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Lehigh Valley student science whizzes look to improve the world

Two local students just competed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles and one placed in his category.

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Moravian Academy graduation 2017 (PHOTOS)

Moravian Academy held its 2017 commencement exercises Saturday at the Upper School.

Moravian Academy held its commencement Saturday at the Upper School in Bethlehem Township…

Moravian Academy prom 2017 (PHOTOS)

Moravian Academy students celebrated their prom Friday night at Hotel Bethlehem.

Moravian Academy students celebrated their prom Friday night at Hotel Bethlehem.
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This art and fashion show has ulterior motives (PHOTOS)

A Moravian Academy junior organized the show, now in its 3rd year raising money for the prom and the disadvantaged.

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Moravian Academy vs Mahanoy Area

#2 seed Mahanoy Area met #3 seed Moravian AC in the D11 ‘AA’ semi-finals.  Mahanoy won 60-30, and will face Minersville in finals.

Kids fill church with sound during Moravian Vespers (PHOTOS)

Moravian Academy students are performing at Central Moravian Church as part of their 275th anniversary celebration.

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New Moravian Academy headmaster modern embodiment of Moravian ideals

New headmaster Jeffrey Zemsky joined the school this summer following a national search.

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‘We’re helping families thrive’: Scout aids homeless pregnant women’s shelter

Grandma’s House in Phillipsburg aims to be open in a year.

Young mothers in need should know they have options, says Joan Fasanello.

Grandma’s House can be one of them.

An old 15,860-square-foot convent on Roseberry Street in Phillipsburg is being renovated to begin a new life as a shelter for homeless women who are pregnant or have small children, with a goal of helping them start new lives of their own.

“Our program really will be focused on helping families thrive,” said Fasanello, director of Life Choices, based in town. “We don’t want to just house or enable … we want to give them a foot up in life.”

Many of the women who go to the Catholic group — which advocates against abortion — are dealing with unplanned pregnancies, in addition to homelessness or domestic abuse, according to the Life Choices website. By giving them more resources, they are more likely to improve their lives, Fasanello said.

The message of helping those in need resonated with James Foran, a 14-year-old Moravian Academy freshman from Greenwich Township. Foran, for his Eagle Scout project, is helping develop the resource center at Grandma’s House.

The Troop 61 scout’s project involves renovating two rooms with office furnishings, workstations, desktop PCs and a wireless network.

“It helps the residents find jobs, develop skills and further educate themselves,” Foran said.

Foran’s project is expected to cost $10,600 — Life Choices anticipates the entire Grandma’s House renovation will run about $700,000. Both are seeking donations.

The convent building, which Life Choices is leasing with an option to buy from the Diocese of Metuchen, has already seen a lot of work in the last year, Fasanello said. The heating and sprinkler systems have been replaced, along with much of the roof, she said. Utilities and accessibility, along with some regular touching up, must still be done.

Fasanello said she hopes the shelter will be open in about a year.

“Overall what we’re trying to do is make it possible to give women the resources they need,” she said. “It is, in a sense, very liberating.”


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Moravian Academy graduation 2015 (PHOTOS)

Graduation exercises were held Saturday at the Merle Smith campus in Bethlehem Township, Pa.

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Moravian Academy students to perform with Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland

The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s athletic and wellness center, 4313 Green Pond Road in Bethlehem Township.

Moravian Academy students on Tuesday will get a chance to perform alongside the renowned Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland.

The 120-piece youth orchestra is stopping at the school for a 7 p.m. performance before continuing on to New York City for a show at Carnegie Hall.

The special performance will include Moravian alumnus Michael Bodnyk, a North Whitehall Township native, as the featured tenor as well as 100 academy handbell ringers and more than 200 academy choral members.

Bodnyk serves as cantor, tenor soloist and choral section leader at St. Patrick’s


The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s athletic and wellness center, 4313 Green Pond Road in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania.
Tickets must be purchased ahead of time at Tickets are $20 for children over age 10 and adults. Tickets for children 10 and under are $10.

Cathedral in New York City, where he sings well over 300 Masses and concerts a year.

He helped to bring the concert to Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania, through his work with Ciaran Grant, who co-chair’s the orchestra’s New York executive committee. It marks the first musical performance in the school’s new athletic and wellness center.

“It’s very special to me to be able to come back to Moravian,” Bodnyk said. “Moravian Academy was such a big part of my life.”

The orchestra was established in 1995 as a peace initiative to bring Catholic and Protestant Irish children together from Ireland and Northern Ireland, Grant said.

It is open to youth, ages 14 to 24, and members don’t need to audition to join, he said. Ireland’s music education system isn’t as robust as the musical programs in U.S. schools. The orchestra’s choral education program reaches 20,000 children in 500 schools in Ireland and Northern Ireland, Grant said.

The orchestra performs worldwide, including for Queen Elizabeth. This marks its first appearance in the Lehigh Valley and the orchestra’s first time performing with a handbell choir. The show will feature classics like Vivaldi and jazz music.

The orchestra and Moravian students will rehearse together before the show and have time to get to know one another, Grant said.

“We want kids to show up and see what possibilities and opportunities are out there in the arts,” he said.

Bodnyk and Grant are co-directors of Camp Rhythmo, a nonprofit organization that teachers children health and wellness through music, science and the creative arts.

Last summer, the organization ran three programs in the Lehigh Valley, New York City and Yonkers serving more than 200 kids. Children from the organization will also be joining the performance, Bodnyk said.

This upcoming summer, Camp Rhythmo is launching an international exchange program in Ireland.

It’s been very special coordinating the show at his alma mater and working with the teachers that influenced his life, Bodnyk said.

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