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Sunday, June 25, 2017

STUDENT PROFILE Emily Rowan, Freedom HS

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by The Press in School

Grade: Graduated senior

Family members: Stacy Rowan (mother), David Rowan (father) and Abigail Rowan (sister)

Favorite subjects: PLTW introduction to engineering design: I can’t say enough about this class. I thought I wanted to be an engineer before, but now that I’ve had this class, I know I want to be an engineer. I learned a lot about creativity in engineering and especially loved the 3D CAD design unit. This class feels like it’s on the cutting edge of new technology and...

Fountain Hill-Bacchanalia team presents check

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by TRACY RICE in Local News

Members of the Bacchanalia XIV Committee of Fountain Hill were present at the May 24 council meeting to share news of another successful fundraiser. Angela Sinkler, chair of the Bacchanalia committee, presented council with a check for $12,000.

This money will help support Fountain Hill parks, pool and recreation activities. Themembers present at the meeting were Angela Sinkler, Lisa Gangewere, Jeff Ferry, Maurita Augello and Sandy Calon. The Bacchanalia is dedicated to raising money...

Article By: BERNIE O’HARE Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in School

Bethlehem Catholic HS graduated its 2017 class of 202 seniors in a commencement ceremony at the school auditorium June 7. Though the school is mostly known for its athletic prowess in the East Penn Conference and District XI, this graduating class received 176 scholarships and awards to 52 different colleges and universities.

Valedictorian Florencia Dayan will attend George Washington University and is the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship. Salutatorian Maria Macaluso will be...

Freedom’s drama class ‘Acts Out’

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by ALLISON POCZAK in School

Drama students from Freedom HS presented their skills in a variety of performances at the ArtsQuest Center May 7 for the second annual Theatre Showcase. The intermediate FHS Drama 2 class, also known as “MotivatedByVision Improv Troupe,” prepared five scenes from well-known skits, plays and performance pieces.

Three professional adjudicators, including award-winning actor/director Lynnie Godfrey, actor/director Chip Rohrbach, and producer Qbah Fernandez provided feedback to each...

STATE POLICE Distracted driving enforcement

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, conducted distracted driving enforcement details in Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton counties during May. During these details a total of 54 citations were issued for violations of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Distracted Driving sections. In addition, 26 motorists were cited for speeding, six were cited for seatbelt violations, 12 for registration and licensing violations, three for steer clear violations and 16 for other moving violations. State...

Bethlehem Council discusses medical marijuana

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by MICHELLE MEEH in Local News

City council held two public hearings during the June 6 meeting. The first was for input on a proposed ordinance allowing medical marijuana research, growth and distribution in the city. The second was for a proposed ordinance to define psychological and behavioral health facilities.

Director of Planning and Zoning Darlene Heller said the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission reviewed the ordinance on medical marijuana and actually found it more restrictive than the state legislation. The...

R.K. Laros to be honored at June 24 memorial

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Bethlehem-based R.K. Laros Foundation, established in 1952 by Laros Industries Silk Mill founder and owner R.K. Laros, announces the memorial service for his son, R.K. Laros Jr., past Trustee, chair, board member and Member Emeritus of the Foundation, who served since 1965.

Dr. Laros passed away Feb. 17 at Hospice in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He was 81 years old and had struggled with dementia for several years.

Service and reception

The memorial service will be held June 24...


Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by The Press in School

BASD: Foundation grants due

The Foundation for the BASD is now accepting BASD teachers’ applications through 4 p.m. Sept.6 for service-learning grants. Funding requests up to $1,000 are accepted.

Service-learning begins with classroom content and moves into the community through the planning and implementation of a service project.

For details and applications, visit

Northampton County-$130M aquarium pitched for Easton

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

DaVinci Science Center Executive Director Lin Erickson updated Northampton County Council June 1 on a 170,000 square-foot facility she hopes to build in Easton. It includes a science center, a 500,000 gallon aquarium with large view panes, an Aquarium Restaurant and with seating for 500, an immersion theater, a creativity studio or “Fab lab,” classrooms and offices. It is proposed at the Days Inn property on Third Street. That property is located in the floodplain.

This is a $130...

Bethlehem Township-Medical marijuana dispensary approved

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

In a few weeks, Pennsylvania’s Department of Health will issue up to 12 permits for medical marijuana grower/processors and as many as 27 dispensaries. One of these may be in Bethlehem Township. At their June 5 meeting, commissioners voted 3-0 in favor of a medical marijuana dispensary in a flex building at 2467 Baglyos Circle.

If the state grants a permit, the facility will be owned and operated by Brooklyn cardiologist Victor Guadagnino and his family. Dr. Guadagnino has practiced...