Kitchen fire causes minimal damage to Hazleton home |

Hazleton firefighters made quick work of an accidental kitchen fire Tuesday afternoon.

They were called to 163 S. Wyoming St. for the flames and found smoke coming from inside the half duplex upon arrival, Fire Chief Donald Leshko said. The home is close to the intersection of East Birch Street.

The mother was cooking when the fire happened, called 911 and quickly got her children outside who were taking classes online at home through a local school, he said.

“Mom saw the fire, shut the stove off and got the kids out.”

“They knew what to do,” the chief continued.

Firefighters extinguished the flames, finding it began on a stove top and also found a melted bottle of cooking oil nearby. They also removed the stove top and took it outside and ventilated the home.

No injuries were reported and firefighters kept the fire contained to the kitchen. The woman living there said she would contact the landlord so repairs could be made.

Leshko said though accidents happen, always remember to be attentive while cooking and keep the area around the oven and stove clear.

— Amanda Christman

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Robert Gutowski Architects designs minimal church interior in response to changes in modern worship

The Church of Pope John Paul II in Páty, Hungary, by Robert Gutowski Architects

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The Church of Pope John Paul II in Páty, Hungary, by Robert Gutowski Architects

The Church of Pope John Paul II in Páty, Hungary, is a crescent-shaped building featuring skewed angles and whitewashed concrete that aims to turn “passive observers” into active participants of worship.

Local practice Robert Gutowski Architects filled the church in the village of Páty in Budapest with modern takes on traditional aspects of Medieval, ecclesiastical architecture.

The intention was to shift the emphasis towards the altar and the congregation to make the act of worship more engaging.

a herd of sheep in a city: The Church of Pope John Paul II features an elliptical layout

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The Church of Pope John Paul II features an elliptical layout

Traditional churches typically have a rectangular floor plan and are made up of a nave – the central part of the church – and an apse – the semicircular or polygonal area at the end of the aisle, usually located behind the altar.

The Church of Pope John Paul II, however, has an elliptical layout, made up of the crescent-shaped building of worship that wraps around an adjoining oval-shaped outdoor space.

Therefore what would typically be the nave of a conventional church functions as the churchyard or garden, while the liturgical space is situated where the apse would be.

a wooden bench sitting in the middle of a room: The church interior features whitewashed reinforced concrete ceilings and walls

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The church interior features whitewashed reinforced concrete ceilings and walls

As studio founder Robert Gutowski explains, this layout was designed to place more emphasis on the communal experience of the Eucharist and to “invite people closer to the holy act” at the altar.

“If you like, we invite people into the apse, surrounding the altar, forming a community,” the architect explained. “It is also similar to the liturgy of early times, when Paleochristians simply surrounded a table in their own home – what is known as Domus Ecclesiae.”

a view of a box: The design aims to place more emphasis on the Eucharist and the altar

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The design aims to place more emphasis on the Eucharist and the altar

“The church clearly defines its purpose: while the Creator and the almighty God are at the centre of traditional liturgy, modern liturgical efforts have shifted emphasis to the recreator God, the image of a perpetually redeeming Christ,” Gutowski added.

“The Church of Pope John Paul II represents a conscious response to liturgical changes in recent decades, rendering it a model church experiment in contemporary church architecture,” he continued.

“Emphasis is shifted toward the active involvement of worshippers.The community is not a passive observer of events in a sanctuary, but rather actively experiences the holy act.”

a room with a brick building: The church building itself has a crescent-like shape

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The church building itself has a crescent-like shape

Several rooms lead off of the central, liturgical space, including a communal room, a service room and an office on the ground floor, and an educational room, guest room, the priest’s living quarters, and access to the bell tower on the first floor.

Each of these rooms are enclosed in one, whole elliptical floor plan – a form chosen to symbolise “perpetuity” and to create a holistic space.

“The concept is that when we say

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VW ID 4 interior keeps it minimal but isn’t low on style

Keep it simple.


Later this month, Volkswagen will pull back the veil on the production version of its upcoming ID 4 electric SUV. We’ve already seen some renderings of the exterior, and now it’s time to take a peek inside.

VW on Friday unveiled some teaser renderings of the production ID 4’s interior. The first thing most people will notice is just how clean and unfettered the layout is. There’s a single “floating” screen in the middle of the dashboard, a screen in place of the gauge cluster, one small smattering of buttons to the left of the wheel, and that’s it. The dashboard is low and flat for better visibility, and there’s little happening below the beltline. It’s simple, straightforward and — like many other vehicles in 2020 — rocking some ambient lighting to spice things up.

The parking brake is engaged by pushing the large button to the right of the gauge display.


Light will play an important part in the ID 4. In addition to the fancy ambient stuff, there’s also something VW calls ID Light. This strip just below the windshield is used to notify the driver of certain conditions, such as locking and unlocking, or whether or not the car’s various driver assists are activated. Heck, it’ll even warn you when someone’s trying to call you.

VW also gave out more information about the ID 4 in general. One shot gives us a preview of the key. If you’re used to the tired old switchblade style of the current VW key, you’re in luck — this new one is much sleeker, with three buttons combined seamlessly into a piano black face. VW also previewed the way to enter the vehicle; like a few other cars these days, the ID 4 will have flush door handles that blend into the bodywork.

VW naturally didn’t want to give away the whole shebang early, so that’s all we’ve got on the ID 4 for now. But as we roll into September, the ID 4’s official unveiling is just a couple weeks away, so keep your eyes peeled to Roadshow for more information as it arrives.

Considering how… aged Volkswagen’s current keys are, the ID 4’s fob is pretty slick.


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