Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Police pact nets 3% raise

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by The Press in Local News

After a lengthy arbitration process that began in May of 2018, the City of Bethlehem police bargaining unit, represented by the Fraternal Order of Police Star Lodge #20, was awarded a 3 percent raise each year for the years 2018-22 through an arbitration award issued under the Policemen and Firemen Collective Bargaining Act (also known as Act 111).

No changes were made to their healthcare or pension benefits.

The administration and FOP commenced negotiations for a successor...

Legislator contactS

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

STATE SENATE

Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th

Office: 1 E. Broad St., Suite 120, Bethlehem

Phones: 610-868-8667; 717-787-4236.

Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th

Office 702 Hamilton St., Allentown

Phones: 610-821-8468; 717-787-1349.

Sen. Mario Scavello, R-40th

Office: 2 N. Robinson Ave., Pen Argyl; 2989 Route 611, Unit 103, Tannersville, Monroe County

Phones: 610-863-1200; 570-620-4326; 717-787-6123.

STATE HOUSE

Rep. Bob Freeman, D-...

‘Enough’

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

“Enough. We don’t have to live like this. Politicians who refuse to take action to reduce gun violence are complicit in this carnage. If we’re going to truly confront this uniquely American problem, we have to speak uncomfortable truths. Over and over again, domestic terrorists use high powered, military-style assault weapons to kill our children and our families. There are a whole range of steps that must be taken. Congress’s first priority must be passing universal background checks,...

PENN STATE Three workshops being offered

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by The Press in News Briefs

Join the Penn State Extension Lehigh and Northampton County Master Gardeners for these exciting workshops Succulent Savvy, Today’s Hydrangeas and Pollinators and Your Vegetable Garden.

Learn about the wonderful world of succulents 10 a.m. – noon Aug. 10 at Penn State Lehigh Valley, Room 224, 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley.

This diverse group of plants are easy to grow with a few basic strategies.

Topics covered include popular varieties of succulents, light and...

DeAN’s LISTS

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by The Press in School

Furman University

Andrew Warner, a Bethlehem area resident, was named to the Furman University dean’s list for the 2019 spring semester. To be included, he was a full-time undergraduate student who earned a grade point average of 3.4 or higher on a four-point system.

Kutztown University

Several Bethlehem area students have been named to the Kutztown University 2019 spring dean’s list. To be eligible for the list, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least...

FEST NOTES

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by The Press in Local News

My 5-year-old, James, and I walked to Familienplatz Saturday. We walked along Main Street, past free music acts and bustling restaurants, to the small blacksmith’s building by the Hotel Bethlehem. Just beyond the building is a path down to the Familienplatz. Follow the path and walk around the metalworks tent, and you will see the bouncy houses. Keep following the path, past the rides and the ArtsQuest tent. Just beyond it is the Information and tickets tent. Tickets are $1 each, good for...

Boscola: $6.75M for area development projects

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by The Press in Local News

State Sen. Lisa Boscola has announced $6.75 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding to six redevelopment projects in the 18th Senatorial District.

“These state funds will be used to assist in the redevelopment of five important economic development projects in the cities of Bethlehem and Easton along with assisting in the construction of a new public safety complex in Whitehall,” Boscola said. “By investing in these projects, the commonwealth is providing...

New fire truck purchase pondered

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

Hellertown Fire Chief Mike Maguire was on hand to summarize a lengthy report presented to council outlining their search for a new fire truck July 15.

The purchase would be a quint fire truck to replace an existing fire truck made by KME Fire Apparatus. A quint is a multipurpose fire truck that covers five areas of needs to the borough. They are pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial device and ground ladders. The plan is to send Hellertown’s requirements to around eight companies for...

COLLEGE NOTES

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by The Press in School

Penn State Lehigh Valley

Master Gardener’s sessions offered

The Penn State Extension Lehigh and Northampton County Master Gardeners will hold two workshops in August which are open to the public.

Succulent Savvy will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 10 at Penn State Lehigh Valley, Room 224, 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley. Topics include popular varieties, light and soil requirements, and avoiding common problems and pests. The cost includes a planter with...

Eagle awards presented at dinner

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by SELENA CINTRON in Local News

Three young men from Troop 899 achieved Scouting’s highest rank from Minsi Trails Council Scoutreach, a special Eagle Scout court of honor and recognition dinner.

Angel Herrera, Steven Basic and Reynaldo Nazario received their accolades at Freemansburg Borough Hall July 25 with friends and family in attendance.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank a youth can earn in the Boy Scouts of America. Scoutreach is beneficial for youth, families, and communities. Minsi Trails Council’s...