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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 26, 2017


‘We all have the same concerns’

When I recently asked Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio what he would wish for given unlimited resources; he said, “World peace.” The line from the film “Miss Congeniality” was delivered with his signature lilt, a deadpan that somehow conveys an expectation of laughter. DiLuzio is known for throwing groan-inducing remarks into interviews, and that day was no different. We did laugh, admitting we’d both watched the movie recently, but we spent the better part of an hour discussing very real matters for his department; successes and challenges and what he feels will make Bethlehem a safer, closer community. Photo: Police Chief Mark DiLuzio has more than 25 years with the department and is dedicated first and foremost to community policing, which he says makes for a stronger, safer city.

By Nate Jastrzemski



LV Charter Arts HS presents ‘Hair’

The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts will present “Hair” at four evening performances from today through Saturday at 7 p.m., and a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday. “Hair” is a rock musical about the 1960s hippie movement based on the book and lyrics of James Rado and Gerome Ragni, with music by Galt McDermot. The Charter Arts cast of “Hair” is directed by Ashley Tait-Weller, and Neil Chaban is director of music, with Peter Wrenn-Meleck in charge of technical direction. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and are available online at www.CharterArts.org and at the door, 321 E. Third St., if a performance is not sold out. Photo: Soloist Ronny (Ciara Alvarado) and the ‘Tribe’ of hippies perform “Aquarius” during Act 1.

By Dana Grubb



Liberty HS presents ‘West Side Story’

The popular musical “West Side Story” is being presented by Liberty HS on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at 1115 Linden St. Set in the 1950’s, the story features a rivalry between two gangs in the Upper West Side of New York City during the last days of summer. Influenced by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the playwright included some tragic consequences in the script. Tickets: lhstheatretix@yahoo.com and 610-865-0615. Photo: Anita (Alyssa Rosario), the girlfriend of gang leader Bernardo (Fahvian Shorey) dances with the Shark girls ensemble. Photo: Anita (Alyssa Rosario), the girlfriend of gang leader Bernardo (Fahvian Shorey) dances with the Shark girls ensemble.

By Tim Gilman



After 43 years, NCC student service coordinator retires

After more than four decades in education, Bethlehem native Virginia Gonzalez had finally come to terms with the idea of retirement. It’s now time to travel, focus on friendships and find personally meaningful projects to occupy her days. She sat with the Press some time ago to reflect on the social evolution of her Southside neighborhood and the city, her career at Northampton Community College, and the ever-changing face of the local college population and the niche schools like NCC fill.

By Nate Jastrzemski

Cartwright faces friendly town hall
When Congressman Charlie Dent faced 400 angry people at Hanover Township Community Center a few weeks ago on a cold and rainy day, it was hard for him to speak more than a few words without being interrupted by catcalls over Trump’s attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare with something that Dent himself refused to support. But the weather and mood were much brighter on April 18, when Congressman Matt Cartwright faced a friendly crowd of about 90 people at Northampton Community College’s Alumni Hall. One of the messages he repeated frequently is that “democracy really works.”
By Bernie O’Hare


Liberty boys win EPP tennis title

The Liberty Hurricanes boys’ tennis team finished the regular season with a record of 14-0 and are the 2017 East Penn Conference Champions. “I am very happy for the team,” said Hurricane coach Leo Schnalzer. “Prior to the season, I knew we would have very good players, so I can’t take a lot of responsibility for their success. I was there to help and support them, and maybe add to their success.”

By Katie McDonald



Student poetry project

 To commemorate National Poetry Month in April, the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites present the 12th annual Student Poetry Project. Students whose poems appear on Page B1 read their poems and were interviewed on the April 17 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio Station, WDIY, 88.1, wdiy.org. The Student Poetry Project adjudication committee convened March 21 and read more than 100 poems submitted by students from the Lehigh Valley region. This year, The Press newspapers’ “Student Poetry Project” again received a Keystone professional journalism state award.

By Paul Willistein



Bethlehem: Council mounts bamboo defense

Bethlehem: Property value error causes temporary budget hold up

Bethlehem: Women’s Club donates to Cops N Kids

Bethlehem Township: Brodhead Road work begins in July

BASD: Moravian scholarship recipients

Fountain Hill: YMCA to manage borough pool this summer

Lehigh Valley: Drug Take Back Daye April 29

Lehigh Valley: Gov. Wolf announces Union Blvd. work



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