Bethlehem Press

Friday, March 24, 2017

Healthy Geezer: Traumatic Brain Injury

Friday, February 24, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What is the leading cause of brain injuries?

About 1.4 million people suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) each year in the United States. Half of all TBIs are caused by accidents involving automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. These accidents are the major cause of TBI in people under age 75.

Falls cause the majority of TBIs in people 75 and older. This group has the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalizations and death.

Older people who suffer a...

‘Transfer Fairs’

Friday, February 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) will host “Transfer Fairs” for students, alumni and the public with representatives from colleges and universities on hand to answer questions about transferring from LCCC to a four-year school.

The transfer fairs, sponsored by the Academic Advising Services and LCCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, are free and open to the public: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. March 7, Lisa Scheller and Wayne Woodman Community Services Center, main campus,...

Saucon Valley: ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’

Friday, February 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Saucon Valley High School Theatre department declares the PG-13-rated “Nice Work If You Can Get It” will be “full of dance and powerful voices.”

Produced and directed by Chad Miller, the show is at 7 p.m. March 2, 3, 4 and 2 p.m. March 5, Saucon Valley High School, 2100 Polk Valley Road, Hellertown.

Also involved with the production are assistant director-choreographer Kimberly Tassinaro, choreographer Joey Schubert, technical director Patrick Mertz, and pit director Herb...

Moravian Academy: ‘Urinetown’

Friday, February 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Splashing across the stage at Moravian Academy’s Dyer Auditorium, “Urinetown” is described as “a hilarious musical satire skewering a variety of contemporary ideas and issues, including musical theater itself.”

Directed by Jarrod Yuskauskas, Moravian Academy director of theater, the show is at 7:30 p.m. March 3, 4 and 2 p.m. March 5, Dyer Auditorium, Moravian Academy, 4313 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.

Yuskauskas is assisted by choreographer AlexJo Natale, music director...

Early Learning Center

Friday, February 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus


Preschool children ages 3-5 along with a family member may explore the Reggio-inspired center and the numerous activities available, 2 p.m. March 2, The Early Learning Center (ELC), Schnecksville campus, Lehigh Carbon Community College.

The session will begin and end with “mindful” exercises designed to create self-awareness in children.

Attendance is free, however registration is requested.

Contact LCCC’s ELC:

Bud’s View: Blue; poem for departed pet

Friday, February 17, 2017 by BUD COLE in Focus

Editor’s note: This is the second of three columns based on abridged versions of readers’ stories about their pets in response to a “Bud’s View” column about the emotional stresses individuals and families face when a pet dies. That column, “The Pets That Rescue Us,” is available on The Focus page of The Press web site, Aug. 31, 2016.

If you read my Focus column regularly, you know I often referred to Blue, Bev’s and my pet English springer spaniel. Blue introduced himself to his...

Touchstone fund-raiser packs a ‘Punch’

Friday, February 17, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Get ready to party like it’s Mardi Gras at Touchstone Theatre’s concert fundraiser, “Jakopa’s Punch Bowl,” 7 p.m. Feb. 18, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem.

The event features Touchstone’s newly-formed band, Jakopa’s Punch. They will be joined on the bill by The Bastard Sons of Burt Sugarman and the The Charts Funk Band, from the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.

Jambalaya, king cake and other New Orleans-style dishes will be served...

Theater Review:

Friday, February 17, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown’s production of “9 to 5: The Musical,” continuing through Feb. 26, is full of surprises. When you least expect it, a minor character belts out a rousing song, or someone from the ensemble does a “George Spelvin” walk-on that’s good for a laugh while distracting the audience’s attention from the scene changes.

On opening night, Feb. 10, on which this review is based, Joe (Chris Egging) had only brief on-stage appearances and a few lines until well into the...

Movie Review: ‘Fences’

Friday, February 17, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Good fences make good neighbors.”

- Robert Frost,

“Mending Wall”

“Fences,” the film version of August Wilson’s 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play is set in Pittsburgh circa 1956 where Troy (Denzel Washington, who also directs), is a municipal garbageman and former Negro League baseball player standout.

Troy and his wife, Rose (Viola Davis), have a son, Cory (Jovan Adepo, TV’s “The Leftovers,” 2015-17, in his theatrical feature debut), who excels at...