Bethlehem Press

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Coronavirus impact: Cityline Construction helps sanitize COVID-19 disaster

Saturday, July 4, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“In addition to what we do on a daily basis, my team and I have worked on three major disasters: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy,” says Tom Williams Sr., owner of Cityline Construction, which he founded in 1983.

“There was no doubt we needed to do our part during this current disaster, COVID-19,” Williams says.

The Salisbury Township-based company specializes in rebuilding residential and commercial properties damaged by fire, water, storms and other destructive calamities.

BETHLEHEM HCC - Flying V discussed in virtual meeting

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Canadian cuisine restaurant owners Matt and Christie Vymazal were granted a certificate of appropriateness from the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission for painting, signage and exterior light fixtures for The Flying V Poutinerie at 201 E. Third St. during the June 15 meeting held online. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ‘virtual’ hearing was conducted through gotomeeting.com. The vote was unanimous.

‘Park and Circumstance’ - Charter Arts celebration goes on the road

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by ED COURRIER in School

With the social distancing aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting all spring school activities, including musicals, proms and commencement, area graduating classes have borne the brunt of it. Administrators of the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts (Charter Arts) decided to help their high school seniors and their families celebrate their educational milestone with a June 8 “Park and Circumstance” bus tour.

“We wanted to go out of our way to celebrate everything that they have done throughout their four years at Charter Arts,” said Executive Director Diane LaBelle.

Buckeye and Alburtis taverns adjust

Friday, June 19, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Restaurants across Pennsylvania had to shutter their dining areas because of Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order to close non-essential businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To keep the food service businesses afloat while protecting workers and customers during the Red Phase, eateries were permitted to offer take-out and delivery only.

With Lehigh and Northampton counties moving from the Red Phase to the Yellow Phase June 5, outdoor dining, but not indoor dining, is allowed.

Birthday girl 95 years young!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Calvin Coolidge was in the White House when Gertrude Anderson came into the world in 1925. Fifteen U.S. presidents later, Anderson celebrated her milestone 95th birthday June 9. Her maiden name was Yeakel as she grew up on a farm now part of the Buckeye Pipe Line complex.

She stopped attending school at the nearby one-room schoolhouse at age 12 to help work the family farm. Both the farm and school buildings no longer exist.

Coronavirus impact: Baum School brings artists to ‘Your Residence’

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Editor’s Note: The Baum School of Art, including its students, administrators and supporters, is adjusting to the time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Second of three parts

With the order for statewide closure of non-essential businesses, The Baum School of Art was required to suspend its Spring Session and cancel its Post Session of classes.

The classroom studios and galleries at 510 Linden St., Allentown, are closed to the public until further notice.

Yocco’s takes it out in stride to serve Valley customers

Friday, May 22, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Restaurants across Pennsylvania had to shutter their dining areas after Gov. Tom Wolf’s March 16 statewide closure of non-essential businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To keep restaurants afloat while protecting workers and customers, eateries were permitted to continue offering take-out and delivery.

Yocco’s third generation owner Gary Iacocca and his employees acted swiftly to meet the challenge.

Coronavirus impact: Baum School student artists in virtual ceremony

Friday, May 22, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Editor’s Note: The Baum School of Art, including its students, patrons and administrators, is adjusting to the time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

First of three parts

The Baum School of Art awarded full, half and quarter scholarships to nearly 50 students from age five through 17 during a virtual presentation of the “Children & Teen Student Exhibition” awards ceremony.

Baum School of Art Executive Director Shannon Fugate introduced the April 18 online event with staff and faculty taking turns with praise and encouragement recorded from their homes.

Switch-hitter: Palmer Township plant converts from Major League Baseball uniform manufacturing to making face masks

Friday, May 8, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

With America’s favorite pastime sheltered in place in the dugout, Fanatics, Inc. has teamed up with Major League Baseball (MLB) to provide protective gear for those on the frontlines battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Fanatics Founder and Executive Chairman Michael Rubin called MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Jr. and proposed temporarily halting baseball team jersey production at the Fanatic’s Palmer Township plant to produce desperately-needed face masks and gowns.

Eight Oaks to the rescue

Friday, May 1, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Upon learning about the severe shortage of hand sanitizer and reading how a profiteer had been selling it for $325 an ounce, Chad Butters, CEO and founder of Eight Oaks Farm Distillery asked his co-founders, “What is the right thing to do here?”

The board, comprised of the retired Army pilot’s daughter Carly Snyder, son-in-law Logan Snyder, and daughter’s brother-in-law Jesse Tyahla, agreed that producing hand sanitizer to combat the coronvirus pandemic and price-gouging was the “right thing to do.”