Bethlehem Press

Friday, March 23, 2018

Superheroes abound to help Macungie family

Monday, March 19, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

With lights flashing and sirens blaring, officers from the Macungie Police Department escorted the Keller family from a Fogelsville hotel back to their Macungie residence March 9 after the family’s week-long absence to allow volunteers to renovate portions of their home to better accommodate the needs of their five-year-old son Niko.

The renovation was the third annual Building Hope for Kids project sponsored by the charity arm of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey team, who partnered...

‘You shouldn’t have to be doing this’

Monday, March 19, 2018 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

The United States is no stranger to mass protest marches. One need only think of all the marches against the Vietnam War, the Women’s marches in Washington, The Million Man March to unite the black community, the annual March for Life, and countless others. But the nationwide marches that took place March 14 were different: participants were primarily high school students.

In the wake of yet another school shooting, this one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS a month ago, students in...

At LVA, protest, kindness and promise -- ‘Parkland was a wakeup call for many’

Monday, March 19, 2018 by RANA MOAWAD in Local News

“We Stand With Our Students,” was a message Lehigh Valley Academy emphasized March 14. While LVA did not partake in the nationwide school walkouts that took place to commemorate the 17 lives that were taken in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, students and faculty decided to take a different approach to spread awareness of this movement.

Over the past few weeks, a group of student leaders met with administrators to discuss possible activities that could be held that day. After...

School safety: ‘Err on side of caution’

Monday, March 19, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

“Awareness is the key.”

It was the common refrain of the night; nearly every response by the panelists can be related directly or indirectly to the idea. Awareness.

Administrators and experts in their fields spoke frankly during a panel discussion on school safety at the Lehigh Valley HS for the Arts the evening of March 14. Though only about 20 people were in the audience, the panelists took seriously the opportunity to speak candidly and openly.

Peter Langman, a...

LEHIGH COUNTY Executive touts Valley economy

Monday, March 19, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

“Please know that I am so very humbled that the voters trusted me to manage our county over the next four years,” Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong said, addressing a crowd of county officials, politicians or their representatives and other guests Feb. 22 during his State of Lehigh County address.

Armstrong, speaking at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, introduced his remarks by assuring the attendees he and his administration are interested in putting progress over politics....

Police officers attend training on how to improve truck highway safety

Monday, March 19, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND in Local News

Police officers throughout Lehigh County attended a recent two week course on how to improve highway safety in the trucking industry.

According to an email from Chris Lengle, traffic safety coordinator with North Central Highway Safety Network, one of the goals of the program is to create county wide safety task force.

“CRASH (Coordinating Resources to Advance Safer Highways) pilot is a project which is focused on reducing crashes involving commercial motor vehicles.


People Say

Monday, March 19, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

Pennsylvania ranks in the top two states for the number of structurally deficient bridges: A truck driver was killed recently by a falling object in the Lehigh Tunnel, and this week a new bridge collapsed in Florida. How concerned are you about our transportation infrastructure?

PennDoT Road closure through May 18

Monday, March 19, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Willow Park Road is closed between Easton Avenue, at the intersection with the Keystone Pub, and Freemansburg Avenue, for repairs. The projected completion date is May 18.

The bridge, which was designated structurally deficient, will see the bridge deck resurfaced, new sidewalk and parapets added and stream debris removed.

The work is in addition to last year’s Easton Avenue corridor improvement project.

BETHLEHEM Wind project drifting toward approval

Monday, March 19, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Executive Director Stephen Repasch announced at the March 8 board meeting progress continues in the ongoing legal drama of the authority’s wind energy program. The planned construction of maybe dozens of giant turbine towers and the studies to determine their effectiveness or environmental disruption in rural Carbon County have been opposed by some local residents for the past year.

The case is not going their way.

Repasch said energy company Atlantic Wind has submitted its...