AccaBella serenaded the East Penn Board of School Directors at their regular meeting Dec. 10. After enjoying renditions of “Angels We Have Heard On High” and Abba’s “Dancing Queen” by the Emmaus High School a capella group, the board got back to business.
The directors voted unanimously to approve the collective bargaining agreement between the East Penn School District and the East Penn Education Association effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023. “It’s good for the district and good for the teachers,” board President Ken Bacher said about the new contract.
“Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas” has returned to its vintage stage for the 15th season at Allentown’s Liberty Bell Museum.
Pip and his holiday puppet show premiered at Hess’s, Ninth and Hamilton streets, in 1962. After the iconic Allentown department store closed, puppets, props and stage found a home at the Liberty Bell Museum where the seasonal show has been going on since 2003.
An organizational meeting was held Dec. 3 by the East Penn Board of School Directors. Ken Bacher and Paul Champagne were quickly returned to their previously held posts of president and vice president, respectively, by board vote.
Board Secretary Janine Allen presided over the meeting until Ziad Munson was elected president pro tempore to briefly oversee the election of officers.
“Charles F. Stonewall: Between Silence and Light” explores the emotional aftermath of personal trauma captured through the camera lens, in an exhibition through Dec. 15, Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley.
Each photograph, shot with models, some with acting experience, reflects emotions of sadness, hurt and betrayal experienced by people who had been severely traumatized. The powerful works provide a face for the anonymous victims.
“Playing with Color” explores the surreal through Yevette Hendler’s infrared photography and color manipulation in an exhibition through Dec. 2, with an artist’s reception, 6 - 8 p.m. Nov. 16, Civic Theatre 514 Gallery, Alentown.
The exhibition, curated by Deborah Rabinsky, features dreamlike landscapes, blossoms, and the human figure.
“We are surrounded by so much reality these days that we just can’t escape it. So rather than reflect back the reality that is readily available, I present a surrealistic view through my art,” states Hendler.
The East Penn Board of School Directors observed a moment of silence at the start of its regular meeting Nov. 12 for former board member Carol Allen who died at home Oct. 2 at age 68. Allen had resigned her seat Sept. 4.
Superintendent Kristen Campbell brought the board up to speed on progress made with the ongoing cleanup and remediation of flood damage from the Nov. 2 storm at Emmaus High School. The high school was closed to students Nov. 5 through 9, with a three-hour delay Nov. 12.
“High Tech-Low Tech: Smart Phone Image Makers Matthew Beniamino and Jett Ulaner Sarachek” at the Baum School of Art features the work of an emerging Millennial artist and a veteran Baby Boomer photographer, with an opening reception talk, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1, and a closing reception, 6 - 8 p.m. Nov. 15, David E. Rodale and the Rodale Family Galleries, Baum School of Art, Allentown.
Andrew Klein, eGovernance specialist, explained BoardDocs to the East Penn Board of School Directors at the Oct. 22 meeting.
Klein described how BoardDocs LT could assist the directors and administration with creating, managing and publishing agendas, minutes, policies and other board-related documents. These could then be archived efficiently, and except for PDFs without optical character recognition, be searchable. According to Kline, BoardDocs includes video integration which would allow for uploads of videotaped board meetings.
Two anniversaries significant to Muhlenberg College and its iconic radio station WMUH are being celebrated in two gallery exhibitions through Oct. 31 at the Liberty Bell Museum, Zion’s Church, 622 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.
“Towards a Greater Muhlenberg: The Evolution of Muhlenberg College 1848-2018” traces the 170-year history of the college from its inception as the Allentown Seminary, Fourth and Walnut streets, Allentown, through the school’s relocation to Allentown’s West End, and its transformation to a modern, coeducational liberal arts college.
The East Penn Board of School Directors elected, then swore in Dr. Joshua Levinson at their regular meeting Sept. 24 to fill the seat vacated by Director Carol Allen who resigned Sept. 4.
Levinson is a chemical engineer working at OEM Group in Coopersburg. The 47-year-old Stanford grad serves on the board of the EPSD Education Foundation and is active in Scouting. He and his family live in Zionsville.