Bethlehem Press

Monday, April 23, 2018

Tech/Trade school students honored by SkillsUSA

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in School

SKillsUSA honored dozens of local students at its 31st annual Elmer Gates awards breakfast at the Best Western Conference Center (DATE). SkillsUSA Council founder Gates established a program to recognize students at our local career and technical schools for exemplifying qualities desirable as both a student and prospective employee. The Elmer Gates Enterprise Awards are presented to students based on their scholastic achievement, school and community involvement, entrepreneurial spirit, and involvement in SkillsUSA.

Freedom HS graduation-‘Now it’s our turn’

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in School

It was a year to celebrate benchmarks, and the graduates of Freedom HS were flush with pride at Stabler Arena June 7.

They entered knowing some of their class’ accomplishments would survive to inspire underclassmen for many years to come – the fulfillment of the evening’s theme: “Building Something That Will Outlive Us.”

Signifying that by his mere presence was guest speaker Mark Sigmon, who was president of the school’s very first class of graduates, who began their senior year 50 years ago in 1967.

Fountain Hill-Council responds to overgrowth

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Residents of Norway Place came to council seeking advice June 5 and council acted decisively.

Colleen Breslin, of the 600 block, said she and others have mounted numerous complaints against an immediate neighbor who has long refused to properly care for his yard. She says more than a years’ growth has swollen unkempt vegitation over and through fences, breaking them, and an army of ticks, mice and possums infests the property, making it impossible to enjoy their own.

“I feel like a hostage,” she said.

Keep the story alive New NMIH prez ready to see more growth, outreach

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

When the National Museum of Industrial History opened last August, it was after years of bureaucracy, fundraising and even controversy. But today it’s becoming known as a tourist destination and is expanding its community involvement and educational programming.

Interim President and CEO Kara Cenni is thrilled to be running the show as NMIH gets on its feet.

“Everybody is really committed to the mission, to the museum and to each other,” she said. “We have a great time working together and we’re really excited to see it succeed.”

After 43 years NCC student services coordinator retires

Monday, April 24, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

After more than four decades in education, Bethlehem native Virginia Gonzalez had finally come to terms with the idea of retirement. It’s now time to travel, focus on friendships and find personally meaningful projects to occupy her days.

She sat with the Press some time ago to reflect on the social evolution of her Southside neighborhood and the city, her career at Northampton Community College, and the ever-changing face of the local college population and the niche schools like NCC fill.