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Friday, May 22, 2015

May 20, 2015

COVER STORY
  ‘We leave you our deaths’
Despite threatening skies, Hanover Township celebrated its fourth annual Armed Forces Day May 16 at Armed Services Park dedicated to the men and women who are serving and have served in all branches of the military.
By Bernie O’Hare


COMMUNITY
  Comforting kids
This mound of stuffed animals – more than 800 of them – is being distributed to police cruisers, fire trucks and ambulances. Donchez explained that in times of trauma, such as house fires, when family members suffer injury or illness, or following criminal incidents, children may be afraid of police officers or firefighters covered in gear. Having a new toy to clutch can help relieve some stress as they receive care.
By Nate Jastrzemski


SOUTHSIDE
  Hispanic Center breaks ground for expansion
When Damaris Torres first came to the Basilio Huertas Senior Center in 2013, she immediately created a wish list. That list included someone to lead exercise and coordinate activities for the seniors, medical staff to monitor their health, and room to grow. Now, with increased programming at the senior center she manages and the recent groundbreaking for an expansion of the senior center, which is part of Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley (HCLV) at 520 E. Fourth St., Tores said, “My wish list came true!” PHOTO: Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley, 520 E. Fourth St. in Bethlehem, breaks ground on the expansion of the Basilio Huertas Senior Center April 17 to the delight of seniors, HCLV’s staff and board, and several elected officials in attendance.
By Jennifer Lader


DOWNTOWN
  Tunes at Twilight opens season
This year’s annual Tunes at Twilight on Thursday nights has been extended an extra three weeks, according to the Downtown Bethlehem Association of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce which puts on the free musical performances. Guest bands will perform Thursdays to July 23. Photo: Mike Coll of Bethlehem with his son Ellis during the Tunes at Twilight concert. “We come every Thursday,” Coll said.
By Tim Gilman


BETHLEHEM
  Tribute paid to fallen workers
Chairman of the Lehigh Valley Workers’ Memorial Committee John Werkheiser addresses the crowd at the Workers’ Memorial Ceremony at the Bethlehem Rose Gardens April 26.
By Amanda Ruth


CLASSROOM
  Team Nova delivers
At the beginning of February, Nitschmann MS’s eighth grade Team NOVA launched a sustainability-based service learning project utilizing local and national outlets to reuse and recycle shoes and sneakers. In addition to recycling sneakers through Nike Reuse-A-Shoe, students donated shoes to New Bethany Ministries, a homeless shelter located in Bethlehem’s Southside. Above: Team Nova arrives at New Bethany Ministries in South Bethlehem.

BETHLEHEM AREA SPORTS
  More gold for Aminu
A total of eight gold medals was awarded to competitors from Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty High Schools at the District XI Class AAA Track and Field Championships last week at Whitehall High School. Liberty sprinter Jaylyn Aminu repeated her EPC Track and Field Championships performances, clinching first place in the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, and the 4x1 relay.
By Katie McDonald

FOCUS
  Mayfair: Seven festivals in one
Mayfair Festival Of The Arts has always been viewed as an unofficial kickoff to the Lehigh Valley’s busy festival season. Mayfair, now in its 29th year, has continued to evolve much like the changing seasons it heralds.
By Deb Broylan

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Front Porch Project targets child abuse
Bethlehem Township: Commissioners focused on campaigning
Northampton County: Retirees dine with judicial candidates
Northampton County: Council suspends raises

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015


May 13

COVER STORY
 Marking Mother’s Day
A large steel butterfly attracts Deb Chorney of Coopersburg and her mother Dorothy Surman of Allentown at the 50th annual  Fine Art and Craft Show along Main Street in historic downtown Bethlehem. Chorney said they come “just about every year” and it serves “as a memorable Mother’s Day activity.” The outdoor steel sculptures for the home and garden are shaped by metalsmith Sandra Webberking.
By Tim Gilman


