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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016


Sex trafficiking: Part 2

Fueled by pornography promoted on the Internet

We’ll call her “Tiffany.” She was from Philadelphia and she was angry with her dad, and just as many teenagers might do, she complained about him to her “friends” on Facebook.   Someone named “Gracie” responded, saying that the same thing had happened to her. The two began conversing online. Soon Gracie suggested that Tiffany might like to meet another friend – a man – which she did, only to find herself being trafficked in New Jersey. Tiffany managed to escape from bondage to tell her story, but many others aren’t so fortunate. Her story is true and all too common. Vulnerable teens, homeless women or addicts lured into prostitution by traffickers promising love or security or needed drugs.

By Carole Gorney



Poverty: A public conversation

It started with a question about why poverty has been a forgotten issue in politics, and ended with a determination that the public needs to become educators on the issue, make government officials accountable, and keep the discussion going. Photo: Audience member Susan McNamara, a retired Bethlehem resident, spoke up during the meeting, saying people deny the problem because they don’t want to experience others’ pain.

By Carole Gorney



Gemeinhaus marks 275th

The 275th Community Celebration of Bethlehem featured the anniversary of the 1741 Gemeinhaus in downtown Bethlehem on Church Street. The anniversary took place Sept. 17 and 18 with a variety of mostly free activities for children and adults. The oldest log-cabin in historic Bethlehem and the United States in continuous use is operated by Historic Bethlehem Museums. An afternoon birthday party featured cake each day. Twenty artisans showed their wares in the historic Sisters’ House near the Gemeinhaus on Church Street. The celebration also coincided with the ongoing 275th anniversary of Bethlehem. Photo: Musician Carol Yale of Bethlehem plays a viola on the back porch of the 1741 Gemeinhaus during an outdoor reception following the Zug lecture series.

By Tim Gilman



Everything was peachy at the fair

It took 12 judges more than an hour to taste all 22 entries and declare the winner in this year’s Fresh Peach Dessert Competition at the Great Allentown Fair. First the field was narrowed down to eight, followed by more tasting, then down to the final four.  Entries ranged from pies and cakes to tartlets and cheesecake, and were judged on taste and flavor (60 points), overall appearance and texture (20 points) and originality and creativity (20 points). Photo: Pastry doves adorns the top of the blue-ribbon-winning peach pie at this year’s Fresh Peach Dessert Competition. Entries were judged on flavor, but also on appearance and originality.

By Carole Gorney



Gerrymandering: The biggest election fix

Barry Kauffman, executive director of Common Cause Pa and a member of FairDistrictsPa. was the clean-up hitter at a recent gerrymandering forum before a full house at Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethlehem. And he hit it out of the park.

“We heard a lot from our candidates about elections being fixed,” Kauffman observed. “Well, they are right, but for all the wrong reasons. Redistricting abuse is probably the biggest problem, the biggest fix.”

By Bernie O’Hare



High & Mighty Band guests at Broughal

The Broughal MS band summer camp, led by director Adam Stoltz, had a noteworthy program Aug. 18 with a special performance by the High & Mighty Brass Band. The eight-piece party sound band from Brooklyn intermingled with the young musicians and their parents after their mini-concert in the South Bethlehem school auditorium. The brass band was in Bethlehem for a show that night at SteelStacks as part of the Levitt Pavilion’s summer concerts. Photo: Trombonist Jeremiah Rosado gets a mini-lesson from Kevin Moehringer, a trombone player with the High & Mighty Brass Band.

By Tim Gilman



Becahi soars past Liberty

Just before the first half was about to end, Liberty was on the verge of putting together a drive that would tie or give the Hurricanes a lead against rival Bethlehem Catholic. Instead, after first downs on that drive, the ’Canes punted the ball back over to the Golden Hawks. That turned out to be the game’s defining moment.

By Todd Kress


Parkland blanks Freedom

If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s what the Freedom football team’s offense did Friday night against Parkland, but nothing they tried seemed to work as they fell to the Trojans 17-0.

Chuck Hixson


District playoff changes discussed

District 11 held a luncheon Thursday afternoon at the Moravian College-St. Luke’s Sports and Rehabilitation Center in Bethlehem to discus changes coming up this sports calendar year, in regards to postseason playoff berths, with the new PIAA classifications coming into effect this year.

By Peter Car



Explore musica in a new way with Branford Marsalis, ASO

As I was growing up,  everyone knew the names Wynton and Branford Marsalis. Trumpeter Wynton was winning Grammy Awards for his classical and jazz recordings. His brother, saxophonist Branford, was leader of the Tonight Show Band (1992-’95) on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Initially, they both surprised the music world with their ability to fluctuate between the genres of classical and jazz.

By Diane Wittry



South Bethlehem: Sands promote good hygiene

Bethlehem: Just born, workers at the table

Bethlehem Council: Residents speak first, police active

Bethlehem Area SD: LERTA talks continue

Northampton County: Is a new jail needed?

Hellertown: Yard waste collections begin

Lehigh County: Muller presents no taxincrease budget



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