Moravian College took time out Dec. 7 to give back to the community. Students, faculty and staff served a holiday meal to about 150 of Bethlehem's neediest people at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in South Bethlehem.
Sam Demyan, 18, was one of the servers ladling hot food to the line of people moving in front of him. He said he is a freshman at Moravian. He was serving beside his mother, Kim Demyan who is a librarian at the college.
"I like to help out in the community," Sam said. "We've got everything; they don't."
The new C-Town Supermarket on South Third Street in South Bethlehem got approval for its façade, signage and lights from the Historical Conservation District board at a meeting Nov. 18 at the Banana Factory.
Store Manager Kevin Luna said he expects the new store to open in mid-December. Luna said he plans a grand opening at a date he will announce.
C-Town Supermarkets, according to the corporate website, "are independently owned markets located across the northeast. Each C-Town has flexibility to offer a local mix of products to meet the neighborhood needs."
The boss at the Crayola Experience in Easton has about as much fun as the children that flock to this terrific kid-friendly fun factory.
The general manager's eyes twinkle and he has a friendly and ready laugh, but he isn't Santa Claus. Dan Aylward, a veteran "entertainment attraction" manager, loves to talk about the newly-renovated Crayola Experience that reopened in May with eight new "experiences" for a total of 21activities that entire families can enjoy.
Saxby's Coffee, due to open Nov. 9 at 3 West Morton St., got permission Oct. 21 from the Historic Conservation District to place signs to advertise the new business.
Saxby's Operations Manager Spencer Curtis attended the hearing.The Historic Commission, which approves or disapproves of signs, paint schemes and many other possible changes or additions to buildings in the Southside of Bethlehem, approved Saxby's modest sign. It will be made of sand-blasted redwood, and then painted.
From robotic helpers to private rooms, patients at the newly expanded Acute Rehabilitation Center at St. Luke's University Health Network hospital on Ostrum Street in Fountain Hill will get first class care and rehabilitation.
The newly added 15-bed center on the fourth floor will bring to St. Luke's acute rehabilitation capacity to 31 beds. The others are on the ninth floor. The expansion of the "Centennial Wing" was started in May.
Natasha Velez stifled tears as she accepted congratulations from Bethlehem Housing Authority's Zulma Rodriquez upon gaining ownership of her new Habitat for Humanity-built home on James Street in South Bethlehem.
Rodriquez said she has known Natasha Velez all of Velez's life and had been best friends with her mother who had died in a car accident.
"Thank every one of you that I have met on this journey," said an emotion-choked Velez. "Thanks again for everything."
Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley Executive Director Alan Jennings set forth new projects and goals Oct. 2 when speaking at the annual meeting of the CACLV.
He announced that the community action organization is selling its warehouse on Elmo Street, which houses the Second Harvest Food Bank at 2045 Harvest Way near the intersection of South Elmo Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Allentown. CACLV will start a fund raising campaign for a new site. The new site has not yet been identified.
"It wasn't her red Slurpee - it was her own blood!" said Ce-Ce Gerlach describing the scene when a childhood friend had been kill-ed in a drive-by shooting in Washington, D. C.
Gerlach, an Allentown School District School Board member, was talking to about 40 people gathered near Rep. Charlie Dent's office on Hamilton Street Aug. 21 to urge the Republican Congressman to co-sponsor H. R. 1565 which supports background checks for people purchasing guns.
Members of the Bethlehem and Allentown chapters of the NAACP traveled to Washington, D. C., this past weekend to observe the 50th anniversary of March on Washington when Dr. Martin Luther King gave his history-changing "I Have A Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
According to Dan Bosket, president of the Allentown chapter, 108 people booked seats on the two buses that left the parking lot at Redner's market on Airport Road early Saturday morning.
One of those making the trip was Artie Ravitz of Easton. Ravitz was at the March on Washington 50 years ago.
The Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg heard closing arguments Aug. 1 in the Voter ID Law court case that has pitted Republicans against Dem-ocrats in the state legislature. No Democrat voted for the law when the Republican-controlled state legislature passed the law in March 2012.
A legal challenge to Pennsylvania's law was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a then 93-year old woman and others.
The law, if enacted, will require all voters to present an approved photo identification card at the polls prior to voting.