The drama department at Emmaus High School will present Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” for the fall production 7 p.m. Nov. 3, 4 and 5. This comedic play is the autobiographical account of Simon’s childhood growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., during the 1930s.
The play focuses on 14-year-old Eugene, who is preoccupied by his passion for the Yankees and his lust for his beautiful cousin, Nora. Eugene’s comic growing pains contrast with the darker issues troubling his family: poverty, illness and the growing Nazi threat to relatives in Europe.
A float looking in on life beneath the sea took Best in Show honors in the Emmaus Halloween Parade Oct. 15 in the borough.
Featuring characters from the animated films “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory” the float was presented by Cub Pack 586, Bally. The award is sponsored by the Emmaus Arts Commission.
Other top honors earned included:
Marching Group Division
First Place – Cheryl Chickey’s All American Performing Arts Center
Second Place – Parkettes Gymnastics
Marching Group with a Float Division
First Place – Sharon Plessl School of Dance
Emmaus Police Department’s K-9 Ronny will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
Ronny’s vest is sponsored by The Landis Family Foundation and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted with gratitude - The Landis Family Foundation.” Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks.
Members of the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown elected Rev. Dr. John Henry “Jack” Haberer Jr. as lead pastor at their Aug. 14 congregational meeting.
Haberer is well known in the Presbyterian Church (USA), having served on several denomination-wide committees and task forces, most notably the Theological Task Force on Peace, Unity and Purity of the Church 2001-2006.
He has served two long-term PC (USA) pastorates as lead pastor in Houston, Texas, as well as Satellite Beach and Naples, Fla.
The GFWC PA Woman’s Club of Emmaus completed its 75th anniversary year of celebration recently with a picnic in the park.
The members gathered in Emmaus Community Park in the pavilion built with the Woman’s Club funds in 1982.
As part of the celebration, Shane Pepe, the Emmaus borough manager, talked about the state of the Borough of Emmaus, describing the changes taking place such as the new location for the borough hall, and equipment and infrastructure changes.
District Attorney Jim Martin announced July 27, charges are to be filed against an Allentown couple who allegedly stole over a million dollars from the wife’s employer.
Pamela J. Kern, 43, and Gary W. Kern, 49, of 2522 South Sixth St., Allentown, allegedly conspired to deal in the proceeds of unlawful activities by using electronic ACH Internet transfers to make payments in the amount of $1,436,037 on their credit card accounts between 2006 and February.
Students from Emmaus and Salisbury high schools were among top finishers in the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skill Championships recently at Hershey Lodge.
Four of the first-place finishers also qualified to compete recently at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky.
The Emmaus High School Art Department recently announced achievements by students in the Regional Scholastic Arts awards competition.
EHS student artists entered 91 pieces into the Regional Scholastic Art Awards competition. Of the 91 pieces the students entered, 60 pieces earned awards including: 26 art pieces awarded “Honorable Mention,” 20 earning Silver Key Awards, 13 receiving Gold Key Awards and one piece nominated for the American Visions Award.
The Gold Key Award winners moved on to the national competition.
Graduating Emmaus High School seniors earned five scholarships offered by the Kiwanis Club of Emmaus.
Nina Faye Mantabala, of Allentown, earned The Walter Stoudt Memorial Scholarship, named after the Kiwanis club’s first president and co-founder.
Katharine Bacher, of Macungie, was awarded the Warren Hamscher Memorial Scholarship. named after another co-founder of the club.
Allyson Davies, of Macungie, earned The Kiwanis Service Award.
The Larry Carraher Memorial Scholarship, named after a former club president, was awarded to Ryan Paradise, of Macungie.
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