Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, January 29, 2020


Monday, January 20, 2020 by The Press in News Briefs

Wednesday, January 22

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

Snow date: BASD Special Board meeting - preliminary budget adoption; Finance and Human Resources committees meeting, 6 p.m. Edgeboro room, Education center, 1516 Sycamore St.

Fountain Hill Council meeting, 7 p.m., 941 Long St.

Hellertown Borough Zoning Hearing, 7 p.m. 685 Main St.

Thursday, January 23

Northampton County Council meeting, 6:30 p.m.,...

Appeals make for grueling debates

Monday, January 20, 2020 by LANI GOINS in Local News

Just two items were on the Zoning Hearing Board’s Jan. 8 agenda, yet the meeting lasted nearly five hours only to be continued to the following Monday.

At the start of the meeting, officers were chosen. William Fitzpatrick was named chairman, and James Schantz was named vice chairman. Craig Pfeiffer was named board secretary. Erick Schock was named board attorney, and alternates were also named. Jean Genova will continue as the stenographer.

The first hearing was for 830 13th...

PEEPSFEST: Room to run around

Monday, January 20, 2020 by LANI GOINS in Local News

Every city has its own New Years traditions. Here in Bethlehem, we have Peepsfest. As a mom, I appreciate the Peep drop celebration, especially because it takes place long before midnight. We attended the Peepsfest Dec. 31, and the yellow Peep, hoisted before the Steelstacks, was a bright spot in the cloudy landscape. Before the drop, we explored the children’s activities at ArtsQuest.

The activities were divided between two floors, one ticketed, and one free. Both were very crowded....


Monday, January 20, 2020 by The Press in School

Northampton Campus tour January 28

Northampton Community College Bethlehem Campus tours will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 beginning in Room 220, College Center.

Participants will learn about majors, financial aid, clubs, organizations, career services, and more. All questions will be answered by the experts, and tour-goers will have an opportunity to meet faculty and current students.

For information or to register, call 610-861-5500 or go to...

New county commisioners sworn in

Monday, January 20, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Friends, family and a general sense of euphoria filled the hearing room; the atmosphere promised a bright future. The Democrats took official control of the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners on Jan 6 in a swearing-in ceremony officiated by The Honorable Edward D. Reibman, the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County.

“It’s a wonderful occasion tonight,” said Reibman. “I’d like to call up Bob Elbich,” said Judge Reibman as he designated the first commissioner,...

Executive to do business for board

Monday, January 20, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The newly reorganized Board of Commissioners led by President Amy Zanelli (Democrat) quickly went through a short agenda Jan. 8.

One of its first acts was to start a roll back of the method that the previous Republican led Board had adopted which put part-time Commissioners in the negotiating room with the professional staffers as they negotiated contract for labor contracts.

The weakness of that system was highlighted last year when negotiations with the service workers union...

South Bethlehem Christmas

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by The Press in Local News

Bethlehem Women of Excellence held its annual Christmas party Dec. 21 at Broughal MS. Women of Excellence is a nonprofit organization of Christian women that focuses on women’s empowerment through volunteer work.

The Christmas party provides food and fellowship to hundreds of South Bethlehem families every year, and is staffed by volunteers from the organization, as well as Bethlehem Police Department officers and their families.

Donors providing food, supplies, and presents...