Red and green, the Portuguese flag’s dominant colors, were on display at every turn as the Portuguese community of Bethlehem celebrated the 38th annual “Portuguese Heritage Day” at Holy Infancy School June 9 and 10 on East 4th Street in South Bethlehem. The festival benefits the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Fatima.
Though overcast skies drove Bethlehem’s annual Memorial Day Service indoors again this year, it was both a moving and spirited tribute to the men and women who have served the nation in the military and, in some cases, gave their lives for their country.
Ken Nichol, president of the United Veterans of Bethlehem, was master of ceremonies at the event, which was held in the Liberty HS gym. The opening prayer and Pledge of Allegiance were followed by a rousing version of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
It was a great time to get some bargains at the Governor Wolf ES’s annual Mommy Market.
With Tax Day approaching on April 18 this year, Americans in cities across the nation participated in a Tax March April 15 to demand that President Donald Trump release his most recent tax returns.
Though no president is required to release his tax income returns, every major party nominee since the 1970s has done so.
In Bethlehem, around 200 people gathered in Payrow Plaza next to Bethlehem City Hall to have their voices heard. The local rally was sponsored by the Bethlehem City Democratic Committee.
Looking from the window of his Moravian House apartment on a cold December morning, Bethlehem native Forrest Taylor commented to a guest that the rapidly falling temperature reminded him of the Christmas of 1944, which he spent in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium.
This year 64 dads and daughters signed up to attend the 11th annual Daddy-Daughter Dance at the Bethlehem Township Community Center. Young attendees at the dance, called the Boots & Bling Ball, ranged in age from three to eight. Not surprisingly, it was a lively affair.
This year Moravian College’s Cohen Arts and Lecture speaker, Jeffrey Toobin, was both informative and entertaining. Toobin is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
In the course of his legal career, Toobin served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn. In 1993 he gave up practicing law and took up journalism. He is now a legal analyst for CNN and staff writer at The New Yorker. He is also the bestselling author of seven books, the most recent of which is “American Heiress,” about Patty Hearst.
On Sept. 21 Northampton Community College sponsored the keynote lecture on its 2016 Humanities Theme, “Flying Free: Birds and the Human Spirit.” The subject was Rosalie
Edge, the founder of the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, Pa. Hawk Mountain is famous the world over, but Edge has slipped into undeserved obscurity. As the speaker, Dyana Z.
Furmansky, made clear, she deserves our attention.
Furmansky is the author of a prize-winning book on the topic of her lecture, “Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy: The Activist Who Saved Nature from the Conservationists.”
There was something for everyone at the third annual Apple Days Festival at the Burnside Plantation. Among other activities for children were rides on a pony or in a donkey-drawn cart, apple dunking, and having their faces painted. In the Kids Craft Tent young visitors could make a totem pole, a pinecone bird feeder, or a paper Burnside Model. They could also try their hand at sand art. Older attendees could watch and/or do some square dancing, witness a beekeeper demonstration, and participate in a doughnut-eating contest.
He was one of 10 children who grew up in poverty. His home was a trailer with three beds: one for his parents, one for his grandmother and two sisters, and a third king-sized bed for the eight boys in the family. Today he is the host of the late-night television show “Tavis Smiley” on PBS. He is the author of 29 books, a publisher, an activist, and a compelling public speaker.