Northampton Press

Sunday, December 8, 2019

School board re-elects Gogel, Frantz

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

NASD 2020-21 budget presentation expected to be on Dec. 16 agenda

The president and vice president of Northampton Area School District Board of Education were re-elected at the Dec. 2 reorganization meeting.

In separate, unanimous 9-0 votes, David Gogel was re-elected president and Chuck Frantz was elected vice president.

Taking the oath of office were re-elected board members Dr. Michael Baird, John Becker, James Chuss, Robert Mentzell and Gogel. The five re-elected school directors join Chuck Longacre, Ross Makary, Roy Maranki and Frantz, each of whom was not up for re-election.

Movie Review: Grumpy old gangsters

Sunday, December 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Apart from being an intriguing yarn about mobsters, labor unions and United States political conspiracy theories, “The Irishman” is a character study about some real characters, actual and fictional.

It’s also a cinematic reunion of some of the greatest actors of a generation in the past five decades.

“The Irishman” is a particularly Pennsylvania story.

Lehigh Valley house sales rebound; up 1.3 percent in September

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

Sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley rebounded in September.

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley increased 1.3 percent in September, with 699 houses sold, compared to 690 houses sold in September 2018, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report released Oct. 14.

The upturn reversed a two-month decline in house sales in the Lehigh Valley.

Closed sales for the nine months of 2019 are up slightly, 0.9 percent, to 6,479, compared to 6,422 for the nine months of 2018.

Movie Review: Grumpy old gangsters

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Apart from being an intriguing yarn about mobsters, labor unions and United States political conspiracy theories, “The Irishman” is a character study about some real characters, actual and fictional.

It’s also a cinematic reunion of some of the greatest actors of a generation in the past five decades.

“The Irishman” is a particularly Pennsylvania story.

Movie Review Big wheels: ‘Ford v Ferrari’

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Ford v Ferrari” provides a behind-the-scenes look at a slice of history that might not be known to the general public.

Car spoiler alert: “Ford v Ferrari” chronicles the strategy, testing and racing that went into winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 by the Ford Motor Company-sponsored GT-40 race car.

It was the first time an American auto manufacturer won the race. In fact, Ford cars placed first, second and third at Le Mans in 1966 with none of the Ferraris completing the race. Symbolically, the Ford Mustang outran the Ferrari Prancing Horse.

Comprehensive plan approved

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

The district-level comprehensive plan from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2023, has been approved for Northampton Area School District.

NASD Board of Education voted unanimously 9-0 at the Nov. 11 meeting to approve the plan, at the recommendation of the administration.

The five-year plan was created by the NASD administration and staff, as well as by community members.

The comprehensive plan is available on the NASD website, nasdschools.org, as well as at district school buildings and Northampton Area Public Library, 1615 Laubach Ave.

Movie Review: ‘Midway’ the CGI way

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Midway” is a theatrical feature movie that would fit right in with the Turner Classic Movie channel’s annual Veterans’ Day telecast of military-themed movies.

One might reasonably ask why, at this time, a film about the Battle of Midway in 1942, a turning point in the United States” defeat of the Japanese Empire in World War II, needed to be made.

Board discusses changes to world languages requirements

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Northampton Area High School’s program of studies has a number of changes proposed for the 2020-21 school year in the titles and descriptions of courses, the requirements for those courses and some content changes in the courses.

Luke Shafnisky, NAHS principal, and Kimberly Levin, NAHS assistant principal, updated Northampton Area School District Board of Education about the program in a one-hour presentation and question-and-answer session at the Nov. 11 meeting in the administration building.

Movie Review: South Korea tragicomedy an Oscar contender

Friday, November 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Parasite” is a powerful piece of film-making. It’s uncompromising cinema. This is a level of film-making far above most films, and beyond the reach of most film-makers.

The psychological thriller will have you on the edge of your theater seat almost from the beginning to the end of the film.

The acting is flawlessly naturalistic. The cinematography (director of photography Kyung-pyo Hong) is intensely personal. The pacing (film editor Jinmo Yang; production designer Ha-jun Lee) is unexpected. The soundtrack (composer Jaeil Jung) is beautiful.

NASD directors approve project finances

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Bonds amount for next phase of new Lehigh Elementary is $9,400,000

The refinancing of bonds has been approved by Northampton Area School District Board of Education for the continued construction of the new Lehigh Elementary School.

The school board voted unanimously 9-0 at the Nov. 11 meeting to approve the issuance of bonds for the next financial phase of the school project following a presentation by Jamie Doyle, managing director at PFM Financial Advisors LLC, district financial consulting firm. The project is financed through a series of general obligation bonds.