A nondescript maintenance building on the Miller Heights ES campus is the new home for Back Pack Pals, a program organized by Bethlehem Area School District parent Nikki Testa that aims to provide food for students in need over long weekends and extended holidays.
Testa, who was raised by a single mother, said it was divine guidance that spurred her to pursue establishing the Back Pack Pals program.
“I was tagged to pay it forward,” the upbeat wife and mother of two daughters says with a smile.
For the sixth year in a row, the St. Luke’s School of Nursing student nurse association collected backpacks and filled them with school supplies so that children of families that participate in the hospital’s maternal child health programs would have some of the educational supplies needed when the new school year started up.
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Re-purpose, reuse and recycle - Spiritual Healing Center owner fell in love with W. Broad Street building
The Beleno Spiritual Healing Center is open for business at 1109 W. Broad St., and for owner Carrie Beleno the progression to this point has seemed to be her destiny.
As a retired educator, she says a former client inspired her to step into the spiritual avocation.
“I needed to step into what my purpose was and own it,” says Beleno.
“What a wonderful way to start off the new school year,” exclaimed Marvine ES Principal Dr. Karen Gomez, when Marvine students were surprised at their first school year assembly as each received the gift of a backpack filled with school supplies courtesy of ArtSkills, an area manufacturer of arts and crafts school supplies.
Retired Bethlehem Police Chief Jason Schiffer returned to City Hall bearing a gift Aug. 31 as he delivered a $2,500 check to Mayor Bob Donchez and current Police Chief Mark DiLuzio for use by the department’s bike patrol unit.
Schiffer, who helped found the unit and a nationally credited bike officer, delivered the check on behalf of the law firm Cohen Feeley, Altemose and Rambo where he is now an attorney.
When Gertrude (Carl) Kunsman was born Aug. 26, 1911, the unsinkable ocean liner Titanic had not yet undertaken it’s fateful maiden voyage in 1912 and much of the Twentieth Century’s remarkable history was in her future.
One hundred five years later, “Gertie” was joined by family, friends, a police horse named George, and his officer partner Eric Waldeck at the portico of the Moravian Kings Daughters and Sons residence on West Market Street to celebrate her birthday.
The 2016 Boutique at the Rink cracked the $250,000 mark for the second time in three years, raising $252,366 to benefit three area cancer support and treatment organizations, St. Luke’s Cancer Center, St. Luke’s Hospice and the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley. At a wrap-up luncheon the 150 volunteers in attendance learned that their efforts had earned the second highest amount raised in the Boutique’s 42 year history.
Soon to be Eagle Scout Geoffery Baser of Bethlehem recently put the finishing touches on his Eagle Scout project at the Sayre Child Center in Bethlehem. “I wanted to give back,” said Baser, who recalled “having had a good time” at Sayre as a child. The 18-year-old Boy Scout is a member of Troop 318 based at Rosemont Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and was joined by fellow Scout Nick Hanna and assistant Scoutmaster Jim Swain as he finalized his project on a sweltering Saturday afternoon.
Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse opened his 12th restaurant recently with the addition of Emeril’s Fish House at the Sands Bethlehem Casino. The new restaurant joins Lagasse’s Emeril’s Chop House and Burgers and More by Emeril at the casino resort, and repurposes the former Emeril’s Italian Table.
Lagasse says the fish concept has been something he’s wanted to undertake for 22 years because of his connection to the sea and enjoyment of fishing.