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Can you hear me OK?
Answering in the affirmative is all a scammer needs to execute the latest "can you hear me?" scam. This scam has historically been directed toward businesses, but your Better Business Bureau is hearing from consumers recently who are reporting the phone scam via BBB Scam Tracker.
How the scam works:
You receive a recorded call from someone who provides an introduction and identifies the business or agency they supposedly represent. Recent scam reports identify the caller as being from a home security agency, a cruise line or associated with social security. After the introduction, the recording will ask if you can hear the caller clearly. If you answer "yes" there's a possibility that the scam artist behind the phone call has recorded you and will use your agreement to sign you up for a product or service and then demand payment. If you refuse, the caller may produce your recorded "yes" response to confirm your purchase agreement.
If you receive a similar call:
If you receive an unsolicited robocall from an organization or business, just hang up. If you are on the Do Not Call List and a company calls out of the blue to ask questions, it's likely a scam. Avoid responding with "yes, sure or ok."
If you are asked a similar question in a phone call or are asked to press a button to be placed on the Do Not Call Registry, just hang up the phone. Saying anything or pressing buttons when prompted may help the scam artists identify that you have an active phone number. Remember that no government agency will ever solicit for the Do Not Call Registry.
Write down the phone number of those callers violating the Do Not Call Registry and file a scam report with BBB Scam Tracker and the FTC's Do Not Call List. Remember that Pennsylvania's wiretapping law is a "two-party consent" law, making it a crime to intercept or record a telephone call or conversation unless all parties to the conversation consent.
Winter Storm Watch For Heavy Snow
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a Winter Storm Watch. which is in effect from Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon for eastern Pennsylvania and central and northern New Jersey for heavy snow accumulations of 6 or more inches. A wintry mix will overspread the area from the west Wednesday night. The event will likely begin as snow north of the I-78 corridor. Elsewhere, rain will change over to snow from northwest to southeast late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Sleet may mix briefly during the transition from rain to snow. The snow could be heavy at times late Wednesday night and Thursday morning before tapering off from west to east during the afternoon Thursday.The heavy snow and poor visibilities at times could make travel dangerous. Significant impacts to the Thursday morning rush are likely.
Dr. James Peterson Speaking at ESU
Dr. James Braxton Peterson will visit ESU on February 8 at 7 p.m. in the Niedbala Auditorium in the Science and Technology Center as the Black History Month Keynote Speaker to talk about “We The People: Corrective Art and Hip Hop Culture in the Era of Trump”.
Dr. Peterson is the director of Africana Studies and associate professor of English at Lehigh University. He is also the author of several books: The Hip Hop Underground and African American Culture, Prison Industrial Complex for Beginners and Hip Hop Headphones: A Scholar’s Critical Playlist.
Dr. Peterson also hosts “The Remix” on Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate, WHYY. “The Remix” is a podcast that engages issues at the intersection of race, politics, and popular culture. Peterson has also written for Newsweek.com, The Guardian, The LA Times, Reuters, and The Daily Beast. He is a media commentator and has appeared on MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN, HLN, Fox News, and other networks as an expert on race, politics, and popular culture. For more information on Dr. James Peterson, please visit http://www.drjamespeterson.com/.
Pocono Arts Classes
STROUDSBURG - The Pocono Arts Council will offer the following classes during the month of February. Classes, unless noted otherwise, are held at the Pocono Arts Cultural Center, 18 N. Seventh St., Stroudsburg, To register call PoconoArts at 570-476-4460 or register online at www.poconoarts.org.
Instructor Maria Ferraris
4 weeks, February 7, 14, 21, 28, Tuesday 1-4pm
This workshop will focus on simple and basic techniques. Each student will experience the opportunity to develop their own style and technique with acrylic paint. Students will learn the importance of the use of drawing as guidance in artwork and also these of light and shadow with color. Each individual will work at their own pace and the instructor will guide them through the process and answer any questions they may have. Two themes will be presented to work from.
