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Tuesday, February 20, 2018


February 21, 2018

COVER STORY

Every guest a queen. King at Night to Shine


It surely was a Night to Shine during the Tim Tebow Foundation annual prom held Feb. 9 in churches around the world for persons with special needs. The Lehigh Valley host church was Riverbend Community Church on Roble Road in Allentown. Pastor Joe Velarde was the master of ceremonies. This year, 700 churches hosted the event. Emotions of pure joy were apparent the entire evening among the guests, from the moment they entered onto the red carpet before cheering observers. Caregivers, volunteers, businesses offering their services for free, such as several photographers acting as paparazzi and photo booth set-ups. DJs played music that kept the guests running to the dance floor. Make-up and hair styling services were set up, even a shoe shine station. Photo: A highlight of the Tim Tebow Foundation proms is the crowning of the king and queen. The beauty of Night to Shine’s concept is every guest receives a crown and feels like royalty.


By Lori Patrick

 

ED’S WORLD

Graphic commentary by Ed Courrier

 

FLORIDA SHOOTING

Pleasant Valley mourns graduate’s death

Pleasant Valley School District, Monroe County, is mourning the loss of one of its own. Chris Hixon, a 1986 graduate and athlete at the Brodheadsville school, was among those killed in the shootings last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland, Fla. Hixon was the athletic director at the school. News sources close to Parkland say Hixon was one of the first to be identified after a former student entered the school brandishing an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and numerous magazines.

By Judy Dolgos-Kramer

 

LEHIGH VALLEY

PCFLV strikes gold at Hearts gala

The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) raised more than $100,000 at its Hearts of Gold Gala recently. The swanky fundraising event was hosted at the Iron Lakes Country Club in Allentown. Guests in tuxedos and evening gowns enjoyed cocktails, dinner, a wine pull, and a live auction of children’s artwork conducted by auctioneer Jason Douglas Houser. Other items up for bid included an oil painting of SteelStacks by Banana Factory artist Lauren Kuhn, glassware centerpieces donated by Warner Art Glass Center, as well as gift baskets from Crayola Adventure and others. A mixed media work, “Be YOU Tiful,” by young brain cancer warrior Jillian Sayre fetched $5,000, the highest bid for any of the artwork. Ashley Russo emceed the affair. Russo is the Emmy Award-winning executive and president of ASR Media. Photo: Andrew and Abbe Abrams, Sarah Miller, Kris Buss and Emma Rawlins staff the check-in table.

By Ed Courrier

 



LEHIGH VALLEY

50th anniversary ‘sparks’ new project

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation recdently celebrated its 50th anniversary as a public charity. Wanting to commemorate the past 50 years in a special way, the foundation created the “Be the Spark” grant-making project. Its success was observed by the community during a 50th anniversary Capstone Event Jan. 24 in the Fowler Blast Furnace Room at the ArtsQuest Center. Photo:  50th Anniversary Vision in Philanthropy Award winner Luther J. Hottle, Jr. (center) with Lehigh Valley Community Foundation grant recipients Erik Ruth from the Kellyn Foundation (left) and Diane Elliott from New Bethany Ministries (right).

By Allison Poczak

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

This time, Becahi boys come out on top

It was Round 2 for Bethlehem Catholic with their date in the East Penn Conference championship and the Hawks made sure they didn’t go through the same emotions they endured a year ago when Allen thumped them 84-62 in the league championship. Instead, a Holy War battle against Central Catholic Friday night at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium came down to the buzzer as Central point guard Jay Vaughan’s three-point attempt to push the game to overtime smacked off the rim, preserving a 47-44 victory.

By Peter Car

 

Becahi girls claim back-to-back league title

It was just one of those shots, the kind that would change everything one way or another, and it did for Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team when Taliyah Medina hit a three pointer with 40 seconds left in a one-point game with Allentown Central Catholic last Friday night at Liberty High School.“My teammates were telling me my dad [coach Jose Medina] said pull it out, but you know, the adrenaline and momentum of the game, you don’t hear anything sometimes, so if I would have missed that, oh, I would have been dead. So when I made that, all I could do was just pump my fist. He was yelling, everybody on the bench jumped up. It was absolutely amazing,” Taliyah Medina said. Forty seconds later, the Hawks were crowned East Penn Conference champions with a 40-37 victory over the Vikettes.

