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EDITOR'S VIEW Protect yourself from identity theft or be sorry later

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by The Press in Opinion

If you ask my husband, Facebook will bring about the end of the civilized world as we know it.

While I'm not quite so apocalyptic in my thinking, a recent experience on Facebook really opened my eyes to the value of paying attention to your privacy settings.

I'm not a particularly private person. As the editor of the local newspaper, the line between work and home is often blurred. Many sources have my office, home phone and cell numbers. And I've written about my life and...


Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by The Press in News Briefs

Notre Dame: Speech and Debate Club

Abby Marone of Notre Dame High School earned a semifinalist award at the Tournament of Champions held April 27 to 29 at the University of Kentucky. The first Notre Dame student to ever compete in this tournament, she was one of 42 out of 130 contestants in Student Congress to reach the semifinal round. She qualified to enter by earning three bids from various tournaments. She has received an automatic bid into next year's Tournament of Champions....

Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center open for business

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by ANDREW MARK Special to The Press in Local News

Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin revealed the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center, along with Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Chief of Police at City of Bethlehem Jason Schiffer, other government officials and representatives of Computer Aid Inc., at a press conference April 25.

The RIIC began operating in January. It is a web-based portal which allows investigators to post and search important information in Lehigh County and the city of Bethlehem.


This Week in Bethlehem History: A chip off the ole first house

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by The Press in Opinion

I couldn't believe it. In my hands was a piece of history: wood from the First House of Bethlehem. The same wood that long ago our pioneer founders hewed out of the wilderness and crafted into a humble dwelling. The very same wood in which Count Zinzendorf, acting upon impulse, led the Moravians in singing, "Not Jerusalem - lowly Bethlehem Twas' that gave us Christ to save us; Not Jerusalem," and thus christened our community on a cold Christmas Eve night.

Contemplating the...

Lehigh Valley Zoo chosen chamber biz of the year

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by JOHANNA S. BILLINGS in Local News

An armadillo is a tough act to follow.

When Sherry Peters of the Lehigh Valley Zoo, Schnecksville, accepted the Business of the Year Award from the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce Friday night, she brought along a three-banded armadillo.

"We're really happy and really excited to be accepting this award," Peters said. "It does show the Lehigh Valley Zoo does matter."

As she spoke, the armadillo, which was about the size of a cantaloupe, squirmed in her hands.


'Hunter raised my spirits to the sky'

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by CAROL SMITH Special to the Press in Local News

In the lottery of life, Diane Silviotti considers herself lucky to have met Hunter MacMillan. Since beginning his "Cans for Diane" collection efforts four years ago, this Notre Dame HS senior has raised $1,000 to help pay Silviotti's bills.

Suffering from cerebral palsy and living on Social Security disability income, the 60-year-old Silviotti found herself the victim of a home robbery in 2009. The thief stole $22,000 and a large coin collection from a safe kept in a bedroom closet....

JCC honors Holocaust victims, survivors

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by ANITA HIRSCH Special to the Parkland Press in Local News

A special ceremony and service took place recently at the Jewish Community Center, Allentown, to remember the Holocaust and the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

The special Yom Hashoah Commemoration began with the reading of the names of the victims and heroes of the Holocaust, including those who perished in the Warsaw Ghetto

Names of loved ones who were lost and who were relatives of community members were read by area students in the middle school and high...

St. John Capostrano classmates: 65-plus years of friendship

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

In 1948 there were 15 students who graduated in their eighth grade class from the St. John Capistrano Parochial School that once stood next to the now closed St. John Capistrano Church on East Fourth Street near Hayes Street.

Sixty-five years later six friends from that class gather once a month for breakfast having decided to reconnect in their retirement years.John Berry, Steve Chanitz Frank Gerencser, Bob Rudas and Chuck Uhl grew up in Southside Bethlehem and Joe Kravatz came from...

State Police Beat

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by The Press in Local News

Guns, chainsaw


State Police Troop M Bethlehem say Wade Christian Weierbach, 2515 Woodbine St., North Whitehall Township, reported several chainsaws, two guns, a men's wedding band and an instant hot water heater were stolen after forced entry was made to his barn between 5 p.m. April 27 and 3 p.m. the next day.

This incident remains under investigation , police say.

Cell phone


A 16-year-old Whitehall student reported his cell phone was...