BETHLEHEM
 Gov. Wolf visits Gov. Wolf (ES)
During what was surely a long day on the road, Gov. Tom Wolf made a pair of Lehigh Valley stops May 8 to stump for his hefty education plan and hear out the concerns of local school administrators. Photo: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf walks into Governor Wolf ES’s library, greeting teachers and administrators.
By Nate Jastrzemski

SOUTH BETHLEHEM
 NMIH hires new director
At this time last year, the National Museum of Industrial History was on life support. Despite the infusion of $17-19 million in both public and private funds, the museum was no closer to opening than it had been 17 years before, when it was first formed. A Northampton County investigating grand jury had cast a glaring spotlight on a pattern of mismanagement, conflicts of interest and excessive salaries at the Steel Museum on Bethlehem’s Southside. Photo: Amy Hollander is the new executive director at the National Museum of Industrial History.
By Bernie O’Hare

ELECTION
 Bethlehem Area primary candidates
Candidates in the May 19 primary Bethlehem Press coverage area were invited to answer the following question: “What makes you uniquely qualified for the position you seek?”


COMMUNITY
 Bethlehem Farmers’ Market opens
Bethlehem native Laurel Attanasio stocks up on fresh local produce at the Bechdolt’s Orchards stand run by Denise Filo, market manager of the Saucon Valley farm on Leithsville Road. “I love everything here, especially the fresh-made applesauces,” said Attanasio, who visits the South Bethlehem market regularly.
By Tim Gilman



CLASSRROM
 Bethlehem area Freddy nominations
The 2015 Freddy Award nominations were announced by Ed Hanna and Shelly Brown, of WFMZ -TV and The State Theater, on May 7. The ceremony will be televised live at 7 p.m. May 21 on WFMZ channel 69 from the site, the Easton theater. Photo: “I have always been a woman who arranges things,” says Mrs. Dolly Levi (Megan Keller) to Nathanael McDowell (Ambrose Kemper) in Moravian Academy’s production of “Hello, Dolly.”

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
 Freedom wins team tennis title
For the first time in school history, Freedom High School’s boys tennis team were crowned district champions after defeating Parkland 3-1 at the District XI Class AAA Team Tennis Championships on Saturday at Winning Touch in Allentown.
By Katie McDonald

THIS WEEK IN FOCUS
 ‘Les Miz’ opens 24th season
When “Les Misérables” was announced as the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) 24th season-opener, the Lehigh Valley theater community was all abuzz.
Tickets are selling at nearly triple the rate of any previous production and more than half of the 10,400 tickets have been sold, according to PSF officials.
“Les Misérables,” also known as “Les Miz,” culminates years of effort by Patrick Mulcahy, now in his 12th year as PSF Producing Artistic Director, to stage the iconic musical.
By Paul Willistein


OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: City council reviews negotiations
Bethlehem: Police have new contract, fire department does not
Northampton County: Gaming Board awards $1.66M in grants
News&Views: Morganelli calls Doughert his ‘first choice’ for Pa. Supreme Court
News&Views: Many NorCo job vacancies remain

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Friday, May 8, 2015

May 6, 2015


COVER STORY
  What the public hears
It was little more than a month ago that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed his commercial airliner into a mountain in the Alps in France, killing himself and 149 passengers and fellow crew members.  News coverage at the time focused on reports that Lubitz suffered from depression – an assumption supported by the discovery of antidepressants and a doctor’s note in his home, and claims that he had been treated in psychiatric and neurology clinics.  Photo: Jenna O’Connell takes lunch orders at The Lodge, which offers flexible jobs at the café and daily educational and recreational programs. Café the Lodge serves gourmet coffee, wholesome breakfasts and lunches and offers a flexible catering service.
By Carole Gorney

COMMUNITY
  YWCA’s volunteer honorees
Bethlehem’s YWCA of Bethlehem celebrated the volunteer achievements of seven local women at the 40th annual Women and Teens of the Year Award ceremony recently at the Event Center at Blue. Photo: Golden laurel honoree Susan Yee is the chief executive officer of Active Data, a software company that develops event community engagement platforms for the education, healthcare, government and enterprise markets throughout North America.


