It’s been nearly 40 years since the Northeast Ministry was established as part of the Bethlehem Council of Churches. Although nearly four decades have passed, one overarching mission remains – it’s important to help those in need.
It was recently renamed as the Northeast Community Center; Paula Johnson, NECC’s executive director since January 2017, said the organization is there when help is needed.
Judge F.P. Kimberly McFadden, Northampton County’s first female judge, was up for retention in November. But on Aug. 19, she notified Governor Tom Wolf of her withdrawal from the retention election. She also advised she would be resigning, effective Nov. 30.
She’s a graduate of Bryn Mawr College (1974) and received her Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University in 1978.
After her appointment to the bench in 1988, she was elected in 1989 and retained in 1999 and 2009.
She’s been a judge for 31 years.
The Eliza Richardson Fountain on Main Street has long been a mystery. Who was she and why does the fountain bear her name? Answers were hard to come by, but as various records were unearthed, they began to piece together a picture of a fascinating woman deserving to be remembered.
A blazing sun made attendees at the Aug. 18 Lehigh Valley Pride event appreciate any shady spot they could find. But the heat didn’t melt the enthusiasm of the attendees who paraded, dressed in their campiest pride finery, or who just came to show support for the LGBT community and just to have fun.
Politicians and government officials came to show their support and their faces at the event held in Allentown at the Jewish Community Center on Tilghman Street. The Lehigh Valley Pride event was a program of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
The city of Bethlehem has introduced a new play area for children at the city center. It is located on Payrow Plaza between the stairs and south wall and was installed Aug. 27. Health director Kristen Wenrich said the location was underutilized and that the play area, which is stenciled onto the existing paver surface, will provide an activity and learning circuit. Wenrich and chronic disease director Sherri Penchishen led a team of city employees in first laying out the design and then painting the stencil- based activity stations.
District Attorney Jim Martin was received an award in acknowledgement of his work in the fight against human trafficking. The Victory through Service Award was given to Martin by Aspire, a local organization working to assist victims of human trafficking, at the group’s first anniversary event in July. The award is sponsored by Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania, which is an organization working toward elevating victims’ rights through the Pennsylvania Constitution.
Mayor Bob Donchez and city public safety officials unveiled a new ambulance to serve the city Aug. 7. At a cost of $147,000 with a trade-in of a heavily used 2009 ambulance, the new vehicle will slide into a front line role to help handle the 12,000 EMS calls received annually.
Praising public safety responders in Bethlehem, Fire Chief Warren Achey said, “As well trained as we are, we still need the proper equipment.”
Donegan and Fountain Hill elementary schools hosted the first-ever Southside Stride Aug 9. The event, which began with a walk in which faculty members greeted new kindergarteners at their homes and continued with a literacy and snack event at two local parks, was the brainchild of the principals and community school coordinators at each school.
A recent report comparing state education systems nationwide has placed Pennsylvania’s primary schools around the middle of the pack.
According to WalletHub, a personal finance website, Pennsylvania ranks 27th out of 51 (including the District of Columbia).
The report weighed numerous criteria, from dropout rates to reading and math scores, to pupil-teacher ratios and bullying incidents, and has been published on websites including Forbes, NBC News and Fox Business.