Tuition: Member $100/Non-Member $110: Senior Member $90/Non-Member $100
Instructor John McAllister
February Classes 7, 14, 21, 28
Never taken a drawing class before? Feel rusty or simply lack confidence? This course is for you. Beginning with a simple contour, you will use line to discover a variety of shapes and forms from a still life to the human figure. The foundational and formal aspects of sketching and drawing will be demonstrated. Explore the steps in drawing from an idea to a sketch to a completed drawing.
Tuition: Member $75/Non-Member $85: Senior Member $65/Non-Member $75
Monroe Animal League Meeting
The Downtown Bethlehem Association is excited to announce the return of the annual Chocolate Trail, on Saturday, February 11th from 1 pm-5 pm. The event will sell out of all 250 passports, so buy yours today!
Be prepared to be carried away by chocolate bliss! Purchase a passport for $25, your ticket to sample different chocolate treats from the 22 participating businesses along Main & Broad Streets. Sweet treats include chocolate truffle mouse with raspberry, triple chocolate cookies, hot chocolate and salted caramel covered in chocolate and so much more!
Participating businesses include:
Franklin Hill Vineyards, Donegal Square, Hand Cut Crystal, Domaci, Musselman Jewelers, Tap Room at Historic Hotel Bethlehem, Colony Meadery at the Moravian Book Shop, AM Luxe, Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom, Twisted Olive, Moravian Book Shop, Bone Appetit Barkery, PostNet, The Ice Cream Shoppe at Hotel Bethlehem, JewelWerks, Tavern at the Sun Inn, The Gem Shop, Fegley’s Bethlehem Brew Works, Intrigued Salon, The Joint, Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites and Tapas on Main
Passports can be purchased on EventBrite.com. Registration and passport pick up for the Chocolate Trail begins February 11th at 11 am at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem, and ends at 2 pm. All passport holders must pick up their passports prior to 2 pm.
For more information visit www.GetDowntownBethlehem.com. #GetDowntownBethlehem #BethChocTrail
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Education and Careers...
The Latest Advancements in College Education are Happening Digitally
(BPT) - The face of education in the United States is changing. Many of today's universities are embracing digital technology to deliver instruction in ways not available to previous generations. We have seen the digital instruction methods evolve from the use of learning aides such as computers, digital projectors and DVD players to online learning, which allows students the flexibility to tackle their coursework at a time and pace that works best for them.
Some advanced technologies can seamlessly link two or more classrooms for simultaneous instruction, ultimately expanding student access to courses and professors to participate together in one synchronous learning experience. An innovative classroom format can instill important virtual collaboration skills and encourage interaction with tools like remote wireless content sharing and two-way whiteboard displays, as are found in DeVry University's extended classrooms.
Addressing the evolving needs of today's student
Video-connected classrooms are generally equipped with voice-activated motion cameras, facial-recognition software, high-definition wide-screen monitors - complete with picture-in-picture views, desktop cameras and interactive two-way touch-screen whiteboards. This technology is designed to help students learn and interact with their fellow classmates no matter where they are taking the class.
DeVry also recently launched its new video connected classroom technology that seamlessly links 23 DeVry campus locations for simultaneous instruction - depending on the program, course and extended classroom availability. "Our students tell us they appreciate having a variety of courses available, and taught in ways that fit their schedules and preferences," said Robert Paul, president of DeVry University. "The connected classroom technology allows students to have real-time visual interaction with faculty and fellow classmates. These high-tech classrooms exemplify our investment in academic experiences that are collaborative yet personalized, with student engagement at the core."
Preparing for a digital future
DeVry's extended classrooms are just one example of technological innovations taking place in the classroom setting. Over the next year, the university plans to invest heavily in technology to enhance the student experience by offering these additional on-campus capabilities:
* Tech playgrounds at select campus locations throughout the country, putting students in touch with innovative technology in imaginative settings.
* Hardware and software upgrades, including adding thousands of new computers in campuses nationwide, to revitalize existing desktop stations and network labs.
