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Movie Review: ‘Bombshell’ lives up to title

Friday, February 21, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The title of the movie, “Bombshell,” might remind classic movie buffs of 1940s’ pinup star Betty Grable, movie star Jane Russell, or 1950s’ Hollywood movie icons Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield.

There are several movies with the title, “Bombshell,” going back to 1933, and including at least four other feature movies.

And there was “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (2017). Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood movie star, is credited with helping develop radar systems during World War II...

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.

In the Best Picture Category,...

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS

Friday, February 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Stories and Photos by ED COURRIER

With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals on the road to the 18th annual Freddy Awards, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section begins its annual preview series.

The 2020 Freddy Awards ceremony, 7-10 p.m. May 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, is telecast live on WFMZ and wfmz.com.

For a list of the 29 participating high schools, musicals, performances and ticket information: TheLehighValleyPress.com; freddyawads...

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.

The sports world witnessed an...

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, February 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

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, February 19: Lasagna soup, marinated turkey cutlet, rosemary red potatoes, broccoli florets, wheat bread w/ margarine, fresh pineapple tidbits.

Thursday, February 20: Roast pork w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, cauliflower au gratin, wheat bread w/margarine...

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...

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:...

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....

MORAVIAN ACADEMY: ‘State Fair’

Friday, February 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

A farm family finds romance and adventure in Des Moines, Iowa, during 1946 with Moravian Academy’s production of “State Fair,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, 29 and 2 p.m. March 1, Dyer Auditorium, Moravian Academy, 4313 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.

While parents Abel and Melissa Frake look to win blue ribbons, their children Margy and Wayne seek romance on the midway.

Director Jarrod Yuskauskas, Director of Theater Arts, Moravian College, is assisted by choreographer Deena Linn,...

Student Poetry Project now accepting entries

Friday, February 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 15th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 22 and April 23 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and websites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of...