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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 10, 2017


A-B-E among safest areas for kids

The Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton metropolitan area is the 17th safest city for children in the United States, according to a detailed statistical analysis conducted by consumer research company ValuePenguin. Barnstable Town, Mass., ranked first as the safest city, followed closely by Trenton, N. J. The study analyzed 200 cities or statistical metropolitan areas according to 18 key points related to safety, schools and community. Safety factors that were considered included rates of violent crimes and burglaries and the presence of police officers. Schools were evaluated on the basis of enrollments, preschool programs, class sizes and graduation rates. Community characteristics were judged according to the percentage of poverty, availability of health insurance, and access to child care, libraries and cultural and recreation centers. 

By Carole Gorney



A selfless concern for others

Five  area high school students recently received the Travelers Protective Association of America’s Altruism Award, which recognizes those who demonstrate a selfless concern for the wellbeing of others. The awards were presented April 6 at Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton. Photo: TPA’s Post L President Dale Stephens, guest speaker Northampton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Samuel P. Murray, Liberty HS senior Liam Mulligan and Liberty faculty member Jennifer Chomo.

By Stephanie Rephum



Eclectic Performing Arts Company

Two years ago, three theater majors at Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts wanted to explore more creative outlets, craving the art of theater, and banded together to found a business of their own. Now, Eclectic Performing Arts Company, a theater company run exclusively by high school students, amasses more productions than its founders could have ever anticipated. Photo: Members of Eclectic Performing Arts Company practice for upcoming performances. “Hazelwood Jr. High” will be performed at the Unicorn Theatre on May 12 and May 13 at 7 p.m., and “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” performs at Touchstone Theatre May 20 at 7 p.m. and May 21 at 3 p.m. Tickets for both shows can be reserved by emailing eclecticperformingarts@gmail.com.

By Kiran Pandey



Local designers create new bike racks

From a Bethlehem resident’s tribute to the Bethlehem Steel Corp. to a coffee bar designed just for bicyclists, the city of Bethlehem will come alive this summer with seven vibrant new bike racks installed throughout the Southside. The functional yet highly artistic racks were selected from the numerous entries received by the City of Bethlehem and ArtsQuest as part of the Artist Designed Bike Rack Project, a new community arts project designed to bring additional public art to the SouthSide while encouraging people to bike, shop and dine on the Southside.



Northeast MS presents ‘TheMusic Man Jr.’

Northeast Middle School’s Theater Company presented Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” junior version in two performances March 2 and 4 in the school auditorium. Based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey, “The Music Man” centers around a slick music salesman who scams communities into purchasing instruments and uniforms with the promise of creating a children’s band. Falling in love with the town music teacher and librarian, he risks being exposed. The nearly 90-member cast and stage crew were directed by Natalie Parker who was assisted by Barbara Fleck as choreographer, Denise Parker on music direction, Connie Klose on stage management and set design, Sarah Thomas on costume design and Justin Amann as technical director. Photo: Harold Hill (Samuel Graybeal) tries to convince the townspeople of River City that a new pool table at the Pool Hall is trouble in River City in the number “Ya Got Trouble.”

By Dana Grubb



Empowering future female scientists

Young girls from Marvine ES experienced a unique program this semester promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Tech Gyrls is a program hosted by the YWCA, where girls in fourth and fifith grades get to learn robotics by building and programming their own robots to move around the room. In addition to robotics, they learned about great women in the STEM field and gave presentations to their friends and families about those women. A total of nine girls participated in Tech Gyrls, and their presentations took place April 12 after school. Photo: Grace Heidelberger, an engineering student from Lehigh University. and Karen Wyant, the Tech Gyrls coordinator, with the Marvine students who participated in the program.

By Alli Poczak



Hurricane boys when District XI tennis title

Liberty High School’s boys’ tennis coach Leo Schnalzer described the Hurricanes’ clinching the District XI Class AAA championship like this: “I sort of knew the bus was coming. I waited on the corner, they opened the door, and I got on,” after Liberty defeated Nazareth 3-2 last Thursday at Lehigh University. “It feels great for me, but I look at it more as the kids have experienced it and will be able to talk about it for the rest of their lives,” Schnalzer said.

By Katie McDonald



Bach reimagined

In the 34 years that Greg Funfgeld has been artistic director and conductor of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, he’s found new ways to showcase the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the Leipzig cantor whose music, you might say, “baroque” through to lay the foundation for classical music. “We’re always thinking about how we want to present Bach’s music and how to engage and how to intrigue the listener,” Funfgeld says. The 110th Bethlehem Bach Festival, May 13, 14 and May 19, 20, with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Festival Orchestra and world-renowned soloists, is billed as a celebration of the human voice, “the organ of the soul.”

By Paul Willistein



Bethlehem: Council approves state ethics training

Bethlehem: School board recognizes exceptional students, faculty, staff

Bethlehem: Spring book sale opens May 17

Lehigh County: Drug collection results

Lehigh Valley: Primary election candidates

Northampton County: Gracedale Foundation accepts contributions

Hanover Township: Restaurant, bar license for Turkey Hill?

Lehigh Valley: Dr. J. Robert Lovett, CASA honored with Donley Awards

South Bethlehem: Lehigh hosts annual ‘Spring Fling’ for families



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