The Mayor’s South Side Task Force March 28 meeting at Northampton Community College’s E. Third St. campus began with chairman Roger Hudak channeling Sergeant Schultz from “Hogan’s Heroes.” “I don’t know anything about the Sands,” said Hudak concerning the possible sale of Sands Bethlehem to MGM Resorts International. “Nobody knows anything. Everything’s being done in Las Vegas,” he added.
Saucon Valley HS’s Theatre Department brought a ’S Wonderful’ Roaring ’20s comedy to the high school auditorium stage from March 2-5. Set to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, the musical, “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” involves a trio of bootleggers, Cookie, Billie and Duke, who take advantage of an inebriated playboy, Jimmy Winter, who owns a posh beach house where they stash a shipment of illegal booze. Produced and directed by Chad Miller, musical numbers included “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Demon Rum,” “’S Wonderful,“ and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
“Memories of Steel: Women of Bethlehem Steel” featured three women who shared memories of their involvement with “The Steel” during its heyday and decline in the Lehigh Valley. A collaborative effort of the Steelworkers’ Archives and Lehigh University, the event was held March 7 at the Bethlehem Area Public Library on Church Street.
The distressed property at 30-32 E. Third St., locally known as the Goodman Building, has been a source of contention between owner Alvin Kanofsky and city officials for several years. The City of Bethlehem, represented by Alicia Miller Karner, director of community and economic development, deputy director Amy Burkhart, and attorney Matthew Deschler, told the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission at the Feb. 27 meeting that the city had considered purchasing the property through eminent domain.
Chaired by Roger Hudak, the Feb. 28. meeting of the Mayor’s South Side Task Force at Northampton Community College’s E. Third St. campus brought good news for Bethlehem south of the Lehigh River regarding two historic buildings.
Lehigh Valley families dealing with pediatric cancer were shown some lovin’ by the folks at Warner Art Glass Feb 11-12 in Whitehall Township. Children who are battling cancer and their siblings assembled glass Valentine’s Day mosaics and created paperweights from molten glass in the center’s “Hot Room.”
Three separate exhibitions are on view in Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown. These are diverse views and diverse artists, each with a distinct perspective.
AM DeBrincat’s “Speculative Fiction” is on display in the Galleria Lobby.
Patricia Satterlee’s “Already Gone” is also in the Galleria.
George Afedzi Hughes’ “Urban Allusions” is in Martin Art Gallery.
In “Speculative Fiction,” continuing through March 27, DeBrincat assembles mixed media paintings with images taken from analog and digital archives and blends them together.
Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, presented Silver Beaver Awards to Michael Caffrey, Charlie Chase, Rev. Gary Marsh, and seven others at the Council Recognition Dinner Jan. 27 at the East Hills Moravian Church in Bethlehem The Silver Beaver is a distinguished service award for registered adult “Scouters” who have made a positive impact on the next generation through their years of service. Presenting the medals were Dr. Arnold Traupman and Glenn Higbie.
Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission re-elected Philip Roeder to serve as chair at their first meeting for 2017 held Jan. 23 at the Banana Factory. Gary Lader was elected to serve as vice chair. Christine Ussler handles secretarial duties as historic officer.
Bethlehem’s Historical and Architectural Review Board, with chairman Fred Bonsall, vice chair Philip Roeder, and freshman member Derrick Clark, approved two similar projects at the Feb. 1 hearing in the Rotunda.
Julian Sghiatti, owner of Clusters Handcrafted Popcorn at 530 Main St., was granted a certificate of appropriateness to install a dark blue awning using fire-retardant material and repaint the existing trim to match. The building, owned by Steve Holloman, was the former home of Shuze.