Bethlehem Press

Friday, July 20, 2018

Demand for commercaial sex ‘Close to home and in your community’

Monday, July 16, 2018 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

“Many of you know that sex trafficking occurs in India, in Russia, in Thailand, in China, but it happens right here in Pennsylvania, right here in your community in Bethlehem,” said Dee Dee Foran, a Bethlehem Rotary Club member and Accredited Pension Representative at GF Pension Corp. “Raising awareness is crucial and it often leads to action.”

Raising awareness is exactly what the Bethlehem Rotary Club’s Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery aimed to accomplish the evening of June 26...


Monday, July 16, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

At one stage of its life, the Spotted Lanternfly looks like a red and black creature from a scary monster movie.

However, the Spotted Lanternfly threat is real and not some fictional movie plot.

Even so, true to a Hollywood creature feature, the government is ready to do battle.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $17.5 million to halt the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania.

The Lehigh Valley is at the epicenter of the battle to stop the...

Butterflies to remember

Monday, July 16, 2018 by DENNIS GLEW in Local News

In ancient Greek mythology and art, the butterfly frequently represents the spirit of a dying person, escaping the body. The Greek word “psyche,” or soul, also meant butterfly. On a beautiful Saturday morning, this historical link was the focal point of a memorial service organized by Aseracare Hospice Allentown in honor of individuals for whom they cared this past year. Called “A Butterfly to Remember,” the event offered prayer, encouragement, song and, finally, butterflies set free in the...

Eagle Scout project honors Bethlehem’s first veterans

Monday, July 16, 2018 by DENNIS GLEW in Local News

Did you know that 500 American soldiers once died in Bethlehem while in service and were buried here?

Did you know that a few of them -- four, to be specific -- are still interred in the city, while the others’ bones were scattered who knows where? Does it matter?

It matters to Robert Henry, a rising senior at Bethlehem Catholic High School, and he did something about it. A Boy Scout since kindergarten and a member of Troop 352 of Notre Dame Catholic Church of Bethlehem, Robert...

Ordinance outlaws conversion therapy

Monday, July 16, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Conversion therapy for minors is now illegal in Bethlehem. City council voted 7-0 July 3 to revoke the business license of any licensed therapist found to be providing a service that seeks to, according to the stature, “change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic attraction or feeling toward the individuals of the same gender.”

Allentown passed a similar ordinance...

Around Town

Monday, July 16, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

A full calendar appears on the Bethlehem Press website, but due to space constraints, for ongoing events, email, visit or call the following:

Bethlehem City Hall Rotunda: Fine Arts Commission mixed media exhibit, “All / Most”, by Danny Moyer. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ends July 19. Town Hall Rotunda 10 E. Church St. Visit

Bethlehem Area Public Library: Call 610-867-3761(main) or 610-867-7852 (south side); Visit...

Provident Bank awards LV grants

Monday, July 16, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Earlier this year, The Provident Bank Foundation has announced 12 $15,000 grants to be awarded to organizations nominated by employees of Provident Bank and Beacon Trust. In celebration of the Foundation’s 15th anniversary, the “Commit to Care” grants are intended to fund organizations doing the most innovative and effective work in the communities served by Provident Bank.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors announced the winners of the grants, twelve organizations exemplifying PBF’s...


Monday, July 16, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

THE CENTER FOR ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE, Easton, is seeking volunteers to walk dogs, assist with a.m. cleanings, attend off site events to promote the shelter, cat and dog enrichment and general shelter help. If interested in helping, please contact Walt Hoffman at 610-252-7722 ext 4 or email

ARTSQUEST, Bethlehem, is excited to celebrate its 35th anniversary of Musikfest, a volunteer-driven...

DA wants misconduct report made public

Monday, July 16, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

John Morganelli is a practicing Catholic, but he’s also Pennsylvania’s most senior District Attorney. He wants to be able to review a statewide grand jury report into decades of alleged sexual abuse and cover-ups by Catholic clerics at six Catholic dioceses, including the Diocese of Allentown. Nearly two dozen clergymen want to prevent this report from being made public.

On June 20, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court temporarily blocked the report’s public release over the objection of...

Turnpike toll increases set for 2019

Monday, July 16, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a six percent toll increase for 2019 both for E-ZPass and cash customers; the increase is set to start 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6, 2019.

The toll increase will apply to all PA Turnpike sections and extensions, including the westbound Delaware River Bridge cashless tolling point (#359) in Bucks County, where tolls have not changed since January 2016.

The most-common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase next year from $1.30 to $1.38...