Four state senators spoke with the media in a web conference Aug. 15 to tout the new Comprehensive School Safety bill, Act 44, which provides $60 million for safety improvement grants for all of Pennsylvania’s 800 districts and other school entities, such as Vo-Tech.
Sponsors, state Sens. Jay Costa, D-43rd, Wayne Langerholc, R-35th, Jim Brewster, D-45th, and Mike Regan, R-31st, reviewed highlights and answered press questions for an hour.
The Vatican’s communications office released a statement by Pope Francis last week in response to the many allegations of abuse compiled in Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s nearly 900-page grand jury report. It detailed nearly seven decades of manipulative, corrupt and abusive acts by hundreds of priests throughout the state, including dozens who served in the local Diocese of Allentown.
“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26).
The country’s largest free music festival is celebrating its 35th year.
In the big tent at Festplatz Aug. 3, ArtsQuest CEO Kassie Hilgert energized the early crowd with palpable excitement during the opening ceremony. “I think it’s time to get this started!” she shouted. By “this” she meant a brief ceremony honoring so many years of success and those who have made it possible, namely former Bethlehem Mayor Paul Marcincin and 13 volunteers who have participated in every single Musikfest.
Police are seeking a local man in connection with a stabbing last year and request residents’ help in the apprehension of Gary Paul Mayers, 43.
On Nov. 10, 2017, at approximately 3:21 p.m., a stabbing was reported to the Bethlehem Police 911 Center. The caller reported the stabbing occurred in the 500 block of Ontario Street and a crime scene was established in the neighborhood.
Amid the growing backlash against separating migrant families at the southern border and the president’s subsequent policy reversal, reports have spread of where children are being filtered across the country. WHYY in Philadephia is reporting one specific destination is KidsPeace on Broadway in Salisbury Township.
HIAS Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project of Pa.’s Supervising Attorney Elizabeth Yaeger told WHYY last week at least nine youths had been moved to the Lehigh Valley, and that her organization is their legal representation.
U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, announced in a press release last week he is not seeking re-election in 2018. He has served nearly 27 years in state and federal legislatures.
The seven-term congressman said he has done his best in his many senior responsibilities to make a meaningful, positive impact on the Republican party to instill stability, certainty and predictability in Washington.
Though its aftermath was controversial, the presidential inauguration Jan. 19 was attended by many Lehigh Valley residents wishing to experience firsthand the changeover from the Obama to Trump administrations.
Sands Bethlehem announced in a release Nov. 14 the plan for a $90 million expansion to the Southside gaming and entertainment campus to begin development next year.
The current expansion plan is to add a new gaming floor and more than 1,000 gaming seats along with more restaurant space, restrooms and back of house (staff-only) facilities, all of which will measure about 60,000 square feet.
As Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem approaches a quarter-century of celebrating Christmas in the Christmas City, the popular holiday marketplace promises more holiday cheer than ever as it adds new tents and welcomes a record number of vendors to the event.
For 2016, Christkindlmarkt has expanded from two to four tents, resulting in up to 150 vendors each weekend, the most in the event’s 24-year history, including artists from 16 different states, with craftsmen coming from as far away as Florida, Maine and Wisconsin.
Local partners, with contributing banks and U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, announced recently an affordable housing grant worth $320,000 would benefit reconstruction and renovation of a residential complex in Fountain Hill.