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Alumna helps students learn to sign

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by The Press in School

Two kindergartners had an extraordinary surprise recently, when their Aunt Lizzy showed up to class. Elizabeth Koch, an alumna of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Bethlehem, returned to teach a sign language lesson with the kindergarten class.

“Kindergarten has been learning to sign the alphabet to help our fine motor skills and help learn letters and sounds,” said kindergarten teacher Mrs. Kohler. “When Liz heard about it she contacted me and asked if she could visit and sign...

Guest speakers laud Literacy Center

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The success of The Literacy Center’s education efforts were on proud display Oct. 5 at the Great Room on the Allentown campus of Muhlenberg College. Three guest speakers showed off their public speaking skills in English as they each made brief remarks before a roomful of fellow students, teachers and board members and sponsors of The Literacy Center. A smattering of political representatives and well-wishers, plus some proud family members of the speakers, rounded out the audience.


Council weighs $1M DaVinci grant

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Without a business plan or feasibility study in hand, Northampton County Council is nevertheless considering a $1 million grant for the Da Vinci Science Center project in Easton. An ordinance establishing the grant was introduced at the Nov. 16 meeting. Payments would be made in $100,000 increments over the next 10 years. The money would come from hotel taxes, not real estate taxes. Hotel taxes may only be used for projects that promote regional tourism.

The proposal is similar to a...

Borough hires new part-time officer

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

After Hellertown council authorized the hire of a new part-time police officer, Kyle Bartholomew was sworn in by Mayor Richard Fluck Nov. 20.

In addition to the authorization, council voted to waive 300 hours of training based on Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp’s recommendation.

Borough Manager Cathy Hantraft later addressed maintenance issues, saying ongoing repairs to the Front Street bridge will be complete this year, with final paving scheduled for the spring. She also...

YWCA seniors donate art to the MOMA

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by MARK KIRLIN in Local News

The YWCA Bethlehem Adult Day Services Center participated in the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) Peace is Power art project. Local seniors with special needs colored Peace is Power posters that will be mailed to and displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. YWCA Bethlehem Executive Director Stephanie Hnatiw came up with the idea when she saw it publicized in the New York Times. The project is organized by Yoko Ono.

Jeanne McNeill: Continue her husband’s mission

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by KELLY LUTTERSCHMIDT in Local News

During a campaign kickoff Nov. 13, Jeanne McNeill urged everyone to vote in the Dec. 5 special election.

The special election is required to fill the 133rd Legislative District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which has been vacant since the Sept. 8 death of McNeill’s husband, Daniel.

She accepted the Democratic nomination in early October and said she is proud to seek the office previously held by her late husband. According to McNeill, her husband was...


Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

Lehigh Valley Health Network

Chang named chief of thoracic surgery

Richard S. Chang, M.D., has been named Lehigh Valley Health Network’s new chief of thoracic surgery. He specializes in using daVinci Xi surgical robots to remove patients’ tumors of the lung, chest and esophagus.

LVHN is the first, and currently the only, network in the area using this type of robot.

Chang will train other surgeons to use the Xi robot, the most exact device of its kind available....

Samantha Dorney: Send Harrisburg a message

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

Bethlehem resident Samantha X. Dorney, a Libertarian, is seeking the 133rd Legislative District seat in the Dec. 5 special election.

“Voters of the 133rd District have a unique opportunity to send a message to Harrisburg,” according to Dorney. “While Republicans and Democrats in the legislature continue to play games with the budget, choosing special interests on both sides of the aisle, district residents can choose an independent citizen who answers to them and them alone.”


Council to limit short-term housing

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Making a few extra bucks by using Airbnb to rent out a spare bedroom for MusicFest or Christkindlmarkt visitors is about to get a little harder.

Bethlehem city council Nov. 21 voted 6–0 to give preliminary approval to a bill called Short Term Lodging Facilities. This action and the public input citizens were able to make during the meeting advances the bill toward final approval Dec. 19, when the city council will take up the matter again, likely approving the final version.