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Friday, June 22, 2018


June 20, 2018

COVER STORY

Celebrating Portuguese culture

The Portuguese community of Bethlehem hosted the annual “Dia de Portugal,” Portuguese Heritage Day, the weekend of June 8 and 9. Featuring a colorful parade of participants who marched from city hall, the event attracted an overflow crowd to the hall and yard of Holy Infancy Church on the Southside. A highlight of this year’s festival was the presence of three groups of dancers and musicians from different parts of Portugal. Photo: Dancers from the Al Garve region of southern Portugal twirl in a dance traditional to their part of the country.

By Dorothy and Dennis Glew

 

SOUTH BETHLEHEM

Community wellness center opens

Following three years of work and $2 million in fundraising, a broad partnership of various city and Southside organizations finally celebrated the opening of a new Community Wellness Center on East Fourth Street. “This is a vision for a renaissance in the Southside,” said Hispanic Center board President Donna Taggart, who listed St. Luke’s University Hospital, Pinebrook Family Solutions, Lehigh University, the Fowler Foundation and the city’s Health Department as but a sample of the cooperative effort in play. Photo: The Center’s side entrance off Fourth Street.

By Nate Jastrzemski

 

GRADUATION: SAUCON VALLEY HS

‘It’s good to be alive’

There was no time like the present for 184 proud seniors at Saucon Valley HS June 8, when the class of 2018 took the auditorium stage for one final exercise – commencement.  The graduates’ chosen faculty presenter, Gerald Demko, encouraged them to relish their commencement in accordance with the students’ chosen theme for the ceremony, “In the Moment.” “After all your hard work, take a deep breath and relax. You made it,” Demko joyfully relayed to the graduates. Photo: Saucon Valley’s Class of 2018 stands on stage at the beginning on the commencement ceremony. The class consisted of 190 students, with 39 of whom receiving student awards.

By Liz Kemmerer and Mark Kirlin

 

GRADUATION: LV CHRISTIAN HS

‘Life is not all about you’

With the world going one way, the Lehigh Valley Christian HS’s class of 2018 was told to go another. “Our culture is mostly focused on promoting ourselves,” Royce Seifert, a teacher at the institution, told graduates during the school’s 30th year commencement June 9 at Calvary Temple Church in South Whitehall Township. “Even on this day of accomplishment, life is not about you,” he said. Rather the 15 graduates were told ultimately their lives should center around God’s vision and not theirs. Photo: “We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, but mostly we’ve grown,” said salutatorian Emily Mikhaiel during Lehigh Valley Christian HS’s 2018 Commencement held June 9 at Calvary Temple Church in South Whitehall Township.

By Stephen Althouse

 

GRADUATION: LV CHARTER HS FOR THE ARTS

‘A rose to be cherished’

With decorated caps and broad smiles, the 149 members of the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts class of 2018 marched down the aisles of Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown and up to their seats on the stage. The June 11 ceremony celebrated the largest graduating class in Charter Arts’ history. “You now have the joy of seeing your kids graduate from what U.S. News & World Report has proclaimed the best school in the Lehigh Valley,” Board of Trustees President Mario Acerra told parents in the audience, “But you guys already know that, because you have experienced it firsthand.” Photo: After commencement these Charter Arts graduates happily show off some of their diplomas. Each graduate also received a rose.

By Katya Hrichak and Dana Grubb

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Hawks fall in state final

Punxsatawney pitcher Kylee Lingenfelter was able to keep Bethlehem Catholic’s batters off balance just enough for the Chucks to defeat the Hawks, 2-0, in the PIAA State Class 4A Softball final last Friday at Penn State. Kylee Lingenfelter, who will attend Penn State this fall, had 15 strikeouts. “She was everything we heard she was,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza. “Penn State doesn’t offer a full scholarship as a pitcher if she’s not pretty good.” The Chucks scored both of their runs in the third inning, one on an RBI double by Lingenfelter and one on an RBI single by Madison Stonbraker.

