Detachment #284 of Bethlehem led a ceremony commemorating the 244th anniversary of the United States Marine Corps Nov. 10. A small crowd of Marine veterans and other citizens attended the ceremony, held at the Marine Corps Memorial in Allentown’s Cedar Beach Park.
The brisk fall weather was perfect for the occasion and a welcome relief from the bitter cold of some previous ceremonies at the park.
Lehigh County law enforcement and human services professionals gathered in the Lehigh County courthouse recently to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Lehigh County.
“As a public-school teacher for 40 years, anyone who thinks domestic violence is not a problem has got their eyes closed,” said Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong.
“It makes me proud,” said Armstrong, “that our court system, and our District Attorney, and our two local hospitals are working together to bring it to an end. While we may not be able to end it, we can put a dent in it.”
An Oct. 10 grand opening signaled the completion of the Wind Creek Casino takeover of the Bethlehem casino from Sands. Poarch tribal chairwoman Stephanie Bryan said it was a “celebration of a vision that has become a reality” of the $1.3 billion purchase, that included re-branding the facility over several months.
It was a festive affair, as celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and Buddy Valastro circulated among guests posing for photos.
A little extra holiday spirit was in the air at Bethlehem City Hall Nov. 22. Joyful third graders from Spring Garden ES and Lehigh Valley Dual-Language Charter School gathered to decorate ornaments for the mayor’s tree and take part in holiday festivities.
This beautiful annual event was organized by Beverly Bradley, the president of the Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program.
Environmentalists, community watershed activists, municipal officials, academics, scientists and technical experts recently talked about ways to improve and protect the Lehigh Valley’s land and water.
Over 10 million men and women are the victims of domestic violence in the United States every year.
In Pennsylvania alone, there were:
37,993 - New protection orders from domestic abuse cases
39,056 - New protection orders from domestic abuse cases
39,083 - New protection orders from domestic abuse cases
In Lehigh County, there were:
1,359 - New protection from abuse cases and 883 domestic violence cases
1,346 - New protection from abuse cases and 919 domestic violence cases
One of several monument standing in Bethlehem’s Rose Garden honors the young men and women of the Westside who served in World War II. You can find it along Eighth Avenue facing Nitschmann MS.
The movement to erect this particular memorial was started by the West Side Republican Club and the work was carried out by the Bethlehem West Side Plaque Committee, chaired by Frank A. Bilheimer.
With a half million-dollar state grant, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin will be able fund software support, maintenance and development costs for the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center (RIIC).
“I am very grateful to all of these legislators for the funding they have provided for the RIIC,” Martin said at a recent press conference. “It represents their acknowledgement and understanding of the important work being done there and how it enhances public safety for the citizens of our entire region.”
Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez threatened Nov. 19 to quit attending city council meetings and to not let his cabinet attend if a member of council continues to make “unwarranted personal attacks” on members of Donchez’s administration.