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Tuesday, May 24, 2016


May 25, 2016

COVER STORY

Big league Braves

Teams from Bethlehem’s South Side Little League and Allentown’s East Side Memorial Little League squared off in Coca Cola Park May 9, courtesy of the IronPigs and IronPigs Charities. Teams were transported by bus to the park, where they were surprised and greeted by family and friends, and then whisked into the IronPigs locker room to don their new personalized uniform jerseys. Players were announced just like the IronPigs are, and their headshots were flashed on the Coca Cola Park videoboard. Each league was presented with a check for $10,000 as part of the overall experience. Photo: Prior to the game, IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landis made a number of presentations to several area organizations, including $10,000 checks to both the South Side Little League and Allentown’s East Side Memorial Little League.

By Dana Grubb

 

COMMUNITY

Farmer’s Market in season

he Bethlehem Farmers Market at the foot of Lehigh University on its Farrington Square at New and Morton streets offers a variety of fresh local vegetables and fruit, homemade bread and pastries, natural soap and lunch items on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Photo: Ann Knerr, a Bethlehen native on her lunch break from across the river on the northside, looks over fresh local produce at the Bechdolt’s Orchards double booth.

By Tim Gilman

 

SOUTHSIDE

LV Charts Arts HS honors donors

Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Arts Executive Director Diane LaBelle and Foundation Board President Scott Hawk welcome Rob Cahill to the classroom recognizing the donations by his company, Magellan Financial. The school held a special event the afternoon of April 18 to show major donors the fresh engraved plaques provided in their honor for assistance during the school’s long capital campaign, which raised $6 million toward constructing the new Third Street school building that opened last year.

By Nate Jastrzemski

 

SOUTHSIDE

Pulaski Day observed

The bright morning sunshine and a modest crowd paid tribute to the Polish-born American Revolutionary War hero Brigadier General Kazimierz Pulaski at his namesake park at the busy corner of East Third and Brodhead streets April 24. In 1778, while Count Pulaski was in Bethlehem to visit his convalescing friend, Major General Lafayette, he was presented with a banner made by the Moravian Single Sisters. The dashing Polish cavalry officer was mortally wounded in 1779 during the Battle of Savannah, Ga. Photo: Tim Parsons places his arm around 90-year-old Ed Crocus at the end of the Pulaski Day celebration. Parsons and “Nam Knights” motorcycle club members had assisted earlier with the flag raising ceremony. Bob Monarch Sr. (left) helps display a “Nam Knights of America” denim vest with Jose Santiago.

By Ed Courrier

 

PEOPLE

Miller-Keystone honors future Eagle Scout

This is a story about MacKenzie Cleffi, the two-year old daughter of popular Freedom HS gym teacher Michael Cleffi. Last July, MacKenzie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. That’s a rare type of cancer that attacks the white blood cells. And this is a story about Christopher Fereno, 17, a senior at Freedom who plans to study biopharmaceutical engineering at Lehigh University next year. This is also a story about the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, which needs 450 donors every day to supply area hospitals with the blood needed to treat sick children like MacKenzie. Photo: Miller Blood Center’s Diane Lee worked with Eagle Scout candidate Chris Fereno, flanked by proud parents Holly and Jim.

By Bernie O’Hare

 

SCOUTING

A Scoutreach Derby experience

More than 300 scouts from the Allentown and Bethlehem area participated in the Scoutreach Pinewood Derby held at Northeast MS in March. Prior to race day, Cub Scouts spent weeks with their adult leaders designing and building their Pinewood Derby cars. Photo: Fifth: Juan Cruz, Pack 391

By Ruth Grady

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Pates win first EPC baseball title

It was fitting that John Yocum was named the East Penn Conference MVP last week because Yocum showed everyone in the league that he was the perfect pick. The Patriots leaned on the arm from Yocum on the mound and his swing at the plate, as he provided the only RBI on the night from a 1-0 victory over Central Catholic in the EPC title game last week.

By Pete Car

 

LV FOCUS

Broadway then and now

Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) has been through several permutations during the course of its 36 seasons. MSMT opens with “Gypsy,” June 15 - July 3, and continues with “In The Heights,” July 13  - 31, and the children’s show, “Growl!,” June 29 - July 30. For a good decade, from its founding in 1981, which included “The Mikado,” through the 1990 season, with “H.M.S. Pinafore,” Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, was the go-to place for Gilbert & Sullivan afficiandoes, neophytes and acolytes.

