Bethlehem Press

Friday, March 23, 2018

Lehigh Valley doctor is a man on a mission

Monday, March 19, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Dr. Peter Rovito has been going on one or two mission trips a year, since 2007, with the World Surgical Foundation based in Harrisburg.

“I once performed 25 thyroid surgeries in five days during a mission trip to the Philippines,” the Allentown doctor explained.

Originally from Shamokin, Rovito attended Temple University Medical School, Philadelphia, graduating in 1983.

“I say a prayer for Temple every night because it made me a doctor,” Rovito said.


Veterans Financial Protection Act become law

Monday, March 19, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

President Donald Trump signed into law on March 9 a bill that would protect older, low-income veterans who require assisted care. The law directs the Department of Veteran Affairs to work with other federal agencies and states to develop and implement standards that protect veterans from predatory practices associated with the Aid and Assistance benefit.

The VA offers the benefit for VA pension qualifiers who need financial help with in-home care or assisted living.


Valley Youth House Festif raises $56,000 for at risk youth camp

Monday, March 19, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Valley Youth House’s Camp Fowler Festif 2017, presented by Highmark Blue Shield, raised over $56,000 for the camp thanks to the generous support of their donors.

Festif is a family fun event that combines cycling, trail running, entertainment, food, and fun.

Rides ranged from family friendly distances to a quad burning 52 miles or a 5K trail run through the beautiful 43 acre camp.

The camp’s Project U.S.E. certified ropes course instructors were also on hand so that...

‘Proactive’ police efforts lauded in schools

Monday, March 19, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Police Log

The Salisbury Township Police Department is said to be at the forefront of ensuring student safety in Salisbury Township School District.

“We have the wherewithal and skilled officers,” said Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles.

“We appreciate your being proactive,” said Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners President Robert Martucci, Jr.

The discussion at the Feb. 22 township meeting happened after the Feb. 14 shooting rampage at a Parkland, Fla.,...


Monday, March 19, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

St. Luke’s University Health Network

Anderson opens pediatric unit

St. Luke’s Anderson Pediatrics, is now open in the St. Luke’s Anderson Campus Medical Office Building, 1700 St. Luke’s Blvd., Suite 403.

Near a St. Luke’s Obstetrics and gynecology office, the office is open Monday through Friday, and has on-call providers available by phone “after hours” and for emergencies. The practice provides routine pediatric care for patients ages newborn to 21 years old that...


Monday, March 19, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

A-Treat Heroes campaign finalists

A-Treat Soda named six finalists for the A-Treat Heroes campaign. The individuals, recognized for their selflessness, and volunteers in the Greater Lehigh Valley area are Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County volunteer Betty Duffy, Kempton Fire Company Fire Chief Matthew Brett, Smiles by Sarah founder Barb Martucci, Catasauqua Police Department Officer Scott Rothrock, charitable musician and songwriter Scott Marshall and H.O.P.E. program founder Donna...

Around Town

Monday, March 19, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

A full calendar appears on the Bethlehem Press website, but due to space constraints, for ongoing events, email, visit or call the following:

Bethlehem City Hall Rotunda: Tom Maxfield: digital prints, “Dreams and Visions”; March 7 to April 16. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Rotunda,10 E. Church St. Visit

Bethlehem Area Public Library: Call 610-867-3761(main) or 610-867-7852 (south side); Visit...

Moravian Academy presents ‘Into the Woods’

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by LORI PATRICK in School

A marvelous presentation of “Into the Woods” was performed in Dyer Auditorium, Moravian Academy last week. The opening night performance was moved to Sunday evening due to a winter storm and poor driving conditions. The production played on March 3 and 4 and was directed by Jarrod Yuskauskas along with associate director Elizabeth Burke. The music section included director Dr. Yvonne Robinson, orchestra conductor and Dr. Richard Fanning and the play was choreographed by Katie Keller....

Gov. Wolf PTA hosts Mommy Market

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by DOROTHY GLEW in School

They were all there; clothing for children and adults, toys, household goods, decorative objects, cleaning products, and much more at the fifth annual Governor Wolf ES Mommy Market sale. Customers poured in from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 24. Sellers, interested in cleaning out a closet or two, and buyers looking for great bargains, included Governor Wolf employees as well as community residents. There were refreshments on sale, including coffee, cookies, donuts, for all attendees. On...