Bethlehem Press

Thursday, December 12, 2019


Tuesday, February 5, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

‘Pursue your passions’

To hear Charlie Dent tell it, his father gave him some great advice when he was a young man about to enter college.

“My father thought I should study one of three things – science, medicine or engineering,” he told an audience gathered Jan. 26 for the 2019 winter commencement at Northampton Community College. “I went to Penn State and started out studying industrial engineering, but I decided to switch majors to political science.”

With a slight pause and a mischievous grin, Dent told the audience about how he informed his father about his new career path.

Jim Brickman brings joyful exchange to Miller Symphony Hall

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

‘Tis the season that piano sensation Jim Brickman hits the road.

The Grammy-nominated pianist understands that being a successful entertainer is about more than creating captivating and beautiful music. Brickman’s easy as Sunday morning style resonates with his audience and it’s part of the reason they keep coming around for more.

Brickman’s 30-city United States holiday tour, “A Joyful Christmas,” lands at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Elementary school students help city usher in holiday season

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

A total of 109 third-grade students from Clearview and Thomas Jefferson elementary schools may well have saved Christmas around Bethlehem City Hall this year.

Mayor Robert Donchez, who is busy running the city, didn’t have time to make ornaments for his official Christmas tree. Thankfully, these youngsters stepped up and stepped in by creating their own ornaments for the tree decorating.

Moravian History and Music Clavichord spurs discussion

Monday, November 19, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

A clavichord is a sturdy and proud rectangular keyboard instrument. It can produce soft and melodic sounds thanks to metal blades that are attached to the ends of key levers that gently press the strings. During a recent conference, however, the European instrument was used to help examine the relationship between musical artifacts and the musical performances of today.

Project continues accepting feedback

Monday, November 19, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Rarely does anyone ask you to help them spend $1 million.

But designers of the South New Street Enhancement Streetscape Project did Oct. 17. The WRT engineering firm – which is leading the effort – held two public meetings about how the revitalized street corridor would best serve the public. The open house took place at 306 S. New St.

Bethlehem received a $1 million state grant last year to refurbish South New Street, from the Fahy Bridge to Lehigh University’s Farrington Square.

LV Arts Council disburses grants to fund 33 projects

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

How do the arts enhance your life?

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council (LVAC) says plenty.

The 501c3 organization was established “to promote the value of the arts, foster collaboration in the community and encourage arts engagement for all people in the Lehigh Valley.”

The Arts Council honored its membership at the annual Arts Count 2018 annual fall reception and Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Grant Awards presentation Oct. 16, Butz Corporate Center, 842 Hamilton St., Allentown.

Renovated 19th St. Theatre is more than a building

Friday, October 26, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

The year is 1928. The Roaring ‘20s are nearing their conclusion and the Great Depression’s desolation awaits.

In West Allentown, a stately, regal and artful movie palace opens known as the Nineteenth Street Theatre.

Ninety years later, years of planning, months of renovations and $5.5 million have created a refurbished Civic Theatre of Allentown, which officially reopened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 11.

China policies affect recycling

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Business Showcase

Scrap policy is evolving and how the United States responds matters, and matters a lot.

That’s what panelists told a crowd assembled at the 2018 Lehigh Valley Energy & Environment Outlook and Expo, Sept. 21, Homewood Suites, Center Valley, presented by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Ground zero for those changes are occurring in China. The communist country has recently banned certain materials and is requiring exporters to ship materials that are almost entirely devoid of contamination.

Jewish Community Center of Lehigh Valley marks 100th year

Friday, October 5, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

Enter the front door of the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley and make the first right. Head down the hall and you’ll see them on your left. Literally hundreds of class photos dating back more than half a century. Smiling children with their classmates and teachers.

“Let me see where mine is,” says Amy Sams, JCC adult program and event coordinator. “Oh, here it is.”

There in a small frame is a class photo of when she was a young girl. Just like it is for thousands of other students.