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Tuesday, July 16, 2019


July 17, 2019

COVER STORY

Valley watches FIFA final

People from all over the Lehigh Valley converged on SteelStacks’ PPL parking lot in South Bethlehem to watch the United States woman’s soccer team win the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup July 7. Photo:  A vast crowd assembles to watch the U.S. Women’s team win its fourth World Cup in soccer.

By Douglas Graves

 

COMMUNITY

45 years at the rink

The 2019 Boutique at the Rink cancer fundraiser was a rousing success as over $282,000 was raised to support three area agencies, Cancer Support Community, St. Luke’s Hospice and St. Luke’s Cancer Center. Co-chair Carol Jacoby reported that 303 volunteers provided 15,069 hours to set up, run and pack up the 45th annual event. Jacoby was joined by co-chair Janet Binsau to run the 2019 sale. Premiere night May 28 saw hundreds of shoppers pay $10 to enter and shop from amongst the best inventory of donated items, followed by four days of full price, half price and bag purchase options. Proceeds are divided equally between the three organizations. Photo: Exuberant shoppers rush into the 2019 Boutique at the Rink May 28.

By Dana Grubb

 

CLASSROOM

Promoting a world-class work force

“We’re here because of Elmer’s leadership,” said Katie Walter, executive director of the SkillsUSA Council. She was speaking to a ballroom full of red-jacketed students who have honed useful skills applicable to the modern demands of the work place. The breakfast ceremony May 23 was held the Homewood Suites and Conference Center in Center Valley. Photo: Freedom HS and Bethlehem Vocational Technical School student Matthew Clark receives his certificate from Patti Gates-Smith in a SkillsUSA breakfast meeting in Center Valley.

By Douglas Graves

 

SPORTS

Northwest divers do well

Northwest swim team hosted Trident for its last home meet of the season on July 9 when Eli Kovar and Windsor Reiss scored first place points for Northwest in diving. Keller Pooley and Jeffrey Eisenhardt scored second place points for Northwest.

By Katie McDonald

 

FOCUS

A silver jubilee for Diane Wittry

A quarter of a century is a significant milestone: a silver jubilee.

For Diane Wittry, her 25 years as Allentown Symphony Orcestra Music Director and Conductor will be celebrated all-season-long in 2019-2020. It’s a “Season of Celebration.” During Wittry’s 25 seasons of artistic leadership, the Allentown Symphony has risen to increasing standards of excellence, performing with passion and dedication and honored nationally with the prestigious “American Prize” for artistic quality in 2014 and 2017.

By Paul Willistein

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: SteelStacks incident concludes safely

Bethlehem: Hotel Bethlehm to host Latino convention

Bethlehem: Mayor talks Southside car parks

Bethlehem: HCC approves Shaman signage

Hellertown: Water Street bridge to close July 22

Lehigh County: CEO Borland says zoo in great shape

Lehigh Valley: Camp Smile

Northampton County: New parking lot planned next to courthouse

Saucon Valley: Vaping policy added to student handbook

 

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019


July 10, 2019

CELEBRATING JULY 4TH

Bethlehem celebrates our country’s Independence Day on July 4 with its annual fireworks display along the Lehigh River and above the former Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces.

Press photo by Dana Grubb

 

‘Step up and be heard’

The eighth annual reading of the Declaration of Independence was held July 4th at Payrow Plaza in Bethlehem, with over 100 Lehigh Valley residents attending. Bethlehem resident Thomas Carroll acted as program speaker and the 10 readers were The Honorable Emil Giordano, Dean Browning, Bruce Gilbert, Mike Garcia, Hayden Phillips, Northampton County Councilman Matthew Dietz, Scott Uehlinger, Lou James, Antonio Simao and Lehigh County Controller Glenn Eckhart. “Step up and be heard,” urged Carroll in his opening remarks. Photo: Andrew Azan hands out American flags prior to the reading. Azan is assistant scoutmaster and chaplain for Troop 359 in Bethlehem.

