Bethlehem Press

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Board considers selling empty property

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by LIZ KEMMERER in Local News

The directors are exploring possibilities for the two vacant land parcels located at the corner of Freemansburg Avenue and Farmersville Road. The district has owned the 15.45 acre lot since 1979 and has leased it as farmland for the past several years.

The ongoing growth in residential and commercial real estate over the last few years along the Freemansburg Avenue corridor has triggered the need to evaluate the property as an educational asset, explained BASD chief facilities and...

Racism talk

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


AAUW Bethlehem and Easton will host a presentation on “Racism: What most people don’t understand about race” by Dr. Karen Gaffney from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on March 18 in Alumni Hall, Northampton Community College main campus, 3835 Green Pond Road.

An English professor at Raritan Valley Community College, New Jersey, where she designed an introductory course on race, she is currently working on an introductory guide to systemic racism and racial justice.

Her work has...

Will new Brooman sweep clean?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Controversial plans for a senior retirement community at Green Pond will be decided by an independent hearing officer from outside the Lehigh Valley. Attorney David Brooman, from Norristown, was the unanimous choice of Bethlehem Township’s board of commissioners at its March 6 meeting. He has three decades of experience in municipal law, land use planning and environmental law.

Retirement community developer Traditions of America (TOA) is seeking tentative plan approval for a 229-home...

State offers military family tax help

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Individuals filing their 2016 Pennsylvania personal income taxes can help Pennsylvania’s military personnel and their families by donating part or all of their refund to the state’s Military Family Relief Assistance Program.

The program provides grants of up to $3,500 to Pennsylvania members of the armed forces and their families who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control. The tax form includes instructions on how to donate.


SCHOOL notes

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by The Press in School

SteelStacks: Jazz band showcase March 19

Following four preliminary rounds, several high school jazz bands have advanced to the 2017 SteelStacks High School Jazz Band Showcase finals presented by King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC. The groups will perform at 4 p.m. March 19 at the Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way.

The only local band to reach the finals is Easton Area HS. The band will perform a 20-minute set before a live audience and the judges....

City consults HCC on blighted Goodman Building

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The distressed property at 30-32 E. Third St., locally known as the Goodman Building, has been a source of contention between owner Alvin Kanofsky and city officials for several years. The City of Bethlehem, represented by Alicia Miller Karner, director of community and economic development, deputy director Amy Burkhart, and attorney Matthew Deschler, told the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission at the Feb. 27 meeting that the city had considered purchasing the property through...

Free movie

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


There will be a free, open to the public movie about the crime of human trafficking at 7 p.m. March 23 in room 113, Stroud Hall, East Stroudsburg University.

The Monroe County Women’s Commission is partnering with the Women’s Studies Department and Professor Andi McClanahan to present “A Path Appears” as part of March women’s history month. There will be a discussion and information session led by Detective Kim Lippincott following the movie.

Pioneering panelists share experiences at BAPL

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

“Memories of Steel: Women of Bethlehem Steel” featured three women who shared memories of their involvement with “The Steel” during its heyday and decline in the Lehigh Valley. A collaborative effort of the Steelworkers’ Archives and Lehigh University, the event was held March 7 at the Bethlehem Area Public Library on Church Street.

Steelworkers’ Archives board member Jill Schennum, moderated the event. Former steelworkers Jeanne “Honi” Brugger and Donna Kucsan described their...

Jaindl Boulevard may see more traffic

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

After hearing Hanover Township resident Lorna Rossnagle complain about “extremely disruptive” truck traffic along Jaindl Boulevard, Hanover Township Supervisors on Feb. 28 heard that developer J.G. Petrucci is planning to build two more big boxes along the same road. Kevin Horvath, P.E., representing Petrucci, presented plans for what Petrucci prefers to call two flex warehouses (99,000 square feet and 94,300 square feet). Horvath said they would be 70 percent warehouse and 30 percent light...

Fair set for

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


The Kempton Fair – the one you remember from years ago, starting in 1957 – is alive and well and living in beautiful Kempton, Berks County.

Sponsored by the Kempton Community Center, 83 Community Center Drive, Kempton, the fair is set for June 15-17.

The refurbished event will bring new energy and new direction, but with more of the old-time feel of yesteryear.

The “Kempton Country Fair” of recent years, an organization separate from KCC, has changed its...