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Tuesday, January 17, 2017



January 18, 2017


COVER STORY


Kids, kings and fellowship


The sixth annual Three Kings Celebration Jan. 8 at SteelStacks was presented by ArtsQuest in cooperation with the Bethlehem area Hispanic community. The religious and cultural tradition of many Latin American countries featured the three wisemen, or Magi, in regal costumes who came to visit with families and distribute gifts to their children. Hand-crafted paper crowns were worn by many children in honor of the three kings. Holy Infancy Catholic Church of South Bethlehem provided Hispanic food and local Latin bands Herencia Jibara and Los Pleneros USA performed on the Musikfest Cafe stage to a large crowd. Photo: King Gaspar holds Madeleine and Dominic Grim during the gift-giving session. The young children were with Jason and Blanca Grim of Orefield, who were attending the Hispanic Christmas season event for their first time. Ramon Rodriguez of Bethlehem played Gaspar, one of the three kings handing out gifts to the children.


By Tim Gilman


 


NEWS ANALYSIS


County entangled in gruesome murder case


A fellow at the losing end of a custody battle used to stand outside the Northampton County courthouse every morning. He carried handwritten signs lambasting several county judges, as well as Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Division. From time to time, child abuse awareness groups also protest on the courthouse steps. All are regarded with healthy skepticism. But now Sara Packer, a former adoption supervisor in Northampton County, has been charged with participating in the rape, murder and dismemberment of her own adopted daughter, Grace. Will the public feel less confident in CYF caseworkers?


By Bernie O’Hare


 


ENTERTAINMENT


A colonial-inspired dining experience


The Tavern at the Sun Inn, which opened in December, is a unique addition to downtown Bethlehem’s impressive list of restaurants. What makes it special is its colonial-inspired menu, extensive wine list from local vineyards, and Ales of the Revolution produced by craft brewers in eastern Pennsylvania. Executive Chef Billy Grunenwald (photo) says his menu pays homage to the true farm-to-table aspect of early tavern fare by keeping ingredients fresh, seasonal and based for the most part on what early Bethlehem settlers would have had available. “We’re keeping things simple, with minimal ingredients and lot of herbs.”


By Carole Gorney


 


CLASSROOM


Preparing for vespers


Moravian Academy students began preparing in early December for the annual holiday season Vespers services at Central Moravian Church in downtown Bethlehem. The Middle and Upper School Vespers were held Dec. 8 and the Lower School services were the next day. This year’s Vespers were of special significance for the local private school, which is celebrating its 275th anniversary during the 2016-17 academic year. Photo: Tristen Rodney and Reith Lutostansky ring large bells during a seventh grade hand bell choir rehearsal. Lutostansky’s bell has a large clapper - the tongue of a bell.


By Tim Gilman


 


BETHLEHEM SPORTS


Landis registers career win 150


When it comes to taking part in basketball events, there’s one that stands out above the rest for Liberty head coach Chad Landis. Taking part in the Yasso-Rothrock Christmas City Classic has a deeper meaning for the Hurricane coach, who worked under Todd Rothrock as an assistant at Liberty before taking over as head coach of the program nine years ago. That’s why Saturday’s 76-54 victory over Blue Mountain gave Landis smiles for several reasons outside of winning. It was one of the best offensive outputs by the Hurricanes all season, as they compiled 20 assists as a team en route to keeping Blue Mountain at bay.


By Peter Car


 


LV FOCUS


Late bloomers


There is a natural schedule of signature color changes that our native trees follow each fall season. We are all familiar with the vivid autumn colors. The flowers that trees produce, however, bloom from early spring, like the tulip tree, to the unusual witch-hazel, which blooms from October often into March. Witch-hazel is also known in some areas as snapping hazelnut, spotted alder and winter-bloom. They grow throughout northeast and southeast North America from Florida to Nova Scotia and the Great Lakes to Texas.


By Bud Cole


 


OTHER STORIES


Bethlehem: Reynolds proposes moves for more open governance


Bethlehem: BAPL book sale begin Jan. 25


Bethlehem HARB approves 3 project plans


Bethlehem: Authority to study infrastructure safety


Northampton County: Cusick remains council president


Northampton County: Council questions dog licensing change


 


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017


January 11, 2017

COVER STORY

Welcoming 2017

The New Year’s Eve Peep Drop has become a popular event. Just Born’s Peep mascot, wearing a tuxedo, ‘hosts’ the New Year’s Eve activities at the Steelstack’s Levitt Pavilion, where Peeps visors are handed out to the celebrants. A new and larger plastic Peeps Chick with changing colors was the focal point of the early evening celebration. The Peep’s descent from a crane high above Steelstacks concludes each year with a colorful fireworks show.

