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January 4, 2017


A year in review

It was our first full year in an office outside the city, but The Bethlehem Press has maintained its deep involvement in and love for the city and the surrounding municipalities we serve. Each of our weekly issues has been filled with matters close to home and of statewide or national interest with a local twist. It was a year of both economic recovery and social unrest as … Here are highlights of items we brought you in 2016.
Photo: Bethlehem’s 275th anniversary celebration was held June 25 at the SteelStacks Campus on the city’s Southside. The day-long celebration featured a variety of free activities centered around the Levitt Pavilion. A black-tie gala opened the 275th celebration in April at the Hotel Bethlehem.

By Nate Jastrzemski



Residents evacuated

A passing newspaper delivery person alerted authorities around 3:30 a.m. Dec. 28 to a forming sinkhole and obvious natural gas leak. Bethlehem Fire Chief Robert Novatnack said the city’s 911 center received the call and fire, police and UGI utility personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene in the 600 block of Hamilton Avenue near Elm Street. Photo: A front end loader moves a steel plate into place late Wednesday afternoon to cover one of the areas excavated to deal with the utility leaks.

By Dana Grubb



Tree tossing for a cause … and a memory

For years, Mike DeCrosta and his good friend Peter Kearns have been hosting a Christmas tree toss event at Mike’s More Miles Automotive on Stefko Boulevard. Sadly, this year’s event on Dec. 24 was missing one of its important founders with the passing of Peter Kearns. DeCrosta and the Kearns family dedicated this year’s toss as the “First Memorial Peter Kearns Christmas Tree Toss.” Before the tossing began, DeCrosta spoke about his beloved friend. Photo: A few special guests at the toss, including the Kearns family and wife of Peter Kearns, Mary Ellen Kearns, hold the Irish flag in memory of her husband.

By Alli Poczak



Steak and burgers

The 24th annual Steak and Burger Dinner benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem was held in late October at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. Fifty-two current club members, and nearly 90 sponsors and guests were feted in the hotel’s main ballroom, which was decorated with a Hollywood movie theme in honor of keynote speaker Dan Roebuck, a Bethlehem native who is an actor, director and producer. Photo: Boys and Girls Club board member Chris Eline and his wife Adrin host several club members at a table sponsored by her Inspired Movement Pilates business.

By Dana Grubb



Revisiting Christmas 1776

On Christmas Day 2016, a huge crowd of about 10,000, brought out by mild weather, left their homes to watch or participate in a re-enactment of what is known as Washington’s Crossing, a daring raid on a Hessian encampment at Trenton. This event took place at Washington Crossing Park, located on both sides of the Delaware River, less than an hour’s drive from Bethlehem. Photo: Washington’s colors, white stars on a blue field, accompanied him everywhere.

By Bernie O’Hare



Holiday in the park

The fourth annual Holiday in the Park tree lighting celebration at Tranquility Park in South Bethlehem attracted a crowd of about 100 adults and children Dec. 9. Bundled up for the cold weather, the Donegan ES Singers performed at the celebration on Fourth Street hosted by the Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem and sponsored by Northampton Community College. Photo: Donegan ES Singers, directed by Kyle Hummel, perform popular holiday season songs in front of the Christmas tree.

By Tim Gilman



Becahi freshman show Hawks’ future

It was another Tony Iasiello Christmas City Wrestling Tournament, but it was the same result last week as the host Golden Hawks crowned five champions at their event, posting 279 team points en route to rolling to the team title. While the Hawks got expected titles from Mikey Labriola (182), Jody Crouse (195) and Niko Camacho (HWT), two of their freshmen showed that no matter who graduates any given year, the Hawks always come back with a loaded stable of talent.

By Peter Car



Records set;

Anniversaries observed;

Quality astounds

To power-phrase, it seems that Valley residents who are theater-goers and those who travel to the Valley to see theater couldn’t get enough. The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) set box office records in its 25th season. Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT), in its 36th season, took a chance with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In The Heights” and took it to the heights.

By Paul Willistein



Bethlehem: HARB approves Betheren House plans

Bethlehem Township: Taxes don’t rise, but sewer rates do

South Bethlehem: Holiday market hits record attendance

Northampton County: Council grants raise to employee flagged for ethics questions

Northampton County: No COLA for retirees

Lehigh Valley: Counties get conservation, recreation grants



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