Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 15, 2018


Monday, October 8, 2018 by The Press in School

Bethlehem Area School District

Preschool programs

Freedom HS offers free preschool programs for parents who live in the Bethlehem Area School District from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, subject to space availability and eligibility requirements.

For more information, call 610-867-5843, ext. 53403 or email

Flu vaccine clinics

There will be a flu vaccine clinic for BASD students...

Lehigh, city seek input on streetscape

Monday, October 8, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Adrienne McNeil-Washington brought the Mayor’s South Side Task Force up to speed Sept. 25 with what’s happening at Lehigh University, where she works for the Community & Regional Affairs department. She reported progress on Southside Commons, Lehigh’s new housing facility for upperclassmen at Brodhead and Packer avenues, including the opening of an interim leasing office at 408 Adams St.

The city, along with the Bethlehem Parking Authority and Lehigh University, is seeking input...

LEHIGH CO. Rededication set for Oct. 19

Monday, October 8, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

There will be a free public rededication of the plaque presented to Lehigh County in 1962 at noon Oct. 19 at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Lehigh County Plaza, Seventh and Hamilton streets. The event is sponsored by the county of Lehigh.

Originally placed on the Allentown National Bank building, the plaque was thought lost in 2012 due to the construction of Two City Center. After it was located in the Allentown City Hall basement, it was reinstalled at the Lehigh County...


Monday, October 8, 2018 by The Press in Local News

As we approach the Nov. 6 general election, the Bethlehem Press, in the interest of fairness, will halt the publication of columns by local government officials and letters to the editor submitted by or about those running for office. We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters. Letters to the editor, written either by a candidate or members of the community in support of a candidate, must be received no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 19.

Liberty/Freedom Class of 1968

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Nearly 300 graduates and their guests gathered on the weekend of Sept. 15 to mark 50 years since their class graduated from Liberty and Freedom high schools in 1968. Their senior class had been divided with the opening of Freedom HS for the 1967-68 school year, with over 500 remaining at Liberty and the rest transferred to the then brand new high school campus in Bethlehem Township.

An informal gathering on Friday night at the Bethlehem Brew Works gave those who were unable to attend...

‘Serving God by serving the People of God’ Second Baptist Church marks 100 years of service to the community

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

This year, the Second Baptist Church at 1016 Wood St. in Bethlehem is celebrating the centennial of its founding as the second African-American house of worship in Bethlehem. In September, it marked the occasion with a special worship service and catered luncheon.

The congregation also celebrated the life and contributions of long-time senior pastor Edward Arnold Thompson, who passed away in January. Thompson served as interim pastor from 1986-1988, and pastor from 1988 until his...

Wage coalition builds support

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

If the low turnout of minimum wage workers supporting the rally to get Pennsylvania’s minimum wage up to $15 is an indicator of interest, then the issue is a ho-hum for the workers of Lehigh Valley. But to be fair, most minimum wage workers were probably hard at work at 11 a.m. Sept. 19. A lot of them were serving lunch to their more highly-paid customers at nearby downtown Allentown restaurants.

Likely they had not heard about the rally, but even had they heard, it’s unlikely they...