By Tim Gilman

 

PEEPFEST

S’more family friendly fun

The eighth annual PeepsFest was a family-friendly two-day event Dec. 30 and 31 at the Steelstacks Campus in South Bethlehem. Photo: The PeepsFest 5k race started at Steelstacks in South Bethlehem Saturday morning, the second day of the festival. Running together are race friends in noticeable Peeps-related yellow attire, sisters Ellen and Nancy Bartuska of Wilmington, Susan Gurley of San Francisco, and Peepsfest 5K newcomer Dawn Madzaral of Trexler Hill, who was visiting her family in Fountain Hill. The Peeps 5k companions were among the winners in the “Peepsonality” costume contest, chosen from the 600 runners.

By Tim Gilman

 

AT THE SANDS

Ringing in the New Year

Business owner J. R. Williams this year treats his staff to a holiday party each year and decided to bring them to the Vision Nightclub for a New Year’s Eve celebration. Williams owns Ultimate Auto Detailing and Window Tint in Easton. About 1,300 revelers chose the Sands Bethlehem Event Center’s Vision Nightclub to ring in the New Year with drink, dance, confetti and balloons. DJ N9NE provided the beat leading up to a midnight balloon drop and confetti shoot into the crowd.

By Dana Grubb

 
OPINION

ED’S WORLD

Graphic commentary by award-winning artist Ed Courrier

 

PEOPLE

Bethlehem Twp. Resident returns to his roots

When Kevin Habick traveled to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY for a football game with his family in ninth grade, he fell in love with the school.  “I loved the atmosphere and traditions,” this 2005 Freedom HS graduate says. “The school’s motto was something different than I’d known.” That motto is “Duty. Honor. Country.” Photo: Army Ranger School, called the “toughest combat course in the world,” and one of the most mentally and physically demanding leadership schools in the military, provides an intense 61-day combat leadership course focused on small-unit tactics.

By Joanna Ireland

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Yasso-Rothrock tourney set

The Yasso-Rothrock Christmas City Classic basketball tournament will take place this Saturday at Freedom with a slate of matchups featuring each of Bethlehem’s boys’ programs. The varsity action tips off at 4 p.m. when Bethlehem Catholic takes on Lincoln Leadership Academy, followed by a 6 p.m. slate between Liberty and Blue Mountain. The nightcap will feature Freedom taking on Bangor at 8 p.m.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

‘Give me goosebumps’

One doesn’t usually associate a symphony concert with pop music, but when the Allentown Symphony Orchestra is paired with the Grammy Award-nominated piano genius Jim Brickman, it’s sure to be a night to remember. “Jim Brickman Pure Piano with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra,” conducted by Ronald Demkee, Allentown Symphony associate conductor, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

By Ashleigh Strange

 

OTHER STORIES

BASD: Not a windfall after all

Bethlehem: Morganelli threatens Sands over $10M host fee

Bethlehem: Negron-Dipini, Colon introduce ethics proposal for city government

Bethlehem: ‘This is about good government’

Another View: Where have all the moderates gone?

Another View: What about our Military Personel?

Northampton County: Bridge renovations suffer roadblock

SteelStacks: Gingerbread house contest winners selected

 

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017


January 4, 2017

COVER STORY

A year in review



It was our first full year in an office outside the city, but The Bethlehem Press has maintained its deep involvement in and love for the city and the surrounding municipalities we serve. Each of our weekly issues has been filled with matters close to home and of statewide or national interest with a local twist. It was a year of both economic recovery and social unrest as … Here are highlights of items we brought you in 2016.
Photo: Bethlehem’s 275th anniversary celebration was held June 25 at the SteelStacks Campus on the city’s Southside. The day-long celebration featured a variety of free activities centered around the Levitt Pavilion. A black-tie gala opened the 275th celebration in April at the Hotel Bethlehem.

