Bethlehem Press

Sunday, August 20, 2017

SOUTHSIDE Next S&S tours set for Aug.19

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

The next Steeples & Steel guided tour with an Eastern European goulash lunch will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 19. The tours, lead by a representative of the South Bethlehem Historical Society and a steelworker, will feature Packer Memorial Church on the 9 a.m. tour and Holy Ghost Cemetery on the 1 p.m. tour.

The Steelworkers’ Archives, local churches, and community-based organizations will display historical materials and artifacts from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in...


Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by The Press in Local News

It seems the number of people listening to performers at the Sands Steel Stage who are seated along First Street just outside the venue is growing each year. It kind of reminds me of the earlier days when headline concerts were held at the Community Arts Pavilion and admission on the large lawn was free. It also doesn’t hurt when a concert like Carlos Santana’s is a sell-out.

Fest Facts placards dotted the Musikfest campus this year and I really like them. For those less familiar with...

Around Town

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by The Press in News Briefs

A full calendar appears on the Bethlehem Press website, but due to space constraints, for ongoing events, email, visit or call the following:

Bethlehem City Hall Rotunda: “Expressions: A Self-Portrait Show”, through August 29 with local artists and citizens.10 E. Church St. Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit

Bethlehem Area Public Library: daily. Call 610-867-3761(main) or 610-867-7852 (south side); Visit...


Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by The Press in School

Northampton Community College

Richburg named an executive director

Andre Richburg has been named as the new executive director of enrollment management in the Student Affairs and Enrollment Division.

He has extensive experience in the areas of enrollment management at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, N.J., in admissions/recruitment, college relations, testing and financial aid areas.

He earned a master’s degree in education from Monmouth University...


Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

A 49-year-old male, of Emmaus, was injured Aug. 8 when he accidentally discharged his firearm while on his way to the range, according to authorities. Pennsylvania State Police responded to State Route 100, Lower Milford Township, 4:25 p.m., to a call from an individual who indicated he had an accident. The man injured his left leg, according to police. He was transported by Macungie EMS to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, for treatment.

Marcelo Fuertes, 41, of Macungie,...

Day care owner pleads in infant’s death

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Local News

Sharon’s Day Care owner and operator Sharon Ballek, age 61, has pleaded guilty to charges filed in connection with the April 1, 2016, death of a three-month-old infant who had been entrusted to Ballek’s care. The baby died on her first day at the now closed Lehigh Township facility.

Ballek entered her guilty plea before Judge Paula Roscioli on July 31. She admitted to both endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangering. The charge of endangering a child is a first degree...

Summer camp fun takes a turn

Monday, August 7, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

It’s a plot line right out of a summertime horror film: Kids playing in a park happily until the monster arrives. In this case, the children were part of a summer camp experience hosted by the Bethlehem NAACP. It was the organization‘s first time offering the camp for young people ages 5 – 18 at Saucon Park on Williams Street in Bethlehem.

The monster itself didn’t show up at the camp, but it left its droppings: the head of a dark-skinned baby doll ripped from its body and impaled on...

Musikfest: “A celebration … of everything that we are’

Monday, August 7, 2017 by KATYA HRICHAK in Local News

The opening ceremony for the 34th year of Musikfest was kicked off with a simple question by ArtsQuest President and CEO Kassie Hilgert Aug. 4 at Wells Fargo Festplatz: “Who wants to get a festival started?”

But before the 10-day festival could officially begin, Hilgert thanked everyone who continues to make Musikfest possible each year, including this year’s 1,800 volunteers, more than 150 corporate partners and “every department at city hall.”

This year’s festival features 15...

BETHLEHEM Council done in five minutes

Monday, August 7, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

It was a lightning-fast meeting Aug. 1, three-fourths of which were innocuous public comments. In only 20 minutes city council adjourned, having mostly set a handful of minor agenda items for an Aug. 15 vote.

Bill Sheier philosophized about the pending construction of high rises on the Southside, in particular a seven-story building on West Morton Street. “Is this a good thing,” he asked rhetorically. He said the Southside would lose something of its character if it continues to...

Sahitya Mandalapu

Monday, August 7, 2017 by The Press in School

Grade: Graduated senior

Family members: Mother – Vani; father – Amar; older brother - Sai

Favorite subject: Calculus because I find it fascinating that there are multiple ways to solve and perceive every problem

Activities: Cross country, Student Council president, school board representative, lacrosse, captain of BASD Mini-THON, vice president of Future Business Leaders of America

Next steps: Attend a four-year university to study biology and business