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Middle School plan awaits PDE approval ASD board approves Act 34 hearing results

Thursday, October 4, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requirements for the Northampton Area Middle School project have been met and the paperwork is off to Harrisburg to await approval.

Two key elements of the $80-million project were backed by the Northampton Area School Board by an 8-0 vote, with one board member absent, at the Sept. 24 meeting.

The so-called PlanCon Part D, which involves the project accounting based on estimated projections, and PlanCon Part E, which has to do with the project design development, received approvals, as recommended by the NASD administration.

Eastwood fields the 'Curve'

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Forget about the trouble with the chair.

There's no trouble with Clint Eastwood in "Trouble with the Curve."

Eastwood is as delightfully cantankerous as ever as an elderly baseball scout named Gus who still pours over stacks of newspapers rather than log onto the computerized "Moneyball" statistical analysis approach to assess high school, college and other Major League Baseball prospects.

NASD makes AYP

Thursday, September 27, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Individual schools fall short in 2012

The good news is that, as a whole, Northampton Area School District was one of only nine school districts in Northampton and Lehigh counties to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

The bad news is that, individually, Northampton Area High School, Northampton Area Middle School and George Wolf Elementary School did not.

Siegfried Elementary School, Lehigh Elementary School and Moore Elementary School met the requirements for AYP.

Fishtank Ensemble: World music in one

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For members of Fishtank Ensemble, the music world is their oyster.

The cover of Fishtank Ensemble's latest CD, "Woman in Sin," looks like a pop-up greeting card with the eclectic music group's images in front of, or perhaps in, an aquarium surrounded by denizens of the deep.

Fishtank Ensemble, which played Musikfest in 2011, plays at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe.

Board approves land preservation

Thursday, September 20, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

If the Northampton Area School District School Board has anything to do with it, as much open space as possible will be retained in the district.

The school board voted 8-0, with one member absent Sept. 10, to approve Act 4. The measure would allow NASD landowners to freeze their property taxes at the rate when they decide to place their land in the program and agree to not sell the property for development purposes.

Drainage study needed

Thursday, September 20, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Middle school athletic field is targeted

A study and plan in connection with the Northampton Area Middle School project for a new drainage field and irrigation system has been approved by the Northampton Area School District school board.

The school board voted 8-0, with one member absent, to spend $24,000 to determine the feasibility of the project and provide for alternate bids.

The goal of the project is to build a drainage reservoir under a proposed athletic field on the site of the Northampton Area Middle School, once the 1968 facility is demolished after the new middle school is built and open for classes.

You be 'Frank,' I'll be 'Robot'

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Robot & Frank" is a cute comedy-drama that presents issues about growing old and health care for the elderly in a very entertaining way.

The film by movie producer turned first-time feature director, Jake Schreier, and TV writer-producer and first-time feature screenwriter, Christopher D. Ford, should garner an actor Oscar nomination for Frank Langella, previously nominated for his stunning portrayal of former President Richard Nixon in director Ron Howard's "Frost-Nixon" (2008).

'Rush': Fastest thing on reels

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The envelope, please.

That's the plot device on which, ahem, rides "Premium Rush," one of late summer's most adrenaline-charged movies.

The title refers to the speed, priority or experience of a New York City bicycle-courier delivering a high-priority message.

Never mind the definition. This film is the fastest thing on reels. You'll grip the arm of your movie theater seat, the person next to you (best to know him or her first) or your reporter's notebook (as was my case).

New drainage system mulled for middle school project

Thursday, September 6, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Would allow artificial turf on sports field

Construction of the new Northampton Area Middle School may result in a major project that won't necessarily be visible.

The Northampton Area School board and administration is considering a proposal for a new storm water sewer system in the vicinity of where the old middle school is now located.

In addition, the administration and board are considering artificial turf for the athletic field proposed for the site of the middle school after it's demolished.