July 1, 2015
Vigil focuses on hope, solutions
“This community stands together in solidarity with the community of Charleston, South Carolina,” Esther Lee said. “We come together, praying as we open our hearts, to join with people of the world and those who continue to hate.”
Lee, president of the Bethlehem NAACP, was one of 12 speakers at the June 24 prayer vigil held for the nine victims of the recent shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Photo: Melvin Tatem, senior pastor of Grace Deliverance Baptist Church in Bethlehem, sings passionately during the prayer vigil held in memory of the Charleston victims.
By Katya Hrichak and Linda Anthony
Let’s begin to look inside ourselves to end racism
Fifty-one years after passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, America still suffers from the devastating social cancer of discrimination and racism.
Recently, the news inundated us with images and stories of the Charleston, S.C., church massacre and the announced removal of the Confederate flag from the State House grounds in South Carolina.
Commentray by Mark Reccek and Ed Courrier
Stopping the ‘summer slide’
Advocates for youth summer programs pose with the Summer Learning Day banner colored by Horizons for Youth participants. The Cops ‘n’ Kids program was involved in the Learning Day events, hosting story time and a movie screening. NCC offers the Horizons for Youth program.
By Katya Hrichak
Bikes back on patrol
City and Lehigh University officials announced recently they had worked out another in a string of cooperative arrangements in May to put officers back on regular neighborhood bicycle patrols. Photo: Bethlehem and Lehigh University police ready to hit the streets.
By Nate Jastrzemski
Wimmer Wag Fest goes to the dogs
It was dog day Sunday - literally - at the first-ever Wimmer Wag Fest held recently at the Animal Therapy Center in Bethlehem. The outdoor animal adoption event celebrated the work of 25 non-profit shelters, rescue centers and advocacy groups that participated with a variety of adorable adoptable pets from puppies and kittens to more mature animals. Photo: Retired Greyhounds lay around in the shade to rest from the May heat at Wag Fest. They have exchanged the rigors of the racetrack for what they hope will be a loving home.
By Carole Gorney
Hillard selected in NBA 2nd round
Darrun Hilliard got a phone call from his agent and left his Bethlehem living room right before the Detroit Pistons selected him with the 38th pick in the second round of Thursday’s NBA Draft. The Liberty graduate knew his name was going to be broadcast across the country, but wanted to watch the reaction of his family through the window of his home. Shortly before midnight, you can say that the Hilliard household made a lot of noise and Hilliard took it all in from a distance. It was a surreal night for one of Bethlehem’s sons, and one that he will always remember.
By Pete Car
LEHIGH VALLEY FOCUS
The wonderful thing about an iconic show like “Hello, Dolly!” is that it pretty much sells itself. Since opening on Broadway in 1964, Jerry Herman’s 10-time Tony Award-winning classic has enchanted the eyes, tickled the funny bone and touched the heart.
By Makenna Masenheimer
BASD: A tax hike is coming
Bethlehem: Book sales near $1M mark
Bethlehem Township: Board appoints new fire police
Colonial Regional: Freshpet donates to K-9 unit
Fountain Hill: Business reopens after fire
Lehigh Valley: Turning Point gets Verizon grant
Lehigh Valley: Medical Academy Charter School graduation
Lehigh Valley: Students participate in ‘Reality Fair’
Northampton County: Open space handout tables
Northampton County; Five deputies commended
Northampton County: One of four new contract approved
Saucon Valley: Students to get new iPads
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