It was a year of continued tragedies and devolving political and social discourse nationwide, yet the Lehigh Valley and Bethlehem in particular remain quiet and prosperous. But that is not to say there have not been many highs and lows.
Here is a reminder of what we at The Bethlehem Press have covered in 2017:
• Northampton Country District Attorney John Morganelli at loggerheads with Sands Casino over state legal concerns regarding its annual $10 million in host fees to local municipalities
Due to space constraints, for ongoing events, please email, visit or call the following:
Bethlehem: www.downtownbethlehemassociation.com/events/christmas-city-village or call 610-739-1775; visit www.christmascity.org or call 610-332-1300.
Christmas Trees from Around the World: round the clock. Comfort Suites, 120 W. Third St. through Jan 12.
Doors and Windows of Bethlehem: exhibit, through Jan. 1. North and SouthSide.
Until he resigned in July 2016, David Tidd was Magisterial District Judge in Hellertown and Lower Saucon Township. It was a position he had held since 2009. He should be there now. But he stepped down because of an ethics inquiry that resulted in 13 separate charges against him. Following five days of testimony, Tidd was cleared by Pennsylvania’s Court of Judicial Discipline recently of all violations, except for one instance in which he angrily confronted his staff.
Twelve-year-old Emma Raymondo was a seventh-grader at Easton MS, a member of the Junior National Honor Society and a high yellow belt at the Lehigh Valley Martial Arts School. On Sept. 22, while she and her siblings were walking home from an ice cream trip to the Sheetz Convenience Store along Route 248 in Palmer Township, she was struck and killed by a person whom Palmer Police believe was distracted by his cellphone
Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera has announced that Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and West Chester University of Pennsylvania will receive more than $272,000 in funding under the federal Troops to Teachers grant program. The universities will partner with Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Pittsburgh Public Schools, and Chester Upland School District to prepare military veterans to be teachers.
“The Lehigh Valley has shown time and time again that we take care of our own,” said Allentown Councilman Julio Guridy speaking Nov. 21 at a rally in Fountain Hill asking for money to help area charitable organizations to meet the challenges of providing help to the refugees from Puerto Rico fleeing the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria.
Due to the upcoming holidays, The Press offices will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2018 and therefore early deadlines are planned.
The advertising and editorial deadline for items to be included in the Dec. 27 issue is Dec. 21.
The advertising and editorial deadline for items to be included in the Jan. 3, 2018 issue is Dec. 28.
We asked Santa Claus questions from some of our youngest readers who responded to our request on our Facebook page. What follows are the questions and Santa’s answers.
Q. What is your favorite cookie?
A. Chocolate chip.
Q. What is your favorite Christmas movie?
A. The Santa Clause, Santa Clause 2 and Santa Clause 3.
Q. Is it hard to convince the reindeer to fly?
A. No, not at all. That’s what the magic dust is for.
Q. Do you know how many children there are in the world?
Messiah Lutheran Church held a community fall festival fundraising event to support the United Service Organizations Sept. 30. Everyone was invited to participate in games, activities, and an opportunity to learn more about therapy dogs, as well as gardening tips from a Master Gardener. The “stars” of Messiah’s event were four therapy dogs owned by members of the Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs organization. The dogs are brought to local nursing homes to interact with residents, and schools and libraries for children with special needs.
It’s back to the drawing board for young entrepreneur Dallas Basha of Lehigh Properties, LLC. The Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission again tabled his proposed new residential over retail building during the Nov. 20 hearing at City Hall in room B504.