October 5, 2016
'We can’t arrest ourselves out of the problem'
It’s an epidemic, and like Zika or Ebola, it respects no borders. Referred to as the “globalization of prostitution,” human sex trafficking (HST) is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. Its number one destination is the United States, and it has spread to our back yard with traffickers doing business throughout the Lehigh Valley. Detection, protection and prevention — the usual goals in health-related epidemics — face major challenges with HST because, as the World Vision humanitarian organization and other experts explain, it is a highly complex, multidimensional problem that involves social, economic, educational, health, political and criminological sectors of our society. It also requires a high degree of collaboration among those sectors.
By Carole Gorney
Celtic Classic brings highland spirit
The 29th annual Celtic Classic and Highland Games festival Sept. 23 - 25 in downtown Bethlehem attracted sizable crowds all days. Visitors with Irish, Scottish and Welsh family ties and interest came from the Lehigh Valley and beyond to find Celtic Highland games, Irish pipe bands, athleticism, entertainment, dancing, food, beverages, merchandise, and cultural ties. Photo: Freedom HS Patriot Marching Band member Josh Noel stands out i nthe parade by playing a gleaming green baritone saxophone. The brass musician said he borrowed the colorful instrument from a family friend for the Celtic Classic.
By Tim Gilman and Dorothy and Dennis Glew
Workers celebrate Labor Day
Steelworkers and Friends Labor Day Parade in Bethlehem is led by United Steelworkers local 2599 with president Jerry Green greeting parade watchers with a microphone. “We represent the working class of America,” he announced repeatedly as the parade proceeded along historic Main Street from the Bethlehem festival grounds below. The annual Sunday parade dates back to 2008.
By Tim Gilman
May peace prevail on Earth
Peace walkers gather for group photos at SteelStacks campus outside PBS39 before a peace walk and peace pole ceremony near the public television offices and studios. The peace walk was the final event of LEPOCO’s 50th anniversary celebration.
By Tim Gilman
Making kids feel special
For the sixth year in a row, the St. Luke’s School of Nursing student nurse association collected backpacks and filled them with school supplies so that children of families that participate in the hospital’s maternal child health programs would have some of the educational supplies needed when the new school year started up. Nursing School students solicited contributions throughout the St. Luke’s University Hospital Network and were able to provide over 100 backpacks to support children who need them most. Binders, tablets, filler paper, pencils and markers were among each backpack’s contents. Photo: The smiles of Elias Sanchez and Jeremiah Barbosa show how much receiving a backpack filled with school supplies can mean to a child.
By Dana Gubb
Becahi’s defense controls Red Rovers
They say defense wins championships and if that’s the case, Bethlehem Catholic’s football team has a real shot to that this season following last Friday’s 20-9 victory over Easton at Cottingham Stadium. It was the first victory over Easton since 2002 for Becahi and one that left a defensive stamp for the 5-1 Golden Hawks. Becahi forced five turnovers, setting up all their points on the night, but more importantly, came away with more confidence as they head into this week’s massive home matchup with Parkland (5-1). Nick Petros had two of Becahi’s three interceptions and Isaiah Onuschak returned a 43-yard fumble return for a second quarter touchdown to give the Hawks a 7-3 lead they would never relinquish.
By Peter Car
‘Carrie’ opens Civil Theatre’s season
Civic Theatre of Allentown Artistic Director William Sanders has done it again. He’s directing a seasonally-appropriate musical to open Civic’s season. This time it’s “Carrie: The Musical,” Oct. 7-23. In the previous two seasons, Civic opened with “The Addams Family” and “Young Frankenstein.” Civic’s 2016-17 season continues with its annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 2-17 on the main stage and, in a first for Civic, a second show running simultaneously, “The SantaLand Diaries,” Dec. 9-18 in Theatre 5014.
By Paul Willistein
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