Bethlehem Press

Sunday, August 20, 2017

NORCO: Bethlehem officials want tax break for northern neighborhood

Monday, August 7, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Though Bethlehem officials are unsure why the quality of housing stock is beginning to deteriorate in some north Bethlehem neighborhoods, they are hopeful that a real estate tax incentive will lead to a revitalization. Housing and Community Planner Allyson Lehr pitched this program, called a LERTA, to Northampton County Council Aug. 3.

LERTA is an acronym for Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance. Property owners inside a LERTA zone may apply for a tax break for improvements...

Bethlehem Salvation Army festival Aug. 19

Monday, August 7, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

The Salvation Army hosts an open to the public “Jrock Community Day Festival” from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 19 at the 521 Pembroke Road location.

There will be carnival games, kids and family activities, costume characters, face painting, health screenings, hair cuts for boys and men, food, prizes and giveaways.

Performing groups include Teen Challenge Christian Rap, Sam and Uni Lopez, The Rev. Timothy Smith and the Men of the Faith Works House, Christian creative arts and various...

Around Town

Monday, August 7, 2017 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: “Expressions: A Self-Portrait Show”, through August 29 with local artists and citizens.10 E. Church St. Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit

Salvation Army: Call 610-867-4681 for schedule.

Bethlehem Area Public Library: daily. Call...

COUNTY Senior produce coupons available

Monday, August 7, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Northampton County residents age 60 and over are eligible to receive $20 worth of coupons (once for the season) for use at state-registered farmers markets ( not for supermarkets or grocery stores). To be eligible, residents must have an income less than $22, 311 per year or less or be a married couple (both may receive coupons) with an income of $30,044 per year or less. Proof of age and residence must be presented by all persons wishing to receive coupons.

A person may obtain...

NMIH New discount days announced

Monday, August 7, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

The National Museum of Industrial History celebrated the first anniversary of its opening to the public on August 2. As a thank you, NMIH has announced the new discount days for students, families, and senior citizens.

Senior Day, on the first Wednesday of a month, half price tickets for citizens age 65 and older; Student Days, the first Thursday of each month, feature half price tickets for students; additionally, regular student admission is now reduced to nine dollars. Every Sunday...

‘Wanting to see neighborhoods succeed’

Monday, August 7, 2017 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

The Bethlehem Area Public Library Southside Branch partnered with New Bethany Ministries to offer a program titled “Fight Hunger and Homelessness” at the library July 27. The program, part of the adult summer series “Build a Better World,” focused explicitly on the impact hunger and homelessness have on Bethlehem and the greater Lehigh Valley.

Kate Cohen, director of development and communications at New Bethany Ministries, began the presentation by introducing both the organization...

NORCO Senior rides now available

Monday, August 7, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Northampton County seniors have three transportation options currently available: ITNLehighValley, RIdes in Sight and LANtaBus.

Three year old ITNLehighValley, for persons over 60 years old, services Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. The company provides rides in private automobiles with trained drivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is an annual membership fee, a pick-up fee and a mileage cost. No tips are accepted. Call 610-419-1645 for more information.

Rides in...