Northwestern Press

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Respectfully Yours: Ins and outs of who attends the party

Friday, February 21, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I am invited to a party and I am not sure I want to attend. Someone I don’t get along with might have been invited and I would feel very uncomfortable. Is it rude to ask the host of a party who else is coming before you decide whether you are going?

Dear Reader,

Asking this question before accepting an invitation is not considered polite. You will likely offend the host and give the impression that you need to be convinced the party is worth your time.

Healthy Geezer: How about more than an apple a day?

Friday, February 21, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What happens to you if you eat more than one apple a day?

I realize that this question was meant to be humorous, but there is a serious answer to it.

Believe it or not, there is a three-apple-a-day diet, which I’ll get to later. But, first, let’s discuss an apple a day.

We have to go back in time to Wales to find the origins of “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

The earliest known record of the maxim is in an 1866 edition of Notes and Queries magazine:

Call of the Wildlands: ASO notes Earth Day 50th year

Friday, February 21, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Fifty years ago, it was proposed that the United States designate a day to celebrate the earth and support environmental protection.

Today, Earth Day is recognized in more than 193 nations.

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO) holds an annual “Youth Concert” and “Family Concert.”

This year, ASO Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry decided to combine the two.

“With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, when Diane was picking the theme, she decided to go green,” says Norma Nunez-Ruch, ASO education director.

Veteran driver: Kayla Blood takes wheel of Soldier of Fortune in PPL ‘Monster Jam’

Friday, February 21, 2020 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

The Chinese recognize the year 2020 on their calendar as the “Year of the Rat.”

In the United States, one could easily say the past several years have been the year of the woman. Female visibility is on an upward trajectory in areas once thought to be the sole province of men.

In literal upward movement, astronaut Christina Koch recently crushed the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman; descending to earth after 328 days aloft.

Oscar contest: ‘Parasite’ found

Friday, February 21, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Movies with twist endings are among the best.

The 92nd Academy Awards also provided a twist ending.

Although none of the dozens who entered the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest correctly picked all the winners in the contest’s seven categories, Mary Hoffman of Emmaus correctly picked six of the seven Oscar winners in the contest categories.

The 2020 Oscars surprised the pundits.

Concert Review: Simon Mulligan elegant in ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Nothing is musically more elegant than the Simon Mulligan Trio.

On Valentine’s Day night, in the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, Mulligan, piano; Gene Perla, upright bass, and Dave Willard, drums, did a show of romantic standards from the Great American Songbook.

The members of the trio were stylishly-attired in black for their seventh appearance in the room. Mulligan noted that for the Feb. 14 concert, red might have been more appropriate.

Theater Review: Insightful ‘Blues’ at Pa. Playhouse

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pennsylvania Playhouse has chalked up another memorable production, this time with Neil Simon’s masterful Tony Award-winning play “Biloxi Blues,” on stage through Feb. 23.

This is the second chapter in a semi-autobiographical “Eugene Trilogy” that includes “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Broadway Bound.” All three cover the life of Eugene Morris Jerome, Neil Simon’s alter-ego.

Mozart. Haydn works well-suited to Pennsylvania Sinfonia

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Spend a Sunday afternoon with two of the premier composers from the 18th century Vienna when Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra presents “A Viennese Afternoon,” 4 p.m. Feb. 23, Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown.

Enjoy the music of classical composers Mozart and Haydn in an intimate program that marks the Sinfonia debut of Bethlehem native and Lehigh Valley Charter Arts High School graduate Fiona Gillespie singing the soprano solo on Mozart’s “Exsultate, Jubilate, K. 165.”


Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Jazz valentine: Simon Mulligan Trio returns for “Jazz Upstairs,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. It’s an evening of romantic jazz with Mulligan, piano; Gene Perla, bass, and Dave Willard, drums. The British pianist has been described by The Times of London as “the most abundantly gifted of pianists.” Mulligan was 19 when he began worldwide tours and recital tours with violinist Joshua Bell, performing at major international venues as well as live broadcasts for Lincoln Center and the Grammy Awards.

The Family Project: Helping son adjust to kindergarten

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My son is having trouble adjusting to his kindergarten class. He was in pre-school for many years with the same children and did very well. He went from being a leader with lots of friends, to a classroom where he is being picked on. How can I help him adjust?

“Adjustments for some children can take months,” panelist Wanda Mercado-Arroyo said, adding, “The mother needs to give her child some time.”

Panelist Denise Continenza said that the son may be a child whose temperament doesn’t adjust to change very well.