January 28, 2015
Friends, peers mourn DiGiacinto’s passing
Known as a watchdog whose interest in running the city transcended political biases, David DiGiacinto was elected to city council in 2009 and resigned his seat when he was elected controller in 2013. DiGiacinto, 61, died at his home Sunday morning.
By Nate Jastrzemski
Free community college?
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama proposed to make the first two years of community college “free for everybody who is willing to work for it.” He said states would provide a quarter of the funding and the remaining 75 percent of the cost would be covered by the federal government.
By Nate Jastrzemski and Ron Gower
Exchange Club brightens Christmas Day
Fountain Hill Exchange Club members made their annual visit to Saint Luke's Hospital Christmas morning. Every year members and Fountain Hill police officers invite Santa along to visit sick children. This year, six children enjoyed a visit from Santa. “Being in the hospital is rough on children, especially at Christmas time and hope they will be going home soon,” said club member Ned Fink. Photo: Officer Anthony Cruz, Mike Redding, Santa (Jeff Fink), Ned Fink and Officer Jose Vasquez.
Eagle fanatic looks to 2015
Despite a winning season of 10 and 6, the Eagles failed to make the playoffs. Local fans such as the Richard Thomas family in Northeast Bethlehem continue to have faith in the future of the Philadelphia team. “They have a good coach who is focused and they’re gonna get there sooner or later, “ said Richard Thomas, who has been an Eagle fanatic since his father got him started at an early age.
By Tim Gilman
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
Marking Dr. King’s birthday
Left: Frankie West, president of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Movement march, leads the annual commemorative event Jan. 19 in South Bethlehem from the Bethel Lodge Order of Elks to Martin Luther King Park for a customary observance of Dr. King’s birthday. West, a Bethlehem Township resident who has been involved in the annual event since he was about seven years old, sings “We shall overcome” as he walks with his two grandsons, Samad and Al-Zahir Thorne. The Liberty HS Grenadier Band color guard was also at the front of the parade honoring Dr. King.
By Tim Gilman
‘The call to serve’
Moravian College hosted a memorial breakfast Jan. 19 honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with more than 50 people in attendance. Joining Moravian staff and students were fifth graders from the nearby William Penn ES, principal Nathan Stannard teachers and some parents. Photo: William Penn ES fifth grade students Anastasia Ramirez, Jalysa Rivera and Mykayla Stark enjoy a hearty breakfast.
By Dana Grubb
‘Be an agent of change’
In recent months protests across the nation against police brutality and racial bias have underscored the need for a national dialog regarding law enforcement. To meet that need and in anticipation of the appearance of acclaimed civil rights lawyer and advocate Michelle Alexander at Lehigh University Jan. 28, the Bethlehem Public Library organized a panel discussion called “A Public Conversation: Race, Crime and Justice,” on Jan. 14 at the library. Photo: Liberty HS teacher Gail Nolf urges fellow audience members to take action in response to the panel discussion.
By Dorothy Glew
ST LUKE’S NURSING SCHOOL
130 years of excellence
When Dr. William Estes established the St. Luke’s School of Nursing in 1884, he modeled it after the nursing school at Bellevue Hospital in New York, N.Y. At Bellevue, he observed superior nursing service and generally superior patient treatment compared with other New York City hospitals. At the time, St. Luke’s was the fourth hospital in the country to establish a school of nursing. Photo: Dr. William Estes (front, center) poses with his associates and the St. Luke’s School of Nursing, Class of 1886.
THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
A historic run
It has unquestionably been a historic season for Freedom wrestling. Sitting at 24-0 following weekend victories over Easton and Liberty concluded an undefeated regular season for the Patriots. But despite what they’ve accomplished, the Patriots still have more to do as they enter the District 11 3A team tournament Thursday night.
By Pete Car
Snow and plenty of snow geese
It’s only been about a month since winter officially arrived, but it’s been a strange one thus far in the Lehigh Valley. It appeared we would be inundated with snow by now when 5.17 inches of wet snow fell Thanksgiving eve and the Farmer’s Almanac was predicting a winter to rival the one we experienced last year.
By Bud Cole
Bethlehem: Habitat dedicates new home
Bethlehem: Valley mayors discuss rail service
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Northampton County: Third citizens’ class passes
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