August 31, 2016
System fails man in need of job. Home
Louis Matyas has faced an uphill struggle to get back on his feet ever since a car accident changed his life two years ago. Louis, who was born in Brooklyn, moved with his family to the Lehigh Valley in the early 1970s. “I attended Shoemaker Elementary, Lower Macungie MS and graduated from Emmaus HS,” Louis said. He also learned carpentry at LCTI during this time and worked as a steelworker when he graduated. Louis spent a period of time in the early 2000s working as a tow truck wincher and a recovery agent in North Carolina.
Part 2: Hellertown man’s help aids roommate in struggles
Part 3: Regional homeless resources
By Chris Dryfoss
‘Putting our dirty laundry on the table’
Could the recent violence between police officers and minority community members occur in Bethlehem? That was the focus of a recent town hall, attended by over 60 people. “It is basically ripping our country apart,” said Police Chief Mark DiLuzio. “If we’re going to solve this problem, we’re going to have to put our dirty laundry out on the table, every single one of us.” Photo: Chief Mark DiLuzio, Mayor Bob Donchez, Council member Shawn Martell, Pastor Melvin Tatem and LHS Principal Harrison Bailey.
By Bernie O’Hare
An Erie adventure
The brig U.S. Brig Lawrence was once a floating heap of splinters, shredded canvas and blood. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s flagship, named for Perry’s friend Captain James Lawrence, who had been killed early in the War of 1812, could no longer keep up her valiant fight with the British fleet. Perry and a handful of his crew rowed across the Lake Erie battle zone at Put-in-Bay to the brig U.S. Brig Niagara where he transferred command of his fleet of nine vessels. Photo: The U.S. Brig Niagara docked at the Erie Maritime Museum. Back in 1813, the ship would have been anchored offshore.
By Ed Courrier
Industrial museum forges bright future
The National Museum of Industrial History opened Aug. 2 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the long-awaited facility in South Bethlehem, on the original property of Bethlehem Steel’s home plant. Bethlehem Steel operated for more than150 years as an industrial powerhouse, longtime No. 2 steel company in the United States and also a leader of international steel sales. Photo: Iconic Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces make a fitting backdrop for the long line of first-time visitors to the South Bethlehem attraction. Many visitors were former Bethlehem Steel employees and their families. NMIH officials reported 200-plus ticket sales on the opening day of the museum.
BAVTS team takes second in national competition
The Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School team of Dan Mirza and Logan Koehler took second place in the National Automotive Technology Competition held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. As “Team Chrysler,” they represented the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association, competing with automotive teams from across the country. Along with their instructors Jeff Cantrel and Mike Lemke, Mirza, a student at Bethlehem Catholic HS, and Koehler, a student at Northampton Area HS, spent weeks working on a Chrysler 200S, loaned to the team by Brown-Daub as their training vehicle. Before going to New York City to compete nationally, the BAVTS team won the Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealer’s Competition held in the Automotive Department at Northampton Community College, under the direction of Warren Farnell, director of automotive technology program there and host of the event.
Area teams sweep in weekend 1
FREEDOM: It was the biggest game of week one of the football season and Freedom made sure to come and play in a way that fit for a statewide TV audience.The Patriots used big plays throughout their home debut against Central Catholic en route to a 31-8 victory last Friday night, showing everyone around District 11 why the Pates (1-0) are considered one of the top teams in the region this season.
LIBERTY: It may have been a slow start for Liberty in their opener Saturday night against East Stroudsburg South, but eventually the Hurricanes were able to turn it on during a 42-21 rout at BASD Stadium. A 92-yard punt return by Darian Street, coupled with Abraham Dimmitt’s blocked-punt TD helped turn a tied game at 7-7 in the second quarter into a blowout, as the Hurricanes responded from an early touchdown deficit to score 42 unanswered points.
By Peter Car
Little Bear, Charcole and Blue
The death of a pet is equal to losing a best friend or a close relative. Dogs give us their full attention and love in return for a simple pat on the head. They don’t hold grudges. They don’t argue. And tail-wags show agreement with everything we say. Our dogs think we are the most important and intelligent people in the world.
By Bud Cole
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