As with many businesses in the Lehigh Valley and beyond, owners are trying to adjust to this new temporary change of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Danielle Fritz O’Brien, owner of 3d Dance Studio in Northampton, is no different. The Alburtis resident is supporting her clients by participating in delivering a special birthday message in the form of a parade for her dancers.
On April 27, Isabella Derhammer, of Northampton, was the honorary recipient of a special birthday event for turning 11 years old. Isabella has been a student of 3d Dance Studio for eight years.
One could say Brenda Kline Burger is an expert sewer. The Catasauqua Borough resident admits, with a chuckle, to having seven machines.
A previous software engineer, she now calls herself a crafter. Kline Burger learned this art from her mother when she was very young. She said she started at the age of 4 or 5.
“I have been a crafter for a long time. By trade, I’m a software engineer, and I became disabled nine years ago,” Kline Burger said. “I’ve always done some kind of craft. I had a business for 25 years.”
A Sheckler Elementary School student is going above and beyond for his community members. Second-grader Layden Frisch, of Hanover Township, Lehigh County, has been giving bags filled with water and snacks, pictures he colored and letters he wrote to local essential employees.
“I have made goody bags and letters for the garbage men and mail carrier,” Layden said. “I wish I could make more bags for workers and people in need. I made thank-you letters to police, firefighters and doctors. I color different pictures for each letter.”
What do Girl Scouts do when their meetings are canceled because of COVID-19, the new strain of coronavirus? Set up virtual meetings, of course.
Cadette Troop 6038, of Whitehall, had planned an event for March 17 at Chick-fil-A, on MacArthur Road, to celebrate Girl Scout Week. For this event, the troop planned to set up cookie samples, hold a trivia contest and have materials available to make cards for the military.
Then, Pennsylvania school districts were ordered to close — at that time, for two weeks.
When you attend a wedding, many times the bride and groom’s interests shine through. That is very much the case for the wedding of Barbie (Hucaluk) and Shawn Fillman, of Whitehall. The couple had a baseball- and skull-themed wedding. The colors purple and black were used throughout.
Barbie Fillman is originally from Catasauqua. Her son, Jayden, attends Catasauqua Area School District.
Jay and Tyler Cimerol, co-owners of Catty Corner Neighborhood Pub & Pie, held the restaurant’s first-ever Easter egg hunt April 20. Boys and girls ages 12 and under were invited to the holiday event at the 301 Mulberry St., Catasauqua, restaurant.
Thankfully, the rain had stopped so the kids were able to search for the eggs outside. After the egg hunt, they enjoyed a pizza party inside.
Parents agreed the event was great fun for the children.
“Sip — Savor — Save & Support.”
That’s what many Lehigh Valley residents will be doing from April 8 to April 14. It’s the annual Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce (WACC) Restaurant Week!
Jessica O’Donnell, senior vice president of central affiliated chambers, spoke with The Press to discuss this annual event, which has been occurring for at least three years.
O’Donnell said when Restaurant Week occurs — this year being her second working on the event — she gets more excited every year for it.
Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley Inc. (PCFLV), a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports the entire family battling pediatric cancer, joined efforts with Warner Art Glass Center, an art glassblowing shop located in Whitehall, to benefit children facing cancer.
On Feb. 13 and 14, the Bethlehem foundation and the glass center sponsored hands-on fun for children and their families who use the services of and receive support from PCFLV. Area community members also participated in glassblowing festivities.
The owners of Kornfeind's Market, brothers Joe and Frank, have been keeping the family business tradition alive and are always looking for ways to continue attracting customers.
A specialized meat market, Kornfeind's has recently added a new selection to the menu: craft beers. The addition required renovations, which took place January through March.
The Heart Care Group, located at 1202 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, recently held one of its biggest canned food drives to date.
From October to Dec. 12, a total of 4,502 cans of food were collected to be given to Second Harvest Food Bank, which is located at 2045 Harvest Way in Allentown.
According to Second Harvest, "Second Harvest Food Bank distributes food to the hungry though its more than 200 member agencies in Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Wayne counties."