By Dana Grubb

 

COMMUNITY

AAUW’s award, scholarship night

The work was finished, and it was time to celebrate. The annual AAUW book sale, which brought in $1,600 when it began 57 years ago, raised $47,700 this year. The AAUW Scholarship Committee, whose members are Norma Ferguson, Myra Jones, Clare Wisson and Louise Wisser, had studied the records of all the scholarship applicants and interviewed each one to determine this year’s winners. Awardees received either a $1,000 or a $2,000 scholarship.

Above: High school seniors who have been awarded scholarships for higher education by the Bethlehem chapter of AAUW gather at Advent Moravian Church, Bethlehem.

By Dorothy and Dennis Glew

 

CLASSROOM

Students show business is business

To quote some wise philosophers, it’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll. Some students at the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts found out just how long, with an intro to the music biz devoid of theory and steeped in reality. Partnering with ArtsQuest’s Musikfest Marketing program, the youngsters became modern-day Phil Grahams, tasked with booking four acts for a concert block at Musikfest Aug. 4. Above: The group “Banchi” performs an acoustic set during a May 7 news conference at the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts announcing acts booked to perform this summer at Musikfest.

By Stephen Althouse

 

SPORTS

Lehigh LL wins District 20 title

Connor Martinez’s three run home run combined with Rocco Sciarra’s shutout pitching led Lehigh Little League’s 12U team to the District 20 championship in its 8-0 victory over Pennridge on Monday night at Lehigh. “I had a good feeling when we got our first run, and you could feel the kids’ excitement at that point,” said Lehigh manager Buck Horvath. Lehigh scored half of its runs in the third inning, the first on a line drive RBI by catcher Kam Kensicki that scored Elliot Berk who was running for Aidan Dancho after his infield single.

By Katie McDonald

 

FOCUS

Classical Mystery Tour

“Roll up, roll up for the Mystery Tour”- The Beatles,“Magical Mystery Tour”

When The Beatles performed on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Feb. 9, 1964, Jim Owen wasn’t among the 73 million viewers of the legendary British rock group’s United States’ television debut. Owen wasn’t born yet. When The Beatles’ “Magical Mysery Tour” album was released in 1967, Owen was in diapers. The Classical Mystery Tour, featuring Jim Owen as Beatle John, rolls up to Miller Symphony Hall for an Allentown Symphony Pops concert, 7:30 p.m. July 13. The concert is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road,” released in 1969 in the U.S.

By PauWillistein

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Old Edgewood neighbors celebrate the Fourth

Bethlehem: Lehigh U. connection spotlighted by school board

Bethlehem: BAPL book sale opens July 17

Bethlehem: BAVTS Bridges awards presented

Bethlehem HARB: Board ponders plethora of proposals

Bethlehem: Tee time for Victory (House)

Bethlehem Township: LVA eyes new school location

Hanover Township: Summer swimming schemes sunk

Hellertown: New borough members sworn in

Northampton County: Health Department drops two strikes against Gracedale

Northampton County: Cusick says state should pay for new voting machines

State: Wolf vetoes voting machine assistance bill

State: Honor veterans with special car license plates

 

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Monday, July 8, 2019


July 3, 2019



SISTER CITY FRIENDSHIPS

Antalics  recognized on his 90th birthday



The Slovenian flag raising ceremony, held in recognition of the 28th anniversary of Slovenia’s independence and the 23rd anniversary of the Bethlehem-Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association, was held in city hall June 21 due to inclement weather. About 40 residents attended the annual ceremony.  Above: Founder Stephen Antalics Jr. is honored on the event of his 90th birthday by Mayor Bob Donchez, Slovenian Press Agency correspondent Robi Poredos, current Bethlehem-Murska Sobota Sister Cities president Eugene Novak and Miha Erman, minister at the Slovenian Mission to the United Nations.

By Dana Grubb

 

BETHLEHEM IN THE ’20 AND ‘30S

Merv Shiner remembers

Few places hold memories so dear as the neighborhoods we grew up in. No matter how long we’ve been away, or how much time has gone by, the sights and sounds of childhood always seem to leave their indelible mark. At 98 years old, Mervin Shiner is a testament to this fact. His recollection of adolescence is as clear and vivid as ever. Several years ago, I had the privilege of interviewing Merv about his childhood neighborhood in North Bethlehem, the same one I grew up in 70-some odd years later.

By Jason Rehm

 

C
LASSROOM

‘Dance Quilt’ patched together at Charter Arts

A patchwork of ballet, modern dance, and tap styles came together May 3 and 4 at the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts. According to concert director Kimberly Maniscalco, “Our ‘Quilt’ was not only created to please the eye and soul, but for its own practical purpose; to serve as a training ground for our young dance students.” Assisting was guest choreographer Randall Anthony Smith, an assistant professor of dance at Muhlenberg College. Above: Charter Arts student dancers are getting “In the Swing of Things,” choreographed by Jennifer Dite Weaver. Launching them airborne is “Booty Swing” by Parov Stelar and “Little Swing” by Aron Chupa.

By Ed Courrier

 

SPORTS

Wanderers leading the pack

The Wanderers may have gotten off to a slow start to the season with the amount of games they were able to play early on, but the club hasn’t let that slow them down as the month of June progresses. Dwight Pulieri’s crew is in first place heading into this week with a 7-1 record, as they’ve mostly dominated the competition this summer so far.

By Peter Car

 

FOCUS

‘Crystal Cave’ a cool place for family to visit

Crystal Cave was discovered nearly 150 years ago. Recently, it was discovered by Cirque du Soleil’s “Crystal.” Leon Fagbemi of London lifted his Cirque du Soleil “Crystal” partner Amber Van Nijk of Belgium high above his head as she balanced on his hands outside the entrance to Crystal Cave. They performed acrobatic moves seen in Cirque du Soleil’s “Crystal,” June 26-30, PPL Center, Allentown. The “Crystal” duo visited Crysal Cave, Richmond Township, Berks County, June 25.

By Paul Willistein

 

OTHER STORIES

Valley: July 4th activities reviewed

Bethlehem: Residennts raise ruckus over ordinance

Bethlehem: No tax increase for school district

Bethlehem Township: Maijuana dispensery pitch heard

Bethlehem: Musikfest’s 36th lineup announced

Freemansburg” Borough honors Yob

Freemansbur: Road focus of boro summer work

 

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019


June 19, 2019

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

BASD’s Clymer is Kopf Award recipient

Barbara Clymer, the Bethlehem Area School District’s executive assistant to the superintendent of schools, was recently honored with the Gertrude E. Kopf Award of Recognition by the Pennsylvania Association of Education Office Professionals. Over the past 30 years she has been a clerk in the Human Resources office, was an administrative assistant to the associate superintendent and, for the past decade, has worked in the superintendent’s office. Photo: Executive Assistant to Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy, Barbara Clymer has worked at the Bethlehem Area School District for 30 years.

Photo by Dana Grubb

 

Boyle earns Family Award of Excellence

Bethlehem resident Nathan Boyle is the 2019 Sheetz Family Award of Excellence winner. Awarded June 7 during the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games, Boyle was honored for his distinguished sportsmanship and perseverance throughout the games.

Photo: Nathan Boyle of Bethlehem, (left) the 2019 recipient of the Sheetz Family Award of Excellence, with Sheetz public relations manager Nick Ruffner, who presented the award.

Courtesy A. Special Olympics

 

GRADUATION-SAUCON VALLEY-JUNE 7

‘This is where we started’

While the night air grew chilly the evening of June 8, the celebration of memories, relationships and accomplishments warmed the auditorium at Saucon Valley HS, where the class of 2019 took the stage to say goodbye. Photo: Kara Smith, Bryce VanNorman and Jina Morel enjoy the moment prior to the processional.  Kara and Bryce both plan to study nursing, while Jina will attend Northampton Community College and major in education.

By Elizabeth Kemmerer and Douglas Graves

 

GRADUATION-LV CHRISTIAN HS-JUNE 8

‘Everyone here becomes like family’

“We’re too small, if only we were bigger.” The sentence, spoken during the 2019 Lehigh Valley Christian HS commencement address, could summarize the plight of any school which features a graduating class of six. Thoughts turn, the speaker noted, to what we don’t have instead of what we do have. “But remember, while we are small, we are small with God,” added commencement speaker Henry Crush. Photo: LVCHS graduate Tiara Hernandez after receiving her diploma from Lehigh Valley Christian HS during the 2019 commencement June 8.

