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‘Annie’ on stage at JCC

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Little Orphan Annie is taking center stage May 16 and 19 at the Jewish Community Center, Allentown.

Stagemakers at the J is presenting “Annie Jr.,” a musical about a little redheaded girl searching for her parents who left her at the doorsteps of an orphanage run by the coldhearted Ms. Hannigan.

Set on finding her parents, Annie lightens up everyone’s heart in 1930s New York City.

Her constant attempts to foil Ms. Hannigan eventually pay off when she finds a new home and family with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, and his personal assistant Grace Farrell.

Come fly with Wendy and Peter Pan to Neverland

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Stagemakers at the J to present ‘Peter Pan Jr.’

Stagemakers at the J, the Jewish Community Center, Allentown, is presenting “Peter Pan Jr.,” a magical musical filled with mermaids, Indians, sneaky pirates, fairy dust and childrenwho can fly.

John and Michael Darling love listening to their sister, Wendy, tell them stories every night about a boy named Peter Pan who refuses to grow up and lives in Neverland.

Little do they know Peter also listens from outside their window. But, one night when the Darlings’ dog nursemaid Nana grabs Peter’s shadow, he returns to get it back and countless adventures begin.

Hear the roar, feel the love with Stagemakers at the J

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Stagemakers at the J will be presenting “The Lion King Jr.,” a heartwarming, coming-of-age musical about an African lion named Simba, who discovers the true meaning of love, courage and loyalty at the Jewish Community Center, Allentown.

Simba’s father Mufasa is the king, which gives Simba sovereign claim to the throne.

But Simba has a jealous, power-hungry uncle, Scar, who is determined to be king one day.

After Scar falsely convinces Simba he was responsible for Mufasa’s death, Simba runs away.

Eagle Scout candidate builds camel shelter at L.V. Zoo

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

The Lehigh Valley Zoo, Schnecksville, has a new home for its resident Dromedary camels, 22-year-old Leena and 18-year-old Baby.

Boy Scout Connor McCoy, 14, of Schnecksville, constructed a camel shelter for the two as his Eagle Scout project.

McCoy, an eight grader at Orefield Middle School, has been a member of Boy Scout Troop 57, Neffs, for three years.

In addition to Scouting, McCoy plays baseball and basketball, and enjoys being outdoors.

Stagemakers to perform ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Stagemakers at the J will perform “Once Upon a Mattress” 7 p.m. May 10 and 13; and at 2 p.m. May 13 at the Jewish Community Center, Allentown.

The play is about King Sextimus, who due to a curse, is unable to speak. And, his unappealing wife, Queen Aggravain, has taken control of the kingdom.

She is determined to keep their son, Prince Dauntless, from ever getting married. The only way a princess can ever become the prince’s betrothed is by passing a rigorous sensitivity test designed by the queen.

And no one in the kingdom may get married until Prince Dauntless weds.

Swain student donates birthday party to charity

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by AARON BERGER in School

Carly Kudryk, a prekindergarten student at The Swain School, Salisbury Township, turned 5 on Feb. 21.

She celebrated her birthday in a unique way March 10 at Revolutions, Bethlehem, by donating her party to charity.

She was inspired by a campaign called “BirthdayBack,” a program started by Tyler Fazzari of Long Island, N.Y.

In 2012, after Hurricane Sandy, Tyler wanted to donate his 8th birthday to a charity that helped hurricane recovery efforts, which some of his own family were personally affected by.

‘The Power Of A Pivot’ offers tools, tips for happiness

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Imagine choosing to add more joy to one’s life each day.

That is the vision of Nancy Werteen, a resident of the Parkland School District, and Kim Howie of Center Valley, authors of the book, “The Power of a Pivot.”

In their book, Werteen and Howie offer tools and tips for a better understanding of the path to true happiness.

Werteen and Howie are also co-founders of The Wisdom Coalition, an organization that helps women connect and commit to their passions and shared wisdom.

Kratzer student receives Girl Scout Medal of Honor Theresa Kleibscheidel attempted to save her mom while caring for brothers

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Greenawalds Fire Company of South Whitehall recently hosted a full house for Girl Scout Theresa Kleibscheidel.

Friends, family, leaders and fellow members of Girl Scout Troop 654, and members of the Greenawalds and Cetronia emergency responder crews came out on Feb. 5 to see Kleibscheidel receive the Girl Scout Medal of Honor for trying to save the life of her mom, Beth, two years ago on Feb. 5, 2016.

Take a trip through the looking glass

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Stagemakers at the J presents ‘Alice in Wonderland Jr.’

Whatever one may wish to be, dreams and imagination often provide an escape from reality for a moment.

Eventually, however, everyone learns to appreciate whatever one already has.

Stagemakers at the J is presenting “Alice in Wonderland Jr.,” an enchanting musical about a girl named Alice who escapes into a world of her own imagination she believes will be better than where she is currently.

After having several madcap adventures with a variety of colorful characters, Alice eventually discovers the grass is not always greener on the other side.

Parkland graduate receives $10,000 for Eco-Soap Bank initiative

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by AARON BERGER in School

Samir Lakhani, a 2010 Parkland High School graduate, was nominated for CNN’s 2017 Hero of the Year Award for his founding and work with Eco-Soap Bank.

Now 25 and living in Pittsburgh, his organization recycles used hotel soap to distribute to villages in Cambodia and other countries for better hygiene, and to help create jobs.

Lakhani was nominated for the award by an elementary school class in Baldwin, N.Y.

The class read about his organization’s work and was impressed.