Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Theater Review: ‘Young Frankenstein’ is alive at DeSales

Saturday, April 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Fans of Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder and especially their cinematic collaboration, the story and screenplay for the movie, “Young Frankenstein,” which Brooks directed, will especially enjoy the DeSales University Theatre Department Act 1 production of the stage musical adaptation, which continues through May 7, Main Stage, Labuda Center for The Performing Arts, Center Valley.


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 610-776-3393 to schedule.

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 bold, and gold.

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

60 dB = conversation (apolitical)

70 dB = vacuum cleaner

80 dB = busy street

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 ESL 2 or who are referred by credit ESL is May 2 - June 15.


Middle School: Our Saturdays

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Saturday morning wasn’t the same without you,

I still woke up early and watched our cartoons,

but you weren’t there to make us breakfast.

A year passed and I didn’t hear from you, I only saw

you one week in the summer, after that you never


Another year, then another and finally your graduation,

You were home

Although, it’s like you were a new person, a stranger

In my brother’s shoes, I feel like I lost you

Now not a word is spoken on Saturday mornings, but we

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 it came to my home,” says Boulay.

High School: Vultures

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Beware of the vulture,

My parents would say,

The black bird brings death,

You’d best stay away

But how did the vultures,

Receive their ill fame?

They refuse to kill,

Or prey on live game.

We all hate the vultures,

Because they look vile,

With frightful feathers,

And devious smiles,

But why hate something,

For how it appears?

If people were vultures,

Would you point and sneer?

So don’t scorn the vultures,

Because there are times,

We all feel like them,

Desperate to hide.

Middle School: Siri

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus


is really just every iPhone holder’s personal slave.

Siri do this

Siri do that

Hey, Siri!

What would we do without Siri?

We would have to go through our own contacts list

or worse,

dial a phone number.

We would have to type our own messages

and search on Safari ourselves.

What would we do without Siri?

Would we not be able to survive?

That’s not true.

What did people do before Siri?

They called their friends and family

by dialing

a phone

on the wall.