Bethlehem Press

Friday, November 16, 2018

Contentions, details curtail progress

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Having learned a month earlier that the Penn Forest Township Zoning Hearing Board had opened a subpoena in his name in an effort to compel a release of information, Authority Executive Director Stephen Repasch decided not to attend its latest meeting to discuss the controversial wind turbine project. But he heard about it afterward.

“I did get a graphic and detailed report,” he told the authority board Oct. 11, when he charged an expert in sound hired by renewables company Atlantic...

Area man honored by his alma mater

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Bethlehem resident J. Leon Washington was among three people Dakota Wesleyan University recognized recently with Distinguished Alumni Awards during the annual Legacy Banquet.

The Legacy Banquet honors alumni and friends of Dakota Wesleyan who have generously supported the university. Distinguished Alumni Awards are given to alumni who have distinguished themselves in their field and/or committed great acts of service to their community and/or humanity.

Washington received the...

Lehigh drug take-back day results: 500 lbs.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by The Press in Local News

Lehigh County residents disposed of 500.5 pounds of expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications during the 16th National Take Back Day on Oct. 27.

The total of drugs collected during all Take Back Day events since 2010 is 12,943.5 pounds.

In addition to the drugs discarded during the Take Back Days, 21,970 pounds of medications have been collected from 15 permanent medication collection boxes that are located in 12 police departments and three Lehigh Valley...

Half-mill tax increase is proposed

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Bethlehem Township Manager Doug Bruce has proposed a half-mill tax hike for next year. A proposed spending plan is available online, with a final budget hearing scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to noon.

In the wake of this proposed tax hike, commissioners seriously considered a fire tax at their Oct. 15 meeting.

Which do you think is more important, police or fire protection? The state legislature has already answered that question. No state law requires a municipality...

Executive Armstrong vetoes budget amendments

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Making good on a promise, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong on Wed. vetoed the budget for 2019 because an amendment passed by County Commissioners rolled back the millage rate from the proposed 3.79 mils to 3.64 mils.

He made the announcement Wed. in a special news conference at the Lehigh Administration building attended by the press, members of the Armstrong administration, a couple of aspiring commissioners and one Lehigh County Commissioner, Democrat Amy Zanelli.


Requiring drug advertisements to mention prices would confuse consumers

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

The Trump administration recently unveiled a proposal that would force drug manufacturers to disclose a medicine’s sticker, or “list,” price in television advertisements.

The change is helpful in theory. After all, consumers should have all relevant product information before making a purchase.

But in reality, the proposed rule would do more harm than good. Prescription drug prices are highly complicated. Insurance generally covers most of a medication’s cost, leaving patients...

Drug shootout

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by The Press in Police Log

Police arrested five people after an alleged drug deal went wrong and resulted in a shootout and escape from a lot off Stefko Boulevard after noon Oct. 31.

Police said individuals in two cars, an Audi and a Kia, in the area of Jill and Livingston streets, began firing at each other, damaging one car and the truck of a passerby.

Officers stopped one car on Pembroke Road and the other on Goepp Circle. Upon obtaining warrants, police searched the cars, finding: Two firearms,...


Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Thursday, November 8

Miller Heights E.S. 18th annual Veterans’ Day program, 10 a.m. Student narrations and songs, Cub Scout Pack #346, H.S. musicians, community members. 3605 Allen St. 18020. RSVP only: call 610-868-6441 or email

Friday, November 9

11th annual memorial service honoring veterans who have died in the last year. 2 p.m., Cantelmi Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden St. Welcome: owner, Dino...


Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Nov. 2 two persons have been charged with animal cruelty and neglect.

Melanie Rehrig, 33 and Jason Wieder, 39, both of the 900 block of Hillcrest Drive South, Macungie, are both charged with five counts of alleged aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony of the third degree; six counts of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor of the second degree; six counts of neglect of animals, a misdemeanor of the third degree and 86 counts of...


Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Lehigh Valley Health Network

Mobile Mammography Coach

The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute introduced and provided tours of its new Mobile Mammography Coach during an Oct. 18 ceremony at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown. The coach offers a convenient way for women to have 3D screening mammograms where they’re located.

The unit’s Peplink EPX 15 Cellular SD-WAN router allows for real time imaging and reliability on a mobile coach as if the clinicians were...