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Monday, September 30, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in School

Students and their families at both Donegan and Fountain Hill elementary schools attended an open house at each school Sept. 5, meeting educators, gathering information, and relaxing afterward at a block party. At Donegan, they were welcomed by principal Erin Medina and BASD superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy while enjoying pizza and refreshments courtesy of Wind Creek Hospitality, followed by a block party on the school’s outdoor recreation area, which was sponsored by Graceway Community Church...

Is 911 dispatching closest emergency responder?

Monday, September 30, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

On Sept. 10, John Pequeno’s Upper Nazareth home, at 3300 block of Rising Sun Court, was destroyed by fire. No human lives were lost, but Pequeno did lose a pup named Marshall, whom he referred to as his “fur baby.” “The rest of what was lost was mostly just stuff,” he said. Nine different fire departments ultimately responded. Pequeno has been so touched by their heroic efforts that he organized a fundraiser for what he calls the Rising Sun Fire Brigade. As commendable as these volunteers...

11-15 West Garrison City considers apartment structure

Monday, September 30, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Emotional responses dominated the public hearing Sept. 17 to rezone the zoning map to accommodate a planned apartment building spanning 11 to 15 West Garrison St. Dennis Connell, an architect who owns the property, wants to erect a five-story apartment building that could have 72 units and a garage with 74 parking spaces.

The properties are currently in the RT or High-Density Residential District, but Connell wants city council to approve a re-designation of the zoning map to classify...

PPL trucks helped in storm aftermath

Monday, September 30, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Fifty PPL Electric Utilities engineers, supervisors and line workers formed a convoy of 20 special-purpose trucks and other vehicles and headed out Aug. 30 for Florida to help local power companies deal with Hurricane Dorian.

However, before the convoy reached Florida, the storm track of Dorian changed and Florida was no longer threatened with a direct hit. The major power company in Florida, Duke Energy, released the PPL workers from their task. The workers were then ordered to...

Chocolate Lab celebrates its 17th anniversary

Monday, September 30, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Chocolate Lab on Main Street in Bethlehem celebrated it’s 17th anniversary with an Alien Invasion party Sept. 21. A spaceship hovered over the sales counter, probably hoping to beam up some delicious chocolate. Two large Alien cutouts watched over the store and customers. Owner Arlene Brockel and her staff wore black t-shirts proclaiming “straight outta area 51”. The festivities began with face painting, story time with Miss Dana from the Bethlehem Area Public Library, and free samples...


Monday, September 30, 2019 by The Press in School

Students complete summer program

She has wanted to be a nurse ever since she was a child and saw newborns in a neonatal unit. So every weekday this summer, the Freedom HS student has risen early so she can make the 30-minute walk from her home to St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Bethlehem campus.

Daikiry Perez was among 20 high school students who worked this summer as part of the Network’s innovative Health Career Exploration Program. The program, which concluded this...

Election Policy

Monday, September 30, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

As we approach the Nov. 5 municipal 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 those running for office.

The last week for publication of columns by local government officials running for office is the Oct. 2 edition.

We will, of course, continue to cover the local races, in news stories generated by our own reporters.

Letters to the Editor, written...

Boscola announces $600K-plus in local crime prevention grants

Monday, September 30, 2019 by The Press in Local News

State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced today that Northampton and Lehigh counties along with three local nonprofits have been approved by the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) for grants totaling $662,691 to enhance efforts to assist crime victims and improve county governments efficiencies in dealing with crime issues.

“It’s critical that at all levels of government we focus on crime prevention and improving our criminal justice systems, but when a crime occurs we must...

Campus operations supervisor hired

Monday, September 30, 2019 by CHRIS HARING in Local News

The Sept. 24 Saucon Valley School Board meeting was a short, congenial one with only a few orders of business inspiring in-depth discussion, with little to no contention among members.

On hand for introduction was newly hired Supervisor of Campus Operations John McCabe, replacing outgoing Supervisor Wally Zimpfer, who is retiring effective immediately. The Supervisor of Campus Operations’ job is to oversee everything physical related to the campus grounds, buildings and buses, McCabe...