Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Media focus on MDA with death of Jerry Lewis

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Opinion

The unexpected death of actor and comedian Jerry Lewis, 91, on Sunday put media focus on the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Lewis, who served as national chairman and hosted the MDA’s annual telethon fundraiser every Labor Day weekend from 1966 to 2010, helped raise more than $2.6 billion for the organization.

The MDA ended the telethon in 2015, transitioning from a 21-and-a-half hour show in 2010, Lewis’ last year, to a six-hour show in 2011, three hours the next year and two hours in both 2013 and 2014.

Retired state police sergeant discusses sovereign citizens

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Retired Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. Robert Bemis recently presented a discussion concerning sovereign citizens at Kutztown University.

Co-sponsored by the Association for Campus events and the Criminal Justice Department, the presentation was aimed at providing information to the criminal justice students but it was also open to the public.

Bemis, a retired Marine, discussed the origins of the sovereign citizens’ movement, ways to recognize their beliefs and suggestions on how to decrease any violence on their part.

Zoo holds ‘Wild at Hearts’ fundraiser for masai giraffes

Monday, April 24, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

For those with a love of animals and a desire to celebrate cupid’s holiday with a twist, Wild at Heart at the Lehigh Valley Zoo was the perfect alternative Valentine’s date or family outing.

The event was held Feb. 12 as part of the zoo’s continuing fundraising efforts to bring a pair of long-awaited Masai giraffes from their current home in Kansas City, Mo., to Schnecksville.

Churches band together to aid homeless families

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Several local churches have decided to tackle the problem of homeless children and their families in Lehigh County.

Family Promise is a nondenominational organization with a mission of building communities and strengthening lives.

The group is a nonprofit 501(c)3 with more than 202 affiliates in 42 states.

The idea of launching Family Promise of Lehigh County was spearheaded a year-and-a-half ago by doctoral candidate and licensed social worker Diane Joy Irish.

Kutztown University hosts Lunar New Year celebration

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Kutztown University’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association recently hosted its annual Lunar New Year Celebration.

The Lunar New Year, also called Spring Festival, has more than 4000 years of history.

The celebration is the grandest and most important annual event for many Asian people.

Steeped in tradition, the holiday is celebrated with decorations, dragon and lion dances, family reunions, house cleaning, and lucky money given to children.

The Lunar New Year date changes every year based on the Lunar Calendar.

LEHIGH COUNTY-Muller endorses Armstrong for county exec

Monday, February 27, 2017 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Supporters and friends gathered around Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller for what was thought to be a campaign kickoff at Brookside Country Club, Lower Macungie Township.

However, just minutes into his speech, Muller announced he would not seek re-election for a second term.

“As great as this chapter of my life has been and continues to be, it will come to an end this year,” Muller said at the event. “This is not the kickoff of my campaign tonight. I know that will come as a surprise to most of you.”

Muller explained the reasons for his decision.

Bonds created between police, kids at Troop M Camp Cadet

Monday, August 29, 2016 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Especially important during this time of uneasy relations between some citizens and police in this country, State Police Troop M sponsored its annual Camp Cadet at Camp Fowler, Orefield.

This year, 91 campers ages 12 to 15, checked in for a week of structured activities aimed at re-creating actual state police training.

The campers focused on discipline, self-esteem and teamwork.

Activities included K-9 and radar demonstrations, visits from a state police helicopter, as well as representatives from the FBI and Secret Service.

Cetronia and St. Luke’s dedicate new community education center

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by JENNIFER BODISCH in Local News

Cetronia Ambulance Corps and St. Luke’s University Health Network commemorated Oct. 21, 2015 the dedication of the St. Luke’s Community Education Center, located at the corner of Broadway and Parkway Road, South Whitehall Township,

The large building is a new resource for EMS professionals, healthcare providers and the community.

The dedication ceremony was attended by executives from Cetronia Ambulance and St. Luke’s as well as representatives from a multiple federal, state and local government offices.