Salisbury Press

Friday, January 17, 2020

Picking Oscar nominees a successful challenge

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by The Press in Focus

I don’t run cross country (as I did as a teen on the team at Southern Lehigh High School; badly, but I finished the races).

I don’t skateboard (as I did with my buddies down Main Street, Coopersburg, in a Halloween Parade back in the 1960s).

I don’t compete in demolition derbies (as I did twice at the Allentown Fair, first for an article for the Bethlehem Globe-Times and then for The Morning Call; in the second derby, I won Judge’s Choice).

What do you do at age 69 on the cusp of 70 (May 17) to challenge oneself?

Movie Review: ‘Women’ on the March

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s called “Little Women,” not “Little Girls.”

The latest theatrical movie version of “Little Women” is directed by Greta Gerwig, who wrote the screenplay based on the novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888).

Published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, the novel is about the journey from childhood to womanhood of the March sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth. The novel, which Alcott based on herself and her three sisters, was a commercial success and critically-acclaimed.

‘Stomp’ letting it all out at State Theatre, Easton

Thursday, January 16, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

It’s a show with no dialogue and music with no instruments. It’s described as a combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy. It has been seen all over the world, changing itself little by little since it was first staged nearly 30 years ago.

It’s “Stomp,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and 17, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.

Junior Watson at Godfrey’s: married to the blues

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

He may not be a household name, but he is revered by blues guitarists.

He recently received his fourth Blues Award nomination for Guitar Instrumentalist.

He has recorded with a long list of blues greats, and was a member of the iconic group Canned Heat for 10 years.

And he is fun to watch and listen to.

He is Junior Watson, in concert, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, where he appeared one year ago.

Watson plays effortlessly, without high volume or flash, with talent born from an encyclopedic knowledge of the blues.

Article By: Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com

Friday, January 10, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Oscars arrive early in 2020.

The 2020 Oscar nominees are scheduled to be announced at 8 p.m. (EST) Jan. 13. By then, the 2020 Golden Globes, to be presented Jan. 5, are history.

The Globes are often a predictor of Oscar nominees and recipients, as are key other awards programs, notably the Screen Actors Guild nominees and recipients.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, January 10, 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, January 8: Pork Rib - B - Q, cabbage and bow ties, pickled beets, wheat bread w/margarine, chilled applesauce.

Thursday, January 9: Coconut crusted chicken, scalloped potatoes, California vegetable blend, wheat bread w/margarine, raspberry-filled cookie.

Friday, January 10: Chicken corn chowder, Tater Tot ground beef casserole, flame-roasted corn, tossed salad w/ French dressing, banana mousse.

Healthy Geezer: Coconut oil effectiveness debated

Friday, January 10, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. I read on the internet that coconut oil is great for your cholesterol and has other health benefits. I thought coconut oil was very bad for you. What gives?

Here’s the advice of Walter C. Willett, MD, of the Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Nutrition:

“I’d use coconut oil sparingly. Most of the research so far has consisted of short-term studies to examine its effect on cholesterol levels.

Pa.-Dutch radio play

Friday, January 10, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LVHM:

Dr. Gregory Hanson speaks about a 1940s radio play featuring Asseba and Sabina, a fictional Pennsylvania-Dutch couple, at 1 p.m. Jan. 11, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“Old-time radio broadcasts of Asseba and Sabina in the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect were tremendously popular in our region,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.

Article By: Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com

Friday, January 10, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Oscars arrive early in 2020.

The 2020 Oscar nominees are scheduled to be announced at 8 p.m. (EST) Jan. 13. By then, the 2020 Golden Globes, to be presented Jan. 5, are history.

The Globes are often a predictor of Oscar nominees and recipients, as are key other awards programs, notably the Screen Actors Guild nominees and recipients.

The Family Project: Neighbor helping single mother aired

Friday, January 10, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I’m a single mother living in a small apartment building. A young woman, who I suspect is also a single mother, has just moved in with her toddler. I think she has a job, and the times I’ve seen her, she has looked very tired. We’ve never met. Would it be inappropriate for me to ask her if I could be of help?

“It would be very appropriate for this woman to reach out to her neighbor, especially since she thinks the neighbor might be isolated and alone,” panelist Denise Continenza said.