July 19, 2017
‘They can just be horses now’
At a June 1 ribbon cutting ceremony and a July 8 open house that featured a special visit by the Budweiser Clydesdales, the Bethlehem Police Department, nonprofit Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police, and the community celebrated the completion of the new Bethlehem Mounted Police stable. Constructed on 10 acres of land generously leased from the Allentown Diocese, and immediately adjacent to Holy Savior Cemetery, the new structure has housed mounts from the unit, Pharoah, George, Asa and Grey since mid-May. Photo: The big attraction was the Budweiser Clydesdales, but the event was held to celebrate an open house for the new Bethlehem Mounted Patrol stables. Thousands of area residents attended and toured the facility.
By Dana Grubb
Festive July 4th in Old Edgeboro
On July 4th, current and former residents of the Old Edgeboro section of Bethlehem did what they have been doing for the past 43 years: they gathered on Sycamore Street for the annual Independence Day celebration.Neighbors line the block with tables and chairs. Overhead are two large American flags suspended over the ends of the block by Marty Plyler. This year, as always, the event began with a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Readers were Vivien Appel and Nick Englesson. As always, the audience enthusiastically applauded lines expressing defiance of England by the colonists. Photo: A long table of entrees and salads is complemented by a table of desserts. Guests brought their own drinks.
By Dennis Glew
‘An offer you can’t refuse’
Sponsored by the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, the Second Annual Bethlehem Italian Festival was held June 17 on Main Street and in the Sun Inn Courtyard. The event featured a “Wine Trail,” with 14 wines curated by South Italy Imports were available for tasting. An “Italian Food Trail” featured culinary delights sampling at nearby participating restaurants like The Brick, Tapas On Main, Twisted Olive, and The Colony Meadery at the Book Shop. Photo: Accompanied by Nick Franco on accordion, actor and singer Gianni Russo serenades diners at Corked on Main Street. Russo, who played Carlo Rizzi in 1972’s “The Godfather,” was in town to promote Don Corleone Organic Italian Vodka with the motto, “An offer you can‘t refuse.”
By Ed Courrier
‘Warm handoff’ aids addicts
Physician General of Pennsylvania Dr. Rachel Levine gave a press conference at Lehigh Valley Hospital June 12 on new programs which aim at getting drug addicted patients – notably, opioid and heroin abusers – the care they need. Several representatives from the hospital and other local organizations were on hand to give insight on their efforts. Photo: Paige Walsh, addiction recovery liaison, Dr. David Burmeister, D.O., Dr. Rachel Levine, Dr. Robert Cannon, D.O. and Layne Turner speak during the presentation on warm handoffs at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
By Christopher Dryfoos
What to do if your doctor prescribes an opioid
What to do if your doctor prescribes an opioid
A TV commercial for a network of treatment centers encourages drug addicts to contact them for rehab. Another has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie warning there is an epidemic of opioid addiction, but addicts have a way out. “Help is within reach,” he says. You might have seen these commercials, but perhaps you have not been – as I have – swallowing an oxycodone tablet while watching them.
By Linda Wojcichowski
Bethlehem Catholic Athletes of the Year
Tessa Zamolyi: As high school sports seasons go, Bethlehem Catholic High School senior Tessa Zamolyi would play volleyball at the beginning of the school year and compete in track and field at the end, but in the middle, the heart of the season, it was basketball that would take center stage in her athletic career.
By Katie McDonald
Mikey Labriola: When Mikey Labriola first got to Bethlehem Catholic his freshman year, it would be fair to say that wrestling coach Jeff Karam was not one of his favorite people.
By Peter Car
Afternoon and night delight
July 22 promises to be a jazz lover’s delight in the Lehigh Valley. The Pennsylvania Jazz Collective presents its second annual “Christmas City Summer Jazz Festival,” 12:30 - 10 p.m. July 22 at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink, 345 Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem. There will be 12 groups on two stages. Festival headliner is Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra. Schuman and Jazz Collective Artistic Director Alan Gaumer go back to the late 1970s when a twenty-something Gaumer needed a sub for a gig in upstate New York. The drummer recommended a teen-aged Schuman and Gaumer was “blown away by his playing.” The two have kept in touch since, including after Schuman relocated to Las Vegas. Spyro Gyra plays the Blue Note in New York City on July 25, allowing for Schuman’s Bethlehem festival appearance.
By George Vandoren
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Valley: Officers recognized for DUI/traffic enforcement
Valley: Area residents complete management program
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