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THIS WEEK IN BETHLEHEM HISTORY: Nitschmann Junior High School days

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by The Press in Opinion

I had the pleasure of listening to my grandfather, Elwood "Woody" Rehm, reminisce about his days spent at Nitschmann JHS from 1943-46. Times certainly were different then.

For many of us, it would be hard to even recognize the area north of Nitsch-mann as it appeared during my grandfather's youth. The surroundings have changed drastically. What we're familiar with today - neighborhoods, offices, and businesses - were once fields as far as the eye could see.


Thursday, March 7, 2013 by The Press in Police Log

Police arrested a 29-year-old man after allegedly observing a domestic altercation in his vehicle.

According to police, Miguel Cruz, of North Lacrosse Street in Allentown, was seen having an argument of an unspecified nature with his wife while his 7-month-old child was also in the vehicle. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, he drove off.

When police took Cruz into custody, they discovered he was wanted on open warrants.

Cruz is charged with traffic violations, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment and fleeing police.


Thursday, March 7, 2013 by The Press in News Briefs

Wilkes College

Eight local residents graduated from Wilkes University in December 2012. The graduates and their degrees are Ahmad Abunabah, master's degree in business administration; Keith Brotzman, Master of Science degree in education; Ruth Camuse, Master of Science degree in education; Amanda Dennis, Master of Science in education; Jennifer Majewski, Master of Science in education; Andrew Peartree, Master of Science in education; Kelly Salvaterra, Master of Science in education; Kristin Susens, Master of Science in education.

LV Academy news: Exams, prom, singing and socks

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by The Press in School

Spring is almost here, and with it comes the realization that for Lehigh Valley Academy seniors, the school year is winding down and it's time to begin reviewing for the International Baccalaureate Exams, which occur in May. These tests are a culmination of the two-year Diploma Program that the seniors began at the start of their junior year and have worked hard and long to pass. Even those who opted out of taking the approximately $800 exams will be taking a version of the tests, as their final exams will consist of outdated versions of the assessments.

St. Joseph: Votive Mass set for March 16

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by The Press in News Briefs

St. Joseph R.C. Church will hold a public votive Mass at noon March 16 in the sanctuary, 417 E. Fifth St. The second annual service is in honor of the feast day of the church's patron, St. Joseph.

The church, founded by Slovenian immigrants in 1913, was one of several churches closed in 2008 by the Allentown Diocese. Parishioners then appealed to the Vatican. In 2011, the church was allowed to reopen for both funerals and the patron saint day.

Homicide arrest

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by The Press in Police Log

Police announced recently an arrest was made in the killing of a Fountain Hill man in 1994.

Police said in a release the man long wanted for the stabbing death of 30-year-old Jorge Velazquez in that year was discovered thanks to a cross-departmental investigation initiated by local Det. Lt. Mark DiLuzio.

Investigators came to believe Francisco Miranda, now 49, was hiding in the Dominican Republic.

Miranda was found, arrested, and extradited. He arrived in the U.S. Feb. 22 and is charged with aggravated assault and criminal homicide.

Car break-ins

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by The Press in Police Log

Colonial Regional Police responded to a number of reported vehicle-break-ins in the same area the morning of Feb. 26.

According to police, between 7:45 and 8:15 p.m. six cars parked in lots of South Commerce Way were entered by smashing through windows.

Purses and valuable items were quickly taken from vehicles at Liven Up Health and Fitness, St. Luke's Health and Fitness and Kids Co-Op. A dark-colored SUV was observed in the lots driving without its lights activated just prior to the discovery of the thefts.