July 30, 2014
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Same-sex marriage: Continuing point of discussion
In May, after a U.S. federal judge ruled as unconstitutional the state’s ban on same-sex marriages, the state became one of the last Northeast region states to legalize same-sex marriages. In 2014, there are 20 states where same-sex marriages are legal. As a result of the recent ruling, some local churches are opening their doors to wed same-sex couples. Other churches, however, are not. Their leaders say the state’s law goes against Christian teaching and they will uphold the separation of church and state tha t exempts them from the law.
By Carol Smith
Douglas Caldwell: A man of God and the people
Hundreds of people filled the Central Moravian Church in historic downtown Bethlehem Sunday to remember and honor the Rev. Douglas Caldwell, the beloved pastor of the church from 1983-2009. Caldwell died on July 17 at age 71. PHOTO: Members of the Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir played outside Central Moravian Church and during the memorial service Sunday for the late Rev. Douglas Caldwell.
By Carole Gorney
Illicks Mill nature center to close
Though Bethlehem City Council member Karen Dolan is no longer the executive director or even a voting board member at the Illick’s Mill, she still called a news conference July 24 to announce to an audience of about 40 that the Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center located at the mill is closing.
By BERNIE O’HARE
'We owe it to our kids'
In a detailed presentation, David Biddison of Tradiions of America, told township planners and the public that a proposed active senior gated community will consist of 265 single-family detached dwellings linked by a two-mile walking path and include amenities like a clubhouse and pool. Photo: Green Pond is identified in maps prepared in 1735 by William Penn’s daughter. It is a refuge for a wide variety of birds and other wildlife.
By Bernie O’Hare
Book sale a hit with readers
At the July book sale Cory Swenor, Alejandro Gala and Aiden Swenor searched for children’s books entitled “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.” The Swenor’s mother, Carmela, is a pre-school teacher and she brought the boys along to their first book sale with an assignment to assist her with looking for specific children’s titles.
By Dana Grubb
My journey with the Moody Blues
As Musikfest approaches I am anticipating the performance by my favorite rock band, the Moody Blues Aug. 5 on the Sands Steel Stage. This will be these classic British rockers’ third appearance in Bethlehem, including a 1986 performance at Stabler Arena and one in 2007 at Musikfest. They’ve appeared elsewhere in the Lehigh Valley over the years, both at the Allentown Fairgrounds and State Theatre in Easton, but their performances in Bethlehem are an especially nice treat for this lifetime fan. Photo: Justin Hayward and John Lodge perform at the State Theatre in Easton during an April 2008 concert that I photographed for Threshold Records.
By Dana Grubb
Blueberry Festival: Music, crafts and pie
What would the Blueberry Festival be without blueberry pie and blueberry swirled ice cream? Barbara Bertram of Center Valley, her niece Emily Perose of Allentown, and Jay Spinelli from Swathmore, were served their desserts by volunteer Sydney Hoover. Tombler’s Bakery provided 680 blueberry, 50 peach and 50 strawberry-rhubarb pies for the two-day event.
By Carole Gorney and Tim Gilman
Calypso ES: Learning about careers
Students at Calypso ES had an opportunity in early May to learn about a variety careers at their fifth annual career day. Pre-K to second grade students spent a morning assembly learning about careers in teaching math, food preparation, owning a small business and photography. Third through fifth graders spent an afternoon with a non-profit director, surgical technician, graphic designer and bomb squad robot operator. Photo: Kindergartner Elias Negron is the air of concentration as he colors his fractal geometric design for posting on a display that included all the students’ designs.
By Dana Grubb
By Dana Grubb
THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM HISTORY
Lynching in Bethlehem Township
Joseph Snyder recognized most of the men in the crowd of hundreds who surrounded him on the morning of Dec. 27, 1880. Some were his co-workers at the Coleman ore mine; others were drinking buddies he socialized with at Hanoverville Hotel. The rest were local farmers, also a shoemaker, prominent physician and a judge. Before that day, these friends and acquaintances knew Snyder as a 26-year- old man who was likable but had a sporadic work history and a penchant for alcohol. As they called for his death, they only saw him as a monster, undeserving of the right to a trial. Fresh in the their memory were two recent murder trials that ended with mild punishments and had cost the Northampton County taxpayers huge sums of money (Laros and Bortree trials).
By Karen M. Samuels
THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
Athletes of the Year: Liberty HS
Gunning’s story is a lesson for everyone
Cecchini the definition of multisport athlete
By Pete Car and Katie McDonald
Bethlehem sports on the Facebook.
State: Budget passed; disliked by many
Bethlehem: Brong cleared by report
Fountain Hill: Council ponders teleconferencing use
BASD: School to Work program can earn students some money
Hanover Township: Longtime engineer retires
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