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Tuesday, February 14, 2017


February 15, 2017

COVER STORY
Wanted: New stove

Trinity Episcopal Church of Bethlehem has operated its soup kitchen for 35 years and today provides a nutritious hot lunches for 150 people Monday through Friday. Unfortunately, the heavily used 25-year-old stove and ovens are in dire need of replacement, and the Trinity Soup Kitchen has undertaken a campaign to raise the $16,000 necessary to replace them with a modern Vulcan stove and several convection ovens. That effort has been bolstered by an anonymous matching pledge of $8,000.

By Dana Grubb

 

COMMUNITY

LV Winter Classic’s uncertain future

Sixteen hockey teams from Pennsylvania and New Jersey braved some flurries and brisk 30 degree temperatures to converge at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink on Illick’s  Mill Road Jan. 28 for the fourth annual Lehigh Valley Winter Classic. The Winter Classic is a hockey tournament, played outside in the elements, which helps support the Lehigh Valley Polar Bears, a local, special hockey team, part of the American Special Hockey Association. The event  has doubled in size the last two years, growing from eight teams to 16 teams. All money raised from the tournament goes  directly to the Polar Bears, a team of 25 children with varying degrees of disabilities. But organizer Adam Bortz and others are concerned for the future of the classic, due to a possible restructuring of the building department in the city of Bethlehem which would move two workers at the rink away from the ice. Photo: Using the Zamboni, parks maintenance workers Mike McGraw and Adam Wagner drew high marks from event organizers for their efforts to keep the ice surface perfect during the tournament and throughout the ice skating season at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink. McGraw has been doing the job for seven years and Wagner for four years. Winter Classic organizer Adam Bortz called it “the most preferred ice in the Lehigh Valley.”

By Tom Broas

 

PEOPLE

Minsi Trails Court of Honor

Ten Scouters were honored with Silver Beaver Awards at a Minsi Trails Council court of honor Jan. 27. Recognized for distinguished service were (back row from left) Scott Best of Coplay, Jim Klunk of Kutztown, Jim Korcienski Sr. of Saylorsburg, Rev. Gary Marsh of Bethlehem, and William Schwab of Lehighton. Also honored were (front row from left) Bill Coles of Emmaus, Michael Caffrey of Bethlehem, Charlie Chase of Bethlehem, Francis Oquendo of East Stroudsburg, and Dawn Phillips of Effort.

By Ed Courrier

 

BUSINESS

LV Wedding Expo 2017

Mother Nature contributed a good dusting of white to complement the sparkling iced cakes and glittering gowns featured in the Bridal Expo hosted at Lehigh University’s Rauch Field House Jan. 7 and  8. Wesley Jenks, of Jenks Productions, said it’s the company’s 15th year coordinating and running the event.  “I like the people in the Lehigh Valley,” he said. “Everyone is friendly and easy to work with.” Photo: Crowds browse a variety of vendors at the Bridal Expo, held at Rauch Business Center.

By Joanna Ireland

 

FAMILY

A typical tropic night at the library

A Hawaiian Beach Party with storytelling, dancing, crafts and games was held in mid- January at the Bethlehem Area Public Library on Church Street. About 25 children attended the family-friendly tropical event in the library’s new youth section on the second floor. The library’s Teenage Advisory Board assists with many of the family-friendly events. The free activities are listed on the library’s website, www.bapl.org, or call 610-867-3761, ext. 499. The Southside branch at 400 Webster St. also features free events for children – more info at BAPL website and 610-867-7852. Photo: Miles Kwiatek of the Lehigh Valley Academy Charter School reads “Pig Boy,” an illustrated tropical beach book. “I love reading to the kids and volunteering here at the library. It’s a great way to take part in public service,” said the Bethlehem resident and president of the Teenage Advisory Board which helps with the Bethlehem Public Library community services program.

