Nearly 300 graduates and their guests gathered on the weekend of Sept. 15 to mark 50 years since their class graduated from Liberty and Freedom high schools in 1968. Their senior class had been divided with the opening of Freedom HS for the 1967-68 school year, with over 500 remaining at Liberty and the rest transferred to the then brand new high school campus in Bethlehem Township.
Although the skies had been cloudy for much of the day, the first Bethlehem Township Community event Sept. 7 drew many parents and children. The rides, refreshments and opportunities to win prizes insured a great time for the young attendees as well as their parents, who enjoyed watching their children having fun.
The BASD school board had an unusual but exciting item to discuss at the September finance committee meeting. Kindness Is Magic, a small nonprofit organization, has reached out to BASD after hearing about the current school lunch debt the district faces, and the students it impacts. Kindness has already established a successful track record with East Penn and Saucon Valley school districts, but is now moving on to the substantially larger Bethlehem schools.
If the low turnout of minimum wage workers supporting the rally to get Pennsylvania’s minimum wage up to $15 is an indicator of interest, then the issue is a ho-hum for the workers of Lehigh Valley. But to be fair, most minimum wage workers were probably hard at work at 11 a.m. Sept. 19. A lot of them were serving lunch to their more highly-paid customers at nearby downtown Allentown restaurants.
Acting Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Lt. Col. Robert Evanchick has announced the department has deployed its first body-worn cameras in three troops as part of a pilot program.
Select patrol troopers in Troop B, Uniontown; Troop J, Avondale; and Troop T, Somerset; have received the appropriate training and will wear the cameras while on duty through the end of 2018.
Car crashes smell. Like coolant when the radiator cracks. A burnt chemical aroma from the air-bag propellant. After the crash there is a moment of silence. Extreme silence like a piercing sound in your ear. The silence can lull you into thinking things are OK. But sometimes they’re not. Not by a long shot.
Am I alive? Is anyone else alive? I can’t find them. I can’t even find myself.
You know this after you’ve been in a car crash and you will never forget it.
Nancy Arnold remembers. April 28, 2018. It was almost her last day on earth.
Several residents spoke out Sept. 17 against an early concept plan to build a new public works building on the site of the former Reinhard ES. The school was demolished in 2012, leaving an empty field adjacent to Magnolia Road, Northampton Street and Saucon Street.
The area is a residential neighborhood and the primary concern among neighbors is the building will turn a quiet neighborhood into an area filled with noise and traffic.
Many of the residents called the plan a “truck yard.”
Accompanied by sign maker David delos Stantos, SS 77 Hair Studio owner Selines Santiago was granted a certificate of appropriateness to recover an existing awning at her shop at 77 W. Broad St. The script style logo painted in silver on burgundy fabric was approved at the Sept. 5 meeting of the Historical and Architectural Review Board held in the Rotunda. A similar logo in silver, white or off white with a clear background for the storefront window was okayed. They were encouraged to post the hours of operation in vinyl block letters on the door.