Bethlehem Press

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‘Together … or anarchy’

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

‘We need to fix what’s broken in this country’

“In your heart, say, ‘I’m going to make Bethlehem better,’” intoned Esther Lee, president of the local NAACP.

It was part of a deeper sentiment, one reflected by every speaker at Payrow Plaza during a peace rally Monday evening, during which more than 200 residents showed their solidarity against recent violence by police and citizens on the national stage.

Though divorced geographically from the recent terrible acts in Orlando, St. Paul, Baton Rouge and Dallas, Bethlehem is no different than other American cities today in its divisions and fears.

Article By: Nate Jastrzemski

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

City council’s experiment in getting meetings out into the community June 5 was maybe too brief to measure success.

Council President J. Willie Reynolds thanked staff for all the time and energy spent on setting up an appropriate meeting environment – complete with a row of mic’d and labeled seats for council members and tables for city administration and the press – in the Broughal MS auditorium. But maybe only six residents were present.

BAPL Children’s Center opens

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Though it’s been in use by the public for weeks, the official opening of the Frances L. Barnard Children’s Center at the Bethlehem Area Public Library was a gala affair the afternoon of June 10. Dozens of staff, supporters and officials from throughout the city were on hand to celebrate. The $1.3 million project, which renovated a section of the BAPL’s second floor with new technology and kid-friendly proportions and art, has been in the works for several years and effectively triples the space available for a growing youth collection over the old first-floor room.

‘We can just keep swimming’

Monday, June 13, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in School

Western thinkers once tried to make sense of the world through the four classical elements: Water, air, earth and fire. These concepts helped people understand the inevitability and necessity of change in our lives.

No change was more relevant to the nearly 500 Freedom HS graduates at Stabler Arena June 7, and commencement speakers coordinated their messages along those elemental themes.

‘Many more challenges to conquer’

Monday, June 13, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in School

After a lifetime of certainty and structure, facing a limitless future can be daunting. But the future is based in the past, and they fold together as an ongoing saga.

The 2016 graduates of Liberty HS took this to heart at Stabler Arena June 8, as the act of commencement was compared with the end of a chapter, rather than a book.

Walt Disney once said, “It seems to me we still have a lot of story left to tell,” and the speakers made it clear that this very special night in their lives was not an ending.

Article By: Nate Jastrzemski

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

From the moment the first strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” resounded from the unseen band in the pit, Lehigh Valley Academy’s 2016 commencement was rarely quiet.

Laughter, shout-outs, cat-calls and even the occasional muted teariness made for an interactive evening between the 56 graduates and the hundreds of family and friends packing Zoellner Arts Center May 25.

Article By: Nate Jastrzemski

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Bethlehem’s authority focused once again on its long-running wind energy project at its May 12 meeting. But this time members were forced to confront mounting vexation and a pending zoning hearing meeting that very evening from residents of Carbon County and Penn Forest Township, where the project may eventually place up to 37 towering wind turbines.

Student success hailed

Monday, May 23, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Rubber recall

Bethlehem Area School District’s May 16 board meeting began with applause for many high school participants in Future Business Leaders of America, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association all-state and MiniTHON, which broke records with a whopping $125,000 donated to combat children’s leukemia.

But once the long lists of names – reminiscent of upcoming graduation ceremonies, as some administrators noted – was complete, the students and their families filed out of Northeast MS’s auditorium and the following regular meeting was over quickly.

Article By: Nate Jastrzemski

Thursday, May 19, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley is hosting its seventh annual Volunteer Challenge May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. The event is the organization’s largest fundraiser.

The Volunteer Challenge encourages businesses across the valley to complete community service projects for Lehigh Valley nonprofit organizations, parks and elementary schools. This year, 24 businesses are participating in the challenge.

PBS39 expands with partnership

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Bethlehem’s small, 50-year-old PBS39 public television station, currently residing in a new facility near ArtsQuest SteelStacks, has partnered with newcomer ASR Productions to enhance the breadth and depth of new projects as well as open the door to new possibilities.

ASR Media Productions, which got its start four years ago, has produced three TV shows but mostly focuses on short-format commercials, corporate and event videos, which complements PBS39 long-format and documentary shows nicely.