By Nate Jastrzemski

 

BETHLEHEM

Residents evacuated

A passing newspaper delivery person alerted authorities around 3:30 a.m. Dec. 28 to a forming sinkhole and obvious natural gas leak. Bethlehem Fire Chief Robert Novatnack said the city’s 911 center received the call and fire, police and UGI utility personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene in the 600 block of Hamilton Avenue near Elm Street. Photo: A front end loader moves a steel plate into place late Wednesday afternoon to cover one of the areas excavated to deal with the utility leaks.

By Dana Grubb

 

COMMUNITY

Tree tossing for a cause … and a memory

For years, Mike DeCrosta and his good friend Peter Kearns have been hosting a Christmas tree toss event at Mike’s More Miles Automotive on Stefko Boulevard. Sadly, this year’s event on Dec. 24 was missing one of its important founders with the passing of Peter Kearns. DeCrosta and the Kearns family dedicated this year’s toss as the “First Memorial Peter Kearns Christmas Tree Toss.” Before the tossing began, DeCrosta spoke about his beloved friend. Photo: A few special guests at the toss, including the Kearns family and wife of Peter Kearns, Mary Ellen Kearns, hold the Irish flag in memory of her husband.

By Alli Poczak

 

COMMUNITY

Steak and burgers

The 24th annual Steak and Burger Dinner benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem was held in late October at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. Fifty-two current club members, and nearly 90 sponsors and guests were feted in the hotel’s main ballroom, which was decorated with a Hollywood movie theme in honor of keynote speaker Dan Roebuck, a Bethlehem native who is an actor, director and producer. Photo: Boys and Girls Club board member Chris Eline and his wife Adrin host several club members at a table sponsored by her Inspired Movement Pilates business.

By Dana Grubb

 

ON THE ROAD

Revisiting Christmas 1776

On Christmas Day 2016, a huge crowd of about 10,000, brought out by mild weather, left their homes to watch or participate in a re-enactment of what is known as Washington’s Crossing, a daring raid on a Hessian encampment at Trenton. This event took place at Washington Crossing Park, located on both sides of the Delaware River, less than an hour’s drive from Bethlehem. Photo: Washington’s colors, white stars on a blue field, accompanied him everywhere.

By Bernie O’Hare

 

SOUTH BETHLEHEM

Holiday in the park

The fourth annual Holiday in the Park tree lighting celebration at Tranquility Park in South Bethlehem attracted a crowd of about 100 adults and children Dec. 9. Bundled up for the cold weather, the Donegan ES Singers performed at the celebration on Fourth Street hosted by the Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem and sponsored by Northampton Community College. Photo: Donegan ES Singers, directed by Kyle Hummel, perform popular holiday season songs in front of the Christmas tree.

By Tim Gilman

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Becahi freshman show Hawks’ future

It was another Tony Iasiello Christmas City Wrestling Tournament, but it was the same result last week as the host Golden Hawks crowned five champions at their event, posting 279 team points en route to rolling to the team title. While the Hawks got expected titles from Mikey Labriola (182), Jody Crouse (195) and Niko Camacho (HWT), two of their freshmen showed that no matter who graduates any given year, the Hawks always come back with a loaded stable of talent.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Records set;

Anniversaries observed;

Quality astounds

To power-phrase, it seems that Valley residents who are theater-goers and those who travel to the Valley to see theater couldn’t get enough. The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) set box office records in its 25th season. Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT), in its 36th season, took a chance with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In The Heights” and took it to the heights.

By Paul Willistein

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: HARB approves Betheren House plans

Bethlehem Township: Taxes don’t rise, but sewer rates do

South Bethlehem: Holiday market hits record attendance

Northampton County: Council grants raise to employee flagged for ethics questions

Northampton County: No COLA for retirees

Lehigh Valley: Counties get conservation, recreation grants

 

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016


December 28, 2016

C
OVER STORY

Light the Night

The 19th annual Luminaria Night which decorates Bethlehem area homes and businesses with white paper bags lighted by mini-candles and anchored with sand was held Dec 10. Often set up to line sidewalks and buildings, the luminaria kits are sold by New Bethany ministries as a Christmas fundraiser. This year’s estimated luminaria sales should reflect a $7,000 increase over 2015 sales of $83,330. The fundraising efforts are accomplished mostly by some 300 volunteers. The South Bethlehem facility and programs provide opportunities for the homeless, hungry, poor and mentally ill of the Lehigh Valley. Photo: Christine Davies helps decorate the Market Street Townhouses complex where she lives in the Bethlehem Historic District.

