Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cusik strikes out again on car fee

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

One of the annual rites of spring is baseball. Though it’s still chilly outside, kids all over the Lehigh Valley have left the batting cages housed in old warehouses for the diamonds that dot parks all over the Lehigh Valley. But April 6 was a bad night in Mudville for the Northampton County Nine. Council President John Cusick struck out in a seemingly Quixotic quest to shackle Northampton County residents with a new tax in the form of a $5 vehicle registration fee that would make its way...

AARP plans scan education event AARP offers document-shredding event

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED in Local News

Lehigh Valley consumers can safely dispose of personal financial documents and other sensitive records at a free Operation: Stop Scams shredding event offered by the AARP Fraud Watch Network on Saturday, April 22 at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem.

The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the east side of Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road. Consumers are asked to bring a maximum of three boxes of documents to be shredded per vehicle.


Additional $5 vehicle fee considered

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by MARK RECCEK in Local News

Those living in Lehigh County may soon be required to pay an additional $5 for each non-exempt vehicle registration.

The board of commissioners at its April 12 meeting discussed a motion authorizing the fee. Included in the approved motion is the establishment of a Municipal Transportation Infrastructure Program. The board will vote on the bill at the April 26 meeting.

Commissioner Dan Hartzell, co-sponsor for the bill, along with Commissioner Percy Dougherty, lauded the motion...

YWCA Bethlehem launches ‘If Not Now When’

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

YWCA Bethlehem and Title Sponsor Capital BlueCross celebrated the volunteer achievements of local women and teens at the 42nd Annual Women & Teens of the Year Award Ceremony April 4 at the event center at blue.

YWCA Bethlehem Executive Director Stephanie Hnatiw welcomed the 175 attendees who were gathered to honor this year’s nine award recipients. Hnatiw congratulated the awardees telling them, “You embody everything that the YWCA [Bethlehem] has stood for the past 90 years.”...

Finishing strong

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by The Press in School

The Crusaders’ winter finished strong, raising $74,320 at Mini-THON to fund pediatric cancer research and support families struggling from cancer’s consequences. Over 300 students and faculty were involved in the 24-hour dance marathon Feb. 17 to the 18.

About 30 seniors kicked off spring by going on their Kairos retreat, accompanied by campus ministry director Sharon Hillhouse, Norm Steinruck, Angela Nicolello, Dena Farrell, Kelly Weber and Rob Barnum. The student leaders included...

Grants available for fire equipment for rural communities

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Applications are now available for federal grants to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped and unprotected areas, Rep. Jack Rader (R-Monroe) announced.

The program is administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and applications are due by May 18.

The grants, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are designed to facilitate a partnership with state officials to...

Film screening set for May 4

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


There will be a preview screening of Tracy Wigfield’s “Great News,” featuring John Michael Higgins, at 8 p.m. May 4, at SteelStacks, Arts Quest,101 Founders Way.

Wigfield is the Emmy Award winning writer for “30 Rock” and “The Mindy Project”. The show’s pilot, produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, premieres at 9 p.m. April 25 on NBC.

For information and tickets, visit or call 610-332-3378.

Cherry Blossom Fest April 22

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs


There will be a Cherry Blossom Festival from noon to 5 p.m. April 22 in the Garden of Serenity next to the Bethlehem Public Library at Sakon Place.

There will be food, children’s crafts, a tea ceremony, Japanese traditional dress to try on and a display of artifacts given to Bethlehem by its sister city, Tondabayashi, Japan.

Visit for more information.