Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

‘Appreciate our differences’

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by MICHELLE MEEH in School

“Stay close,” the 182 graduates in the class of 2019 were told at Bethlehem Catholic HS’s graduation, June 5 at the high school auditorium.

During his Invocation, school chaplain Rev. Kevin Bobbin urged graduates to stay close to the school, to each other and to God.

A prayer in the graduation program told the graduates of how much the school community celebrates their achievements.

“Today we celebrate what you have become and look forward with hope to the bright promise...


Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

Wednesday, June 12

Bethlehem Twp. Municipal Authority, 5:30 p.m. Municipal building, 4225 Easton Ave.

Bethlehem Zoning Board, 6 p.m. City hall, 10 E. Church St.

Hellertown Borough Water Authority Board, 7 p.m. 685 Main St.

Lehigh Co. Commissioners, 7:30 p.m. Public hearing room, Gov’t. Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.

Thursday, June 13

Bethlehem Authority, 3:30 p.m. City hall, 10 E. Church St.

Bethlehem Planning commission, 4 p.m. City...

$700K approved for pool updating

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

City plans for a rebuilt Memorial Pool dominated the Bethlehem City Council meeting June 4. The pool is currently closed.

Public Works Director Michael Alkhal asked for an additional $700,000 for rebuilding the pool on Illick’s Mill Road near the ice rink. He said he envisions the result to be a “destination” pool.

According to Business Manager Eric Evans, the existing pool has several fatal flaws, which means extensive rebuilding is needed.

Councilman Bryan Callahan...

‘We’re the solution’

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in School

It was difficult to reconcile the ebullient atmosphere with the event’s theme.

Freedom HS’s commencement at Stabler Arena June 6 was by and large electric and rarely affected by the gravity of “Pursuing Discomfort and Embracing Change.”

Each speaker stressed challenges the new graduates would soon be facing in the adult world while celebrating the many accomplishments they’d already achieved. Perhaps the most obvious and most often mentioned was the new American Sign Languages...


Tuesday, June 11, 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

Volunteer Center to receive a brochure listing agencies in need of volunteers at 610-807-0336 or e-mail:...

LUNG ASSOC Force Walk set for June 15

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

The American Lung Association’s fifth annual Lung Force Walk Allentown will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 13 at Lehigh Parkway, Allentown. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. with a short welcome program at 6:15 p.m.. The walk steps off at 6:30 p.m.

The event, which celebrates valley lung cancer survivors, advocates and caregivers, is to raise vital awareness and $25,000 in funds for lung cancer research and advocacy.

City marks EMS Week with ceremony

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

The City of Bethlehem’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) celebrated EMS Week with a recognition ceremony May 20. Mayor Bob Donchez told paramedics, “We are proud of our public safety departments.” He presented EMS Director Thomas Decker with an EMS Week proclamation as did Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure. Representatives of both area hospitals, St. Luke’s University Health Network and Lehigh Valley Health Network, also attended and made presentations. Bethlehem paramedics Jason...

STUDENT PROFILE - Holly Peslis, Bethlehem Catholic HS - coordinated by Julia Swan

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by The Press in School

Grade: 12

Family members: Jim Peslis (father), Pam Peslis (mother) and Ryan Peslis (brother)

Favorite subject: My favorite subject is government and politics. I think it is extremely important for citizens to be educated about what is going on in our nation. I also find it very interesting how our government works each day.

Activities: Student body president, Debate Team captain, soccer team captain, leader of the new charity club, The Movement, National Honor Society,...


Tuesday, June 11, 2019 by The Press in Local News

In last week’s issue, the Bethlehem Area School District article on page one was by Theresa O’Brien, and in it ,Director Dean Donaher specified he is against the nonprofit BASD Foundation being run by a district employee, rather than for one.

City’s lost Vietnam servicemen honored at last Keeping their memory alive

Friday, June 7, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Bethlehem’s war dead were remembered Saturday morning in a solemn and emotional ceremony in front of Bethlehem City Hall. A new Vietnam War memorial now stands on East Church Street as a mute testimonial to the 35 men of Bethlehem who were killed in action during that war.

Some of the families of the fallen attended, several holding portraits of sons or brothers who gave their lives for their country.

City of Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez said these were neighbors and friends...