The year is 1928. The Roaring ‘20s are nearing their conclusion and the Great Depression’s desolation awaits.
In West Allentown, a stately, regal and artful movie palace opens known as the Nineteenth Street Theatre.
Ninety years later, years of planning, months of renovations and $5.5 million have created a refurbished Civic Theatre of Allentown, which officially reopened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 11.
Riley Williamson gave everything he had. The Parkland boys cross country runner had just run a brilliant race Oct. 16 at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Cross Country Championships at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course and was paying the price. Barely able to stand, arms draped around two others, eyes squeezed shut and wincing in pain, Williamson looked like the walking wounded.
The thing about the Parkland girls cross country team is that they are good. They’re so good that when they finish second out of 14 teams, the mindset is that they can do better.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” Trojan head coach Loretta Dodson said after her team’s second-place finish Oct. 16 at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Cross Country Championships, held at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course. “I think just maybe working on individual goals and what they need to do to be a better team.”
Scrap policy is evolving and how the United States responds matters, and matters a lot.
That’s what panelists told a crowd assembled at the 2018 Lehigh Valley Energy & Environment Outlook and Expo, Sept. 21, Homewood Suites, Center Valley, presented by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Ground zero for those changes are occurring in China. The communist country has recently banned certain materials and is requiring exporters to ship materials that are almost entirely devoid of contamination.
The juggernaut that is Parkland’s boys and girls cross country teams continues to run toward another impressive season. Both squads headed into this week undefeated in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference standings with the postseason just around the corner.
Both squads won all three of their matchups on Oct. 2 at the Little Lehigh Parkway, which featured Allen, Dieruff, Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain East and Pocono Mountain West.
“Our goal was to just take care of business,” Parkland head coach Loretta Dodson said, “to just get out there and run.”
Enter the front door of the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley and make the first right. Head down the hall and you’ll see them on your left. Literally hundreds of class photos dating back more than half a century. Smiling children with their classmates and teachers.
“Let me see where mine is,” says Amy Sams, JCC adult program and event coordinator. “Oh, here it is.”
There in a small frame is a class photo of when she was a young girl. Just like it is for thousands of other students.
Consistent and excellent are two words that could describe the recently concluded 2018 Parkland girls tennis regular season.
Coach Michael Hingston’s squad registered a 15-2 record, finishing its season with a convincing 7-0 win over Emmaus on Sept. 29. The Lady Trojans only two losses came to Freedom and Nazareth. The longtime coach has been pleased watching his team’s maturation.
“It’s been fun to watch them play,” Hingston says.
The Lady Trojans number one singles player, senior Murong Yao, has been superlative throughout the campaign.
The Great Depression, 1933. Joseph Zeller and his younger brother Frank are promoting fights for a gangster. Joe is a lad of 14 and is learning the ropes of human nature and the difference between what people say and what people do.
Some find peace in church. Some also find peace in the Peace Garden on the grounds of Jordan United Church of Christ.
The Rev. David Charles Smith, Jordan UCC’s senior pastor, said the South Whitehall Township church refurbished about 2.5 acres of its 40-acre campus about 12 years ago for the garden.
Today, recently ordained Pastor Virginia Schlegel of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Whitehall Township, is leading the charge to maintain it.
The Parkland Girls Tennis program is humming along like a machine this season with an 8-1 overall record under the direction of coach Mike Hingston.
“We have a lot of experience and that’s a plus in high school girls tennis,” the coach said.