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Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

State offers grants,

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.

Pope Francis’ apology, call for solidarity and reform

Thursday, August 30, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

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).

For attempted homicide

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Police Log

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.

A ‘beacon’ goes out

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Dent will not seek re-election

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.

Casino has plans for major expansion

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

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.

Christkindlmarkt expands; many new artisans planned

Thursday, November 17, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in News Briefs

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.

Anxiety of admissions

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Higher education and the need for the SATs

If there is one cause of stress for high school students motivated by academic expectations, it is the Scholastic Aptitude Tests, or SATs, as they are fondly known. The importance of these standardized tests has become a matter of fact, with college careers on the line and an entire industry of practice pre-testing reinforcing the perception SAT scores will make or break a person's next step in higher education.

Heroin: the hidden price

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Medical professionals can't reconcile rising use, death toll

In the late 1880s, the modification of natural substances in pharmacological sciences was important work. Pneumonia and tuberculosis were then the leading causes of death worldwide, and in an effort to alleviate the suffering of so many sick and wasting people, Germany's Bayer Corporation introduced a fast-acting pain-killer it called "heroin."

Doctors at the time had hoped heroin would be more effective and prove less addictive than its immediate predecessor, morphine. Such was not the case.

Wolf boosts schools, juggles taxes

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Governor Tom Wolf issued his proposed $29.9 billion budget for 2015-2016 recently with a focus on employment and education resolved through tax reform.

The tax section in particular will likely prove a challenge for the first-year governor to sell, as he proposes reducing pension capital and raising income and sales taxes to invest in property tax relief. Publications in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh report very little legislative support for such a shift in the tax policy.

Lessons for the kids

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

A poignant play for the WMCA

The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts' annual senior theater project is usually a blend of showmanship and professionalism as students both perform and learn how to run a theater troupe. This year's weeklong program's audience necessitated special consideration both in expectation and educational value as youngsters from numerous local elementary schools came to watch performances in the school's Black Box Theater.