By Paul Willistein

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Council honors city property owners

BASD: Student success hailed; rubber recall fails

Bethlehem Township: Police to try body cameras

Fountain Hillo: A quiet, orderly neighborly meeting

School: Steelworkers name essay contest winners

Northampton County: DCED director Donaher resigns

Northampton County: Counties back airport authority renewal

 

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Thursday, May 19, 2016


May 18, 2016

COVER STORY

Graduation season begins

The John Amos Comenius statue, wearing a cap and gown for the first time serves as a popular photo background for Moravian College graduates before and after the college’s commencement. The life-size bronze statue is located in front of Comenius Hall on Main Street. Comenius was a bishop of the Moravian Unitas Fratrum in the 17th century and is recognized as “the Father of Modern Education” by Moravians. The statue was dedicated in 1960 and was a gift from Charles University in Prague and the Moravian Church in Czechoslovakia. The custom made commencement attire was provided by college officials for the first time.

By Tim Gilman

 

COMMUNITY

PBS39 expands with partnership

Bethlehem’s small, 50-year-old PBS39 public television station, currently housed in a new facility near ArtsQuest SteelStacks, has partnered with newcomer ASR Productions to enhance the breadth and depth of new projects, as well as open the door to new possibilities.ASR Media Productions, which got its start four years ago, has produced three TV shows, but mostly focuses on short-format commercials, corporate and event videos, which complements PBS39 long-format and documentary shows nicely. Photo: PBS39 CEO Tim Fallon welcomes a large audience to an 8 a.m. gathering in the studio to celebrate new staff members and a fresh partnership.

By Nate Jastrzemski

 

LEHIGH VALLEY

Cunningham: Manufacturing alive and well

Whether Democrat or Republican, Northampton County Council has historically been a very harsh critic of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC). They have long complained that Northampton County is Lehigh’s ugly stepsister, and is too often overlooked by LVEDC when it comes to economic development. LVEDC, which is funded with hotel tax dollars from both counties, has also been slammed over the years for its complete lack of transparency and secretiveness. Has Don Cunningham, Lehigh County’s former executive and Bethlehem’s former mayor, turned things around now that he is at the helm?  His nuts and bolts report to council, full of details on job creation and retention in Northampton County, is perhaps LVEDC’s most effective explanation ever to Northampton County.

By Bernie O’Hare

 

BETHLEHEM

Southside not forgotten, says mayor

Every year, Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez sets aside three days for walks in the neighborhoods of the north, west and south sides. Accompanied by staff, he usually carries a few smoke detectors to hand out, along with batteries. He wraps up with a town hall, where he’ll answer concerns in that specific community. Photo: Mayor Bob Donchez fields questions for over an hour. He discussed the Benner building and 600-space municipal parking garage at Third and New streets. In addition to the 200 employees that St. Luke’s University Hospital will bring, he added there’s a good possibility that St. Luke’s will bring another department. But not without the garage.”No garage, no St. Luke’s, no Lehigh,” he said.

By Bernie O’Hare

 

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP

Barn sale benefits Johnson estate

The second annual Camel’s Hump barn sale was held on the East Farm, once owned by the Leckonby family, the weekend of April 8-10. Funds raised will continue to support the nonprofit Friends of Johnston’s efforts to preserve the land that once comprised the estate of Bethlehem’s first mayor, Archibald Johnston. Photo: Carrie Beleno from Slatington photographs a marble top coffee table which she purchased to use in a future Bethlehem based business endeavor which she hopes to furnish in an eclectic decor.

By Dana Grubb

 

CLASSROOM

BAVTS students place 2nd in NYC competition

Two Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School students placed second in the Greater New York Automotive Dealers Association National Automotive Technology Competition recently. The competition was held in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. During the two-day competition Daniel Mirza, a senior from Bethlehem Catholic HS and Logan Koehler, a senior from Northampton Area HS, competed against 29 other teams from all across the United States. The students won several prizes including tools, tool boxes, shirts, hats and numerous scholarships to multiple post-secondary technical colleges. Mirza is planning to take advantage of a scholarship that he won at the Greater Lehigh Valley Automotive Dealers Association automotive technology competition to attend Northampton Community College’s Automotive Technology program to obtain his associates degree in Applied Science. Koehler is planning to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Heavy Equipment Repair Technician training program to obtain his associate’s degree in applied science. Jeff Cantrel and Mike Lemke, BAVTS automotive technology instructors, accompanied the students. Additional information about the competition can be found at http://www.nationalautotech.com/.

