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‘26 Pebbles’: Parkland High School student play about Sandy Hook in state contest

Friday, November 30, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A Parkland High School production of “26 Pebbles,” a play about a very difficult topic, the 2012 shooting of 20 students and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., will get a statewide audience Dec. 1.

Mark A Stutz, Director of Visual and Performing Arts, Parkland School District, is hoping the student production could even reach a national audience.

“We felt it was a message that needed to be brought to as many people as we could,” Stutz says of the Parkland production, which he directed.

‘Singing Policeman’ back with Allentown Band

Friday, November 30, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

“The Singing Policeman” returns Dec. 2 to Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, to sing with the Allentown Band for the fourth year and he couldn’t be more excited.

Daniel Rodriguez, also known as “America’s Tenor,” joins the Allentown Band, El Sistema Lehigh Valley Children’s Chorus and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Touring Choir for the annual “Americans We Tribute to Veterans-Holiday Concert.”

“I travel all around the world, but Allentown is a place I keep coming back to,” says Rodriguez.

On ‘Broadway,’ a ‘Carol’ sendup at Pa. Playhouse

Friday, November 30, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Rody Gilkeson admits there’s quite a bit of his father in “A Broadway Christmas Carol,” the holiday show opening Nov. 30 at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

Gilkeson is directing the zany musical comedy described as “Scrooge meets ‘Forbidden Broadway,’ the latter a popular Off-Broadway revue that pokes fun at musical theater.

However, Gilkeson says “A Broadway Christmas Carol” is first and foremost the story of Scrooge’s redemption.

“This is a kind of an insane show,” he says. “But it has the same feel-good ending.”

A Christmas ‘Voice’ in Allentown concert

Friday, November 30, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

From Long Island pizza delivery boy to performing all over the world, Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti says appearing on “America’s Got Talent” transformed his life.

In January, he will return to the NBC hit reality TV show for its first-ever former champions edition.

But before that, it’s the “Sal ‘The Voice’ Valentinetti Holiday Concert,” 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Walking tour of historic Hokendauqua rescheduled for spring

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

A walking tour of the historic town of Hokendauqua, originally scheduled for Oct. 27, had to be postponed because of rain.

Whitehall Township Commissioner Jeffrey Dutt said the free tour, hosted by Whitehall Historical Preservation Society, will be rescheduled in the spring.

The purpose of the tour is to make people aware of the historical significance of the area that was created as a “company town” for the 19th-century Thomas Iron Works.

Dutt said there had been a good response to the tour with more than 40 people registered.

Board approves Commons project

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Developer to explore options for sidewalks

The development of MacArthur Commons along MacArthur Road was granted conditional approval Nov. 12 by Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners.

The shopping center, 2631 MacArthur Road, was purchased earlier this year by Abrams Realty & Development. The company also bought MacArthur Towne Center, 2520 MacArthur Road, last year. The Montgomery County real estate company plans to add more businesses to the shopping center.

130-plus animals are rescued from township home

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

County humane society will assess health; cruelty charges are pending

The Lehigh County Humane Society rescued more than 130 animals Nov. 6 from a home in the 200 block of Fifth Street in Whitehall Township.

Humane society officials were called to the single two-story home around 4 p.m. by Whitehall Township Police Department.

Humane society officer Barbara Morgan said the home’s occupants had been evicted but were found to still be living in the garage, when police were called Nov. 6.

Township police found 133 animals — from dogs to fish — in the home, garage and yard, prompting them to call in the humane society.

Developer seeks sidewalk deferment

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Lease agreements in place for Planet Fitness, Goodwill at MacArthur center

A Montgomery County real estate company hoping to add more businesses to a Whitehall Township shopping center went before the township board of commissioners at its workshop meeting Monday to discuss a request for a deferment of required sidewalks.

The development of MacArthur Commons, 2631 MacArthur Road, will be considered for conditional approval at the commissioners’ regular meeting next week.

‘Chamber On Stage’ turns musicians, audience around

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The Allentown Symphony Association is turning the Miller Symphony Hall stage around for its new chamber music series.

For the 3 p.m. Nov. 4 concert that opens the hall’s “Chamber On Stage” series, the New York City group Decoda will play on the main stage, but with the performers’ backs to the orchestra seats in which the audience usually sits.

And audience members will be seated toward the back of the stage facing the performers.

Zeke Zelker’s ‘Billboard’ having its world premiere at Nineteenth St. Theatre

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A locally-produced film, inspired by a 1982 billboard-sitting contest in Whitehall Township, will have its world premiere, 7 p.m. Nov. 1, Nineteenth Street Theatre, Allentown.

Lehigh Valley filmmaker Zeke Zelker’s “Billboard” will be the first film shown in the newly renovated theater which reopened after a one-year $5.5-million capital campaign project.