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Monday, February 11, 2019 by The Press in School

STATE Safe2Say introduced to students

Pennsylvania recently implemented a statewide, 24/7, tip line for reporting school-related threats. This new tip line is called Safe2Say Something and is focused on providing middle school and high school students across our state a tool for anonymously reporting threats. Any tips reported to Safe2Say Something involving our district will be shared with our school safety team and local law enforcement for immediate action. Over the next week, all...

Terry Houck seeks district attorney job

Monday, February 11, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Northampton First Deputy District Attorney and lifelong Democrat Terry Houck has announced his campaign for Northampton County District Attorney.

Houck said in his statement, “I’ve spent my career standing up for victims of crime, and ensuring that those who abused and victimized the vulnerable faced consequences for their actions. For 30 years I’ve seen my role as a true advocate for victims when they are at their most vulnerable. I’ve stood up for the citizens of Northampton County...

Gracedale rating concerns continue Current director reviews 11 deficiencies and how they are being addressed

Monday, February 11, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County Council’s Feb. 7 agenda was empty. Council members were apparently looking forward to a 15-minute meeting. A negative report card from the state Department of Health concerning Gracedale could be discussed later. Council suddenly reversed course after criticism on social media. That health inspection was discussed in detail.

Executive Lamont McClure started by saying he regrets not having fired Premier, the nursing home’s administrator, last year. Premier was still...

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Monday, February 11, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Police reported numerous man-on-woman incidents Feb 4. leading to harassment charges.

Around 9:40 a.m. police arrested 29-year-old Jose Bermudez of Seventh Street in Freemansburg for allegedly assaulting a woman, leaving unspecified marks on her body. He is also charged with simple assault.

Around 11:50 a.m. police cited Corey Cousins, 22, of Jersey City, N.J. While at an East Fairvew Street residence he allegedly pulled his girlfriend out of bed suddenly enough she struck the...

Adaptive reuse preserves our history

Monday, February 11, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

To the Editor:

Years ago, before I knew what the buildings even were, I remember driving past the former Allentown State Hospital and doing a double take.

I pulled onto the campus and took a walk. The stately grounds and handsome buildings were stunning. A character and quality that doesn’t get built anymore. The hospital is now slated for demolition.

As communities age, buildings of character are finding themselves in need of rejuvenation. Adaptive reuse is a conscious...

Beekeepers Classes offered starting Feb. 13

Monday, February 11, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

Want to become a beekeeper? Join experienced beekeepers of the Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association for their eighth annual Intro to Beekeeping classes 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and 27 and March 13 and 27 at Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Education Park Dr., Schnecksville.

The price includes all classes, book, course materials, refreshments, access to experienced beekeepers, and field trip to club apiary.

For more information call 610-737-7676 or visit...

Retired firefighter up for city council

Monday, February 11, 2019 by The Press in Local News

David A. Saltzer, resident of South Bethlehem, announced Feb. 5 he is joining the race for Bethlehem City Council. Saltzer, a registered Democrat, has been a longtime advocate for city support of first responders, as well as investment in the city’s working class.

“I’ve grown up in this beautiful city, and I had the privilege of serving as a Bethlehem City Firefighter for 15 years. Since I was a teenager, I’ve held multiple jobs at one time to make ends meet, and I want to represent...

Class-1 e-bikes gets thumbs-up

Monday, February 11, 2019 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Currently all motorized vehicles are prohibited on the Saucon Rail Trail, but Steve Labrake, owner of Saucon Valley Bikes in Hellertown, made an appearance before council to ask for the approval to use Class 1 e-bikes on the trail.

He brought along an e-bike to show and explain the benefits of using one. An e-bike, otherwise known as an electric bike, is just like a standard bike with pedals except the rider has the ability to pedal easier with the assistance of an attached electric...