April 2014

April 2014 Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers, Several months ago a friend introduced me – through YouTube – to Robby Novak. Eleven-year-old Robby has Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a brittle bone condition that has caused him to endure more than 70 broken bones since birth. What is so amazing and awe-inspiring about Robby is that he doesn’t let it keep him down for a second. He doesn’t want people to think of ... »

Destination Neighborhood: Allentown’s West End Theatre District

Destination Neighborhood: Allentown’s West End Theatre District

By Frederick Jerant Visit any decent-sized city, and you’ll probably find some “destination” neighborhoods – special shopping districts, ethnic strongholds, or historically significant zones. And in the west end of Allentown, you’ll find the West End Theatre District, a bustling enclave of residential properties, merchants and artistic venues that’s like no other place in ... »

Judith’s Reading Room

Judith’s Reading Room

By Kathryn Finegan Clark An American soldier in Afghanistan carries a book he’s reading – and another, for younger eyes, to give to a small child. A mother in Allentown, who can barely afford food, accepts a book to read to her pre-school child. Another holds a new board book she promises to read to her baby. A patient in a hospital chooses a book from a special red librar... »

All Decked Out

All Decked Out

By Andy Cook Are there are some home improvement projects on your To-Do list this year? If so, consider this: according to the 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value report, which is an annual collaboration between Remodeling Magazine and REALTOR Magazine, adding a deck or patio is #2 on the list of top 10 most cost-effective projects. “With many factors to consider such as cost a... »

Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Walk Now for Autism Speaks

By Kathryn M. D’Imperio April is Autism Awareness month, reminding us to do what we can to support those affected by autism. Autism Speaks is the leading autism science and advocacy organization that focuses on funding research to learn more about the causes, prevention and treatments for autism. The organization also works to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorders w... »

Rodale General Store

Rodale General Store

By J.F. Pirro Rodale – the Lehigh Valley mega-publisher and the famous family name – has always stood as a symbol of sustainability, creativity and healthy living. The Rodales, and their progeny, are artists and activists, photographers, poets and painters, cyclists, growers, environmentalists, out-of-the-box progressive thinkers and sensible traditionalists as well. Today... »

The Ancient Jasper Mines of Vera Cruz

The Ancient Jasper Mines of Vera Cruz

Located just south of Emmaus in Upper Milford Township, the tiny village of Vera Cruz is best know as home to some of the oldest jasper mines in North America. According to archeological records, the mines date back to the end of the last ice age and were first opened by Paleolithic people as early as 12,000 years ago. An incredibly hard opaque stone, jasper is a type of m... »

3rd & Ferry Fish Market

3rd & Ferry Fish Market

By Cathy Kiley Photos by Ryan Hulvat My husband Tom and I had been chomping at the bit for Mike and Rebecca Pichetto’s new culinary corroboration to come to fruition. And indeed… it has arrived. 3rd & Ferry Fish Market opened in December and has attracted a strong following with its unique interior and lively, fun atmosphere. The energy in this place is amazing. ... »

Moyer Lumber & Hardware, Inc.

Moyer Lumber & Hardware, Inc.

By Nancy Moffett Moyer Lumber & Hardware’s motto is “We serve you better!” and they have been doing just that at their Easton Avenue facility in Bethlehem for 30 years. Perhaps best known as a source for Trex® wood-alternative composite decking, Moyer also sells porch materials, doors, windows, closet systems, ceiling planks and tiles and, of course, lumber. The Moyer ... »

Laura Beth Love: Dishfunctional Designs

Laura Beth Love: Dishfunctional Designs

By Ann Wlazelek While still in college, jewelry-maker Laura Beth Love hit upon the idea of creating something new and pretty from something old and broken. Some customers immediately recognized the colorful flowers, birds and wallpaper-like borders at the heart of Love’s necklaces. Others gasped when they realized why the patterns seemed familiar: they came from pieces of ... »

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