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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November 30, 2016


Welcome, welcome

The Christmas City’s tree lighting ceremony Nov. 25, at Payrow Plaza in Bethlehem’s City Center, marked the traditional start of the holiday season and was greeted by several thousand festive celebrants and the musicians participating in the family-friendly program. Mayor Bob Donchez and five third-graders from Marvine and Freemansburg elementary schools led the lighting of the 40-foot Christmas Tree. Photo: Former Bethlehem mayor Don Cunningham leads his band, Cunningham and Associates, welcoming the special guest, Santa Claus, with a lively version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” during the Christmas City tree lighting ceremony. More photos on page A4.

By Tim Gilman



‘Woven into the fabric of life’

We should work hard to make sure that government ethics is not an oxymoron,” quipped Dr. John Kincaid of Lafayette College’s Meyner Center,  moderator of “A Community Discussion on Ethics Ordinances for Bethlehem” Nov. 17 at Bethlehem City Hall’s Rotunda. The event was presented by the Northampton County League of Women Voters and South Side Initiative. Beverly Hernandez, president of the Northampton County LWV, and Kincaid moderated the “fireside chat” with a five-member panel. Hernandez invited audience members to submit questions on index cards. Photo: Text has been edited by another user. Click OK to perform WriteForth

By Ed Courrier



NCC, Archives to host ‘Women of Steel’ panel

The Steelworkers’ Archives is collaborating with Lehigh University on a Mellon Foundation funded digital archive project. The Women of Bethlehem Steel project aims to collect stories of women’s experiences as workers, wives, store owners, union officials, managers and clerical workers at Bethlehem Steel or in the surrounding neighborhoods. Northampton Community College will host an event Dec. 2 consisting of a slide show of women at the Steel, an explanation of the project by representatives from Lehigh University and the Steelworkers’ Archives, and a mediated panel of women affiliated with the Steel. Photo: Marlene Burkey worked at Bethlehem Plant from 1977 to1981. Photo was taken at Tool Steel Division in 1980.

By Nate Jastrzemski



Standing with Standing Rock

An estimated 150-200 people answered a national call at Lehigh University late afternoon Nov. 15 to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. The peaceful assembly at the flagpole on Memorial Drive was organized by Lehigh University Green Action and the Lehigh Black Student Union. LEPOCO, Black Lives Matter, and the Alliance for Sustainable Communities Lehigh Valley were also involved. Photo: David Casagrande, associate professor of anthropology at Lehigh University addresses the “#No DAPL” crowd.

By Ed Courrier



Getting ready for Luminaria Night

What do 95,000 votive candles, 95,000 bags and 22.4 tons of sand give you? Luminaria Night 2016, which is scheduled to take place Dec. 10 throughout the Bethlehem and Lehigh Valley areas. The sand has been donated by Quikrete and Lowe’s.

Volunteers, Liberty and Freedom high school students earning community service hours, and teens in Northampton County’s juvenile probation program have been working tirelessly to assemble luminaria kits at the Memorial Pool House in Bethlehem. The kits will be distributed Dec. 3, 5 and 6 to luminaria block captains and any walk-in customers who’d like to participate. Photo: Liberty HS’s Anthony Cortese, a senior, and Madison Muller, a sophomore, assemble luminaria kits for the 2016 initiative that benefits New Bethany Ministries. Students earn community service hours toward their graduation requirements.

By Dana Grubb



Santa comes to town

Instead of relying on Rudolph’s red nose, Santa depended upon a brightly lit Dewey Fire Co. pumper to guide him into Hellertown and kick off the Christmas season
 Nov. 25.

By Bernie O’Hare



‘Dream machines’ and more

The final Cars and Coffee event of 2016 was held Oct. 22, with hundreds of vehicles on display and thousands of people in attendance circulating throughout the SteelStacks environs in search of their favorite classic, vintage and collectible vehicles. Eleven DeLorean DMC-12 cars belonging to members of the Mid-Atlantic DeLorean Owners Club were featured. Vehicles were spread throughout several parking lots, PNC Plaza and Air Products Town Square. The event is sponsored by Chevy 21 and presented by ArtsQuest. Photo: Abe Amauri from Hoboken, N.J., snaps a photo of a car parked in front of the blast furnaces at SteelStacks. It was his first visit to Cars and Coffee. He said he came to see “all of the different cars, all the exotics and cars you don’t see often.”

By Dana Grubb



Lennon education bus visits Southside

He’ll be gone 36 years on Dec. 8, but today as then, John Lennon’s influence on music, the arts and young people continues as this past week when the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus visited the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts. “I received an email last summer,” said Charter Arts executive director and CEO Diane LaBelle, “that the Lennon Bus would be visiting schools and maybe they would come here. Three weeks ago we found out we were one of three finalists.” Photo: Six hundred students and Charter Arts staff form a peace symbol at the Levitt Pavilion to promote the Imagine Peace Sign Project.

By Dana Grubb


Becahi’s moving on!

It’s fair to say that Bethlehem Catholic will face perhaps the biggest challenge it has seen in over a decade when the Golden Hawks square off against Imhotep Charter this Friday night at 7 p.m. in the PIAA 4A semifinals at Northern Lehigh. It appears to be a David vs. Goliath task that Becahi (11-3) is walking into this weekend against Imhotep (12-0), as they carry the state’s top ranking and are returning state champions from last year.

By Peter Car



Migration knows no man-made boundaries

The Lehigh Valley region’s fall migration is just about finished. A few raptors, like the bald eagle, can still be seen gliding past Hawk Mountain observation points. In most cases, the birds that fly south from the area and the birds that fly south to our region for the winter have settled in. When I hear the word migration, I immediately think of the north and south movement of birds during spring and fall. But there are other animals that migrate. I combined several dictionary definitions of the verb migrate and came up with one of my own: The movement of most birds, as well as some fish and mammals, from one region or climate zone to another with the change in seasons.

By Bud Cole


Bethlehem: Proposed LVA charter school could save BASD $1M

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Bethlehem Township: Center renovation manager chosen

Hanover Township: DevTech plastics to build storage units locally

Northampton County: Emergency team updates council

Northampton County: Vehicle registration could increase

Saucon Valley: Parents upset with school racism



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