By Katie McDonald

 

LV FOCUS

Moving ‘Pictures’

Art inspiring music, inspiring more music, which inspired more art.  Sounds like a tongue-twister, or a lesson in cause and effect. It all started in 1874 with a gallery exhibition of the drawings and paintings of Victor Hartman, an artist and architect who was a good friend of the Russian composer, Modest Mussorgsky. Victor Hartman had recently died, and Mussorgsky, looking for a way to honor the memory of his friend and his work, decided to try to capture the essence of some of his paintings and sketches in music. He wrote a piece for solo piano with 10 sections, each focusing on one of the pieces of Hartman’s art in the exhibition. Years later in 1922, Maurice Ravel decided to “colorize” the original version for piano by orchestrating it to be played by a full symphonic orchestra with all the different instruments. Over the years, more than 90 composers have written orchestrations and versions based upon the music of the original “Pictures at an Exhibition” for piano.

By Diane Wittry

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem APL: Remembering The Beatles

Bethlehem Area SD: ‘NCC still creamof the crop’

Bethlehem Area SD: Planning begins for summer

Bethlehem: Rotunda exhibit opens March 7

Hellertown: Council revisits junker ordinance

School: BAVTS students first in LV competition

School: Students showcase skills in District competition

Lehigh Valley: United Way grant helps combat human trafficking

 

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018


February 14. 2018

COVER STORY

March for Life

“Love Saves Lives” was the theme of the 45th annual March for Life Jan. 19 – a theme that emphasized the work of volunteers nationwide who help women and children in need. Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, said in November 2017 when the theme was unveiled that when children are adopted from foster care, love saves a life. When people volunteer to help support a woman who is facing an unplanned pregnancy, love saves lives. And when people, mainly volunteers, work in crisis pregnancy centers to help women seeking help and support for another option instead of abortion, this is love saving lives. Photo: Members of St. Stephen of Hungary Church were among thousands of pro-life supporters at the 45th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

By Kristine Porter

 

HELLERTOWN

Coffee with a Cop

Christ Lutheran Church in Hellertown hosted “Coffee With A Cop” Jan. 22  The occasion is the start of a community outreach program designed to allow members of the public to meet and interact with the Hellertown Police Department. On hand was Mayor David Heintzelman, Chief of Police Robert Shupp, Pastor Phil Spohn of Christ Lutheran Church, as well as other members of the Hellertown Police. According to Heintzelman, this was a chance to “engage the community” and allow “everyone to understand what the police force means to our town.”  The plan is to continue the meet and greets every three months. Christ Lutheran Church is located at 69 Main St., Hellertown. Photo: Hellertown Chief of Police Robert Shupp meets kids from the Christ Lutheran Children’s Learning Center.

By Mark Kirlin

 

ED’S WORLD

Graphic commentary by award-winning artist Ed Courrier

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Hawks back on top

Chalk up another state championship for Bethlehem Catholic. The Golden Hawks came away from Hershey with their sixth PIAA wrestling title (four in 2A, two in 3A) over the weekend following a 38-22 victory over Kiski Area Saturday afternoon at the Giant Center in the 3A finals. Saturday’s achievement also marked the 300th career victory for head coach Jeff Karam, who relished the celebration of winning a state title with this year’s team. “This is the best,” said Karam. “This is the best because this isn’t the most talented team we’ve ever had here, but these guys have a lot of heart and coming into the season, a lot of people thought we were on the decline. That’s far from happening. This is a young team and our motto is to keep working. I love these kids and they deserve this.”

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Inspiring young people to sing

Stage and screen veteran Lynnie Godfrey is looking for a few good friends, young friends, to accompany her in a holiday concert. Godfrey is holding vocal auditions 1 - 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24, St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown, for kindergarten through fifth grade students in Allentown School District to perform with her in a December holiday concert at the church.The Broadway actress and lauded vocalist seeks to provide a community music education program that will culminate in a professional-caliber performance. In 2016, Godfrey presented a successful solo show at Miller Symphony Hall backed by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.

