Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

lent/easter HAPPENINGS

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

Friday, March 22

Fish fry supper, raffles, Treasures of Russia boutique. Eat in or take out. 4 to 6:30 p.m. St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 980 Bridle Path Road. Visit www.facebook.com/stnicholasoca/ or call 610-867-0402.

Saturday, March 30

Easter Egg hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny, light refreshments, children’s activities. Cost; must register in advance. Hanover Township Community Center, Northampton...

Armstrong apologizes for story that fell flat

Monday, March 4, 2019 by The Press in Local News

As a way of explaining why he made no promises during his campaign for office, Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong told what two ommissioners considered a socially unacceptable “story” during his state of the county address about a supposed friend, a light blue Cadillac convertible and a “blonde.”

The Press contacted Armstrong, a Democrat, for comment on his “story,” and the reaction of the two Republican Lehigh County commissioners when they heard what he had said.

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Too many opioid cases

Monday, March 4, 2019 by TERRY AHNER AND NATE JASTRZEMSKI NJASTRZEMSKI@TNONLINE.COM in Local News

Long before President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency, local authorities were dealing with the fallout.

Drug overdose deaths had risen precipitously over several years as local authorities sought answers – both to why this was happening and how to stop it.

In Bethlehem alone, reported overdoses increased from 79 in 2015 to 209 in 2018, according to Health Bureau Director Kristen Wenrich.

Meanwhile Lehigh County Coroner Scott...

Parents Left Behind

Monday, March 4, 2019 by HANNA O’REILLY in Local News

Silence filled the room and tears flowed as three parents spoke at Northampton Community College’s panel, “Parents Left Behind,” Feb. 26. Tina Ralls, Chuck Deprill and Donna Jacobson told their stories about living with addicted children. For Ralls and Deprill, their children lost their long-fought battles with opioid abuse. For Jacobson, her daughter is still here and in recovery after a long and difficult journey with addiction.

Ralls, an attorney from Emmaus, lost her son James...

Armstrong delivers state of county

Monday, March 4, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The county executive, a Democrat, proposed measures that may shake up the Republican-dominated Board of Commissioners; limit commissioner’s terms to three or 12 years; secondly, create an independent ethics oversight committee; and third, get them out of the negotiating collective bargaining agreements business.

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong addressed a crowded room at Coca-Cola Stadium in Allentown on Feb. 21 to report the state of the County and to tell the public what...

Valley quality of life survey results released

Monday, March 4, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Research Consortium (LVRC), in partnership with the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and Muhlenberg College, has released the most recent Lehigh Valley Quality of Life survey results.

The survey was conducted by the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion (MCIPO) in September of 2018 for the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium (LVRC) in conjunction with the LVRC’s annual State of the Valley Report. It examined the...

NORCO-Governor: Update voting machines

Monday, March 4, 2019 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Northampton County’s Elections Commission met Feb. 14 to discuss, among other things, the new voting systems that the state wants in place before the 2020 presidential election. These must contain a paper trail. Governor Tom Wolf has directed all 67 counties to purchase new voting machines, but the state has only provided $14.1 million statewide to make purchases projected to cost $147 million. Northampton County’s share is $342,000.

On Jan. 10, about 30 county elections judges...

MEETING BOARD

Monday, March 4, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

Wednesday, March 6

CANCELED - HARB-Historical Architectural Review Board, 4 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St.

Thursday, March 7

Rep. Bob Freeman, council chambers, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 685 Main St., Hellertown.

Bethlehem Zoning Board, 6 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St.

Northampton County Economic Development, 5 p.m., Northampton Co. Courthouse, 669 Washington St., Easton.

Northampton County Council, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Northampton Co. Courthouse, 669...