Bethlehem Press

Friday, December 15, 2017

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.

‘Preserv[ing] the connection’

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

After six years of being closed, the High Street Bridge was dedicated in a reopening ceremony Sept. 25.

“As many of you know, this bridge used to be a single-lane wooden bridge that was owned and maintained by Norfolk Southern. Quite honestly, we’ve had issues with the bridge for at least the past 20 years in terms of deficiencies, and a couple of times it was closed,” said Michael Alkhal, city director of public works.

‘Still send[ing] love’

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

Family and friends gathered around Gertrude Kuhnsman to celebrate her 106th birthday at the Moravian King’s Daughters Home on West Market Street Aug. 26.

“She’s always very appreciative and she’s always liked a party, so she’s happy for this celebration,” said daughter Shirley Bilheimer.

The celebration was marked by live music, a porch full of guests and a visit from a mounted policeman and two horses. The visit from the horses was in honor of the horses that Kuhnsman owned earlier in her lifetime.

‘Wanting to see neighborhoods succeed’

Monday, August 7, 2017 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

The Bethlehem Area Public Library Southside Branch partnered with New Bethany Ministries to offer a program titled “Fight Hunger and Homelessness” at the library July 27. The program, part of the adult summer series “Build a Better World,” focused explicitly on the impact hunger and homelessness have on Bethlehem and the greater Lehigh Valley.

Musikfest: “A celebration … of everything that we are’

Monday, August 7, 2017 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

The opening ceremony for the 34th year of Musikfest was kicked off with a simple question by ArtsQuest President and CEO Kassie Hilgert Aug. 4 at Wells Fargo Festplatz: “Who wants to get a festival started?”

But before the 10-day festival could officially begin, Hilgert thanked everyone who continues to make Musikfest possible each year, including this year’s 1,800 volunteers, more than 150 corporate partners and “every department at city hall.”