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Thursday, January 29, 2015


January 28, 2015
COVER STORY
  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







LEHIGH VALLEY
  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


COMMUNITY
  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.
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PEOPLE
  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


BETHLEHEM
  ‘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.
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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

FOCUS
  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

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Habitat dedicates new home
Bethlehem: Valley mayors discuss rail service
Northampton County: Stationary become issue for DAs office
Northampton County: Third citizens’ class passes
Northampton County: Former worker awarded damages
Lehigh Valley: Tips for safe snow shoveling

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January 21, 2015

COVER STORY
  The folk art of Scherenschnitte
Nancy Shelly created this self-portrait for the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission Show. The commission invites an assortment of Bethlehem residents to participate. “I don’t do representational figures, and I didn’t know what I was going to do or how I was going to do it,” Shelley said. “This piece took lots of planning.”
By Joanna Ireland


PEOPLE
  Area resident celebrates century
and current resident at the King’s Daughters Home, is surrounded by immediate family for a  photo session during her recent birthday party. Sitting next to Gertude are her son Tom Smull and her oldest sister Betty Sterrett, 97, from Cape Cod. Standing behind the birthday celebrant are her three daughters: Louise Smull Negley, of Maine; Maggie Smull Hopper from South Carolina; and Mary Smull Arguelles, of Reading. Some 50 family and friends attended the milestone celebration for “Gertie,” as she is affectionately known. Gertrude, the first centenarian in the Smull family, was born Nov. 25, 1914 and lived on High Street in Bethlehem. She quietly marked her milestone birthday several days later in the West Market Street personal care home where she resides. She is a lifelong member of West Side Moravian Church and a graduate of Moravian Academy and also the Bethlehem Business College. According to Gertie’s daughter, Louise Smull Negley, “Mrs. Smull attributes her long life to her Christian faith.”
By Tim Gilman


ANOTHER VIEW
  Ed’s World
By Ed Courrier


PEOPLE
  Robert Spillman honored at luncheon
Robert “Bob” A. Spillman is surprised by friends and longtime associates as he enters the Blast Furnace Room with his daughter, Sarah Spillman-Bryar. “I thought until 10 minutes ago I was going to the office to meet the partners,” says a grinning honoree.
By Nate Jastrzemski


BUSINESS
  13th bridal expo-something for everyone
Jolene Fritchey from the Village Bake Shoppe, talks cake with Vanessa McWhite, of Allentown, bride Arielle Brown, of Catasauqua, groom Sean Rodriguez, and mother of the bride, Fayette Brown, of Catasauqua. “I’m just the voice,” says Fritchey, in her third year representing the bakery at the expo.
By Joanna Ireland


CLASSROOM
  Sharing the love of reading
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School opened its doors to area educators, administrators and professionals for “National Young Readers’ Day” recently. Guests read selections from favorite books and discussed the importance of literacy in their lives.  Above: Kindergarten student Jason Frederick (seated left) is all ears as his grandfather, DeSales University baseball coach Tim Neiman, chats with Frederick’s class about sports and the importance of being good readers.
By Diane Pelaggi


COMMUNITY
  A gift from the heart
When Natasha Velez of Bethlehem asked her daughter Anaya, a student at Leigh Valley Academy, who she wanted to help during the holidays with the money collected in her change jar all year, the young girl suggested giving the money to an organization that cares for people who have cancer. This hit home for Natasha, who lost her own father to brain cancer when she was 10. They decided to make the donation to St. Luke’s Cancer Center. Photo: St. Luke’s surgical oncologist Dr. Darius Desai accepts the piggy bank from Anaya Velez and her cousin, Aliyah Colon.

THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  ‘Canes get by Becahi
You can say that Chad Landis exhaled a sigh of relief following last Friday’s 60-58 victory over Bethlehem Catholic. That’s because despite Becahi suffering through a 3-11 season, Landis knew that records don’t matter when it comes to city rivalries.
By Pete Car


OTHER STORIES
State: School funding study started
Lehigh County: Osborn slected board chair
Bethlehem: Library book sale opens Jan. 28
Bethlehem: City, AttsQuest enhancing safety
Bethlehem: Local AAUW chapter celebrates 85th
Hellertown: Council approves garbage fee
Northampton County: Grand jury cites Easton school district
Emmaus: Former resident working on Eagle
News& Views: Dent returns to Congress
News&Views: McNeill sowrn in for second term
News&Views: Investigating attorney general
News&Views: 2014 workhoreses, showhorses and no-show horses

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Thursday, January 15, 2015


January 14, 2015

COVER STORY
  Project HOPE: Sharing Christmas joy
More than 600 children and adults from throughout the Lehigh Valley were treated to an early Christmas with all the trimmings this year, thanks to the efforts of Project Hope of Easton and Our Lady of Lebanon Catholic Church. In its 27th year, Project Hope provides everyone attending not only a traditional Christmas dinner, but also coats and other items of clothing, take-home bags of food, a wrapped gift and several books for each child, and of course, a visit from Santa Claus.
By Carole Gorney


LGBT WEDDING EXPO
  ‘We love to help people shine’
ArtsQuest Center’s Blast Furnace Room hosted the Lehigh Valley’s first LGBT Wedding Expo recently. The LGBT Business Council teamed up with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce to host more than 40 businesses and vendors, each of which is celebrating the passing of marriage equality in Pennsylvania. Photo:
Visitors chat with vendors at the Lehigh Valley’s First LGBT Wedding Expo, hosted in the Blast Furnace Room at the ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem.
By Jonna Ireland


LEHIGH UNIVERSITY
  ‘May peace prevail’
Lehigh University kicked off its annual Fall International Week with a flag parade. The week is run by the Global Union, which is a collaboration of more than 50 student clubs and organizations that promote global understanding and cultural awareness around campus. Photo: Students come together in front of the Lehigh University flagpole on the University Center front lawn while holding flags from an assortment of countries.
By Lisa Kocay


MORAVIAN COLLEGE
  Serving the community
Moravian College president’s oldest daughter Eliza Grigsby serves dessert to Bethlehem native George Lowery. The BASD student was volunteering at the annual Moravian College Holiday Meal and was accompanying her father, Bryon Grigsby, at the community event.
By Tim Gilman

COMMUNITY
  Three Kings Day attracts all ages
Joscelyn Rose holds a gift from King Balthasar, portrayed by William Cintron of Holy Infancy Church in Bethlehem. The Three Kings celebration at SteelStacks recently is a popular Hispanic event.
By Tim Gilman


THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM SPORTS
  Soccer Scholar Athletes honored
Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athletes Brian Heckman of Whitehall and Abigail Cerciello of Southern Lehigh, above, hold their plaques after the annual banquet which recognizes the top academic soccer players of the region. Rodney and Susan Heckman stand with their son while Lori and John Cerciello stand with their daughter in the Northampton Memorial Community Center on January 11.
By Tim Gilman

OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: BAPL book sales top $56,000 for 2014
Bethlehem: HOM retireee Vincent Riestra honored
Bethlehem: 2015’s first snow
Bethlehem Township: Wards need retooling
Northampton County: Gracedale’s status better, but not great
Northampton County: Glitch halts healthcare coverage

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