April 12, 2017
Women stand up for equal pay
In recognition of Equal Pay Day 2017, the YWCA of Bethlehem sponsored an “Un-Happy Hour” at Bethlehem’s Brew Works on April 7. As professional women and an occasional male counterpart stopped by to recognize the gender pay disparity and support efforts to eliminate it, Kristin Oakley, vice chair of the women’s economic empowerment committee, told listeners that white women earn 76 cents for each dollar earned by males, black women 63 cents, and Hispanic women 57 cents. Further complicating the economic issues for women, Oakley pointed out that 47 percent of women in college graduate into the workforce with at least $30,000 in student loan debt, needing six more years than their male counterparts to pay off the debt, thus incurring higher interest costs. This sets them back when it comes to investing in 401Ks, affects credit scores, and delays purchasing homes and financing cars. Essentially, said Oakley, this puts them behind males facing the same economic and life issues. Photo: A group of early arrivals gathers to show support for women’s pay equality.
By Dana Grubb
Drug Court celebrates another graduate
Drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Opioids, both prescription and illicit, are the driving force. Opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Pennsylvania experienced a 20.4 percent increase in drug overdose deaths in 2015. But amid these dark clouds, there are rays of sunshine. State Rep. Dan McNeil and the HOPE program have organized numerous town halls to educate the public. In April 2015, Northampton County established a Drug Court to help people overcome their addictions. The court celebrated its third graduate last month with ice cream cake. The graduate’s name is Alysha. She’s a person who has struggled with heroin and who had been in and out of the system since 2010. Photo: Alysha completed an intense four-phase program under the supervision of Stephanie Greene-Wimmer and Judge Craig Dally.
By Bernie O’Hare
Southside Valentine party
A Sweethearts’ Party touched the hearts of children and parents, filling an activity room at the Southside Branch of the Bethlehem Area Public Library. The event coincided with Valentine’s Day which happened to be on a Tuesday, one of the nights the library branch is open. Story-time, crafts, snacks and games kept the children busy during the special program. Tess Blum, the children’s librarian who handles youth services, organized the first-time Valentine’s Day celebration. The Bethlehem Area Public Library Southside branch at 400 Webster St. offers a variety of family-friendly activities. More info at 610-867-7852 and BAPL website. Photo: Tess Blum reads Valentine books to children during a Sweethearts’ Party at the Southside Branch of the Bethlehem Area Public Library. Blum, a Bethlehem resident, is the children’s librarian.
By Tim Gilman
Annual Bacchanalia remains a crowd pleaser
The air was buzzing with lively chatter while guests waited for the doors to open for the 14th annual Fountain Hill Bacchanalia. The event was held at the Comfort Suites in Bethlehem March 25. There were over 200 tickets sold between individual sales and business sponsors. Tickets were $40 and included a complimentary Bacchanalia wine glass, unlimited food and wine tasting and live entertainment by Doug Hawk and B.D. Lenz. The Bacchanalia, named for the ancient festivals held in honor of the Roman wine god Bacchus, is an opportunity to bring together the local community to raise funds for the Fountain Hill Playground and Recreation Improvement Fund. This year they will be donating $12,000 to the fund from Bacchanalia XIV. Photo: Michael and Jennifer DeLong of Allentown-based Seven Sins of Sugar are attracted to events for good causes.
By Tracy Rice
Walking from wide, sterile hallways into the dayroom was like stepping out of the shade into the sun. The cavernous hall was not nearly filled with people, but there was a humming bustle as knots of elderly men and women ate and talked with each other and passing aides. Doris Day rang from a stereo at the front of the room and a scheduled group activity was about to commence. It was just another day at Senior LIFE’s new facility on High Point Boulevard. Senior LIFE, a statewide independent living program, recently moved from Westgate Drive to the industrial park to accommodate its expanding membership and provide improved facilities. Outreach sales trainer Niki Recker provided a tour; halls redolent with nature paintings, three dayrooms, a kitchen, laundry room, and exam rooms and a fully staffed clinic fill the building. Photo: Staff physician Dr. Peter Baddick catches up with Stephanie T. in one of three dayrooms.
B Nate Jastrzemski
Start of busy baseball month begins
It may be a slow start to the baseball season for all teams across the Lehigh Valley, but things will heat up this week when the schedule looks to kick into high gear before the Easter weekend hits. With most teams having played three games heading into this week, the dismal March has pushed the schedule back for most teams, giving teams loaded schedules the rest of the month of April. Freedom (3-0) will see the uptick this week with three games in three days, starting on Tuesday with Easton, Wilson and Whitehall and capping the week off on Saturday against Allen.
By Peter Car
The conversation that matters
Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist and founder-director of The Conversation Project, will speak on “The Most Important Conversation America Isn’t Having” at the seventh annual Dr. and Mrs. Max Littner Memorial Lecture Series for Bereavement, 7:30 p.m. April 19, Central Moravian Church, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The lecture is also sponsored by St. Luke’s University Health Network. A career journalist, Goodman worked for Newsweek magazine, the Detroit Free Press, and The Boston Globe. While at the Globe, she began writing her column on social issues that affected American life, and in 1976 it was syndicated, eventually being carried by 450 newspapers. In 1980, a portfolio of her columns received the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.
By Carole Gorney
Bethlehem: Digital gaming teaches critical math skills
Bethlehem: Five join Museum & Sites board
Bethlehem Township: Commissioners approve $1.8M for center’s repairs
Fountain Hill: Council hears resident concerns
Hanover Township: Township warned and The Green Menace
Northampton County: Egg hunt kicks off holiday period
State: Groups pushing for fair political districts in Pa.
Lehigh Valley: Local Fresh Air committee attends NYC conference
Saucon Valley: Red Out raises $1,300 for Heart Assoc.
Nitchmann: Students contribute to district THON
BAVTS: Students participate in culinary event
Chesterbrook Academy: ‘Souper Bowl’ benefits others
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