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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.

Treasuring Whitney in ‘Greatest’ tribute

Friday, October 19, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Belinda Davids was 8, she chanced to hear her brother playing one of his LP records which featured the duet “Hold Me” by Teddy Pendergrass and Whitney Houston. The moment would make a lasting impression.

“It was the first time I heard her and I was struck,” Davids says of Houston. “There was something about the purity of her voice.”

Even at that young age, Davids says she also realized she could sing a lot like Houston.

Pulling out all the stops: Bach Choir of Bethlehem begins 2018-19 season with Peter Serkin concert

Friday, October 19, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Having a Grammy-Award-winning classical pianist play at the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s opening gala concert resonates personally for Bach Choir artistic director and conductor Greg Funfgeld.

“As a young man, I would regularly attend concerts in New York City where I had the privilege of hearing Peter Serkin play,” Funfgeld says. “His performance of Beethoven’s ‘Fourth Piano Concerto’ was one of the greatest musical experiences of my life.”

Village walking tour planned for Oct. 27

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Historical society to lead event around Hokendauqua’s Thomas Iron Works

Residents are invited to take a walking tour of the historic village of Hokendauqua, created as a “company town” for the 19th-century Thomas Iron Works, later this month.

The free tour, scheduled for Oct. 27 and hosted by Whitehall Historical Preservation Society, is designed to make people aware of the historical significance of that area. Whitehall Township has proposed designating the community as a historic preservation district, which would be the first such district in the township.

Butz Family urges firms to support arts groups

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Business Showcase

The Butz family, which has donated $2 million to arts organizations during the past 10 years, called on other area businesses to follow their lead as they accepted the Arts Ovation Legacy Award from Allentown Arts Commission.

The Commission’s 30th anniversary Ovation Award ceremony in Allentown’s center city Radisson Hotel ballroom Sept. 27 also honored six other recipients who have had a major impact on Allentown’s arts community.

‘Broadway Tenors’ sound big with Symphony Pops

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

In the 1990s, “The Three Tenors” were all the rage. Opera singers Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti had joined forces and created an operatic tenor super group.

Brent Barrett, who at the time had starred in numerous Broadway musicals including “West Side Story,” “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Grand Hotel,” thought he could use the same concept, but instead with some of the talented Broadway leading men he knew.

Board president goes pink

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Hower dyes beard, raises money for breast cancer

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners President Dennis Hower was sporting a different look for a very important cause at the township board meeting Oct. 8. Not only was he wearing a bright pink tie, his signature beard was dyed the same hue.

Hower is one of 20 Lehigh Valley men, and leaders in the community, committed to wear pink throughout October to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.

The campaign, Real Men Wear Pink, has been put together by the American Cancer Society in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

State Theatre 2018-19 season mixes new with tried and true

Friday, October 5, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Coming off a season that boasted the highest numbers in seven years, the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, is trying a couple of new things, as well as bringing back some surefire hits in 2018-2019.

“We’re pumped.” says State Theatre president and CEO Shelley Brown. “We had a really good year. Since our 90th anniversary we have seen an uptick in attendance. The anniversary gave the theater a lot of visibility and the enthusiasm is contagious. When people are excited about being here it gives us a real shot in the arm.”