By Katie McDonald

 

LV FOCUS

Dancing in the seats

Maybe you saw the movie “Dirty Dancing” with your friends when it opened in theaters in 1987, or maybe you became a fan when you saw it on television one night. However you came to love “Dirty Dancing,” and you know who you are, there’s no denying the power of the iconic love story and the hold it has on fans’ hearts. “Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage,” with all of the music, romance and dancing of the movie, plus more, stops during its 30th anniversary North American Tour, 7:30 p.m. June 21 and 22, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

By Dawn Ouellette

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: School board reluctantly approves charter

Bethlehem: City resident gets AARP recognition

Bethlehem: Tourney honors Dave DiGiacinto’s memory

Bethlehem Township: Sports field potty No. 1 issue

Bethlehem Township: Residents favor access to library

Lehigh County: Consultant contract amended despite public contention

Lehigh Valley: Cancer Support Community offers education, support

Lehigh Valley: Volunteers charge picket fences at Gettysbug

South Bethlehem: Stepping outdoors at SteelStacks

 

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018


June 13, 2018

COVER STORY
A Flag Day story
Beth Masiado has always taken pride in the American flag and shown the utmost respect for those who work to protect it and everything it stands for. In both times of well-being and times of tragedy, the American flag has held great significance for her. A few years ago, she joined the organization Stars for Our Troops before branching off to found her own organization, Stars for Our Heroes. Both organizations are devoted to recognizing the men and women who serve this country, but while Stars for Our Troops explicitly recognizes veterans and members of the armed forces, Masiado’s Stars for Our Heroes is all-encompassing. Photo: One day while walking past Girl on the Hill Framing in Bethlehem, Beth Masiado had an idea. After speaking with framer Dawn Moser, the two worked together to create a shadowbox.

By Katya Hrichak  Photos by Ryan Hulvat

 

GRADUATION: FREEDON HS

‘A hero is in all of you’

Amid an ecstatic throng of thousands, years of grueling work now behind them, Freedom HS’s graduated seniors were nonetheless unable to focus squarely on the vacations, vocations, friendships and adventures to come. For the past is prologue, and the June 6 commencement at Stabler Arena was themed, “Reflections in the Mirror,” and it was marked by reminders of all they’d leaned thus far, the people who helped them, and how their experiences can inform successes to come. Photo: A Freedom graduate waves to her family in the stands at Stabler Athletic and Convocation Center during the processional at the June 6 graduation ceremony. She is one of 451 who took home diplomas that evening.

By Nate Jastrzemski    Photos by Ed Courrier

 

GRADUATION: BETHLEHEM CATHOLIC HS

‘Memories are yours forver’

The 188 members of Bethlehem Catholic HS’s class of 2018, dressed in their brown caps and gowns, proceeded into the high school’s filled-to-capacity auditorium the evening of June 6, eagerly awaiting the moment they would become high school graduates. Following the procession of the graduates to the familiar tune of Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” the ceremony began with an invocation given by school chaplain, the Reverend Kevin Bobbin, in which he prayed that God would stay close to the graduates and prepare them for what lies ahead. Photo: Following a commencement tradition, Bethlehem Catholic graduates move the tassels on their caps in unison from left side to right. They then descended the auditorium to the gymnasium, where they threw their caps in the air in celebration after removing their individual tassels.

By Katya Hrichak      Photos by Lori Patrick

 

GRADUATION: LIBERTY HS

‘Hit opportunities head on’

“Go big,” he said, and it was certainly keeping with the evening’s theme. Liberty HS lives up to that advice, and School Board President Michael Faccinetto knew it. From the giant crowd filling Stabler Arena to the brim, to the opening trumpet fanfare, to the night-long pageantry, no other local school hosts a commencement like Liberty. The class of 2018 was given the send-off it deserves June 7, with a special guest, multiple award recognitions, and musical interludes by the chorus and world-famous band and bagpipers. Photo: This group of Liberty ladies graduating was ready to celebrate prior to their Class of 2018 commencement.
By Nate Jastrzemski      Photos by Dana Grubb

 

CLASSROOM: NCC

Mystery cooking competition

Eight culinary students competed May 18 in the annual mystery basket cooking competition at Northampton Community College’s Hampton Winds Restaurant for a chance to win a scholarship to attend a weeklong externship at one of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans restaurants.

Six judges evaluated the contestants in seven categories: texture/doneness, taste/balance of flavors, proper cooking techniques, plating, sanitation/organization, overall technique/ portion size, and creativity with using the mystery basket ingredients. Photo: Luke Guensch contemplates how to prepare his chicken. Ultimately, it became the appetizer, served with a vegetable puree. Guensch also served a broccoli salad with grilled striped bass as the main course.

