East Penn Press

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Family Project: Toddler’s speech

Saturday, March 10, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am concerned about my three-year-old’s development. Our pediatrician tells us that he is normal, but we are not so sure. Compared to other children, he seems like he is behind. Our son is physically-coordinated, but his speech is very hard to understand. He understands us and can follow directions. He doesn’t focus for very long like his older brother did at his age, and he is extremely active. Should we be concerned?

The panel of experts agreed that there is nothing to be...

Healthy Geezer: The Plague

Saturday, March 10, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Does the plague still exist?

In the 1300s, the Black Death, as the plague was called, killed about one-third of the people in Europe. A combination of antibiotics and improved living conditions have made the plague rare today.

Plague is found throughout the world, except for Australia. The greatest number of human plague infections occurs in African countries. However, the largest concentration of infected animals is in the United States and in the former Soviet Union.


Tickets on sale for 8th annual Monster Energy Carolina

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Festival producers Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Presents are bringing a diverse music lineup to the 8th annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, May 4, 5 and 6, Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, N.C.

The lineup includes critically-acclaimed, multiplatinum artists and up-and-coming talent, including: Muse (in their first announced, and only American festival performance of 2018), Queens of the Stone Age, Alice In Chains, Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack (...

You can ‘Ask’ Ophira Eisenberg more than ‘Another’

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Behind the scenes of your favorite game show, local pub trivia night, board game and puzzle page, lurk a team of freelance professional game writers. They often don’t have a public byline, yet they are the anonymous beating heart of every popular quiz show, word-game and riddle challenge imaginable.

These crafty and clever masters of pun and subtle wit don many hats including: researcher, historian, pop-culture junkie, number-cruncher, joke writer and wordsmith. It takes an inimitable...

Composition contest winners to be pictured in ASO concerts

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

As Music Director and Conductor of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, I am always looking for new projects we can do and ways that we can partner with other arts organizations in the Lehigh Valley.

Creating new music for today’s audiences is one of my passions, and is one way that we can reflect our times and leave a legacy of music for future generations.

It is challenging for composers today to have their works performed by a symphony orchestra, and so we created the 2018...

A relevant ‘Line’

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“With what’s going on in today’s society, with the ‘me too’ movement, ‘A Chorus Line’ is as relevant as ever,” says Makayla McIntosh, who plays Vicky in the touring cast of the Tony Award-winning musical, “A Chorus Line.”

“We honor the story of women speaking out, of people who haven’t been heard opening up and telling their truth,” she says. “It is healing and brings us all together.”

McIntosh and the rest of the cast bring the story of the unsung, unheard heroes of musical...

SAUCON VALLEY: ‘The Music Man’

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

The Saucon Valley High School theater department parades onstage with “The Music Man ” where con-artist “Professor” Harold Hill’s scheme to bilk a small Midwestern town gets complicated when he meets Marian the librarian.

Curtain times are 7 p.m. March 8, 9, 10 and 2 p.m. March 11, auditorium, Saucon Valley High School, 2100 Polk Valley Road, Hellertown.

Chad A. Miller is producer, director and vocal director, assisted by assistant director-choreographer Kimberly Tassinaro,...

CATASAUQUA: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

“Singin’ in the Rain” splashes and taps across the stage as Catasauqua High School time travels to 1927 when silent movies were becoming obsolete and the “talkies” were just beginning to appear on the silver screen.

Curtain times are 7 p.m. March 9, 10 and 2 p.m. March 11 with a preview, 7 p.m. March 8, auditorium, Catasauqua High School, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Hanover Township.

Director Brenda McGuire, who is also costume designer, is assisted by choreographer and assistant...