Northampton Press

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Review: ‘Shazam!’

Friday, April 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Those of us of a certain age may recall “Shazam!” as a catchphrase of Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) on the hit TV shows, “The Andy Griffth Show” (1960-1968) and “Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.” (1964-1969).

Comic-book collectors and fans will know that “Shazam!” as a word that, when exclaimed by Billy Batson (Asher Angel in the movie), transforms him into an adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi in the movie).

The Press 14th annual Student Poetry Project

Friday, April 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To commemorate “National Poetry Month” in April, the Lehigh Valley Press presents the 14th annual Student Poetry Project.

Please see Page B1 and B3 and the Focus pages on the Press websites for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.

Students whose poems are published on Page B1 read their poems and were interviewed on the April 15 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on WDIY, 88.1, wdiy.org, Lehigh Valley Public Radio and NPR affiliate.

Press newspapers receive 18 Professional Keystone Awards

Friday, April 12, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Lehigh Valley Press newspapers received 18 awards in the 2019 Professional Keystone Press Awards for work published in 2018.

The Bethlehem Press and its contributors received 12 Keystone Awards.

Four of the Bethlehem Press Keystone Awards was for work published in the Focus section.

East Penn Press received two Keystone Awards.

Northwestern Press received two Keystone Awards.

Whitehall-Coplay received one Keystone Award.

Catasauqua Press received one Keystone Award.

Movie Reviiew: ‘Us’

Friday, April 12, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“We have met the enemy and he is us.”

“Pogo” comicstrip,

Walt Kelly, 1953

“Us” is not an altogether bad film.

It’s quite good in direction, performances, cinematography and soundtrack.

That said, “Us” is a disappointing sophomore effort from writer-director Jordan Peele, following his critically-acclaimed hit and big-screen directorial debut, “Get Out” (2017).

Whereas “Get Out” explored socio-ecnomic themes layered upon the leitmotif of a horror film. “Us” lacks overarching intellectual plumbing.

Movie Review: ‘Dumbo’

Friday, April 12, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The live-action “Dumbo” movie is an entertaining comedy-drama that the entire family should enjoy.

Movies rated PG or G movies are typically in the minority of theatrical feature movie releases, and “Dumbo” is one of them.

Based on a report by Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which administers movie ratings, more than 50 percent of movies released since the rating system went into effect 50 years ago received an R rating, that is, 17,202 films. That compares to 5,578 films rated PG, 4,913 films rated PG-13 (implemented in 1984), and 1,574 films rated G.

Night On The Town: Sins no more? Not so fast

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It may not be the last gig, but it’s one that reunites the original lineup of the Original Sins in concert for the first time in about two decades.

Muihlenberg College radio station, WMUH, 91.7-FM, wmuh.org, presents the Original Sins with St. John’s Alliance, 8 p.m. April 13, Event Center, Seegers Union. Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

The Sins’ original band members, John Terlesky, vocals, guitar, songwriter; Ken Bussiere, bass; Dan McKinney, keyboards, and Dave Ferrara, drums, are getting back together for the concert.

NASD administration lowers proposed tax increase

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Straw vote among school board will be held at next meeting, April 29

The Northampton Area School District administration returned to the board of education April 8 with a reduced proposed tax hike for the district’s 2019-20 general fund budget, lowering the percentage of increase from 3.79 percent to 2.69 percent.

The administration plans to take a poll of board members at the next school board meeting, 6:30 p.m. April 29.

“We’ll do some kind of straw vote at the next meeting,” NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik said. “You’ve got to let us know so we have some time.”

Movie Review: Horror R not ‘Us’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“We have met the enemy and he is us.”

“Pogo” comicstrip,

Walt Kelly, 1953

“Us” is not an altogether bad film.

It’s quite good in direction, performances, cinematography and soundtrack.

That said, “Us” is a disappointing sophomore effort from writer-director Jordan Peele, following his critically-acclaimed hit and big-screen directorial debut, “Get Out” (2017).

Whereas “Get Out” explored socio-ecnomic themes layered upon the leitmotif of a horror film. “Us” lacks overarching intellectual plumbing.

SkillsUSA winners are recognized

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

SkillsUSA winners from Northampton Area School District were honored by the board of education.

“You should be very proud of them. I am,” Northampton Area High School Assistant Principal Kimberly Levin said at the March 25 school board meeting.

Top winners in the SkillsUSA District 11 competition go on to the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference, April 10-12, at Hershey Lodge & Convention Center, Hershey.

The 2019 SkillsUSA theme is “Champions at Work: Career-Ready Starts Here.”

LV Auto Dealers donate $25,000 to St. Luke’s University Network

Friday, March 29, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association has donated $25,000 to St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Planned is a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and renovation of the inpatient pediatric unit by early 2020 at St. Luke’s University Hospital - Bethlehem.

A video of an artist’s rendering of the proposed unit and renovations was shown at the March 20 Preview Gala at Stabler Center for the 2019 Lehigh Valley Auto Show.