By Tim Gilman

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Eagles top BC in epic state wrestling final

Were you entertained? Saturday’s PIAA 3A state wrestling championship between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth came down to the final bout, where the winner took all and Zac Kiefer instantly became a Nazareth legend, following his 2-1 victory over Tavion Banks in the 170-pound finale to give the Blue Eagles a 30-29 criteria victory over Bethlehem Catholic.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Blue returns and a poem for a departed pet

Editor’s note: This is the second of three columns based on abridged versions of readers’ stories about their pets in response to a “Bud’s View” column about the emotional stresses individuals and families face when a pet dies. That column, “The Pets That Rescue Us,” is available on The Focus page of The Press web site, Aug. 31, 2016.

By Bud Cole

 

OTHER STORIES

Valley: Feeling fluish? You’re not alone

Valley: Good hygiene can help ward off flu, other bugs

Valley: Know the facts of cold and flu

Valley: Fire marshal offers winter storm tips

Bethlehem: Council targets bamboo

Bethlehem: First library booksale a good one

Bethlehem: HCC approves Martin Furniture sign move

Bethlehem: HARB approves awnings for 2 buildings

Northampton County: Gracedale profit less than first stated

Bethlehem Township: Big Box distribution site considered

Fountain Hill: Fire department officers sworn in

 

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017


February 8, 2017

COVER STORY

Souper Bowl VII – The People’s Choice

People’s Choice winner Michael Dontas of Bethlehem holds up the Souper Bowl Champion Spoon. The award was presented as the finale of the Souper Bowl at the ArtsQuest Steelstacks after the results of the special award selected by the eighth annual event’s attendees. Dontas is a co-owner of the Copperhead Grille in Allentown. The winning soup, “Vietnamese Pho” beef, was made by chef Phuong Nguyen of Allentown. The coveted People’s Choice spoon is customarily hung in the award winning restaurant.

By Tim Gilman

 

POLITICS

Donchez seeks second term

Bethlehem Mayor Robert J. Donchez has announced that he will be a candidate for re-election in the May 15 primary. In announcing his candidacy for re-election, Donchez said he seeks to continue his lifetime commitment to Bethlehem and will focus on fiscal responsibility, public safety, economic development, strong neighborhoods, openness in government, improving the business districts and recreational facilities and increasing the street overlay programs.

 

CLASSROOM

Cable show spotlights good work

Every household in Bethlehem will now be able to get a unique look inside Bethlehem Area School District since the district began its own TV program on RCN, “BASD District Insider.” The program began airing Feb. 2 on Thursday and Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. on channel 4.  “Not everyone accesses social media, but just about all of our constituents have cable TV,” Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy said. “This is another avenue for us to share the good work going on in the district.” Photo: Freedom senior Lucy Moeller hosts this month’s episode of District Insider.

By Liz Kemmerer

 

THE CHEMO BAG

Bringing comfort to cancer patients

It has been said that the first day a patient goes for chemotherapy is the scariest day of her life. As a way to make the experience less scary, and to bring some comfort to those undergoing the treatment for the first time, a group of volunteers in the Lehigh Valley distributes hundreds of comfort bags each year at local chemo infusion centers. Photo: More than 700 of these comfort bags were handed out in 2016 to patients starting chemotherapy.  They contain everything from hats and lap blankets to mints and large print crossword puzzles.

By Carole Gorney

 

PEOPLE

Bethlehem barber for the Falcon

In an area where Eagles, Giants and Steelers fans rule the roost, Bethlehem barber Denny Roebuck, an Atlanta Falcons fan since 1966, is no doubt in the minority. At age 9,  Roebuck attended an EaglesFalcons game in Philadelphia with family members who were Eagles fans. He says, “Being the person that I am, I cheered for the Falcons.” It was their inaugural season in the NFL. Photo: His barbershop walls decorated with Atlanta Falcon throws behind him, West Broad Street barber Denny Roebuck wears his favorite team’s jersey as he gives Bethlehem resident Noel Cornish a haircut. Roebuck predicted a Falcon victory, 34 to 28, saying, “I love the position they’re in.”

