Bloomsburg University scholarships
Two Bethlehem residents received scholarships to attend Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania as freshmen for the 2012-13 school year. These awards, which are reserved for new students, provide between $1,000 and $3,750 of assistance.
Northampton County is famous for its cacophony and dissonance, but Aug. 22 was an unusually harmonious day. It occurred, strangely enough, during the dedication of a new, 100-bed treatment center for drunk drivers and domestic relations offenders in tiny West Easton Borough. The person who set the tone was West Easton's 73-year-old mayor, Gerry Gross.
Following his Aug. 15 arrest for beating his wife and driving drunk, State Rep. Joseph Brennan, (D-133) announced in a brief statement Aug. 22 he is ceasing his campaign for November re-election.
"I have been privileged to represent the 133rd District for the past six years, but today I am submitting a request to remove my name from the November ballot," Brennan said. "I will remain in office until the conclusion of my term on Nov. 30 and my offices will remain open and staffed to help constituents deal with state government."
The Bethlehem Steel plant is as important to our national history as any Civil War battlefield or former president's home. There is no better symbol for the pervasive loss of American industry that occurred at the end of the 20th century. Yet it seems that no government body or educational institution can afford the costs of preserving the Bethlehem plant.
Wednesday, August 29
The Salvation Army's Women's Ministries, "It's All About Pillows", 1 p.m., 521 Pembroke Road. Call 610-867-4681.
Thursday, September 6
Muslims and Christians United: A Lehigh Valley Initiative for Justice and Peace; bring pot-luck (no meat or gelatin), 6:30 p.m. dinner; panel discussion. Wesley United Methodist Church, 2540 Center St. Call 610-866-1734 or 610-533-7391 or visit www.muslimschristiansunited.org.
Lehigh Valley Chapter Executive Women, 5:30 p.m., Buckeye Tavern, 3741 Brookside Road, Macungie. Call 610-264-6966.
Around 12:21 a.m. Aug. 21, police officers arrived at a Wall Street residence to investigate an automatic alarm.
They found 51-year-old Michael Lindgren, who had just been at the police station asking to use a telephone, with blood on his hands and feet, leaving his parents' home, and the elderly couple brutalized within.
Less than 24 hours later, Lindgren's mother, Shirley, 77, died of head injuries at St. Luke's Hospital. Lindgren's father, Ralph, 78, is in recovery.
Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim ruled Shirley Lindgren's death a homicide.