Northampton Press

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Board to open Lehigh school bids March 12

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Groundbreaking expected to take place in April

Even Mother Nature can’t stop plans for the new Lehigh Elementary School, with a pre-bid meeting held as the expected groundbreaking approaches.

A pre-bid meeting, set for 4 p.m. Feb. 12 at Lehigh Elementary School, was postponed until 4 p.m. Feb. 13 because of a snowstorm. Bids, with a maximum project cost of $35,788,356 and a maximum building construction cost of $25,535,000, will be opened 2 p.m. March 12. Bid information is on the website of Lehigh school project architects, KCBA Architects, kcba-architects.com. Drawings for the project were available Feb. 1.

Movie Review: Not a ‘Favourite’

Saturday, February 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Favourite” has extensive use of the fisheye camera lens.

A fisheye lens is a wide-angle lens that achieves visual distortion. The resulting image is that of a panoramic or hemispherical view.

In “The Favourite,” rooms, columns, and even people often appear curved. The fisheye lens is not used in every scene. Extreme closeups are also used to great effect, such as for Emma Stone’s captivating eyes.

Ready for snow with new plow

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

NASD Board of Education approves plans for purchase of pickup truck

The snow must go on.

And soon, a new snowplow will be at the ready in Northampton Area School District.

Before the Feb. 11 NASD Board of Education meeting got underway, a winter storm warning issued through Tuesday night forced NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik to announce the cancellation of Feb. 12 classes. At the meeting, plans to purchase a snowplow truck moved into high gear.

“We have to act on the truck sooner than later,” Kovalchik said.

“Can you get it by tomorrow?” Kovalchik quipped to NASD Director of Operations Robert J. Yanders.

Review: ‘The Upside’

Friday, February 8, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The upside about the movie, “The Upside,” is that it’s entertaining, thought-provoking and uplifting.

Kevin Hart plays Dell Scott, whose parole officer mandates that he find a job. Bryan Cranston plays Phillip Lacasse, a wealthy self-help author who is a person with a disability, quadriplegia, after being injured in a para-glider accident.

Dell Scott is hired to be Phillip Lacasse’s in-home health-care worker, much to the dismay of Nicole Kidman, who plays Yvonne Pendleton, Lacasse’s home office manager.

New school district business administrator is appointed

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A new Northampton Area School District business administrator has been appointed.

By a unanimous 9-0 vote at the Jan. 28 NASD Board of Education meeting, Matthew Sawarynski was appointed business administrator, effective July 1 through June 30, 2022, at an initial salary of $125,000.

Sawarynski, NASD assistant business administrator for three years, succeeds NASD Business Administrator Terry Leh, who is retiring this year.

Snub hub: When in ‘Roma,’ Oscar plays ‘Favourite’

Saturday, February 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Academy Awards nominations always leave something to be desired.

There are films, actors, directors and others you think deserved nominations, but did not receive them.

So it goes with the 91st Oscars.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 2019 Academy Awards ceremonies honoring 2018 movie releases, 8 p.m. (EST) Feb. 24, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, televised live on the ABC-TV.

Oscar snubs shouldn’t be surprising, and yet, somehow, they always are.

Movie Review: Breaking ‘Glass’

Saturday, February 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Is the “Glass” movie half-full or half-empty? The answer partly depends on whether or not you’re a fan of “Glass” writer-director M. Night Shyamalan.

“Glass” is third in Shyamalan’s “Eastrail 177 Trilogy” that began with “Unbreakable” (2000), which starred Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, and continued with “Split” (2016), which starred Willis and introduced James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy in the series.

Eastrail No. 177 refers to the derailment in “Unbreakable” of Train No. 177.

Closings of house sales down slightly for 2018 in the Lehigh Valley

Saturday, February 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Closed sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley during 2018 were down slightly from the previous year, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR).

Closings were down 0.6 percent, or 8,373 closed sales of houses in 2018, compared to 8,420 closed sales of houses in 2017.

In 2018, closed sales of houses decreased in nine of 12 month, with only January, August and October posting closed sales gains.

Pending sales were up slightly year-to-year, by 0.8 percent, or 8,544 in 2018, compared to 8,479 in 2017.

Review: ‘Disney On Ice’ enchants at PPL Center

Friday, February 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Disney On Ice Presents Worlds Of Enchantment” brings that Disney magic to PPL Center, Jan. 31 through Feb. 3.

The ice show has incredibly-skilled skaters, a huge cast, impressive choreography, props and scenic backdrops, spectacular lighting, pyrotechnic and fog effects and, of course, the beloved characters from Disney feature movies.

True to its title, “Disney On Ice” enchants with entertainment that can be enjoyed by the family.

School board OKs preliminary budget

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Superintendent: Administration will work to lower proposed tax hike

The 2019-20 preliminary budget for Northampton Area School District has been approved.

The NASD Board of Education voted 8-1 to approve the spending plan, which proposes a 3.79-percent tax increase that would raise the average property owner’s tax bill $121.27 annually.

The budget tax hike drew criticism from three Lehigh Township residents.

Voting for the preliminary budget were school board President David Gogel, board Vice President Chuck Frantz and school Directors Dr. Michael Baird, John Becker, James Chuss, Chuck Longacre, Robert Mentzell and Ross Makary.