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Growing Green: Limit use of pesticides to get rid of yard, garden pests

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION Special to The Press in Focus

Weeds and bugs can be a problem in your yard and garden. All pests need water, shelter and food to live. Yards and gardens provide many, if not all, of these things. The best way to manage pest problems is to prevent them from happening.

It is important to find the best and least toxic way to remove the pests. By using fewer pesticides, you increase the safety of people and the environment and preserve the natural enemies of the pest.

While it may seem easier to use a pesticide...

Movie Review: Treat 'Calvary' with reverence

Friday, September 19, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Calvary," as with Christianity's New Testament event from which the film derives its title, is difficult, brutal and shocking.

The film begins in a confessional booth in a Roman Catholic church in Ireland where Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson), a fiftysomething Irish priest, is told he will be killed the following Sunday by the very person to whom he is giving confession.

The supplicant boasts that he will revel in killing "a good priest."

By all accounts, Father...

Joan Rivers: An unguarded moment

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by SCOTT STONEBACK Special to The Press in Focus

Editor's Note: With the death of actress-comedienne-television host, Joan Rivers (June 8, 1933 - Sept. 4, 2014), Scott Stoneback, President-Executive Producer, The Media People, Inc. and an Alburtis resident, was asked to share this anecdote.

In 1979, I was Chairman of the Board of the Lehigh County Commissioners. Since this was a part-time elected position, I was also running The Media People from my home and studio in Alburtis.

At one of the county commissioner meetings, Pat...

Poet of the punchline

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The first thing you may wonder about Steven Wright is whether he sounds the same offstage as he does onstage.

Wright, the poet laureate of standup, is noted for his minimalist approach. He's a comedian of few words, with a spare, almost stark pace. His methodical delivery is full of word-play and vocabulary twists and turns. Wright exemplifies cerebral comedy at its finest.

In a phone interview prior to his 8 p.m. Sept. 20 appearance at Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Wright...


Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by PHOTO BY PIER ANDREA MOROLLI - SKCS SPORT IMAGES in Focus

Are you ready for some classical? The Allentown Symphony Orchestra begins its classical season a month early this year. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson, above, is guest soloist, 8 p.m. Sept. 13; 3 p.m. Sept. 14, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Ohlsson and the ASO perform Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," based on the melody from Paganini's 24th Violin Caprice. The concert opens with the "Overture to the Opera Prince Igor" by Borodin and includes the Shostakovich...

Was summer movie season a bust for blockbusters?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Even though the last day of summer is Sept. 22, the domestic summer movie box office season officially ended Labor Day Weekend.

August, a month when movies not expected to perform well are often released, was particularly robust at the box office, led by "Guardians of The Galaxy," which duked it out with "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

August 2014 had a box office tally of about $1 billion. That's 10 percent above August 2013.

Summer 2014 (movies released May 2 through...

Classical Views: The season starts early

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

Symphony Opening Night.

It is always something to look forward to.

The summer is over. Vacations are a fading memory. Across the country, school has started. Things at work begin to get busy again. And all of us, hopefully rested from weekends at the shore or in the mountains, are ready to start a new season.

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra usually begins its classical season in October, but this year we are doing something different. We are starting off with a bang at...

Movie Review: 'Boyhood' will grow on you

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Boyhood" is really annoying.

The characters played by Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane are annoying.

The plotline and scenes in the film by writer-director Richard Linklater are annoying.

And yet, or because, "Boyhood" is about as annoying as real life, the film is a must-see.

That's because, in comparison, you may conclude your life is less annoying than that depicted in "Boyhood."

"Boyhood" is this summer's feel-good movie in reverse....


Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Zoellner season opener: Lehigh University's Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Grammy Award-winning band Gipsy Kings as its 2014 - '15 season opener, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7. France's most successful musical group released its ninth studio album, "Savor Flamenco" (2013), which received a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. The group's roster consists of two bands of brothers: the Reyes (Nicolas, Canut, Paul, Patchai, and Andre) and...