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Tuesday, January 31, 2017






February 1. 2017
COVER STORY: TWO DAYS IN DC

Locals excited, energized at inauguration
Though its aftermath was controversial, the presidential inauguration Jan. 19 was attended by many Lehigh Valley residents wishing to experience firsthand the changeover from the Obama to Trump administrations. Tony Simao, a Bethlehem resident who works in health insurance, was a regional coordinator for Trump’s primary campaign and arrived in Washington, D.C. Thursday to attend the ball at the National Press Club building. He said there were about 200 protesters outside but inside all was quiet. Photo: Local resident Tony Simao attends the DeploraBall on Thursday evening at the National Press Club. The ball was named for Hillary Clinton’s campaign comments disparaging Trump followers as “deplorables.”
By Nate Jastrzemski

Bethlehem women inspired by march
Among the thousands of people who flocked to the Mall in Washington, D.C. the day after President Trump’s inauguration to take part in the Women’s March were several busloads from the Lehigh Valley. The people the Press talked to echoed the general consensus among marchers that the event was inspiring and emphasized the peacefulness of the event and the respect among marchers and with law enforcement officers patrolling the throngs. Photo: Linda Robertson of Bethlehem and husband Don participate in the Women’s March. Linda said she bought tickets to go on one of the buses five days after the election, but later decided to drive to D.C.
By Julie Swan
 
RELATED STORIES
County bagpiper performs in inaugural event
‘Our voices will be heard’
Senator Pat Toomey begins second term
Citizen groups call on Toomey to oppose DeVos appointment
 


COMMUNITY
Fountain Hill welcomes Cops ‘n’ Kids
Volunteers from PPL, Moravian College, and Liberty HS came to Fountain Hill ES Jan. 13 for a special event organized by Cops ‘n’ Kids Literacy Program. The event was in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday so students could learn more about Dr. King’s powerful message of peace and equality. Photo: Liberty HS student volunteers hold the four different books donated by PPL, along with Eve Russo (left middle) and Beverly Bradley (right middle), president of Cops ‘n’ Kids, which just celebrated donating 776,000 books aiding in the organization’s mission of “connecting kids and community through literacy.”
By Alli Poczak
 
BUSINESS
Carlos offers hand-crafted goodies
Just last year the infamous Buddy Valastro chanced his legacy in Bethlehem, but now he is back for more. Just one year after planting Buddy V’s Ristorante, Buddy Valastro and his famiglia have officially opened the doors of their 15th Carlo’s Bakery location. Photo: Carlo’s Bakery is located on the ground floor of the Sands Outlets, near the Steel Magnolia Spa & Salon.
By Selena Cinton
 
TRAVEL
At the Rose Parade
As is traditional, both universities playing in the Rose Bowl have a float in the Rose Parade.  Penn State cheerleaders were hopeful of a victory against the University of Southern California that afternoon, but it wasn’t to be.
By Carole Gorney
 
CLASSROOM
Charter Art’s holiday ice show
The Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts (Charter Arts) Figure Skating Department, under the direction of Artistic Director of Figure Skating, Thom Mullins, performed a special holiday show in December at the Steel Ice Center. The “Charles Brown - Home for the Holidays Ice Show” had quite an audience and showed the abilities of these young skaters. This family-friendly show featured a grown-up Charlie Brown who is living in New York City but longs for a hometown holiday. The show featured over a dozen Charter Arts figure skating students during the hour or so show. Photo: Eve Greene skates to “It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas.”
By Ruth Grady
 
BETHLEHEM SPORTS
Hawks take EPC wrestling title
Nazareth gave Bethlehem Catholic a scare Saturday night in the East Penn Conference wrestling championship, but the Golden Hawks proved to be too strong. The Hawks used falls from Jody Crouse (220) and Niko Camacho (HWT) to steal momentum and pull away for a 40-20 victory at Easton Area Middle School.
By Peter Car
 
LV FOCUS
White Russian
 “Swan Lake” is regarded as one of the greatest ballets of all time. The internationally-renowned State Ballet Theatre of Russia performs “Swan Lake,” a magnificent classic ballet in a grand, full-scale production in four acts, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.
By Camille Capriglione
 