By Makenna Masenheimer

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem Authority: Board PennEast reach pipeline agreement

Bethlehem Authority: Penn Forest won’t appeal turbine decision

Bethlehem: Council approves street vacation

Bethlehem Area SD: District celebrates kindergarten literacy success

Bethlehem: Lirary hosts ‘Massive Music Sale’ Feb. 17

Saucon Valley: Board ponders tax increase options

South Bethlehem: Gerrymandering, hurricane resettlement SSTF topics

 

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018


February 7, 2018

COVER STORY

ArtsQuest’s Souper Bowl IX

Super Bowl IX attracted some 500 ticket holders to the Musikfest Cafe Jan. 27 to sample 29 soups from 19 local restaurants during a three-hour culinary event. The annual ArtsQuest fundraiser netted more than $20,000 for its Arts Education Fund. According to Julie Benjamin, vice president of Community Partnerships for ArtsQuest, the ninth annual Souper Bowl was a sellout. Photo: Ashley Sherman, an Aramark chef, and assistant Christina Mejlas, left, serve soup samples to Bob Nolter of Catasauqua. Nolter said he’s a regular at Souper Bowl, this being his seventh year. Aramark is a South Bethlehem catering company with ArtsQuest as a major client.

By Tim Gilman

 

LEHIGH VALLEY 

Learning about collective impact

The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, the Rider-Pool Foundation and Penn State Lehigh Valley came together to offer community members a session on collective impact Jan. 18. The session, which was part of a larger three-day event, educated attendees about practices that can help address societal issues. Photo: Particpants in the recent United Way coomunity problem solving workshop included community leaders, professionals and elected officials.

By Katya Hrichak

 

C
OMMUNITY

Minsi Council honors veteran scouters

Minsi Trails Council Boy Scouts of America held its special recognition dinner and annual business meeting at East Hills Moravian Church Jan. 26. The evening consisted of distinguished awards handed out to individuals who exemplified scouting traits through their character and actions. Some of the highlights included the Alumnus of the Year Award, Outstanding Eagle Scout Awards and Silver Beaver Awards. Robert K. Smith of Emmaus received the Alumnus of the Year Award.  Smith is a coffee maker, Arrowman and Head Commissioner of the Trexler Scout Reservation. Photo: Seated are this year’s Silver Beaver Award Winners. From left to right are: Chadd B. Gray, T. Sten Oswald, Ryan N. Possinger, Richard A. Silvius, Tamie H. Swain, David B. Wandersee, Kelli F. Webb.

By Mark Kirlin

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Hawks handle Nazareth in D11 3A final

To say that revenge wasn’t on the mind of Bethlehem Catholic wrestlers heading into last weekend’s District 11 3A finals would be an understatement.The Hawks were out to take back the district crown that has reigned in their trophy case for much of the duration of their stay in the 3A bracket following last year’s defeat to Nazareth. Last Saturday at Freedom, Becahi took back their crown in a dominating 43-12 victory. The Hawks won 12 of 14 bouts and controlled the match from the start with Kenny Herrmann’s 4-3 win over Sean Pierson at 126.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

‘Getting Grace’ film premiere

The Lehigh Valley is “Getting Grace.” “Getting Grace,” written, directed and produced by and starring Bethlehem native Daniel Roebuck, will have its Lehigh Valley debut March 3 at three venues in a benefit for several area nonprofits. Roebuck made the announcement at a Jan. 30 press conference, punctuated by his trademark Roebuckian wit, at Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Bethlehem, where he was joined by some of the film’s actors, producers and crew, as well as Lehigh Valley tourism and business officials.

By Paul Willistein

 

OTHER STORIES

State: Plan to shrink Pa. House advances

Bethlehem: Authority elects new officers, retains staff

Bethlehem: Mayor announces Monocacy plan

Bethlehem Area SD: Early Spanish learning finally a go

Bethlehem HHC: Commission discounts mansion plan

Hellertown: Progress made on Water St. bridge project

NorthamptonCounty; McClure’s cabinet quickly confirmed

Lehigh County: Hozza selected as director of administration

 

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Friday, February 2, 2018


January 31, 2018

COVER STORY: SICK STATE


LVHN handles flu surge

Large tents have been set up outside the emergency rooms at the Cedar Crest campus of Lehigh Valley Health Network, in Salisbury Township, and at the network’s Muhlenberg Campus, in Bethlehem, to handle the surge of patients visiting the hospitals with flu-rlated symptoms. “We set up a surge hospital outside the ER at our LVH-Cedar Crest site Jan. 15 due to high patient volume,” said LVHN spokesman Brian Downs. “The last time we had done that was in January, five years ago. Photo: A “surge” tent was erected Jan. 15 outside the emergency room at the Lehigh Valley-Cedar Crest campus to help handle the large number of patients visiting the hospital with flu-related symptoms.

