Bethlehem Press

Friday, September 21, 2018

Council ponders purchasing building

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County’s Centralized Human Services Building is located at 2801 Emrick Boulevard in Bethlehem Township. It was dedicated a little over four years ago, in April 2014. It was a dream come true for former Executive John Stoffa. He devoted his career to human services. Throughout two terms, he argued for a centralized location for the 80,000 clients who often need services from several departments. The county leases this building from Polaris Emrick Development at a rate of $1.05...

‘Steeples and Steel’ tours keep South Bethlehem history alive

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

When the 19th century immigrants flocked to Bethlehem to work, first in the iron works, then later as steelworkers, they brought their families along. These families arrived with steamer trunks, suitcases and their religious beliefs as well. Since many did not speak English, the Windish, Germans, Italians, Hungarians, and those from other ethnic backgrounds clustered together in segregated neighborhoods to be around folks who spoke the same language as they did.

Soon churches and a...

City golf course funding approved

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Two new ordinances were scheduled to be voted on by Bethlehem City Council Sept. 4 but one, an amendment to the fireworks ordinance was pulled to allow council to reconcile differences on the permitted hours for fireworks.

The second bill, a $2 million general obligation note for improvement at the Bethlehem Golf Club on Illicks Mill Road, got preliminary or first reading approval from the council, but over the objection of councilwomen Dr. Paige Van Wirt and Olga Negrón.

“I...

Changes coming to volunteer fire dept.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by TRACY RICE in Local News

Fountain Hill Borough Council promoted eight-year Officer Jose Vazquez to a full time police position June 20. This promotion comes with the recommendation of Chief Ed Bachert.

“Office Vazquez is well liked by the community,” said Mayor Carolee Gifford.

Executive Administrator Anthony Branco read the resignation letter of Fire Chief David Boehrer, effective Aug. 6. after 17 years, four of which were as chief. Boehrer previously served 18 years with the Salisbury Fire Department...

Rosenthal scaling back public service

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Joan Rosenthal has been a Northampton County Elections Commissioner, Hanover Township Supervisor, Planning Commissioner and Zoning Hearing Board member. “You name it, I was on it,” she laughs. Over the past few years, she’s been trying to scale back so that others can serve. On Aug, 28, she informed township supervisors that she’s stepping down from the Neighborhood Block Watch, another organization she managed for many years.

She told supervisors, “We don’t get a big following. ......