The Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley opened its doors to hundreds of area students and their families for a back to school backpack giveaway Aug. 25.
Several community partners and sponsors combined their resources to present the event with each student receiving a new backpack filled with tablets, pencils and pens. Families lined the 500 block of East Fourth Street in Bethlehem patiently waiting for the 10 a.m. entry to start.
In retrospect, what piece of advice would you give your 18-year-old self when you graduated from high school in 1968?
It’s a little before 6:30 in the morning, and volunteers Mike Duffy and Jamie Kaintz are already at Quadrant Private Wealth Stables, set to get Pharaoh, George, Asa and Grey ready to face another day of duty. Duffy and Kaintz are joined by Sgt. Mike Leaser of the city of Bethlehem’s Mounted Police Patrol.
Their duties include mucking the stalls, feeding, ensuring there is plenty of fresh water for each mount, looking for any apparent injuries and making sure the barn is clean. The same process will be repeated in the evening by another set of volunteers.
The Bethlehem Area School District’s annual convocation officially kicked off the 2018-19 school year with the pomp and circumstance of both high school bands performing, inspirational videos, awarding of the Bethlehem Educational Scholastic Trust (B.E.S.T.) Awards, and unveiling of the district’s new logo.
Continuing its community involvement since opening in 1999, the Apollo Grill recently presented checks to four local charities through its “Be Apollo Proud” program.
Owner Rachel Griffith Fox and general manager Jansen Howard presented checks to representatives from Valley Youth House ($3,260.50), the Bethlehem YWCA ($3,155.50), the LGBT Business Council Scholarship Fund ($3,315.50) and Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center ($2,825.50) July 31.
When the time comes for Bethlehem resident and Moravian College nursing instructor Michelle Sayenga to retire, she told her group of friends, who have nicknamed themselves “the breakfast club,” that she wants to “retire into a job where people are happy to see me.” She told her friends about her desire to fulfill that need by driving the Just Born PeepMobile when she does retire, and friends Chris and Adrin Eline took over from there.