Friends and five generations of family members gathered around Margaret “Marge” Rooney July 15 at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Center in Bethlehem to celebrate her 90th birthday.
The theme of the surprise party was “1927 was a very good year,” and the room was decorated accordingly. Each table was adorned with sheets of paper listing fun facts from 1927, coasters displaying the year and PEZ candies and Kool-Aid packets, both of which were invented in 1927.
Parents, family members and friends of Liberty HS’s class of 2017 filled Stabler Arena to the brim for the graduation ceremony June 6. The crowd cheered and applauded as the 643 graduating seniors filed into the arena in their navy and maroon caps and gowns, ready to receive their diplomas and declare themselves alumni.
Blue skies and sunshine greeted the 71 members of Moravian Academy’s class of 2017 as they marched two-by-two across the lawn at the Merle-Smith Campus in Bethlehem. The commencement took place June 3, marking and celebrating the new graduates as well as the school’s 275th year.
All-School Chaplain the Reverend Jennifer Nichols began by recognizing the character of the students, whom she called a “unique collection of joy-filled, thoughtful souls, hard workers and decent human beings.”
Musikfest commenced its 33rd year with an opening ceremony at Wells Fargo Festplatz on the north side of Bethlehem Aug. 5.
Declared the “largest Musikfest ever” by ArtsQuest President and CEO Kassie Hilgert, this year’s festival will feature 387 artists from 20 states and seven countries and will bring in $60 million for the city and region.
Hilgert thanked everyone involved for making the festival possible year after year, including the Musikfest staff, more than 1,500 volunteers, corporate partners, elected officials and residents of Bethlehem.
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."