Over 600 bikers from the Lehigh Valley and beyond enjoyed a ride to the St. Luke’s Fountain Hill campus for the eighth annual Tucker’s Toy Ride on a breezy, sunny November day.
Delivering well over 1,000 toys, which are collected throughout the year, the event is run through the Lehigh Valley Community Benefit and it remembers Tucker Stuart, who died in a motorcycle crash in 2011.
When the time comes for Bethlehem resident and Moravian College nursing instructor Michelle Sayenga to retire, she told her group of friends, who have nicknamed themselves “the breakfast club,” she wants to “retire into a job where people are happy to see me.” She told her friends about her desire to fulfill that need by driving the Just Born PeepMobile when she does retire, and friends Chris and Adrin Eline took over from there.
Recently over 630 motorcyclists made their annual ride through the Lehigh Valley, from Northampton to the Fountain Hill campus of St. Luke’s University Health Network, participating in the seventh Tucker’s Toy Run to deliver nearly 1,000 toys for the hospital’s pediatric patients.
Organized by Rick Nauman, the annual event is a tribute to Tucker Stuart, a motorcyclist who died in a 2011 motorcycle accident.
For the sixth year in a row, the St. Luke’s School of Nursing student nurse association collected backpacks and filled them with school supplies so children of families that participate in the hospital’s maternal child health programs would have some of the educational supplies needed when the new school year starts.
Nursing School students solicited contributions throughout the St. Luke’s University Health Network and were able to provide over 100 backpacks.
Binders, tablets, filler paper, pencils and markers were among each backpack’s contents.
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Originally scheduled Jan. 24 to 30, the Historic Bethlehem Restaurant Week has been extended through Feb. 5 due to the recent snowstorm. Created to bolster post-holiday business and interest in the Northside central business district, participating restaurant owners not only seek to improve their on bottom line, but they hope it benefits the entire downtown business community. “You take one of the slowest weeks of the year and make it one of the busiest of the year,” Apollo Grille co-owner Dyanne Holt said.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf paid a visit to Bethlehem’s South Mountain Ben Franklin Tech Ventures business incubator campus Jan. 12 in an effort “to learn more about what is going here.”
Citing the state funding supporting the four technology centers located in Pennsylvania, Wolf noted the state government’s commitment through the provision of start-up funding “for smart people to start businesses that create jobs.
“For each one dollar invested, $3.60 comes back to the state treasury,” Wolf said.