Bethlehem Press

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Breathing life into the discarded

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Award-winning Lehigh Valley pastel artist Jacqueline Meyerson has added yet another honor to her impressive list of prizes and recognition by being selected to exhibit her painting, “Locked Up,” this September at the National Arts Club’s 45th annual “Enduring Brilliance” competition in Manhattan. To compete, Meyerson’s painting had to be juried from among 1,300 entries, with only 180 being selected.

“This is the crown jewel of pastel exhibitions, and to go to this event is very...


Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Police were called to Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest 9:30 p.m. July 20 for the report of a patient with drugs. The patient allegedly attempted to smoke a small amount of marijuana for pain.

Andrew Keyser, 25, of Coplay, was charged with possession of a controlled substance 8:15 a.m. July 20 at Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest. Police say three packets of white powder allegedly fell out of Keyser’s socks. The powder tested positive for heroin.

Members of...


Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by The Press in School

BASD: Vaccination requirements explained

The Bethlehem Area School District health services has announced vaccination requirements for all grades.

On the first day of school, unless the student had a medical or religious / philosophical exemption, the attendee must have had at least one dose of the following vaccinations or risk exclusion: four doses of polio and of tetanus, diptheria and acellular pertussis; three doses of hepatitis B; and two doses of varicella (chicken pox)...

Blood shortage hurts hospitals


A seasonal shortage of blood donors around the nation has led to what the Red Cross is calling a blood emergency.

In the past two months, the Red Cross has seen 61,000 fewer blood donations than average. That is equivalent to the approximate number of losses the Red Cross would see if it received no donations for more than four days.

“A lot of people just don’t think about giving blood,” said Alana Mauger, external communications manager for the Red Cross Northeastern...

Church connects through Art

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by ALLISON POCZAK in School

Children shared creativity and laughs at Fritz United Methodist Church during the church’s first summer art camp. Twenty-one children ages 5 to 12 spent each night learning different art techniques and practiced their new skills on a variety of projects. After the five-night program, running from July 24 to 28, students gained a better understanding of art, took home art creations of their own and made some new friends.

Each night started off with dinner, followed by some free time...

Judge Dally on problem-solving courts

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Pennsylvania’s incarceration rate was the highest among Northeast states in 2014. But housing someone in a county jail costs money. It costs $40,000 a year in a county jail, according to the County Commissioner Association. Statewide, 65 percent of these inmates are there for a substance abuse disorder. Another 10-30 percent suffer from mental illness. For these people, there are community-based alternatives to incarceration that cost less than half what it does to jail someone And that in...

Wolf administration assists veterans in need of military paperwork

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by Nathaniel Jastrzemski in Local News

Leaving the military can be a hectic and stressful time. Through all the commotion, veterans often forget how important it is to properly record and safeguard their most important military paperwork – the DD-214. That is where the Wolf Administration’s Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) can help.

The DD-214 is issued upon a military service member’s retirement, separation, or discharge from active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States. It contains...