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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Healthy Geezer: Statins

Friday, October 6, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. I’ve heard statins referred to as wonder drugs that we should put in our drinking water. Do they deserve this reputation?

Statins, which are also known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, are drugs that reduce cholesterol by blocking the liver substance responsible for making cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance in blood. You need it to produce cell membranes, protect nerves, and make hormones.

The body can make all the cholesterol...

The Family Project: Infant’s sleep

Friday, October 6, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Editor’s Note: ”The Family Project” is a column in the Focus features section that brings together a panel of experts to address parenting questions.

Q. My infant grandson’s parents really need help getting him to sleep at night. He is 16-months-old and has to be taken for a car ride or a stroller ride every night in order for him to fall asleep. Then they transfer him to their bed, where he sleeps the rest of the night. They can’t put him in his crib because he wakes up. They really...

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, October 6, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, Oct. 4: Fried chicken breast on bun w/ lettuce-tomato-mayo, red skinned potato salad, fresh cantaloupe.

Thursday, Oct. 5: Country fried steak with gravy, baked potato with sour cream, roasted cauliflower /sour cream, wheat bread with margarine, dark sweet red cherries.

Friday, Oct. 6: Hot dog w/ kraut on a bun, baked beans, fresh watermelon, iced brownie.

Monday, Oct. 9: Chili con carne over bread bowl with cheddar...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, October 6, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Oct. 4: Chicken picatta, wild rice, American blend vegetables, tropical fruit.

Thursday, Oct. 5: Pot roast, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, sugar cookie, fresh apple.

Friday, Oct. 6: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, vegetable medley, pineapples.

Monday, Oct. 9: Chicken croquette, roasted potatoes, green beans, grapes.

Tuesday, Oct. 10: Three cheese ziti w/ meatballs, spinach, fresh fruit.

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World-class opera stars to join Allentown Symphony Orchestra to open classical music series

Friday, September 29, 2017 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

As I was growing up, opera was a type of music that I didn’t think appealed to me, but I really didn’t know much about it. I had heard all the jokes about opera music and the loud wobbly voices and crazy plots, and so I decided I didn’t like opera music.

When I was young, I also didn’t like vegetables, tomatoes, mushrooms, or avocados, until later in my teens when I actually tried them. Then I realized they were really quite good. I’ve enjoyed vegetables, tomatoes, mushrooms, and...

37th season ‘Leaps’ to Touchstone Theatre stage

Friday, September 29, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

For Touchstone artistic director Jp Jordan, the inclusion of “Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes” into the roster of plays being performed for the 2017-18 season at Touchstone Theater was a no-brainer.

“I’m interested in anything right now that speaks to the goodness of human nature,” Jordan explains. “‘Jakopa’s Processional’ [Touchstone’s summer 2017 outdoors production] spoke to joy and the community.

“This [‘Leaps of Faith’] speaks to faith in the same way and works to...

Movie Review: ‘mother!’

Friday, September 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Perhaps no movie in 2017 has been as controversial upon its release as “mother!” Yes, we’ll honor the conceit of the noncapitalized title and exclamation point.

No, that’s not what upset folks with director Darren Aronofsky’s metaphorical take on motherhood, misogyny and the mass media.

As with Aronofsky’s previous directorial efforts (“Noah,” 2014; Oscar nomination, director, “Black Swan,” 2010; “The Wrestler,” 2008; “The Fountain,” 2006; “Requiem for a Dream,” 2000; “Pi,”...

Cirque du Soleil brings ‘Varekai’ to PPL Center

Friday, September 29, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Cirque du Soleil returns to Allentown with one of its signature productions, “Varekai,” for seven performances, Nov. 9 - 12, PPL Center.

“Varekai” performances are: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9; 4, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 11; 1:30, 5 p.m. Nov. 12.

Tickets: PPLCenter.com; 610-347-TIXX; PPL Center Box Office.

“Varekai” showcases an acrobatic extravaganza with the theme of Icarus for an amazing display of high-level acrobatics and performers ready to accomplish gravity-defying feats.

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Theater Review:

Friday, September 29, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Always … Patsy Cline,” through Oct. 22 at The Pine’s Dinner Theatre, Allentown, is an entertaining musical written by Ted Swindley, producer and director of more than 200 plays during the past two decades, and a prolific playwright whose scripts include “Honky Tonk Angels,” a successful Pine’s production earlier this season.

As in “Angels,” the latest Pines production is loaded with nostalgic country music, but that is where the similarities end. “Always...Patsy Cline” provides an...

Healthy Geezer: avoid sciatica

Friday, September 29, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’m getting pain in my right leg and my doctor says its sciatica. Could you write one of your columns about this?

Sciatica is pain that runs down the sciatic nerve from your lower spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg. Age-related changes in the spine are a common cause of sciatica.

Other sciatica symptoms include numbness, muscle weakness, a burning sensation and tingling. In rare cases, there is a loss of bladder or bowel control. Usually only one side of...