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LV house sales decline again, down 5.8 percent in October

Friday, November 24, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

House sales have declined for two months in a row in the Lehigh Valley.

Closed sales decreased 5.8 percent in October to 672 houses sold, compared to 713 houses sold in October 2016, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report.

Closed sales had decreased 3.5 percent in September to 697 houses sold, compared to 722 houses sold in September 2016.

For the year to date, closed sales increased 3.6 percent, to 7,020, compared to 6,778 for the year to date in 2016.

Air Products Foundation funds health innovation at LVHN One City Center

Friday, November 24, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Business Showcase

Progress in medical care innovation was celebrated by a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) at One City Center for the new Air Products Center for Connected Care and Innovation.

Air Products Chairman, President and CEO Seifi Ghasemi was thanked by LVHN President and CEO Dr. Brian A. Nester for the company’s donation of $5 million through the Air Products Foundation.

Shoemaker scholarship to benefit LCCC students

Friday, November 24, 2017 by The Press in Business Showcase

The Byron L. Shoemaker Foundation and its trustees Jim M. Wood, Nancy L. Matyascik and Richard A. Cassar have established a scholarship in Shoemaker’s memory with a $300,000 gift for full- and part-time Lehigh Carbon Community College students from the Allentown and Lehighton areas.

In honor of the gift, the Student Union at the LCCC main campus in Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township, will be renamed the Byron L. Shoemaker Student Union, with the dedication to be held in spring 2018.

Ben Franklin TechVentures dedicates new West Wing

Friday, November 10, 2017 by The Press in Business Showcase

R. Chadwick Paul, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP-NEP), dedicated the West Wing of the Ben Franklin TechVentures® incubator-post-incubator facility at a ceremony on the afternoon of Oct. 19. Approximately 100 business and community leaders, including elected officials, attended the event on the fourth floor of the new facility.

Week of

Friday, November 10, 2017 by The Press in Business Showcase

LCCC:

Lehigh Carbon Community College’s (LCCC) Business Enterprise Center (BEC) holds Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 13-16, with a speaker series in the Alumni Center and Rooms 107-108, Rothrock Library, main campus, Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.

Entrepreneurs in the media, arts, food, retail, graphics, film, funding, fashion and patents will speak. The event is free and open to the public.

Information: lccc.edu/bec; Amy Quick: aquick@lccc.edu

Teacher seminar

Friday, November 3, 2017 by The Press in Business Showcase

LCCC:

Lehigh Carbon Community College Teacher Education department hosts the annual “Super Saturday” teacher education seminar, 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., with registration at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, Scheller-Woodman Community Services Center, main campus, Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.

Keynote speaker, Shilpa Kappor-Barrantes, M.Ed., a PQAS Certified Developmental Specialist, will speak on “Decoding Challenging Behaviors.”

Information: Deb Wanamaker, dwanamaker@lccc.edu; 610-799-1875

Autism app to be detailed

Friday, November 3, 2017 by The Press in Business Showcase

In the best-selling book and Oscar®-nominated documentary film, “Life, Animated,” Ron Suskind detailed his efforts to communicate with his son with autism using the boy’s love of Disney movies.

Now the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist is seeking to put those breakthroughs in the palm of your hand through the development of an app called “Sidekicks.”

Suskind will discuss his experience and demonstrate the “Sidekicks” app, 4:30 p.m. Nov. 5, presented by KidsPeace, at ArtsQuest Center’s Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

September house sales decrease 3.5 percent

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley declined as the summer selling season ended.

Closed sales decreased 3.5 percent in September to 697 houses sold, compared to 722 houses sold in September 2016, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report.

For the year to date, closed sales increased 4.2 percent, to 6,322, compared to 6,065 for the year to date in 2016.

On a positive note, pending sales increased 12.5 percent in September to 739, compared to 657 in September 2016.

Music therapy added to St. Luke’s program

Friday, October 20, 2017 by The Press in Business Showcase

St. Luke’s University Health Network has added a therapeutic component, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), to its Partial Hospitalization Program-Innovations, an outpatient group therapy program for those struggling with depression, anxiety, stress issues and other mental-health challenges.

Music therapy uses listening, singing and playing music and musical instruments to improve and maintain a patient’s mental health. Music therapy groups focus on the four main components of DBT: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness.