As the summer approached and school winded down, a small set of students at Freedom and Liberty high schools experienced a challenge completely unlike course finals.
Through their marketing classes and an experimental partnership with ArtsQuest, these young men and women recruited and signed musical acts for upcoming Musikfest.
The brainchild of Superintendent of Curriculum Dr. Jack Silva and ArtsQuest administrators, the program led 10th through 12th-graders from classwork and theory to the reality of professional entertainment booking.
Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton public libraries are collaborating on a project to share resources, save costs and more efficiently serve the public. The three libraries have shared an automation system for the past 13 years, but maintained separate patron databases and separate loan rules for their collections. Beginning this month, Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton public libraries will open their collections to each other. The three libraries will continue to be independent, but will also be identified as the Lehigh Valley Library System.
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It may have been Independence Eve, but the Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton NAACPs planned no celebrations.
"Enjoy yourselves tomorrow, as they celebrate their holiday," Bethlehem NAACP President Esther Lee told a group of fifteen civil rights leaders. They met at Bethlehem's Payrow Plaza to protest a recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision that overturned key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Kenny Staples died tragically in an Allentown bus fire 10 years ago, yet the friendly 47-year-old who battled cerebral palsy has not been forgotten. On June 24, friends and family gathered in a grassy area along the Monocacy Creek in Johnston Park to dedicate a bench in his memory, a location that is visible from the apartment unit in the Bethlehem Housing Authority's Monocacy Tower in which he once lived.
Authority Executive Director Clara Kendy spoke about Kenny's love of God and music, calling him the "coolest DJ."
"He was a joy to know," said Kendy.
NCC's Jason Laubach wins award
Jason Laubach, a Whitehall resident, assistant controller for Northampton Community College (NCC), has won the Young Professional in Procurement Award from the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP), The award was presented at the association's 92nd annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. in April. He has worked at NCC for six years.
Spirk named peace essay winner
Kathy Perlow, coordinator of Community Exchange, was welcomed at the latest TRIAD meeting at Emeritus of Allentown, 1545 Greenleaf St., Allentown.
Community Exchange is a project of the Department of Community Health and Health Studies of Lehigh Valley Health Network.
The non-traditional form of volunteering is funded by The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust.
Sports Illustrated magazine for a while ran a regular feature called "Sport - Not a Sport" in which they debated whether certain activities, such as cheerleading, ice dancing or synchronized swimming were really a sport.
While whether those examples are sports is certainly debatable, at least they all involve some level of physical proficiency and effort. But there's one activity that is televised, on ESPN2, no less, every Fourth of July that is most emphatically NOT a sport - the disgusting spectacle called the Hot Dog Eating Contest.
A public hearing for an amendment to an ordinance protecting historic buildings from demolition not located in historic zones will be held Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. in City Hall.
The ordinance was passed in April, protecting buildings such Illick's Mill, Burnside Plantation and the main commons of Liberty HS.
The Saucon Valley School Board has decided to refrain from hiring a full-time kindergarten teacher.
During the June 25 board meeting, school board members voted down district Superintendent Sandra Fellin's proposal to turn a part-time kindergarten teacher into a full-time position. Board member Charles Bartolet made a motion to support Fellins' recommendation, which failed 4-3. Voting in opposition were board members Susan Baxter, Bryan Eichfeld, Edward Inghrim and Michael Karabin.