When Michael Arenella brought his Dreamland Quarter from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Willow Lane Elementary School for a Friday afternoon program March 22, he brought more than just a musical presentation. Arenella brought a history lesson for the youngsters and an appreciation for music that in the 1920s and 1930s was labeled "dangerous" by many.
The Lehigh Valley will lose a production facility that has been a regional presence for several decades when the Day-Timer facility in the Village of East Texas, Lower Macungie Township, ends production March 29. The facility will remain open with minimal staff until June 28.
ACCO Brands Corporation, the parent company of Day-Timer brand products, is moving production from the Lower Macungie facility primarily to a much larger facility owned by ACCO in Sidney, N.Y. Sidney is located near Binghamton, N.Y.
It was standing-room-only in a packed Emmaus High School gymnasium March 22 as over 120 men and women entered the pediatric cancer research fundraising event with a full head of hair and left as "shavees" to help raise money for cancer research.
Emotions ran high at the event. Many of those who crammed the gymnasium wept openly as more than a dozen families opened the event with personal stories of their loved ones who had or were continuing to battle pediatric cancer.
Sixth graders from Pod 3 at Eyer Middle School brought history to life March 4 when they presented "A living museum of Chasing Lincoln's Killer."
Divided into teams of four, the students researched characters from the nonfiction account of the Lincoln assassination conspiracy by author James L. Swanson (Amazon). Each team presented a one-page research report, dressed as the character they represented and fashioned a visual aid to support their research.
More than 100 Eyer Middle School students this week will present an ambitious junior version of the Broadway stage classic "Guys and Dolls" 7 p.m. March 14 and 15 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 16 in the school auditorium.
Co-directors Jennifer Najarian, communications teacher at the school, and Librarian Molly Magro said they are "incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by the amazingly talented students" who are involved as actors and stage crew for the production.
ST. THOMAS MORE SCHOOL Photos of renowned underwater photographer and ocean conservationist thrill students
As soon as the "oohs" and "aahs" of St. Thomas More students began to subside after viewing a Michael Patrick O'Neil slide of a beautiful undersea coral reef, an even brighter photo of an exotic sea creature appeared on the screen, bringing new exclamations.
Returning after a visit five years ago, O'Neil's award-winning photography was all new to the kindergarten through fourth grade students at the school.
Nearly 50 elementary school age Cub Scouts from the Trexler District of the Minsi Trails Council who have placed in their local races gathered March 2 for the "The Big Race" to see who fashioned the fastest car made from a block of pinewood.
The event was held at the Mack Customer Service Center behind the Queen City Airport off Lehigh Street in Allentown.
Scouts from eight Cub Packs and family members from the Trexler District of the Minsi Trails Council of Boy Scouts of America participated in the annual derby event.
Emergency personnel from Salisbury Township responded to a report of an unknown white substance in an unaddressed envelope at the office of Senator Pat Toomey, R-Pa., at 1150 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Suite 101, Allentown, 12:50 p.m. Feb. 25.
The Lehigh County Special Operations Team, who responds to hazardous materials incidents in the county, came to the scene to safely remove and test the suspicious material.
According to a Salisbury Township Police Department press release, it was determined on the scene the substance was not harmful or hazardous.
Families of the tiniest babies at Lehigh Valley Hospital are now able to view them in real time on their computer or smart phone through a webcam system developed by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The new system was unveiled at a news conference Feb 5 at the hospital's Cedar Crest campus.
Jacelia Cruz and Samuel Colon, of Bethlehem, whose baby, Janiya, was born two months prematurely in mid-January, marvel at the technology.
"Without being able to see my baby at any time I want to, I think I'd have to live here to be close to her," Cruz said.
The Swain School's third annual community commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day was held at the school Jan. 21.
The program, "A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Day of Remembrance, Celebration and Service" was open to families in the community, and included age-appropriate educational sessions, discussions and musical performances around the theme, "Courageous Conversations."
State Rep. Michael Schlossberg, D-132nd, opened the event, saying any person in the room could become great. The next Martin Luther King Jr. could come from anywhere.