February 3, 2016
42 years of service
42 years of service
During an entire career spent within a single municipal organization, Mark Iampietro witnessed a slow, arduous improvement he reflects on with pride, but it was largely too gradual for most people to even notice. He’s now retiring, but for 42 years he’s been at the heart of the Bethlehem Housing Authority, working to serve and provide for some of the city’s struggling residents against changing social challenges and government priorities.
By Nate Jastrzemski and Dana Grubb
City storm response weak?
Six days after snowstorm Jonas swept into the eastern United States and blanketed the Lehigh Valley in 30 inches of snow in less than two days, residents of Bethlehem were still driving with care.
Some roads were still compacted into a single lane with towering heaps of white on each side, forcing drivers to take turns swerving into driveways to let others pass.
By Nate Jastrzemski and Tim Gilman
Graphic commentary by Ed Courrier
Restaurant Week: A post-holiday Culinary Celebration
Apollo Grille appetizer chef Mike Flanagan prepares a Restaurant Week special Monte Cristo sandwich. Comprised of ham, turkey and Gruyere cheese on brioche with a side of rum maple syrup, the sandwich is among several entrees available at the Apollo. “We use Restaurant Week to showcase new items,” said co-owner Dyanne Holt.
By Dana Grubb
A kinder, gentler Green Pond plan
After a hiatus of several months during the election season, plans to develop Green Pond Marsh into an active senior community are once again on the table. Planning commissioners have already granted waivers and deferrals once, and had no problem doing so again at their Jan. 25 meeting, after being subjected to a good cop, bad cop routine. This project is the brainchild of developer Traditions of America (TOA), which specializes in building 55-plus neighborhoods. TOA was started by J.B. Reilly, who is developing the lion’s share of projects within Allentown’s controversial Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ). He still maintains a financial interest in the company. David Biddison, a partner and TOA’s Director of Operations, made the presentation.
By Bernie O’Hare
Helmets protect sledders, too
With the coldest months of the year upon us, it was only a matter of time until the first snowfall of the season hit. Sledding, a seasonal favorite for children of all ages seeking thrills, is probably high on kids’ to-do lists as the first flakes hit the ground. Though it’s one of the most exciting activities your kids can enjoy this time of year, Jennifer Janco, MD, chief of Pediatric Medicine at St. Luke’s University Health Network, also says it’s a great idea to keep your head on straight when it comes to your child’s safety, in light of the fact that 229,000 sledding injuries sent kids to emergency rooms across the country between 1997 and 2007.
Photos by Tim Gilman
The Grapefruit builds a robot
Juniors Adam Li and Bryce Cavey of Freedom HS are members, or better yet founders, of the FTC (First Tech Challenge) robotics team “Le Pamplemousse,” a French word meaning grapefruit. The name is just a formality, albeit one that carries a deal of humor. But how does this club come to be? How does it function while there are other extracurriculars such as athletics? “I was just like, you know, I want a robotics team at Freedom … I’m just going to try to get a robotics team at Freedom,” Li said. Photo: Freedom Robotics Club’s handmade robot with its award. The robot will be in competition at Emmaus HS Feb. 13.
By Michael Datz
Granddaughter holds scoop to old time shop
As an old-fashioned ice cream scoop passes through her fingers, Judy Nester’s memory drifts back to pleasant times spent at Fasnacht Pharmacy, 602 West Broad St., Bethlehem. She was young then, but standing before the glass-front candy counter, gazing at the myriad of colorful and delicious treats within, is a vision which stands out in her mind. “I remember picking out candy which I didn’t have to pay for,” laughs Judy, a retired school teacher and lifelong resident of Bethlehem.
And why should she have to pay, when Allen H. Fasnacht, the pharmacist and owner of the drug store, was her very own grandfather? Al Fasnacht was the first in his family to graduate from college, earning his Ph.G. from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1919. In the early 1920s, he and his wife Edna moved from Reading to Bethlehem, where he was hired as a clerk at Edward T. Gallagher’s Pharmacy at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West Broad Street.
By Karen M. Samuels
Hawks dominate Nazareth
Bethlehem Catholic won’t be sharing an East Penn Conference championship this season on the wrestling mats. After being co-champions last year with Freedom, the Hawks made sure there would be no question marks following Saturday’s 40-9 victory over Nazareth at Easton Area Middle School.
By Pete Car
“I am attracted to subjects whose beauty resides in the truth of their reality rather than their exoticism. I believe that beauty derives from how something is portrayed, not from what is portrayed. The subject that engages me most fully is the human figure. The challenge of creating an image that embodies the reality and personality of the sitter is endlessly fascinating.”- Dana Van Horn
Those faces staring down from the walls are reflections of the faces looking up at them.
Several of master painter Dana Van Horn’s models, chosen from his friends, family, students and acquaintances, were in attendance at the artist’s reception Jan. 19 for “Portraits by Dana Van Horn,” through March 4, Ronald K. De Long Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley.
By Ed Courrier
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