East Penn Press

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Review: ‘Quiet Place’

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“A Quiet Place” is a minimalist horror movie.

What is not minimal is the movie’s seat-gripping tension. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic 2020 when creatures rule and are having humanity over for brunch.

“A Quiet Place” stars Emily Blunt, wife of the movie’s director, John Krasinski. Blunt plays an expectant housewife, Evelyn Abbott, married to Lee Abbott, played by Krasinski. They and their two children, Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Marcus (Noah Jupe), live on a farm.

Jesse Cook: World music, world musician

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Jesse Cook, a Juno Award winner and world-renowned nuevo flamenco guitarist, returns at 7:30 p.m. April 21 to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Cook, raised in France, Spain, Austria and Canada, has been a musician all his life.

“I had a little toy guitar I played,” he says in a phone interview. “And I loved to play French records on my mom’s turntable.

“It was at 14, when I was in Arles, Austria, where the Gypsy Kings were neighbors of ours, that I really fell in love with and became a student of flamenco.”

Under ‘Construction’: good themes

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

With bedtime approaching, a team of construction vehicles needs to get to sleep, but Crane Truck, Bull Dozer and Cement Mixer find that getting ready for bed is a job in itself.

Beloved by parents and children alike, these characters from the children’s book, “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site!,” come to life in an award-winning family musical, at 2 p.m. April 21, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, when the sing-along production of “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, the Musical!” illustrates that everybody, even busy construction vehicles, need their rest.

The Family Project: Supervision

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My five-year-old niece lives in a chaotic household with extended family members. She has had a number of injuries in the last few months that I believe were caused by her seven-year-old cousin. I am concerned that the parent-caregivers in the home are not watching the children. How can I or other family members keep my niece safe?

“At the ages of five and seven, supervision is key,” panelist Erin Stalsitz said. “Supervision is the parents’ or caregivers’ job.

Lehigh County senior menus

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, April 18: Beef stew, buttered noodles, broccoli and cauliflower, applesauce.

Thursday, April 19: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, Oriental vegetable, banana.

Friday, April 20: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, mixed fruit.

Monday, April 21: Roasted pork, whipped potatoes, sauerkraut, applesauce.

Tuesday, April 24: Chicken dumplings, Capri blend vegetables, pineapple.

Wednesday, April 25: Salisbury steak, scalloped potatoes, carrots, orange.

Northampton County senior menus

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, April 18: Marinated turkey cutlet, au gratin potatoes, country vegetable blend, wheat bread w/ margarine, fresh seedless grapes.

Thursday, April 19: Beef vegetable soup, roast pork with gravy, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, rye bread with margarine, chilled applesauce.

Friday, April 20: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, baby greens w/ ranch dressing, wheat bread with margarine, raspberry filled cookie.

Respectfully Yours: business cards

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I attend numerous networking events and I am presented with many business cards. In the moment, I find myself trying not to break eye contact and stare at the card. What should I do when someone hands me his or her business card? And what’s the proper way to present one?

Dear Reader, I want to start by giving you a little history on business card handling. Japanese protocol teaches us everything we know about business card protocol.

Veteran journalist pens Northampton County history book

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Local residents of a certain age can catalogue a host of changes they’ve witnessed in Northampton County over the years.

Veteran Lehigh Valley journalist and professor Glenn Kranzley has covered all the bases in his new book, “Still Changing, Still Home: Northampton County Since the 1950s.” He catches it all: from shrinking farmland to the traffic crunch, the economy, environment, culture, sports - you name it.

Kranzley presents a lecture, “Northampton County After Earth Day,” 2 p.m. April 21, Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton St., Easton.

Ronald Demkee is Mr. Allentown Band

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Allentown Band has a long and storied past, dating back 190 years, to what is said to be its first performance, July 4, 1828.

For the last 41 years, one man has been the face of the Allentown Band: Ronald Demkee.

The band’s conductor started his association with the United States’ oldest civilian concert band as a tubist in 1964 while attending West Chester University. The rest, as they say, is history.