Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Art district hopes for national recognition

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

The Southside Arts District in South Bethlehem is developing a new five-year plan to help it become nationally accredited and designated as a Main Street Program with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The plan is focused on ways to improve streetscape, economic development, marketing and branding, and organizational sustainability.

Project Hope Keeping alive the true spirit of Christmas

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

It was a very merry Christmas this year for nearly 600 children and adults from throughout the Lehigh Valley who, thanks to Project Hope of Easton, enjoyed a traditional turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings, and took home gifts of coats and other warm clothing, along with bags of packaged food for families to have another holiday meal.

The Family Project: Child’s rude remark

Friday, January 18, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I’m sure everyone has gone through this, but it mortified me. What do you do when a young child (loudly) points to someone and says, “That man is fat,” or something equally embarrassing?

In response to the question, the panel observed that what young children say is an observation, not judgmental.

“Children learn from observation, sight and sound, and experience,” panelist Mike Daniels said, adding, “They make comparisons, but not connections.”

The Family Project: Nutritious meals

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am a single mom with two young children. Nearly all my income goes to rent, keeping my car on the road and bills. “Good” food is expensive. I can already see my six-year-old getting fat on what I can afford. What can I do? I’m not sure they will eat vegetables and salad, but they sure love macaroni and cheese.

“The idea that good food is necessarily expensive isn’t exacting accurate,” panelist Chad Stefanyak said. “Grandmother showed us that if you have chicken tonight, you have chicken salad for lunch tomorrow and chicken soup the next day. You can stretch things.”

The world is watching

Monday, January 7, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Iconic festival born one Peep at a time

Peepsfest, the family friendly New Year’s celebration in Bethlehem, has become as iconic as the yellow marshmallow chick it commemorates. The 2018 Peepsfest marked the 10th anniversary of the popular two-day event that partners ArtsQuest, Just Born Quality Confections and PBS39. It was also the 65th year since Just Born acquired its marshmallow chick line from the Rodda Candy Company of Lancaster, Pa.

The Family Project: Teen drivers a concern

Friday, January 4, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 16-year-old daughter does not have a driver’s license, but some of her friends do. She asks repeatedly for permission to get into cars with her friends who have drivers’ licenses, but are inexperienced drivers. How many ways can I say, “No?” When, or under what circumstances, should I say, “Yes?”

The panel first talked about how to deal with the daughter’s repeated requests to go driving in vehicles with friends, then switched to ways to make the experience safer when the mother eventually has to say, “Yes.”

People living on the edge Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering is ‘family’ to many

Monday, December 24, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

If you think it is cold outside this month, imagine how much colder you would be if you were homeless and living on the streets. Thankfully, for the homeless in the Lehigh Valley there is a temporary shelter in Bethlehem that offers an escape from the cold, nutritious meals and a needed helping hand.

The Family Project: In-laws’ drinking

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My in-laws have an active social life that often includes heavy drinking. My children, ages 11 and 13, have overheard them talk about their escapades, as well as their hangovers. One Sunday, my mother-in-law blatantly said that she was not getting out of bed because she had had too much to drink the night before. My kids have begun asking questions. My husband thinks it is funny, but I am worried about the effects this could have on our kids as they come of age. Am I overreacting?

The consensus of the panel is that the mother was not overreacting.