Bethlehem Press

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Cat adoptions

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

VALLEY

Forgotten Felines and Fidos animal shelter, 6022 Mountain Road, Germansville, will be holding cat and kitten adoptions from noon to 4 p.m. March 18 and 25 at the shelter.

If you plan to adopt that day, vet records from your past pets would be helpful in completing your adoption.

For more information, call the shelter at 610-760-9009.

To adopt on any other day, call Therese at 610-248-7399.

Great Decisions

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Allentown

Luther Crest will host a “Great Decisions” discussion program opening with a video session from 3 to 5 p.m. March 22 at Crest Hall, Luther Crest, 800 Hausman Road, Allentown.

The follow-up discussion, led by Dr. Andrew Essig of DeSales University, will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. March 29.

Future sessions will focus on the future of Europe and other topics. For more information, call 610-391-8229.

Citizen’s academy

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

POLICE

There will be a free Pennsylvania State Police six-week citizen’s police academy on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. April 17, 24, 16 and May 1, 8, 15 and 22 at the 2930 Airport Road location.

The program will offer attendees an opportunity to see first hand what the PSP is about and what is done on a daily basis. Classes will include roles and duties of the trooper, criminal and patrol investigations, forensic duties, use of force protocol, computer crime unit, K-9 and aviation...

Area students win medals at SkillsUSA competition

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by SUSAN BRYANT in School

Over 400 students from six career and technical institutes competed in 54 hands-on skill and leadership District 11 SkillsUSA Showcase of Skills competitions Feb. 1 at the Agri-Plex in Allentown.

This “Showcase of Skills” provided a unique opportunity to observe some of the most talented career and technical education students in the area.

Contestants in the area were from Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School, Career Institute of...

Commissioners support redistricting reform bill

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners took a bold step at the Feb. 22 meeting by passing a resolution supporting redistricting reform.

The 8-1 vote specifically lends support to naming an independent citizens commission for redistricting. The commission would consist of 11 persons, four from the state’s majority party and four from the minority party. The remaining three would come from any political party. The Pennsylvania Secretary of State would elect the members.

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Lucky’s adventure ends well

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Local News

Everyone loves a little adventure now and then, especially when you are a 3-1/2-year-old black and tan tabby named Lucky from Lower Macungie.

Oh, and did I mention he is blind?

On March 1, Lucky began his adventure around 1:15 a.m., somehow living the life of an escape artist and leaving the comforts of his home in the Ancient Oaks West development.

A flier was placed on social media sites and sent to various news outlets asking for help in locating the escapee March 2...

“Reading by the End of Grade 3” yielding big results in the classroom

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by LIZ KEMMERER in Local News

New data is showing marked improvement in students’ reading scores just since the beginning of this school year, when the literacy initiative, “Reading by the End of Grade 3,” (RBG3) took to the classroom. Assistant superintendent Dr. Jack Silva, supervisor of early learning, grants and development Dr. Jodi Frankelli, and supervisor of literacy Kimberly Harper presented the mid-year data to the board at the curriculum committee meeting Feb. 6.

RBG3 aims to make students proficient...

Commissioners support redistricting reform bill

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners took a bold step at the Feb. 22 meeting by passing a resolution supporting redistricting reform.

The 8-1 vote specifically lends support to an independent citizens commission for redistricting. The commission would consist of 11 persons, four from the state’s majority party and four from the minority party. The remaining three would come from any political party. The Pennsylvania Secretary of State would elect the members.

Commissioner...

Northampton County: ‘What we do is not sexy,’ says Brown

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Historic Hotel Bethlehem was the venue for Executive John Brown’s State of the County address on a blustery March 2 morning. The event included a free breakfast, which usually means stale croissants and weak coffee. Not at Hotel Bethlehem.

Over 150 guests were treated to mountains of scrambled eggs, bacon and home fries, along with a wide variety of juices, coffee and tea. Brown spoke for nearly a full hour, which is the longest speech he’s given as county executive.

It was a...

DEAN’S LISTS

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by The Press in School

Rochester Institute of TechnologyNathan Bracalente, of Bethlehem, was named to the RIT dean’s list for the fall 2016-2017 semester. Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for the list if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete”, “D” or “F”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

Rochester Institute of Technology is located at 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623. Visit...