The 2018 Boutique at the Rink cancer fundraiser is in the books and the efforts of over 300 volunteers and support of a far reaching community raised over $273,000 to fight cancer.
The event is held at the Earl E. Schaffer Skating Rink where volunteers accept and sort donated items for resale to the public. Proceeds are shared with three area charities: the Cancer Support Community; St. Luke’s Hospice; and the St. Luke’s Cancer Center.
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Urbano Mexican Kitchen and Bar at 526 Main St. in Bethlehem made its opening official at a ceremonial ribbon cutting on May 8 with public officials and members of the local business community in attendance. “Thank you for your investment, commitment and faith in our downtown,” Mayor Bob Donchez said.
The 75-seat restaurant and bar is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Brunch is offered on Sundays at 11 a.m. and dinner from 4to 10 p.m. Sundays. More information is available at www.urbanobethlehem.com.
The Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem’s 39th annual golf tournament was held June 11 at the Steel Club, formally Silver Creek Country Club, with 80 golfers supporting the fundraiser.
The club’s chief executive officer, Gary Martell, said that money raised by the tournament supports programming such as Project Learn, Gang Prevention, Smart Moves, and Triple Play, each designed to encourage getting an education, staying out of gangs, drug and alcohol prevention, and a healthy respectful lifestyle for club members.
On July 2, before a small gathering of family and friends, former Councilwoman Jean M. Belinski was laid to rest during a brief graveside service performed by Father Anthony Mongiello of St. Anne Catholic Church in Bethlehem. Mayor Bob Donchez and business administrator Eric Evans, both former city council colleagues, were in attendance with Donchez offering his memories and condolences on behalf of the city government in which Belinski served on council for 16 years. She passed away June 28 at the age of 83.
When Bethlehem Township resident Alan Yuknis awoke Memorial Day, he found that somebody had broken off the toy M-16 rifle and removed the plastic military helmet from a roadside display that he had installed at the corner of his property, which honors those men and women who serve in the military and law enforcement.
The Bethlehem-Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association presented the annual Slovenia flag raising ceremony June 22, which recognizes both the anniversary of the Independence of Slovenia and creation of the sister city relationship with Murska Sobota.
Held on Payrow Plaza, the ceremony features about 50 area residents joined in to recognize the role Slovenians have played in the Bethlehem area. Current BMSSCA President Eugene Novak conducted the ceremony and also received a proclamation from Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez’s chief of staff Alexander Karras.
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