Northampton Press

Saturday, June 24, 2017

‘Valley Vivaldi’ launches annual summer series in Allentown

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The arrival of June signals the start of “Valley Vivaldi,” a summer series of four chamber ensemble concerts by instrumentalists from the locally-based Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra.

The concerts showcase chamber music by 17th and 18th century composers (Vivaldi, J. S. Bach and Telemann are a few of the enduring favorites) presented by small ensembles of mixed instrumentalists. The qualities of each instrument and the virtuosic playing of each musician are easily heard in the clear, transparent textures.

‘Tonys & Tapas’

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus


“Tonys & Tapas” will be held 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. June 11 in Civic Theatre of Allentown’s historic Nineteenth Street Theatre and Theatre514.

The Civic Theatre fundraising event includes tapas from local restaurants and caterers, a stage performance, complimentary “Mar-Tony,” wine and beer open bar, and silent and live auctions.

The 2017 “Tonys & Tapas” Honorary Chairs are Charles and Ruth Marcon.

Volunteers to help with the event may email Zack Einstein, Volunteer Coordinator,

‘Bach at Noon’ series back for third year in Allentown

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The third summer of Bach’s music in Allentown begins June 13 with the first of three “Bach At Noon” performances by The Bach Choir of Bethlehem in St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown in center city Allentown.

On the second Tuesday of the month in June, July and August, The Bach Choir will present noontime performances, free and open to the public.

“Bach At Noon” a series of 10 free concerts the Choir performs each year, including three in Allentown.

Contest to select

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus


The search is on for the 2017 Great Allentown Fair Queen who will represent the Fair during the event’s Labor Day week run, Aug. 29 - Sept. 4, and in the community throughout the year.

The Lehigh County Agricultural Society, the nonprofit that has operated the Fair for 165 years, is looking for contestants from Lehigh, Northampton, and Berks counties.

Women 16 - 20 years of age may enter the competition that awards a $1,000 scholarship presented by Lehigh-Northampton Pomona Grange No. 68 to the winner. The deadline for registration is June 30.

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

“Hair”here:The 50th anniversary of the rock musical “Hair,” above, June 14 - July 2, opens the 37th season of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) at Muhlenberg College, Allentown. Join the Age of Aquarius and celebrate the freewheeling counterculture of the 1960s with a “tribe” of non-conformists as they groove to the music, including 1960s hits “Good Morning Starshine” and “Let the Sunshine In.” Director James Peck returns to MSMT following last season’s production of “In the Heights.” He’s reunited with music director Ed Bara and choreographer Samuel Antonio Reyes.

Robert C. Halal

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

magisterial district judge

Robert “Bobby” C. Halal, 52, of Whitehall, died June 5, 2017, at home. He was the husband of Denise M. (DeCray) Halal for nine years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of Stella J. (Gresser) Halal and of the late Charles P. Halal, who died in 2012.

He was a 1982 graduate of Whitehall High School.

He was a magisterial district judge in Whitehall since 2007. He was a former longtime state constable.

He was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Northampton.

Clarence T. Hugo

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

St. Peter’s UCC member

Clarence “Hank” T. Hugo, 90, of Northampton, died May 29, 2017, at Liza’s House. He was the husband of the late Kathleen C. (Bennett) Hugo.

Born in East Allen Township, he was a son of the late James and Rella (Kuhns) Hugo.

He was in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was retired from Whitehall Cement and previously worked at Universal Atlas Cement and Giant Portland Cement companies.

He was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Seemsville.

Northampton police

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Northampton police responded to these and other calls recently.

MAY 19

A theft from a building in the 400 block of East 10th Street brought out police. The report said two brown hanging planters with red geraniums were taken from a front porch.

MAY 20

In the 700 block of Main Street, police responded to a report of two white hanging planters with geraniums taken from a front porch.

A male making terroristic threats in the 1700 block of Franklin Street was reported to the department.

MAY 22


Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

Whitehall police responded to these and other calls recently.

MAY 13

Officers were called to Main Street for a report of a disturbance.

A sounding alarm summoned officers to English Lane.

Police responded to a report of a disturbance on MacArthur Road.

A report of criminal mischief summoned officers to Tremont Street.

Police were called to Broad Street for a domestic dispute.

MAY 14

Officers responded to a report of a sounding alarm on Columbia Avenue.

Police investigated a burglary on Dewey Street.