Northampton Press

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Gogel, Frantz to again lead NASD board

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Directors approve bonds issuance for new Lehigh Elementary School building project

David Gogel was re-elected president and Chuck Frantz was re-elected vice president of the board of education of Northampton Area School District at the Dec. 3 reorganization meeting. Both ran unopposed and were voted unanimously.

At the regular Dec. 3 board meeting, which immediately followed the reorganization meeting, school directors approved the issuance of bonds for the Lehigh Township Elementary School project.

Sales of houses in LV up slightly in October

Friday, December 7, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley increased slightly in October.

Closed sales increased 0.4 percent to 718 houses sold, up from 715 houses sold in October 2017, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) October report, released Nov. 14.

For the year-to-date, the percentage of closed sales for 2018 is up slightly, by 0.1 percent, with 7,081 houses sold, compared to 7,077 houses sold year-to-date in 2017.

NASD OKs easement agreement with developer

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Board vote forwards Jaindl warehouse project to relocate Seemsville Road

A potential roadblock has been cleared for the relocation of Seemsville Road and other improvements in East Allen Township, an important aspect of the Northampton Business Center Land Development Plan, also known as the Jaindl-Watson Development, or JW Development.

Movie Review: ‘Beasts’ not so ‘Fantastic’

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” has fantastic special effects, fantastic casting and fantastic acting.

As for the storyline: not so fantastic.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is a big disappointment and isn’t much better than the reboot, or “Harry Potter” prequel, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (2016).

Review: ‘Marvel Universe’ stunning spectacle at PPL Center

Saturday, December 1, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To say that “Marvel Universe Live! The Age Of Heroes” is not your son’s or daughter’s Marvel Comics is an understatement.

“Marvel Universe Live!,” seen opening night, Nov. 29, at PPL Center, Allentown, where performances are at 7 p.m. Nov. 30; 11 a..m., 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1, and noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 2, is nothing short of spectacular entertainment for all ages, and the ages.

Board to decide on bond offering for Lehigh school

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The issuance of a second bond to continue financing the Lehigh Elementary School project is under consideration.

The board of education and administrators of Northampton Area School District have been briefed on the plan by Jamie Doyle, managing director of PFM Financial Advisors LLC, the district’s financial consulting firm.

The project for the new elementary school, to be built on the expanded property of the old school along Blue Mountain Drive, Lehigh Township, has a construction cost of $25,535,000 and a project cost of $35,788,356.

School board OKs district plan

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

The Northampton Area School District comprehensive plan has been approved.

NASD Board of Education voted 9-0 at its Oct. 22 meeting to approve the plan, on the recommendation of the administration.

“Our comprehensive plan is a plan put together by our district community,” said Lydia Hanner, NASD director of curriculum and instruction, when she reviewed the plan at the Sept. 24 school board meeting.

The five-year plan includes “an action plan — where we’ve been, where we’re going and concerns we have,” according to Hanner.

Movie Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ will rock you

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is not only one of the best rock music biopics, it provides a reassessment of the music of the British rock band Queen and the life of Freddie Mercury, lead singer and one of the founders of Queen.

The movie has a stunning lead star turn by Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. Malek isn’t the only reason to see “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but he’s the main reason. Look for an Oscar lead actor nomination for Malek.

Lauding Larry: 2018 Baum School of Art gala honors long-time advocate Miley

Friday, November 9, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There was sumptuous food, a silent auction, action-painting, a friendly kidnapping, tango dancing, and a major donation in the name of Larry Miley, the 2018 honoree at The Baum School of Art “Fall Gala.”

Friends of Miley, a Baum School of Art board member for five decades, joined to honor him with donations to benefit the school.