Bethlehem Press

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Valley residents banish winter blues with trip to Cuba

Monday, April 24, 2017 by ANNA GILGOFF in Local News

Just ahead of Winter Storm Stella, which dumped more than a foot of snow that blanketed the area, 10 Lehigh Valley residents escaped to sunny Cuba for an unforgettable week.

Urszula Abolik of Emmaus, one of the two hosts leading the group, promised an untraditional trip.

“We organize these trips because we are both in total love with Cuban culture, music, dance [and art],” Abolik said. “You will discover with us some places tourists do not know about.”

Abolik was as good...


Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Local News

Greenway Trail Leads to Saucon Park at mayor’s South Side Task Force

Special to the Bethlehem Press

Bethlehem Director of Planning and Zoning Darlene Heller shared news of the city’s progress on the South Bethlehem Greenway Trail connection at Saucon Park at the April 24 meeting of the Mayor’s South Side Task Force.

With Phase 4 now complete from the Lynn Avenue bridge through Traveler and Auburn streets, “We now have trail on everything that we actually own,” Heller...

LVEDC honors chamber head

Monday, April 24, 2017 by The Press in Local News

The president and CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Tony Iannelli, was recently awarded a Special Recognition for Regional Leadership at the 2017 Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. annual meeting.

The award honored Iannelli for his vision and hard work in advancing economic growth in the Lehigh Valley and pulling together the business community.

During Iannelli’s career at the chamber, he has brought together more than 30 local chambers, business...

BASD--Board recognize exceptional students, faculty and staff

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 by LIZ KEMMERER in Local News

The April 24 regular board meeting was decorated with appreciation for some exceptional students, faculty and staff of the Beethlehem Area Schoo lDistrict community.

The directors first recognized seniors Gabriella Greenhoward from Freedom HS and Lexi Vega of Liberty HS who were each awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Moravian College on March 27. Greenhoward and Vega were selected out of 50 students between who applied for the scholarship.

This is the second year Moravian...

After 43 years NCC student services coordinator retires

Monday, April 24, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

After more than four decades in education, Bethlehem native Virginia Gonzalez had finally come to terms with the idea of retirement. It’s now time to travel, focus on friendships and find personally meaningful projects to occupy her days.

She sat with the Press some time ago to reflect on the social evolution of her Southside neighborhood and the city, her career at Northampton Community College, and the ever-changing face of the local college population and the niche schools like NCC...

‘We all have the same concerns’

Monday, April 24, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

When I recently asked Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio what he would wish for given unlimited resources, he said, “World peace.”

The line from the film “Miss Congeniality” was delivered with his signature lilt, a deadpan that somehow conveys an expectation of laughter. DiLuzio is known for throwing groan-inducing remarks into interviews, and that day was no different. We did laugh, admitting we’d both watched the movie recently, but we spent the better part of an hour discussing...

Cartwright faces friendly town hall

Monday, April 24, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

When Congressman Charlie Dent faced 400 angry people at Hanover Township Community Center a few weeks ago on a cold and rainy day, it was hard for him to speak more than a few words without being interrupted by numerous catcalls over Trump’s attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare with something that Dent himself refused to support. But the weather and mood was much brighter on April 18, when Congressman Matt Cartwright faced a friendly crowd of about 90 people at Northampton Community...

LV CHARTER ARTS NOTES--Performances end year

Monday, April 24, 2017 by The Press in School

Performances and showcases are in full swing at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts during the final months of school. The spring concert season is jam-packed with different exhibits every week from each artistic major, ensuring the school year ends with a bang.

Beginning tonight, April 26, the theater department hosts its spring musical, ‘HAIR- the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.’ Evening performances take place April 26-April 29 at 7 p.m., with a matinee...