By Stephen Althouse

 


GRADUATION-LV CHARTER HS FOR THE ARTS-JUNE 11

‘I’ll always be thankful’

They demand attention, pull at the heartstrings and are guided by imagination. Wherever they appear, the students of the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts excel at personal expression, and their own graduation is never an exception. Welcoming their families with Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose” and a haunting rendition of the Star Spangled Banner under the spotlights at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown June 11, the school’s students – and now graduates – earned their accolades and degrees. Photo: Charter Arts graduating seniors gather by their principal prior to commencement. From left, Daniel Kim from Center Valley, Julia Shively from Bethlehem, Alethea Lamb from Easton, Dr. Carise Comstock, and Grace Crouthamel from Jim Thorpe.

By Nate Jastrzemski and Ed Courrier

 

CLASSROOM

LV students shine in Freddy’s spotlight

Student cast members, selected from all participating school productions, join for a medley of showtunes during the Freddy Awards opening number rehearsal May 22. In front, at center is Lindsey Sommons as Mrs. Potts from the Liberty HS production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.” Liberty received 10 Freddy nominations, including one for Sommons for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. Although she didn’t bring home a Freddy, the young actress scored a $1,000 Sing for America Scholarship.

By Ed Courrier

 

SPORTS

Red tops Gold in McDonald Classic

Northampton’s Hunter Werkheiser and Nate Bendekovits truly cherished the moments and the overall experience with the recent 49th annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic at Nazareth’s Andrew S. Leh Stadium.

By Jeff Moeller

 

FOCUS

Part of the story

The world-famous Cirque du Soleil brings a thrilling and “cool” new show, “Crystal,” to PPL Center, Allentown, June 26-30. The production blends stunning acrobatics and figure skating. With aerial feats and impressive artistry on ice, “Crystal” is predicted to surpass expectations in a breakthrough show. “Crystal” has an international cast of 43 performers, including figure, extreme and freestyle ice skaters, plus acrobats, musicians and comics.

By Camille Capriglione

 


OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem Area SD: Title 1 plan targets negative behaviors

Bethlehem: 4th annual DiGiacinto Golf Tournament

Fountain Hill: Storm water sweeps away extra cash

Lehigh County: County authority gets new life

Lehigh Valley: ‘Go Red for Women’ raises $100,000 fro Heart Assoc.

Lehigh Valley: Report shows some air quality gains

Lehigh Valley: TPA’s Altruism Awards

State: Nursing home conditions; Pa. fares poorly

South Bethlehem: Charter Arts class donation helps with animal medical expenses

South Bethlehem: Steelworkers-Veterans Memorial to move

Student profiles: Julia Zheng, Liberty HS

 

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019


June 12, 2019

COVER STORY

Honoring Mayor Pfeife

For a number of years, Richard Stiles has been on a mission to have one-time Bethlehem Mayor Robert Pfeifle honored with a memorial. Pfeifle served as mayor of Bethlehem from 1930 to 1950, longer than any other mayor in the city’s history, and Stiles was married to Pfeifle’s granddaughter, June, who passed away in 2012. On May 31 a 450- pound granite and bronze memorial was dedicated by Mayor Bob Donchez on the Bethlehem Greenway at Webster Street, little more than a block away from where the Pfeifle residence stood at one time on Webster Street. Photo:Family and descendants of Mayor Robert Pfeifle gather around the memorial for a group photo to commemorate the dedication.

By Dana Grubb

 

GRADUATION-BETHLEHEM CATHOLIC

‘Appreciate our differences’

“Stay close,” the 182 graduates in the class of 2019 were told at Bethlehem Catholic HS’s graduation, June 5 at the high school auditorium. During his Invocation, school chaplain Rev. Kevin Bobbin urged graduates to stay close to the school, to each other and to God.  A prayer in the graduation program told the graduates of how much the school community celebrates their achievements. Photo: All eyes are toward the front as graduates go up to receive their diplomas.  There were a total of 177 students receiving diplomas from the class of 2019.

