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Air Products Foundation funds health innovation at LVHN One City Center

Friday, November 24, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Business Showcase

Progress in medical care innovation was celebrated by a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) at One City Center for the new Air Products Center for Connected Care and Innovation.

Air Products Chairman, President and CEO Seifi Ghasemi was thanked by LVHN President and CEO Dr. Brian A. Nester for the company’s donation of $5 million through the Air Products Foundation.

Article By: Ed Courrier Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Mayor’s South Side Task Force focused on how Bethlehem is dealing with the arrival of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria at their meeting Oct. 31.

“We are definitely seeing an increase in the usage our daily services,” said New Bethany Ministries’ Kate Cohen, who added, “We have seen a lot of families coming up from Puerto Rico using the pantry and the hospitality center.” Cohen announced New Bethany is holding a 20th anniversary Luminaria Night Celebration fundraiser at the Luckenbach Mill Dec. 8.

Massage therapy center sign approved

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Healing Hands, represented by business owner Jennifer Burns and Brian Podenbach of Valley Wide Signs & Graphics, was quickly approved by the Historical and Architectural Review Board for installation of a bracket sign on the front of Tiger Hall at the October 4 meeting. Burns, also owns the venerable building at 518 Main St. The certificate of appropriateness was granted with the stipulation that a serif font be used for wording above and below the logo on the oval-shaped sign for the massage therapy center.

Getting an earful on communications

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Marcie Lightwood, from the Institute for Jewish - Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College, led a workshop on developing good listening skills at the South Side branch of the Bethlehem Public Library recently. Janine Santoro, from branch adult services, said she felt there was a need in the community to address the current polarized political climate. “No one is listening to anybody,” she lamented.

Article By: Ed Courrier Special to the Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission granted a certificate of appropriateness for an ambitious project to convert the former Lehigh Valley Cold Storage facility at 321 Adams St. into 30 apartments during the Sept. 18 Banana Factory meeting. Lehigh University, which owns the warehouse, was represented by developers Charlie Jefferson and Duane Wagoner from Jefferson-Weiner LLC and architect Tom Gerchk. Named “Brinker Lofts” in tribute to the cold storage company’s founder Adam Brinker, the massive five-story red brick 1890s era structure fills the block between E.

Artists ‘Digest’ space at PSU De Long Gallery

Friday, October 13, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Digest,” through Oct, 17, the Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, is the free-form creation of Allentown artists Daisuke Shintani and Atsuko Tajima.

“This is our painting in the air. Our floating forms are created in some way similar to improvising music.” according to Shintani’s and Tajima’s artists’ statement.

“We divided the room diagonally with a lighter side and a darker side,” Shintani said at the Sept. 7 opening reception.

Myanmar artists reflect changing political clime

Friday, September 29, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Visiting University of Hong Kong professor Ian Holliday brought a selection of 10 contemporary paintings by Myanmar artists for the exhibit, “Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition” in the Galleria, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College.

While visiting and studying Myanmar as a political science professor, Holliday began collecting contemporary paintings from artists he met.

In a talk he gave at Muhlenberg, Holliday described how Burma, a former British colony, later renamed Myanmar, was ruled by repressive military-backed regimes from 1962-2011.