Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: ‘Boss’

Friday, April 21, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Boss Baby” is a refreshingly entertaining animation feature comedy.

It’s short on concept, but long on style.

Tim (voiced by Miles Christopher Bakshi, grandson of legendary animation feature film director Ralph Bakshi, of “Fritz the Cat,” 1972, and “Heavy Traffic,” 1973, fame) is the center of his family, loved by his doting parents, Mom (Lisa Kudrow) and Dad (Jimmy Kimnmel).

Tim’s world is shaken with the arrival of a baby, “The Boss Baby” (voiced by Alec Baldwin) of the movie’s title, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase, no less.

Bud’s View: Woodland plants

Friday, April 21, 2017 by BUD COLE in Focus

Spring arrived March 20, but some days I wonder if it is really here. We’ve had temperatures vary from the high-30s to some days in the mid-80s.

If it weren’t for seeing harbingers of the season such as birds gathering building materials for nests, trees pushing out their leaf buds, ephemeral wildflowers appearing among the old leaves of fall, and male spring peepers calling for mates, I at times would question whether spring has sprung.

Healthy Geezer: Legionnaires’ disease

Friday, April 21, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Is it true that you can get Legionnaires’ disease from gagging on a drink of water? This has got to be bogus.

While this sounds like an urban myth, it is true.

Most people become infected with Legionnaires’ disease when they inhale microscopic water droplets containing legionella bacteria. If you choke or cough while drinking, you can get water in your lungs. If the water contains legionella, you may develop Legionnaires’ disease, which is a form of pneumonia.

Healthy Geezer: Blepharospasm

Friday, April 14, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Every so often, my left eye twitches. It goes away after a while, but it’s annoying. Is there a remedy?

Eye-twitching, which is also called eye spasms or blinking disorder, is known technically as blepharospasm. It usually is not a serious condition.

In most cases, eyelid spasms stop on their own. The most common causes are fatigue, stress, prolonged staring, eye strain, and caffeine. The best remedies are more sleep, relaxation techniques, reduced caffeine, warm soaks, eye drops, and correcting vision deficiencies.

Movie Review: ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’

Friday, April 14, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Zookeepers’ Wife” is a powerful film about courage and bravery during World War II. It’s based on a true story.

Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who founded and ran the Warsaw Zoo, saved the lives of an estimated 300 Jews following the Nazi invasion of Poland. Jews were smuggled out of the notorious Warsaw Ghetto before its occupants were transported in train boxcars to concentrations camps.

STEM camps

Friday, April 14, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Lehigh Carbon Community College’s (LCCC) Early Learning Center will offer STEM summer camps beginning in June at its main campus in Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.

The camp offers children fun activities while weaving in academic learning.

The camp is geared toward children ages three through six years old.

Participants can choose from one to four two-week camp sessions. All sessions run from 9 a.m. - noon.

Information: Elizabeth Lipman, Administrator of LCCC’s Early Learning Center, elipman@lccc.edu; 610-799-1165; lccc.edu/elc.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, April 14, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, April 12: New England clam chowder, Italian hoagie, potato chips, pasta salad, fresh apple slices.

Thursday, April 13 - Easter meal: baked ham, praline sweet potatoes, green beans almondine, home baked roll with margarine, coconut custard pie.

Friday, April 14: Closed for Good Friday.

Monday, April 17: Fresh crab patty, au gratin potatoes, mixed vegetables, wheat bread with margarine, blueberry pie.