June 2014

June 2014 Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers, Did you know that summer is exactly 93 days long? Or, if you ask me, 93 days short. Summer is hands-down the best season. I know it, you know it… students and teachers certainly know it. It’s the time of year when we feel the warmth of the sun and smell blooming flowers and the aroma of fresh cut lawns. It’s the time of year we can walk barefooted and feel th... »

A Mother’s Love on Father’s Day

A Mother’s Love on Father’s Day

by Kathryn M. (Van Druff) D’Imperio It’s an amazing feeling when you love someone so much that you can’t possibly imagine loving anyone – even them – more than you already do. You have so much love, your heart is just about bursting at the seams, happiness abounds each day, and you want to spend every waking moment with this one single person. Then suddenly you have ... »

The Sounds of Summer

The Sounds of Summer

by Ruth Heil There is something delightful about listening to live music out in the open air. The melodies are carried in the breeze while the rhythms bounce off the landscape. Public parks and the like provide a nice alternative to the typical, highly promoted venues wherein you are often stuffed into an assigned seat, trapped inside an arena or annoyed by parking fees, t... »

Accessorize It! Ideas to Beautify Your Landscape

Accessorize It! Ideas to Beautify Your Landscape

by Nancy Moffett After the cold and snowy winter we recently experienced, spending time outdoors has taken on a high priority for most folks in the Lehigh Valley. Our outdoor spaces beckon us to lounge, play, entertain, cook… all the things we had to do indoors during those long months. Whatever type of outdoor space you have – patio, deck or lawn – make the most of it by ... »

Get Grilling

Get Grilling

by Laurie Teter Grilling season is officially in full-swing so if you haven’t started cooking outdoors yet, now is the time. Grilling is truly the most basic cooking methods – all you need is fire and food. And a drink. Or maybe that’s just me. Anyway, you don’t need a grill with a built-in television or refrigerator and you don’t need fancy recipes with exotic ingredients... »

Run Now, Sleep Later: How Lehigh Valley Road Runners Can Motivate You to Keep Moving

Run Now, Sleep Later: How Lehigh Valley Road Runners Can Motivate You to Keep Moving

by Kelly Dicesare Devil: It is too early on a Saturday! And I emphasize – SATURDAY! There is no reason you have to get up at 5:45. Just stay in bed. Angel: No, you will feel better about yourself. Get out of bed. Devil: It is cold, it is dark, and you are not training for the Summer Olympics. Stay in bed. Angel: You can take on anything when you run. Get out of bed! ... »

Pool Time & Wedded Bliss

Pool Time & Wedded Bliss

HOT TICKET INDEX BELLINI 3060 Center Valley Pkwy. Center Valley 610.797.1800 bellini.com DAMSEL IN A DRESS Dana Norris, Etsy shop owner Allentown Local pick up available etsy.com/shop/damselinadress FRANCESCA’S 2960 Center Valley Pkwy., Ste, 733 Center Valley 610.798.9901 francescas.com MILK AND HONEY KIDS 3900 Hamilton Blvd. Allentown 484.223.0045 milkandhoneykids.c... »

All Abuzz for Mead

All Abuzz for Mead

by Ann Wlazelek Now brewing in Allentown is a honey of a new business called The Colony Meadery. Mead, for the uninitiated, is an ancient alcoholic drink similar to wine but made from fermented honey instead of grapes. A meadery is where mead is made. The Colony Meadery opened in January 2014 at the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center, 905 Harrison Street, where Mack Trucks used... »

Green With Envy: How to Have the Perfect Lawn

Green With Envy: How to Have the Perfect Lawn

by Andy Cook Summer is upon us. After what felt like one of the longest winters on record, spring finally came, and with that came the return of outside activities. With summer looking at us straight in the eye, it’s time to focus our energy on taking care of one of the largest focal points of your home: your lawn. Some people may dread the buzz of lawn mowers and edgers, ... »

Valenca

Valenca

by Cathy Kiley It’s very difficult for me to believe that it has been nearly six years since the historic Easton Sweet Shop was transformed into what is now Valenca. In its first rebirth, the original owners concentrated on a menu of Portuguese fare, which developed a small local following, but did not impress Tom and me to the point where we would dine there often. We wer... »

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