by Dianne Elliot
Choice Food Pantry
The Holy Ghost Church in South Bethlehem has a heritage of ministering to both the spiritual and the physical needs of its parishioners. So the second annual polka Mass and halupki (stuffed cabbage) dinner this fall provided a perfect example of the blending of those two ministries.
The Mass and dinner also reflected the cultural mix of the local Roman Catholic church, which was founded in 1871 as a German-ethnic parish. In 1888, due to increased membership, a new church was built at its present location on Carlton Avenue.
Acting Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Robert Evanchick recently announced 99 cadets graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey and have been assigned to troops across the commonwealth.
The ceremony at Bishop McDevitt High School marked the culmination of 27 weeks of classroom and physical training.
Cadet Nicholas Manganiello, from Luzerne County, spoke on behalf of the graduating class.
The men and women represent the 153rd graduating cadet class assigned to the following troops include:
An ambulance bus that will allow emergency response teams to better serve rural communities, the transformation of a blighted property into a social services hub, an early learning center in the heart of downtown Allentown and an environmental workforce development program are a few of the innovative programs the PPL Foundation is supporting through major grants in 2018.
The PPL Foundation Nov. 12 announced a combined $585,000 in grants to 13 nonprofit organizations.
Nine BASD students were recognized at the October board meeting for excellent academic achievements. Every year, approximately 1.5 million students take the Preliminary SATs (PSAT) and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, in hopes of being recognized as a high scorer. The test results yield 34,000 students who are recognized as Commended Students for their high scores, and Bethlehem was proud to have seven students who met those criteria this year.
Deacon Elizabeth Miller, coordinator, Trinity Soup Kitchen, Trinity Episcopal Church, Bethlehem, is the recipient of the 2018 Wallenberg Honors from the Institute for Jewish and Christian Understanding of Muhlenberg College, Allentown.
“The honor belongs to so many people,” Miller said in accepting the award at the annual Wallenberg tribute dinner attended by 100 people Oct. 14 in Seegers Union, Muhlenberg College.
Miller was honored as “a local figure who embodies the courageous moral action exemplified by Wallenberg.”
The Bethlehem School board curriculum committee took time to at its Nov. 5 meeting to announce proposed changes in high school course offerings for the 2019-20 school year. The board is constantly adapting curriculum to meet the needs and desires of the student population, and was excited to announce that American Sign Language was so popular that they are adding American Sign Language 2 next year.
Superintendent Dr. Roy said he was surprised with the level of student interest, and that the district did a fantastic job hiring two awesome teachers for the programming.
Northampton County Council voted unanimously Nov 1 to support a $39 million bond to purchase its Bethlehem Township human services building and build a state-of-the-art forensic center that includes something Coroner Zach Lysek has never had. A morgue.
The human services building, located on Emrick Boulevard, will cost $14,468,731.