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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Wreaths Across America Veteran’s wreaths set for Dec. 14

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

The fourth National Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held at noon on December 14 at Fountain Hill Cemetery, 1121 Graham St.

Wreaths Across America is a national non-profit organization that partners with over 1,500 locations in the United States and beyond with placing a wreath on every one of our veteran’s graves at Christmas.

To volunteer and/or make a donation, email Ron at or call 610-867-0244.

Council member, mayor clash

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez threatened Nov. 19 to quit attending city council meetings and to not let his cabinet attend if a member of council continues to make “unwarranted personal attacks” on members of Donchez’s administration.

“Since Bethlehem became a mayor-council form of government in 1961,” said Donchez in a statement he read publicly, “it has been a tradition that the mayor and his cabinet attend city council meetings. In the future, if there is another unwarranted...

Domestic violence by the numbers

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Over 10 million men and women are the victims of domestic violence in the United States every year.

In Pennsylvania alone, there were:


37,993 - New protection orders from domestic abuse cases


39,056 - New protection orders from domestic abuse cases


39,083 - New protection orders from domestic abuse cases

In Lehigh County, there were:


1,359 - New protection from abuse cases and 883 domestic violence...


Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by The Press in School

Northampton Community College

Youth Chorus holiday concert Dec. 8

Lehigh Valley Youth Chorus, with children in grades three through 12, will sing holiday music at 3 p.m. December 8 in the Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, 3835 Green Pond Road. The program is open to the public.

Admission is free, but a donation of a canned food item would be appreciated.

Student dance showcase Dec. 12, 13

Northampton Community College’s fall student dance showcase will be held...


Wednesday, December 4, 2019 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

ARTSQUEST, Bethlehem – Volunteers (age 15+; age 14 with adult) are needed at Christkindlmarkt Thursdays...

Watershed forum attracts industry experts

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Environmentalists, community watershed activists, municipal officials, academics, scientists and technical experts recently talked about ways to improve and protect the Lehigh Valley’s land and water.

The event, called the Eighth Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference, was held Oct. 15 at Lehigh University’s STEPS building. It featured various conferences, according to a news release. This included two half-day workshops on managing invasive plants in streamside buffers and growing edible...

Mama’s musings - By Lani Goins, Special to the Bethlehem Press - Waiting

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

As I have mentioned before, I have been waiting three years for a divorce decree. Waiting is #%%#. One of young son James’ favorite stories is an Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Wilhems, titled “Waiting is not Easy.” No, it isn’t! Waiting is #%%#.

There are a ton of sayings about waiting. “Waiting is the hardest part.” Yeah. “Good things come to those who wait.” Uh huh, who is waiting for something bad to happen? “Waiting for the world to change.” I think everyone feels that way...


Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

The Bethlehem Press calendar listings are, to the best of our knowledge, correct at the time of printing. We are not responsible for the accuracy or reliability of information submitted by external parties.

Wednesday, November 27

City of Bethlehem Parking Authority, 4 p.m. 85 W. North St.

Northampton County Industrial Development Authority, 4 p.m., Northampton Co. Courthouse, 669 Washington St., Easton.

City of Bethlehem Zoning Hearing Board, rescheduled to...

28th annual Souper Day fundraiser

Monday, November 25, 2019 by DOROTHY GLEW in Local News

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the New Bethany Souper Day Fundraiser drew 250 guests to the Event Center at Blue. Each year the event raises money needed by New Bethany Ministries to provide multiple services to needy people, including 37,000 hot meals annually, 3,200 showers, clothing, temporary housing and assistance finding permanent housing and employment, among other services.

Marc Rittle, executive director of New Bethany, welcomed the New Bethany staff. In addition to paid staff, there...