Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Police conduct checkpoint along Musikfest corridor

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Police Log

Police from several Lehigh County municipalities participated Aug. 10 in a sobriety checkpoint along Broadway in Salisbury Township, near its border with Fountain Hill Borough, under the auspices of the Lehigh Valley Regional DUI Task Force.

Broadway is a busy corridor for drivers going to and from the 10-day Musikfest activities held every August in Bethlehem. The safety detail began 11 p.m. Aug. 10 and lasted through 4 a.m. Aug. 11.

The Lehigh Valley Regional DUI Task Force...

Stockings for Soldiers

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Press invites you to share some of the warmth of the yuletide season with Keystone Military Families and their Stockings for Soldiers program.

Keystone Military Families’ mission is to provide caring support for deployed military members in all branches of service to our country; no matter where they are stationed in the world. “Our troops give us the freedom to be safe in our homes,” Keystone Military Families said.

Keystone Military Families provides care...


Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

National Night Out, celebrated nationally on the first Tuesday in August, is an opportunity for the community to get everyone together with first responders in a positive setting. Instead of a motor vehicle accident or a traffic stop, it’s hot dogs and pizza. Freemansburg, one of the Lehigh Valley’s smallest communities, has been hosting this event for the past five years. Where else can you tell a borough council member or the mayor that you want your hot dog well done?

This year’s...

New voting machines next year?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Pennsylvania’s Department of State has mandated all 67 counties must have new voting machines in place – with paper trails - in time for the next presidential election. But it only has $14.1 million in grants available for voting systems expected to cost $147 million. The counties will have to pick up the slack. Also, only one system with a paper trail has been certified, and county officials like another system.

That system is the ExpressVote XL – a full-face Universal Voting System...

Early meeting over quickly

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City council met early Aug. 7 to avoid the Musikfest rush, and moved rapidly through a handful of working items.

Council voted to recommend a $103,000 pedestrian improvement project at Liberty HS, a liquor license transfer, execute a new lease agreement with the municipal golf course’s Clubhouse Grille, and to award TuWay Communications a contract for a site mapping study to pursue a new radio tower on the Southside.

These items will be open for public discussion at the Aug. 21...


Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Having the second annual National Night Out community gathering at Salisbury Middle School, along Devonshire Road in the community’s western portion, provided a dry backup as outside activities were awash in a downpour shortly after the 6 p.m. start of the community gathering Aug. 7.

In addition to National Night Out, an annual community building campaign which promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, the event was also a community event planned by...

Township police department to seek FAA approval for use of drone

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The Salisbury Township Police Department is seeing approval for use of a drone.

“A letter to the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] is required for the use of our drone,” Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles said during the Aug. 9 meeting workshop.

Commissioners agreed to send a letter to the FAA to request approval for use of the drone by the township police department.

“It’s not just for the benefit of the police department,” said Stiles. “It can be...

Blueberries at Burnside

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

If you like animals, music, gardening, competitions, martial arts, colonial history, or any and all things blueberry, you’d be bound to love Historic Bethlehem’s 31st annual Blueberry Festival at Burnside Plantation.

The jammed parking lot attested to the fact that the festival has many, many fans of all ages. For the young, pony rides were available and in a barn kids could read to therapy dogs.

Anyone interested in local colonial American history would have learned a great...