Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 15, 2018

Octoberfest to introduce new events

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The inaugural Stein Hoisting Championships, Weiner Dog Parade, DRAGTOBERFEST drag show, Flame Nouveau belly dancers and 3-on-3 Beer-Tag are among the many new highlights guests can enjoy for free when they attend the eighth annual Oktoberfest at SteelStacks, presented by Lehigh Valley International Airport Oct. 5-7 and 12-14.

For the first time in the festival’s history, a cash prize is on the line as Molly’s Irish Grille and Sports Pub presents the Oktoberfest Stein Hoisting...

Banana Factory’s expansion Preliminary plan divides project into four phases

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

ArtsQuest representatives approached the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission Sept. 12 for input on plans to dramatically alter the block of buildings that make up the Banana Factory Arts & Education Center at the Sept. 17 meeting. ArtsQuest CEO Kassie Hilgert, MKSD architect Todd Chambers, and Joe Klocek of Boyle Construction provided the board with a detailed presentation on the project for 25 West Third St.

The proposal calls for the demolition of five of the six...

LIVING BY FAITH - I thought I was done with Sunday school

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by CARINA STOVES in Opinion

Oki! As I sit here, I wonder what I should share. Should I share my current thoughts, feelings and fears? Or should I go the safer route and share more from my first few months?

I know the purpose of writing this column is to share the challenges I face, in addition to the culture, but the challenges from this month are still problematic and still too close to the surface. Instead of the current events, I think I will take you back in time to when I first moved here.

When I...

Ross: ‘Data is the raw material’

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by MICHELLE MEEH in Opinion

Technology policy expert Alec Ross spoke on “Innovation Education and the Industries of the Future” as part of the Cohen Arts & Lecture Series at Moravian College Sept. 12. An expert on innovation, cybersecurity, and internet freedom, he is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Industries of the Future.”

Ross is the former Senior Advisor for Innovation for the State Department and was named one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine and Huffington...

HBM&S Open Gate tours on Sept. 29, 30

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

Open Gate Farm Tours will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 at Burnside Plantation,

There will be workshops by Penn State Master Gardeners, open house and live Colonial cooking demonstrations, games and crafts.

There will be a farm tour of Burnside Plantation, established in 1748 as the first privately owned home of Bethlehem Moravians James and Mary Burnside.

Visit https://historicbethlehem.org/programs.

BETHLEHEM Street closures as of Sept. 24

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by The Press in News Briefs

A contractor will have Columbia Street closed between Webster Street and Taylor Street beginning Sept. 24 through Oct. 5 from 7 a.m. to - 3 p.m. each day.

During this time traffic will be directed to use either Third Street or First Street to navigate the closure.

The City of Bethlehem Water and Sewer Resources Department will be completing a portion of the construction project located along Willowbrook Road, Hanover Township, Lehigh County, north of Lehigh Valley International...

County may do away with cash bail

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Lehigh Valley is on the verge of doing away with cash bail, if the enthusiasm level in the Lehigh County Commissioner’s chamber is a predictor. Proponents of the measure spoke Sept. 14 to what seemed to be a very supportive group of commissioners and county administrative officials.

Allentown resident Julie Thomases said, “We are here to make a case for doing away with cash bail for non-violent and low-risk offenders, as has Northampton County, Philadelphia and other counties, cities...

The same 10 people

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

For months I have heard rumors that a few members of Bethlehem’s seven-member city council have special code words they use to ridicule residents who regularly attend council meetings.

‘The same 10 people,’ or ‘STP,’ is a designation apparently reserved for those who care about the city enough that they make the effort to attend these meetings regularly and participate in ‘public comment’ if they have an opinion to voice.

The rumor was confirmed for me when at a recent council...