FOUNTAIN HILL
  Bacchanalia: 12 years and going strong
Friends and residents of Fountain Hill wined and dined at the Comfort Suites Hotel April 11 to raise money for the Fountain Hill playground and surrounding recreational area. Photo: Guest of honor Pauline Moser lived on the Hill for over 60 years and raised her family here.
By Joanna Ireland






SOUTH BETHLEHEM
  Facelift for Flatiron’s fifth floor
It’s a surprisingly nice view.
The Southside’s Flatiron building, towering over the small businesses and residences of the surrounding neighborhood, is little more than an awkwardly skinny oddity for most passersby; a five-story wedge that suddenly looms above motorists and peels apart the roadway, splitting small businesses on Broadway from residences on Fourth Street. Photo: Community members and officials gather in the delapidated front hall.
By Nate Jastrzemski


NEWS/VIEWS
  Council candidates share views
All seven Bethlehem City Council candidates were in church, but they were not praying. At least not yet. They were there for a recent candidates’ night hosted by the Northwest Block Watch, which meets monthly at the Church of the Manger on Greenview Street.
It was standing room only, as about 60 people crowded into the nave, including State Rep. Dan McNeill and Lehigh County Commissioner candidate Dan Hartzell. Bethlehem Zoning Hearing Board Chairman Gus Loupos served as facilitator. He just got back from Ireland and claimed to have a piece of Blarney Stone for any candidate who was bashful about speaking. None of them needed any help. For a little over an hour, the candidates fielded some excellent questions.
By Bernie O’Hare

SOUTH BETHLEHEM HISTORY
  Asa packer: Rags to riches
Asa Packer’s life was one of the finest examples of an American “rags to riches” story. His early days consisted of little formal education with only the local tannery offering employment. By the time of his death, in 1879, he was the richest man in Pennsylvania. Packer’s political influence reached as far as Washington, D. C., and he had provided the leadership for several important enterprises, all of which spurred the development of South Bethlehem.
By Karen M. Samuels




CLASSROOM
  Liberty presents ‘Aida’
Liberty HS Theatre presented a dramatic rendition of the modern day musical “Aida” April 23-25. Director Mark McKenna led a talented student cast of nearly 60 players in a challenging presentation of the original production by musician Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice. Photo: Aida (Brielle Rivera), princess of the enslaved Ethiopians living in Egypt with their conquerors, leads her captive people in a singing dance routine during a dress rehearsal for the Liberty HS musical “Aida.”
By Tim Gilman

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  White goes 7th; Coccia signs with Eagles
Kevin White became the highest drafted player ever from the Lehigh Valley in the modern day NFL, when the Chicago Bears took the former Emmaus and West Virginia wide receiver with the seventh selection of the 2015 draft. Freedom graduate, Mike Coccia, joined a long list of players from the area to then sign as an Undrafted Free Agent, following the conclusion of the draft Saturday evening, as the Philadelphia Eagles picked up his rights.
By Peter Car

THIS WEEK IN FOCUS
  Travel writing has been an education
This year marks the 16th anniversary of my first published work. It’s a pursuit a few of my high school friends find somewhat surprising, especially the buddies who shared time with me in English classes.
By Bud Cole

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: DAR’s 2015 citizenship honorees
Bethlehem: Bach Festival sounds off
Bethlehem: City finances fair, says Brong
Bethlehem: Zoners grant Holy Ghost home variance
Bethlehem Township: Board to let public continue to speak
Bethlehem Township: Resident worried about scavengers
Fountain Hill: Apartments get housing award
Northampton County: Controller reviews spending
Northampton Couty: Vacancies concern board members
South Bethlehem: Lead-based paint still a concern
Saucon Valley: School board to explore facility upgrades

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