Northampton Press

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Review: ‘Tower’

Friday, August 18, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Dark Tower” is a competent science-fiction film with several good performances.

The movie is based on the series of eight novels (1998-2012) written by Stephen King that stitches together several cinema genres and literary influences.

In “The Dark Tower” movie, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), known as the last Gunslinger, is battling Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), known as the Man in Black. Roland is trying to stop Walter from toppling the Dark Tower, purported to be the energy force that powers the universe.

NASD sets school dates for August, September

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Parents and students may still be working on their tans, which is no easy feat in this seemingly rainiest of summers. Be that as it may, you know back-to-school time is right around the corner when high school band practice starts.

Northampton Area High School’s band camp began 4-9 p.m. Aug. 7-11, continued 8 a.m.-noon and 5-8 p.m. Aug. 14-18 and continues 4-8 p.m. Aug. 22 and 24.

Northampton Area Middle School’s band camp was held 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 14-16.

NASD gets pre-K grants for Moore, Wolf

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Superintendent: Program has netted significant academic, social growth

Pre-K is a “go” for the 2017-18 school year in Northampton Area School District, thanks to a new state grant and continued Head Start of the Lehigh Valley funding.

The grant will fund a pre-K class for 4-year-olds at Moore Elementary School, Moore Township. Approximately 20 children are expected to attend. Because notification of the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts funding was received the week of Aug. 7, the class is scheduled to start Nov. 1.

Bud Cole ‘Celebration Of Life’ soars over Blue Mountain

Friday, August 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Kestrels circled in lazy patterns in the brilliant sky. A parasailer glided gracefully, looping back and forth. Far below rolled the green expanse of the valley and beyond, the hazy blue outline of the Pocono Mountains.

A long line formed in the lobby of Blue Mountain Resort-Summit Lodge, Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County. There were hugs, words of condolence and anecdotes as Bev Cole, Bud Cole’s widow, greeted all.

Allentown Band back at Waldheim Park for historic 102nd concert

Friday, August 4, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Allentown Band’s 102-year journey to Waldheim, Park, Allentown, continues with “A Musical Journey through American History,” 7 p.m. Aug. 8.

The Band performs historic, patriotic and popular tunes with special guests George B. Miller and Kate Scuffle, founders of Selkie Theatre, who will provide historical readings.

“In between each music piece, they’re going to reading something relevant to the period,” explains Pamela Varkony, concert chair for the Allentown Band concert conducted by Ron Demkee.

Movie Review: ‘Maudie’

Friday, August 4, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Maudie” is a charming film based on the real-life story of Maud Lewis (1903-1970), a Nova Scotia folk artist with a disability whose paintings brought her national attention in Canada.

Look for an Oscar actress nomination for Sally Hawkins, who portrays Maud with brash reverence and raw-nerved reality.

Also look for an Oscar supporting actor nomination for Ethan Hawke, who plays Maud’s husband, Everett, with barely-repressed anger.

Maud, rejected by her Aunt Ida (Gabrielle Rose) and brother, Charlie (Zachary Bennett), answers Everett’s ad for a housekeeper.

Theater Review: ‘Troilus And Cressida’ rules at PSF

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 2017 season of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) has been a fight to the finish.

Think about it: “Evita” (fight for power), “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (death and detective work), “The Three Musketeers” (sword fights), “As You Like It” (wrestling), and “Troilus And Cressida” (also, wrestling, and the deaths of Hector and Patroclus).

Boilers maintenance pact for NASD schools approved

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A contract for boilers maintenance at schools in the Northampton Area School District has been approved by the board of education.

The three-year service agreement at a cost of $13,176 annually with Loikits Industrial Services Inc., Coplay, from July 1 through June 30, 2020, to clean, inspect and service the district’s boilers is for the following costs and locations:

$2,728 at George Wolf Elementary School for three boilers and one water heater;

$3,790 at Northampton Area High School for three boilers, one water heater and two kitchen roof units;

Up close & personal: State Theatre’s Shelley Brown promises fans more ‘Wow’ for venue’s 2017-18 season

Saturday, July 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Wow Factor” is in effect for the 2017-18 season of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The 2016-17 season at the historic State Theatre was billed as “90 years of Wow.”

State Theatre President and CEO Shelley Brown says when she was planning the 2017-18 season she made sure that the 91st year would continue to “Wow.”

“It really inspired me that it was really important to me that we’re ready for 90 more,” says Brown. “That’s why the tag line, “Nobody does it better.’