* Internet bandwidth increases to improve wireless capabilities and provide a faster, more seamless learning experience.
Wintery Wisconsin: Vacation Destinations That Can Help You Relax
(BPT) - The winter season can be a perfect time for a relaxing, soul-soothing getaway.Studies show people able to completely relax during their vacations remain happy for longer after returning to their regular lives, while other research indicates regular vacations from the routines of daily life can help prevent health issues, including coronary disease.
One area of the U.S. offering a wealth of relaxing vacation options is the Badger State — Wisconsin. Each winter, a multitude of leisure seekers travel to the Midwestern gem to enjoy its rustic beauty and recreational opportunities for all ages. Some examples of local amenities include:
Destination Kohler: The only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond resort hotel in the Midwest, this stunning resort offers the best of both worlds — luxury accommodations and a private, rustic setting. This stately resort in Kohler, Wisconsin, features a variety of invigorating activities centered around its 500-acre nature preserve, including cross country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing. Following time breathing fresh air in the snowy woods, guests can visit the resort’s spa, enjoy any of 12 on-site dining establishments catering to different tastes or just retreat to their well-appointed rooms.
Sandhill: This 2,000-square-foot backwoods cabin in Mosel, Wisconsin, is a quiet, beautifully constructed destination set within 350 acres of wilderness. The retreat can sleep four to six and features a gas fireplace, chef-inspired kitchen, deep-soaking tub and stand-alone sauna hut, in addition to a fully stocked fridge and full access to Destination Kohler’s 12 eating establishments
Hunting at River Wildlife: Encompassing 500 acres of the best pheasant- and partridge-hunting land in the Midwest, this beautiful nature preserve along the Sheboygan River invites sportsmen to enjoy the quest for game birds in the authentic English tradition. Guests from all over are drawn by the chance to traverse these snowy woodlands with accompaniment from a trained hunting dog and experienced guide knowledgeable about the area. Afterward, your group can enjoy lunch at a local restaurant lodged in a rustic cabin.
Yoga on the lake: This holistic yoga studio offers some 30 weekly classes in a comfortable space made picturesque by floor-to-ceiling bay windows overlooking adjacent Wood Lake. Nationally certified instructors gently guide guests of all levels through a mind-body connection in this peaceful atmosphere, helping them reduce stress, improve sleep patterns and relaxation and induce health benefits.
Kohler Waters Spa: This oasis of calm specializes in hydrotherapy treatments such as the Balancing Moroccan Ritual, a body scrub followed by a Chakra stone application, a traditional Shirodhara hair wash and treatment, a cool stone facial massage, a warm Kohler Custom Vichy shower and a body soufflé finish. The best-kept secret of the facility awarded five stars by Forbes? Its rooftop hot tub is framed by twinkling skylights and a 16-foot fireplace.
Ready to relax, unwind and enjoy the winter season to its fullest? Look no further than the heartland of Wisconsin for your next winter vacation.
Eastburg Community Alliance Wants Performers
Eastburg Community Alliance is looking for entertainers to display their talents at the depot during the months of June, July, August and September. They specifically are looking for local artists to volunteer to perform during Music on Mondays at Dansbury Depot. If you or anyone you know, is interested, please email Sonya Cole at email@example.com. They do not pay their performers but do take a collection at each concert for the performer.
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Fraternal Order of Eagles - First Sunday of Every Month, Franternal Order of Eagles Aeries 1106. Doors: 5pm Kitchen: 6pm Games: 7pm
East Stroudsburg Elks - Every Wednesday. Doors:5pm Early Birds: 645pm. Bingo:7pm
Polk Township Fire Co. - Every Thursday. Doors: 5pm Games: 6:45pm
Power House of Prayer - East Stroudsburg Wednesday and Sunday. Doors: 5pm. Bingo:7pm
VFW Post 2540 East Stroudsburg - Friday Night. Doors, Kitchen: 5pm. Early Bird: 6:45pm
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