Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

St. Luke’s plans fifth fitness center

Friday, June 14, 2019 by The Press in Business Showcase

St. Luke’s University Health Network is to open its fifth Fitness & Sports Performance Facility in the Lehigh Valley, one designed specifically for athletes.

The 30,000-square-foot building along Union Boulevard, Allentown, is to open in September. It joins facilities in West End Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton and Phillipsburg.

The location is that of the former Pig Pen Fun Bar, in the vicinity of Coca-Cola Park.

Bach Choir’s Greg Funfgeld, Bridget George plan to retire

Friday, May 31, 2019 by The Press in Business Showcase

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem has announced that its Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld and Executive Director Bridget George will retire in the next two years.

The choir’s board of managers has launched a leadership transition plan to fill both positions, choir Board President Harold Black announced May 22.

Funfgeld will retire in June 2012 after conducting 38 seasons with the Bach Choir and his final Bethlehem Bach Festival in May 2021.

George will retire in December 2020 after 24 years with the choir.

LV house sales rebound; April increase 3.8 percent

Friday, May 31, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Lehigh Valley house sales rebounded in April, reversing a three-month decline for the first quarter of 2019.

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley increased 3.8 percent in April, with 651 houses sold, up from 627 houses sold in April 2018, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report released May 14.

Closed sales for the first four months of 2019 are down slightly, 0.7 percent, to 2,174, down from 2,190 for the first four months of 2018.

Allentown Fair announces Live Nation booking deal

Friday, May 31, 2019 by The Press in Business Showcase

The Allentown Fair has announced a new booking alliance with Live Nation Philadelphia to secure artists for upcoming summer Fair seasons.

The Allentown Fair concert season begins Aug. 27.

In an effort to “elevate the fan experience and secure new performers for the Allentown Fair,” the Lehigh County Agricultural Society announced the new alliance May 9 with Live Nation Philadelphia.

Summer session

Friday, May 31, 2019 by The Press in Business Showcase

LCCC:

Lehigh Carbon Community College will offer a five-week summer session beginning July 8 for continuing and new LCCC students, as well as those who are getting a head-start on the fall semester at a university.

Classes are offered online and face-to-face at campuses in Schnecksville, Allentown and Tamaqua, as well as the Baum School of Art in center city Allentown.

Students can take courses in art, science, business, economics, English, criminal justice, geography, history, math, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology and Spanish.

St. Luke’s investing $31 million to upgrade Sacred Heart Hospital

Friday, May 3, 2019 by The Press in Business Showcase

This spring when the new St. Luke’s Sacred Heart signs are installed outside the hospital, it will be an indication that exciting changes are underway at the century-old hospital campus in Allentown.

A year after joining St. Luke’s University Health Network, once-struggling Sacred Heart Hospital has undergone a $31-million upgrade that has revitalized numerous buildings’ patient floors, and strengthened and expanded health-care services.

Scharle practice at new location

Friday, April 26, 2019 by The Press in Business Showcase

The practice of W. Timothy Scharle MD Internal Medicine, affiliated with the St. Luke’s University Health Network and specializing in internal medicine and primary care, has added a new doctor and moved its office to a new location, Suite, 304, 306 S. New St., Bethlehem.

Paul Le, DO, joined Dr. Scharle in September 2018 and is seeing new and existing patients.

“Dr. Scharle is a well-respected physician who has been taking care of the people of our community for more than 30 years,” said Ken Dyer, Practice Administrator.

‘Soft start to spring season’: LV house sales down again

Friday, April 26, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

House sales declined for the third straight month, putting sales in negative territory for the first quarter of 2019 compared to house sales for the same three months one year ago.

Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) officials report that March data “showed a soft start to the spring selling season.”

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley decreased 7.2 percent in in March, with 589 houses sold, down from 635 houses sold in March 2018, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report released April 15.