Bethlehem Press

Monday, February 19, 2018

Humans of Liberty HS

Monday, January 15, 2018 by KATYA HRICHAK in School

‘Our stories … make us who we are’

When Liberty HS social studies teacher Adam Reitz noticed how many different types of students walked Liberty’s halls, he knew he wanted to find a way to highlight this diversity. Inspired by the Humans of New York Instagram account that features interviews collected on the streets of New York, he decided to create his own: Humans of Liberty High School.

‘A story wanting to be told’

Monday, January 8, 2018 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

“Once upon a time, there was a story that wanted to be told. This story was new, this story was old. This story was alive, this story was true, this story was about me, this story was about you.”

Such began the talk given by award-winning author Crescent Dragonwagon in the Bob Cohen Room of the Bethlehem Area Public Library Dec. 12. The talk, whose title matched its opening line, focused on the power of literature and storytelling.

Tree toss for charity

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

The parking lot at More Miles Automotive on Stefko Boulevard in Bethlehem was alive with Christmas spirit Dec. 16 during the annual Christmas Tree Toss for Charity. Holiday music played in the background as participants competed to see who could throw the tree the furthest, all while raising money for Turning Point, a place that offers safety and services to victims of domestic abuse.

Holiday House Tours return Dec. 9

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

The Bethlehem Historic District Association (BHDA) Holiday House Tour 2017 offers tour participants a unique opportunity to celebrate the holiday season while becoming better acquainted with Bethlehem’s history. The Dec. 9 tour will explore nine homes in Bethlehem’s Historic District, enlightening visitors with historically-appropriate decorations and information about each home’s specific history.

Success stories from Restoration House

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

‘I’m proud of myself–finally–for the first time in my life.’

“It’s sad to see that the program is shutting down. It’s sad to see that there will no longer be help for people who are stuck in a situation like me,” said Zynnia, one of New Bethany Ministries’ Restoration House Program participants forced to vacate the apartments at the end of October.

After being defunded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, all current occupants of the Restoration House apartments on Third Street had to be moved out by the first of November, regardless of whether or not they have stayed for the full 18- to 24-month duration of the program.

Defunding programs

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

Many families find Valley housing unaffordable

For many, housing costs in the Lehigh Valley are steep. For others, housing is simply unaffordable, and certain programs designed to help this sector of the population are being defunded.

The Restoration House Program, operated by New Bethany Ministries on Bethlehem’s Southside, is one of these programs. By the end of October, all current residents were required to vacate their apartments, even if they had not reached their full duration of stay.

Defunding programs

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

Many families find Valley housing unaffordable

Housing costs in the Lehigh Valley are steep. For many families, housing is simply unaffordable, and programs designed to help this sector of the population are being defunded.

The Restoration House Program, operated by New Bethany Ministries on Bethlehem’s Southside, is one of those programs. By the end of October, all current residents were required to vacate their apartments, even if they had not reached their full duration of stay.