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Thursday, June 21, 2018

SouthSide Film Festival documents its 15th year

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s a benchmark year for the SouthSide Film Festival.

You might say, the Lehigh Valley’s oldest film festival that unreels June 12-16 on the south side of Bethlehem is documenting its 15th annual year.

“We are pretty documentary-heavy this year,” says SouthSide Film Festival Director Glenn Koehler, adding, “We ended up with a lot of really good feature-length documentaries this year.”

NASD budget vote is on June 11 agenda

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

2-percent proposed tax hike keeps baking elective, adds Spanish teacher

It’s been a long six months on the road to the Northampton Area School District’s 2018-19 final budget. The budget was first introduced Jan. 10. It was the middle of winter. The Jan. 8 school board meeting was postponed because of a snow/ice storm.

The first day of summer, June 21, is now approaching — and so is the deadline, June 30, for district budget approval.

The final budget is expected to be on the agenda for an up-or-down vote at the board of education meeting, to be held 6:30 p.m. June 11, in the NASD Administration Building, 2014 Laubach Ave., Northampton.

Article By: Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com

Monday, June 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Movie Review: Back to the ‘Star Wars’

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” takes us back to the halcyon days of Hollywood science-fiction film-making: You know, the days when characters, stories and plot development meant something.

“Solo” tells the story of the young Han Solo (played with astonishing alacrity by handsome and fresh-faced Alden Ehrenreich) and how he met his compatriots Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and Lando Calrissian (the wonderful and compelling Donald Glover of Childish Gambino music video fame).

NAMS has new STEAM concept

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

“We are full-steam ahead at Northampton Area Middle School,” said Patrice Turner, middle school principal.

Turner and a team of teachers presented the latest concept in innovative education May 21 to Northampton Area School District Board of Education.

STEAM, as in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, is an expansion, with the addition of the arts, to an approach that emphasizes hands-on participation by students, collaboration among students and an emphasis on the maker movement.

Probable NASD tax hike reduced to 2%

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Call it School Budget 2.0 — or, more precisely, 2.01.

That’s the percentage of tax increase Northampton Area School District Board of Education favors for the 2018-19 budget.

Based on a straw vote at the May 21 board of education meeting, seven of nine school directors said they favored the lowest possible tax increase: 2.01 percent, or an increase of 1.06 mills, which works out to a $61.72 annual increase, $5.14 monthly increase and $1.29 weekly increase based on the NASD average property assessment.

Concert Review: Stunning debut, milestones, and good vibrations at Bach Fest 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 111th Bach Festival went from the somber to the celebratory, with a few stops along the way for humor, classical music comaraderie, a commemorative presentation of Bach’s Bible, some good vibrations, and the most stunning guest vocalist debut in years.

The 2018 festival, May 11, 12, 18, 19, marked the 120th year of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. The May 11 and 12 first weekend was attended for this review.

Movie Review: ‘Tully’ a brave choice

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Tully” is an odd little film paced by a brave performance by a veteran, Charlize Theron, and a dymanic turn by a newcomer, Mackenzie Davis.

In “Tully,” not to be confused with the 2000 film of the same title, Marlo (Charlize Theron) is a suburban mother of two, who is expecting a child. She has taken a leave of absence from her job as a teacher, but is still harried.

County extension on offensive to curb Spotted Lanternfly threat

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

At one stage of its life, the Spotted Lanternfly looks like a red and black creature from a scary monster movie.

However, the Spotted Lanternfly threat is real and not some fictional movie plot.

Even so, true to a Hollywood creature feature, the government is ready to do battle.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $17.5 million to halt the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania.

Movie Review: Avenge of the movie reviewer

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Spoiler Alert: This movie review is going to avenge “Avengers: Infinity War.”

The hit movie, which broke domestic and international opening weekend movie box-office records, and continues to set records, is a bloated, computer-generated-imagery mess.

The Mavel Cinematic Universe is a very crowded universe in “Avengers: Infinity War,” with just about every character known to superhero fans in the movie, short of Inspector Gadget. Yes, I know he’s not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lucky him. It wouldn’t have surprised me if Jar Jar Binks showed up.