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Oscars for one and one for all

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Among the dozens of entrants in the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section Readers Pick the Oscar Recipients contest, not one person correctly picked all recipients in the contest's seven categories.

Karen Drake of Whitehall picked six out of seven. For the director Oscar, she chose Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln," instead of the recipient, Ang Lee, "Life of Pi."

Karen will receive a $50 Penn's Peak gift card, Roxy Theatre tickets, a Lehigh Valley Press prize package and have her...

Three e-mail bag questions, answers

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Q. What chemicals in the environment have a real impact upon our health?

There are way too many to cover. Here are a few important ones:

Lead: Paint chips, dust, fumes and water containing lead can get into your body. Even small amounts of lead in your system can impede learning and generate behavior changes. Large quantities of lead can be fatal. A simple blood test can alert you before lead poisoning causes significant problems.

Mercury: Mercury is a poisonous metal...

THEATER REVIEW

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

"August: Osage County," Tracy Lett's 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, hits you upside the head with the force of the cast-iron frying pan wielded by one of the cast members.

Witty, comedic and unflinchingly raw dialogue combined with stellar performances by an ensemble cast make this Lehigh Valley debut a must-see, 7 p.m. March 7 - 9 and 2 p.m. March 10, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N 19th St., Allentown.

The creative staff involved in the production has achieved near-...

Dedicated to Linny's 'Heart'

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by The Press in Focus

What do Mario Andretti, Lee Butz, David Jaindl, Kostas Kalogeropoulos and Julio Guridy have in common with "Mock Turtle Marionettes"?

It's simple. They are coming together to make a video to send a powerful message that we all have a responsibility to protect our community's children from abuse and neglect.

The video, "Have a Heart for Children," premieres at the The Fund to Benefit Children & Youth, 6 p.m. March 9, Hotel Bethlehem, 437 Main St., Bethlehem.

Funds...

Submit poems for Focus

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, three poems will be selected in each of the Elementary, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 24 and 25 Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.

The student whose poem is selected as the best poem in each category may have his or her photo published with the selected poem.

First-place...

COORDINATED HEALTH

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Dr. Christopher Wagener, Coordinated Health's Mayo Clinic-trained spine surgeon, will hold a free seminar, 6 p.m. March 5, Coordinated Health Allentown Campus, Second Floor, 1503 N. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown.

Light refreshments will be provided.

To register: 610-861-8080, ext. 24108

Quinn Lemley: To sequins and beyond

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It's called "Burlesque to Broadway," but the song and dance revue, 7:30 p.m. March 2, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton, is much more, according to its star.

"It's a celebration of women, from Burlesque to Broadway and beyond," says Quinn Lemley, star of the show with co-stars, Sara Brophy, portraying Raz, a Rosalind Russell character, and Amanda Brantley, portraying Gracie, based on Gracie Allen. They're backed by a 10-piece orchestra.

"The show is like a...

Depression could be hereditary

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by FRED CICETTI Special to The Press in Focus

Q. Episodes of depression seem to be common over several generations in my family. Is depression genetic?

There is substantial evidence that depression is a hereditary disease. A depression gene known as serotonin transporter (5-HTTLPR) has been found.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that about 121 million worldwide suffer from depression. WHO estimates that depression will become the first cause of disease burden worldwide by the year 2020. Disease burden is...

Pulitzer, Tony winner 'Osage' in LV debut at Civic Theatre

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

"We've been trying to do this play for years. But this is the first time we got the rights, which is ironic with the movie coming out this year," says Civic Theatre of Allentown Artistic Director William Sanders.

Sanders directs the Lehigh Valley premiere of "August: Osage County," opening March 1 and continuing March 2 and March 7 - 10, on Civic's main stage, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.

The star-studded movie version, with Ewan McGregor, Julia Roberts, Benedict Cumberbatch,...