Bethlehem Press

Sunday, August 20, 2017


Monday, August 7, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Wednesday, August 9

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

Thursday, August 10

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

Bethlehem Planning Commission, 4 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St.

Monday, August 14

Mayor Donchez open door meeting, 2 to 4 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St. must register: call 610-865-7079.

Bethlehem Housing Authority, 4:30 p.m. Monocacy...

BETHLEHEM HCC tables “pencil-like structure”

Monday, August 7, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The proposal to erect a seven-story residential over retail building on a vacant lot at 13 W. Morton St. was tabled by the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission at the July 17 hearing in the Banana Factory. Andrew Twiggar and Ryan Dunn, partners in DunnTwigger Real Estate Co. represented Lehigh Properties, LLC, the owners of the property, that is flanked by a one and one half story garage and a two and one half story commercial building.

With board member Ken Loush recusing...

Going to Musikfest? Advice from Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio

Friday, August 4, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Every year, Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio writes a bulletin to the community and visitors to Musikfest. A lengthy missive full of reminders about the laws and local customs, its primary function is to suggest how to be safe and enjoy yourself during our busiest 10 days.

This year’s press release was replete with topical images of cats, dogs, camels, cat drones and a baby judge. We’ve included only DiLuzio’s helpful text here, but if you prefer visual aids or just a good laugh,...

Florida boy on mission to thank every police officer in America

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in Local News

A 9-year-old Florida boy, with help from family and friends, made a special delivery July 13 to officers at the Upper Macungie Township Police Department and troopers with State Police Troop M, Fogelsville.

Tyler Carach of Bratt, Fla., dressed in a cape with doughnut designs decorating it, delivered some 12 boxes of doughnuts to the officers and troopers to thank them for their service to the community.

Tyler’s business card, which he hands out to police, along with their...

Dog tales wag tails

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by TIM GILMAN in Local News

A Read to Dogs program attracted 25 children to the June 26 session at the main branch of the Bethlehem Area Public Library on Church Street. The young readers are paired with gentle and attentive trained therapy dogs during four 15-minute sessions.

Six canines and their local owners showed up for the special event, which has been offered by the library for 10 years, according to Pat Mickowski of Bethlehem, local community coordinator for the program.

“Sometimes we have as many...

Article By: Ed Courrier Special to the Bethlehem Press

Friday, August 4, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Mayor’s South Side Task Force mid-summer meeting was upbeat with favorable news on the Bethlehem Police department and the city in general. Chairman Roger Hudak cited a recent study, funded by DeSales University, that a majority of Bethlehem residents were confident with the city police force and generally felt safe in their neighborhoods.

Improved communication between law enforcement and the public was one of areas that respondents requested in the report. Quality of life issues...

‘Animal Assisted Strategies’ -- Going to the dogs for help

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Downtown Bethlehem went to the dogs one Tuesday in June, when mental health clinician Lynette Reed used service and therapy dogs to demonstrate how they and other animals are being used to help people suffering the effects of trauma. The demonstration was part of Reed’s presentation on “Animal Assisted Strategies in Creating Safety” during the International Institute for Restorative Practice’s three-day 2017 Summer Symposium at the Hotel Bethlehem.

In a recent survey of 10,000 people...

Police, fire depts hold joint ceremony

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

In a rapid ceremony July 21, during which the Rotunda was packed with city officials, family, friends, media and fellow uniformed public servants, 10 people were honored with promotions or welcomed into their ranks.

Mayor Bob Donchez announced, “Bethlehem’s approach to safety has seen many changes over the years. The implementation of new technology and training techniques. They have improved the equipment that is used. But that cannot change the critical factor that one needs to be a...

Around Town

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 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:

Bethlehem City Hall Rotunda: “Expressions: A Self-Portrait Show”, through August 29 with local artists and citizens.10 E. Church St. Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit

Salvation Army: Call 610-867-4681 for schedule.

Bethlehem Area Public Library: daily. Call...


Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Three residents of Bronx, N.Y., face charges under the Pennsylvania Controlled Substance, Drug, Device And Cosmetic Act after they were allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana along Interstate 78 westbound at mile marker 59.2, 3:12 a.m. July 22. Giovanny Rahonel Ripley, 22, was charged with suspicion of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use. Pedro Jose Cuevas Lopez, 23, was...