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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Growing Green: Tomatoes

Friday, July 20, 2018 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Can’t wait for that first ripe tomato?

You go to pick it, and then you see it: blossom end rot, or maybe a tomato hornworm.

These are some of the typical maladies that may test your tomatoes.

Tomato hornworms are one of the garden’s largest caterpillars at nearly 3- to 4-inches long and about as big around as your little finger. They are green with diagonal white stripes with a black or reddish horn-like protrusion projecting from its rear end, hence hornworm. Don’t worry, it will not sting or bite you.

Third Christmas City Jazz Festival features Easton’s Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts

Friday, July 20, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Jazz Collective presents a smorgasbord of jazz for the third annual “Christmas City Jazz Festival,” 1 p.m. - 10 p.m., Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink, 345 Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem.

The event features 10 groups on two stages.

Festival headliner is drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts. The Easton resident has performed with a host of jazz greats, including Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Michael Brecker, Betty Carter, Alice Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane, and Troy Roberts.

Healthy Geezer: E-mail answers

Friday, July 20, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Are there different kinds of angina?

Yes. There is stable angina, unstable angina and variant angina.

Angina, or angina pectoris, is the medical term for chest pain or discomfort usually caused by coronary artery disease.

Angina (pronounced an-JI-nuh or AN-juh-nuh) hits when the heart doesn’t get enough blood. This usually happens when there is a narrowing or blockage in one or more of the vessels that supply blood to the heart.

Angina can come from exertion. It may make you sweat or lose your breath. The pain can strike your arm or neck, too.

Respectfully Yours: Names

Friday, July 20, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I am horrible at remembering people’s names. It’s embarrassing and I feel inconsiderate. What do I do when I’m struggling to remember a name? Do I try to play it off, or confess?

Dear Reader,

We’ve all experienced that moment of panic when you meet someone you know and your mind goes blank. It happens to everyone sooner or later. However, you can recover gracefully. I have a few simple strategies that will help you save face the next time this happens.

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Friday, July 20, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Broadway in Allentown: Frankie Grande (J. Pierrepont Finch) and Meredith Kate Doyle (Rosemary Pilkington) star in the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” through July 29, Baker Theater, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown. MSMT co-founder Charlie Richter directs the musical. Muhlenberg dance program director and founder Karen Dearborn choreographs the production, with music direction by Bryan L.

Theater Review: Loving ‘Shakespeare In Love’ at PSF

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Shakespeare In Love” could be subtitled “Shakespeare With Writer’s Block.”

William Shakespeare (played by the magnificent Luigi Sottile), taking a page from modern nomenclature, must come up with his next hit.

Quill in hand, centerstage at his desk, backdropped by the impressive wood two-tiered set by Scenic Designer Daniel Conway that evokes The Globe Theater, Shakespeare laps up plot points from his pal, Kit Marlowe (an enthusiastic Justin Adams), as willing and eager as the shaggy dog, Spot (the willing and eager Buddy Igor), that ambles on stage.

The Family Project: vacation drive

Saturday, July 14, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. We leave next week for our family vacation. It will be a nine-hour drive with our three children: two boys ages four and six, and our 13-year-old daughter. My patience is already taxed, and I need a good vacation. How can I keep this fun for all of us?

Since the parent is already taxed and taking on a lot of the responsibility for the trip, panelist Chad Stefanyak suggested that she include the children in the planning, such as what snacks and drinks to bring along. He also urged her to change her expectations from the negative to “This is going to be an adventure.”

Theater Review: Grande shows how to ‘Succeed’ at MSMT

Monday, July 16, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you want to have the dibs on saying,”I saw him when ..., “ don’t miss the astounding performance of Frankie Grande in The Muhlenberg College Summer Music Theatre production of “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.”

Grande does it all: act, sing and dance (including speed-tap and a handstand flip) in the terrifically-entertaining musical directed with impish charm by MSMT co-founder Charles Richter.

Movie Review: ‘Ant-Man’ is big fun

Monday, July 16, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Ant-Man And The Wasp” is preposterous. That’s OK. It’s preposterous fun.

The Marvel Comics superheroes Ant-Man, aka Scott Lang, is played with charming bravura by Paul Rudd.

The Wasp, aka Hope Van Dyne, is played with confident strength by Evangeline Lily.

Together, and apart, they are big fun. Ant-Man super-sizes to proportions bigger than the Stay Puft Marshamallow Man in “Ghostbusters.”

They are also small fun. Ant-Man shrinks to the size of, well, an ant. And the Wasp, too, goes from large to small.

Call it “Honey, I Shrunk The Superheroes.”