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Tuesday, December 27, 2016


December 28, 2016

C
OVER STORY

Light the Night

The 19th annual Luminaria Night which decorates Bethlehem area homes and businesses with white paper bags lighted by mini-candles and anchored with sand was held Dec 10. Often set up to line sidewalks and buildings, the luminaria kits are sold by New Bethany ministries as a Christmas fundraiser. This year’s estimated luminaria sales should reflect a $7,000 increase over 2015 sales of $83,330. The fundraising efforts are accomplished mostly by some 300 volunteers. The South Bethlehem facility and programs provide opportunities for the homeless, hungry, poor and mentally ill of the Lehigh Valley. Photo: Christine Davies helps decorate the Market Street Townhouses complex where she lives in the Bethlehem Historic District.

By Tim Gilman and Dorothy and Dennis Glew

 

PEOPLE

A different Christmas story

This past October, Bethlehem resident Forrest Taylor was surprised to receive a letter from the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., informing him that as a veteran of the liberation of France, he had been named a “Chevalier,” or Knight, of the Legion of Honor, the highest honor – civilian or military – that the Republic of France awards for service to the nation. Forrest received the award during a special ceremony at the French Embassy in Washington,D.C., Nov. 10. Forrest was told that recipients of the Legion d’Honneur only wear the medal on national occasions. From respect for that tradition Forrest declined to pin the medal to his chest, instead holding it for a photograph.

By Dorothy and Dennis Glew

 

COMMUNITY

Fountain Hill hosts Wreaths ceremony

The first Wreaths Across America memorial event honoring American veterans was held Dec. 17 at the Fountain Hill Cemetery. Some 300 wreaths were placed on most of the veterans’ graves in the large cemetery overlooking the borough of Fountain Hill. Despite freshly fallen snow on a cold morning, more than 150 participants showed up for the ceremony at the pavilion in the 1882 cemetery. Photo: Paul Praschillo, Cub Scout leader of Pack 306 in Nazareth and a Navy veteran, salutes a wreath of honor during the Wreaths Across America ceremony. After the ceremony, Cub Scouts helped place some of the 300 wreaths on the graves of service men and women in the armed forces.

By Tim Gilman

 

BUSINESS

Bethlehem #1 place to retire in Northeast

We’ve always known it, but now it is official. Bethlehem is one of the best retirement destinations in the country. In fact, it is #1 in the Northeast, according to Money magazine.                      Bethlehem was named among Money magazine’s six “Best Places to Retire” in various regions of the United States. The other cities are Hollywood, Fla. (Southeast), Sugar Land, Texas (South); Iowa City, Iowa (Midwest); Reno, Nev. (Mountains); and Spokane, Wash. (West).

In publishing its list, the magazine said one critical factor in its selection this year was the amount of local taxes retirees have to pay. “We went in search of the tax friendliest small cities in the country – places big enough to have the amenities that retirees prize, such as access to great health care and recreation, but still affordable and compact enough to be manageable.”

By Carole Gorney

 

CLASSROOM

Christmas acts of kindness

For the fourth year, East Hill MS students are sending holiday greetings to area seniors in nursing and assisted living facilities in the Bethlehem area. The initiative is coordinated by the school’s student council and 8,000 cards were delivered in 2016. Individual homerooms collected cards donated by family and friends throughout the year. The incentive is two-fold: to support others, according to student council member Madison, a seventh grade student; and to earn a hot chocolate and cookie homeroom party. One party is given to each grade’s homerooms through a raffle. One raffle ticket is given for every 50 cards collected, according to student council adviser Carolyn Roman. Photo: East Hills MS students set up a production line for coloring homemade cards, signing cards, sealing them in envelopes and counting them into packets of 50 for distribution to Bethlehem area nursing and assisted living facilities such as Country Meadows, Westminster Village and Holy Family Manor.

By Dana Grubb

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Locals among 2016 All State football players

The 2016 Pennsylvania Football Writers’ All-State football teams were announced last week and 11 players from the area were honored by their respective classes. Liberty senior defensive end Jaohne Duggan was the only Bethlehem player named to the class 6A team, as he was joined by Parkland senior defensive lineman DJ Hohman and junior linebacker Jahan Worth. Emmaus kicker Carson Landis also made the team.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ comes to Symphony Hall

For its 10th anniversary season, Sing for America is presenting “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” opening Dec. 28 and continuing through Jan. 8, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Sing for America was founded by Taryn Gilbert and her four siblings in 2005. The choral and theater troupe provides an artistic outlet for under-served communities. The Gilbert Family, which hails from the Easton area, raise money for families of active-serving military. “One thing we’ve noticed in our many years doing live theater was the amount of ‘traditional’ casting that occurred among theater companies, particularly in this area,” says Taryn Gilbert.

