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Tuesday, February 28, 2017


March 1, 2017

COVER STORY


‘We dance fort the kids’

During the Mini-THON Feb. 18, the recently renovated Notre Dame HS gymnasium rocked with music for the 350 dancers and the bleachers were filled with their families and patrons of the annual fundraiser event. Cheryl Fenton, coordinator of the Notre Dame Mini-THON and the school’s advancement director, led the celebration from the gymnasium stage and was dressed for the dance in a green tutu. Photo: A roar erupted from the packed gymnasium when the total of $74,320 raised was revealed by Mini-THON participants hoding up individual placards with the long-awaited numerals. Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the Notre Dame Mini-THON.

By Tim Gilman

 

PEOPLE

Miss Amazing  redefines beauty

There are many different kinds of beauty pageants, but only one very special Pennsylvania Miss Amazing contest, where this year 20 girls and women with disabilities vied for recognition and prizes in the second annual event at the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts in South Bethlehem. The contestants, ranging in age from 6 to 37 years old, came from throughout the state. Photo: The 2016 Miss Amazing Junior Teen Kassie Mundhenk gets some hair-styling help from her mother, Jenette Mundhenk. Mom says her daughter “has gained so much confidence since participating in last year’s pageant.” Kassie helped give out awards at the 2017 pageant.

By Carole Gorney

 

COMMUNITY

NAACP marks 72nd Freedom Fund banquet

Bethlehem’s own NAACP, which was founded in 1945, held its 72nd annual Freedom Fund banquet in order to celebrate with and commenced its community partners. High-spirited President Esther Lee, on behalf of the chapter, started the banquet with sharing how happy she is to have such tremendous supporters. “Our issue is civil rights and making our representatives responsible for just that. They are not doing all that they can. I am glad our mayor is here as he is very good about coming through and showing his support,” Lee said. Photo: The room was full of a multitude of churches, the Bethlehem police force, non-profit organizations, Representative Steve Samuelson, Mayor Robert Donchez, school officials from both Liberty and Freedom high schools, keynote speaker Senator Vanessa Brown, and life-long supporters.

By Selena Cintron

 

OPINION

Ed’s World

Graphic commentary by award-winning artist Ed Courrier

 

CLASSROOM

Collecting for Paul’s House

Students in preschool through eighth grade at Notre Dame School of Bethlehem recently held a Thankful Thursday collection to benefit the Major Paul Syverson Sanctuary for Veterans, or Paul’s House. Paul’s House, also known as VALOR Clinic, is a transition home in Brodheadsville that aids homeless veterans with a mentor, life skills classes, information about the VA, and peer to peer groups of the Veterans Unstoppable program, all while providing them with a warm place to call home. Photo: Notre Dame School of Bethlehem students Dalton and Olivia Wickel help pack the donated items into the car for delivery.

By Amy Miller

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Hawks win District team title

Mikey Labriola became a four-time District 11 champion Saturday night at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium, but it wasn’t the joyous moment you would expect. When you’ve won a district title in every season you’ve competed, perhaps the feat becomes expected, if not, monotonous.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Diverse views, diverse artists

Three separate exhibitions are on view in Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown. These are diverse views and diverse artists, each with a distinct perspective. AM DeBrincat’s “Speculative Fiction” is on display in the Galleria Lobby. Patricia Satterlee’s “Already Gone” is also in the Galleria. George Afedzi Hughes’ “Urban Allusions” is in Martin Art Gallery. In “Speculative Fiction,” continuing through March 27, DeBrincat assembles mixed media paintings with images taken from analog and digital archives and blends them together.

By Ed Courrier

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: ‘Answers lie outside city hall’

Bethlehem Area SD: ‘Reading by 3rd Grade’ yields results

Bethlehem Township: Peers, public irked at commissioner’s comments

Bethlehem Township: Attorneys urge board member’s disqualification

Lehigh County: Muller endorses Armstrong for county executive

Opinion: Statement on congressional letter regarding JCC threats

Valley: Deputy DA warns students about sexting

 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017


February 22, 2017

COVER STORY

WGPA celebrates 70 years on the air

The owner of the Bethlehem Globe-Times newspaper, Rolland J. Adams, founded WGPA in 1947. He owned the Globe Times from 1933 until he retired in 1970. As a gift to the city of Bethlehem, the Globe Times erected a star on South Mountain for the Christmas season of 1938. Adams had difficulty finding local radio coverage to publicize the star. That convinced him that Bethlehem needed its own radio station. Adams made several visits to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, D.C., to request a radio broadcast license. When he finally secured it in 1945, it was only the third license to be granted in the Lehigh Valley. Photo: The ‘Bearman’ dropped by to congratulate WGPA owner Ronald Crumbliss on Sunny 1100’s 70th anniversary. At WZZO for many years, Bearman related how he had started his radio career 45 years ago at WGPA.

By Karen Samuels and Dana Grubb

 

FOUNTAIN HILL

Council Oks public works facility plan

For five years architect Mike Mayrosh has toiled over designs as residents waited, shaking their heads at dripping ceilings, equipment and extension cords lying about, and great unsecured fuel tanks rusting amid their Pool Street homes. But Feb. 15 it came to pass: Council voted to advertise for the construction of a new public works facility.

By Nate Jastrzemski

 

RESTAURANT WEEK

‘Great and wonderful’

According to Apollo Grill general manager Rachel Griffith, Historic Bethlehem’s Winter Restaurant Week 2017 was “great and wonderful. We’ve offered some creative menus,” said Griffith, who said the weather had cooperated, unlike in 2016 when a 32-inch snowstorm forced restaurants to extend the promotion. Apollo Grill was one of 12 historic district restaurants participating from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, each offering a variety of specials at fixed prices to encourage regular diners and those new to the downtown dining scene to enjoy a variety of culinary experiences. Restaurant Week is a Downtown Bethlehem Association promotion. Photo: It’s a Restaurant Week luncheon with young Luca DeAngelis as the center of attention. Donna Leon and Brittany DeAngelis of Bethlehem said they enjoy Restaurant Week options and Luca apparently enjoys attention from server Michele Valence, a 12-year employee at the Apollo Grill.

By Dana Grubb

 

BUSINESS

Fitness team is here to build you up

In-home personal training company GYMGUYZ is lifting its national franchise and dropping a confidence campaign right in the Lehigh Valley. With GYMGUYZ now in the valley for a year, Aaron Behrens, Lehigh Valley franchise owner, and his trainers are excited to expand their business and start working with children and parents. Photo: GYMGUYZ Lehigh Valley’s Joe Hofstetter and Aaron Behrens team up for the Confidence Campaign. The two aim to strengthen the youth one child at a time.

By Selena Cintron

 

CLASSROOM

LHS Robotics Team qualified for national competition

While some students spend hours after school mastering a sport or an art, the nine students on the 2016 Robotics Team at Liberty HS spend their time designing, building and programming award-winning mechanical robots.  The LHS Robotics Team recently won the Parkland Starstruck HS Division Qualifier, a tournament at Springhouse MS against 36 other high schools Jan. 7 sponsored by VEX Robotics. The win earned them a spot at VEX’s national competition April 6-8 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and they are working to raise the $6,000 needed to get them to the competition. Photo: Felix Quintana and Raj Kundu practice driving the robot at their team meeting after school.

By Liz Kemmerer

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Becahi girls win EPC title

Before winning the East Penn Conference Girls’ Basketball Championship last Friday, Bethlehem Catholic coach Jose Medina told his Hawks that last year’s silver medal was hanging in his car, a medal they could not get again. After a 45-40 victory over Easton at Freedom High School, Medina presented his team with medals of a different color. Gold.

By Katie McDonald

 

LV FOCUS

King of Instruments

“In my eyes and ears, the organ will forever be the King of Instruments.”

- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Allen Organ is the official organ of the Allentown Symphony and we have enjoyed a wonderful partnership for many years. Many people in the Lehigh Valley are not aware that Allen Organ, the largest digital organ company in the world, is located right here in Macungie, Pennsylvania. Allen Organ was on the front end of technology when in the 1960s the firm utilized binary-coding systems developed for NASA, and applied them to the sampling and replication of musical sounds.

By Diane Wittry

 

OTHER STORIES

Bethlehem: School board Oks preliminary budget

Bethlehem: School officials critical of proposed tax plan

South Bethlehem: Lehigh plans new residence hall

Fountain Hill: Nancy Run firefighters assist at fire scene

Lehigh County: Grant will assist in heroin, opioid fight

Lehigh County: County making new parks, rec. plan

Northampton County: County, city plan 911 consolidation

Valley: Area school official voice concerns about tax proposal

 

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017


February 15, 2017

COVER STORY
Wanted: New stove

Trinity Episcopal Church of Bethlehem has operated its soup kitchen for 35 years and today provides a nutritious hot lunches for 150 people Monday through Friday. Unfortunately, the heavily used 25-year-old stove and ovens are in dire need of replacement, and the Trinity Soup Kitchen has undertaken a campaign to raise the $16,000 necessary to replace them with a modern Vulcan stove and several convection ovens. That effort has been bolstered by an anonymous matching pledge of $8,000.

By Dana Grubb

 

COMMUNITY

LV Winter Classic’s uncertain future

Sixteen hockey teams from Pennsylvania and New Jersey braved some flurries and brisk 30 degree temperatures to converge at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink on Illick’s  Mill Road Jan. 28 for the fourth annual Lehigh Valley Winter Classic. The Winter Classic is a hockey tournament, played outside in the elements, which helps support the Lehigh Valley Polar Bears, a local, special hockey team, part of the American Special Hockey Association. The event  has doubled in size the last two years, growing from eight teams to 16 teams. All money raised from the tournament goes  directly to the Polar Bears, a team of 25 children with varying degrees of disabilities. But organizer Adam Bortz and others are concerned for the future of the classic, due to a possible restructuring of the building department in the city of Bethlehem which would move two workers at the rink away from the ice. Photo: Using the Zamboni, parks maintenance workers Mike McGraw and Adam Wagner drew high marks from event organizers for their efforts to keep the ice surface perfect during the tournament and throughout the ice skating season at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink. McGraw has been doing the job for seven years and Wagner for four years. Winter Classic organizer Adam Bortz called it “the most preferred ice in the Lehigh Valley.”

By Tom Broas

 

PEOPLE

Minsi Trails Court of Honor

Ten Scouters were honored with Silver Beaver Awards at a Minsi Trails Council court of honor Jan. 27. Recognized for distinguished service were (back row from left) Scott Best of Coplay, Jim Klunk of Kutztown, Jim Korcienski Sr. of Saylorsburg, Rev. Gary Marsh of Bethlehem, and William Schwab of Lehighton. Also honored were (front row from left) Bill Coles of Emmaus, Michael Caffrey of Bethlehem, Charlie Chase of Bethlehem, Francis Oquendo of East Stroudsburg, and Dawn Phillips of Effort.

By Ed Courrier

 

BUSINESS

LV Wedding Expo 2017

Mother Nature contributed a good dusting of white to complement the sparkling iced cakes and glittering gowns featured in the Bridal Expo hosted at Lehigh University’s Rauch Field House Jan. 7 and  8. Wesley Jenks, of Jenks Productions, said it’s the company’s 15th year coordinating and running the event.  “I like the people in the Lehigh Valley,” he said. “Everyone is friendly and easy to work with.” Photo: Crowds browse a variety of vendors at the Bridal Expo, held at Rauch Business Center.

