Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

‘Blood Queens’

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 by SELENA CINTRON in Local News

Bethlehem’s very own, Gabi Demartino and fellow cast members of “Blood Queens” paid homage to their home city by offering legions of fans a free meet and greet at the ArtsQuest Center during MusikFest Aug. 9.

“Blood Queens” is a horror-comedy web series spin off to Fox’s “Scream Queens.” The parody series circles around the main characters becoming locked inside an apartment complex, which was once an historic hotel, after a socialite was murdered. The featured hotel happens to be...

Record setting year More than 1.2M visit Bethlehem for 2019 Musikfest

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 by The Press in Local News

They came from Australia and Aruba, Texas and Tennessee.When all was said and done, more than 1.2 million guests visited Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley for Musikfest, setting an all-time attendance record for the festival.

During Musikfest 2019, patrons came from a record 46 states and 26 countries, with individuals coming from as far away as the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam. This year’s festival featured 400 performers from 27 states and five countries, with performers and...

Police’s MusikFest scorecard: 38 out of 1.2M

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 by MARK DILUZIO BETHLEHEM POLICE CHIEF in Local News

Each year, an estimated one million people (approximately 1.2 million in 2019) come to the city of Bethlehem to enjoy Musikfest. Each year, Bethlehem Police, with assistance from multiple outside agencies, police Musikfest to keep it safe. This is done in addition to our normal patrols that occur every day, 365 days a year. The policing of Musikfest and the safety of all who attend is a high priority for the Bethlehem Police Department.

As you know, Musikfest encompasses two large...

TURNPIKE Route #309 detours Sept. 6 - 9

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

The Pennsylvania Turnpike - North East extension and Route 309 are closing temporarily from 9 p.m. September 6 until 4 a.m. September 9 in both directions. In case the project isn’t completed that weekend, the work would be completed between September 13 and16.

Emergency service vehicles will not be allowed on the turnpike without permission from the turnpike’s traffic incident management coordinator. Traffic will be detoured onto Routes 22 and 33, and Interstate 80.

There will...

BETHLEHEM Apple Days set for Sept. 7, 8

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Sixth Annual Apple Days will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 7 and 8 at Burnside Plantation, 1461 Schoenersville Road. There will be apple bobbing, kids crafts and activities, cooking and colonial demonstrations, blacksmithing, barn and house tours, live music, culinary and doughnut-eating contests (register online by September 5) and takeout desserts.

New this year: Kids Activity Pass (cost) for crafts such as apple-stencil t-shirts,...

‘For better or worse’

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by SAMANTHA ANDERSON in Local News

Most of the Lehigh Valley was intently watching the news and social media July 12 after word spread that a man climbed the blast furnaces at SteelStacks in Bethlehem and was refusing to come down. Emergency personnel were on the scene attempting to talk the man down. He stayed up on the structure for approximately 21 hours and came down just before 4:30 p.m. July 13, ending the standoff without major incident.

Devin Hallquist and Michael Steele had another reason to pay attention to...

Bethlehem students backstage

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by NICHOLAS ROLLAND in Local News

Liberty HS music students learned what life is like in the music business on a Sunday afternoon at Musikfest. Students were invited to the Wind Creek Steel Stage at PNC plaza, the same stage that Lady Antebellum would grace later that evening, to see what goes into preparing for a show and to learn valuable life lessons on staying focused on long-term goals.

A few hours before the scheduled show, Lauren Allen, director of client and community relations for PNC Bank, met an eager group...

Bethlehem students backstage

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by NICHOLAS ROLLAND in School

Liberty HS music students learned what life is like in the music business on a Sunday afternoon at Musikfest. Students were invited to the Wind Creek Steel Stage at PNC plaza, the same stage that Lady Antebellum would grace later that evening, to see what goes into preparing for a show and to learn valuable life lessons on staying focused on long-term goals.

A few hours before the scheduled show, Lauren Allen, director of client and community relations for PNC Bank, met an eager group...

National Night Out – Hellertown

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Hellertown and Lower Saucon held their annual National Night Out Aug. 6 at Dimmick Park in Hellertown. It was an opportunity for the community and first responders to come together in an effort to build relationships and increase awareness of crime and safety.

The family friendly event included free food, music, demonstrations, activities and games for kids. Members of Hellertown and Lower Saucon Police departments along with Dewey, Lower Saucon Fire & Rescue and Steel City Fire...