November 2010

A Dream Come True

By Susan Stets Imagine you’re a six-year-old running around Walt Disney World’s “Fantasyland” with Peter Pan and Captain Hook, or perching on Pluto’s lap for a train ride through “Give Kids the World,” where ice cream is served for breakfast and Christmas comes every Thursday. Orefield resident Cody Benedetto, now 10 years old, says those were his two favorite experiences ... »

West Allentown

By Kathryn Finegan Clark Without a doubt, the most colorful, endearing and enduring holiday tradition in Allentown’s West End is the annual staging of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” This adaptation of the 1843 classic will mark its 21st year at the Civic Theatre of Allentown. Last year, more than 7,000 tickets were sold, some of them to families who return year afte... »

Decorating The Christmas City

By Jennifer LoConte For most of us, the annual holiday decorating begins around Thanksgiving weekend. Lighted candles appear in neighborhood windows, festive outdoor lights pop up and Christmas trees tied to the tops of automobiles make their first appearance as December draws near. For one man and his team, however, the arduous task of decorating the entire city of Bethle... »

'Tis The Season To Purge

By Sara Vigneri A winter chill is in the air but I’m sweating through my shirt. I’ve lugged all my children’s clothing from the basement and have begun the process of sorting and sifting. Whenever the seasons change, I find myself taking stock of the stuff that has found residence in my home: clothes from last season, toys that are no longer used, impulse purchases, projec... »

Year-End Tax Tips

By Albertina D. Lombardi, Esquire & Marie K. Rudzinski The end of 2010 is rapidly approaching and that means it is time for year-end tax planning. Take advantage of these simple tips now to reduce your tax liability: Capital Gains. The capital gains tax rate impacts taxpayers who sell capital assets. Capital assets are certain assets (such as stocks, bonds, real estate... »

Holiday Calendar

By Sara Hodon The Lehigh Valley is special all year ‘round, but there’s nothing quite like it during the holidays.  Whether you’re young or young at heart, there’s something for everyone. Below are just a few of the many seasonal events happening in the area. Happy Holidays! Start the season off by visiting any of the local malls and take advantage of their Black Friday sa... »

Dan's Camera City

By Kathryn D’Imperio Cameras and photography equipment allow people to capture incredible moments while photographs preserve those memories for a lifetime. Photography is a business of true emotion, and Dan’s Camera City in Allentown has known this all along. The key focus of the business has always been delivering exactly what the customer needs through knowledgeabl... »

deLorenzo's Italian Restaurant

By Cathy Kiley My husband and I have many friends who winter in Florida. Recently, we gathered a few together before their departure for a night of food and fun at deLorenzo’s Italian Restaurant in Forks Township. The deLorenzos have been bringing their multi-generational family recipes to the area for the last three years and Marlene “Mama” deLorenzo uses the same TLC in ... »

Cold-Weather Safety

By Frederick Jerant Ah, winter. It’s the season for skiing and skating, snowball fights and fort building, sleigh rides and snowshoeing. But in the midst of all that wintry fun, we still need to be aware of the power of cold. Just as high temperatures can adversely affect your body, so can low temperatures. One of the simplest ways to avoid cold-weather problems is dressin... »

Mike Kopp ~ Allentown Central Catholic

By J.F. Pirro At 5-foot-7, just about everything that’s important in Rockne Hall Gymnasium towers above Mike Kopp, Allentown Central Catholic High School’s legendary girls basketball coach and the school’s athletic director, especially when he’s in his underground office. There are all those colorful green and gold championship banners hung so high. There’s a volleyball te... »

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