Northampton Press

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Movie Review: ‘Green Book’ quite a trip

Friday, January 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Green Book” is a road movie about travels through the United States south when there was no light left on at motels along the highway for persons of color.

In the film, which is based on a true story, Dr. Don Shirley (played by the remarkable Mahershala Ali) is a jazz concert pianist booked for a concert tour in the midwest and the racially-segregated south of the U.S. in 1962. Dr. Shirley hires a driver, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (played by the great Viggo Mortensen), who doubles as a bodyguard. They travel in a 1962 turquoise four-door Cadillac DeVille.

Operations director appointed

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A new Northampton Area School District director of operations has been appointed.

Jonathan Jenny, NASD supervisor of facilities for a year and a half, will succeed NASD Director of Operations Robert J. Yanders, who retires Aug. 13 after 25 years working for NASD. Jenny has reported to Yanders.

Jenny’s appointment, effective July 1, was approved at the recommendation of the administration by a vote of 8-0 by the NASD Board of Education, with one school director absent, at the Jan. 14 meeting. Jenny’s annual salary will be $85,000, with benefits.

Movie Review: ‘The Mule’ profoundly Eastwood

Friday, January 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The only one who wants to live to be 100 is a 99-year-old.”

- Earl Stone,

“The Mule”

Director-actor Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” is profound and is profoundly Eastwood.

It’s a caustic, cute, crazy story about an elderly man, Earl Stone (Eastwood), down on his luck and money, who gets mixed up with a Mexican drug-running cartel.

Second round of bonds auction successful for Lehigh project

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A successful online auction for a second round of bonds was held to help finance the Lehigh Elementary School project.

Northampton Area School District Board of Education voted 8-0, with one school director absent, to adopt a resolution “authorizing the issuance of General Obligation Bonds, Series of 2019, in the aggregate principal amount of $9,640,000 for the purpose of funding a portion of the Lehigh Elementary School project and other capital projects and the costs of issuing the bonds pursuant to the Local Government Unit Debt Act of 1996.”

Tax hike in preliminary NASD budget

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

3.79% increase, use of fund balance would offset $5.6 million deficit

The Northampton Area School District 2019-20 preliminary general fund budget proposes a 3.79-percent tax increase that would increase the average property owner’s tax bill $121.27 annually.

The preliminary general fund budget has a deficit of $5,678,722.

Expenditures are $110,718,113, an increase of $3,714,808, or 3.47 percent, from 2018-19 expenditures of $107,003,305.

Revenues are $108,459,391, an increase of $1,456,086, or 1.36 percent, from 2018-19 revenues of $107,003,305.

Movie Review: Great ‘Scots,’ Elizabeth I

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mary Queen Of Scots” is bold, beautiful and brutal.

The history-based biography-drama has two extraordinary performances: Saoirse Ronan as Scotland’s beleagured queen, and Margot Robbie as England’s Queen Elizabeth I.

Director Josie Rourke, in her theatrical motion picture directorial debut, directs from a screenplay by Beau Willimon (Oscar nominee, adapted screenplay, “The Ides Of March,” 2011; creator, writer, TV’s “House Of Cards,” 2013-18) and John Guy (“Mary Queen Of Scots” is based on his book, “My Heart Is My Own,” 2004).

Movie Review: Nanny dearest, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mary Poppins Returns” isn’t as bad as I thought it might be.

Nor is it as good as I wanted it to be.

“Pish posh,” as Mary Poppins might say.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is the near-perfect 2018 holiday season release.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is paced by a terrific performance by Emily Blunt as the nanny Mary Poppins.

It also features a great performance by Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack the Lamplighter.

NAHS library receives book written by Class of 2001 graduate

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A book written by a Northampton Area High School graduate has been donated to the high school library.

“To Master the Boundless Sea: The U.S. Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of Empire” (2018, University of North Carolina Press) by Jason W. Smith is a nonfiction book about the rise of the U.S. Navy and the emergence of America as a sea power.

Smith, a NAHS Class of 2001 graduate, is an assistant professor of history at Southern Connecticut State University.