Bethlehem Press

Saturday, October 21, 2017

‘Preserv[ing] the connection’

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

After six years of being closed, the High Street Bridge was dedicated in a reopening ceremony Sept. 25.

“As many of you know, this bridge used to be a single-lane wooden bridge that was owned and maintained by Norfolk Southern. Quite honestly, we’ve had issues with the bridge for at least the past 20 years in terms of deficiencies, and a couple of times it was closed,” said Michael Alkhal, city director of public works.

When Norfolk Southern proposed to fill in the area, rather...

Marisa Linsky Bethlehem Catholic HS

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by The Press in School

Grade: 12

Family members: Don (father) Michele (mother) Dana (sister)

Favorite subject: I love history, especially ancient history, art history, and theological history.

Activities: I have been a competitive club swimmer for 13 years, and I am also on Beca’s golf team. I am co-editor of Beca’s yearbook, president of Eco Club, head of Theater hair and makeup crew, a member of Beca’s retreat team, and head of homecoming committee. I am also the photographer of Beca’s pep...

VETERANS Persian Gulf bonus deadline Aug. 31

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Eligible veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991 are eligible to collect a special one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice.

Applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Bonus are due by Aug. 31, 2018.

The bonus program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum.



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...


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...

It’s not your grandfather’s middle school

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by MARK KIRLIN in School

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...

Bahá’í Founder event on Oct. 20

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Members of the Bahá’í Faith in the Lehigh Valley will hold a free special commemoration to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í faith, at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the Northampton Country Club, 5049 William Penn Highway, Easton, PA 18045.

There will be a public interfaith devotional service with a performance by the Lehigh Valley Youth Chorus at 4 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Tomkins Center chapel, Cedar Crest College, 100 College Drive, Allentown, PA...

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...