A Night at the Apollo

It began when we arrived for our dinner reservation at The Apollo Grill on Thursday, October 22, 2015. The Apollo was hosting a charity event for the newly-established Bethlehem Food Co-Op. Carol Ritter, a membership consultant at the Co-Op, was selling chances as we checked in with the desk. We inquired about the event, and purchased tickets. As our dinner was coming to a... »

10 things to do in the Lehigh Valley

10 Things to do in the Lehigh Valley this August

As a kid, August used to feel like one long Sunday as we watched the days grow shorter and the first day of school draw nearer. Now, however, we’re adults, meaning there are a host of family-friendly activities and date night excursions awaiting us all month long. Paddle the Poconos with Whitewater Moonlight Rafting Accompanied by a professional river guide, travel down ei... »

Dining Dogs

Holistic Health for Furry Foodies

As a first timer to The Dining Dog & Friends, expect a warm greeting from owners Althea Seeds and Risa Krohn. They will take you by the hand and lead you to a large glass deli case filled with a tempting assortment of mouthwatering treats that look as if they came from an old world Viennese pastry shop. Baskets brim with ginger snaps, banana bites, oatmeal cream biscui... »

PA Lightening

The PA Lightning & The World Cycling League

Marty Nothstein is warming up young charges Friday afternoon in the Red Robin Marty Nothstein Bicycle Racing League. His riders, the future, count laps. “Come on guys,” one encourages the others. “Watch! Passing team,” chirps another. Safety first. Nothstein, an Olympic and world gold medalist, is now the executive director of the Valley Preferred Cycling Center; and he, h... »

Pocono Raceway

Pocono Raceway

Known to NASCAR fans as the “Tricky Triangle” thanks to its three signature turns, the Pocono Raceway in Monroe County has been thrilling car racing enthusiasts for nearly five decades. Established in 1957 by Dr. Joseph Mattioli and his wife, Dr. Rose Mattioli, the raceway is one of only a handful of NASCAR tracks that is still privately owned and operated. “My grandfather... »

Bethlehem Steel Futbol

Bethlehem Steel Futbol Club

What has two thumbs and knows zip about soccer? Me. When I got the assignment to write about the new soccer team, the Bethlehem Steel FC, I was a bit apprehensive. I did a quick mental tally of soccer facts I DID know, and they amounted to four. Total. I know Brandi Chastain ripped her shirt off in some big game. I’m not sure how the unsmiling Posh Spice landed David Beckh... »

Faces of the Southside

Faces of the South Side

“Move to the left, move to the left, move to the left,” someone says. She has one hand on her 35mm digital camera, which is also secured with a strap around her neck, while her other hand is in the air, wildly gesturing along with her commands. She sighs, exasperated. “Ugh, you moved too much.” She pauses as she contemplates how to salvage her vision and moves around the m... »

Home Office

8 Steps to a Successful Home Office

Do you have a home office? Most households do, whether it is used for the family computer, managing a home-based business, working from home, or taking classes online. The ‘office’ can be something as mobile as wherever you place your laptop (e.g. the kitchen counter, the dining room table), a specific space (the corner of a room, a converted closet), or a dedicated room (... »

Autism Awareness

Autism Friendly – Not Just in April but all Year Long

For the families that struggle with autism, the Lehigh Valley and surrounding area offers friendly places to visit and special organizations and events to join. A recent study of parents by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is much higher than... »

Car Care Aware

Car Care Aware

This was quite the winter, wasn’t it? If it wasn’t record-breaking snowfall in January, it was slick, icy roads, likely coated with road salt and brine. So with all that winter buildup, how do we make sure our cars are ready for Spring? Taking care of some basic maintenance issues now can avoid them from turning into expensive and dangerous problems. Jack Dungan, Service D... »

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