Bethlehem Press

Friday, November 16, 2018

‘Hot off the press’ at NMIH

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

As part of their “Hot Off the Press” exhibit, Bethlehem’s National Museum of Industrial History hosted a printing and papermaking workshop in August at 602 E. Second St. The evening’s “apprentice printers” enjoyed a hands-on experience creating paper from pulp, setting type and printing from a hand-fed, foot-powered press, then binding the pieces together into a small book.

The “Hot Off the Press: Printing and Papermaking” exhibit features printed materials dating back to 1493,...

Another View

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

Veterans Day celebrates all who served our country honorably in both war and peace.

According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day and observed the anniversary of the end of World War I, Nov. 11, 1919. This day has continued as a celebration of those who served our country. It was declared a national holiday in 1938, and the name change became official in 1954.

Armistice Day was made a national holiday “to be...

valley Heart Walk raises $83,000

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by The Press in Local News

More than 500 walkers turned out for the 2018 Lehigh Valley Heart Walk at the SteelStacks complex in Bethlehem on Sept. 22, raising more than $83,000 for the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The fundraising total was expected to climb as additional donations were accepted until Oct. 22.

Emcee Leah Marie Fuls of WLEV radio along with cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Kelly...

County retirees get COLA increase

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County’s Retirement Board voted 6-0 at its Oct. 25 meeting to grant a 1.7 percent cost of living increase (COLA) to retirees, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Voting for this increase were McClure, County Council members Ron Heckman and Bill McGee, Fiscal Affairs Director Steve Barron, employee representative Thomas Guth Jr., and retiree representative Gerald E. “Jerry” Seyfried.

It will be the first COLA granted to retirees since John Stoffa was executive.

Under state law,...

Should public funds be spent to repair a church steeple?

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Opinion

That’s a question Northampton County Council will decide this year. At its Oct. 1 meeting, council voted unanimously to approve 37 grants, funded with table games taxes, for numerous municipal and nonprofit projects. They tabled a 38th grant request for $20,000 to restore the steeple at Easton’s United Church of Christ. Council Solicitor Chris Spadoni has been directed to research whether this proposed gift runs afoul of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

Church steeples are...

NMIH Gingerbread challenge opens

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

The National Museum of Industrial History will host the annual Gingerbread Bridges and Skyscrapers Challenge.

The project with its completed entry form must be submitted between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Nov. 14 through 18 at the museum, 602 E. Second St. Each age category, (elementary, middle, and high schools and adults 18 and older) will have two winners, one each in best design and most creative categories.

All entries will be displayed in the museum, 511 E. Third St., from Nov....

Foiano di Val Fortore Bethlehem has another sister (city)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

The City of Bethlehem has a new Sister City, its fifth, as Mayor Bob Donchez and Italian Mayor Dr. Michelantonio Maffeo consummated a Sister City agreement between Bethlehem and Foiano di Val Fortore on Oct. 1.

The Sister City relationship culminates a roughly 18-month process to connect the two communities, which was headed by Bethlehem area residents Maria DelGrosso, Frank Facchiano and Mark Iampietro.

“We went from zero to 60 very quickly,” said Iampietro, who expressed deep...

Constitutional end run?

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by CITIZENSHIP BIRTH CLIFFORD A. RIEDERS in Opinion

United States vs. Wong Kim Ark, decided in 1898, Mr. Justice Gray delivering the opinion of the Court, made abundantly clear that citizenship by birth is the norm. Wong Kim Ark alleged that he was a citizen of the United States born in San Francisco in 1873. His parents were of Chinese descent and subjects of the Emperor of China, but domiciled residence was in San Francisco. The Court granted the Writ of Habeas Corpus, releasing Wong Kim Ark from custody as an alien and in essence declaring...

Catholic High Schools in Allentown Diocese offer new student day passes

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by The Press in Local News

All Catholic high schools in Lehigh and Northampton counties will make available to their students the new LANTA Student Day Pass.

The discount program, first introduced last January in the Allentown School District, enables schools to sell the one dollar passes on campus for an unlimited-ride Day Pass.

The regular LANTA Day Pass is four dollars.

Allentown Central Catholic, Bethlehem Catholic, and Notre Dame in Easton are all participating in the program, effective...


Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Historical Architectural Review Board, 4 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St.

Northampton Co. Council - proposed budget hearing, 4 p.m., Northampton Co. Courthouse, 669 Washington St., Easton.

Bethlehem City Council, 7 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St. (rescheduled from Nov. 6 due to elections)

Freemansburg Council (adopt preliminary budget), 7 p.m. 600 Monroe St., Freemansburg (rescheduled from Nov. 6 due to elections).

Thursday, November 8...