OTHER STORIES
Bethlehem: Homeowners solar panel plan rejected
Bethlehem: Palette Club marks 50th anniversary
Bethlehem: Businesses could pocket $18.2M under school tax elimination
Valentine’d Day: Survey says … What gifts women, men want
 
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017


January 25, 2017

COVER STORY

‘All about overall love’

About 75 marchers braved the wintry weather Jan. 16 and proceeded to Martin Luther King Park on Carlton Avenue in South Bethlehem for a ceremony marking the national holiday honoring Dr. King. Bethlehem’s  Martin Luther King Civil Rights Movement March originated in 1969, a year after the civil rights leader’s death. March founder and Bethlehem native John Baker continues to walk in the annual event at the age of 73. Another civil rights-minded Bethlehem native and Liberty HS graduate, Frankie West, is the event’s current coordinator and has been a longtime participant. Photo: Dr. Martin Luther King Civil Rights Movement March proceeds along Broadway in South Bethlehem, led by John Baker, event founder, Jasius Allen of Clearview ES, Samad Thorne and march coordinator Frankie West. The Liberty HS Grenadier Band color guard marches in the background.

By Tim Gilman

 

PEOPLE

Eagle project benefits city park

Visitors to Bethlehem’s Monocacy Park will benefit from the hard work of Eagle Scout Nicholas LaRoza, who has completed an information kiosk at the head of the Monocacy Pathway where it meets the parking lot along Illick’s Mill Road. LaRoza, a junior at Northampton HS, is a member of Bethlehem based Troop 318 and resides in East Allen Township with his parents, Steve and Dawn LaRoza. Photo: Joined by City of Bethlehem recreation administrator Jane Persa and his parents, Steve and Dawn, Nicholas LaRoza pins the first information notice into the Monocacy Park kiosk he constructed as his Eagle Scout project.

By Dana Grubb

 

CHAMBER LUNCHEON

Roy shares good news, but worrisome future

Following an introduction by Bethlehem Area School District solicitor Donald Spry, newly named Pa. Superintendent of the Year Dr. Joseph Roy embodied the responsibilities of his station Jan. 19 by specifying, “I should clarify: That was covered by the retainer and not additional billable hours.” Photo: Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy lays out the district’s initiative priorities for the near future.

By Nate Jastrzemski

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Bethlehem Catholic sputters at Who’s #1

Jeff Karam couldn’t remember the last time Bethlehem Catholic’s wrestling program lost two dual meets in one day, but that’s how Sunday afternoon unfolded for the Hawks at FloWrestling’s Who’s #1 Duals at Easton Area Middle School, as Becahi dropped their final two dual meets of the national showcase. The Hawks entered the day ranked 7th in the country by Intermat, but left with a fourth-place finish following a 36-21 defeat to Malvern Prep (ranked 8th) in the consolation round. Becahi lost their final bout of pool action when Florida’s Lake Highland Prep (ranked 4th) scored a 39-26 win earlier in the afternoon to keep the Hawks from advancing to the final against Blair Academy.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Old Vienna

Many people have watched the famous Vienna Philharmonic over the years performing their New Year’s Eve program, or the violinist Andre Rieu and his orchestra, with his elaborate Viennese inspired concerts. Programs of Viennese music featuring composers from Vienna, Austria, have become very popular and are often enhanced by a chorus, or dancers and a variety of soloists. Since the February concerts of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 and 3 p.m. Feb. 12, occur very close to Valentine’s Day, I wanted to offer a very special program for listeners that features some of this popular Viennese music, hence, “Viennese Nights.” It is a wonderful way to celebrate and enjoy a program of beautiful music with someone you love.

