Bethlehem Press

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Respectfully Yours: Make new year’s resolutions all year

Friday, January 3, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I often overhear people discussing what their goals are for the New Year. As it often happens, I will be asked, “What is your New Year’s resolution?” I’m not a big fan of announcing my New Year’s resolutions. How can I politely answer the question?

Dear Reader,

There are two types of resolution makers: people who make their resolutions public and those that keep them private.

If you need social support and want to talk about your goals, go right...

Movie Review: Eastwood’s real ‘Jewell’

Friday, January 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Richard Jewell’ is another brilliant film from director Clint Eastwood.

The film is based on the true story about security guard Richard Jewell, who became a “person of interest,” but was never charged in the bombing of Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. The explosion is said to have killed two persons (one from a heart attack) and injured 111.

Jewell discovered the bomb before it detonated and with other officials cleared most of the...

Growing Green: Try indoor gardening

Friday, January 3, 2020 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

The weather may be cold, but your green thumb is still itching.

What can you do? You can still do some gardening, even at this time of the year: indoor gardening.

We see amaryllis being sold every fall in the local grocery store or garden center. They look great, but are they easy to grow? As with any plant, give it the right conditions and some TLC and you’ll reap the rewards.

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hydrid) is a bulb plant that originates in South America. It reaches a...

Healthy Geezer: Topics: CPR, Kegels, heart attack signs

Friday, January 3, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. How do I go about learning CPR?

If you would like to learn CPR, contact the American Heart Association: americanheart.org; 1-877-AHA-4CPR.

Another CPR resource is the American Red Cross: redcross.org.

You can try a local hospital.

CPR, or Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, employs chest compression and mouth-to-mouth breathing to treat cardiac arrest, heart attack, drowning and electrocution.

CPR can keep some blood flowing to the brain and heart during an...

Movie Review: ‘Jumanji’: Fun run

Friday, January 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Some movies are lifted by low expectations.

Having seen a movie where you’re not expecting much, you sometimes end up with higher results.

That’s what happened for me with “Jumanji: The Next Level.”

Once one gets past the illogical legerdemain of the movie’s premise, which I won’t geek out on here, “Jumanji” provides an entertaining, frequently humorous and often wild ride.

Having not played “The Jumanji Classic Board Game” or “The Jumanji Video Game” (I don’t...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, January 3, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, January 1: Closed for New Year’s Day.

Thursday, January 2 - New Year’s Celebration: Pork chop, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, dinner roll, Greek yogurt.

Friday, January 3: Turkey sloppy joe, roasted red potatoes, vegetable barley soup, whole wheat dinner roll, chocolate chip cookie.

Monday, January 6: Caprese pork chops, garlic broccoli, brown rice, crackers, diced pears.

Tuesday, January 7: Salisbury steak, lima...

The Family Project: Discussing biological father a concern

Friday, January 3, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 11-year-old son has not seen his father in 10 years after I divorced his father when I learned he was a drug addict. I am happily remarried. My son has a stepbrother. As my son enters his teen years, should give him information about his biological father? I am also worried about awakening a possible genetic predisposition to addiction.

The panelists agreed that the mother’s concern about addiction is valid, but panelist Chad Stefanyak said he would like to know more about why...

Movie Review: One of a kindness

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” is an odd little film.

On the one hand, it’s been perceived as a biopic of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, native Fred Rogers (1928 - 2003), host of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” (1968 - 2001), produced by WQED, Pittsburgh, and telecast on Public Broadcasting Television stations.

On the other hand, the film is not a Fred Rogers biopic.

While I may have been one of the moviegoers expecting a biopic along the lines of the excellent...

Annual awards

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 by The Press in Focus

ABEs:

The 14th annual ABEs Awards for Lehigh Valley theater will be published in the Focus section in the Jan. 1 and 2 print and website editions of the Lehigh Valley Press.

The ABEs, as in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, is an overview of musicals and plays annually produced by Lehigh Valley theater troupes.

The ABEs are based on area theater groups’ plays and musicals performances attended in 2019 by Carole Gorney, theater reviewer for Focus, and Paul Willistein,...