The 2019 Boutique at the Rink cancer fundraiser was a rousing success as over $282,000 was raised to support three area agencies, Cancer Support Community, St. Luke’s Hospice and St. Luke’s Cancer Center. Co-chair Carol Jacoby reported that 303 volunteers provided 15,069 hours to set up, run and pack up the 45th annual event. Jacoby was joined by co-chair Janet Binsau to run the 2019 sale. Premiere night May 28 saw hundreds of shoppers pay $10 to enter and shop from amongst the best inventory of donated items, followed by four days of full price, half price and bag purchase options.
The Victory House annual charity golf classic was played at the Green Pond Country Club June 3 with 96 golfers participating. It marked the 13th annual golfing fundraiser to supports the emergency shelters programs at its Southside Bethlehem facility. Executive Director Pat DiLuzio said $120,000 has been raised to date to support the general operating budget, and expected to raise $10,000 from the 2019 classic which will be applied to the purchase and installation of an emergency generator.
The Slovenian flag raising ceremony, held in recognition of the 28th anniversary of Slovenia’s independence and the 23rd anniversary of the Bethlehem-Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association, was held in city hall June 21 due to inclement weather. About 40 residents attended the annual ceremony.
Mayor Bob Donchez welcomed attendees and recognized the contributions of Slovenians in the Bethlehem area.
The Bethlehem Area School District held its sixth annual academic signing ceremony June 4 in the Haupert Union Building at Moravian College. Twenty-one academic scholars combined from Liberty and Freedom high schools attended with family members and enjoyed a luncheon prior to actually signing their commitment documents.
Attendees were greeted by Dr. Joseph Roy, superintendent of schools. Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Jack Silva said, “Today’s ceremony is one of our absolute favorite days of the year.”
For a number of years, Richard Stiles has been on a mission to have one-time Bethlehem Mayor Robert Pfeifle honored with a memorial. Pfeifle served as mayor of Bethlehem from 1930 to 1950, longer than any other mayor in the city’s history, and Stiles was married to Pfeifle’s granddaughter June, who passed away in 2012.
The City of Bethlehem’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) celebrated EMS Week with a recognition ceremony May 20. Mayor Bob Donchez told paramedics, “We are proud of our public safety departments.” He presented EMS Director Thomas Decker with an EMS Week proclamation as did Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure. Representatives of both area hospitals, St. Luke’s University Health Network and Lehigh Valley Health Network, also attended and made presentations.
Two new establishments in the Moravian Book Shop celebrated their grand opening May 24. Dave’s Deli and Lost Tavern Brewery occupy one side of the reconfigured book shop, sharing common space so patrons may enjoy both a bite to eat and microbrewed beverages.
Dave’s Deli clerk Kim Aszli said, “The food is great and so are the people.” Up front, Lost Tavern general manager Jackie Weiboldt says they’ve been “pretty well received” and “the sales are definitely there.”
Hundreds of area residents turned out along the parade route and in Memorial Park Cemetery as those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation were honored on Memorial Day.
The annual parade and service was sponsored by United Veterans of Bethlehem, Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council and the City of Bethlehem. United Veterans president Ken Nichols conducted the service.
In remarks delivered on behalf of Mayor Bob Donchez, city business administrator Eric Evans said, “Even in peace our soldiers stand ready to die for our country.”
Leveling a landmark
It took about 15 seconds Sunday to reduce the 21-story Martin Tower to a pile of rubble, as HRP Management, LLC, owners of the 53-acre site, make way for new development.
As puffs of smoke and flames signaled the start of controlled explosions set by demolition contractor Controlled Demolition, Inc., the former world headquarters of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation seemed to stiffen before the four crucible wings started crumbling as the structure dropped under its own weight.