By Erin Ferguson

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Faccinetto elected PSBA president

Bethlehem: City budget finalized with $1M for streets

Bethlehem: New school funding formula could bring windfall

Bethlehem: Braving a cold winter day

Bethlehem: HCC approves new sign for coffee shop

 

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016


December 21, 2016

COVER STORY

Welcoming the Christ Child
The live Bethlehem Christmas Pageant, the re-enactment of historical and Biblical events surrounding the birth of Christ, marked its 38th annual presentation Dec. 10 and 11 at the Rose Garden Park band shell in northwest Bethlehem. Photo: Wise Men from the East visit the baby Jesus in the Bethlehem stable, specially built on the stage of the Rose Garden Park band shell at Union Boulevard and Eighth Avenue. The shepherds with their children and sheep gather in the hay outside the stable. The Christmas scene is completed with the holy family and Baby Jesus in a manger, surrounded by angels. The Bethany United Church of Christ choir, on the left, sings popular Christmas songs during the pageant.

By Tim Gilman

 

LEHIGH VALLEY

Bishop Barres leaves for Long Island

Bishop John. O. Barres, who has led the Allentown Diocese of the Catholic Church since 2009, will soon transfer his responsibilities to Long Island, as he was recently appointed by Pope Francis to lead the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., which consists of Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island. Barres, 56, is the first Bishop of Allentown in the diocese’s 55-year history to be transferred to another diocese. He will be officially installed in a ceremony Jan. 31.

By Nate Jastrzemski

 

SOUTHSIDE

‘Future’ NCC students enjoy holiday bazaar

Northampton Community College hosted its annual Holiday Bazaar for all NCC students and their families at the Fowler Family Southside Center at 511 East Third St. As in previous years, faculty and staff donated gently used items for students to give as gifts to family and friends for the Dec. 7 event.

For the first time, “future NCC students” were invited to participate this year. Kindergarten through third grade students from Holy Infancy School gathered in the Cops ’n’ Kids Reading Room for the NCC Future Student Bazaar to pick from donated gifts to give to loved ones. They also were treated to face painting, ornament making and storytelling. NCC dental hygienist students joined the other volunteers in helping with the festivities. Photo: Thomas Barnowski, CBI director of corporate and public safety education, reads “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clark Moore to kindergarteners from Holy Infancy in the Cops ’n’ Kids Reading Room.

By Ed Courrier

 

BUSINESS

Partnership promotes innovative thinking

The coming new year will be full of academic opportunities and challenges for Lehigh University faculty and students when a new partnership takes effect between the university’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship and the Nasdaq Entrepreneurship Center in San Francisco. Finalized in September, the agreement makes Lehigh an exclusive year-round academic partner in residence at the Nasdaq Center. “2017 will be a prototype year for us to see how it works,” said to Baker Institute Executive Director Lisa Getzler. “We will have some anchor programs, but others might be rotated. We are contemplating something like a study abroad experience – instead to the far-off land of Silicon Valley.”

By Carole Gorney

 

OPINION

Reflections on the Supreme Court

This year Moravian College’s Cohen Arts and Lecture speaker, Jeffrey Toobin, was both informative and entertaining. Toobin is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. In the course of his legal career, Toobin served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn. In 1993 he gave up practicing law and took up journalism. He is now a legal analyst for CNN and staff writer at The New Yorker. He is also the bestselling author of seven books, the most recent of which is “American Heiress,” about Patty Hearst. Photo: Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Toobin speculates on the future of the Supreme Court. Sometimes, a justice will prove to be less partisan than anticipated, he said.

By Dorothy and Dennis Glew

 

COMMUNITY

Troop 302 marks 100 years with sponsor

Scouts, scout leaders and scouting families gathered recently to commemorate Boy Scout Troop 302’s 100th year of being chartered through a single entity, First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem. Photo: Troop 302 members recite the Scout Oath during ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the troops sponsorship by Bethlehem First Presbyterian Church.

By Dana Grubb

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Becahi boys battle for division lead

Bethlehem Catholic was on the watch list of EPC teams that could surprise this year, but the secret is out for the Hawks two weeks through the regular season. Becahi is off to a 4-0 start and head coach Ray Barbosa feels that his team has been deserving of their unblemished start.