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

District tennis: Sonnenblick, Bodeo-Lomicky win

Freedom tennis players, Ross Sonnenblick and Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky, were crowned District XI Class AAA Doubles Tennis Champions after defeating Liberty’s Dan Lynn and Luke Conrad 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 last Friday at Lehigh University. Sonnenblick described the weight of the gold medal around his neck as a “reassuring heaviness,” while Bodeo-Lomicky said the weight of the district final “just fell off in a good way,” once the championship match was won.

By Katie McDonald

 

LV FOCUS

Pa. Shapespear’s 25th season dedicated to founder

It’s been a quarter of a century since Father Gerard J. Schubert founded the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Last summer, Father Schubert got to see the first half of the PSF 2015 season. Patrick Mulcahy, PSF Producing Artistic Director, sets the stage: Father Schubert had just seen a performance of PSF’s critically-acclaimed and box office smash production of “Les Miserables.” Father Bernard F. O’Connor, DeSales University president, attended the performance with Father Schubert.

By Paul Willistein

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Planners adopt new rules

Bethlehem: BAPL book sale opens May 18

BASD: Water lead worries overblown

Salisbury: Sound Out against heroin

Lehigh County: Employees get narcon training

Lehigh Valley: There’s no well in Timmy’s past

Lehigh Valley: Morganelli wants ‘teacher bill of rights’

Classroom: Area students get ‘reality’ check

 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016


May 11, 2016

COVER STORY

Work? Nope

The massive Steel General Offices building on East Third Street was abuzz recently as workers crawled about its surface and traffic was routed to make space for construction vehicles. The flurry of activity generated an equal amount of rumor-mongering, with many believing this was the beginning of a new project to refurbish another derelict Steel structure. Such was not the case. Sands Bethlehem Director of Brand Marketing Julia Corwin said via email the “project” was in fact merely a precaution against old windows rattling out of the building.

By Nate Jastrzemski and Dana Grubb

 

COMMUNITY

The Southside’s friendly faces

Part of the eight-member Ambassador team gets together during a shift change at 3 p.m.  Marty Bynes, left, is on the cleaning team, and is the oldest of the eight Ambassadors. Operations Manager Hector Lopez has been managing the South Bethlehem program since 2014, just after it started. Matt Madochick joined the very first safety team, and Matt Jester signed on a few months later. 

By Carole Gorney

 

BETHLEHEM AREA

Board president studies up at PSBA

Bethlehem Area School District board President Michael Faccinetto attended the annual National School Boards Association (NSBA) conference in Boston from April 9-11. Faccinetto is currently the vice president of Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA), and attended the conference as an officer for PSBA. During this three-day conference, countless programs, issues and education topics were discussed, and Faccinetto acknowledged the multitude of sessions being offered. He felt his time could best be spent on programs that directly affect Bethlehem.

By Zach Duffy

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Bethlehem has its ‘Cake Boss’ and eatery, too

South Bethlehem has achieved another culinary coup with the grand opening in early April of the second celebrity chef restaurant “Buddy V’s” at the Sands Casino.  “Cake Boss” television star Buddy Valastro was on hand with his family at the invitation-only event to launch his newest ristorante, which features an Italian-American menu similar to that of the original Buddy V’s at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, another Sands Corp. property. Photo: Cable television “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro brought his family to the gala opening of his Buddy V’s Ristorante at the Sands Casino in South Bethlehem. With him are wife Lisa, daughter Sofia and sons Buddy and Marco.

By Carole Gorney

 

BETHLEHEM HISTORY

American Revolution comes to Bethlehem

Moravian diaries, housed in the Moravian Archives on Locust Street, document the extraordinary events in Bethlehem during the Revolutionary War. On Dec. 3, 1776, Dr. Cornelius Baldwin arrived in Bethlehem and proceeded directly to the clergy house to deliver two messages to the Rev. John Ettwein. The contents of the messages would throw the quiet town of Bethlehem into chaos and place its citizens in danger. The first message was from General Surgeon Dr. John Warren of the Continental Army, and the second was from Abraham Berlin, of the Northampton County Committee of Safety. Both messages requested, under orders from Gen. George Washington, that Bethlehem accommodate the sick and wounded solders of the Continental Army. A hospital was to be set up in Bethlehem immediately. Photo: The Continental Army established a hospital in the single brethren building, located at the corner of Church and Main Streets, 1776 - 1778.

