Parkland Press

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Respectfully Yours: graduation

Friday, May 11, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Our son is graduating from high school in May. Between the announcements, ceremony, and party, I am overwhelmed. When do you send graduation announcements and when should party invitations be sent?

Dear Reader, High school graduation is an important milestone in a teenager’s life. Here are some tips to help you navigate high school graduation etiquette.

The graduation invitation is a request to attend the graduation ceremony. The graduation invitation...

Healthy Geezer: PAD risk

Friday, May 11, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My toe nails and leg hair don’t seem to be growing as fast as they used to. Is this age-related or is it something else?

It could be caused by something harmless, but it is possible that it is a little-known symptom of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). If I were you, I’d go to a doctor for a check-up.

PAD usually affects legs, but also can affect blood vessels to your head, arms, kidneys, and stomach. Your chances of getting PAD increase with age. About one in five over 65...

Theater Review: Civic’s ‘Morrie’ celebrates life

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

It might seem incongruous to call a theatrical production about dying a feel-good play, but that is a perfect way to describe Civic Theatre of Allentown’s latest offering, “Tuesdays with Morrie,” through May 20, Alumnae Hall, Cedar Crest College, Allentown.

Written originally as a best-selling memoir by sportswriter Mitch Albom, then turned into a TV movie and later a play by Albom and Jeffrey Hatcher, “Tuesdays with Morrie” celebrates life and death as natural progressions.


Movie Review: Avenge of the movie reviewer

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Spoiler Alert: This movie review is going to avenge “Avengers: Infinity War.”

The hit movie, which broke domestic and international opening weekend movie box-office records, and continues to set records, is a bloated, computer-generated-imagery mess.

The Mavel Cinematic Universe is a very crowded universe in “Avengers: Infinity War,” with just about every character known to superhero fans in the movie, short of Inspector Gadget. Yes, I know he’s not part of the Marvel Cinematic...

Thinking outside the Bach: There’s a ‘new guise’ in town for Bach Choir 111th Festival and its 120th anniversary year

Friday, May 4, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Bach is getting unbuttoned and heading outside this year for the 111th Bethlehem Bach Festival taking place over two weekends May 11-12 and 18-19 in Bethlehem.

New this year, the annual festival is presenting “Bach Outdoors!” a free performance kicking off the festivities at noon both Fridays on Payrow Plaza between the Bethlehem Public Library and City Hall. Organizers hope the new free event will engage people about the music of Bach in an entirely new way.

The music will be...

Camp introduces children to the arts

Friday, May 4, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

The 20th annual City Arts Camp returns June 25 and runs through June 29 in Allentown.

The camp, a collaborative project of the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown Symphony Association, The Baum School of Art, Civic Theatre of Allentown, Community Music School, and Repertory Dance Theatre, allows campers to learn about the arts while participating in activities and classes run by the Allentown arts nonprofits.

The camp is for children from ages 7 to 11 and is held 9 a.m. - 4 p.m....

Civic visits ‘Morrie’ again

Friday, May 4, 2018 by KATHY LAUER- WILLIAMS in Focus

When Civic Theatre of Allentown first staged “Tuesdays With Morrie” in 2008 it was an intimate production presented on the then new black box stage of Theatre514.

This time around, the two-person play about a student and his teacher dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, opens May 4 on the much larger stage of Cedar Crest’s Alumnae Hall.

Director Bill Sanders says the material is strong enough to make the transition: “The moments need to be a little bit larger. But most of it is taking...

Emmaus Film Fest: ‘Femmes’

Friday, May 4, 2018 by KATHY LAUER- WILLIAMS in Focus

Emmaus native and award-winning filmmaker Stephanie Gardner wanted to spotlight local films directed by and starring women in her second film festival in her hometown.

“I was excited to find out how many women are making films in the Lehigh Valley,” Gardner says. “It was bigger than I expected.”

She could only include four local films in her red carpet screening at The Emmaus Theater May 5, but they are paired with six international films by women for “Emmaus Film Fest...

The Family Project:crying baby

Friday, May 4, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am a young father of a two-month-old. I really enjoy being a dad except when the baby won’t stop crying. What should I do?

The panel members began by congratulating the father for recognizing the problem. They said they have all been through the baby-crying situations themselves.

“You feel like this will never end,” panelist Denise Continenza remembered, “but it does get better, and it does end.” Assuming that the baby’s pediatrician has ruled out any health problems that...

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, May 4, 2018 by JANE KNOTEK in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, May 2: Broccoli cheese soup, chicken and grape salad on a croissant, marinate vegetable salad, fresh banana mousse.

Thursday, May 3: Sweet ‘n sour pork, white rice, Asian mixed vegetables, wheat bread with margarine, Mandarin oranges.

Friday, May 4: Cream of tomato soup, Tater Tot casserole, succotash, wheat bread with margarine, rice pudding.

Monday, May 7: Apricot nectar, calves liver, onion gravy, mashed red potatoes...