By Jim Marsh

 

Flu widespread in Pa.

It looks like Pennsylvania is a little under the weather. According to the Department of Health, the state is experiencing widespread flu activity.  “According to the data posted on health.pa.gov, Pennsylvania’s current influenza activity code is “widespread,” meaning the outbreaks of influenza or increases in influenzalike illness and recent laboratory-confirmed influenza occurred in at least half of the regions of the state,” said Diane Lesher, BSN, RN, director of Emergency Services at St. Luke’s Gnaden Huetten and Palmerton campuses.

By Bryan Myszkowski

 

STATE

State supremes want new congressional districts now

For years, good government groups like the League of Women Voters have lobbied state legislators to end the gerrymandering that occurs every 10 years when state and Congressional districts are redrawn. This has been attacked as a rigged system by which our legislators pick the voters instead of the other way around. It provides incumbent protection, providing job security for legislators who toe the line with party leaders while punishing any who dare rebel. Editorial cartoon by Ed Courrier.

By Bernie O’Hare

 

BUSINESS

Christkindlmarkt marks successful season

Nearly 90,000 people enjoyed the holiday cheer and unique shopping experience at Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem during the event’s six-weekend run, Nov. 17-Dec. 23 at SteelStacks. The 2017 attendance of 88,923 was up 28 percent from the 69,439 who attended last year, and marked the third year in a row the holiday marketplace has set a new attendance record. Photo: Christkindlmarkt companions Katie Emmus, Emily Berlin and Erin Fagan look over products from Oil Creations by Gail in the retail tent. The young women live in Princeton, N.J., and came to the holiday market for their first time with Emily Berlin, a Bethlehem native.

Contributed article/Press photo by Tim Gilman

 

CLASSROOM

LV Charter Arts students present ‘Dance Soup’

The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts performed its annual “Dance Soup” concert to capacity audiences Jan. 26 and 27 in the Charter Arts performance auditorium. Featuring the choreography, costume design and lighting design of Charter Arts students, the two act performance involves over 80 students in 36 individual numbers. The conceptual designs began last summer according to artistic director of dance Kimberly Maniscalco morphing into auditions as part of the Charter Arts curriculum. Maniscalco said performances are the actual collegiate auditions for seniors. “Dance Soup” is directed by Jennifer Weaver and Peter Wrenn-Meleck was director of production and lighting design. Photo: Dancers fill the stage on the opening number in Act One, “As One,” which was choreographed and performed by Emme Ahn, Olivia Corsello, Bryelle Deemer, Christiana Lenzer, Morgan O’Donnell, Michayla Pannullo, Julia Ramirez, Emma Smith and Tara Vigiolto.

By Dana Grubb

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Hawks win 7th EPC crown

It was business as usual for Bethlehem Catholic, as the Golden Hawks won their seventh straight East Penn Conference championship over the weekend knocking off Nazareth 47-12 Saturday evening at Easton Area Middle School. The Hawks have owned the EPC since the inception of the conference, but Saturday’s victory is now the telltale caution of how winning a league title may not mean so much a week later when district duals roll around.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Funny ladies

Stand-up comedy is often a man’s world. Although female comedians have had greater representation on stages during this latest comedy boom, males still comprise most successful working stand-ups. The “Ladies of Laughter: Funny and Fabulous” aims to prove the naysayers wrong. The second installment of the series tour pays a visit to Miller Symphony Hall’s Rodale Community Room, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, in Allentown.

By Deb Boylan

 

OTHER STORIES

Lehigh County: Veto over-ridden; commissions demand electronic budget copy

Bethlehem: Donaher to run for state office

Bethlehem: Church and chapel tours begin Feb. 3

Bethlehem: Congregation moves to temporary home

Bethlehem Area SD: New program announced; honest financial reporting lauded

 

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