The Southside branch of the Bethlehem Area Public Library reopened its doors to the public at noon March 27, after completion of $500,000 in renovations. Patrons of the branch can now experience a brighter, more spacious atmosphere, along with new and enlarged children's and youth areas and modern furnishings.
Pending the results of a March 25 inspection by the Pa. Department of Health, officials at the St. Luke's Anderson Campus are projecting that a $4 million expansion of the facility's emergency department will be operational beginning April 1.
The Bethlehem Fire Department recognized the promotions of three long-time veterans and six new hires at a ceremony in Town Hall Feb. 20. Receiving promotions were 21-year veteran Kenneth Jones Jr. to Assistant Chief 'C' Shift; 17-year veteran Craig Hoffert to Training Captain; and 13-year veteran Michael Reich to Lieutenant 'A' Shift.
Former Bethlehem Mayor Gordon Mowrer received his just due as a monument commemorating his legacy, the 1970s revitalization of Main Street, was unveiled and dedicated in his honor Feb. 19.
Nearly 100 family members and friends braved the rainy and chilly weather to honor Mowrer, whom Mayor John Callahan said has "a servant heart." Among those in attendance were former Bethlehem Mayor Ken Smith, Easton Mayor Sal Panto and state representatives Steve Samuelson and Dan McNeill.
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pa. and Emeril's Restaurants have partnered to present a unique Girl Scout cookie based dessert experience at Emeril's three restaurants housed in the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort. Emeril's Chop House, Emeril's Italian Table and Emeril's Burgers and More will each feature specific desserts through March 3 at a $7 price point.
The Bethlehem area and broader Lehigh Valley community showed an outpouring of love, respect and gratitude for Bethlehem resident and philanthropist Marlene "Linny" Fowler at a Feb. 10 memorial service held in the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary before a standing room only crowd.
Community activists, organization representatives, educators, elected officials, students, friends and family were among the many who gathered to remember Fowler's kindness and support, and her impact on individuals and the community at large.
The Bethlehem Branch of the NAACP and Bethlehem YWCA once again co-sponsored the annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration held each year at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity with over 100 attendees breaking bread, praying, singing, remembering and expressing hope together Jan. 21.
Speakers Dr. Ernest Smith, a retired pediatric cardiologist and Marques Grundy, the first African American appointed to the Northampton County Election Commission, wove their messages around the commitment of Dr. King, his "Dream," and the actions needed today to fulfill that dream.
Bethlehem Food Co-Op members and supporters gathered Nov. 15 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the organization's inception. With their invitation to the Bethlehem area community at large, the group wanted to say "thank you" to many community partners who have given support as the co-op nears its formal incorporation as a nonprofit, according to steering committee co-chair Colleen Marsh.