Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

2019 Year in Review

Monday, December 30, 2019 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Each year the Bethlehem Press reflects on the events, big and small, good and bad, that affected our community. Here are a few of the many stories and images we’ve covered in 2019:


• New local celebrity Einstein the Snow Camel visited the Bethlehem Police Mounted Unit to introduce himself to the community. Einstein became famous following a disastrous November snowstorm in which traffic throughout the valley was at a standstill and his Peaceable Kingdom zoo owners took him from his trailer for a walk along Route 22.

Charter school request Lehigh Valley Academy seeks new chart, new location

Monday, December 30, 2019 by THERESA O’BRIEN in Local News

In a half-full auditorium at East Hill MS Dec. 16, Lehigh Valley Academy (LVA) CEO Susan Mauser represented the regional charter school in its application for a new charter. However, no new educational programming is specified in the application; in effect, the only change LVA proposes is to move its K–12 operations to a planned 200,000-square- foot campus on nearly 200 acres in Bethlehem Township. Sixty acres would be occupied by the initial phase of construction; more than 100 acres is reserved for future development on the Alloy 5 Architecture plan shared with the media.

Flatiron renovations Art Exhibit, behind the scenes tour of Seven Sirens Brewery highlight First Friday reception

Monday, December 30, 2019 by The Press in Local News

An art exhibit opening reception featuring work from Bethlehem photographer Glenn Koehler and special behind-the-scenes tour of one of Bethlehem’s newest cornerstone businesses highlight an evening celebrating new beginnings at Bethlehem’s historic Flatiron Building during the SouthSide Arts District’s January First Friday.

ArtsQuest gets $45K county grant

Friday, December 27, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Plans for the ArtsQuest Cultural Center in Bethlehem continue to move forward thanks to a $45,000 Community Improvement Grant awarded to ArtsQuest by Northampton County. The matching grant from the County of Northampton’s Community Investment Partnership Program (CIPP) will be used toward the construction of the new Cultural Center, which is currently in the planning phases.