By Diane Wittry

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: Council renames city departments

Bethlehem: Habitat dedicates Garrison St. home

Bethlehem: School dostroct face $12,5M deficit

Holiday: Southside library hosts holiday party

Holiday: Seasonal smile for LVHN patients

Holiday: Fountain Hill welcome holiday season

Holiday: Telling the Christmas story at Edgeboro Moravian Church

Lehigh County: Nothstein new board chair

Northampton County: Brown says county cooperating with Packer investigation

Northampton County: Gracedale shows first profilt since 2007

Valley: PPL Corporation donate $10,00 to Rec Corss of LV-Berks

Valley: PASR celebrates 50 years, installs new officers

 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017



January 18, 2017


COVER STORY


Kids, kings and fellowship


The sixth annual Three Kings Celebration Jan. 8 at SteelStacks was presented by ArtsQuest in cooperation with the Bethlehem area Hispanic community. The religious and cultural tradition of many Latin American countries featured the three wisemen, or Magi, in regal costumes who came to visit with families and distribute gifts to their children. Hand-crafted paper crowns were worn by many children in honor of the three kings. Holy Infancy Catholic Church of South Bethlehem provided Hispanic food and local Latin bands Herencia Jibara and Los Pleneros USA performed on the Musikfest Cafe stage to a large crowd. Photo: King Gaspar holds Madeleine and Dominic Grim during the gift-giving session. The young children were with Jason and Blanca Grim of Orefield, who were attending the Hispanic Christmas season event for their first time. Ramon Rodriguez of Bethlehem played Gaspar, one of the three kings handing out gifts to the children.


By Tim Gilman


 


NEWS ANALYSIS


County entangled in gruesome murder case


A fellow at the losing end of a custody battle used to stand outside the Northampton County courthouse every morning. He carried handwritten signs lambasting several county judges, as well as Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Division. From time to time, child abuse awareness groups also protest on the courthouse steps. All are regarded with healthy skepticism. But now Sara Packer, a former adoption supervisor in Northampton County, has been charged with participating in the rape, murder and dismemberment of her own adopted daughter, Grace. Will the public feel less confident in CYF caseworkers?


By Bernie O’Hare


 


ENTERTAINMENT


A colonial-inspired dining experience


The Tavern at the Sun Inn, which opened in December, is a unique addition to downtown Bethlehem’s impressive list of restaurants. What makes it special is its colonial-inspired menu, extensive wine list from local vineyards, and Ales of the Revolution produced by craft brewers in eastern Pennsylvania. Executive Chef Billy Grunenwald (photo) says his menu pays homage to the true farm-to-table aspect of early tavern fare by keeping ingredients fresh, seasonal and based for the most part on what early Bethlehem settlers would have had available. “We’re keeping things simple, with minimal ingredients and lot of herbs.”


By Carole Gorney


 


CLASSROOM


Preparing for vespers


Moravian Academy students began preparing in early December for the annual holiday season Vespers services at Central Moravian Church in downtown Bethlehem. The Middle and Upper School Vespers were held Dec. 8 and the Lower School services were the next day. This year’s Vespers were of special significance for the local private school, which is celebrating its 275th anniversary during the 2016-17 academic year. Photo: Tristen Rodney and Reith Lutostansky ring large bells during a seventh grade hand bell choir rehearsal. Lutostansky’s bell has a large clapper - the tongue of a bell.


By Tim Gilman


 


BETHLEHEM SPORTS


Landis registers career win 150


When it comes to taking part in basketball events, there’s one that stands out above the rest for Liberty head coach Chad Landis. Taking part in the Yasso-Rothrock Christmas City Classic has a deeper meaning for the Hurricane coach, who worked under Todd Rothrock as an assistant at Liberty before taking over as head coach of the program nine years ago. That’s why Saturday’s 76-54 victory over Blue Mountain gave Landis smiles for several reasons outside of winning. It was one of the best offensive outputs by the Hurricanes all season, as they compiled 20 assists as a team en route to keeping Blue Mountain at bay.


By Peter Car


 


LV FOCUS


Late bloomers


There is a natural schedule of signature color changes that our native trees follow each fall season. We are all familiar with the vivid autumn colors. The flowers that trees produce, however, bloom from early spring, like the tulip tree, to the unusual witch-hazel, which blooms from October often into March. Witch-hazel is also known in some areas as snapping hazelnut, spotted alder and winter-bloom. They grow throughout northeast and southeast North America from Florida to Nova Scotia and the Great Lakes to Texas.


