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Drunken man threatens to kill wife, beat twin toddlers, cops say

Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found within reach of toddlers, police said.

A drunken Freemansburg man threatened to kill his wife and beat the couple’s 2-year-old twins d…

New brick oven pizza restaurant opens on Linden Street

The former owner of El Greco’s Brick Oven Pizza has a new restaurant.

The old owner of El Greco’s Brick Oven Pizza has a new Italian restaurant on Linden Street that’s serving up brick oven pies, Italian staples and some special additions.

El Greco recently closed after 35 years on Stefko Boulevard.

Villa Vita Brick Oven Pizza and Restaurant opened July 31 at 739 Linden St. in Bethlehem.

It’s a passion project for chef and operator Anthony Tsamoutalidis, who teamed up with his father, Vasilios Tsamoutalidis, to open the new eatery.

“It is so much more to me than a place to make a living,” Tsamoutalidis said.

Tsamoutalidis promises that fans of El Greco’s pizza won’t be disappointed but they’ll also find a lot of new additions to the menu, like steak dinners and vegan options.

Tsamoutalidis’ two sons Vasilios, 7, and Drake, 4, often welcome customers as they come through the door.

Since opening, the chef says he has been blown away by the response from neighbors and former customers dropping in to eat.

“I love this neighborhood. I got a good vibe,” Tsamoutalidis said. “Every business on the street has eaten from us today.”

How to eat for $5 or less at Musikfest

His two sons each have a pie named after them on the menu, which includes traditional choices, Sicilian, specialty and gluten-free pies.

The Drake is a mac-and-cheese pizza while the Vasili is topped with anchovies — the kid loves them — extra cheese and garlic.

You can also find fried calamari, falafel sandwiches and the mozzarella vita — slices of mozzarella breaded and pan-fried, served with marinara sauce.

The 24-seat restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner and offers take-out and delivery.

Former Mama Nina’s Foccacheria owner Nino Basile had planned to open Pane E Pasta in 2013 in the space. But it never opened.

Tsamoutalidis’ father and uncle, Dimitri Batistos, bought the space and they are giving Tsamoutalidis creative reign in the kitchen.

Tsamoutalidis decorated the restaurant to give it a homey feel. He made two of the butcher block tables with his sons. He serves pizza on wooden pizza paddles and a mural depicts a small village with nods to his sons and father.

“This place screams beautiful,” he said.

Villa Vita is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

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Man tries to push girlfriend out of vehicle during fight, cops say

The attacker later ditched the victim near Easton Hospital, police said.

An Allentown man punched his girlfriend in the face and then tried to push her out of his vehicle, b…

Missing teen from Bethlehem area found, police say

Police had asked for assistance in finding the 14-year-old three days after she was last seen.

A 14-year-old girl reported missing from Hanover Township, Northampton County, was …

Bethlehem school board asks what’s to lose with new tax district

The board is not expected to vote on the proposed LERTA district until September.

Bethlehem Area School Board members are weighing the risks and benefits of agreeing to create a …

Her Majesty’s Secret Circus comes to Musikfest 2016 (PHOTOS)

Her Majesty’s Secret Circus Show preforms on Main Street at Musikfest 2016.

You may go to Musikfest for the headliner shows. You may go just to wander around and drink beer. If you are the wandering type, you will see not only musical acts but many street performers such as Her Majesty’s Secret Circus. 

The show combines comedy and juggling.

The street performance tells the story of international comic espionage through the use of a 7-foot stealth cycle, and the world’s first and only bow and plunger-arrow.

Dierks Bentley brings country flair to Musikfest 2016 (PHOTOS)

Maya and Brent McCoy play the two characters in the story: Agents Butterfly and Honeymoon. They have performed Her Majesty’s Secret Circus Show since 2009 at festivals, fairs and carnivals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, according their website.

Brent has been a juggling and circus enthusiast for nearly 20 years. He started performing professionally in 2005 and has since toured all over the planet with his solo performance, The Real McCoy Show.

Maya and Brent are married and they live in Vermont with their dog, Little.

They are scheduled to perform again at Musikfest at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the lower end of Main Street and at 8 p.m. on Main Street near Corked.

An additional performance is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 9 near Corked.

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Musikfest 2016: Everything you need to know before you go

Parking, food, beer, shows — it’s your one-stop source for Fest info.

A 10-day festival like Musikfest in Bethlehem leaves a lot of ground to cover. We’re here to help.

Below you’ll find links to help you navigate Fest 2016 — from where to park to what to eat.


Headliners: Who they are and when they perform

REVIEW: X Ambassadors lead powerhouse triple bill to kick off Musikfest

INTERVIEW: Sabrina Carpenter goes from Musikfest fan to headliner

Food and drink

The best of this year’s new food vendors

MAP: Where to refill your Musikfest mug

Getting around

Where to park, and other transportation options

1 pedestrian bridge closed for Musikfest

Other fun stuff

Where to catch Pokemon at Musikfest

How to connect to Musikfest’s free Wi-Fi

QUIZ: How much do you know about Musikfest?

WATCH: Timelapse video of main stage’s setup

PHOTOS: The behind-the-scenes grunt work of Musikfest

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Suspect sought in Bethlehem teeth-bashing taken into custody

The other suspect in the alleged attack was arrested in July.

The other suspect sought in a brutal attack of a man in Bethlehem was arraigned and jailed Thursday on robbery and a…

Bethlehem man allegedly keys cars in bank parking lot

The man is free on $20,000 unsecured bail.

A Bethlehem man is accused of scratching several cars parked outside an East Allentown bank over three days.
Brandon Nuno, 37, of the 1…

Musikfest hosting first Pokemon Go crawl

The crawl is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10.

If Musikfest’s street team spots you playing Pokemon Go, you could get one of these limited edition stickers.Cou…