Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

‘Dedication, support, commitment’ ArtsQuest honors local partners’ contributions

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Musikfest kicked off its 36th year Friday night with the presentation of Marcincin Awards to three local organizations for their continued support of the 10-day free festival. The recipients, Macintosh Services, the Bethlehem Area School District and the Lehigh Valley Health Network, were recognized for their various partnership activities with ArtsQuest, the nonprofit sponsor of Musikfest.

ArtsQuest President and CEO Kassie Hilgert opened the ceremonies at Wells Fargo Festplatz, and...

City fire dept. welcomes five new members

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

There is a saying about firefighters: “when everyone else is running out, they run in.”

The Bethlehem Fire Department welcomed its newest recruits who will be running into harm’s way, as five men officially joined the ranks during a swearing-in ceremony July 29 at city hall.

“It’s a great day to celebrate the new firefighters coming in,” said Bethlehem Fire Chief Warren Achey. “New blood, new hires.”

New firefighters wearing the blue are Kevin Burnett, Thomas Hart, Logan...

Rental assistance offers new way of stabilizing those families in need

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

New Bethany Ministries announced last month that a state grant fund will enable the continuation and expansion of a successful family sheltering program.

The Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) awards include $75,000 for rental assistance to families in need.

New Bethany tested rental assistance opportunities with the 2017-18 round of PHARE funds as an incentive for graduates of its transitional family shelter. Women and men with children...

Murder for rent money Bethlehem man charged in double homicide case

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

A Bethlehem man has been charged with a double-murder, arson, burglary and related offenses stemming from a January fire at 2901 Stephen St. in Palmer Township.

Drew Alan Rose, 37, was charged Friday with the homicides of 97-year-old Virginia Houck and her son, Roger Houck, 61, of Seattle. The motive for these alleged actions was Rose’s need for his half of $900 in rent at a Broadway apartment he shared with his mother.

According to Palmer police, Rose’s mother had once been a...

Water damage to pool substantial

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by TIM HEALY in Local News

Hanover Township supervisors opened the floor to residents with questions or concerns regarding the closure of the Hanover Community Center Pool July 24.

At the previous meeting, Township Manager John Finnigan explained how 180,000 gallons of water were lost through three broken pipes when they attempted to fill the pool at the beginning of the summer, leading to underground voids both under and beside the pool, as well as the potential danger of sinkholes.

Finnigan said the...


Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

The Bethlehem Press calendar listings are, to the best of our knowledge, correct at the time of printing. We are not responsible for the accuracy or reliability of information submitted by external parties.

Wednesday, August 7

HARB - Historical Architectural Review board, 4 p.m. City hall, 10 E. Church St.

Hanover Twp. LeCo Council, 7:30 p.m. 2202 Grove Road, Allentown.

Thursday, August 8

Change of date: NO City of Bethlehem Planning Commission- rescheduled...

Summer events volunteers needed

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by TIM HEALY in Local News

The Freemansburg Borough Council gathered last month to plan for upcoming township events.

The Freemansburg Police Department hosted the fifth annual National Night Out Against Crime. The event aims to create a safer community by strengthening the relationships between the FPD and Freemansburg Borough.

Council encouraged families to come out for a night of food, drinks and entertainment. Activities included inflatables, face-painting, carnival games, raffle prizes and more. The...


Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

“Frances and I are mourning an especially horrific 24 hours of gun violence in America. We’re praying for the victims of El Paso and Dayton and two young women shot in Philadelphia last night. Many ills contribute to this rising violence. We can and must take action.

“We can ban assault weapons and institute stricter background checks. We can make communities safer. We can target white nationalism and promote tolerance. We can invest in mental health care and help those struggling....