Bethlehem Press

Friday, December 15, 2017

Portnoff comments found inaccurate

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City council Nov. 8 was scheduled to vote on renewing a longtime collections contract with Portnoff Law Associates. The contract regards collecting outstanding real estate and water and sewer taxes, and is renewed every two years.

This year, however, resident Steven Antalics, a frequent commenter at many public meetings, told council of a class action lawsuit against Portnoff in Philadelphia several years ago, provided a handout to press and described the firm’s actions as predatory,...

‘There’s no way we’re going to arrest our way out’ City, Bangor police offer new program

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Administrators and police officials of Bethlehem and Bangor announced in the city Rotunda Nov. 16 a new program designed to help residents suffering during the ongoing opioid crisis. Called the Bethlehem/Bangor Police Assisting in Recovery program, or BPAIR, it allows people who want help initiating their recovery from addiction to go directly to the police and ask for it.

BPAIR allows residents to call the police, approach an officer, or visit the department at city hall and...

LV ACADEMY NOTES A season of giving by Rana Moawad

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by The Press in School

The past few months have been a time of joy, reflection, and giving for Lehigh Valley Academy students who have just wrapped up their first quarter and various activities. LVA’s National Honor Society has been busy at work planning various activities from volunteering at the Lehigh Valley Zoo Winter Lighting over Thanksgiving Break to holding the annual Blood Drive Oct. 31. However, they are not stopping there, with the help of NHS President Gianmarco Fernandez, Vice-President Ashley Brown,...

2016 Pa. Drug Overdose Death Report

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Gary Tuggle, Special Agent-in-Charge of DEA’s Philadelphia Field Division announced the release of its Analysis of Overdose Deaths in Pennsylvania, 2016 report at a news conference this past summer.

Key findings from the report indicate that in 2016, 4,642 drug-related overdose deaths were reported by Pennsylvania coroners and medical examiners, an increase of 37 percent from 2015. In 2016, approximately 13 people died of a drug-related overdose in Pennsylvania each day.


STUDENT PROFILE Samuel Ward, Saucon Valley HS

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by The Press in School

Grade: 12

Family members: My family is Andrew, Sally and Thomas Ward.

Favorite subject: Picking a favorite subject is hard, but I particularly love the sciences or math, especially biology, physics and calculus, because I am immensely curious about the world and fascinated by the precision of mathematics.

Activities: I have been on Saucon’s cross country team for five years, swim team for three years and track team for four years. I am president of Saucon Valley’s...

Lehigh Co. gets grant to aid in opioid fight

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by The Press in Local News

District Attorney Jim Martin announced recently Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center (RIIC) has received a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) in the amount of $148,050.00. The funds will be used to create an Illicit Drug Identification and Tracking System.

In announcing the grant, Martin stressed the problem with illicit drugs and some prescription medications, specifically heroin and opioids, is having a catastrophic effect...