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Monday, December 17, 2018

Hear the roar, feel the love with Stagemakers at the J

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Stagemakers at the J will be presenting “The Lion King Jr.,” a heartwarming, coming-of-age musical about an African lion named Simba, who discovers the true meaning of love, courage and loyalty at the Jewish Community Center, Allentown.

Simba’s father Mufasa is the king, which gives Simba sovereign claim to the throne.

But Simba has a jealous, power-hungry uncle, Scar, who is determined to be king one day.

After Scar falsely convinces Simba he was responsible for Mufasa’s death, Simba runs away.

Stagemakers to perform ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Stagemakers at the J will perform “Once Upon a Mattress” 7 p.m. May 10 and 13; and at 2 p.m. May 13 at the Jewish Community Center, Allentown.

The play is about King Sextimus, who due to a curse, is unable to speak. And, his unappealing wife, Queen Aggravain, has taken control of the kingdom.

She is determined to keep their son, Prince Dauntless, from ever getting married. The only way a princess can ever become the prince’s betrothed is by passing a rigorous sensitivity test designed by the queen.

And no one in the kingdom may get married until Prince Dauntless weds.

Swain student donates birthday party to charity

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by AARON BERGER in School

Carly Kudryk, a prekindergarten student at The Swain School, Salisbury Township, turned 5 on Feb. 21.

She celebrated her birthday in a unique way March 10 at Revolutions, Bethlehem, by donating her party to charity.

She was inspired by a campaign called “BirthdayBack,” a program started by Tyler Fazzari of Long Island, N.Y.

In 2012, after Hurricane Sandy, Tyler wanted to donate his 8th birthday to a charity that helped hurricane recovery efforts, which some of his own family were personally affected by.

‘The Power Of A Pivot’ offers tools, tips for happiness

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Imagine choosing to add more joy to one’s life each day.

That is the vision of Nancy Werteen, a resident of the Parkland School District, and Kim Howie of Center Valley, authors of the book, “The Power of a Pivot.”

In their book, Werteen and Howie offer tools and tips for a better understanding of the path to true happiness.

Werteen and Howie are also co-founders of The Wisdom Coalition, an organization that helps women connect and commit to their passions and shared wisdom.

Kratzer student receives Girl Scout Medal of Honor Theresa Kleibscheidel attempted to save her mom while caring for brothers

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Greenawalds Fire Company of South Whitehall recently hosted a full house for Girl Scout Theresa Kleibscheidel.

Friends, family, leaders and fellow members of Girl Scout Troop 654, and members of the Greenawalds and Cetronia emergency responder crews came out on Feb. 5 to see Kleibscheidel receive the Girl Scout Medal of Honor for trying to save the life of her mom, Beth, two years ago on Feb. 5, 2016.

Take a trip through the looking glass

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Stagemakers at the J presents ‘Alice in Wonderland Jr.’

Whatever one may wish to be, dreams and imagination often provide an escape from reality for a moment.

Eventually, however, everyone learns to appreciate whatever one already has.

Stagemakers at the J is presenting “Alice in Wonderland Jr.,” an enchanting musical about a girl named Alice who escapes into a world of her own imagination she believes will be better than where she is currently.

After having several madcap adventures with a variety of colorful characters, Alice eventually discovers the grass is not always greener on the other side.

‘Seussical’ Stagemakers at the J presents

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Having faith in one’s friends, making an effort to be unique, and fighting for what one believes is demonstrated beautifully in the musical “Seussical Jr.”

Based on characters created by children’s writer and author Dr. Seuss, “Seussical Jr.” tells a story of courage and loyalty.

The musical was written by Stephen Ahrens and Lynn Flaherty.

The Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who finds a speck of dust that is home to a mini group of people called Whos.

Neffs Fire Co. having 75th anniversary open house

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Walking around the Neffs Volunteer Fire Company Fire House at 3755 Park Avenue injects history into a person’s soul.

The “Pride of Park Avenue” has been serving the community for 75 years.

And, from 2-6 p.m. Aug. 20, the volunteer firefighters will welcome members of the community to an open house to celebrate that special anniversary.

“Pride of Park Avenue originated during an informal discussion among some of the firefighters 20 years ago,” Neffs Fire Chief James Steward told The Press.

Lehigh County celebrates Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Lehigh County Department of Human Services in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, hosted a program recently at the Lehigh County Government Center, Allentown.

The goal was to raise awareness and show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.

“Mental health impacts one out of every five children in our community,” said Josh Bridges, director of Lehigh County Integrated Services, which is part of the Human Services Department.

Singing gospel is a way of life for Lynda Randle

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by AARON BERGER in Local News

Gospel singer Lynda Randle is no stranger to Heidelberg Union Church. She performed at the church in Heidelberg Township for her fourth time May 12.

Approximately 350 people attended her concert.

Jack Snyder of Lynn Township helped promote Randle’s concert.

He has been a Heidelberg Union Church member more than 50 years.

His musical group “Jack and Friends” opened for Randle, playing a mix of country western and gospel music.