By 1920, F.W. Woolworth Company had prominent stores on both Third Street and Main streets. By 1940, rivals arrived on the scene, such as Grand F & W, McCrory, Milgreen, G. C. Murphy Co. and Pulley's 5 & 10. Three of these stores were demolished, in the 1970s through 1980s, for urban improvement projects. Milgreen at 25 West Broad became a failed mall. Milgreen was named after the owner, Milton Greenburg. The site of Murphy's at 119 East Third St. became the Rite-Aid strip mall and Pulley's at 1903 West Broad is a parking lot today.
When the thermometer hit the 90s this summer, it was quite common for the tired and heat-weary to seek respite in the cool waters of the Lehigh River.
Vu Nyugen, 34, of Bethlehem made it a regular routine. In fact, he's swum in the river countless times over the years. But for Nyugen, it was a recent dip that he won't soon forget, for it was then that he made his discovery.
While he was wading in the river opposite Sand Island, something caught Nyugen's eye.
Although there was a Methodist church on the north side of Bethlehem, Methodists living in South Bethlehem longed for a church closer to home. In 1891, John Fritz, the superintendent of the Bethlehem Iron Works, offered funds to the group to build a church at the corner of Packer and Montclair avenues. His donation covered the entire cost of the church and served to honor his parents, George and Mary Fritz. Architect A. W. Leh was hired to design their church in Gothic Revival style and to include an auditorium, the only church of its kind in South Bethlehem.
When his lecture was over, Alan Jennings expressed some surprise that nobody had tried to kill him. He needn't have worried. A few conservative thinkers like Hotel Bethlehem managing partner Bruce Haines and activist Al Bernotas delivered gentle jabs. But most of the 70 or so people who attended the first of the South Side Initiative 2012-12 Town Hall Lecture Series Sept. 24 were supportive. Liberals tend to attract other liberals and conservatives tend to attract conservatives, but this increasing polarization was the whole point of Jennings' lecture – we are a nation divided.
I've been a fan of the National Football League and the Green Bay Packers for just over 50 years. I'm so much a Packer fan that I've actually become a part owner, just like several hundred thousand other Packer fans who own at least a share of Green Bay Packer stock. Unlike other NFL teams, which are usually owned by multi-millionaires, average everyday people like me own a piece of that storied franchise.
Editorial cartoon by Ed Courier