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Engaging in circles

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

The International Institute of Restorative Practices

More than 300 people from 10 countries attended the three-day International Institute of Restorative Practices’ World Conference held in October at the Hotel Bethlehem and the IIRP’s graduate school campus on Main Street in Historic Bethlehem. Countries represented included Pakistan, Australia, the Netherlands, Singapore and Canada.

Baum 90th anniversary Gala: Rodale Family cultivates art

Friday, October 28, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Five generations of Rodales were honored for their family’s contributions to art and culture in the Lehigh Valley at the 90th Anniversary Gala of the Baum School of Art in Allentown.

More than 100 people attended the silent auction and dinner Oct. 8 to celebrate the school’s founding by Walter Emerson Baum in 1926, and to recognize the Rodales for their long history of support. Rodale grandchildren, great grandchildren, and even one great-great grandchild attended the milestone event.

Theater Review:

Friday, October 21, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

‘Honky Tonk Angels’ puts country in The Pines

Nashville meets Broadway and scores a hit in The Pines Dinner Theatre production of “The Honky Tonk Angels,” a clever and highly-entertaining blend of country music classics and storytelling written by Ted Swindley, author of the popular musical “Always … Patsy Cline.”

The talented cast of three women sing, joke and jibe their way through monologues and more than 30 songs at the Oct. 19 performance seen for this review. Performances continue through Oct. 23 at The Pines, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown.

Sex Trafficking in the Valley

Monday, October 10, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

‘We can’t arrest our way out of this problem’

This is the third in a three-part series on sex trafficking in the Lehigh Valley. In this issue we will explore what is being done and what more needs to be done to assist victims and address the problem.

It is an epidemic, and like Zika or Ebola, it respects no borders. Referred to as the “globalization of prostitution,” human sex trafficking (HST) is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. Its number one destination is the United States, and it has spread to our back yard with traffickers doing business throughout the Lehigh Valley

Theater Review: Crowded Kitchen Players tear down that wall in ‘November’

Monday, October 10, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

If you think the 2016 presidential election is really crazy you obviously haven’t seen “November,” the cynical, yet hilarious look at Oval Office politics by Pulitzer-prize-winning playwright David Mamet, now playing at the Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem.

The play, staged by The Crowded Kitchen Players, the repertory company based in the Allentown area, opened Oct. 7. This review is of the Oct. 9 matinee. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Oct. 14, 15 and 21, and 2 p.m. Oct. 16.

Sex Trafficking in the Valley

Monday, October 10, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

‘We can’t arrest our way out of this problem’

This is the third in a three-part series on sex trafficking in the Lehigh Valley. In this issue we will explore what is being done and what more needs to be done to assist victims and address the problem.

It is an epidemic, and like Zika or Ebola, it respects no borders. Referred to as the “globalization of prostitution,” human sex trafficking (HST) is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world. Its number one destination is the United States, and it has spread to our back yard with traffickers doing business throughout the Lehigh Valley

Theater Review:

Friday, October 7, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

‘Miracle Worker’ a moving message at Pa. Playhouse

“The Miracle Worker” is the story of six-year-old Helen Keller, a wild, petulant child at that age, understandably so given that since infancy she could neither see nor hear nor speak.

Teacher Annie Sullivan, herself visually-challenged, enters into Helen’s life and through manual sign language frees the child from her dark and soundless world into one of understanding and feeling, physical and emotional.

Everything was peachy at the fair

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

It took 12 judges more than an hour to taste all 22 entries and declare the winner in this year’s Fresh Peach Dessert Competition at the Great Allentown Fair. First the field was narrowed down to eight, followed by more tasting, then down to the final four.

Entries ranged from pies and cakes to tartlets and cheesecake, and were judged on taste and flavor (60 points), overall appearance and texture (20 points) and originality and creativity (20 points).