By Joanna Ireland

 

FAMILY

A typical tropic night at the library

A Hawaiian Beach Party with storytelling, dancing, crafts and games was held in mid- January at the Bethlehem Area Public Library on Church Street. About 25 children attended the family-friendly tropical event in the library’s new youth section on the second floor. The library’s Teenage Advisory Board assists with many of the family-friendly events. The free activities are listed on the library’s website, www.bapl.org, or call 610-867-3761, ext. 499. The Southside branch at 400 Webster St. also features free events for children – more info at BAPL website and 610-867-7852. Photo: Miles Kwiatek of the Lehigh Valley Academy Charter School reads “Pig Boy,” an illustrated tropical beach book. “I love reading to the kids and volunteering here at the library. It’s a great way to take part in public service,” said the Bethlehem resident and president of the Teenage Advisory Board which helps with the Bethlehem Public Library community services program.

By Tim Gilman

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Eagles top BC in epic state wrestling final

Were you entertained? Saturday’s PIAA 3A state wrestling championship between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth came down to the final bout, where the winner took all and Zac Kiefer instantly became a Nazareth legend, following his 2-1 victory over Tavion Banks in the 170-pound finale to give the Blue Eagles a 30-29 criteria victory over Bethlehem Catholic.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Blue returns and a poem for a departed pet

Editor’s note: This is the second of three columns based on abridged versions of readers’ stories about their pets in response to a “Bud’s View” column about the emotional stresses individuals and families face when a pet dies. That column, “The Pets That Rescue Us,” is available on The Focus page of The Press web site, Aug. 31, 2016.

By Bud Cole

 

OTHER STORIES

Valley: Feeling fluish? You’re not alone

Valley: Good hygiene can help ward off flu, other bugs

Valley: Know the facts of cold and flu

Valley: Fire marshal offers winter storm tips

Bethlehem: Council targets bamboo

Bethlehem: First library booksale a good one

Bethlehem: HCC approves Martin Furniture sign move

Bethlehem: HARB approves awnings for 2 buildings

Northampton County: Gracedale profit less than first stated

Bethlehem Township: Big Box distribution site considered

Fountain Hill: Fire department officers sworn in

 

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017


February 8, 2017

COVER STORY

Souper Bowl VII – The People’s Choice

People’s Choice winner Michael Dontas of Bethlehem holds up the Souper Bowl Champion Spoon. The award was presented as the finale of the Souper Bowl at the ArtsQuest Steelstacks after the results of the special award selected by the eighth annual event’s attendees. Dontas is a co-owner of the Copperhead Grille in Allentown. The winning soup, “Vietnamese Pho” beef, was made by chef Phuong Nguyen of Allentown. The coveted People’s Choice spoon is customarily hung in the award winning restaurant.

By Tim Gilman

 

POLITICS

Donchez seeks second term

Bethlehem Mayor Robert J. Donchez has announced that he will be a candidate for re-election in the May 15 primary. In announcing his candidacy for re-election, Donchez said he seeks to continue his lifetime commitment to Bethlehem and will focus on fiscal responsibility, public safety, economic development, strong neighborhoods, openness in government, improving the business districts and recreational facilities and increasing the street overlay programs.

 

CLASSROOM

Cable show spotlights good work

Every household in Bethlehem will now be able to get a unique look inside Bethlehem Area School District since the district began its own TV program on RCN, “BASD District Insider.” The program began airing Feb. 2 on Thursday and Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. on channel 4.  “Not everyone accesses social media, but just about all of our constituents have cable TV,” Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy said. “This is another avenue for us to share the good work going on in the district.” Photo: Freedom senior Lucy Moeller hosts this month’s episode of District Insider.

By Liz Kemmerer

 

THE CHEMO BAG

Bringing comfort to cancer patients

It has been said that the first day a patient goes for chemotherapy is the scariest day of her life. As a way to make the experience less scary, and to bring some comfort to those undergoing the treatment for the first time, a group of volunteers in the Lehigh Valley distributes hundreds of comfort bags each year at local chemo infusion centers. Photo: More than 700 of these comfort bags were handed out in 2016 to patients starting chemotherapy.  They contain everything from hats and lap blankets to mints and large print crossword puzzles.