By Dana Grubb

 

PEOPLE

Bethlehem man named RSVP ‘Volunteer of the Year’

Bethlehem resident and native Ron Fluck is a volunteer at Sharecare Faith in Action, which is based in Bethlehem. He logs over 10,000 miles annually, making nearly 1,000 transports driving clients to doctors’ appointments, banks, drugstores, grocery shopping and an occasional fall foliage or Christmas decorations tour. Fluck was nominated by Sharecare Faith in Action executive director Lynn Heiney and received his award at the national conference in Kansas City. He has been volunteering at Sharecare for six years and encourages others to volunteer by calling Sharecare at 610-867-2127.

By Diane Schrameyer and Dana Grubb

 

COMMUNITY

Mounted unit’s new home takes shape

Construction on the new Bethlehem Mounted Police barn is progressing, with completion expected by late March or early April, according to Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police vice president Greg Solderitch. Photo: Framing of the new home for the Bethlehem Mounted Patrol is under way as carpenters from project general contractor B & D Builders construct the pole barn. B & D Builders is located in Paradise and specializes in barns, riding arenas and agricultural buildings.

By Dana Grubb

 

BETHLEHEM HISTORY

Calypso ES celebrates 100th

Calypso ES is celebrating the 100th anniversary of serving as a neighborhood school on Calypso Avenue for the entire school year. While some Lehigh Valley school districts, such as Saucon Valley and Southern Lehigh, chose a campus setting for their schools, where the students are bused into one central location, Calypso ES parents have always preferred that their children walk to their neighborhood school. Several Calypso students represent the third generation of their families to attend school on Calypso Avenue. Calypso Principal Kathleen Bast described the research efforts into the school’s past.

By Karen M. Samuels

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Eagles stun Hawks in district duals

They say you can’t win them all and that finally became true for Bethlehem Catholic on Saturday evening at Freedom High School. Nazareth reversed a 20-point loss from the East Penn Conference championship and rode it to a 33-24 victory in the District 11 3A duals final, snapping the Hawks run of six straight District 11 titles (2A and 3A combined) and showing the most signs of mortality the program has had in a long time. Sometimes, when success is as prevalent and common as the Hawks (14-4) have enjoyed over the last six years, it can become stale.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Our readers share their dog and cat stories

In a previous “Bud’s View” column, I wrote about the emotional stress my wife Bev and I faced each time one of our pets died. I discussed the heartbreak we experienced when we lost our dogs, Bear and Blue, and our cat, Charcole (Aug. 31, 2016 “The Pets That Rescue Us” column.) The following stories were sent in by Lehigh Valley Press readers of “Bud’s View.” This is the first of several columns based on abridged versions of their stories.

By Bud Cole

 

OTHER STORIES

State: School board assoc. report identifies tax elimination problems

Northampton County: Gaming Board patient about local fees

Bethlehem Township: Commissioners unable to find words for library referendum

Fountain Hill: Council sets 2017 pool prices

Hellertown: Medical marijuana ordinance planned

Valley: LV Greenways mini-grant applications due March 3\

Valley: Muslim Association hosts open house

Letter: ‘We will not forget Toomey’s betrayal’

Another View: Underage gamblers frustrate casinos

School: Charter Arts presents “Pride and Prejudice’

School: BAVTS students inducted into National Honor Society

 

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Friday, February 3, 2017

CORRECTION



Nitschmann lecture set for Feb. 7 at Moravian Archives

"Recovering Anna Nitschmann: A Vision for a New Biography," a lecture by Katherine Faull, will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Moravian Archives, 41 West Locust Street, Bethlehem.

