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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Respectfully Yours: Don’t be ‘the one that got away’

Friday, January 10, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

An former boyfriend I dated in high school contacted me online. It was great hearing from him and we spoke on the phone for hours, catching up on the last 30 years. He even put his wife on to say “Hello.” He considers me “the one that got away.” I don’t feel the same way about him. How do I gracefully bow out of these phone calls without insulting him or destroying what initially was a friendly reconnection?

Dear Reader,

Social media is a great tool to...

The Family Project: Neighbor helping single mother aired

Friday, January 10, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I’m a single mother living in a small apartment building. A young woman, who I suspect is also a single mother, has just moved in with her toddler. I think she has a job, and the times I’ve seen her, she has looked very tired. We’ve never met. Would it be inappropriate for me to ask her if I could be of help?

“It would be very appropriate for this woman to reach out to her neighbor, especially since she thinks the neighbor might be isolated and alone,” panelist Denise Continenza...

14th annual ABEs Salute Lehigh Valley Stage: From plays to musicals, theater unbound in 2019

Friday, January 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Lehigh Valley regional theater continued to delight, surprise and impress in 2019.

The ABEs, as in Allentown Bethlehem and Easton, is an attempt to encapsulate a year’s-worth of plays and musicals produced by Lehigh Valley nonprofit theater companies.

This is the 14th annual ABEs. The overview is based on stage shows seen and-or reviewed by myself and Carole Gorney. Admittedly, we didn’t see every show in 2019.

For purposes of scale, the ABEs are divided into two...

Allentown Band CDs receive two American Prize awards

Friday, January 3, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The Allentown Band has been awarded the American Prize’s Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music 2018-2019.

The band, which was named a Finalist Honorable Mention, received a Special Judges’ Citation for its CD, “Championing the Music of Morton Gould.”

The band also received a Third Place Citation in the American Prize’s Community Band-Wind Ensemble Division for its performance on its CD “Tribute to John Williams.”

“This is the first time we ever...

Focus 2019 theater review list

Friday, January 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Here is a list of theater reviews published in 2019 by the Lehigh Valley Press Focus, listing play, theater, date of publication date and reviewer.

Theater reviews can be searched by title, theater and review publication date on the Focus page of Lehigh Valley Press:

thelehighvalleypress.com/focus

Focus 2019 Lehigh Valley theater reviews

“Who’s Holiday,” Civic Theatre, Dec. 21, Carol Gorney

“Christmas Carole 1944,” Civic Theatre, Dec. 12, Carole Gorney...

Movie Review: One of a kindness

Monday, January 6, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” is an odd little film.

On the one hand, it’s been perceived as a biopic of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, native Fred Rogers (1928 - 2003), host of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” (1968 - 2001), produced by WQED, Pittsburgh, and telecast on Public Broadcasting Television stations.

On the other hand, the film is not a Fred Rogers biopic.

While I may have been one of the moviegoers expecting a biopic along the lines of the excellent...

Movie Review: Eastwood’s real ‘Jewell’

Friday, January 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Richard Jewell’ is another brilliant film from director Clint Eastwood.

The film is based on the true story about security guard Richard Jewell, who became a “person of interest,” but was never charged in the bombing of Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. The explosion is said to have killed two persons (one from a heart attack) and injured 111.

Jewell discovered the bomb before it detonated and with other officials cleared most of the...

Growing Green: Try indoor gardening

Friday, January 3, 2020 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

The weather may be cold, but your green thumb is still itching.

What can you do? You can still do some gardening, even at this time of the year: indoor gardening.

We see amaryllis being sold every fall in the local grocery store or garden center. They look great, but are they easy to grow? As with any plant, give it the right conditions and some TLC and you’ll reap the rewards.

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hydrid) is a bulb plant that originates in South America. It reaches a...

Healthy Geezer: Topics: CPR, Kegels, heart attack signs

Friday, January 3, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. How do I go about learning CPR?

If you would like to learn CPR, contact the American Heart Association: americanheart.org; 1-877-AHA-4CPR.

Another CPR resource is the American Red Cross: redcross.org.

You can try a local hospital.

CPR, or Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, employs chest compression and mouth-to-mouth breathing to treat cardiac arrest, heart attack, drowning and electrocution.

CPR can keep some blood flowing to the brain and heart during an...

Movie Review: ‘Jumanji’: Fun run

Friday, January 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Some movies are lifted by low expectations.

Having seen a movie where you’re not expecting much, you sometimes end up with higher results.

That’s what happened for me with “Jumanji: The Next Level.”

Once one gets past the illogical legerdemain of the movie’s premise, which I won’t geek out on here, “Jumanji” provides an entertaining, frequently humorous and often wild ride.

Having not played “The Jumanji Classic Board Game” or “The Jumanji Video Game” (I don’t...