By Carole Gorney

 

PEOPLE

Bethlehem barber for the Falcon

In an area where Eagles, Giants and Steelers fans rule the roost, Bethlehem barber Denny Roebuck, an Atlanta Falcons fan since 1966, is no doubt in the minority. At age 9,  Roebuck attended an EaglesFalcons game in Philadelphia with family members who were Eagles fans. He says, “Being the person that I am, I cheered for the Falcons.” It was their inaugural season in the NFL. Photo: His barbershop walls decorated with Atlanta Falcon throws behind him, West Broad Street barber Denny Roebuck wears his favorite team’s jersey as he gives Bethlehem resident Noel Cornish a haircut. Roebuck predicted a Falcon victory, 34 to 28, saying, “I love the position they’re in.”

By Dana Grubb

 

PEOPLE

Bethlehem man named RSVP ‘Volunteer of the Year’

Bethlehem resident and native Ron Fluck is a volunteer at Sharecare Faith in Action, which is based in Bethlehem. He logs over 10,000 miles annually, making nearly 1,000 transports driving clients to doctors’ appointments, banks, drugstores, grocery shopping and an occasional fall foliage or Christmas decorations tour. Fluck was nominated by Sharecare Faith in Action executive director Lynn Heiney and received his award at the national conference in Kansas City. He has been volunteering at Sharecare for six years and encourages others to volunteer by calling Sharecare at 610-867-2127.

By Diane Schrameyer and Dana Grubb

 

COMMUNITY

Mounted unit’s new home takes shape

Construction on the new Bethlehem Mounted Police barn is progressing, with completion expected by late March or early April, according to Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police vice president Greg Solderitch. Photo: Framing of the new home for the Bethlehem Mounted Patrol is under way as carpenters from project general contractor B & D Builders construct the pole barn. B & D Builders is located in Paradise and specializes in barns, riding arenas and agricultural buildings.

By Dana Grubb

 

BETHLEHEM HISTORY

Calypso ES celebrates 100th

Calypso ES is celebrating the 100th anniversary of serving as a neighborhood school on Calypso Avenue for the entire school year. While some Lehigh Valley school districts, such as Saucon Valley and Southern Lehigh, chose a campus setting for their schools, where the students are bused into one central location, Calypso ES parents have always preferred that their children walk to their neighborhood school. Several Calypso students represent the third generation of their families to attend school on Calypso Avenue. Calypso Principal Kathleen Bast described the research efforts into the school’s past.

By Karen M. Samuels

 

BETHLEHEM SPORTS

Eagles stun Hawks in district duals

They say you can’t win them all and that finally became true for Bethlehem Catholic on Saturday evening at Freedom High School. Nazareth reversed a 20-point loss from the East Penn Conference championship and rode it to a 33-24 victory in the District 11 3A duals final, snapping the Hawks run of six straight District 11 titles (2A and 3A combined) and showing the most signs of mortality the program has had in a long time. Sometimes, when success is as prevalent and common as the Hawks (14-4) have enjoyed over the last six years, it can become stale.

By Peter Car

 

LV FOCUS

Our readers share their dog and cat stories

In a previous “Bud’s View” column, I wrote about the emotional stress my wife Bev and I faced each time one of our pets died. I discussed the heartbreak we experienced when we lost our dogs, Bear and Blue, and our cat, Charcole (Aug. 31, 2016 “The Pets That Rescue Us” column.) The following stories were sent in by Lehigh Valley Press readers of “Bud’s View.” This is the first of several columns based on abridged versions of their stories.

By Bud Cole

 

OTHER STORIES

State: School board assoc. report identifies tax elimination problems

Northampton County: Gaming Board patient about local fees

Bethlehem Township: Commissioners unable to find words for library referendum

Fountain Hill: Council sets 2017 pool prices

Hellertown: Medical marijuana ordinance planned

Valley: LV Greenways mini-grant applications due March 3\

Valley: Muslim Association hosts open house

Letter: ‘We will not forget Toomey’s betrayal’

Another View: Underage gamblers frustrate casinos

School: Charter Arts presents “Pride and Prejudice’

School: BAVTS students inducted into National Honor Society

 

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