Northampton Press

Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: ‘American Made’

Friday, October 13, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Wow.

If even a portion of “American Made” is factual, then a reassessment of major portions of United States foreign and domestic policies might be in order.

“American Made,” which stars Tom Cruise as Barry Seal, a TWA commercial airlines pilot, turned CIA reconnaissance pilot, turned cocaine-drugs-weapons and insurgents smuggler, is “Based on A True Story,” according to the movie’s opening credits.

However, a web site for “American Made” states the movie is “Based on a True Lie.”

Whom do you believe?

Renovate or build new Lehigh school?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

NASD board will decide fate of elementary building Oct. 23

At 63 years, Lehigh Elementary School may be ready for retirement.

For Northampton Area School District School Board President David Gogel, it’s a bittersweet prospect.

“That was my first year there in school — 1956,” said Gogel, who attended Lehigh Elementary 1956-62. “If a new school is going to be more efficient, it’s the way to go.”

Based on a study of repairs and improvements needed at Lehigh, it would almost cost as much to renovate the building, built in 1954, as to build a new school at the same location, 800 Blue Mountain Drive, Walnutport.

Review: ‘Kingsman’

Friday, October 6, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is one confusing, entertaining mess of a movie.

On the one hand, you have the charming British cast returning from the original, ”Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2015): Taron Egerton (Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, aka Galahad, a holdover from the Brit Lad culture), Colin Firth (Harry Hart, aka the original Galahad, the suave spy and ever the gentleman), and Mark Strong (Merlin, a gizmo wizard).

Civic at 90: Gala celebration, capital campaign for 2017-18 season

Friday, October 6, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To celebrate the 90th season, “The Secret Garden” is back at Civic Theatre of Allentown as is Civic’s celebrity capital campaign co-chair, star of television and screen, Christine Taylor, who, as a child, performed on Civic’s stage.

“It’s so fortuitous that it’s our 90th season, but we’re also closing and opening. It’s a birthday, but a new birth. There’ll be a grand re-opening,” says Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders.

Civic Theatre”s 90th Anniversary Celebration Gala is 7 - 10 p.m. Oct. 27 at The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage, Allentown.

NASD contracts with I-U for remediation

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

The Northampton Area School District Board of Education has approved a letter of agreement between NASD and Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 to provide remedial instruction in reading and math to nonproficient students in qualifying nonpublic schools at a cost of $13,110 for instruction; $132 for parent involvement programming; and 3 percent of the total for CIU 20 administrative service fee. Costs for the nonpublic school services are covered through a 2017-18 Title I grant.

NASD school directors also voted 9-0 at the Sept. 25 board meeting to approve:

LV median house prices reach near decade-high levels; closed sales up 2 percent near end of summer season

Friday, September 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley continue to increase as the peak summer sales season drew to a close.

And according to The Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR), median home prices are being reported that haven’t been seen in nearly a decade.

The median sales price in August was $205,000, a 2.8 percent increase from a year ago and $2,000 less than the $207,000 figure reached in July 2008. The decade high for median sales price is $215,000 in July 2007.

‘Movies At The Mill’ takes it to The Rooftop in Easton

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Movies At The Mill” film festival has traveled to several venues in Easton.

This year, “Movies At The Mill,” 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sept. 30, is at The Rooftop of the Easton Intermodal Facility, 123 S. Third St., Easton.

The film shorts are expected to unreel at about 7:30 p.m. The Jazz Fusion Trio performs at 6 p.m.

Also, at 10 a.m. Sept. 30, the “Movies At The Mill” seminar series continues with a Skype interview and question and answer session, “Effecting The Story,” with visual effects supervisor-producer Karen Heston.

NASD outlines learning opportunities

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Presentation details ways students can customize education pathways

It was a window into the windows of learning in Northampton Area School District.

“We no longer teach kids content. They’re using content,” said Lydia Hanner, NASD director of curriculum and instruction.

Hanner, along with Michelle Schoeneberger, NASD kindergarten through 12th-grade math and science supervisor, and Nicolette Teles, NASD kindergarten through 12th-grade reading and writing supervisor, led a 40-minute PowerPoint and video presentation, “Learning Opportunities to Meet the Needs of Today’s Students,” about new directions in education in the district.

Movie Review: ‘It’

Friday, September 22, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“It” is one scary movie, yes, it is.

Coulrophobia, or a fear of clowns, is not all that unusual in children. A killer clown, known as Pennywise The Dancing Clown, takes advantage of that fire.

Pennywise isn’t the only scary thing in “It.” There are scary parents, scary teens and scary situations (jumping from a cliff into a quarry, youths throwing rocks at each other, and, scariest of all, an American Motors Pacer automobile).