Bethlehem Press

Thursday, May 24, 2018

FOUNTAIN HILL Roadway construction and parking woes continue

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by TRACY RICE in Local News

April was a busy month for Fountain Hill Borough Council. At the April 3 meeting, council received an update on the MS4 project from Jason Smith, of Hanover Engineering. Hanover had submitted the suggested proposal to the DEP and received the comments back. There were approximately five comments to address from the DEP.

Some issues to address are portions of the borough that were not previously covered by the storm water drain-off, the border along South Bethlehem and land use data (...

Local funeral home remembers Former President Lincoln

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by JODI BOGERT in Local News

The Lehigh County Historical Society hosted a presentation and exhibit commemorating the 153rd anniversary of former President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14 at J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown.

The focus of the event was about the train that transported Lincoln’s remains to his final resting place in Springfield, Ill.

Artifacts such as a replica of Lincoln’s casket were on display.

Guests dined on gingerbread cake, Lincoln’s favorite dessert and...

VALLEY Writers Group meets May 10

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group will hold its Writers Café Craft Discussion with Read & Critique from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, May 10 at the Palmer Branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

The meeting is free and open to persons 18 years of age or older.

Participants are invited to bring about 500 words to read to the group. Any genre, fiction or nonfiction, poetry, screenplays or memoirs, are welcome.

NORCO Some county retirees to see larger pension checks

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County’s Retirement Board, which manages the pensions of roughly 2,000 county retirees, has voted to end a practice that was chipping away at pension checks. To be specific, the board has directed the county to stop deducting medical contributions from retiree benefits after determining that the practice is illegal. The board made this decision May 3.

The practice of deducting medical contributions from pensions started under former Executive Bill Brackbill in the early...

Boscola welcomes bipartisan support for open primaries bill

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by The Press in Local News

State Senator Lisa M. Boscola (D-Northampton) said she is encouraged by emerging bipartisan support for her proposal that would allow independent and third-party voters to cast a ballot in the Republican or Democratic primary elections.

“Being an independent voter shouldn’t disqualify someone from having a say in who the candidates will be in the November general election ballot,” Boscola said. “I am pleased to see Republican leaders supporting this growing call for inclusion.”

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Spring, or summer, finally springs for farmers markets

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by The Press in Local News

While the abrupt weather changes have caught many of us (occasionally uncomfortable) off-guard, those waiting patiently to participate in the area’s numerous weekly farmers markets are ready and eager to begin. The weekly market at Farrington Square, at the Center Street entrance to Lehigh University’s main campus, was ablaze with energy and heat on opening day May 3. The summertime market is even every Thursday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

COLLEGE NOTES

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by The Press in School

Lehigh Carbon Community College

Mindfulness Course begins Aug. 29

Lehigh Carbon Community College is offering a one-credit class entitled Mindfulness for Academic Success (IDS 297H) to new or current LCCC students. The class will meet once a week, from 2:20 to 3:41 p.m., on Wednesdays beginning Aug. 29 for 10 weeks. The instructor is Wendy Barron, professor of media communications and certified mindfulness instructor.

The course is designed to address the specific stress...

The real food challenge Expanding locally sourced food in campus dining halls

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by VICTORIA LOMBARDI SPCIAL TO THE BETHLEHEM PRESS in School

Converting to a wholesome, locally sourced diet is something many fantasize about, but don’t necessarily act on. Laura Marsiglio, data and metrics reporting assistant for the Office of Sustainability, ’21, is not one of those people.

After reading Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food” and recognizing the harmful impacts of intensive agriculture, she altered her diet to reduce her carbon footprint, benefitting the environment and her health.

Lehigh University is making these...