Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 14, 2019

Proposed office causes endless debate

Monday, September 30, 2019 by LANI GOINS in Local News

Morningstar Financial Services and city zoners have been on a carousel regarding a financial services office at 2 W. Market St. for more than a year, and it was up for discussion once again Sept. 11.

It was another slog, as planners and attorneys spent more than two hours arguing about procedure and whether to accept testimony from previous meeting minutes.

After more back-and-forth and private conferring, directors decided not to allow the minutes and to table all motions for...

Council, admin have partisan fallout

Monday, September 30, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The Republican members who dominate the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners 6–3 don’t trust the Democrats who head up Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong’s administration.

An amendment establishing procedures to allow the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners to recommend health care provider vendors other than the one recommended by the administration had its first reading Sept. 25.

A motion by one of the bill’s all Republican sponsors, Commissioner Marc Grammes, to...

YWCA Climate Change panel Oct. 16

Monday, September 30, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

YWCA Bethlehem is sponsoring “Climate Change: Lehigh Valley Strategies for Today & Tomorrow” Oct. 16, at Kirkland Village, a Bethlehem retirement community. A five-member panel, including staff from the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, will address approaches Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton are undertaking on climate change and answer audience questions about plans for the future. The free 90- minute program starts at 11 a.m. and includes time for audience questions.

The program...

Ben Franklin invests $500K regionally

Monday, September 30, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) board of directors has approved the investment of $488,400 in support of regional economic development. Clients are early-stage, technology-based firms and established manufacturers in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area.

Investments are identified as continuation projects indicate that the client achieved pre-determined milestones and is receiving more funding to accomplish additional project work.



Monday, September 30, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in School

Students and their families at both Donegan and Fountain Hill elementary schools attended an open house at each school Sept. 5, meeting educators, gathering information, and relaxing afterward at a block party. At Donegan, they were welcomed by principal Erin Medina and BASD superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy while enjoying pizza and refreshments courtesy of Wind Creek Hospitality, followed by a block party on the school’s outdoor recreation area, which was sponsored by Graceway Community Church...

Is 911 dispatching closest emergency responder?

Monday, September 30, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

On Sept. 10, John Pequeno’s Upper Nazareth home, at 3300 block of Rising Sun Court, was destroyed by fire. No human lives were lost, but Pequeno did lose a pup named Marshall, whom he referred to as his “fur baby.” “The rest of what was lost was mostly just stuff,” he said. Nine different fire departments ultimately responded. Pequeno has been so touched by their heroic efforts that he organized a fundraiser for what he calls the Rising Sun Fire Brigade. As commendable as these volunteers...


Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

We’ve watched enough crime dramas to know that those accused of a crime must be given their “Miranda warnings.”

“You have the right to remain silent; whatever you say can and will be used against you in a court of law …” etc.

Critics often complain that victims and their families are accorded no similar protections, but that, of course, is an oversimplification.

Nonetheless, when you and other voters go to the polls in Pennsylvania on Nov. 5, you will be asked to approve...

HELLERTOWN - Apple Festival set for Oct. 19

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

Navigating Clean Water Science, the eighth Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 15 at Lehigh University’s STEPS Building, 1 W. Packer Ave. Bethlehem. Keynote speaker Ann English will present “Growing a Better Watershed: The Riparian Buffer at Happy Hollow Farm”, about multifunctional streamside buffers.

There will be two half-day workshops, a full day MS-4 track for municipal staff and consultants and other conference sessions. Continuing...


Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

Wednesday, September 25

Bethlehem Parking Authority, 4:30 p.m. 85 W. North St.

Bethlehem Zoning Board, 6 p.m. City hall, 10 E. Church St.

Bethlehem Twp. Zoning Hearing Board, 6:30 p.m. Municipal Building, 4225 Easton Ave.

Lehigh Co. Commissioners, 7:30 p.m. Public hearing room, Gov’t. Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.

Thursday, September 26

Bethlehem Planning Commission, 6 p.m.

Hanover Twp. NorCo Zoning Hearing Board, TBA. 3630...