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BASD board reorganizes; Faccinetto remains president

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

The Bethlehem School Board welcomed a special guest at its Dec. 4 meeting. Northampton County President Judge Stephen G. Baratta was in attendance to swear in the newest members of the board.

One by one, Board President Michael Faccinetto, Director Rogelio Ortiz, Vice President Shannon Patrick and Director Angela Sinkler were called to raise their hand and take the oath. Each was asked to swear that they would perform their duties in compliance with the laws of the Commonwealth.


Flu onset has no warning; get shot now

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by CHRIS REBER in Local News

After more than 40 years dealing with infectious diseases, Dr. Luther “Pat” Rhodes says you can’t predict when the peak of flu season will hit.

That’s why Rhodes, an infectious disease specialist at Lehigh Valley Health Network, encourages everyone to get a flu shot each fall, regardless of the outlook for the upcoming season.

“The only thing you can say about flu is there will be a sudden surge, an increase of cases, and calling it would be like predicting the weather,” he...

Samantha Dorney: Send Harrisburg a message

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Bethlehem resident Samantha X. Dorney, a Libertarian, is seeking the 133rd Legislative District seat in the Dec. 5 special election.

“Voters of the 133rd District have a unique opportunity to send a message to Harrisburg,” according to Dorney. “While Republicans and Democrats in the legislature continue to play games with the budget, choosing special interests on both sides of the aisle, district residents can choose an independent citizen who answers to them and them alone.”


Council to limit short-term housing

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Making a few extra bucks by using Airbnb to rent out a spare bedroom for MusicFest or Christkindlmarkt visitors is about to get a little harder.

Bethlehem city council Nov. 21 voted 6–0 to give preliminary approval to a bill called Short Term Lodging Facilities. This action and the public input citizens were able to make during the meeting advances the bill toward final approval Dec. 19, when the city council will take up the matter again, likely approving the final version.



Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

THE CENTER FOR ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE, Easton, is seeking volunteers to walk dogs, assist with a.m. cleanings, attend off site events to promote the shelter, cat and dog enrichment and general shelter help. If interested in helping, please contact Walt Hoffman at 610-252-7722, ext. 4 or email

CHARTER ARTS - The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem, is seeking...

Article By: The Press

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

STATE Special election Dec. 5 for McNeill’s seat

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, R-28th, has ordered a special election be held Dec. 5 to fill the vacant seat in the 133rd Legislative District in Lehigh County.

The vacancy was created by the Sept. 8 death of State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-133rd.

The district office is remaining open under supervision of the House to assist constituents with issues or problems and continue constituent inquiries already in progress. The...

Boscola announces 5 grants for local projects

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

State Sen. Lisa M. Boscola announced Nov. 14 the approval of over $2.6 million in state funds for five local projects: Multimodal Improvements along South New Street in Bethlehem ($1 million) and in College Hill in Easton ($1.4 million); improvements to Dimmick Park in Hellertown ($155,000) and to Comer Park in Bethlehem Township ($45,000); and the Easton Connections project in Easton ($50,000).

“I am pleased that state dollars will be used toward projects that will enhance pedestrian...

Mascaro gets 3-year recycling contract

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Over the past five consecutive Mondays, Hellertown Borough Council has met to go over budgets. Borough Manager Cathy Hartranft outlined the results of the preliminary budget at the Nov. 6 Council meeting. An important aspect of the budget involves recycling pickup.

The borough has received bids from companies to handle the recycling collection. Due to the increasing cost of bids, the preliminary budget calls for a $10 increase in recycling fees for residents.

The bids received...