The canaries in the mine impact all - NAACP forum explores issues impacting the African-American community
At a May 28 forum conducted by the Bethlehem chapter of the NAACP, panelists agreed upon two primary causes behind recent issues impacting the African American community: the need for education and criminal justice reforms.
The forum, titled "21st Century Issues Affecting African Americans," was held at Town Hall and moderated by Esther M. Lee, president of the chapter.
As the school year comes to a close, Bethlehem Parks and Recreation youth summer programs will soon start. The list of programs is slightly varied from previous years, but Recreation Coordinator Mark Atkinson said the majority has remained unchanged.
Programs that occur yearly, according to Atkinson, include the tennis camps, playground programs, summer camps, swimming lessons and movie screenings. Each of these will be offered again this summer. A few programs are being cut, however.
ArtsQuest has decided to host another Lehigh Valley SoccerFest and Viewing Party this summer, but this time for the Women's World Cup. According to ArtQuest's Curt Mosel, this is due in part to the success of last year's events surrounding the Men's World Cup.
"Last year's event was very successful which definitely helped us consider hosting again this year," Mosel said. "In discussing with youth soccer programs and soccer related businesses and our partners for 2014, all of them encouraged us to host again because of the past success and uniqueness of our event and campus."
"I am not even a soccer fan, but how can you not be a soccer fan during the World Cup?" said Ryan Hogan of Macungie.
Hogan was part of a crowd of thousands who showed up for the USA-Portugal soccer match at the World Cup SoccerFast and Viewing Party at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. The event featured numerous giant screen televisions along with food and refreshments.
Sunday's event brought many people, both long-time and new fans, from all over the area together to celebrate their love of soccer.