We’ll call her “Tiffany.” She was from Philadelphia and she was angry with her dad, and just as many teenagers might do, she complained about him to her “friends” on Facebook. Someone named “Gracie” responded, saying that the same thing had happened to her. The two began conversing online. Soon Gracie suggested that Tiffany might like to meet another friend – a man – which she did, only to find herself being trafficked in New Jersey. Tiffany managed to escape from bondage to tell her story, but many others aren’t so fortunate.
“The Producers,” Mel Brooks’ irreverent musical comedy about two Broadway swindlers whose plan to produce the perfect money-making flop goes awry, is one of those timeless mainstays of theater that bears staging on a regular basis.
Yet, while its masterful, award-winning script, music and lyrics would seem to promise a sure-fire hit, the show is not without some very daunting challenges.
Jane Guerio is the founder and president of Glory House, which promotes spiritual restoration and economic empowerment for women getting out of captivity, abuse or homelessness. Guerio is also a survivor of sex trafficking. This is her story.
The versatility of SPAM, the ubiquitous canned meat from Hormel, was put to the test during the “Great American SPAM Championship” at the Allentown Fair. Five children and 16 adults vied for cash prizes with their sweet or savory original recipes made from at least one 12-ounce can of any variety of the precooked product.
A new Iron Chef was crowned at the Great Allentown Fair this summer after a grueling schedule of cook-offs featuring some of the best chefs in the Lehigh Valley.
Six chefs competed in the final round, and the contest came down to two finalists: Cristian Gonzalez, executive sous chef at the Hamilton in Allentown; and Adam Boyd, chef de cuisine at h20 Kitchen, Wyomissing. The pair were given a basket of ingredients to use to prepare one entrée from either pork or alligator meat.
There is an epidemic spreading in the Lehigh Valley. It attacks primarily women, teenagers and children, especially the most vulnerable. Its victims come from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds. It is highly infectious, but too often goes undetected. To date, prevention has been mostly futile, and cures have been limited to a relative few. It is not the Zika or Ebola viruses, but it is just as insidious and horrific.
There are very few people who have ever been able to say they kissed a real saint, but retired Bethlehem teacher Nancy Kembel is someone who can. Forty-four years ago she kissed Mother Teresa of Calcutta on the cheek, then called the world-famous missionary “a living saint in our midst.”
How right Kembel was. On Sept. 4, just 19 years after her death, Mother Teresa was officially canonized a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
One dark and rainy night, the streets of downtown Bethlehem were crawling with all sorts of witches and wizards and magicians. Their destination was the Moravian Book Shop along Main Street, where at one minute after midnight July 31, long-anticipated and tightly kept secrets about their hero Harry Potter would be unwrapped.
On July 15, 2014, Kassie Hilgert, ArtsQuest senior vice-president for marketing and advancement, was sitting in her second-floor office looking out at the rusting monoliths that once had been the blast furnaces of the former southside Bethlehem plant where steel-making ended in 1995 with Bethlehem Steel Corp. filing for bankruptcy in 2001. Downstairs at ArtsQuest Center, a decision was being made by the ArtsQuest Board of Trustees that would change her life.
Ten “champions of literacy” were recognized at the second annual Celebration of Literacy banquet and awards ceremony, co-sponsored by the Colonial Association of Reading Educators (CARE) and Judith’s Reading Room in Bethlehem. A total of 175 educators, award winners and their families attended the event at Cedar Crest College.