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.
It was a special day in South Bethlehem April 23. Not only was the community holding its annual Spring on the Southside festivities, with events from the Greenway to the Banana Factory, but the Cops ‘n’ Kids literacy program for children was holding its 10th annual celebration of reading and the arts and sciences.
“There has been a conspiracy of silence around death and dying,” award-winning author Katy Butler declared in her opening remarks at the sixth annual Littner Memorial Lecture Series for Bereavement in April at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem. In an effort to begin breaking that silence, Butler first challenged audience members to consider “what is a good end of life?” and to discuss it with someone sitting next
“What you are doing right now is so good,” Butler said. “We’re beginning to break the ice.”
South Bethlehem has achieved another culinary coup with the grand opening in early April of the second celebrity chef restaurant “Buddy V’s” at the Sands Casino. “Cake Boss” television star Buddy Valastro was on hand with his family at the invitation-only event to launch his newest ristorante, which features an Italian-American menu similar to that of the original Buddy V’s at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, another Sands Corp. property.
If you want to find people who really love their jobs, then talk to the Ambassadors – a team of eight workers dedicated to protecting the beauty, safety and commercial viability of Southside Bethlehem.
You can’t miss them. They are the ones wearing the bright yellow jackets and walking around the downtown area from 7 a.m. until 11:30 at night. You may see them greeting pedestrians, helping an elderly person cross the street, giving directions or sweeping and picking up trash. If you stop and talk to them, you can’t help but be impressed.
In 1741, a small band of Moravians from Germany, led by David Nitschmann and Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf, established a mission community on 500 acres of land purchased from William Allen near where the Monacacy Creek and Lehigh River meet. On Christmas Eve that year, the new Moravian settlement was christened “Bethlehem” in honor of the birthday of Jesus.
It might have been a little cool and windy outside, but the temperature was definitely hot at the annual Spring on the Southside chili cook-off and hot pepper eating competitions.
There were 13 cook-off entrants competing for either the judges’ or the people’s choice awards. They were Social Still, Southside 313 (formerly Looper’s), Molinari’s, Steel Pub, Café the Lodge, Molly’s, Sotto Santi, Comfort Suites, the Banana Factory, the Puerto Rican Beneficial Society, Broadway Social and Gas Station, Tally Ho and Tulum.
Everyone was a winner in the first-ever statewide Miss Amazing pageant held in April at Moravian College in Bethlehem. Contestants practiced skills and gained self-confidence, volunteers and sponsors left knowing they had made a positive difference in others’ lives, and audience members shared the joy of achievement with those on stage.
An extensive collaborative effort is under way in the Lehigh Valley to resolve the growing hunger crisis by strengthening the local food economy, increasing access to fresh foods and supporting local farming. Spearheading the initiative is the newly organized Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council, which was launched last September and held its second semi-annual meeting recently at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethlehem.
When John Christian Malthaner was a teacher at the Young Ladies’ Seminary in the mid-19th Century Moravian community of Bethlehem, he commissioned fellow teacher Gustav Grunewald to paint portraits of himself and his wife Catherine.
The portraits, after hanging for more than a century and a half in the homes of Malthaner’s descendants throughout the United States, have come home to Bethlehem, where they are now part of the permanent art collection of the Moravian Archives.