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The Family Project: Four’s a crowd

Friday, October 26, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. Our two-year-old was so excited when we brought home her new baby brother, but she has now done a complete turnaround. She screams, cries and whines about everything. She only wants her mommy, wants nothing to do with daddy, won’t let him help her with anything or put her to bed anymore. She’s always been a fantastic sleeper, but now she won’t sleep in her own bed, and if she does, she is up at 3 a.m. and is in ours. How do we cope with a jealous toddler?

A turnaround in behavior...

Movie Review: Bang, zoom, to ‘Man’ on the moon

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“First Man” is fiery, from the incendiary launch of the Saturn rocket during liftoff at Cape Kennedy.

“First Man” is jolting, from the vibrations of the seat in the Imax theater where the movie was seen for this review.

“First Man” is tender, in scenes between Ryan Gosling, who portrays Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, as he comforts his two-year-old daughter, who died of a brain tumor.

“First Man” is strong, in the strength of character, courage and...

The Family Project: Hide and seek

Friday, October 26, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus, Social News

Q. My five-year-old son likes to play hide and seek, but it has started to become a problem because he will hide without telling me, whether at home or at the store. I become frantic trying to find him. He doesn’t always answer me when I call him, and I become afraid that he has gotten lost or that someone has taken him. When I do find him, he just laughs. I can’t get him to stop. What should I do: Put a leash on him when we go out?

“Hiding from mom is a game. Everything to a five-...

Respectfully Yours: Voicemail messages

Friday, October 26, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus, Social News

Dear Jacquelyn,

Leaving a voicemail message makes me uncomfortable. I don’t know what to say and how much information to leave. Many times, when I hear the dreaded recording, I just figure, I’ll try again later when they’re there. When I do muster up the courage to leave a voicemail message, I tend to stumble a bit or I feel like I’m rambling on. How much information do I really need to leave? Any tips would be appreciated.

Dear Reader, Talking to a person is very different...

Pulling out all the stops: Bach Choir of Bethlehem begins 2018-19 season with Peter Serkin concert

Friday, October 19, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Having a Grammy-Award-winning classical pianist play at the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s opening gala concert resonates personally for Bach Choir artistic director and conductor Greg Funfgeld.

“As a young man, I would regularly attend concerts in New York City where I had the privilege of hearing Peter Serkin play,” Funfgeld says. “His performance of Beethoven’s ‘Fourth Piano Concerto’ was one of the greatest musical experiences of my life.”

Serkin, the first pianist to receive...

Growing Green: Prevent deer from eating your trees, shrubs, flowers, garden

Friday, October 19, 2018 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

The deer population in Pennsylvania is on the rise, and as land development increases, deer are frequently found in areas densely populated by humans.

Deer control is now one of the biggest challenges for home gardeners. Deer are North America’s largest garden pest and they can wreak havoc in the garden.

Deer feast on vegetable gardens, flowerbeds, shrubs and trees. They will graze on leaves, grass, bark, acorns, fruits, nuts, berries, lichens and fungi.

On average, a...

Sara Caswell: Violinist of all genres

Friday, October 19, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Sara Caswell Quartet brings its contemporary jazz sound to the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The Grammy-nominated Caswell says the audience can expect, “A mix of standards with a contemporary feel, reimagined, reworked. I love taking the audience on a journey. I want to give a lot of variety. I never want a performance to be predictable.”

The violinist began her musical studies with the Suzuki method at...

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Friday, October 19, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Jazzy violin: The Sara Caswell Quartet performs 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, “Jazz Upstairs,” Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The quartet is Sara Caswell, violin; Jesse Lewis, guitar; Ike Sturm, bass, and Michael W. Davis, drums. 2018 Grammy nominee Sara Caswell is described as “a brilliant world-class violinist.” Recognized as a “Rising Star” in the DownBeat Magazine Critics and Readers Polls every year since 2013, Caswell has been heard in venues ranging from Jazz at Lincoln...