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Friday, January 18, 2013
FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2001 file photo, Phillips, who had Alzheimerís disease, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, she was 94. Phillips' column competed for decades with the advice column of Ann Landers, written by her twin sister, Esther Friedman Lederer. Their relationship was stormy in their early adult years, but later they regained the close relationship they had growing up in Sioux City, Iowa. The two columns differed in style. Ann Landers responded to questioners with homey, detailed advice. Abby's replies were often flippant one-liners. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

NEW YORK (AP) – Two men had recently bought a house together in San Francisco, and the neighbors were annoyed. The men were entertaining "a very suspicious mixture of people," the neighbors wrote, asking: "How can we improve the neighborhood?"

"You could move," Dear Abby replied.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @$:Board members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge (Northeastern Pennsylvania), which serves Carbon County, finalize the details of the annual "Bowl for Kids' Sake" Bowlathon. This year's bowlathon will be held on Saturday, March 23 at Fritz's Lanes and Pro Shop in Lehighton. The organization is currently seeking bowlers, sponsors and volunteers. Board members, from left, are David Matsinko; Jenna Sargent, caseworker; Shirley Radler, secretary/treasurer; Brenda Benner, vice president; and Marie Hahn, president.

Lace up your bowling shoes it's time to "Bowl for Kids' Sake."

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge's Carbon County chapter will host its annual "Bowl for Kids' Sake" Bowlathon on Saturday, March 23 at Fritz's Lanes and Pro Shop in Lehighton, board members announced last week. The board is actively seeking bowling teams and sponsors for the event.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will not meet in January or February. Meetings will resume at 6 p.m. on March 6.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (except for January and February) at Faith United Church of Christ, 21 Faith Drive, Hazle Township. This is located off the Airport Beltway behind the Toyota dealership.

Meetings are open to anyone with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Kimberly S. Noel, editor of Lifestyles Over 50, will speak at the Jan. 19 meeting of the Black Diamond Writers Network.

A certified senior adviser and owner of Spectrum Senior Consultants, Noel will share her story about how she transformed her experience and talent into a regional magazine designed for older adults.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Board members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge, Carbon County welcomed their new caseworker to the local organization.

Caseworker Jenna Sargent joined the Carbon and Monroe county chapters as a caseworker this fall. She is a graduate of Wilkes University with a degree in psychology and philosophy. In addition to being a caseworker for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge, she is also a Big Sister through the organization.

"I am, perhaps most importantly, a Big Sister. I wanted to be sure that I could still be a Big Sister if I took the job," she added.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Laurel Rose Seemiller

Laurel Rose Seemiller of Lehighton is the Concourse Club of Palmerton's Guiding Star for January.

A Palmerton Area High School senior, she is a member of Mock Trial, Scholastic Scrimmage, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, stage crew, Student Government, band and chorus.

A talented musician, Laurel sang a solo for the club and played a piece on the French horn. She plays in the Palmerton Community Band and the Lehighton Community Band.

She has been selected to participate in District Chorus and Regional Band.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services announces that there is an adult homemaker assistance program available to residents.

The program provides in-home assistance to income eligible county residents, age 18-59, who are disabled or recovering from a recent hospital stay or injury and have no one else available and/or capable of assisting with the care of their home or personal needs.

Friday, January 11, 2013
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer Janell Burley Hofmann, right, holds a copy of the contract she drafted and that her son Gregory, left, signed as a condition for receiving his first Apple iPhone.

NEW YORK (AP) – Janell Burley Hofmann honored her 13-year-old son's "maturity and growth" at Christmas with his first iPhone, but it came with strings attached.

Eighteen strings, to be exact, in a written code of conduct that placed the mommy blogger at the center of the debate over how parents should handle technology in the hands of their teens, especially younger ones just entering the frenetic world of social networks and smartphones.

Friday, January 11, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua area volunteer knitters seen here Tuesday night have been spending hours producing Memory Squares from skeins of yarn. The squares will be assembled into quilts for victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. From left are Cindy Miller, Susan Bonner, Jill Leader and Lorraine Blickley. Missing is Debbie McKinley.

A humble group of Tamaqua area women volunteers, who call themselves the "Knit-Wits," are spending hours in volunteer service to a town they've never visited and people they've never met.

The five women have banded together to knit dozens of colorful, creative acrylic wool squares measuring six inches by six inches.

The squares, or patches, will be used to create blankets of warmth and a touch of love for victims of the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Carbon County Action Committee for Human Services announces that there is an elderly home help assistance program available to eligible residents.

The program provides in-home assistance to income eligible county residents, age 60 and older, who are disabled or recovering from a recent hospital stay or injury and have no one else available and/or capable of assisting with the care of their home or personal needs.

Services are provided for the purpose of ensuring safe and sanitary conditions and may include: light housekeeping; laundry assistance; and/or shopping assistance.