Mayor Bob Donchez announced Peron Development as the selected developer of the Bethlehem Armory at a July 21 press conference held at the historic armory, located at 301 Prospect Ave. in West Bethlehem.
Hosted by the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority, the conference addressed Peron’s intended plans for the 27,000 square feet of currently unused space.
Members of Bethlehem Catholic High School’s class of 2016 filed into the school’s packed auditorium to the familiar tune of Pomp and Circumstance and the cheers of their families and friends during the June 9 graduation.
Graduating senior Charlie Falteich gave the first student address, speaking on a theme common to speeches throughout the ceremony of personal transformation.
The 32nd year of Musikfest officially began with the opening ceremony Aug. 7 held at Aetna Americaplatz at Levitt Pavilion Steel Stacks.
ArtsQuest President and CEO Kassie Hilgert welcomed the audience and thanked all of those who make Musikfest possible, including 50 full-time staff members, 1,700 volunteers, 200 seasonal staff members and 150 corporate partners.
She handed the microphone to Lydia Johnson, a recent Freedom HS graduate, for the singing of the National Anthem before Bishop Hopeton Clennon of Central Moravian Church delivered an invocation.
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.