Bethlehem Press

Friday, October 18, 2019

Healthy Geezer: Teeth, poison, headaches

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What causes my old teeth to decay?

Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by plaque, a layer of bacteria. Plaque can build up quickly on the teeth of older people.

In addition, seniors have a greater tendency to get decay around older fillings. And we have more fillings than younger people because we didn’t all grow up with fluoride added to drinking water.

Ilene Hochberg Wood handbag collection in museums’ ‘Pursenoality’ exhibitions

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

When Ilene Hochberg Wood’s mother gifted her a little red handbag as a child, there was no way to know that the bag would become the basis of a world-class collection.

Now, years after the first bag that started it all, a portion of Wood’s collection is being displayed in several museums

“PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History,” opening Oct. 11, will showcase more than 400 handbags at Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites’ Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts and Moravian Museum of Bethlehem.

‘Fall Fitness Fest’ Oct. 19 at LCCC

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and its Foundation hosts “Fall Fitness Fest,” Oct. 19, main campus, Schnecksville.

This year’s events focus on raising money for student scholarships and LCCC’s Cougar Cabinet food pantry, the latter created to address food insecurity among LCCC students.

Participants may register for one or all of these events:

5k run-walk follows a course around LCCC’s main campus and along Orchard Road. Registration, 7:30 a.m.; warmup, 8:30 a.m.; run-walk, 9 a.m.

Two-hour Zumba class, Berrier Hall. Registration, 10 a.m.; class, 11 a.m.

The Family Project: Daughter, 15, dating?

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 15-year daughter wants to date. Is she old enough? Should we insist on meeting the boy first? Should we talk to them?

As to whether or not your daughter is old enough to date, panelist Pam Wallace said that depends on the girl’s maturity and ability to be responsible.

“The parents know their child best. Is she mature enough to go on a date? Also, does she have ground rules on what to do if something unexpected happens? Will she reach out to her parents if she is in an uncomfortable situation?” asked Wallace.

LVHN to provide free flu vaccinations

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) will administer free seasonal flu vaccinations for the 22nd straight year for adults and children six months and older during two community sessions in November.

Shots will be all drive-thru, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 9, Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom, South Whitehall Township, and Nov. 10, Coca-Cola Park, Allentown.

For the past 21 years, LVHN’s community influenza vaccination campaign has administered nearly 170,000 free flu shots and collected more than 127,000 pounds of food for area food banks.

Kacper Abolik in Baum exhibition

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Celebrating celebrity and other subjects, Emmaus-based artist Kacper Abolik’s exhibition, “Year of the Dog,” continues through Oct. 18 in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, The Baum School of Art, Allentown.

The abstract painter’s work includes bouquets, stylized copies of famous artwork, and portraits of famous people.

His recently-created cityscape of Allentown is on display. “Allentown Center City,” (2019; mixed media on glass; 19.25 in. x 14.75 in.) provides an energetic nighttime view of the monument at Hamilton and Seventh streets.

Respectfully Yours: Checkout tirade

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

While shopping last week I had an uncomfortable experience at the checkout counter. The line was long. A customer behind me was loudly expressing disapproval. How should I respond to a stranger’s rude and impatient behavior?

Dear Reader,

We all have to wait at times, taking our turns and being courteous. But I suppose someone didn’t get the memo. There’s a chance the impatient stranger had a lot on his or her mind and may have been trying to multitask through their day. The frustration built and you became an unlucky witness.

Broadway legends: Allentown Symphony Pops salutes Sondheim, Webber

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Two of the greatest living composers of Broadway theater music will be honored by the Allentown Symphony Pops by featuring three musical veterans, including a Tony winner and the actor who portrayed the Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” more than 2,000 times.

The “ASO Pops Series,” with the orchestra conducted by Ronald Demkee, presents “The Best of Broadway: A Tribute to Sondheim & Lloyd Webber,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Lehigh County senior menus

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, October 9: Pineapple chicken, tropical vegetable medley, cilantro lime brown rice, crackers, tropical fruit.

Thursday, October 10: Beef Monterey, Cheesy mashed potatoes, sauteed peppers and onions, dinner roll, scalloped peaches.

Friday, October 11: Turkey harvest salad, pumpkin soup, chilled beets, dinner roll, fresh apple slices.

Monday, October 14: Baked onion lemon whitefish, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, macaroni and cheese, ambrosia.