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Lehigh University student robbed near campus, cops say

The 21-year-old male victim got into a vehicle with a stranger, police said.

A robber told a Lehigh University student he had a knife and to hand over everything he had, Bethlehe…

Popular retired Easton Area music teacher fronts new choral group

The Lehigh Valley Chorale, led by Ed Milisits, has its first performances on Saturday and Sunday

Longtime music teacher Ed Milisits retired seven years ago.
But his love of music…

Trucker cited in cement girder spill on I-78 ramp (VIDEO)

The driver was uninjured in the crash Monday morning on the ramp to Route 33 North in Lower Saucon Township.

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A truck driver was uninjured but faces a …

Bethlehem’s Parks: Enjoy Them, But Respect Them

Mayor Bob Donchez

Over the past several years, Bethlehem’s Saucon Park has been increasingly inundated by out-of-town visitors who have come in by the busload and have taxed limited City resources. Alcohol, boomboxes, open fires, damming the creek to create swimming holes, disruption of reserved picnics and damages to the rest rooms were becoming a regular occurrence. Though Mayor Bob Donchez states the “overwhelming majority” of park visitors are considerate, those who are not have made the park less desirable to residents. So Bethlehem has adopted tough new rules to ensure that Saucon and Monocacy Parks no longer suffer from overuse. Between Memorial and Labor Day, those who violate park regulations will see their fines doubled.

“Enjoy it, but respect it!” is Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio’s admonition. There will be no swimming in either park. Alcohol will be prohibited, except in pavilions by permit. Portable grills and open fires will be banned. Tents and the construction of temporary structures will also be a violation. There will be more “no parking” signs in grassy areas, barriers along Fire Lane to prevent illegal parking and the lot used by Bethlehem Saints will be gated.

Parks Director Jane Persa

Two police officers will patrol from dawn to dusk by horse, bicycle and on foot. The weekend before Memorial Day, no citations will be issued. Chief DiLuzio explained that officers will take that weekend to educate and inform violators. After that, someone caught swimming could face a fine between $100 and $300, along with court costs.

If the parks become overcrowded, Chief DiLuzio said they will be closed.

Parks Director Jane Persa stressed, “We’re not trying to keep people out of the parks.” But she added that pavilion reservations are down because picnics are often disrupted by other park visitors. “We think people are a little worried to go there,” she said.

Mayor Donchez met with residents who live near Saucon Park before proposing rule changes approved by City Council. he called this matter a “quality of life” issue, and plans to meet with residents again during the middle of the Summer to see what tweaks are needed.

Saucon Park is Bethlehem’s oldest park, said Donchez. It was opened on July 4, 1919, under Mayor Archibald Johnston and was built with donations he sought from local citizens and businesses. A swimming pool located there has been closed, but may reopen in the future as a splash park.

Monocacy Park, which was once heavily thicketed swampland, was established in the 1930s as a WPA project.

Hanover Twp. man on probation allegedly found with heroin

The man fled to his back yard when he saw officers approaching his home, Colonial Regional police said.

 A Hanover Township man had six packets of heroin in his possession a…

Memorial along Willow Park Road marks where 3 died in crash

It will take some time to identify the crash victims, Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said.

A memorial has been placed at the site in Bethlehem Township where three peop…

Saucon Valley High School prom 2016 (PHOTOS)

A look at what Saucon Valley High School students were wearing for prom.

Saucon Valley High School students had their prom Friday at Steelstacks in Bethlehem.
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‘Absolutely sickening’: Neighbors awoken by fiery, triple-fatal accident

Three people were pronounced dead and a fourth, engulfed in flames, was badly injured in the Bethlehem Township crash.

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Jeremy Strausser was asleep, a …

Man punches 2 women, threatens, ‘Now it’s war,’ police say

The assault occurred back in January in Bethlehem, police said.

A man is accused of punching his ex-girlfriend in the face back in January, and then punching a woman who tried to…

Rallied by anti-Muslim talk, Tea Party plans refugee protest (VIDEO)

Members of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party revealed plans to stem the flow of refugees from Syria into Allentown.

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Citing fears about terrorism, a Lehigh V…