Like so many of his generation — and a couple of generations before him — Don Newcombe couldn’t play Major League Baseball when he started playing professionally as an 18-year-old in 1944 in his native New Jersey. He was black.

In hopes of fulfilling her long-held dream to participate in international community service, Vivianne Schill is raising money for a trip to Poland where she’ll help an American organization dedicated to restoring a Jewish cemetery that was desecrated by the Nazis during World War II.

Speaker Marilyn Walsh of Bethlehem recounted that her late father, Philip Walsh, was a gunner’s mate aboard the U.S.S. Vestal, a repair ship that was berthed next to the battleship Arizona when the attack began.


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