Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Coronavirus impact: Baum School student artists in virtual ceremony

Friday, May 22, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Editor’s Note: The Baum School of Art, including its students, patrons and administrators, is adjusting to the time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

First of three parts

The Baum School of Art awarded full, half and quarter scholarships to nearly 50 students from age five through 17 during a virtual presentation of the “Children & Teen Student Exhibition” awards ceremony.

Baum School of Art Executive Director Shannon Fugate introduced the April 18 online event with staff and faculty taking turns with praise and encouragement recorded from their homes.

STEM scholarships

Friday, May 22, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Lehigh Carbon Community College students in one of 25 program majors, including biology, chemistry, computer science, drafting and design, technology, engineering and math (STEM) have the opportunity to receive up to $5,000 in scholarships per year through a National Science Foundation grant.

The application priority deadline for the fall semester is June 30.

Information: www.lccc.edu/scholarships, or Deepika Khilnaney: dkhilnaney@lccc.edu

Freddys tribute telecast May 21 on WFMZ

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The “Freddy Awards: A Television Special Celebrating the High School Musical Class of 2020” will be telecast, 7 - 10 p.m. May 21, 69-WFMZ, a partner with the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The 18th annual Freddy Awards isn’t being presented because of the public and charter schools shutdown mandated by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The TV special is a tribute to the Freddy Awards and especially high school seniors who participated in the 2020 musical productions, most of which were not presented because of the pandemic-mandated shutdowns.

Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital treats COVID-19 related PMIS

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Pediatric specialists at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital have been closely monitoring the incidence of pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome regionally and internationally and are prepared to care for children with the illness.

Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) causes significant inflammation in organ systems, skin rashes and other symptoms. The syndrome appears to be connected to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and has affected children in the United States.

LVHN Coordinated Health reopens rehab services

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and Coordinated Health Rehabilitation Services have reopened for outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services.

Patients are being contacted for scheduling by members of the outpatient registration team.

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, nearly half of the therapy locations were closed to help reduce spread of the infection. As cases are gradually lessening, safety measures are now in place to provide in-person rehabilitation care. Those measures include:

LCCC Honors Scholar virtual session

Friday, May 15, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) provides a virtual information session, 5 - 6 p.m. May 19, for prospective students and their families about the college’s Honors Scholars program.

Individuals will be able to talk with faculty and learn more about the full-tuition scholarship and the academic program.

Honors Scholars is a competitive scholarship program that covers full tuition and fees for students from LCCC sponsoring school districts.

Register online:

https://www.lccc.edu/academics/college-honors/honors-scholars

Information: admissions@lccc.edu.

Tribute: Dave Roper gentle giant of Lehigh Valley jazz scene

Friday, May 15, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Dave Roper never aspired to fame, although he had the talent for it, because he did not wish to leave the Lehigh Valley.

Roper, a Lehigh Valley music treasure, died April 8. He was 82.

Over the years, the pianist built a substantial following for the Dave Roper Trio’s many years at the Hotel Bethlehem, and before that, for 15 years at the now-closed King George Inn in South Whitehall Township.

Roper also played many times, usually annually in the “Jazz Upstairs” series in the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. He last played there July 19, 2019.

Gigless in the Valley: Kendal Conrad goes online, but longs for live audiences

Friday, May 15, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

First of six parts

On the Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment scene, professional folk, country, blues, jazz, rock and pop musicians have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shutdowns.

Concerts have been canceled, performance venues are temporarily closed and restaurants and bars aren’t allowed to open their doors.

While many area singer-songwriters and music entertainers have gone online for virtual concerts, there are no real substitutes for live audiences.

The Family Project: Mother at home teaching in place

Friday, May 15, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am a mom who is totally losing her mind trying to home-school three kids, cook, clean and work. I feel guilty about having to divide myself so much. How can I spend more time with my kids and give them the attention they need?

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic stay-at-home mandates. the panelists had words of encouragement for the mother.

“First and foremost,” said panelist Chad Stefanyak, “we need to let the mother know that this is everybody right now. She is not the only one feeling this way.”