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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Picking Oscar nominees a successful challenge

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by The Press in Focus

I don’t run cross country (as I did as a teen on the team at Southern Lehigh High School; badly, but I finished the races).

I don’t skateboard (as I did with my buddies down Main Street, Coopersburg, in a Halloween Parade back in the 1960s).

I don’t compete in demolition derbies (as I did twice at the Allentown Fair, first for an article for the Bethlehem Globe-Times and then for The Morning Call; in the second derby, I won Judge’s Choice).

What do you do at age 69 on the cusp of 70 (May 17) to challenge oneself?

Movie Review: ‘Women’ on the March

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s called “Little Women,” not “Little Girls.”

The latest theatrical movie version of “Little Women” is directed by Greta Gerwig, who wrote the screenplay based on the novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888).

Published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, the novel is about the journey from childhood to womanhood of the March sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth. The novel, which Alcott based on herself and her three sisters, was a commercial success and critically-acclaimed.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, January 17, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, January 15: Chicken bruschetta, wide noodles, cauliflower au gratin, wheat bread w/margarine, fresh seedless grapes.

Thursday, January 16: Baked smoked ham, maple sweet potatoes, green beans, rye bread w/ margarine, rice pudding.

Friday, January 17: Navy bean soup, tuna salad hoagie, potato chips, pasta salad, oatmeal cranberry cookie.

Monday, January 20: Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Sports Classics: Allentown Symphony Pops concert got game with scores connection

Friday, January 17, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

From Quidditch to Queen, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra explores the relationship between sports and music at the next “Pops Concert,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, led by guest conductor Carl Topilow of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.

“Music and Sports” looks at how music captures the emotional impact of sports, from the unforgettable theme (“Gonna Fly Now” by Bill Conti) to “Rocky” (1976) with Rocky Balboa running up the 72 steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, to the inspirational theme from Vangelis that is the backdrop for the Olympic runners in “Chariots of Fire” (1981).

Readers Pick The Oscar Winners

Friday, January 17, 2020 by The Press in Focus

This is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick The Oscar Recipients Contest” for the 92th Academy Awards.

LEAD ACTOR

- Antonio Banderas,

“Pain And Glory”

- Leonardo DiCaprio,

“Once Upon A Time In ... Hollywood”

- Adam Driver,

“Marriage Story”

- Joaquin Phoenix,

“Joker”

- Jonathan Pryce,

“The Two Popes”

LEAD ACTRESS

- Cynthia Erivo,

“Harriet”

- Scarlett Johansson,

“Marriage Story”

- Saoirse Ronan,

“Little Women”

- Charlize Theron,

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, January 17, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, January 15: Vegetable lasagna, Italian green beans, cauliflower, diced peaches.

Thursday, January 16: Cheeseburger, potato and ham chowder, coleslaw, whole wheat sandwich roll, fresh melon.

Friday, January 17: Chicken Francaise, broccoli, parslied potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll, rice pudding.

Monday, January 20 - Closed - Martin Luther King Day.

Tuesday, January 21: Barbecue pork patty, green beans, mashed sweet potatoes, whole wheat sandwich roll, cottage cheese and fruit.

Respectfully Yours: Don’t look a gift certificate in the mouth

Friday, January 17, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My husband and I received a gift certificate to an expensive restaurant. The amount covers one meal. Is it rude to give a gift certificate that requires spending money?

Dear Reader,

It’s likely the gift-giver was excited and wanted to give you something extra special without having thought it all the way through.

Perhaps the person was trying to give the best possible gift and felt this particular dining experience would be more meaningful than some other random restaurant.

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Friday, January 17, 2020 by The Press in Focus

They can do: “Stomp,” the international percussion sensation, makes its return to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, with a second show added. Limited seating is available for the 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 performance. The second show was added at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16. From its beginnings as a street performance in the United Kingdom, “Stomp” has grown into an international sensation during the past 20 years, having been performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million.

The Family Project: Sister concerned about single-dad brother

Friday, January 17, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My brother is a recently-single parent taking care of three children ages five, nine and 11. The children are becoming unkempt-looking. And they all seem out of sorts. I have asked my brother if he needs help, and he says, “No.” He has gone from a happy individual to a withdrawn, isolated man. I am concerned and am not sure what to do.

The panelists noted that the question does not explain the reason for the brother recently becoming a single brother.