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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Family Project: Son and truancy

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. A truancy officer was called to my house because my son is refusing to go to school. We are going to have to appear in front of the magistrate, and could possibly be facing a fine for each day that he missed. What can we do?

Guest panelist Jessica Baker addressed this topic and the approach to it in detail. “First thing, we definitely need to know the age of the child,” she said. “We also need to define the barriers that are getting in the way of the child wanting to go to school....

Respectfully Yours: Party for success

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, My holiday office party is coming up in a couple weeks. What can I do to maximize my time and use the event to help my career?

Dear Reader, A company holiday party is an excellent opportunity to network and build relationships. This is a good time to speak with executives you may not otherwise have a chance to talk to. Approach them with a smile, introduce yourself, keep the conversation upbeat and positive. Take this opportunity to mingle with people outside your...


Thursday, December 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Caroline B. (Sabatino) Abruzzi and Alfonso C. Abruzzi, of Coplay, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Nov. 2.

Caroline is the daughter of the late Bonaventure “Benny” and Mary D. Sabatino.

Alfonso is the son of the late Pasquale and Philomena Abruzzese.

The couple was married Nov. 2, 1947, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Roseto, Northampton County, by the Rev. Ducci.

They are the parents of David, husband of Wendy, of Slatington; Dennis, husband...

Cookbook sale benefits public library

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus

“What’s Cooking at the Library: 100 Years of Good Taste” is available at the Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown.

The spiral-bound cookbook contains 344 recipes contributed by more than 30 library employees and families.

The cookbook includes an eclectic mix of handed-down family recipes and modern dishes. There are tried-and-true favorites, including German Potato Salad, Chicken Divan. Pork Barbecue and Moravian Sugar Cake.

Copies are being sold...

Holiday classics

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus



Michèle LaRue will present dramatic readings of two holiday stories, 7 p.m. Dec. 13, Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown.

The stories are “Dick Spindler’s Family Christmas” (1894) by Bret Harte (1894), and ”The Gift of the Magi” (1906) by O. Henry.

LaRue, a Chicago-born and New Jersey-based performer, tours nationally with her repertoire of century-old American “Tales Well-Told.”

The event is free and open to the public...

Theater Review: Civic’s ‘Christmas Carol’ touching, timeless

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

It was written in 1843 in the midst of the bleakness of the Industrial Revolution, but also in a period in England when interest in Christmas traditions was being revived. Charles Dickens’ novella, “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas,” was perfect for its time.

In its telling of the conversion of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, the story epitomizes the contradiction between the worsening plight of the poor working class, and the revival of joyful holiday celebrations and...

Theater Review: MunOpCo ‘White Christmas’ stylish, faithful

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

If you are dreaming of having a white Christmas this month, your best bet is MunOpCo Music Theatre’s stylish rendition of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas: The Musical,” on stage through Dec. 10 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Allentown. The play is based on the 1954 holiday classic movie of the same name, which in turn, was named for the Academy Award-winning hit song featured in the 1942 film “Holiday Inn” starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.

The song and the musical “White...

Theater Review: Pa. Playhouse ‘Elf’ youthful, commendable

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of “The Happy Elf,” continuing through Dec. 17, is a welcome change from slick traditional Christmas fare. It’s a musical comedy featuring a cast of mostly youthful actors and singers of diverse ages who are definitely full of the holiday spirit.

With music and lyrics by Grammy award-winning composer Harry Connick, Jr., and book by Lauren Gunderson and Andrew Fishman, the local staging uses Connick’s own narration and the musical’s soundtrack laid...

Theater Review: ‘Christmas City Follies’ relishes the holiday

Saturday, December 2, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The annual “Christmas City Follies” is Touchstone Theatre’s holiday gift to the community, and it comes wrapped in witty scripting, colorful costumes and fine acting, all tied together with a touch of satire and loads of wisdom. Created by the Touchstone Ensemble and directed by Artistic Director Jp Jordan, this year’s 18th edition of “Follies” continues through Dec. 22 at the south side Bethlehem venue.

Members of the outstanding ensemble cast are Emma Ackerman, Bill George and Mary...

‘Christmas Wonderland’ kicks off holiday spectacularly

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Christmas Wonderland: A Holiday Spectacular,” one of the most delightful and enchanting Christmas shows this side of the North Pole, will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The show features a cast of 24 singers and dancers who are hand-picked from London, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The dazzling cast of high-kicking chorus girls transforms the stage into a winter wonderland filled with more than 1,000 glittering...