By Karen M. Samuels

 

 BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Liberty seeks momentum before EPC playoffs

Rain may have washed away much of last week’s baseball schedule, but that’s something that Liberty head coach Andy Pitsilos isn’t worrying about as his team geared up for a four game stretch in the final week of the regular season. The Hurricanes (12-5, 10-4) have already clinched a district berth and should advance to the East Penn Conference playoffs this weekend as well.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

‘It’s eternal’

The Bethlehem Bach Festival isn’t resting on its laurels. Festival laurels’ roots run deep: 109 years and growing. New and expanded programming highlights the 109th Bach Festival, which begins May 13 and 14 and is also presented May 20, 21 and 22, principally on the campus of Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

By Paul Willistein

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Historic district offices proposed

Bethlehem: Downtown market study pitched
Bethlehem Parks: Enjoy them, respect them

Bethlehem: Food co-op hosts annual craft fair

Bethlehem: ‘Back When’ exhibit opens May 14

Bethlehem: LVIP gift keeps sewer system pumping

Bethlehem Township: Board approves New McDonald’s plan

Bethlehem ASD: Grant would update phys. Ed program

Freemansburg: New police chief sworn-in

Primary election: Unofficial results

Classroom: ‘It Can Wait’ contest winners announced

Classroom: Hanover students donate 1,050 books

 

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Thursday, May 5, 2016


May 4, 2016

COVER STORY

A record year!

This year’s Bethlehem Area School District’s Mini-THON raised a record-breaking $125,867.37. Some 1,200 Freedom and Liberty students, faculty and administrators particpated in the 12-hour event hosted by Freedom. Last year’s fundraising campaign reported approximately $100,000 raised by students from a variety of activities throughout the school year. The Mini-Thon benefits the Four-Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital which provides care and assistance for cancer patients and their families. The final amount this year totaled $147,892.63. An additional $22,025.26 was raised from corporate sponsors. Penn State’s annual THON event at University College since 1977 has raised more than $114 million for the Four Diamonds Fund.

By Tim Gilman

 

BETHLEHEM PRESS

Congratulations!

Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez recently recorded a brief video congratulation which will be shown during the Pennsylvania News Media Association’s Keystone Awards Banquet May 21 in Harrisburg. The Bethlehem Press was the overall Sweepstakes winner for weekly newspapers in its circulation range for the third year in a row. In addition to garnering the top overall award, 21 individual awards that went to the newspaper’s staff. Donchez thanked editor George Taylor and his staff for delivering community news to Bethlehem area residents. Right: Bethlehem Press editor George Taylor and Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez review Donchez’s remarks as Blue Ridge Cable TV 13 cameraman Ron Bolek sets up to videotape the mayor offering congratulations to the Bethlehem Press. The video is available on our Facebook page or on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5o2tg-i4ew

By Dana Grubb

 

LEHIGH VALLEY

Sheriff, area police chiefs back regional crime center

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin’s dream of a truly regional crime center came a step closer to reality on March 28. Its technical name is the Regional Intelligence and Investigative Center (RIIC) or Regional Crime Center, and it has been in existence since 2012. But despite its regional application, which has extended to police departments in Bethlehem and Easton, there’s been no regional support. Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has been forced, year after year, to ask Lehigh County Commissioners to fund this crime-fighting tool. PHOTO: Sheriff Dave Dalrymple waits to make his presentation. Immediately behind him are Police Chiefs Carl Scalzo (Easton) and Larry Palmer (Palmer).

By Bernie O’Hare

 

CLASSROOM

Mommie’s Market indoor yard sale

Donna Frantz, Governor Wolf PTA president, discusses Mommy Market matters with Kelly Burkhart, the chairperson for the annual event. Burkhart is accompanied by her daughter Elizabeth, a student at the northeast Bethlehem school. Frantz said a long line of “early birds” waited outside the school doors before the 8 a.m.-noon. sale began.

By Tim Gilman

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Pates still top team

Freedom’s torrid start to the spring continues to roll into the final third of the baseball season, as the Patriots extended their winning streak to 11 games following Monday’s 14-5 win over Dieruff to push their overall mark to a league best 15-1 and 11-1 in East Penn Conference play.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

‘Singular Sensation’

It will be “One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch” when I conduct the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, in the “ASO Pops Series,” 7:30 p.m. May 14, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Three outstanding singers, Donna McKechnie, Christiane Noll and Doug LaBrecque, will join with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the amazing productivity of Hamlisch with favorite songs by “the best-known movie composer since Henry Mancini.”

By Ron Demkee

 

OTHER STORIES

BASD: State budget finally inplace

Bethlehem: S&P improves city’s bond rating

Salisbury: Drug education program tonight

Northampton County: Gracedale management bids sought

Lehigh Valley: 14 candidates vye for title

Lehigh Valley: Heart Ball raises $187,000

Lehigh Valley: Autism Speaks Walk raises $176,00

 

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