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The Press 12th annual Student Poetry Project

Friday, April 28, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To commemorate National Poetry Month in April, the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites present the 12th annual Student Poetry Project.

Please see Page B1 and B3 and the Focus pages online for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.

Students whose poems appear on Page B1 read their poems and were interviewed on the April 17 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio Station, WDIY, 88.1, wdiy...

Elementary School: My family

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus

My family is awesome

And I want a possum.

I do have four sisters

with high heels and blisters.

I also have two brothers

and of course they

don’t act like fathers

I am the 7th kid,

and being the littlest

is the best that I did

I also have a dad

that’s always glad

I do have a mom that’s

always calm

Xeni Vasilopoulos

Age 8, Grade 3

Parkway Manor Elementary School


Review: ‘FFgr8’

Friday, April 28, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A movie sequel often doesn’t improve on the original movie.

After eight installments, “The Fate of the Furious” improves on nearly all of the previous seven “Fast and Furious” movies.

Call it “FFgr8.”

The first “The Fast and the Furious,” released in 2001, unleashed Universal Studios’ biggest franchise. Already, “Fast and Furious” nine and 10 are in preproduction.

The eighth installment brings back the crew of tart-tongued misfits and malcontents with hearts of...


Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus


Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network will offer stroke-risk screenings, 9 a.m. - noon May 8, Health & Technology Center, 850 S. Fifth St., Allentown.

The event is free and open to the public.

Screening stations will be assess fall risk, glucose and cholesterol, blood pressure, height and weight values, provide health and wellness education, and offer personalized stroke risk assessments.

An appointment is required. Call Good Shepherd at 610-776-...

‘Little Prince’ to land on Allentown stage

Friday, April 28, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“The Little Prince,” with actors and puppeteers sharing the stage, will be presented in the “Family Series: Live Musical Theatre,” 2 p.m. April 29, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The Antione de St. Exupery classic children’s book about a pilot whose plane crashes in the Sahara Desert and gains insight into love, loss and laughter through the eyes of The Little Prince, is brought to the stage by Swazzle, a Glendale, Calif.,-based puppet company founded in 2004 by twin brothers Sean...

Rick Boulay’s music begins at ‘Home’

Friday, April 28, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Cancer survivors, fighters and caregivers are invited to gather at 7 p.m. April 29 and 3 p.m. April 30, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, for “Close To Home: Songs and Lessons of Cancer Survivorship.”

The inspiration to mount the concert, now in it’s 10th year, came from vocalist and cancer doctor Dr. Derrick “Rick” Boulay’s personal experience with the disease.

“I did understand the breadth of the disease but I didn’t really get, truly, the depth of the cancer experience until...

Borealis Wind in concert

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem welcomes back the Borealis Wind Quintet for a concert at 3 p.m. April 30, Cathedral Church of the Nativity, 321 Wyandotte St. (Route 378), Bethlehem.

For three decades, the Borealis Wind Quintet has been a leading woodwind quintet, receiving critical acclaim and recording numerous works.

The concert program is: Charles Lefebvre, “Suite,” Op. 57; Eric Ewazen, “Roaring Fork Quintet”; Nino Rota, “Petite Offrande Musicale”; Samuel Barber, “...

ESL classes

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) offers courses to help students improve their English-speaking skills, 9 a.m. - noon or 6 - 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Donley Center, 718 Hamilton St., Allentown.

ESL 1 course teaches beginner and low intermediate students is May 2 - June 15.

A second level course, ESL 2 for high-intermediate to advanced ESL students is May 1 - June 14.

An ESL 3 level course for advanced individuals who have successfully completed...

Healthy Geezer: hearing loss

Friday, April 28, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’m worried about my hearing because I played in a rock band when I was a youth. How dangerous is the sound level on the bandstand?

Sound volume is measured in decibels (dB). You risk hearing loss when you are exposed to sounds at 85 decibels or more. The louder the sound and the longer the exposure, the greater the risk.

Here’s the bad news: Rock music is on many lists as an example of a dangerous sound. Here’s one of those lists:

30 dB = library

50 dB = rain...

Liberty: ‘West Side Story’

Friday, April 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The iconic musical “West Side Story” comes to the stage at Liberty High School at 7 p.m. April 27, 28 and 29, auditorium, Liberty High School, 1115 Linden St., Bethlehem.

With music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents, the musical opened on Broadway in 1957.

The tragic tale of two rival teenage gangs in an Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City is inspired by Shakespeare’s play, “Romeo and Juliet.” Taking place in the mid-1950s,...