Kenny Staples died tragically in an Allentown bus fire 10 years ago, yet the friendly 47-year-old who battled cerebral palsy has not been forgotten. On June 24, friends and family gathered in a grassy area along the Monocacy Creek in Johnston Park to dedicate a bench in his memory, a location that is visible from the apartment unit in the Bethlehem Housing Authority's Monocacy Tower in which he once lived.
Authority Executive Director Clara Kendy spoke about Kenny's love of God and music, calling him the "coolest DJ."
"He was a joy to know," said Kendy.
For Jackie Lilley-McCammon each step of her career in the Bethlehem Fire Department has been a groundbreaking one. Her most recent came July 3 as she was promoted from captain to assistant chief, taking one more step up the trailblazing career path that she has followed since she was hired as Bethlehem's first female firefighter in May 1988.
Lilley-McCammon joins three existing assistant chiefs, replacing Ken Jones who retired June 1. Her new rank is the highest possible that can be achieved through civil service in the Bethlehem Fire Department.
Bethlehem has a new Sister City. At a Town Hall ceremony in March, Mayor John Callahan and Corfu, Greece, Mayor Ioannis Trepeklis signed the Sister City agreement before a large contingent of Bethlehem's Greek-American population and to the sounds of children's voices performing traditional Greek music and an exhibition of Greek dance.
They met at a USO dance. He was a sailor from West Bethlehem serving on a submarine in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. She was a stenographer in a department store in her hometown of Brisbane, Australia. On July 3, 2013, that American sailor and his Australian stenographer war bride, George and Audrey Wolle of Bethlehem, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with family and friends.
Thrilled to call Bethlehem home; arts charter school breaks ground for $27 million Southside complex
Sporting a slightly revised name that more accurately reflects its "current scope and future expansion of programs," the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts announced plans to build a new 87,000-square-foot $27 million state of the art educational facility. The announcement was made on Bethlehem's Southside at a ceremonial groundbreaking June 7.
Outgoing Nitschmann MS Principal Jackie Santanasto was toasted and roasted at a May 28 retirement reception held in the ArtsQuest Center's Fowler Room by over 125 of her family, friends and education colleagues.
In a short video prepared for the occasion by Nitschmann staff, Santanasto was identified by her colleagues as "inspirational, supportive, positive, a team player, elegant, compassionate and caring" among the many terms used. Perhaps the one description that best summed all of the sentiment was one that called Santanasto "one in a million."
"It's all about relationships," said Freshpet CEO Richard Thompson as he met with five Freshpet scholarship recipients April 26 prior to present a check for $10,000 to Northampton Community College director of development and scholarships Paul Acampora. Ten NCC students are receiving $1,000 scholarships because of their enrollment at NCC in manufacturing related fields of study.
In 1948 there were 15 students who graduated in their eighth grade class from the St. John Capistrano Parochial School that once stood next to the now closed St. John Capistrano Church on East Fourth Street near Hayes Street.