Northampton Press

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Colleges, universities make adjustments for graduations

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Local colleges and universities have started adjusting their graduation dates for the Class of 2020 in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Muhlenberg College has made the bold decision in announcing its graduation ceremony will be held in October.

According to Muhlenberg’s website, “We have set a planned date of Oct. 17 and 18 to hold an on-campus ceremony and baccalaureate program, including our school of continuing education graduates.”

Support groups cope with virus

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

The coronavirus has caused the closing of local schools and businesses, which has forced the American Red Cross Lehigh Valley to cancel planned blood drives, according to Peter Brown, executive director.

“We are looking at adding (blood) drives,” Brown said. “The public should still go ahead and make appointments to give blood.”

Brown said potential blood donors can arrange appointments by going to the website,, and entering their ZIP code. The Red Cross has implemented new screening measures designed to keep staff and clients safe.

Students receive SkillsUSA certificate

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

“We’re here because of Elmer’s leadership,” said Katie Walter, executive director of SkillsUSA Council.

Walter was speaking to a ballroom full of red-jacketed students during a breakfast ceremony May 23 at Homewood Suites and Conference Center in Center Valley. These students have honed useful skills applicable to the modern demands of the workplace.

Walter presided over the Elmer Gates Enterprise Awards ceremonies, where local students were being recognized for their scholastic achievement, positive work ethic, community service and entrepreneurial spirit.

Troop M honors fallen brethren

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Active duty and retired Pennsylvania State Police officers united ranks May 2 in front of their red brick barracks in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, to honor their dead. Family members and guests came in support.

The men and women were there for the Pennsylvania State Police Memorial Day ceremony hosted by Troop M, Bethlehem, headquarters commanded by Captain Richard H. D’Ambrosio.

Night to Shine

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Local News

Prom gives special needs individuals a festive evening

Riverbend Community Church, Allentown, went all out to give individuals with specials needs a fun night. The Night to Shine prom was held Feb. 8 at Palace Center, Hanover Street in Allentown. One hundred forty guests enjoyed dancing, eating and socializing.

The lobby of Palace Center was transformed to create the atmosphere of a grand hotel, complete with a red carpet where arriving guests strutted their finery as they entered the building.

After passing a tremendous arch of balloons, guests registered and met their buddy.

Crowded Kitchen Players’ premiere addresses topic that’s ‘Unspeakable’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Focus

“’Unspeakable’” describes a system that often finds itself inadequate to help the very individuals it has been created to serve,” says Ara Barlieb about the genesis of his new play.

The Crowded Kitchen Players’ “Unspeakable” has its world premiere March 22, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem, where it continues March 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.