Northampton Press

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Review: Pooh bear

Friday, August 17, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Winnie-the-Pooh and his adorable cuddly stuffed animal friends are revisited in the film, “Disney’s Christopher Robin.”

The film is an enjoyable nostalgia trip for those who grew up with the books of A.A. Milne that were illustrated by E. H. Shepard, including “When We Were Very Young” (1924), “Winnie-the-Pooh” (1926), “Now We Are Six” (1927) and ”The House At Pooh Corner” (1928).

Preparing for start of new school year

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Students in NASD will head back to classes Aug. 27

With the opening of the 2018-19 school year in Northampton Area School District less than two weeks away, the hiring of teachers, teaching assistants and staff is in full swing.

And the community education program is expected to be in effect with the hiring of a new coordinator.

While the NASD school year doesn’t officially begin until Aug. 27 when students return to classes, some students are already busy on campus.

Northampton Area High School Big ‘N’ Band camp began Aug. 6. Northampton Area Middle School band camp began Aug. 13.

LV median sales price higher than 2007 real estate bubble; closed sales down for fifth month

Friday, August 10, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

The sellers’ market continued apace in the Lehigh Valley during the summer real estate season.

According to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) June report, competition by buyers boosted quick sales above the asking price.

On average, a house is selling in little more than a month.

And, according to the GLVR, the June Median Sales Price is higher than that of when the housing bubble burst in 2007 at the start of the Great Recession.

Movie Review: ‘Mission’

Friday, August 10, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mission: Impossible - Fallout” is the action movie of the summer, the year, and quite possibly the decade.

The shiny, flashy, nearly nonstop thriller confirms its star Tom Cruise as the cinema’s last action hero.

It’s a mantle that has passed from the likes of Clint Eastwood, Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone and, one would think, Dwayne Johnson, Daniel Craig and Vin Diesel.

Public hearing for Lehigh Elementary project set for Oct. 8

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A public hearing for the $34.2 million Lehigh Elementary School project will be held 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Northampton Area School District Administration Building, 2014 Laubach Ave., Northampton.

The NASD Board of Education voted unanimously 9-0 at its Oct. 23, 2017, meeting to demolish the 63-year-old school and build a new school at the site, 800 Blue Mountain Drive, Walnutport, Lehigh Township.

A first for Packard: Car featured at 55th Das Awkscht Fescht

Friday, August 3, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Packard, featured car for the 55th annual Das Awkscht Fescht, Aug. 3-5, Macungie Memorial Park, Macungie, is legendary, from being one of the first gasoline-powered vehicles to powering military aircraft during World War I and II.

Das Awkscht Fescht is said to be the largest antique and classic car show in the United States, with 2,500 vehicles expected.

A “Friday Night Cruise to the Fescht,” is Aug. 3. There’s a “Car Corral” sales area; “Antique Auto Flea Market,” with 500 vendors; arts and crafts with 100 artisans; entertainment; food, and a fireworks display Aug. 4.

Nellie McKay seeks solace in the standards

Friday, August 3, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For her latest album, Nellie McKay returns to one of her favorite “books,” the Great American Songbook.

And she gives a nod to one of her favorite classic movies.

McKay performs selections from “Sister Orchid,” 8 p.m. Aug. 4, Sellersville Theatre 1894, Sellersville, Bucks County.

After several concerts in New York City, including SummerStage, Central Park, and a four-day series. Sept. 19-22 at Birdland, McKay returns to her home turf of the Poconos, for a concert at the Deer Head Inn, Sept. 29.

Theater Review: PSF season ‘Ends Well’

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

All’s Well That Ends Well.

It’s one of William Shakespeare many titles and phrases that have entered the lexicon.

“All’s Well That Ends Well,” primary source material for the phrase, on stage through Aug. 5, brings down the curtain on the 2018 Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) at DeSales University, Center Valley.

There is no curtain to bring down or up in the three-quarter round Schubert Theatre. Nor is there a director, scenic designer, costume desiger, lighting designer, or sound designer.

Movie Review: Amanda ‘Mia!’

Monday, July 30, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mamma Mia!” Here We Go Again” is really Amanda Seyfried’s movie.

While the movie poster for “Mama Mia! Here We Go Again” lists its stars in alphabetical order, Seyfried stars as Sophie, daughter of Donna (Meryl Streep), who is readying the reopening of Hotel Bella Donna on a Greek island (The fictional Kalokairi. Island scenes in the sequel were filmed on Vis, Croatia, in the Adriatic Sea).

NASD Board of Education names assistant athletic director

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

An assistant to the Northampton Area School District athletic director has been appointed.

NASD Board of Education voted 9-0 to appoint Matthew Frailey as assistant to the athletic director, effective for the fall, winter and spring seasons of the 2018-19 school year, with a stipend of $3,100, per sports season, with no additional benefits.

At the July 16 board meeting, school directors also voted 9-0 to approve: