Bethlehem Press

Friday, July 21, 2017

STATE Boscola lauds local dispensaries

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

State Sen. Lisa Boscola provided the following statement after the state Department of Health awarded two Lehigh Valley businesses medical marijuana dispensary permits June 29. When medical marijuana becomes available to patients next year, only 52 dispensaries statewide will be licensed:

“I am pleased that two Lehigh Valley dispensaries (Mission Pennsylvania II, LLC and Guadco, LLC) emerged from this highly-competitive application process with state permits.

“It will mean more...

Commissioners dole out casino host funds

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners had a second reading of the $133,755,495 Lehigh County Capital Plan for 2018 – 2022, and then passed several motions to amend the bill at their July 12 meeting. The capital plan, according to explanatory text in the ordinance, “is a policy statement only and is in no way to be construed as a budget or an appropriation.” A vote on the capital plan will be held at the next meeting July 26.

“The capital plan kind of kicks off the budget season,” Commissioner...

Casinos and locals at odds with state

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The budget crunch and deficit has Harrisburg legislators seriously considering a new source of revenue: gambling video game terminals in airports, bars and restaurants. These machines only deal in low-stakes gambling, but their possible widespread availability and disconnect from resources physical casinos develop within their host communities have many outside the legislature up in arms.

Steve Ruddock, a casino and gaming columnist, recently wrote about the proposed law’s positive...


Thursday, July 20, 2017 by The Press in School

Skills USA local winners

Several area students were winners in the Skills USA 2017 championships on June 23 in Louisville, Ky. The categories, placement, names and schools are: Career Pathways Showcase: Human Services- first place -Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School: Isaac Medina, Freedom; Anthony Tomeski - Sudziarski, Saucon Valley and Omar Torres, Liberty; Crime Scene Investigation - third place- BAVTS: Joshua Crespo, Freedom; Amber Hunsicker, Liberty; Timothy Surovi, Saucon...

Independence Day Edgeboro

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by DENNIS GLEW in Local News

On July 4th, current and former residents of the Old Edgeboro section of Bethlehem did what they have been doing for the past 43 years: they gathered on Sycamore Street for the annual Independence Day celebration.

Neighbors line the block with tables and chairs. Overhead are two large American flags suspended over the ends of the block by Marty Plyler.

This year, as always, the event began with a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Readers were Vivien Appel and Nick...

School band members recognized

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by HEATHER NIGRONE in School

The Bethlehem Area School Board recognized five Freedom HS students at the June 26 board meeting. Freedom HS Assistant Principal Maureen Leeson, FHS Band Director Michael Moran and board member Dr. Dean Donaher presented the students with awards for participation in a variety of competitive musical performances. BASD falls within Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 10 and requires intense auditions against students from Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, Pike and Schuylkill...

BFAC Portrait show through Aug. 29

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission’s fourth biennial self-portrait exhibition, “Expressions: A Self-Portrait Show,” will feature works by the community’s known artists and prominent citizens. The curator is Vince Gentilcore.

The display will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through August 29 at the Rotunda Gallery, Town Hall, 10 E. Church St.

Commission meetings are held the first Monday of every month at 5:15 p.m. in the Laros Room of the Bethlehem...

Celtic Classic advance tickets available

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

The Celtic Cultural Alliance will be offering a 10 percent discount for the advance purchase of Sept. 22 through 24, 2017, Celtic Classic food and beverage tickets.

Patrons will receive a certificate to redeem at a special booth for advanced ticket purchasers on the festival grounds along Spring, Conestoga, Lehigh and S. Main streets.

Tickets may be purchased at: until Aug. 25, 2017. For more information, visit...

Norco gets $1.5M for lead remediation

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County is getting the lead out. It just received a $1.5 million grant from Housing and Urban Development to help residents with lead remediation in owner-occupied housing rehabilitation projects.

Frank Brooks and Mike Brett of Northampton County’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), under the leadership of Director Tim Herrlinger, deserve the credit for lobbying federal officials for these funds. This money is provided to help the county’s neediest...