Bethlehem Press

Friday, March 24, 2017

Charity game

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


The Salisbury Youth Association will play against the Salisbury Police Department in the first annual charity basketball game and fundraiser.

The event will be held 1 to 6 p.m. March 25 in the Salisbury High School gymnasium.

Net proceeds will go to the Salisbury Police Department to support “Project Life Saver” and “National Night Out.”

Events 1 to 4 p.m. include a basketball clinic for students ages five to 11, a K-9 demonstration by Salislbury Police...

PBS hosts homelessness workshop

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

The bitter cold weather and sharp wind March 11 reminded the meeting attendees, 10 women and five men, gathered at the PBS 39 Community Room, that the needs of the homeless were critical. “I can’t imagine what it would be like to be homeless and outside today,” one participant said.

The workshop on Homelessness and Housing, sponsored by the Bethlehem chapter of the NAACP, featured discussion with Eugene Gonzalez, executive director of the Bethlehem Housing Authority, and Allyson...


Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in Local News

ALLENTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUNDATION needs volunteers (age 25+ years) to read to kindergarten students once a week during the school year. Background checks and registration are required for this new literacy effort. Call Susan Williams, 484-765-4093,

CEDARBROOK NURSING HOME, Allentown needs a volunteer for the gift shop from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Training and background clearances will be provided....

Illness support event March 30

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


There will be a Kindness for Keith basket raffle and 50-50 drawing beginning 4:30 p.m. March 30 at the Hanover Township Community Center, 3660 Jacksonville Road. There will be a drawing 6:30 p.m.

The proceeds will assist Keith Borst, who has been diagnosed with Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor, a form of childhood cancer and his family.

Baskets include a grill and pet items, dinner and a movie, a fire pit and gift cards for local restaurants and attractions....

Council approves prosecutors, Problem Court Administrator

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

When John Morganelli was first elected district attorney, he had a staff 13 part-time assistants. Though those attorneys are now senior prosecutors who can be counted on to try the most difficult cases, Morganelli has gradually replaced departing part timers with career prosecutors. On March 16, he asked county council to approve the elimination of two vacant part-time assistant DA positions so he could create two full-time positions for experienced prosecutors who will be paid a salary of $...

Who’s running in Northampton County?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Candidates from both major parties filed nomination petitions last week for the municipal primary May 16. There are several hot magisterial district judge races. The Saucon Valley School Board race should be contentious, too. But it looks like it will be a quiet primary.

County races. - Barring a successful write-in campaign, Bethlehem Attorney Lamont McClure will be the Democratic nominee and incumbent John Brown will be the Republican candidate. McClure will head a ticket that...

Cubs begin to grow up

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by SELENA CINTRON in Local News

Cub Scout Pack 317 celebrated this year’s Blue and Gold banquet at Farmersville ES March 4 to signify the transition of nine young Webelos to the more advanced Boy Scout Troop. The time-honored tradition, during which the Scouts carry a lit candle across a “bridge” and light another candle on the other side, symbolizes a new chapter in their lives and growth in the scouting ranks. Cub Master William Smith presented the Scouts and told an assembly of friends and parents dining together during...

Mayor Rosado to leave office

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

Before the hiring of Police Chief Ed Bachert, grievances were made several times a week, Rosado said. The police department has hired four new officers since 2012, new computers, a new fleet of vehicles, new weapons and good communication with the Lehigh County task force and the district attorney’s office have improved public service. Rosado said he feels confident Bachert will continue to keep the department in good standing with the community, and he is looking forward to attending future...

Designer purse

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


The Dewey Banquet Hall, 520 Durham St., Hellertown, will be the sight of a designer purse bingo 1 p.m. March 18. In addition to Vera Bradley purses as regular game prizes, there will be special games for a Coach and a Michael Kors purse.

The event will benefit the Lehigh Valley Sweet Adelines Chorus, which rehearses at St. George’s Episcipal Church, Hellertown.

Doors will open at noon. Snacks will be available for purchase. Play 15 games for $15, extra for...