The Allentown Band has been awarded the American Prize’s Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music 2018-2019.
The band, which was named a Finalist Honorable Mention, received a Special Judges’ Citation for its CD, “Championing the Music of Morton Gould.”
The band also received a Third Place Citation in the American Prize’s Community Band-Wind Ensemble Division for its performance on its CD “Tribute to John Williams.”
Some movies are lifted by low expectations.
Having seen a movie where you’re not expecting much, you sometimes end up with higher results.
That’s what happened for me with “Jumanji: The Next Level.”
Once one gets past the illogical legerdemain of the movie’s premise, which I won’t geek out on here, “Jumanji” provides an entertaining, frequently humorous and often wild ride.
Q. How do I go about learning CPR?
If you would like to learn CPR, contact the American Heart Association: americanheart.org; 1-877-AHA-4CPR.
Another CPR resource is the American Red Cross: redcross.org.
You can try a local hospital.
CPR, or Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, employs chest compression and mouth-to-mouth breathing to treat cardiac arrest, heart attack, drowning and electrocution.
CPR can keep some blood flowing to the brain and heart during an emergency.
The weather may be cold, but your green thumb is still itching.
What can you do? You can still do some gardening, even at this time of the year: indoor gardening.
We see amaryllis being sold every fall in the local grocery store or garden center. They look great, but are they easy to grow? As with any plant, give it the right conditions and some TLC and you’ll reap the rewards.
“Richard Jewell’ is another brilliant film from director Clint Eastwood.
The film is based on the true story about security guard Richard Jewell, who became a “person of interest,” but was never charged in the bombing of Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. The explosion is said to have killed two persons (one from a heart attack) and injured 111.
Jewell discovered the bomb before it detonated and with other officials cleared most of the spectators out of the park, saving the lives of thousands.
I often overhear people discussing what their goals are for the New Year. As it often happens, I will be asked, “What is your New Year’s resolution?” I’m not a big fan of announcing my New Year’s resolutions. How can I politely answer the question?
There are two types of resolution makers: people who make their resolutions public and those that keep them private.
If you need social support and want to talk about your goals, go right ahead.
But deciding to remain private about your goals is fine, too.
Call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.
Wednesday, January 1: Closed. Happy New Year.
Thursday, January 2: Cream of mushroom soup, chicken paprikash, wide noodles, succotash, wheat bread w/ margarine, fresh blueberry fluff.
Friday, January 3: Onion Romano soup, cheeseburger on bun w/ lettuce-tomato-mayo, Amish potato salad, Mandarin oranges.
Q. My 11-year-old son has not seen his father in 10 years after I divorced his father when I learned he was a drug addict. I am happily remarried. My son has a stepbrother. As my son enters his teen years, should give him information about his biological father? I am also worried about awakening a possible genetic predisposition to addiction.
Lehigh Valley regional theater continued to delight, surprise and impress in 2019.
The ABEs, as in Allentown Bethlehem and Easton, is an attempt to encapsulate a year’s-worth of plays and musicals produced by Lehigh Valley nonprofit theater companies.
This is the 14th annual ABEs. The overview is based on stage shows seen and-or reviewed by myself and Carole Gorney. Admittedly, we didn’t see every show in 2019.
For purposes of scale, the ABEs are divided into two categories.
Here is a list of theater reviews published in 2019 by the Lehigh Valley Press Focus, listing play, theater, date of publication date and reviewer.
Theater reviews can be searched by title, theater and review publication date on the Focus page of Lehigh Valley Press:
Focus 2019 Lehigh Valley theater reviews
“Who’s Holiday,” Civic Theatre, Dec. 21, Carol Gorney
“Christmas Carole 1944,” Civic Theatre, Dec. 12, Carole Gorney
“She Loves Me,” Pennsylvania Playhouse, Dec. 12, Carole Gorney