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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Respectfully Yours: Perfume triggers coworker’s allergies

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I am sensitive to scents, particularly perfume. The aroma triggers my allergies. I sit close to a coworker whose perfume is overpowering. How do I nicely tell someone her she’s wearing too much perfume?

Dear Reader,

Working in close quarters can sometimes be challenging.

For people who are sensitive to smells, overwhelming perfume can present an unhealthy work environment.

It is possible to survive fragrance sensitivity in the office....

The Family Project: Helping son adjust to kindergarten

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My son is having trouble adjusting to his kindergarten class. He was in pre-school for many years with the same children and did very well. He went from being a leader with lots of friends, to a classroom where he is being picked on. How can I help him adjust?

“Adjustments for some children can take months,” panelist Wanda Mercado-Arroyo said, adding, “The mother needs to give her child some time.”

Panelist Denise Continenza said that the son may be a child whose temperament...

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Jazz valentine: Simon Mulligan Trio returns for “Jazz Upstairs,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. It’s an evening of romantic jazz with Mulligan, piano; Gene Perla, bass, and Dave Willard, drums. The British pianist has been described by The Times of London as “the most abundantly gifted of pianists.” Mulligan was 19 when he began worldwide tours and recital tours with violinist Joshua Bell, performing at major international venues as well as live...

‘Cougar for a Day’

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Prospective Lehigh Carbon Community College students can “Be a Cougar for a Day.”

Students may experience a typical day on the main campus of Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC), Schnecksville. Learn about LCCC’s admission process, attend a college class and experience student life, including dining in the cafeteria and taking a campus tour.

Students may schedule a one-on-one appointment with an LCCC admissions representative.

Events are 9 a.m. - 2 p.m....

Healthy Geezer: Aspirin may provide health benefits

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’ve been hearing a lot about the health benefits of aspirin. Is it some kind of cure-all or am I a victim of hype?

I wouldn’t call it hype. There’s a lot of research that indicates aspirin is good for many ailments.

Aspirin is in a group of drugs called salicylates, which work by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, swelling and blood clots.

Aspirin is used to treat mild to moderate pain, fever or inflammation. It is sometimes used to treat or...

Fresh off ‘Trio,’ Jake Shimabukuro makes ukulele fun

Saturday, February 15, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Jake Shimabukuro will change your mind about the ukulele, with his dramatic and lively mix of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, flamenco, and traditional Hawaiian music. Shimabukuro, 43, has developed a sound filled with music improvisation.

The Jake Shimabukuro Trio performs at 7 p.m. Feb. 18, Musikfest Cafe, ArttsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, with Dave Preston, guitar, and Jackson Waldhoff, bass.

Shimabukuro is releasing a new album, “Trio,” a few...

Isn’t it romantic? Simon Mulligan in Valentine’s Day jazz concert

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

A visit by Simon Mulligan has become a tradition this time of year at Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall.

The Simon Mulligan Trio will appear for the seventh time in Miller Symphony Hall, for the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, on Valentine’s Day.

Appearing with Mulligan is Gene Perla, upright bass, and Dave Willard, drums.

Last year, English pianist Mulligan played two sold-out concerts with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO), performing George Gershwin’s “...

Theater Review: Symbolizing ‘The Humans’ condition at Civic Theatre

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Lehigh Valley premiere of “The Humans” at Civic Theatre of Allentown through Feb. 23 hits a little too close to home as it peels away the layers of a typical family’s relationships and issues, and leaves the audience wondering what it had just experienced.

The one-act, approximately two-hour, drama written by Stephen Karam features members of a dysfunctional Scranton, Pennsylvania, family. The play opened on Broadway in 2016, and won that year’s Tony Award for Best Play. It was...