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Monday, July 6, 2020

Respectfully Yours: Social distancing in a new world of manners

Friday, May 1, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

These days, going out for any reason is a challenge. Taking a walk or waiting in a checkout line can quickly become uncomfortable when someone is not abiding by the recommended social-distancing rules. How do you politely tell someone who is too close to back away?

Dear Reader,

In the age of social distancing, it’s a whole new world of manners.

Things that were once considered polite, like shaking hands, are now forbidden.

The Family Project: Screen time and encouraging son’s skills

Friday, May 1, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My son is in elementary school and is really into computers and his iPad. How do I encourage him to pursue this interest as a career, while continuing to be a good parent, and limit his access to the computer?

There is a difference between playing games and using learning modules,” panelist Pam Wallace said.

“If he starts creating things or spends time learning how things work, that is different,” said Wallace.

“No matter what you are doing, screen time changes the brain,” said panelist Mike Daniels.

The coronavirus challenge and response

Friday, May 1, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is unprecedented. That’s for sure.

The apparently highly-contagious virus, first reported in December 2019, took many by surprise.

What’s also for sure is the response to the pandemic around the world and in the United States.

Many in the medical field, emergency response organizations, nonprofit and corporate world, businesses large and small, communities large and small and families have stepped up to respond to the coronavirus challenge.

ArtsQuest streaming content online

Friday, May 1, 2020 by The Press in Focus

With the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) closing ArtsQuest’s SteelStacks’ and Banana Factory venues, the Bethlehem nonprofit has launched online concerts, movie talks, “Toddler Storytimes” and “Improvised Standup.”

The content is available at a new ArtsQuest@Home webpage:, and on ArtsQuest social media.

ArtsQuest is providing links to live streaming concerts of artists who have performed at Musikfest and-or SteelStacks, including Low Cut Connie, Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, May 1, 2020 by The Press in Focus

For locations, updates, information and closings, visit or call 610-782-3254 for locations and closings.

Wednesday, April 29: Barbecue turkey, green and wax beans, mashed potatoes, corn bread, diced peaches.

Thursday, April 30: Stuffed peppers w / meat sauce, dilled carrots, mashed potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll, cherry gelatin

Friday, May 1: Pulled pork sandwich, vegetable soup, coleslaw, whole wheat sandwich roll, sugar cookie.

WFMZ telecast to spotlight seniors in high school musicals salute

Friday, May 1, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

While the 18th annual Freddy Awards won’t be presented in 2020 because of the public and charter schools shutdown mandated because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a television show in lieu of the awards show will be broadcast.

The TV show will salute high school seniors who were part of musicals scheduled to be presented at their schools.

The “Freddy Awards: A Television Special Celebrating the High School Musical Class of 2020” will be telecast 6:30 p.m. May 21, 69-WFMZ, a partner with the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, in presenting the awards show.

With COVID-19, third time’s not the charm for Mayfair; Cedar Crest cancels it for 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The third time is not the charm for Mayfair with the announcement that concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced cancellation of the 2020 arts festival.

Mayfair 2020 was to return May 22-24 for the third year on the Cedar Crest College campus in Allentown.

The three-day festival is regarded as heralding the unofficial start of summer on Memorial Day weekend.

In an April 27 statement on the Cedar Crest College website, Audra Kahr, chair of the Mayfair committee and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Cedar Crest College, said:


Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The little way of the hill

With the thorns in the back

We were playing and went

Through the dangerous


down we

ran and ran

to the thorns

of the neighborhood

my friends

and me fell

and got a

cut by sliding and

we went to

my house

because we were


Henry Zapata

Age 9, Grade 4

Freemansburg Elementary School

Bethlehem Area School District

Healthy Geezer: Eyeglasses were not so Superfocus

Monday, April 27, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of four parts

There are three basic ways to correct faulty vision: eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery.

In this column, we’ll cover eyeglasses.

Eyeglasses correct the following vision problems:

Nearsightedness (myopia), which blurs distant objects.

Farsightedness (hyperopia), which blurs near vision.

Astigmatism is caused by an uneven curvature of the eye’s surface that produces abnormal focus.

Presbyopia is a natural condition of aging that makes it more difficult to focus on near objects.