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Thursday, January 18, 2018

SNAP Chapter

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College’s Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) Chapter won “Chapter of the Year” at the SNAP convention Nov. 15-18, Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Pocono Mountains.

LCCC student Megan McGonagle of Schnecksville was elected Southeast Regional Representative and Membership Chair.

Those attending included: Haley Ragazinsky, Port Carbon; Emily Kramer, Macungie; Madeline Williams, Schnecksville (LCCC 2017 graduate, past...

The Family Project: Socks

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 14-year-old nephew is bright and artistic, and he has a certain style. My “staunch-conservative” 22-year-old son recently commented about a Christmas gift of brightly-colored socks that I gave my nephew, saying I shouldn’t encourage that “behavior,” meaning my nephew’s flair for the dramatic. I was stunned, and didn’t know what to say. How could I have handled this?

The panelists agreed that it is important to “let the dust settle” before having a discussion with the son in a...

Respectfully Yours: Attire

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I recently graduated from grad school and have accepted a position that will require me to wear business attire. I would like some tips on how to update my college wardrobe.

Dear Reader,

Congratulations on your new job! Trading in your jeans and T-shirts for professional clothes can be a daunting task. And for recent graduates without much money to spare, the process may seem expensive and overwhelming. To get started, search for bargains. Shopping at...

Healthy Geezer: probiotics

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Are probiotics safe?

There is debate over the precise definition of probiotics. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization and the World Health Organization call probiotics “live microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.”

Microorganisms, or microbes, are living organisms that can be seen only under a microscope. Microbes are everywhere. The human body contains billions of them.

Some microbes cause...

‘El Dia de los Reyes’ in Bethlehem again

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by The Press in Focus

“El Dia de los Reyes,” a cherished cultural and religious tradition in many Latin American countries, also known as “Three Kings Day,” will be celebrated 3 - 6 p.m. Jan. 7, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

The event is free and open to the public.

For many Christians, especially in Central and South America, the holiday season continues through the 12th day of Christmas, when it is believed in their faith that baby Jesus was visited by the Three Kings...

12th annual ABEs salute Lehigh Valley stage: Theater continues to draw crowds, entertain audiences

Friday, December 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

With so many platforms competing for your time and dollar, the depth, range and success of the platform that is Lehigh Valley stage is rather remarkable.

Yes, theater is live and well and entertaining in the Lehigh Valley.

In its 90th year, Civic Theatre of Allentown continues its “The Next Act” capital campaign. For its 26th season, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival set new attendance records. Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre filled its venues for its 37th season. In its...

Movie Review: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Friday, December 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The very title, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” is a teaser. No spoiler alert here, but, whether you’re an intense fan or casual fan of “Star Wars,” be prepared to be moved by the latest in what is the greatest science-fiction movie franchise on the planet.

“The Last Jedi” hits all the tropes in a multi-generational, ethnically-diverse and multiple-storyline movie that not only has spectacular space battle sequences (the opening sequence is textbook phenomenal) and exciting martial arts...

Focus reviewed 35 plays in 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017 by The Press in Focus

There were 35 theater reviews of Lehigh Valley region stage shows published in 2017 in the Press newspapers and web sites.

The list includes the date the review was published and the name of the reviewer.

The theater reviews are archived on the Focus page of the Press web sites.

You can read the reviews by going to any of the eight Press web sites and doing a search by play title, theater group and-or date published:


Here’s the list...