pre-recorded comments. Joining host Monica Evans were Allentown Police Chief Glenn Granitz, Allentown criminal defense attorney Ettore Angelo, Lehigh County Controller Mark Pinsley, Executive Director of Promise Neighborhoods of...

A reason to smile Project Hope provides food, clothing and more to families during summer months

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Many of the charities in the Lehigh Valley have been joining forces to provide food and clothing for local families hard hit by school closings and job losses during the coronavirus pandemic. Project Hope of Easton, noted for its annual Christmas generosity, has spearheaded a weekly, summer-long program that so far has provided more than 2,000 meals to needy families with children.

When it was brought to the attention of the Project Hope Board of Directors that families needed summer...

Reduce stigma, increase access to treatment

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by The Press in Opinion

While there is cause for concern on the impact COVID-19 will have on Lehigh Valley’s recovery community, there are equal parts of hope for how

community agencies are working together to provide support for people who struggle with substance use.

“I know there is a lot of fear surrounding the spread of this pandemic, but hope is contagious, too. We’re spreading hope here at MARS. We have evolved

with the current global crisis to offer Telehealth to those who need...


Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs

ALLENTOWN AREA ECUMENICAL FOOD PANTRY needs volunteers Monday, Thursday and Friday, and an occasional Tuesday. Volunteers will pack groceries 12PM -2/2:30pm into 2 bags each for the number of clients who have come that day. Everyone must wear a mask. Call Vanessa, 610-821-1332,

EASTON AREA COMMUNITY CENTER is looking for volunteers (min age 18) for their summer camp program. Interested individuals should enjoy working with...

Chamber oversees grant process after all

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

On July 2, after two lengthy meetings, Northampton County Council unanimously approved a mechanism under which small businesses (less than 100 employees) hurt by the pandemic will soon be able to seek grants of up to $15,000.

In addition, council unanimously voted to award $1.35 million to several bi-county ventures. The money comes from $27.6 million in CARES Act funding that will be received later this month. Priority must be given to small business grants, tourism, municipal and...


Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs


CASINO: Wind Creek Bethlehem reopened June 29. Wind Creek Bethlehem voluntarily closed to the public March 15. During that time Wind Creek Hospitality worked with health officials to establish new policies to ensure that Guests can enjoy themselves safely. This includes temperature checks for all guests and team members, and cloth masks or face coverings will be required for everyone. Guests are asked to bring their own mask. Players who do not have their own mask will be...

Staffing cut questions tabled for now

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by CHRIS HARING in Local News

The June 23 Saucon Valley School Board meeting wound up being less contentious than anticipated, due to a surprising last-minute decision to table layoffs and other cuts that were originally scheduled to be voted on then, until later this summer.

Superintendent Dr. Craig Butler’s first order of business was to strike several fiscal decisions from the agenda, saying ,“there are a lot of unknowns that can occur between now and August,” as he asked for a temporary delay. These cuts were...


Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by The Press in School

Clarion University

Matthew Rothfuss, of Bethlehem, graduated with a MSLS information and library science degree in May from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Clemson University

Grant C. Hicks, of Bethlehem, graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor of science degree in financial management. He was awarded his degree in May.

Coastal Carolina University

Madison Donatelli, a marine science major, and Bradley Givens, a hospitality, resort, and tourism...


Tuesday, July 7, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs

Some meeting dates have changed due to the Fourth of July holiday.

No BASD meetings and no South Side Task Force meeting in July.

Wednesday, July 8

Northampton Co. Industrial Development Authority, 4 p.m., Northampton Co. Courthouse, 669 Washington St., Easton.

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

Hellertown Water Authority, 7 p.m. 685 Main St.

Lehigh Co. Commissioners, 7:30 p.m. Public hearing room, Gov’...