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Enter Readers Pick Oscar winners contest

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards have been announced.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 2020 Academy Awards ceremonies honoring 2019 theatrical motion picture releases, 8 p.m. (EST) Feb. 9, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, and televised live on ABC-TV.

The Press Focus section again presents the “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest. The person who picks the most correct number of Oscar recipients in the contest’s...

Student Poetry Project now accepting entries

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 15th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 22 and April 23 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and websites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of...

Lincoln book talk

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LV Museum:

Dr. Matthew Pinsker presents a lecture, “Lincoln’s Greatest Moment: August 23, 1864,” 1 p.m. Feb. 8, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

The lecture celebrates the 16th president’s birthday. Slices of Lincoln’s favorite white-almond cake made from Mary Lincoln’s original recipe will be available.

“This is an outstanding program for the whole family to celebrate the life of a great American president...

4th ‘Jakopa’s Punch Bowl’ benefits Touchstone Theatre

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by DUSTIN SCHOOF in Focus

Imagine hearing Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” performed with a boisterous Bourbon Street twist.

The resulting sound and image best describes the nine-piece music ensemble Jakopa’s Punch.

The Touchstone Theatre house band performs its fourth annual Mardi Gras-themed “Jakopa’s Punch Bowl,” 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem.

The evet, a fundraiser for the south side Bethlehem theater, includes New Orleans-style food and complimentary wine and beer.

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Night On The Town:

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by DUSTIN SCHOOF in Focus

After 35 years in the business, Mike Portnoy is still hungry.

He is also a little under the weather and yearning for a good night’s sleep.

“But I know once I hit that stage, I know I’ll come alive and the adrenaline’s gonna kick in. I love each and every show,” Portnoy says in a phone interview.

“When it comes to performing, it’s always the audience that inspires me.”

Portnoy plays drums in the progressive hard-rock super group Sons of Apollo, in concert, 8 p.m....

The Family Project: With puppy love comes responsibility

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My husband just surprised me and our children with an eight-week-old puppy. I think my husband should have talked to me about this first. I know I am going to be the one who is going to take care of this dog, and I am not happy. What should I do?

The panel agreed with the mother that she should have been consulted before the husband brought the puppy home, but the panel first focused on how other decisions are made in the family.

“If it is happening in other situations, this...

2020 the year for ‘1917’

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“1917” is the late-breaking lead contender in the 2020 Oscars race.

Here are my 2020 Oscar predictions in the seven categories in the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest:

Lead Actor

Joaquin Phoenix is the favorite for “Joker” as anguished standup comedian Arthur Fleck, who becomes Joker. Phoenix received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Male Actor in a Leading Role. Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”; Antonio Banderas, “Pain And...

Healthy Geezer: Heart attack predictions, preventions

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What causes a heart attack?

A blood clot in a narrowed coronary artery is the usual cause of a heart attack. The clogged artery prevents oxygenated blood from nourishing the heart. This can lead to pain, the death of heart cells, scar tissue and fatal arrythmias.

Many causes can lead to the narrowing of arteries, which is called atherosclerosis. This increases the likelihood of a heart attack.

Some leading causes of heart attacks are: genetics, high cholesterol and...