May 2012

Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers, A time for new beginnings, it seems only fitting that I start my role as Editor with the Spring issue.  I have written for Lehigh Valley Marketplace since 2009 and now have the privilege of working alongside the magazine’s professional staff and talented group of writers. Thanks to all of you for your warm welcome, responsiveness and patience. I would be remi... »

The Mom Metamorphosis

By Sara Vigneri While having lunch with my friend the other day, she was complaining to me that she just got off an irritating call with her mother. Her mom, it seems, checks in with her every day to grill her about the details of her life. Let me translate this: a grown woman with a full- time job and kids of her own still has to report back to her mother about the brand ... »

The Golf Goods

By Sara Vigneri You don’t need to waste money on travel to access great golf, the Lehigh Valley is home to plenty of amazing courses. Before you head out to the links, be sure to ramp up your golf game with some new gear to rival Bubba on the greens. FootJoy Sport Golf Shoe $119 Bethlehem Golf Club – Bethlehem 610.691.9393 – Angry Birds Go... »


Positioned along the banks of the Delaware River, Phillipsburg is the largest town in Warren County, New Jersey.  Like many towns in the Lehigh Valley, Phillipsburg was settled by Native Americans in the mid-1600s, but growth came slowly – there were 30 homes in 1820 and only 50 in 1847 – and the town wasn’t officially incorporated until March of 1861.  By 1870 the populat... »

Grates & Grills

By Nancy Moffett In 1975, Frank Rymdeika put a wood-burning fireplace in his home, but he looked high and low locally for the accessories he needed. They were not to be had–which sparked an idea. Why not open his own fireplace store in the tiny borough of Dublin in Bucks County? Since that time, Rymdeika and his family have been helping people stay toasty-warm by supplying... »

A Pathway to Success: Via of The Lehigh Valley

By Jennifer LoConte The word “Via” is Latin for road or pathway. Via of the Lehigh Valley supports individuals faced with certain challenges or obstacles to reach their own road to success. Originally started in 1954, Via was formed by a group of 13 families who had adult children with disabilities and were looking for a place for their children to belong. Clara Morrow, on... »

David Caserta

By Sara Hodon Building a career as a magician takes a little more work than a wave of the wand or pulling success out of a hat, as David Caserta can tell you. Caserta, the Nazareth resident who has been wowing audiences with his “Haunted Illusions” show, says it’s a challenge to continue to outdo himself, but it’s one that he welcomes. “It’s still very rewarding. I look fo... »

Youell's Oyster House

By Cathy Kiley When Tom and I  moved to Forks Township in 1980, the first place we discovered and frequented was Youell’s on Easton’s College Hill. Youell’s was the place to eat, offering fresh seafood with lots of butter. They took no reservations, so the line ran up the block on weekends and – with Lafayette College close by – it was nearly impossible to get in on Parent... »

Is Weight Loss Surgery for Me?

By Sara Hodon How many times have you tried to lose weight the old-fashioned way, through diet and exercise, only to fail miserably time after time?  If the weight is not going away and it’s starting to affect your overall health, it may be time to consider bariatric, or weight loss, surgery. Weight loss surgery is not a “quick fix” for folks who want to lose a few pounds.... »

“I’ll have the Limited Tort, Please”

By Michael R. Nesfeder, Esq. Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. The economy has been down so long, so slow in recovering, that “cutbacks” have become part of our home and business lives. High gas and energy prices aren’t helping, either. People are asking more and more – “where or what can I cut?” Sometimes this mentality – cutting back, reducing expenses, saving mo... »

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