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ANNUAL LINNY AWARDS Honoring community giving

Monday, November 25, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

ArtsQuest’s fourth annual Linny Awards got off to a rousing start with the announcement that in 2019 the ArtsQuest Foundation received a $5 million anonymous gift, the largest in the nonprofit’s history. The announcement was made by foundation CEO Jane George, who added that there were also two anonymous $1 million donations to the endowment.

George said that because of the community’s generosity this year, 6,000 students enjoyed field trips and performance at the Banana Factory and...

‘You were the father I never had’ A career of community support celebrated

Monday, November 25, 2019 by DANA GRUBB in Local News

Retired Boys & Girls Club of Bethlehem CEO Gary Martell was feted at a gathering held at the Northeast Bethlehem facility Oct. 12, as alumni, current members, family and friends gathered to celebrate his 42-year career with the organization.

Martell recalled his hiring as a bookkeeper and advancement into the top position. He had turned down another job opportunity deferring to a vision impaired candidate whom he felt needed the job more than he did. One of the interviewers also...

Second Ave. Armory project is official

Monday, November 25, 2019 by CHARONE FRANKEL in Local News

The Bethlehem Planning Commission has granted approval for the redevelopment of the Armory at 345 Second Ave. The historic art deco structure, built in 1930 for use as a National Guard drill hall, will be restored and expanded into an apartment complex. Following discussion and public comment Nov. 14, the commission voted 4-0 (with one recusal) in favor of Peron Development’s final subdivision plan and landscape waiver request.

Work may begin as early as April 2020, according to Peron...

DA announces charged filed in Oct. 18 homicide in Whitehall

Monday, November 25, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Police Log

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Nov. 21 that charges have been filed in relation to the Oct. 18 homicide of Jeffrey Werner inside his Whitehall Township home.

Dakota Schmoyer, 27, no known address, and Michael Layton, of Bethlehem, have been charged with criminal homicide, a felony of the first degree.

Schmoyer and Layton are also charged with one count each of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, both felonies of the first degree.

Schmoyer is...

Diamond and Silk hosts banquet

Monday, November 25, 2019 by CINDY O’BRIEN in Opinion

Diamond and Silk, two popular conservative social media personalities, urged people at the sold-out Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation’s 40th anniversary banquet to forget about political correctness and not allow themselves to be silenced on abortion.

“If we can advocate for women’s rights, we can advocate for the rights of the unborn,” Diamond said. “They have a right to life too.”

Known for their candid and often humorous political commentary, Diamond and Silk spoke to an...

Off to the races, Oktoberfest style

Monday, November 25, 2019 by LANI GOINS in Local News

A highlight of the Steelstacks Oktoberfest is the annual Weiner Dog Race. Four sessions of races were held, Oct. 5, 6, 12 and 13, in a small area in front of Steel Stacks. To compete in the races, dogs had to be Dachshunds or Dachshund crossbreeds. Competing dogs ranged in age from puppies to seniors. Each race began with a parade. Dogs not competing in the races were welcome to participate in the parade, though they could not receive prizes. At the end of each parade, dogs returned to the...

STUDENT PROFILE Coordinated by Julia Swan - Mercedes Lobb, LV Charter HS for The Arts

Monday, November 25, 2019 by The Press in School

Grade: 11th

Family members: Danielle (mom), Troy (dad), Asher (older brother), Aidan (younger brother), Bubbles (cat).

Favorite subject(s): My favorite school subject is history because I like to look back at the events that helped to shape our society into what it is today, and judge whether we have made progress or not.

Next steps (after high school): After high school, I want to attend Syracuse University as a public relations major, minoring in journalism.



Monday, November 25, 2019 by The Press in Police Log

Sherie Lee Datis, 59, of Coopersburg, was taken into custody after she allegedly struck a 16-year-old female during an argument at a residence in the 7700 block of Lone Lane, Lower Milford Township, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13, according to Pennsylvania State Police Fogelsville. Datis allegedly struck the teenager in the face with a closed fist.

A 36-year-old male, of Allentown, allegedly entered Kohl’s department store, 6900 Hamilton Blvd., Lower Macungie Township, 2:03 p.m. Sept. 11 and...

Parents, residents address bullying

Monday, November 25, 2019 by CHRISTOPHER HARING in Local News

The Nov. 12 meeting will be remembered as a tense, contentious one, addressing bullying and harassment concerns initially posed at the prior meeting by district parent David Clarke.

Clarke, who has two children that attended (and have since been removed from) district schools, returned to follow up his criticism with the district’s addressing, or lack thereof, of his complaints, which were first brought to the attention of the board Oct. 22. He expressed his dismay at what he...