Bethlehem Press

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Everything was peachy at the fair

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

It took 12 judges more than an hour to taste all 22 entries and declare the winner in this year’s Fresh Peach Dessert Competition at the Great Allentown Fair. First the field was narrowed down to eight, followed by more tasting, then down to the final four.

Entries ranged from pies and cakes to tartlets and cheesecake, and were judged on taste and flavor (60 points), overall appearance and texture (20 points) and originality and creativity (20 points).

Sex Trafficking in the Valley

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Fueled by pornography; promoted on the Internet

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.

Theater Review

Friday, September 23, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

MunOpCo’s ‘The Producers’: What’s not to love?

“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.

Gonzalez newest Valley Iron Chef

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

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.

A Lehigh Valley epidemic - ‘Wake up. It is here; it is now!’

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

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.

A kiss on the cheek

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Retired Bethlehem teacher recalls greeting a ‘living saint’

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.

The Muggles out in force for ‘Harry Potter’ tome at Moravian Book Shop

Friday, September 9, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

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.