Northampton Press

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Student increase requires teacher hire

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

NASD approves contract for enrollment projection study, redistricting analysis

On the first day of the 2019-20 school year in Northampton Area School District, an increase in fifth-grade enrollment at Col. John Siegfried Elementary School, Northampton, necessitated hiring an additional elementary school teacher.

As classes got underway Aug. 26, the NASD Board of Education approved hiring a consultant to see what other enrollment increases may be on the horizon, an issue that could determine the fate of existing buildings, new facilities and the district’s 90-some-acre Seemsville property.

41st Wheels of Time set for Aug. 23-25, Macungie

Friday, August 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 41st annual Wheels of Time “Rod & Custom Jamboree,” is Aug. 23, 24 and 25, Macungie Memorial Park, Main Street (Route 100), Macungie.

Appearing at the “Jamboree” is Michael “Horny Mike” Henry, an airbrush artist seen on “Counting Cars,” a reality TV show which began airing on 2012 on the History channel. Henry is nicknamed for placing three-dimensional horns on motorcycle helmets and vehicles.

Henry is expected to display his custom truck and trailer, robotic three-wheeler and motorized picnic table.

Six vie for title of 2019 Great Allentown Fair Queen

Friday, August 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 2019 Great Allentown Fair Queen, who reigns over the 167th agricultural and entertainment exposition, Aug. 27 - Sept. 2, Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th, Liberty and Chew streets, Allentown, will be crowned on “Preview Night,” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27, RCN Farmerama Theater on the Fairgrounds west side.

Six contestants are vying to succeed 2018 title-holder McKenzie Corinn Hagenbuch of Emmaus and win a $1,500 scholarship provided by Lehigh-Northampton Pomona Grange No. 68 and the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market.

House sales in Lehigh Valley decline 7.2 percent in July

Friday, August 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

House sales in the Lehigh Valley took a dive in the midst of the peak housing sales season.

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley dropped a significant 7.2 percent, with 814 houses sold, compared to 877 houses sold in July 2018, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report released Aug. 13.

Closed sales for the first seven months of 2019 are up slightly, 0.2 percent, to 4,791 from 4,780 for the first seven months of 2018.

School district teachers arrive for 2019-20 academic year

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

While the start of classes for students for the 2019-20 school year is Aug. 26 in Northampton Area School District, the first day for teachers and staff was Aug. 19, an in-service day.

Teachers and staff also reported Aug. 20, 21 and 22.

Kindergarten student orientation continues 2 p.m. Aug. 22 at Moore Elementary School. Borough’s first-grade orientation is 9:30 a.m. Aug. 23.

‘It’s about the audience’ Easton State Theatre’s Shelley Brown previews venue’s 2019-2020 season

Friday, August 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 93rd season of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, as with previous seasons, is a work in progress.

“We’re confirming things right and left that we add,” says State Theatre President and CEO Shelley Brown.

Tickets for the new season at the State Theatre go on sale to the public Aug. 15. Tickets for State Theatre members went on sale Aug. 1.

“The biggest challenge is confirming things for the brochure. That’s the basis for the season, to which we continually add. There’s always more,” Brown continues.

Review: ‘Lion King’

Friday, August 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

I went to see “The Lion King” prepared to not like it.

Try as I do to not read or hear reviews before I see a movie to review, it was difficult to avoid the buzz for “The Lion King.” Publicity about the movie, which opened with a near-record $185 million at the box office in its first weekend and has grossed $473 million to date in the United States, was everywhere.

Call it “The Lion” Ca-Ching.

Kindergarten enrollment forces hiring

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

NASD students return to classrooms Aug. 26

Increased kindergarten enrollment in two elementary schools for the 2019-20 school year has necessitated the hiring of two kindergarten teachers in Northampton Area School District.

Enrollment increases occurred at George Wolf Elementary School, Bath, and Lehigh Elementary School, Lehigh Township.

The NASD Board of Education voted 9-0 at its Aug. 12 meeting to hire Gina VanLuvanee at George Wolf Elementary School, at an annual salary of $53,366 with benefits, and Kristin Burger at Lehigh Elementary School, at an annual salary of $52,755 with benefits, each effective Aug. 19.

Allentown Band is all on board for Buster Keaton classic

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Allentown Band is on board to perform a live soundtrack for the 1926 Buster Keaton silent film, “The General,” to be shown on the big screen, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

“I’m using Civil War music whenever I can,” says Allentown Band Conductor Ron Demkee, “but also the kind of background music that fits the action onscreen. There are obvious chase scenes.”