March 5, 2014
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A cottage business thrives in Donnalee Carroll’s classroom at Mercy Special Learning Center in Allentown. Seven students work a portion of each day to create jewelry that combines scrapbooking paper, metal washers, Mod Podge (a craft glue), and beads into lovely, stylish necklaces. Photo: Mercy Metal Works, the teachers’ brainchild, grew from a Mother’s Day project in 2013. ABOVE: (Back row) Betty Hader, Thomas Garrous, Evan Farina, Kyle Parker, Patti Christof, Donnalee Carroll, (front) Jordan Bumba, Miranda Klein, Renee Yearwood and Jordan Chasse.
By Joanna Ireland
Sand president resigns
Sands Bethlehem President Robert DeSalvio announced his resignation to a surprised community Feb. 26. DeSalvio had been the only president of the Southside casino and hotel since opening in 2009. No specific reason was given for his departure.
By Nate Jastrzemski
Book sale honors volunteer
Alverta Serfass began volunteering at the Bethlehem Area Public Library’s book sales in 1977. Since then, her guidance and commitment have helped to raise more than $926,000 for BAPL programs. After a short illness, Serfass passed away Feb. 24, but her contributions to the library will not be soon forgotten. Photo: Alverta Serfass and Susan Haytmanek organize a book sales table during January 2013. Serfass’ tireless devotion to the book sales for 35 years helped to raise more than $926,000 for library programming.
File photo by Dana Grubb
Commentary by Ed Courrier
DA calls for mental health courts
Did you know that Pennsylvania has the sixth highest total number of prisoners in jails and state prisons? That 16 percent of them suffer from a mental illness? That those with a mental disorder stay behind bars eight times longer than people without mental illnesses who are arrested on identical charges? Photo: Laura Savanelli and Dr. William Vogler of Family Services listen as Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli calls for mental health courts.
By Bernie O’Hare
‘My Favorite Year’ at Moravian
Moravian Academy Theatre presented the musical production “My Favorite Year” Feb. 28 through March 2. Based on the movie by Dennis Palumbo, “My Favorite Year” recounts a year in the life of an aspiring television writer who meets his silver screen idol when the actor is scheduled to appear as a guest on the variety show for which the young writer works. Photo: Benjy Stone (Noah Ruebeck) tries to sweep co-writer KC Downing (Kylee Jacoby) off her feet during “Shut Up and Dance.”
By Dana Grubb
Catholic Schools’ Week at Our Lady
Alexa Panuccio and Molly Ehrig, both of Bethlehem, offer coffee to Butch Ferrucci, of Nazareth, and Mary Farrell of Drexel Hill. “We’re so thankful for the parishioners’ support of our school,” says eighth grade teacher Ann Chiappinelli. “Their generosity is humbling.”
By Dianne Pelaggi
THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
Becahi ladies capture D-11 title
Bethlehem Catholic High School’s girls basketball team clinched its second consecutive district crown after defeating Allentown Central Catholic, 51-41, in the District XI Class AAA final on March 1 at Freedom High School. Photo: After Kalista Walters (32) and Janelle Robinson (10) receive the District 11 trophy, they bring it back to the rest of the team to celebrate following their victory over Central Saturday afternoon at Freedom.
By Katie McDonald
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