Faull, the visiting scholar at the Center for Moravian Studies, and a visiting professor at Moravian Theological Seminary, will look at how Anna Nitschmann has been portrayed in Moravian history and scholarship, and outline a new biographical project that will present her agency and leadership in a new light.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017






February 1. 2017
COVER STORY: TWO DAYS IN DC

Locals excited, energized at inauguration
Though its aftermath was controversial, the presidential inauguration Jan. 19 was attended by many Lehigh Valley residents wishing to experience firsthand the changeover from the Obama to Trump administrations. Tony Simao, a Bethlehem resident who works in health insurance, was a regional coordinator for Trump’s primary campaign and arrived in Washington, D.C. Thursday to attend the ball at the National Press Club building. He said there were about 200 protesters outside but inside all was quiet. Photo: Local resident Tony Simao attends the DeploraBall on Thursday evening at the National Press Club. The ball was named for Hillary Clinton’s campaign comments disparaging Trump followers as “deplorables.”
By Nate Jastrzemski

Bethlehem women inspired by march
Among the thousands of people who flocked to the Mall in Washington, D.C. the day after President Trump’s inauguration to take part in the Women’s March were several busloads from the Lehigh Valley. The people the Press talked to echoed the general consensus among marchers that the event was inspiring and emphasized the peacefulness of the event and the respect among marchers and with law enforcement officers patrolling the throngs. Photo: Linda Robertson of Bethlehem and husband Don participate in the Women’s March. Linda said she bought tickets to go on one of the buses five days after the election, but later decided to drive to D.C.
By Julie Swan
 
RELATED STORIES
County bagpiper performs in inaugural event
‘Our voices will be heard’
Senator Pat Toomey begins second term
Citizen groups call on Toomey to oppose DeVos appointment
 


COMMUNITY
Fountain Hill welcomes Cops ‘n’ Kids
Volunteers from PPL, Moravian College, and Liberty HS came to Fountain Hill ES Jan. 13 for a special event organized by Cops ‘n’ Kids Literacy Program. The event was in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday so students could learn more about Dr. King’s powerful message of peace and equality. Photo: Liberty HS student volunteers hold the four different books donated by PPL, along with Eve Russo (left middle) and Beverly Bradley (right middle), president of Cops ‘n’ Kids, which just celebrated donating 776,000 books aiding in the organization’s mission of “connecting kids and community through literacy.”
By Alli Poczak
 
BUSINESS
Carlos offers hand-crafted goodies
Just last year the infamous Buddy Valastro chanced his legacy in Bethlehem, but now he is back for more. Just one year after planting Buddy V’s Ristorante, Buddy Valastro and his famiglia have officially opened the doors of their 15th Carlo’s Bakery location. Photo: Carlo’s Bakery is located on the ground floor of the Sands Outlets, near the Steel Magnolia Spa & Salon.
By Selena Cinton
 
TRAVEL
At the Rose Parade
As is traditional, both universities playing in the Rose Bowl have a float in the Rose Parade.  Penn State cheerleaders were hopeful of a victory against the University of Southern California that afternoon, but it wasn’t to be.
By Carole Gorney
 
CLASSROOM
Charter Art’s holiday ice show
The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts (Charter Arts) Figure Skating Department, under the direction of Artistic Director of Figure Skating, Thom Mullins, performed a special holiday show in December at the Steel Ice Center. The “Charles Brown - Home for the Holidays Ice Show” had quite an audience and showed the abilities of these young skaters. This family-friendly show featured a grown-up Charlie Brown who is living in New York City but longs for a hometown holiday. The show featured over a dozen Charter Arts figure skating students during the hour or so show. Photo: Eve Greene skates to “It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas.”
By Ruth Grady
 
BETHLEHEM SPORTS
Hawks take EPC wrestling title
Nazareth gave Bethlehem Catholic a scare Saturday night in the East Penn Conference wrestling championship, but the Golden Hawks proved to be too strong. The Hawks used falls from Jody Crouse (220) and Niko Camacho (HWT) to steal momentum and pull away for a 40-20 victory at Easton Area Middle School.
By Peter Car
 
LV FOCUS
White Russian
 “Swan Lake” is regarded as one of the greatest ballets of all time. The internationally-renowned State Ballet Theatre of Russia performs “Swan Lake,” a magnificent classic ballet in a grand, full-scale production in four acts, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.
By Camille Capriglione
 
OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Homeowners solar panel plan rejected
Bethlehem: Palette Club marks 50th anniversary
Bethlehem: Businesses could pocket $18.2M under school tax elimination
Valentine’d Day: Survey says … What gifts women, men want
 
