Bethlehem Press

Friday, December 15, 2017

Red Cross Blood donations needed

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give the gift of blood for the holidays. Donations tend to decline during December, but the need for blood remains steady.

Donors who give blood or platelets Dec. 21, 2017, through Jan. 7, 2018, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Wednesday, December 13

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

Thursday, December 14

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

Bethlehem Planning Commission, 4 p.m. City Hall, 10 E. Church St.

Northampton Co. Council , 4:30 p.m., Northampton Co. Courthouse, 669 Washington St., Easton.

Monday, December 18

BASD Board, 7 p.m., East Hills, MS auditorium, 2005 Chester...

Borough gets new mayor, council member

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

The meeting on Nov. 22 welcomed council President Larry Rapp back from a long absence. He was happy to announce that Carolee Gifford will be the next Fountain Hill mayor and her term will start in January 2018. There will also be a new council member, Leo Atkinson, and his term will also start in January.

Residents were given the privilege of the floor and they were still outraged at the proposed tax increase for 2018 year. Several residents spoke about using the rainy day fund for...

$10M for DaVinci Center

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE APECIAL TO THE BETHLEHEM PRESS in Local News

Northampton County Council voted Dec. 7 to award $10 million in hotel taxes for a new Easton-based DaVinci Science Center. But it’s unclear whether this $130 million project, whose centerpiece is a salt water aquarium, will ever see any of this money. This grant is the dying gasp of a lame duck council. Ken Kraft has already promised to repeal this measure once a new Council is seated next month.

The grant passed by a 5-4 vote. Voting for it were Peg Ferraro, Glenn Geissinger, Mat...

VALLEY ‘Happiness’ program in progress

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley has launched the 2017 “Happiness in a Shoebox” program in partnership with Enterprise Holdings, UGI and Kids Care Clubs and corporate sponsors Just Born Confections, Allstate Foundation and Walmart.

Part of the Holiday Hope Chests national project, the non-profit event helps less fortunate children living in the Lehigh Valley. Donations are sorted and packed for distribution by individual and group volunteers.

Currently, the VCOLV has 6,000...

Doctors rethinking narcotics

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by JOHN E. USALIS in Local News

Dealing with the opioid misuse epidemic in the country is being addressed in a preventive way through new procedures by medical professionals, according to Dr. Joanne Calabrese,an internist with the St. Luke’s Physicians Group.

“The rules and the guidelines are changing,” said Calabrese, referring to a 2016 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Opioid Misuse Strategy, “so it’s been challenging as a provider to know what the next step is, what’s going to happen, and how we’re...

Valley overdose deaths continue to rise

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Drug overdose deaths have increased sharply in the Lehigh Valley since 2014, according to records maintained by both the Northampton and Lehigh county coroners. These fatalities have increased sharply even though drug overdose reversal kits have been widely available and have been used by first responders over the past year.

In Northampton County, drug overdose deaths have tripled since 2014. There were 31 deaths that year. This year, as of Oct. 25, 91 Northampton County residents...

Holiday House Tours return Dec. 9

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

The Bethlehem Historic District Association (BHDA) Holiday House Tour 2017 offers tour participants a unique opportunity to celebrate the holiday season while becoming better acquainted with Bethlehem’s history. The Dec. 9 tour will explore nine homes in Bethlehem’s Historic District, enlightening visitors with historically-appropriate decorations and information about each home’s specific history.

In the past, the BHDA arranged Holiday House Tours on a semi-annual basis. After a...

Police seek sex predator

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Do you know this man? Have you ever dated him or talked to him? If so, local authorities would like to talk to you.

Authorities believe Seth Mull is a sexual predator who has victimized women nationwide. He is currently jailed for a rape allegedly committed at the Bethlehem Holiday Inn Express on Cherry Lane.

Bethlehem police first arrested Seth Mull on October 28 on charges of raping, strangling and otherwise intimidating a female victim at the Bethlehem Holiday Inn Express...