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Honorary First Defenders host annual dinner

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Local News

The Hotel Bethlehem hosted a military reception recently for members of the Honorary First Defenders and their guest of honor Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Anthony A. Spadaro, who traveled from his post in New Orleans, La., to speak to the group.

In the Tap Room of the hotel, surrounded by photographs of other famous guests, such as Winston Churchill, Spadaro met some of the local military men and women who had invited him to speak later that evening at their "dining in," or military banquet, at the Econo Lodge Conference Center, South Whitehall.

Civic lauded for ADA efforts

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Business Showcase

It will soon be a little easier to go the movies at Civic's 19th Street Theatre and its affiliated movie theater across the street, Theatre 514. If you are in a wheelchair, then bathroom, seating and access points are going to be adapted for you.

You will also have a specially designed spot in the theaters' areas to accommodate a wheelchair and easy access for a companion.

High School Musicals: Lincoln Leadership

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

'In the Heights'

Salsa music and hot summer nights in New York City's Dominican barrio sets the stage for cross-cultural love and family opposition in "In the Heights," 7 p.m. April 25, auditorium, Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School, 1401 E. Cedar St., Allentown.

When the family hope, good girl Nina Rosario (Angela Moreno), drops out of college, the family doesn't take it well. Then when they find she is in love with Benny (Elijah Garcia), an English-speaking non-Hispanic boy, her father is furious.

Allentown native receives France honor

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Allentown native, Col. A. Albert Restum, U.S. Air Force, retired, has received the Legion of Honor.

Axel Cruau, Consul General of France, presented the Chevalier dans l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur to Restum Jan. 30 at the Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, Los Angeles.

The National Order of the Legion of Honor, established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, is France's highest honor recognizing those who have distinguished themselves in the service of France.

The Vietnam effect

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum exhibit goes to war

It's called "The Vietnam War: A Conflict in Time" for a good reason.

The large room at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum filled up with visitors, many of them veterans of the Vietnam War, there for a more clear understanding of why the Vietnam War happened and its profound effect on the men and women who served in it and survived.

On the walls and in display cases lining the walls, photographs of men in combat and rare documents relating to the Vietnam War invite closer inspection of the exhibit, which continues through Sept. 28 at the museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

High School Musicals: Parkland

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

'The Wizard of Oz'

Intrepid Dorothy leads her friends to a magic kingdom where very little is as it seems. Her red shoes hit the yellow bricks in "The Wizard of Oz," 7:30 p.m. April 9 -12 and 3 p.m. April 13, auditorium, Parkland High School, 2700 North Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown.

When Dorothy Gale (Victoria Bartkavage) dusts herself off after a Kansas tornado drops her in a strange land, her new friends accompany her on a fabulous quest.

Scarecrow (Megan Schmidt), Tin Man (Michael Falco) and Cowardly Lion (Evan Hall) help Dorothy and on the journey confront their own demons.

Theater Review: Thinking outside 'La Cage' at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

When the straight world meets the French Riviera world of transvestites and "plain" homosexuals, things get, well, hilariously screwed up. It's so bad that a boy can't even bring his girlfriend home to meet the folks without things getting into an uproar.

"Girdles and jocks" have center stage in "La Cage Aux Folles," through April 13, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

Brenda McGuire directs this musical depiction of the lives of a mostly all-male revue in a Saint-Tropez nightclub. Nancy Broadbent is music director.

High School Musicals: Lehigh Valley Christian

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'

In a universe of mean girls, oblivious "red-haired girls," kite-eating trees and lost baseball games, super-average Charlie Brown examines what it means to be told "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," 7 p.m. April 11 and 3 and 7 p.m. April 12, gymnasium, Lehigh Valley Christian High School, 330 Howertown Road, Catasauqua.

Enduring Lucy's (Bryanna Pye) fatuous personality and mercenary analysis ("The Doctor is in.") and his unrequited love of every man's never-seen "red-haired girl," Charlie Brown (Matt Weaver) seeks to find out if, as his friends say, he really is a good man.