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Three elementary schools inch toward repair or replacement

Monday, November 25, 2019 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

Chief Facilities Officer Mark Stein introduced the district’s capital improvement plan at the Nov. 11 BASD curriculum committee meeting. He cited guidance from the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) to budget 1.5 percent of the replacement cost of the district’s total square footage annually for capital projects, while acknowledging that this is not financially possible for public school districts. Projects slated to begin in 2020 are HVAC replacements at Asa Packer and...

A time for saying thank you

Monday, November 25, 2019 by DEBRA PALMIERI in Opinion

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for family and friends to gather around the table and catch up on events from the past year — new babies, new loves, new jobs, graduations and marriages.

They also fondly recall and share favorite stories of loved ones who have moved on and are no longer able to be with them on this special day.

Families give thanks for all their blessings and then share a meal while renewing connections with those who may have traveled from afar.


Second Ave. Armory project is official

Monday, November 25, 2019 by CHARONE FRANKEL in Local News

The Bethlehem Planning Commission has granted approval for the redevelopment of the Armory at 345 Second Ave. The historic art deco structure, built in 1930 for use as a National Guard drill hall, will be restored and expanded into an apartment complex. Following discussion and public comment Nov. 14, the commission voted 4-0 (with one recusal) in favor of Peron Development’s final subdivision plan and landscape waiver request.

Work may begin as early as April 2020, according to Peron...

DA announces charged filed in Oct. 18 homicide in Whitehall

Monday, November 25, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Nov. 21 that charges have been filed in relation to the Oct. 18 homicide of Jeffrey Werner inside his Whitehall Township home.

Dakota Schmoyer, 27, no known address, and Michael Layton, of Bethlehem, have been charged with criminal homicide, a felony of the first degree.

Schmoyer and Layton are also charged with one count each of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, both felonies of the first degree.

Schmoyer is...

Diamond and Silk hosts banquet

Monday, November 25, 2019 by CINDY O’BRIEN in Opinion

Diamond and Silk, two popular conservative social media personalities, urged people at the sold-out Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation’s 40th anniversary banquet to forget about political correctness and not allow themselves to be silenced on abortion.

“If we can advocate for women’s rights, we can advocate for the rights of the unborn,” Diamond said. “They have a right to life too.”

Known for their candid and often humorous political commentary, Diamond and Silk spoke to an...

Off to the races, Oktoberfest style

Monday, November 25, 2019 by LANI GOINS in Local News

A highlight of the Steelstacks Oktoberfest is the annual Weiner Dog Race. Four sessions of races were held, Oct. 5, 6, 12 and 13, in a small area in front of Steel Stacks. To compete in the races, dogs had to be Dachshunds or Dachshund crossbreeds. Competing dogs ranged in age from puppies to seniors. Each race began with a parade. Dogs not competing in the races were welcome to participate in the parade, though they could not receive prizes. At the end of each parade, dogs returned to the...

STUDENT PROFILE Coordinated by Julia Swan - Mercedes Lobb, LV Charter HS for The Arts

Monday, November 25, 2019 by The Press in School

Grade: 11th

Family members: Danielle (mom), Troy (dad), Asher (older brother), Aidan (younger brother), Bubbles (cat).

Favorite subject(s): My favorite school subject is history because I like to look back at the events that helped to shape our society into what it is today, and judge whether we have made progress or not.

Next steps (after high school): After high school, I want to attend Syracuse University as a public relations major, minoring in journalism.