“I think we knew we would be capable of this,” said Barbosa. “We knew this was a talented group and as of now they’ve been playing well.”

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Not a creature was stirring …

I began writing as a hobby about a year before I retired as an elementary school teacher. The following has been tweaked over the past 15 years or so. I’ve had requests each holiday season from readers and friends to see it again. It contains new information. I adapted the holiday story poem, “The Night before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore, adding natural history information about the winter habits of Keystone State’s mammals.

By Bud Cole

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: District investigation reveals non-compliant students

Bethlehem Township: Dads and daughters dance the night away

Bethlehem Township: Gingerbread Night

Northampton County: Council condemns Cunningham

 

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016


December 14, 2016

COVER STORY

Victory House gets early Christmas gift

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Nam Knights and an 8-year-old girl, each in their own ways, recently demonstrated the true meaning of Christmas spirit this season by providing support for the 40 homeless men living at Victory House in South Bethlehem. The Nam Knights, made up of veterans of all eras, as well as law enforcement personnel, raised $2,000 in July at their VetFest at SteelStacks, then donated the money to Victory House in a check presentation ceremony after Thanksgiving.  On the same day, 8-year-old Payton Besecker brought a container of some 300 pairs of heavy winter socks to Victory House to distribute to the homeless men and veterans living there. 

By Carole Gorney

 

CHRISTMAS

Celebrating the holiday spirit

Isabel Ceroveira and Maria Dias both of Portuguese heritage, look at a “Christmas in England tree” in the lobby of the Comfort Suites in South Bethlehem. Eighteen decorated Christmas trees from various ethnic and religious backgrounds are on display daily till 10 p.m. in the hotel lobby through Jan. 8 at 120 W. Third St.

By Tim Gilman

 

ADVENT BREAKFAST

Welcoming the ‘magical’ time of year

Two hundred 40 people attended the 51st annual Community Advent Breakfast, which was held at Moravian Village. The event is sponsored by the Citizens Christmas City Committee and Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce.

By Dana Grubb

 

CHRISTKINDLMARKT

Southside venue expands

Christkindlmarkt’s entrance has a new location this holiday season as first weekend visitors move through the revamped entrance area into the large retail tent. The expanded venue has more artisans as it prepares for a 25th year commemoration next year. The German-style festival continues through its fifth and final weekend Dec.15-18.

By Tim Gilman

 

WEIHNACHTSMARKT

Christmas City Village welcomes shoppers

Christmas City Village visitors stroll through the German-style outdoor market with wooden huts for vendors of food and holiday gifts alongside the Sun Inn and Main Street in downtown Bethlehem. Lighted Moravian stars hang above the Christmas City Village booths. The Christmas City Village is also located in the Sun Inn courtyard.

Tim Gilman

 

TUCKER’S TOY RUN

Putting smiles and children’s faces

The sixth annual Tucker’s Toy Run from the Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club in Northampton to the St. Luke’s  University Hospital in Fountain Hill Nov. 5 attracted  bikers who delivered toys for children under medical care during the holiday season. According to organizer Rick Newman, more than 300 bikers participated in the unique event which “puts smiles on children’s faces.” Tucker Stuart, an avid motorcyclist and close friend of Newman, died in a 2011 motorcycle accident. Above: Hundreds of motorcycles are parked in front of St. Luke’s University Hospital for the annual Toy Run.

By Tim Gilman

 

CLASSROOM

East Hills MS band represents district in Philly parade

Thanksgiving Day was a great experience, paired with a very proud day for the Bethlehem Area School District as the East Hills MS Marching Band participated in the ABC Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.The band auditioned for a spot in the parade last year by sending in a video of its appearance in the Nazareth parade and was the only band from Bethlehem chosen to participate. Under the direction of instructor of instrumental music Christy Davies, the band practiced by marching in formation through the neighborhoods surrounding the school

By Selena Cintron

 

A Thanksgiving Feast

Several dozen children in the Pre-kindergarten program for 2-5 year-olds enjoyed all the turkey and trimmings their small bodies could digest at the fifth annual Thanksgiving feast Nov. 5 at the Messiah Lutheran Church Child Center on Easton Avenue in Northeast Bethlehem. Some of the parents helped out in the kitchen - preparing the sumptuous food they provided and helped serve the children, who played traditional Thanksgiving roles by wearing Native American, Pilgrim or turkey paper hats they made.The event was coordinated by Lynn Terry, director of the church child center. The logo of the special young children’s PK program is “Nurturing God’s Children.” Photo: Leesa Wimmer, teacher of the Thrilling Threes class at the Messiah Lutheran Church Child center, serves potato nuggets to children during the Thanksgiving feast.