By Michelle Meeh and Mark Kirlin

 

GRADUATION-LIBERTY HS

‘Understanding our part’

Liberty HS had its 97th commencement exercise at a nearly packed Stabler Arena June 5, as a festive, sometimes raucous crowd cheered and blared an occasion noise horn. According to officials, 631 students earned their high school diplomas. “The students did a good job,” said Dr. Jack Silva, assistant superintendent for education and chief academic officer.  “They are a strong group of kids.” Photo: Class of 2019 graduates Rachel Byrne, Dianna Depalma, Megan Bittle and Avalon Kratzer gather for a photo prior to commencement. They will attend Moravian College, the University of Scranton, the University of Delaware and Lycoming College, respectively.

By Douglas Graves and Dana Grubb

 

GRADUATION-FREEDOM HS

‘We’re the solution’

It was difficult to reconcile the ebullient atmosphere with the event’s theme. Freedom HS’s commencement at Stabler Arena June 6 was by and large electric and rarely affected by the gravity of “Pursuing Discomfort and Embracing Change.” Each speaker stressed challenges the new graduates would soon be facing in the adult world, while celebrating the many accomplishments they’d already achieved. Perhaps the most obvious and most often mentioned was the new American Sign Languages course, the fruits of which were on display as the chorus collectively signed along while singing the national anthem and alma mater. Photo: Seven seniors of Freedom HS’s 501 member graduating class are in a very relaxed mood heading into commencement held at Stabler Arena on June 6.

By Nate Jastrzemski and Dana Grubb

 

GRADUATION-NOTRE DAME

‘Follow your conscience’

Notre Dame Green Pond’s class of 2019 graduated June 6 in an outdoor ceremony at the school’s football stadium. They were graced by sunny skies, a hovering drone and the occasional firecracker. There were 121 graduates, accompanied by at least 500 friends and family, celebrating the end of one journey and the beginning of another. The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown always attends every Catholic high school graduation in this area, and this was no exception. But Bishop Alfred A. Schlert had a very good reason for making sure he was at Notre Dame. That’s because he’s a Notre Dame Crusader himself. He graduated in 1979 and groaned that his commencement took place inside a sweltering gym.Photo: As is tradition, the students toss their morter boards in the air at the conclusion of the ceremony.  Of the 125 graduating students, 51 received an award and or scholarship.

By Bernie O’Hare and Mark Kirlin

 

SPORTS

LV boys ready for Cup play

The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup is set to take the field this week when they open up play on Wednesday, June 12, at 12:30 p.m. against Suburban One American/ Continental. The game comes after Press deadlines. This year’s roster 25 players, 16 of which are underclassmen. Liberty’s Ben Piripavel and Freedom’s Nick Stannard and Conor Howland are the local Bethlehem representatives on the squad. A win by the LV squad in the opener would push them to the quarterfinal round on June 14.

By Peter Car

 

FOCUS

Their time to shine

City Arts Camp, a collaboration of the Allentown Art Museum, The Baum School of Art, Civic Theatre of Allentown, Community Music School, Miller Symphony Hall and Repertory Dance Theatre, provides students a fun and exciting experience in art, dance, music and theater. The six established arts and cultural organizations came together 21 years ago to create a week of artistic exploration for children, providing an interdisciplinary, comprehensive introduction to the arts, while inspiring them to discover their creativity.

By Erin Ferguson

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Council approves $700K to update pool

Bethlehem: District observes academic signing day

Bethlehem: City marks EMS Wrrk with ceremony

Bethlehem: Kemerer Museum’s tiny neighborhood

Lehigh Valley: Art students get Congressional kudos

Northampton County: Gracedale again cited by Pa. DOH

Saucon Valley: Elementary gains new principal

South Bethlehem: Museum holding Corliss engine encore this weekend

Student profiles – Holly Peslis, Bethlehem Catholic

High school news reports – LV Academy by IsabellaTrauger

 

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