By Joanna Ireland

 

CLASSROOM: BASD

Academic signing Day

The top 10 academic scholars from both Freedom and Liberty high schools were recognized at the fifth annual academic signing ceremony June 5, which was held in the Bethlehem Area School District’s Education Center. Students in attendance and their parents heard words of appreciation and encouragement from both Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy and Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jack Silva, and received some advice from Dr. Robert Flowers, provost of faculty affairs at Lehigh University, who related some of his own experiences when he headed off to college. Photo: The academic scholars from Freedom and Liberty high schools are all smiles after signing their letters of commitment and then facing the cameras of their parents, who were also in attendance.

By Dana Grubb

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Carpenter Cup team opens this week

The Lehigh Valley’s 2018 Carpenter Cup baseball team was announced last week as the squad looks to prepare for this year’s edition in Philadelphia. This will be the 26th year of the franchise, as they look to buck a recent trend of being ousted from the first round in two of the last three years. Freedom sophomore outfielder Nick Stannard is the lone Bethlehem player on the list, as the team is led by 10 players from Parkland and Emmaus. LV will open up the tournament on Thursday at Philadelphia’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Park against Suburban One National/Bicentennial at 12:30 p.m. The next round of action will take place next Monday, before the semifinals and finals move to Citizens Bank Park next Friday and Saturday.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

LV Summer Theatre – Part 2

Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) promises spectacle with a big, splashy family show, a stage-filling classic Frank Loesser musical, and the high-flying acrobatics of a modern circus. “It’s going to be a very happy summer,” says MSMT artistic director Charles Richter. “There will be lots of premiere-performing.” The 38th season kicks off with Disney’s Broadway musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” June 14 to July 1. The production will feature lavish scenic design, spectacular special effects, and “a touch of Disney magic,” says Richter. “We’ve been trying to get the rights for years,” Richter says of “Beauty and the Beast.”

By Kathy Lauer-Williams

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Marijuana one step closer to being legal

Bethlehem: 50-unit apartment complex proposed

Bethlehem: EMT Week event notes service, professionalism

Fountain Hill: Jeter Ave. work will move to phase 2

Lehigh Valley: Police seek assault victims

Lehigh Valley: Tourism by the numbers

Saucon Valley: Board approves new math program

 

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018


June 6, 2018

COVER STORY

‘The ultimate sacrifice’

Despite the uncertainty of an overcast morning, Bethlehem’s Memorial Day parade and remembrance service in Memorial Park Cemetery returned outdoors to honor those who paid for freedom and liberty with their lives. United Veterans of Bethlehem president Ken Nichol conducted the service which featured patriotic messages from Mayor Bob Donchez, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure and Pennsylvania state Representative Steve Samuelson. Photo: Signaling a wish for eternal peace, doves were released during the Memorial Day service. They were provided by Heaven’s Doves.

By Dana Grubb

 

GRADUATION-LV ACADEMY

‘Show them who you are’

What does it mean to be a high school graduate?” Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter HS (LVA) CEO Susan Mauser asked members of the class of 2018 as they sat in the Zoellner Arts Center auditorium May 29, eagerly awaiting their diplomas. “What does this piece of paper that they will be receiving this evening stand for?” The Profile of a Lehigh Valley Academy Graduate document states that a LVA graduate must be a critical and creative thinker with knowledge spanning a variety of disciplines, a lifelong learner capable of pursuing goals and contributing to a diverse society and a caring, reflective, open-minded and accepting individual. According to Mauser, each of the 71 graduates of the class of 2018 met those standards. Photo: Lehigh Valley Academy graduates decorated their mortar board caps in anticipation for the graduation ceremony.

By Katya Hrichak and Douglas Graves

 

GRADUATION – NOTRE DAME HS

‘Like a real Crusader’

Notre Dame of Green Pond HS graduated 132 seniors June 2 during its 61st commencement exercise. Though a school of faith, the threat of rain forced about 600 people inside. It is also a school of reason. Inside a hot gym, it was standing room only. Salutatorian Kristina Guth advised her classmates that “even if you procrastinate, put your faith in God. After all, I finished second in my class,” she joked. Valedictorian Erika Antunes added that the “voice of God is always speaking,” but we all could do a better job of listening. Guth will attend Salisbury University , while Antunes is headed to Elizabethtown College. Photo: The graduating ceremony was packed with graduates, family and friends inside Notre Dame’s gym.  The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place outside, however a decision was made to move it indoors due to the threat of bad weather.

