Bethlehem Press

Friday, December 14, 2018

CADCB briefs task force on projects

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Community Action Development Corp. of Bethlehem (CADCB) Director Anna Smith updated the Mayor’s South Side Task Force members Oct. 30 on projects they are involved in for South Bethlehem. Smith explained during her presentation that CADCB operates under the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, a federally-funded anti-poverty organization. Their mission, she said, is to improve the quality of life in south Bethlehem by fostering economic opportunity, promoting community development, and empowering residents.

Tucker’s Ride

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Over 600 bikers from the Lehigh Valley and beyond enjoyed a ride to the St. Luke’s Fountain Hill campus for the eighth annual Tucker’s Toy Ride on a breezy, sunny November day.

Delivering well over 1,000 toys, which are collected throughout the year, the event is run through the Lehigh Valley Community Benefit and it remembers Tucker Stuart, who died in a motorcycle crash in 2011.

Board approves Rotunda plaza sign

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Local News

The City of Bethlehem received a certificate of appropriateness for proposed window signage for the outside plaza entrance to the Rotunda at 10 E. Church St. during the Historical and Architectural Review Board’s Nov. 7 meeting in the Rotunda. The commission unanimously approved a four-panel perforated window overlay installed on the outside glass for the two windows flanking the plaza access doors and the two above the doorway. Representing the project were Barbara Fraust and Vince Gentilcore from the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission.

’Tis the season!

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

The Christmas City officially opened the season of holiday revels with its annual tree lighting festivities at Payrow Plaza Nov. 23.

Administrators, sponsors, performers, school students and thousands of residents braced the toe-numbing chill with free cookies and hot chocolate during performances and sing-alongs.

Mayor Bob Donchez said he is proud of a city “that celebrates Christmas in a thousand ways with lights and goodwill.”


Thursday, December 6, 2018 by The Press in Local News

In the Bethlehem Press front page article on Nov. 21, 2018, entitled “Polka Mass and halupkies,” the location of the event was incorrectly identified as Holy Ghost Church in South Bethlehem. The correct location of the celebration was Incarnation of Our Lord Parish, which was founded in 2008 as a merger of Slovak, Hungarian, Windish, Polish and Italian parishes.

Incarnation of Our Lord is a territorial parish serving the needs of all in the Southside Bethlehem neighborhoods in addition to the former members of the five merged churches. Holy Ghost Church is its sister parish.

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.

Language guides get raise

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

At the November BASD school board meeting, the board took a step to renew its commitment to the diverse student population within the district. In addition to traditional English as a Second Language staff, the district has intermittent need for specialized language support, in situations where as few as one student may speak a language not typically supported by ESOL programming.

The district decided to remain competitive by increasing the pay-rate for these intermittent language guides to $15 per hour.