Bethlehem Press

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sewer, garbage fees remain unchanged for 2018

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

The 2018 budget was discussed at Fountain Hill Council’s Oct. 18 meeting. Bethany Sebesta, assistant to the executive administrator, gave the presentation.

She was able to confirm that there will be no increase to the sewer and garbage fees for the 2018 year, which is something residents of Fountain Hill can be happy about.

“These are only the preliminary numbers and are not final,” Sebesta warned.

Borough officials are still waiting for some financial numbers to come in...

Board reluctant to gamble with $745k in slots revenue

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

According to its treasurer, Tom Nolan, Northampton County’s Gaming Board is sitting on a $745,128 mountain of cash. That’s how much was in its restricted account, i.e.; the one that pays municipal grants, at the end of August. At their Sept. 25 meeting, board members made clear that they are in no hurry to award grants. That’s because, if they do, the state could ask that the money be refunded.

A year ago, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the tax imposed on slots revenue is...

Apple Festival brings autumn excitement

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by ALLISON POCZAK in Local News

There couldn’t have been a better way to say ‘goodbye’ to summer and ‘hello’ to autumn than Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites’ 4th annual Family Fun Apple Days Festival. On Sept. 9 and 10, the Burnside Plantation hosted record numbers of over 3,500 apple lovers from locations all over the Lehigh Valley.

This year’s expanded festival offered more activities than ever – all of the family-friendly variety. Children expressed their creativity with crafts such as apple stamp T-shirts,...

Cooking: Love made visible New Bethany Ministries celebrates its renovated kitchen

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by JOANNA IRELAND in Local News

It’s been a long time coming, but the New Bethany Ministries’ Mollard Hospitality Center and kitchen received its first makeover since 2004, courtesy of several generous private donors, members of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem congregation, and Boyle Construction.

The kitchen serves two daily meals, Monday – Friday, a meal on alternating Sundays, and special holiday meals for approximately 150 people each day. In 2016, the kitchen served over 57,000 meals.


Jeanne McNeill accepts 133rd nomination

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by AL RECKER in Local News

With an overwhelming endorsement by the Lehigh County Democratic Executive Committee and the state’s Democratic leadership Oct. 4, Jeanne McNeill accepted the party’s nomination to fill the 133rd Legislative District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which has been vacant since the Sept. 8 death of her husband, Daniel.

The 133rd District includes portions of Hanover (Lehigh County), Whitehall and Salisbury townships, Bethlehem (Lehigh County) and Catasauqua, Coplay...

It’s not your grandfather’s middle school

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Nitschmann MS hosted an open house Oct. 4 for the public to showcase the new $53.1 million, 180,000-square-foot building.

The evening began with Principal Peter Mayes giving a brief introduction in the school’s auditorium before inviting everyone to explore the new school. Many teachers and students were posted around the campus and in classrooms to greet the public and answer questions.

The new school offers bright, spacious rooms with a modern touch throughout. All classrooms...


Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Dear Editor:

The proposed Graham-Cassidy bill would have negatively affected millions of Americans and their families. Before the proposed bill failed, the Congressional Budget Office stated that the plan would cause a 20 percent premium spike and would increase the number of uninsured by 16 million Americans.

In addition to higher premiums, high deductibles would have forced more people to pay out of pocket expenses and that would have impacted low-income families especially...


Tuesday, October 17, 2017 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

CHARTER ARTS - The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem, is seeking...

NORCO: Audit finds questionable use of P-Cards

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County’s Human Resources Department spent $3,950 on gift cards for county employees in late 2016 without prior approval. It is unable to explain how many of them were actually used by employees. That’s the major finding in an audit of the county’s credit cards, called P-cards. The audit, performed by Controller Steve Barron and Lead Auditor Frank Kedl, was presented to county council and Executive John Brown on Sept. 29. The audit finds P-Card abuse and misuse and is recommending...