Bethlehem Press

Sunday, June 25, 2017

LC COMMISSIONERS - Contracts approved for 911 plan, center

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved two contracts at its May 10 meeting with Essential Management Solutions, LLC to provide 911 regionalization consolidation management services.

Rich Molchany, county director of general services, explained the contracts to the board.

According to Molchany, the first contract will provide construction management for a consolidated 911 communications center and regionalized equipment plan.

Molchany said Lehigh County is...

AREA VBS PROGRAMS

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

There may be costs and registration restrictions / deadlines. Visit or call the organization as listed for more information.

June 12 to 16

“Hero Central: Discover Your Strength in God!” 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. East Hills, Advent and Central Moravian Churches meeting at Advent Moravian Church, 3730 Jacksonville Road. Children age four years old to those entering sixth grade. To register: visit...

MEETING BOARD

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Wednesday, June 14

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

Thursday, June 15

Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority, 4:30 p.m., city hall, 10 E. Church St.

Bethlehem Twp. Municipal Authority, 6:30 p.m. Municipal building, 4225 Easton Ave.

Northampton Co. Council, 6:30 p.m., Northampton Co. Courthouse, 669 Washington St., Easton.

Monday, June 19

Historic Conservation Commission, 6 p.m...

Ernie the giraffe dies at Lehigh Valley Zoo

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by ASHLEIGH ALBERT in Local News

According to news reports, Ernie the giraffe, a new resident of the Lehigh Valley Zoo, Schnecksville, died sometime overnight May 27-28.

Ernie, 6, was reunited with his dad, Murphy, who also came to the zoo recently with his son from a zoo in Kansas City.

The young giraffe is said to have become aggressive and suffered a neck injury.

Murphy, 15, who was the first of two giraffes to come to the Zoo arrived May 23.

The father and son were recommended to remain...

‘Teddy Roosevelt’ spends an evening with Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by ELSA KERSCHNER in Local News

“Preserve the past as we go into the future.”

(Neil Oswald, Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society president)

Peyton Dixon, in the guise of Teddy Roosevelt, walked around the social hall of the Lynnport Fire Company talking to people before he discussed his life.

Roosevelt explained he had visited Northwestern Lehigh Middle School that afternoon.

When Justin Arifaj introduced Roosevelt he said when people see Mount Rushmore they think of George Washington, Abraham...

Part I

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by SUSAN RUMBLE in Local News

Motivated by a sense of adventure and an interest in the U.S. Marine Corps, Don Rumble of Schnecksville recently traveled to Iwo Jima and other World War II historic sites on islands in the Pacific.

Through Military Historical Tours of Woodbridge, Va., Rumble visited Guam, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima.

Rumble’s interest in military travel was awakened two years ago when he won an all-expenses-paid trip to Vietnam.

Drafted into the Marine Corps in 1965, Rumble spent most...

SSTF: Sands Casino sale is off

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Chairman Roger Hudak began the Mayor’s South Side Task Force meeting May 23 with the disappointing news of the negotiations falling through for the sale of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to MGM. Resident Stephan Antalics asked, “Is what happened in the long term good or bad for the city?” Hudak replied that while negotiations were going on, development of the real estate was put on hold, which endangered the historic buildings on the property. He asaid Sands has kept the promises made...

Keep the story alive New NMIH prez ready to see more growth, outreach

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

When the National Museum of Industrial History opened last August, it was after years of bureaucracy, fundraising and even controversy. But today it’s becoming known as a tourist destination and is expanding its community involvement and educational programming.

Interim President and CEO Kara Cenni is thrilled to be running the show as NMIH gets on its feet.

“Everybody is really committed to the mission, to the museum and to each other,” she said. “We have a great time working...

Bikin’ round Bethlehem

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

City officials, representatives from the Coalition for Appropriate Transportation (CAT) and bicycling enthusiasts took time May 19 to recognize Lehigh Valley Bike to Work Week 2017 (May 13-21). Gathering at Bethlehem City Hall, a group of about 30 were reminded that biking can be “fun, healthy, green and economical” by Mayor Bob Donchez’s representative Alex Karras.

Scott Slingerland, director of CAT, emphasized that biking is affordable and that Bethlehem residents are within a 15-...