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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Borough council and Mayor Gerald Yob announced the promotion of a police officer to fill the vacant commander’s office during a warm swearing-in ceremony at their May 3 meeting. Jonathan Itterly, formerly a corporal and acting officer-in-charge, is the new chief effective May 8.
The borough had been bereft of official police leadership following the abrupt resignation of Police Chief Todd Pantuso about two months ago.
The flurry of activity generated an equal amount of rumor-mongering, with many believing this was the beginning of a new project to refurbish another derelict Steel structure.
Such was not the case.
Sands Bethlehem Director of Brand Marketing Julia Corwin said via email the “project” was in fact merely a precaution against old windows rattling out of the building.
Mayor Bob Donchez announced in a release last week that Standard and Poor’s has officially upgraded the city’s bond rating by two notches and expects continued positive progress. The rating has moved from BBB to A-, skipping over BBB+ entirely.
S&P’s analysis cites improved structure and concerted management efforts following a period of fiscal distress as reason for the rating change.
Reduced costs and improved revenue were enacted by;
• Applying/negotiating higher contribution to healthcare and adding deductibles for the first time in our history.
Reaching beyond its place as a fine eatery, Prime Steak House on Stoke Park Road for the past year has invited community members in for monthly cooking demonstration with chef John Wolf. Having worked in the kitchens of restaurants such as Caesar’s and the Cascade Lodge in Antigua, Wolf has leaned a wide range of cooking styles and is excited to share some tricks of the trade – as well as tasty recipes – during small, friendly classes the third Monday of each month. For registration and information, call 610-882-4070 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concerns voiced by visiting citizens brought fresh wariness to board members at the April 14 meeting, primarily as those concerns regard rumors of changes to the proposed PennEast Pipeline’s diameter and accompanying enlargement of at least one pump station.
Linda Christman of Carbon County cited swirling rumors and the perceived leverage the authority possesses in the pipeline deal – being the single largest landowner involved in the project – as reason enough for her appearance in the city.