Bethlehem Press

Monday, November 19, 2018

‘King of Bethlehem Firemen’ opens

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by KATHY LAUER- WILLIAMS in Local News

Images from the time show a distinguished man with a firm brow and a magnificent handlebar mustache. S. Charles Seckelman had the look of a man who was a leader, and in the 19th century he was known as the King of the Bethlehem Firemen.

A new play about the Seckelman, premiering Saturday at Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem, takes a look at the renowned firefighter and his time, when volunteers relied on horse-drawn apparatus and the nearest body of water to put out fires.


‘Thank you’ veterans

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Miller Heights ES Principal Deborah Roeder welcomed dozens of veterans to the school’s 18th annual Veterans Day program Nov. 8, noting the importance of honoring and recognizing their service and sacrifices.

Students sang patriotic songs, read inspirational messages and were joined by the Freedom HS Women’s Choir and Patriot Band Fife and Drum Corps.

Fifth grade students in Boy Scout Troop 346 and Girl Scout Troop 8373 presented the colors during a procession into the gymnasium...


Thursday, November 15, 2018 by The Press in Local News

In our Nov. 7 story about The CHEMO Bag gala, we incorrectly identified the location of the event as the Northampton County Club. The event was in fact held at the Club House Grille/Municipal Golf Course in Bethlehem, which was also a sponsor of the gala. We apologize for our error.

ICE RINK Open for public skating

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

The Earl E. Schaffer Municipal Ice Rink, 345 Illick’s Mill Road, opened for public skating on Nov. 9. Afternoon public sessions are from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Evening sessions are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays.

Season Passes for residents and non-residents of Bethlehem may be purchased in the recreation office, Room 506, City Hall, 10 E. Church St. or at the rink.

Group skating lessons for ages three and up...

BETHLEHEM Coat drive through Dec. 7

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

The Recreation Department of the City of Bethlehem has began the annual coat drive, which runs Nov. 1 through Dec. 7.

Gently used coats may be dropped off anytime in one of the bins located at City Hall, 10 E. Church St., and the Earl E. Schaffer Municipal Ice Rink, 359 Illick’s Mill Road.

The coats will be donated for use by more than 750 families of the Northeast Ministry Community.

Article By: The Press

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by The Press in Local News



Comparison of selected results of the two proposed millage rates in the proposed 2019 budget. (3.64 mils proposed by the Board of Commissioners vs. 3.79 mils proposed by County Executive Phillips Armstrong]).

@ 3.64 @ 3.79

Taxes $107,958,523 $112,407,363

Total Expenditures

$122,579,495 $122,579,495

Beginning Stabilization Fund Balance $30,000,000 $30,000,000

Ending Stabilization Fund...

BETHLEHEM City council taken to task

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Perhaps still hot with election fever Nov. 7, 10 residents spoke for a full hour to council, many of them demanding transparency, answers and action from city government.

From resource allocation to shelter maintenance to poorly constructed curbs, item after item was clearly delivered for council’s digestion. But some items may cause a little heartburn.

Residents Martin Romeril, Bill Scheirer and Beall Fowler charged the city is using “spot zoning” and “bogus maps” to allow...

Article By: The Press

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites and ArtsQuest’s Christmas City one day admission combo ticket is now available for purchase. The ticket, for Christkindlmarkt, Historic Bethlehem’s “Trees of Historic Bethlehem” exhibit and six historic Bethlehem attractions, is valid at Christkindlmarkt through Dec. 23, and at HBMS attractions through Jan. 14.

Christkindlmarkt is located at the ArtsQuest Center - Southside, 101 Founders Way; Christmas City Village /Weihnachtsmarkt, huts are in...

County to buy twp. human services building, then build forensic center

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County Council voted unanimously Nov 1 to support a $39 million bond to purchase its Bethlehem Township human services building and build a state-of-the-art forensic center that includes something Coroner Zach Lysek has never had. A morgue.

The human services building, located on Emrick Boulevard, will cost $14,468,731.

Currently, Northampton County receives $800,000 from the state every year to help pay the $1 million annual rent at the human services building. If...