By Tim Gilman and Dorothy and Dennis Glew

 

PEOPLE

A different Christmas story

This past October, Bethlehem resident Forrest Taylor was surprised to receive a letter from the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., informing him that as a veteran of the liberation of France, he had been named a “Chevalier,” or Knight, of the Legion of Honor, the highest honor – civilian or military – that the Republic of France awards for service to the nation. Forrest received the award during a special ceremony at the French Embassy in Washington,D.C., Nov. 10. Forrest was told that recipients of the Legion d’Honneur only wear the medal on national occasions. From respect for that tradition Forrest declined to pin the medal to his chest, instead holding it for a photograph.

By Dorothy and Dennis Glew

 

COMMUNITY

Fountain Hill hosts Wreaths ceremony

The first Wreaths Across America memorial event honoring American veterans was held Dec. 17 at the Fountain Hill Cemetery. Some 300 wreaths were placed on most of the veterans’ graves in the large cemetery overlooking the borough of Fountain Hill. Despite freshly fallen snow on a cold morning, more than 150 participants showed up for the ceremony at the pavilion in the 1882 cemetery. Photo: Paul Praschillo, Cub Scout leader of Pack 306 in Nazareth and a Navy veteran, salutes a wreath of honor during the Wreaths Across America ceremony. After the ceremony, Cub Scouts helped place some of the 300 wreaths on the graves of service men and women in the armed forces.

By Tim Gilman

 

BUSINESS

Bethlehem #1 place to retire in Northeast

We’ve always known it, but now it is official. Bethlehem is one of the best retirement destinations in the country. In fact, it is #1 in the Northeast, according to Money magazine.                      Bethlehem was named among Money magazine’s six “Best Places to Retire” in various regions of the United States. The other cities are Hollywood, Fla. (Southeast), Sugar Land, Texas (South); Iowa City, Iowa (Midwest); Reno, Nev. (Mountains); and Spokane, Wash. (West).

In publishing its list, the magazine said one critical factor in its selection this year was the amount of local taxes retirees have to pay. “We went in search of the tax friendliest small cities in the country – places big enough to have the amenities that retirees prize, such as access to great health care and recreation, but still affordable and compact enough to be manageable.”

By Carole Gorney

 

CLASSROOM

Christmas acts of kindness

For the fourth year, East Hill MS students are sending holiday greetings to area seniors in nursing and assisted living facilities in the Bethlehem area. The initiative is coordinated by the school’s student council and 8,000 cards were delivered in 2016. Individual homerooms collected cards donated by family and friends throughout the year. The incentive is two-fold: to support others, according to student council member Madison, a seventh grade student; and to earn a hot chocolate and cookie homeroom party. One party is given to each grade’s homerooms through a raffle. One raffle ticket is given for every 50 cards collected, according to student council adviser Carolyn Roman. Photo: East Hills MS students set up a production line for coloring homemade cards, signing cards, sealing them in envelopes and counting them into packets of 50 for distribution to Bethlehem area nursing and assisted living facilities such as Country Meadows, Westminster Village and Holy Family Manor.

By Dana Grubb

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Locals among 2016 All State football players

The 2016 Pennsylvania Football Writers’ All-State football teams were announced last week and 11 players from the area were honored by their respective classes. Liberty senior defensive end Jaohne Duggan was the only Bethlehem player named to the class 6A team, as he was joined by Parkland senior defensive lineman DJ Hohman and junior linebacker Jahan Worth. Emmaus kicker Carson Landis also made the team.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ comes to Symphony Hall

For its 10th anniversary season, Sing for America is presenting “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” opening Dec. 28 and continuing through Jan. 8, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Sing for America was founded by Taryn Gilbert and her four siblings in 2005. The choral and theater troupe provides an artistic outlet for under-served communities. The Gilbert Family, which hails from the Easton area, raise money for families of active-serving military. “One thing we’ve noticed in our many years doing live theater was the amount of ‘traditional’ casting that occurred among theater companies, particularly in this area,” says Taryn Gilbert.

By Erin Ferguson

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Faccinetto elected PSBA president

Bethlehem: City budget finalized with $1M for streets

Bethlehem: New school funding formula could bring windfall

Bethlehem: Braving a cold winter day

Bethlehem: HCC approves new sign for coffee shop

 

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