By Bud Cole


 


OTHER STORIES


Bethlehem: Reynolds proposes moves for more open governance


Bethlehem: BAPL book sale begin Jan. 25


Bethlehem HARB approves 3 project plans


Bethlehem: Authority to study infrastructure safety


Northampton County: Cusick remains council president


Northampton County: Council questions dog licensing change


 


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017


January 11, 2017

COVER STORY

Welcoming 2017

The New Year’s Eve Peep Drop has become a popular event. Just Born’s Peep mascot, wearing a tuxedo, ‘hosts’ the New Year’s Eve activities at the Steelstack’s Levitt Pavilion, where Peeps visors are handed out to the celebrants. A new and larger plastic Peeps Chick with changing colors was the focal point of the early evening celebration. The Peep’s descent from a crane high above Steelstacks concludes each year with a colorful fireworks show.

By Tim Gilman

 

PEEPFEST

S’more family friendly fun

The eighth annual PeepsFest was a family-friendly two-day event Dec. 30 and 31 at the Steelstacks Campus in South Bethlehem. Photo: The PeepsFest 5k race started at Steelstacks in South Bethlehem Saturday morning, the second day of the festival. Running together are race friends in noticeable Peeps-related yellow attire, sisters Ellen and Nancy Bartuska of Wilmington, Susan Gurley of San Francisco, and Peepsfest 5K newcomer Dawn Madzaral of Trexler Hill, who was visiting her family in Fountain Hill. The Peeps 5k companions were among the winners in the “Peepsonality” costume contest, chosen from the 600 runners.

By Tim Gilman

 

AT THE SANDS

Ringing in the New Year

Business owner J. R. Williams this year treats his staff to a holiday party each year and decided to bring them to the Vision Nightclub for a New Year’s Eve celebration. Williams owns Ultimate Auto Detailing and Window Tint in Easton. About 1,300 revelers chose the Sands Bethlehem Event Center’s Vision Nightclub to ring in the New Year with drink, dance, confetti and balloons. DJ N9NE provided the beat leading up to a midnight balloon drop and confetti shoot into the crowd.

By Dana Grubb

 
OPINION

ED’S WORLD

Graphic commentary by award-winning artist Ed Courrier

 

PEOPLE

Bethlehem Twp. Resident returns to his roots

When Kevin Habick traveled to the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY for a football game with his family in ninth grade, he fell in love with the school.  “I loved the atmosphere and traditions,” this 2005 Freedom HS graduate says. “The school’s motto was something different than I’d known.” That motto is “Duty. Honor. Country.” Photo: Army Ranger School, called the “toughest combat course in the world,” and one of the most mentally and physically demanding leadership schools in the military, provides an intense 61-day combat leadership course focused on small-unit tactics.

By Joanna Ireland

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Yasso-Rothrock tourney set

The Yasso-Rothrock Christmas City Classic basketball tournament will take place this Saturday at Freedom with a slate of matchups featuring each of Bethlehem’s boys’ programs. The varsity action tips off at 4 p.m. when Bethlehem Catholic takes on Lincoln Leadership Academy, followed by a 6 p.m. slate between Liberty and Blue Mountain. The nightcap will feature Freedom taking on Bangor at 8 p.m.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

‘Give me goosebumps’

One doesn’t usually associate a symphony concert with pop music, but when the Allentown Symphony Orchestra is paired with the Grammy Award-nominated piano genius Jim Brickman, it’s sure to be a night to remember. “Jim Brickman Pure Piano with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra,” conducted by Ronald Demkee, Allentown Symphony associate conductor, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

By Ashleigh Strange

 

OTHER STORIES

BASD: Not a windfall after all

Bethlehem: Morganelli threatens Sands over $10M host fee

Bethlehem: Negron-Dipini, Colon introduce ethics proposal for city government

Bethlehem: ‘This is about good government’

Another View: Where have all the moderates gone?

Another View: What about our Military Personel?

Northampton County: Bridge renovations suffer roadblock

SteelStacks: Gingerbread house contest winners selected

 

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