Bethlehem Press

Thursday, May 24, 2018

NORCO Gracedale offering tuition assistance, increasing differential pay

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Back in the late 80s, Gracedale Nursing Home offered a tuition assistance program for county employees interested in nursing. The program was a success; nevertheless, the county discontinued it. Human Services Director Susan Wandalowski would like to restore this program, especially since there are 23 open LPN and 33 open RN positions. Northampton County Council gave its blessing at its April 19 meeting.

This program will be offered in conjunction with Northampton Community College....

Voting machines to be replaced by 2020

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by CHRIS PARKER in Local News

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration told Pennsylvania’s counties Thursday that he wants them to replace their electronic voting systems with machines that leave a verifiable paper trail by the end of 2019, although counties warned that the price tag is a major problem.

Counties estimate the cost will be $125 million and said the greatest single impediment to buying new voting machines is the lack of a funding source.

In Schuylkill County, which has 363 machines, Commissioners’...

Tax talks continue

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

The relationship between homeowners and local school districts is subject to many variables. The better the schools, the more desirable real estate can become. The wealthier the neighborhoods, the more revenue the district can receive. But the gray area in between, where most middle class homeowners live, is a constant balance of the financial stability of both parties.

For homeowners living in BASD territory, there are numerous important decisions being made recently by the school...

Around Town

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

A full calendar appears on the Bethlehem Press website, but due to space constraints, for ongoing events, email, visit or call the following:

111th Bethlehem Bach Festival and 120th birthday of the Bethlehem Bach Choir: May 11, 12, 18 and 19. Tickets and information: visit or call 610-866-4302.

Bethlehem Area Public Library: Call 610-867-3761(main) or 610-867-7852 (south side); Visit...

District 7 debate

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

All but one of the eight candidates vying for the new 7th Congressional district seat appeared together before a standing room-only audience to answer questions at a recent forum sponsored jointly by the League of Women Voters of Lehigh and Northampton counties. Those at the forum were Democrats David Clark, Rick Daugherty, Greg Edwards, John Morganelli, Roger Ruggles and Susan Wild. Republican Dean Browning also participated.

Republican Marty Nothstein of Lehigh County declined the...


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

Wednesday, May 9

Lehigh Co. Commissioners, 7:30 p.m. Public hearing room, Gov’t. Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.

Thursday, May 10

Bethlehem Authority, 3:30 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St.

Monday, May 14

Mayor’s Open Door City Special Activity, special event Q&A to answer questions or address any issues about upcoming special events for the public, 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St. RSVP to 610-865-7079. First come, first...

Bethlehem shines at Science Olympiad

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

Every year since 1985, high school students from around the country gather to compete in a challenge based science competition, Science Olympiad. The nationwide program has multiple levels, and the State of Pennsylvania has a large state competition every year. The 2018 competition was held at Kutztown University on March 15.

The day long competition put 28 schools from eastern Pennsylvania in a grueling contest covering 23 science related topics. Students from Liberty, Freedom, and...

Police investigate Parkhurst burning body

Monday, April 30, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 24 Bethlehem police investigated what they thought might be a burning mannequin at the Parkhurst Apartments complex in Bethlehem. What they discovered was actually determined to be a male human being, later identified as Tyrell Michael Holmes, age 18.

Details of the homicide were released at a news conference conducted by District Attorney John Morganelli Wednesday afternoon. This was also attended by Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio, Coroner Zach...

Putting ‘Memorial’ back in Memorial Day

Monday, April 30, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

An integral part of the 2018 Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration (PennMArt) on Memorial Day Weekend will be three days of extensive programming to recognize the contributions of U.S. veterans, and to showcase Pennsylvania’s deeply-rooted role in the country’s military history. Appropriately, the inaugural event falls on the 100th anniversary year of the end of WWI, and the 150th anniversary of the first official Memorial Day.

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Music...

Celebrating Earth Day

Monday, April 30, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Chesterbrook Academy held its annual ladybug launch April 20 in celebration of Earth Day. On a very bright and cool morning, students headed outside for the event wearing their ladybug hats with antennas.

At 10 a.m. Principal Michele Somishka released a bag of approximately 1,500 ladybugs and the kids enthusiastically swarmed around the bugs, picking them up and holding them in their hands.

As smiling parents and teachers looked on, it was clear the kids were having a good time...