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St. Luke’s has COVID-19 hotline

Saturday, March 14, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network has launched a coronavirus telephone and email hotline to respond to inquiries from patients and the public:

1-866-STLUKES (785-8537), option 7


The 24/7 hotline is led by St. Luke’s nursing staff who can provide information and guidance based on the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The hotline is not a substitute for the advice of a physician or, when necessary, medical attention.

LVHN sets up COVID-19 test centers in region

Saturday, March 14, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has established designated, stand-alone COVID-19 assessment and testing centers in the Lehigh Valley the region.

For those who think they have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to someone who does, LVHN officials advise staying at home.

LVHN is providing free COVID-19 screenings online and by phone. Call the MyLVHN Nurse Information line at 1-888-402-LVHN or complete an LVHN Video Visit by downloading the MyLVHN app.

CATASAUQUA: ‘Crazy for You’

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

“Crazy for You” tap dances onto the stage, 7 p.m. March 19, 20, 21 and 2 p.m. March 22, auditorium, Catasauqua High School, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Northampton.

Director Brenda McGuire is assisted by music director Rob Arnold and choreographer Kerry McGuire.

Based on the Gershwin songwriting team’s 1930 musical, “Girl Crazy” and other productions (“Treasure Girl,” “A Damsel in Distress,” “Oh, Kay!,” “Shall We Dance,” “Ladies First,” “Primrose”), the music is by George Gershwin, lyrics are by Ira Gershwin and the book is by Ken Ludwig.

The Family Project: Straight-talk children about Coronavirus

Friday, March 13, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My children 6, 8, 10 and 12, keep asking if we are safe from the Coronavirus. What can I do as a parent to help them feel safe without causing unnecessary panic?

The panel members agreed that one way to assure the children when they are fearful is to give them things to do that help them feel in control, like washing their hands, a recommended measure to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

“It is an opportunity to teach children that there are things they can control, and things they can’t control,” panelist Denise Continenza said.

‘Epiphany’ screening at LCCC canceled

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) film showcase for Women’s History Month, featuring students’ work from the college Video Field Production class followed by the showing of “Epiphany,” a feature-length film by local female filmmakers, 6:30 p.m. March 16, Community Services Center ballroom, LCCC’s Schnecksville campus, has been cancelled.

“Epiphany,” by cowriters and co-directors Koula Sossiadis Kazista and Katina Sossiadis, is about a young girl and her family that illuminates Greek culture.

There was to be a question and answer session with the filmmakers.

FAFSA sessions

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) is holding Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) sessions at the Schnecksville Main Campus and LCCC Allentown at the Donley Center

Applicants for Fall 2020 enrollment at LCCC are to attend a free work session with LCCC Financial Aid staff members who will guide applicants through the FAFSA form completion and submission process.

Healthy Geezer: Read labels to reduce sodium in your diet

Friday, March 13, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I have high blood pressure and I’m trying to cut down on sodium in my diet. Should I switch to sea salt from regular table salt?

Sea salt is made by evaporating seawater.

Table salt comes from underground mines.

Sea salt sounds healthier, doesn’t it? It evokes lots of images of crashing surf, tanned bodies, marlin jumping out of the water. How bad can it be?

Sea salt and table salt contain the same amount of sodium chloride. Switching won’t help you with your high blood pressure. But you’re on the right track.

Allentown St. Patty’s Parade events set

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Barri and Lisa Arnold of Allentown have been selected King and Queen of the 2020 Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade, following in the footsteps of Lisa’s parents, 2012 King and Queen Ed and Mary Ward.

The 63rd Allentown St. Patrick’s Parade, 1:30 p.m. March 22, West End Theater District, includes the 2020 king and queen in a white coach drawn by a team of Belgium horses followed by parade divisions, each led by a pipe band.

Events associated with the parade include:

LV CHARTER ARTS: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

“Singin’ in the Rain” splashes across the stage, 7 p.m. March 18, 19, 20, 21, and 2 p.m. March 22, theater, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem.

Director Brandon Hanks is assisted by choreographer Jennifer-Dite Weaver, music director June Thomas, pit orchestra director Nicholas Conti, costume designer Seana Benz. lighting designer Peter Wrenn-Meleck and set designer Magdalena Schutzler.

Respectfully Yours: Let ‘nice’ gentlemen down easy, and soon

Friday, March 13, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I’ve been dating a very nice gentleman. Unfortunately, I’m just not feeling that “spark” to take it further. I can see he is definitely interested in taking things to a serious romantic place. What is the best and kindest way to part company?

Dear Reader,

There’s no perfect way to end a relationship with someone. But you can try to let them down as gently as possible.