By Bernie O’Hare and Mark Kirlin

 

GRADUATION – MORAVIAN ACADEMY

‘To inlay heaven with stars’

Two by two, the eighty smiling graduates of the Moravian Academy class of 2018 proceeded through the crowded athletic center and towards their future. The boys each wore a full suit with a red rose boutonniere, and the girls were breathtaking in all white, each carrying a single red rose. After the students entered, the faculty and trustees followed wearing the academic regalia of their respective alma mater, their graduation hoods forming a rainbow of color behind the graduates. Following the rich religious tradition of the school, the ceremony began with Reverend Jennifer Nichols offering praise not only God, but to the students, parents, faculty, and staff that made the event possible. She then welcomed class co-presidents Brandon Loftus and Jonathan Riker to the stage to address their fellow class members. Loftus began by speaking about the notion that in your senior year, time truly flies. But for Loftus, life during high school stood still as he fought a battle with leukemia. Photo: lassmates Nikolas Boylan of Hellertown and Charlotte Bloys of Bethlehem lead the Moravian Academy graduation processional into the Athletics and Wellness Center gymnasium for the June 2 event. The commencement program at the Merle-Smith Campus in Bethlehem was moved indoors after weather reports for possible thunderstorms in the Lehigh Valley caused concern.

By Heather Nigrone and Tim Gilman

 

THE 2018 FREDDYS

Celebrating the theatre arts

Student thespians from area high schools brought their collective talent to the State Theatre stage for the 2018 Freddy Awards. High school musical productions from the Lehigh Valley dominated the May 24 event, including wins for Freedom, Liberty, Saucon Valley, and Moravian Academy. Adult thespian Jennifer Wescoe was honored that evening for her dedication to her students in the theater arts at Freedom HS. Photo: Student cast members, selected from all participating schools, including Bethlehem Catholic and Notre Dame, join together for “River Deep, Mountain High” from the musical “Leader of the Pack” during the evening’s finale.

By Ed Courrier

 

PEOPLE

The Class of 1948 gathers

About 35 graduates of the Liberty HS class of 1948 and their guests celebrated their 70th graduation reunion May 5 at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel and Conference Center in Hanover Township. Class emcee Jerry Yob said that only about 224 classmates remain out of the over 600 graduates of the combined Liberty and Bethlehem Vocational Technical Class, whose graduation commencement was held at Lehigh University’s Grace Hall. Photo: Twenty-three graduates in attendance gathered for a group photograph.

By Dana Grubb

 

TPA ALTRUSIM AWARDS

‘Be the best version of yourself’

The Travelers Protection Association Altruism Award presented April 12 by TPA Post L at the Northampton Community Center honors students who have displayed a selfless concern for the well-being of others. Bethlehem area students recognized were Bethlehem Catholic senior Chad Sodl, Liberty HS senior Brooke Zigmund, Notre Dame senior Michael Santos, and Freedom  senior Sean Boyer. Photo: The 2018 high school recipients of the Travelers Protective Association of America’s Altruism Awards gather together for a group photo at the banquet  April 12 at the Northampton Community Center. The award honors students who have displayed a selfless concern for the well-being of others.

By Step Raphun

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Freedom takes D-11 baseball title

It’s been a long time coming, and it wasn’t easy. The Freedom baseball team scored two runs in the top of the second inning, and used a strong pitching performance from seldom used in 2018 Tim Healy, to take down top-seed Parkland 2-1 last Wednesday evening in the District 11 6A championship game at Lehigh University’s J. David Walker Field.

By cj hemerly

 

Becahi takes D-11 softball title

Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team became District XI Class 4A champions with an 8-2 victory over Bangor last Tuesday at Parkland High School.  “Amazing. Amazing. I love this team,” said winning pitcher Tatum Kresley. “I can’t wait for states.” The Hawks led 6-0 after four innings, but Bangor’s Morgan Karasek and Jenna Learn had back-to-back triples to start the fifth.

By Katie McDonald

 

LV FOCUS

Lehigh Valley summer theatre

It’s one of only seven places in North America, where you can see three of Shakespeare’s plays at one event. The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) 27th summer season at Desales University in Center Valley is poised to attract patrons from across the globe with its professionally-produced Shakespeare and so much more. This year, in addition to three Shakespeare plays (the popular “Twelfth Night,” the history play “King Richard II,” and the bittersweet comedy “All’s Well That Ends Well”), PSF is presenting a contemporary play about Shakespeare, as well the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Ragtime” and two children’s shows.

