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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bethlehem Catholic presents ‘Godspell’

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by The Press in School

Bethlehem Catholic HS’s Theatre Department spring musical, “Godspell” by Stephen Schwartz and directed by Debbie Acampora, opened April 13 and continues April 20 and 21. The 70s inspired ‘hippie’ costumes and the basic stage constructed of boxes that the actors stand or sit on throughout the play all made sense as you watches the musical, which has several stage-wide dance numbers and gatherings. The staging is a spectacle with movement, at times both on the floor and in the aisles. There...

Budget process well under way

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

The 2017-18 school year isn’t over yet, but the Bethlehem Area School Board is already starting the long process on creating a budget for next school year. The first step in the process was a budget workshop on back in late March. At this presentation, the district administrators announced their top three priorities for the 2018-19 school year: literacy, technology and student services/support. The goal for next year is to focus on the Reading by Grade 3 initiative at the elementary level...

LEHIGH CO. Take Back Day nets 600+ lbs.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Lehigh County residents disposed of 616.5 pounds of expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications during the 15th National Take Back Day April 28. The total of drugs collected during all Take Back Day events since 2010 is 12,443 pounds.

In addition to the drugs discarded during the Take Back Days, 18,520 pounds of medications have been collected from 15 permanent medication collection boxes that are located in 12 police departments and three Lehigh Valley Hospital...


Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Nichols elected Episcopal bishop

The Rev. Canon Kevin Nichols, 56, was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem at a meeting in the Cathedral Church of the Nativity. He was chosen by the clergy of the diocese and elected lay representatives on the first ballot to lead the 58 parishes.

The former Roman Catholic priest earned a master of divinity degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. Received into the Episcopal priesthood in 1999, he was rector...

University students participate at Red Bull Launch Institute

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by KATYA HRICHAK in School

Three Lehigh University students were selected to participate in the Red Bull Launch Institute at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas in early March. The Institute, according to Red Bull’s website, “gives wings to collegiate entrepreneurs and their ideas” by providing access to mentors and fellow entrepreneurs.

Lehigh senior Kira Gobes attended the event with a focus on her device, Loop. She describes Loop as a smart bracelet designed to teach middle-school-...

HARB No COAs issued at April hearing

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Historical and Architectural Review Board issued no certificates of appropriateness for two proposed projects at their April 4 meeting in the city hall Rotunda.

The board took no action on Jeffrey Parks’ two-part application to demolish a brick house and free standing garage at 143 W. Broad St. to prepare the property for new construction. Parks, accompanied by architect Antonio Fiol-Silva, said the demolition work is necessary to make way for the entrance drive and plaza for a...

LEHIGH COUNTY Partisanship foils agenda

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners had some political moments April 25 as agenda items were floated, then after sharp questioning by fellow commissioners, sank beneath increasingly turbulent political waters.

A tax rebate proposed by Commission President Marty Nothstein never made it to a vote because it wasn’t seconded in the Finance Committee, where it came under bipartisan criticism. The tax rebate resolution was still on the agenda for the regular meeting of the full board of...