Bethlehem Press

Saturday, February 23, 2019

New statewide school safety option sees early successes


An anonymous reporting system is already playing a role for local school districts in its first month.

Safe2Say Something is a statewide program that went live Jan. 14 enabling students, teachers, school administrators and others to detect and report potential threats of violence and other problems before they happen.

In the program’s initial week, the reporting system has received 615 tips and calls from across Pennsylvania.

‘Reigniting the Dream’

Monday, February 18, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Women lauded at MLK Day breakfast

More than 150 people attended the annual free community breakfast held Jan. 21 in celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and in recognition of the role women play in society.

Co-sponsored by the Bethlehem branch of the NAACP and the Bethlehem YWCA, and held at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, the program included a panel of four women who spoke on the theme of “Reigniting the Dream: The Power of Women.”

Camelot for Children announces capital campaign

Monday, February 18, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Goal of phase one to raise $200,000

The Board of Directors of Camelot for Children announced Jan. 28 the commencement of their Capital Campaign, with a goal of raising $500,000 over the next two years.

Phase one of the Capital Campaign will occur throughout 2019 and will be focused on raising funds for improvements to their campus located in Allentown.

The first phase of the Capital Campaign is concentrated on improving the safety and accessibility of Camelot’s 11-acre campus.

Couple renew vows for 70th anniversary

Monday, February 18, 2019 by The Press in Local News

The fireside lounge at Traditions of Hanover was overflowing with friends, as Franklin and Edna Graver and other residents said “I do,” again.

The casually dressed Gravers shared the spotlight with two other couples during a vow renewal ceremony at the senior community on Feb. 7, officiated by Pastor Marnie Crumpler from Grace Church Bethlehem.

Married for almost 70 years, the Gravers had never renewed their vows. “It sounded good,” said Edna, smiling.


Monday, February 18, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

‘An unforgettable prom night experience’

The Riverbend Community Church went all out to give some of the community’s most excluded people a chance to dress up, be feted, and have fun at a prom just for them. The Night to Shine celebration at the Palace Center on Hanover Street in Allentown gave 140 special needs guests the chance to dance, eat and socialize.

The lobby of the Palace Center was transformed to create the atmosphere of a grand hotel lobby, complete with red carpet, where arriving guests strutted their finery as they entered the building.


Monday, February 18, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

New pediatric unit opens

A new inpatient pediatric unit opened last week at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital on the fifth floor of the Fred Jaindl Family Pavilion on the Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Cedar Crest campus.

The unit features 30 private rooms and has a number of amenities and features designed to give young patients a comforting place to get well and families space to support young patients during their hospital stay.

Survivor tells of hiding from Nazi oppression

Monday, February 18, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Local News

Eva Levitt, of Allentown, visited Salisbury MS Feb. 5 and described to some 250 sixth and seventh graders how she and her family survived the Jewish Holocaust in her native Czechoslovakia during the late 1930s and the years of World War II.

Levitt, who is president of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, often speaks to school and community groups about her experience and the survival of her family when six million Jews were killed during the European Holocaust.