St. Luke's University Health Network's Anderson Campus in Bethlehem Township is growing by leaps and bounds in order to keep up with demand. The week of July 22 saw 32 additional beds come online via a total fit-out of the hospital's empty fourth floor space, bringing the bed count to 108, and the completion of renovations to the original emergency department which takes its capacity to 32 bays.
Bethlehem has ramped up its in-house street overlay program another notch with the purchase of a $370,000 milling machine from 2013 bond proceeds. Coupled with the purchase of a $225,000 paver in 2012, city officials say they'll be able to cut prep time in half with the milling machine when city crews undertake street overlays and pave more quickly with the new larger paver.
People interested in touring the remnants of the former Bethlehem Steel plant, and receiving the inside stories about what it was really like to work there, may now take one-hour walking tours guided by the men and women who made the steel that built America.
The Steelworkers' Archives led walking tour opportunities started on July 5 with three evening tours, which started at the ArtsQuest Center. Past Archives president Frank Behum, a former steelworker conducted the initial tour, accompanied by former steelworkers such as Tom Cooper, Jerry Werkheiser and Dolores Boyko.
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.