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017


January 25, 2017

COVER STORY

‘All about overall love’

About 75 marchers braved the wintry weather Jan. 16 and proceeded to Martin Luther King Park on Carlton Avenue in South Bethlehem for a ceremony marking the national holiday honoring Dr. King. Bethlehem’s  Martin Luther King Civil Rights Movement March originated in 1969, a year after the civil rights leader’s death. March founder and Bethlehem native John Baker continues to walk in the annual event at the age of 73. Another civil rights-minded Bethlehem native and Liberty HS graduate, Frankie West, is the event’s current coordinator and has been a longtime participant. Photo: Dr. Martin Luther King Civil Rights Movement March proceeds along Broadway in South Bethlehem, led by John Baker, event founder, Jasius Allen of Clearview ES, Samad Thorne and march coordinator Frankie West. The Liberty HS Grenadier Band color guard marches in the background.

By Tim Gilman

 

PEOPLE

Eagle project benefits city park

Visitors to Bethlehem’s Monocacy Park will benefit from the hard work of Eagle Scout Nicholas LaRoza, who has completed an information kiosk at the head of the Monocacy Pathway where it meets the parking lot along Illick’s Mill Road. LaRoza, a junior at Northampton HS, is a member of Bethlehem based Troop 318 and resides in East Allen Township with his parents, Steve and Dawn LaRoza. Photo: Joined by City of Bethlehem recreation administrator Jane Persa and his parents, Steve and Dawn, Nicholas LaRoza pins the first information notice into the Monocacy Park kiosk he constructed as his Eagle Scout project.

By Dana Grubb

 

CHAMBER LUNCHEON

Roy shares good news, but worrisome future

Following an introduction by Bethlehem Area School District solicitor Donald Spry, newly named Pa. Superintendent of the Year Dr. Joseph Roy embodied the responsibilities of his station Jan. 19 by specifying, “I should clarify: That was covered by the retainer and not additional billable hours.” Photo: Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy lays out the district’s initiative priorities for the near future.

By Nate Jastrzemski

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Bethlehem Catholic sputters at Who’s #1

Jeff Karam couldn’t remember the last time Bethlehem Catholic’s wrestling program lost two dual meets in one day, but that’s how Sunday afternoon unfolded for the Hawks at FloWrestling’s Who’s #1 Duals at Easton Area Middle School, as Becahi dropped their final two dual meets of the national showcase. The Hawks entered the day ranked 7th in the country by Intermat, but left with a fourth-place finish following a 36-21 defeat to Malvern Prep (ranked 8th) in the consolation round. Becahi lost their final bout of pool action when Florida’s Lake Highland Prep (ranked 4th) scored a 39-26 win earlier in the afternoon to keep the Hawks from advancing to the final against Blair Academy.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Old Vienna

Many people have watched the famous Vienna Philharmonic over the years performing their New Year’s Eve program, or the violinist Andre Rieu and his orchestra, with his elaborate Viennese inspired concerts. Programs of Viennese music featuring composers from Vienna, Austria, have become very popular and are often enhanced by a chorus, or dancers and a variety of soloists. Since the February concerts of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and 3 p.m. Feb. 12, occur very close to Valentine’s Day, I wanted to offer a very special program for listeners that features some of this popular Viennese music, hence, “Viennese Nights.” It is a wonderful way to celebrate and enjoy a program of beautiful music with someone you love.

By Diane Wittry

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Council renames city departments

Bethlehem: Habitat dedicates Garrison St. home

Bethlehem: School dostroct face $12,5M deficit

Holiday: Southside library hosts holiday party

Holiday: Seasonal smile for LVHN patients

Holiday: Fountain Hill welcome holiday season

Holiday: Telling the Christmas story at Edgeboro Moravian Church

Lehigh County: Nothstein new board chair

Northampton County: Brown says county cooperating with Packer investigation

Northampton County: Gracedale shows first profilt since 2007

Valley: PPL Corporation donate $10,00 to Rec Corss of LV-Berks

Valley: PASR celebrates 50 years, installs new officers

 

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