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Monday, March 25, 2019

Play on: Shakespeare meets the classics in Allentown Symphony concerts

Friday, March 1, 2019 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

William Shakespeare is often considered the most influential writer in the English language.

We studied Shakespeare in school and some of us can even recite famous quotes from his plays: “To be or not to be: that is the question” from “Hamlet”; or “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” from “Romeo and Juliet,” or ”If music be the food of love, play on.” from “Twelfth Night.”

Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” was one of the plays I remember reading in high school, but I still...

Movie Review: Chapter and ‘Verse’

Friday, March 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.”

- Stan Lee (1922-2018)

“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” takes a new approach to the comic-book superhero feature movie genre.

It’s more like an old-school approach.

“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” is the first animation feature film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Even though it’s CGI (...

Growing Green: Sharpen your pruning shears

Friday, March 1, 2019 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

For the avid gardener, there are always things to keep you busy. Even during the coldest part of winter, there are still things that can be done to keep your gardening habit going.

Here are some activities to keep you occupied as we anticipate the arrival of Daylight Saving Time, March 10, and vernal equinox and the first day of spring, March 20:

Start slow-growing flowers, such as garden verbena and ageratum.

Rinse houseplants under your shower or place in a tub and use...

Student Poetry Project deadline is March 15

Friday, March 1, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 14th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 17 and April 18 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of...

The Family Project: Backpack symbols

Friday, March 1, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I just discovered strange symbols on my 12-year-old’s backpack. Recently, his attitude at home has changed. He is refusing to do chores and is hanging out with a new group of friends. I am worried that he may be hanging out with a gang. He won’t talk to me about it, other than to say that his new friends are “dope.” What can I do?

The panelists began by discussing the boy’s use of the word “dope” in reference to his new friends. It was identified in this context as a term coming...

Repectfully Yours: Flu stay home

Friday, March 1, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I have a weekly ladies’ luncheon. My friend called to say she has had the flu all week and will attend just to get out of the house. How do I tell her she shouldn’t come?

Dear Reader, Showing up at the luncheon when you are days into a case of the flu is completely inexcusable.

The sniffles are one thing, but the flu is dangerous and your friend needs to stay home.

To be properly sick and then go to a small place for a luncheon is wrong. The last...

Healthy Geezer: Fibromyalgia

Friday, March 1, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My sister went through a nightmare of doctor visits before she finally found out she has fibromyalgia. Why did it take so long for a correct diagnosis?

What your sister endured is common. It’s not easy to diagnose fibromyalgia with a laboratory test. Healthcare practitioners have to rely on symptoms to make a diagnosis.

Fibromyalgia symptoms vary. To complicate the diagnosis, fibromyalgia imitates rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus and other conditions.

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HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS

Friday, March 1, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Stories and Photos by ED COURRIER

With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals on the road to the 2019 Freddy Awards at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section continues its annual preview series.

The 17th annual Freddys recognize accomplishments in musical theater in high schools in Lehigh and Northampton counties, and Warren County, N.J.

The list of the 30 schools participating in the 2019 Freddy Awards, along...

Pa. Sinfonia to present annual all-Mozart concert

Friday, March 1, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Allan Birney, presents “An Afternoon with Mozart,” 4 p.m. March 3, Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown.

An all-Mozart concert on a March afternoon has become an anticipated part of the Sinfonia’s season schedule.

The program includes “Symphony No. 17 in G,” K. 129; “Exultate, Jubilate,” K. 165, and the “Violin Concerto No. 4 in D,” K. 218, in which violinist Rebecca Brown is soloist.

“Exultate, Jubilate” is a...