By Tim Gilman

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Hoop season upon us

While Allen enters the winter as one of the league favorites to win the East Penn Conference title, Liberty will always be lurking in the division as one of the perennial contenders. That’ll be the case for the Hurricanes again this season as head coach Chad Landis enters his ninth season after a 13-12 finish a year ago.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

‘Nutcracker’ bigger than ever

The Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley (BGLV) and the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is presenting its 48th production of the enchanting holiday ballet, “Nutcracker,” 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

“We’re keeping the history of ballet alive and going. We have one of our largest casts to date,” says Karen Kroninger Knerr, Artistic Director of the Ballet Guild since 2007. More than 100 are in the production.

By Camiller Capriglione

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: City, Hellertown to share in cost of traffic light

Bethlehem: ‘Taste of South Philly’ comes to town

Bethlehem: Rotary donation help purchase food bank truck

Bethlehem Township: Board OK’s Bnew Bulldog announcer’s box

Fountain Hill: Solicitor to retire after 44 years of service

Northampton County: Allen confirmed as administrator

 

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016


December 7, 2016

COVER STORY

New generation of African ChangeMakers

On a cold, snowy night in November, a group of 17 children from Uganda celebrated and shared their country and heritage through song, dance and drumming at the First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem. The group, changing three times into the colorful costumes of their country, filled the packed sanctuary with voices raised in joyful harmony, singing traditional Ugandan and Christian songs of praise.  Few audience members could resist the toe-tapping rhythms and pure harmonies created by the smiling, energetic performers. Photo: The African Children’s Choir performds at First Presbyterian Church, Nov. 19, bringing their message of hope through song and dance. The choir’s repertoire included crowd favorites, “Amazing Grace” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”

By Joanna Ireland

 

BETHLEHEM

Turkey trot draws crowd

The 14th annual Turkey Trot brought Thanksgiving holiday spirit to downtown Bethlehem Nov. 26. Wearing turkey hats and T-shirts, some of the participants made the popular event festive and memorable. The 5-K race featured runners and walkers in all age categories for a total of some 1,250 participants from all over the Lehigh Valley and beyond. The popular family-friendly event is hosted by Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites as a major fundraiser. Walkers and slower runners with strollers and pets are also encouraged to enter the Turkey Trot. Photo: Turkey Trot runners of all ages start the race in the Colonial Industrial Quarter.

By Tim Gilman

 

COMMUNITY

New Bethany Ministries: Sharing Thanksgiving

New Bethany Ministries celebrated a familial Thanksgiving Day with new and returning faces. New Bethany is a ministry dedicated to providing heart-warming opportunities for the homeless, poor, mentally ill and hungry of the Lehigh Valley. Some opportunities include hot meals, housing, restoration and representative payee programs geared to help individuals toward self-sufficiency. Photo: New Bethany Ministries volunteers serve a hot turkey dinner to members of the local community on Thanksgiving Day.

By Selena Cintron

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Becahi pushes Imhotep to the brink

If you could have written a script for a Bethlehem Catholic victory over Imhotep Charter last Friday night, it may have looked like something the Hawks unveiled during their PIAA 4A semifinal with the Philadelphia powerhouse. The goal was to make a team that dispatched their opponents with ease this season, play a full four quarters. The goal was to come out and match Imhotep’s brass and physicality. The goal was to play Bethlehem Catholic football.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Repertory Dance returns with ‘Nutcracker’

Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) celebrates its 30th production of the classic holiday ballet, “The Nutcracker,” with more than 100 talented dancers.

This year, there is a fantastic addition. RDT will also present “Let’s Go Nutz!,” an evening of holiday jazz, 7 p.m. Dec 9, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Professional musicians Bill Washer, Cliff Tracy, Dave Leonhardt and others will join RDT dancers on the Miller Symphony Hall stage where they will perform jazzy versions of “Nutcracker” songs and other holiday tunes. RDT artistic directors, Jennifer Haltzman Tracy and Trinette Singleton, decided to create a festive event that would embrace the Lehigh Valley’s love of jazz.

By Camillle Capriglione

 

OTHER STORIES

BASD: District LVA review charter

Bethlehem: Wind turbine issue goes round and round

Bethlehem Township: Commissioners approve ‘tentative’ plan

Fountain Hill: Taxes remain unchanged for 2017

Northampton County: No take hike for county

 

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