By Kathy Lauer-Williams

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem Area SD: District lauds students, teachers

Bethlehem: Ordinance prohibits conversion therapy in the city

Lehigh County: Authority orders rate increase for Allentown

Hellertown: Council considers recycling options

Fountain Hillo: 29 graduate St. Luke’s program

State: Local educators pan voucher vote

 

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018


May 30, 2018

COVER STORY

‘Hard to put into words’


The Bethlehem Garden Club, in partnership with the City of Bethlehem, recently held a Blue Star Memorial highway marker dedication, unveiling a marker installed in the city’s Rose Garden. The initiative began with a bequest to the Garden Club from the estate of Marion Clewell nearly six years before, according to project chair Liz Lorenz.  Placing Blue Star Memorial highway markers across the nation is an initiative of the National Garden Club. Begun originally to honor World War II veterans, the mission has been expanded to include all who have served, are serving or would serve in the United States military. Photo:

Bethlehem Garden Club president Wendy Webber Welsh and past President Liz Lorenz unveil the marker at the intersection of West Union Boulevard and Eighth Avenue. Behind them is Lt. Col. John McGeehan (Ret.) of the U.S. Army Special Forces, who accepted the Blue Star Marker as an armed forces veteran.

By Dana Grubb

 

LEHIGH VALLEY

Former congressman joins CNN

Former U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent has joined CNN as a political commentator. His first appearance as a CNN political commentator was on Erin Burnett OutFront May 21.Dent emailed The Press May 22 stating he is not a CNN employee, but his arrangement with CNN is exclusive. He also said he will continue to reside in Allentown. Above: Another View cartoon by Ed Courrier.

By Deb Galbraith

 

COMMUNITY

Celebrating reading in the sun

Sunny weather and blue skies greeted the 12th annual Cops ‘n’ Kids Celebration of Reading…and the Arts and Sciences, held in the parking lot of Northampton Community College’s Southside campus April 28. The lot was filled with tents and tables staffed with volunteers from 95 community groups, showcasing activities from various disciplines for kids to explore. Indoor venues hosted performances by a total of 639 students, storytelling and cooking demonstrations. “[This event is] so important because the kids get exposed to literature, the sciences, drama and the theater and all of the arts, so with the performances and the big bands coming in, they see what their future has in store for them,” said Susan Stachowski, a Cops ‘n’ Kids volunteer of five years and an employee of Sands Bethlehem. Photo: Volunteers invite kids to join them in parachute-related activities.

By Katya Hrichak

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Hawks set to play for District 11 title

Bethlehem Catholic won its berth in the District XI Class 4A softball final by defeating Blue Mountain, 11-1, last Thursday at Pates Park in Allentown. “We just had to make sure that we did all the fundamentals to get the job done, and that’s pretty much it,” said Becahi outfielder Alexa Panuccio. “We just kept the same mindset during the game, never let up, always pushed our hardest, and that’s why the score was how it was.” The Hawks got through their entire line up in the first inning, started off by Jess Indelicato who reached first base on an error and then stole second. Alyssa Jiminez also reached first on an error, which gave Indelicato the opportunity to score Becahi’s first run.

By Katie McDonald

 

LV FOCUS

An enchanted story

The comedy and misadventures written by Shakespeare, and some of Grimm’s beloved fairytale characters, will appear in the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s presentation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Enchanted Woods,” 7 p.m. June 1, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem. Produced by Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley Artistic Director Karen Kroninger Knerr, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with score by Felix Mendelssohn, is based on the 1595 Shakespearean comedy about the romantic adventures, quarrels, and eventual reunion of two couples.

By Camille Capriglione

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem Area SD: Students celebrate Steel legacies

Bethlehem: City brings home Silver

Bethlehem: Authority’s wind turbine fight continues

Bethlehem: Another successful book sale

Bethlehem: 111th Bach Festival

Lehigh & Northampton counties: Unofficial election results

Lehigh County: County recognizes senior volunteers

Lehigh County; Businesses participate in senior expo

Northampton County: Koury unanimous choice as president judge

Northampton County: County to require apprentice programs

South Bethlehem: Pittsburgh artist brings 2,000 lb. sculture to ArtsQuest

South Bethlehem: Poverty simulation program

 

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