Bethlehem Press

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Trees topic of 24th celebration

Monday, April 30, 2018 by JOANNA IRELAND in Local News

A dreary day may have provided a rainy backdrop for Fountain Hill’s Arbor Day celebration April 27, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the small crowd that gathered at the newly renovated Public Works building on Clewell Street.

After Fountain Hill Council President Larry Rapp led the Pledge of Allegiance, Mike Klo, chairman of the Shade Tree Commission, began the ceremony by saying that trees “create oxygen, clean the air and soil, act as carbon sinks, prevent soil erosion,...


Monday, April 30, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Wednesday, May 2

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

Thursday, May 3

Bethlehem Environmental Advisory Council, 7 p.m. Illick’s Mill – second floor, 100 Illick’s Mill Road.

City of Bethlehem Authority, 3:30 p.m. city hall, 10 E. Church St.

Northampton Co. Council, 6:30 p.m. 669 Washington St., Easton.

Monday, May 7

Fine Arts Commission, 5:15 p.m., Laros Room, Bethlehem Public Library, 11 W. Church St.


Lehigh County - Partisanship foils agenda

Monday, April 30, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh County Commissioners had some political moments Wednesday as agenda items were floated, then after sharp questioning by fellow commissioners, sank beneath increasingly turbulent political waters.

A tax rebate proposed by Commission President Marty Nothstein never made it to a vote because it wasn’t seconded in the Finance Committee, where it came under bipartisan criticism. The tax rebate resolution was still on the agenda for the regular meeting of the full Board of...

Bethlehem Township stormwaters leave 2,000 tons of unwanted sediment each year

Monday, April 30, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Some who attended the April 16 meeting of Bethlehem Township’s Board of Commissioners may have arrived a little late. Heavy rain that day forced Public Works to close a roadway that leads to the Municipal Building from the community college. After finally getting there, stormwater ended up being the chief topic of discussion.

Municipalities like Bethlehem Township are required to obtain permits from Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection in order to discharge water from...

BASD Facilities meeting centers on safety

Monday, April 30, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

It’s a scenario that nobody wants to experience, but everyone wants to be prepared for: an armed gunman entering a school with the intent to inflict harm. But after reaching out to students and parents alike, Bethlehem Area School District realized, that it’s no longer a silent taboo, but an important topic to discuss precautions and appropriate responses, so that student’s know their educators can also step into the role of protectors in a heartbeat.

At the April 9, 2018 school board...

BASD ‘Future Chefs’ opens meeting

Monday, April 30, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

The April 16 Bethlehem Area School District committee meetings started promptly at 6 p.m. with a slightly different approach than normal meetings.

Board members turned their focus to the big screen and together with the audience watched the first 25 minutes of the recent PBS39 special, Future Chefs. The Future Chefs competition is a nationwide program sponsored by food preparation company Sodexo.

The local competition aired Monday night and members of the board could not resist...

Around Town

Monday, April 30, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

A full calendar appears on the Bethlehem Press website, but due to space constraints, for ongoing events, email, visit or call the following:

111th Bethlehem Bach Festival and 120th birthday of the Bethlehem Bach Choir: May 11, 12, 18 and 19. Tickets and information: visit or call 610-866-4302.

Bethlehem Area Public Library: Call 610-867-3761(main) or 610-867-7852 (south side); Visit...


Monday, April 30, 2018 by TNONLINE.COM @GTAYLORGEORGE TAYLOR in School

Freedom HS: Chiafulio nominated for Pa. TOY

Freedom HS teacher and Bethlehem resident Amber Chiafulio was named a finalist for the 2019 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Award. The 11 year biology teacher was nominated by FHS assistant principal Maureen Leeson. As a finalist, she will be required to submit a video showing both a classroom-teaching episode along with a lesson plan.

A Cedar Crest College graduate, she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in...

Dispute festers between Norco county board, GPA

Monday, April 30, 2018 by BERNIE O’HARE in Opinion

War is brewing between Northampton County and its own creation, the General Purpose Authority (GPA). At their April 10 meeting, GPA board members voted to hire Philadelphia law firm Conrad and O’Brien as “special counsel” for anticipated litigation against the county. No bids were sought from other firms.

“We can’t wait,” Solicitor John Lushis said. At that same meeting, Lushis accused the county of being in breach of its agreement with the GPA. They also silenced the county’s second...