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Friday, March 21, 2014
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS  Helen Rizzo of Penn Forest Township is celebrating her 100th  birthday today.

Helen Rizzo has seen a lot in her 100 years and she takes it all in stride.

"In life, if you can't change it, you accept it and you don't hold a grudge."

That's Helen's philosophy.

Diagnosed at 30 with cardiomyopathy, Helen took her doctor's advice and learned how to take it easy and not sweat the small stuff.

"My doctor told me that if I took care of myself and followed his advice I would outlive him, and he was right," she says with a sparkle in her eyes.

Helen was born March 21, 1914, to Luigi and Pasqualena Barbone, and raised in Norristown.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Registration is open for Black Diamond Writers Network's Writing Boot Camp, set for Saturday, April 26, at Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

If you're ready to get serious about starting a novel, or tackling issues that caused you to stall on a project, then you may find this program of interest.

The day's sessions will be led by Kathryn W. Craft, developmental editor and owner/president of WritingPartner.com.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Jim Thorpe Class of 1965 will meet for lunch at noon Thursday, March 27, at the Beacon 443 Diner, 35 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive East, Lehighton.

Thursday, March 20, 2014
AP Photo/Richard Drew

NEW YORK (AP) – It's still chilly in much of the country, but stores are clearing out coats and sweaters to make way for spring's bright colors and lighter clothing. And if you're looking to update your wardrobe this season, you'll need to know about a few key trends: crop tops, high waists and wider legs in pants.

But don't panic just yet about the idea of wearing a top that may not reach your navel. There are several ways to pull off the potentially midriff-baring trend – whether or not you have great abs, and even if you prefer to dress on the conservative side.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A meeting to plan the reunion for Lehighton High School Class of 1954 will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the home of Richard Koch.

Anyone interested in assisting the committee in planning the reunion is asked to call Dick at 610-377-4394.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Mock Mongolian Beef

I am a creature of habit. When I go into a new restaurant, I'll usually order something I'm pretty sure I'll like, and if I do, every time I go back, I'll order it again.

I'm not terribly adventurous. When meeting friends at a Thai restaurant last year, I stared at the menu for a long time, and asked about a million questions, until the waitress pointed out a beef dish that was similar to Sweet & Sour Chicken, which I love.

She tried to discourage me, however, and suggested I be adventurous and try something else.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Q. Is a TIA dangerous?

TIA stands for "transient ischemic attack." A TIA is an interruption in the flow of blood to a part of your brain.

Its symptoms are the same as for a stroke. A TIA lasts anywhere from minutes to many hours. It goes away and leaves no apparent permanent effects.

If you have a TIA, your chances of having a stroke are increased nine times. Treat a TIA like an early warning and get to your doctor immediately for a checkup.

A stroke, which is also called a "brain attack," is caused by a blood problem in the brain.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Nicole D. Thomas and James A. Dunn

The engagement of Nicole Dubosky Thomas to James Adam Dunn has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Gar and Kim Thomas of Lake Hauto. She is a 2010 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and will graduate from Cedar Crest College in May.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of James and Tammie Dunn of New Ringgold. He is a 2011 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and is employed by Dunn's Pride Holsteins and Tree Farm.

The couple plans to marry in October of 2015.

Monday, March 17, 2014

DALLAS, Pa. - The Misericordia Players will present Neil Simon's Tony Award-winning comedy, "Rumors," at 8 p.m. Friday, April 3, through Sunday, April 5, at Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.

Tickets are available at the door. There is a reduced rate for senior citizens and students.

Monday, March 17, 2014
In this undated photo provided by Hilary Walker, Hilary Walker, left, an interior designer turned photo stylist and blogger, poses with her husband, David, just after adopting Marlo at their home, in Dallas. They found Marlo through #muttbombing, a social media campaign by dog rescue Dallas Pets Alive. The non-profit's new social media campaign takes Instagram photos of both the celebrities and edits in a dog in need, often attaching humorous captions urging adoptions. (AP Photo/Courtesy Hilary Walker)

LOS ANGELES (AP) –

Sandy the dog "muttbombed" celebrities like Bradley Cooper, Ellen DeGeneres and Brad Pitt as they posed at the Oscars for the now-famous star-studded selfie.

That digitally tweaked version of the most retweeted photo ever is a Texas animal rescue's bet that combining cuddly canines and Hollywood stars will entice more social media users to adopt needy pets.