The sixth annual Fourth of July reading of the Declaration of Independence took place at Bethlehem’s Payrow Plaza late morning on Independence Day with over one hundred area residents in attendance. Readers for 2017 were Northampton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Emil Giordano, Lehigh Valley dentist Tom Gyory, Bethlehem Councilman Eric Evans, Northampton County Councilmen Glenn Geissinger, Matthew Deitz, Hayden Phillips and Seth Vaughn, Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez, Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio and former Lehigh County Commissioner Dean Browning.
In the wake of a federal investigation of political corruption in Allentown that has already resulted in nine guilty pleas, local governments are taking notice. Bethlehem, Allentown and Lehigh County have all taken at least some steps to improve transparency and impose greater oversight with government contracts.
But Northampton County Council passed at such an opportunity at their July 6 meeting. To be specific, they rejected an ordinance giving them more authority over county contract approvals.
The search is on for the 2017 Great Allentown Fair Queen, who will be selected to represent the fair’s mission during the event’s Labor Day week run and in the community throughout the year.
The Lehigh County Agricultural Society, the nonprofit organization that has been operating the fair for 165 years, is looking for contestants from Lehigh, Northampton and Berks counties. An ideal candidate will have the ability to communicate enthusiasm for the Allentown Fair, local farming and the agricultural industry.
Gray skies and drizzle forced the annual Slovenian flag raising ceremony from Payrow Plaza into Town Hall on June 23, but the spirit of those in attendance was not dampened.
Bethlehem-Murska Sobota Sister Cities Association founder Stephen Antalics Jr. acted as master of ceremonies and Robi Poredos of the Slovenian Press Agency gave the invocation and benediction.
UGI Energy Services has donated $10,000 to Lehigh Children’s Academy, a service of Via, towards scholarships through the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program.
Lehigh Children’s Academy, a service of Via of the Lehigh Valley, provides high quality, nurturing care and education for young children ages six weeks to six years, and provides before and after school care for school age children.
Fourth of July in Bethlehem concluded with the city’s traditional fireworks display. Launched from the centrally located Sand Island along the Lehigh River, the pyrotechnics give residents many vantage points from which to enjoy the sounds and colorful bursts as the nation celebrates its independence. This view is from St. Michael’s Cemetery.
Fourteen area volunteer fire departments added 31 new firefighters to their ranks when the new firefighters completed a rigorous five-month course and received their certificates of completion June 8 at a ceremony at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.
This was the seventh annual Bucks County Fire Academy course held twice a week from January to May at the Allentown Fire Academy, at the Allentown Fire Department Mack Station at 1902 Lehigh St., near the Queen City Airport.
Forester Robin Wildermuth was the star of the June 8 Water Authority board meeting, bringing good news about moths and confusing news about carbon emissions before rushing out to greet an expected grandchild as early as the next day.
Nine Lehigh Valley nonprofit professionals have earned certificates in nonprofit management through the inaugural partnership of Northampton Community College’s Center for Business and Industry in Bethlehem and Philadelphia’s Nonprofit Center at La Salle University.
Bethlehem Catholic’s principal for the past seven years, John Petruzzelli, has taken
the next step of his career, returning to his hometown of Philadelphia as principal of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, where he once worked as dean of students.
Petruzelli made an impression and was well liked by the students. From his quirky morning announcements to taking cameos in school plays to setting up opportunities for the student body to hoot out SpongeBob Squarepants references during assemblies, he helped change the culture and attitude at the school.