November 2012

Allentown’s 250th Anniversary

Well we’re living here in Allentown And they’re closing all the factories down… The City of Allentown has blown those 1982 Billy Joel lyrics sky high with its 250th anniversary celebration, a multi-part extravaganza stretching from New Year’s Eve 2012 to New Year’s Eve 2013. TV host and magician Barte Shadlow, with input from residents in many city neighborhoods, has repla... »

Two Rivers Health and Wellness Foundation

By Jennifer LoConte Two Rivers Health and Wellness Foundation has been improving lives in the Lehigh Valley community since it was founded in 2001. Originally formed after the sale of Easton Hospital, Two Rivers mission is to enhance the health and wellbeing of residents of Northampton County and surrounding areas. To date, this successful non-profit foundation has given $... »

The “Abandoned Property Bill" – Good Information for Landlords and Tenants

By Steven T. Boell The question is one often asked by residential landlords: “My tenant’s gone. What do I do with all the belongings he left behind?”  The controlling law, the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951, did not address the issue and no court decision established a clear procedure.  This left a residential landlord in a quandary. Dispose of the property and risk legal... »

Christmas Around the World

By Fred Jerant It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Ev’rywhere you go…” And ev’rywhere you go, the Valley is awash in candy canes, holly and a Santa Claus in every store. We write out wish lists, put out milk’n’cookies on Christmas Eve, and rig enough lights to make Clark Griswold jealous. But other cultures celebrate this festive holiday differently. And, as our ar... »

Christmas Tree Ornaments Then and Now

By Carole Gorney If you are a baby boomer as I am, one of the fondest memories of your childhood Christmas is likely that of the delicate glass ornaments that were hung lovingly on the family’s holiday tree every December. Whether your ornaments came from the five and dime, or a more expensive department store, they were special. If you still have some of those vintage orn... »

Festival of Lights: Chanukah In the Valley

By Sara Vigneri When I was a kid, I absolutely loved Chanukah. My excitement for the holiday started to build the moment my parents brought out the Menorahs from storage and set them up by the window. One year, my dad made jelly donuts from scratch and I almost lost my mind with happiness. For eight nights, I would eagerly anticipate the present I would receive. We would g... »

Ringing in the New Year: 9 Spots to Celebrate

By Mary Beth Schwartz Before New Year’s Eve, we dash around to find the perfect plans in the Lehigh Valley to bring in the coming year. Singles enjoy nightclubs, brew pubs or the casinos. Families can choose from such locations as The Crayola Experience or the Da Vinci Science Center. Whatever their fancy, Lehigh Valley residents can bring in 2013 just right. Here is a lis... »

Tips to Dodge Holiday Pounds

Tis the season of merriment, cheer and overindulgence. Pecan pie, sugar cookies and eggnog – the holidays are filled with our favorite, and yes, fattening, foods. It’s fine to enjoy these treats but do so in moderation. It will help to avoid packing on extra holiday pounds. If you’re doing the cooking, try to look for creative ways to lighten up your favorite recipes. Heal... »

Holiday Gift Guide

By Kelly Cerimele For the Party Girl High Heel Wine Bottle Opener $29.99 STEP in 4 MOR 1823 West Allen Street, Allentown 610.432.1183 STEPin4MOR.com Skinnygirl White Cranberry Cosmo Prepared Cocktail $14.99 PA Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store Locations in Lehigh & Northampton County finewineandgoodspirits.com Multi-chain Necklace $47 Phoebe Floral/Jems Fashion Jewelr... »

Giving Thanks to Thanksgiving’s Patron

By Kathryn Finegan Clark The holiday season is descending upon us and the debate goes on:  Which is your favorite of the celebrations bookended by Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day? If you’re a football fan, there is no debate, of course. Like most of you, I enjoy all of the holidays – the religious significance, evergreen scent, candles and tinsel of Christmas, the mingled ... »

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