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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Movie Review: ‘Dragon’ the line

Friday, March 8, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Disney Pixar is the gold standard for feature animation films.

Disney Pixar feature animation films include “Toy Story,” “Up,” “Cars,” “Frozen,” “Finding Nemo,” “Wall-E” and “Coco.”

Disney Pixar’s feature animation film supremacy is challeged with DreamWorks Animation’s “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.”

“How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is stunningly-beautiful, with a positive storyline that emphasizes values that shouldn’t offend any family that chooses to see it.

Movie Review: Chapter and ‘Verse’

Friday, March 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.”

- Stan Lee (1922-2018)

“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” takes a new approach to the comic-book superhero feature movie genre.

It’s more like an old-school approach.

“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” is the first animation feature film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Teachers, board approve contract 5-year agreement includes average 2.9% salary increase

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

A new teachers contract has been approved in Northampton Area School District that provides for an average 2.9-percent pay hike over the life of the five-year contract.

NASD Board of Education members voted 8-0, with one school director absent, at its Feb. 25 meeting to approve the contract. There was no discussion by board members before or after the vote. The vote on the contract was a last-minute addition to the agenda.

Northampton Area Educators Association voted to approve the new contract earlier in the day Feb. 25.

Movie Review: ‘Roma’

Friday, February 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Roma” is a fascinating film not so much for what it reveals, as for what it doesn’t reveal.

“Roma” is a revealer of the obvious.

In this, “Roma” director Alfonso Cuarón shows us “A Day In The Life,” or in the instance of “Roma,” a year in the life of a Mexican family, 1970-1971.

The film’s title references Mexico City’s Colonia Roma area. The film is semi-autobiographical, based on the life of Cuarón, who wrote, directed, filmed, co-edited and produced “Roma.” It’s a celluloid memory.

January house sales down 5.7 percent in LV

Friday, February 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

The Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) reported that January data showed a flat, but stable, start to 2019 for house sales.

But the big story for the Lehigh Valley house market is that the average sales price and median sales price decreased in January, compared to January 2018.

Also, an increase in new listings may reverse a trend.

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley decreased 5.7 percent in January, with 448 houses sold, down from 475 houses sold in January 2018. according to the GLVR.

Board to open Lehigh school bids March 12

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Groundbreaking expected to take place in April

Even Mother Nature can’t stop plans for the new Lehigh Elementary School, with a pre-bid meeting held as the expected groundbreaking approaches.

A pre-bid meeting, set for 4 p.m. Feb. 12 at Lehigh Elementary School, was postponed until 4 p.m. Feb. 13 because of a snowstorm. Bids, with a maximum project cost of $35,788,356 and a maximum building construction cost of $25,535,000, will be opened 2 p.m. March 12. Bid information is on the website of Lehigh school project architects, KCBA Architects, Drawings for the project were available Feb. 1.

Movie Review: Not a ‘Favourite’

Saturday, February 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Favourite” has extensive use of the fisheye camera lens.

A fisheye lens is a wide-angle lens that achieves visual distortion. The resulting image is that of a panoramic or hemispherical view.

In “The Favourite,” rooms, columns, and even people often appear curved. The fisheye lens is not used in every scene. Extreme closeups are also used to great effect, such as for Emma Stone’s captivating eyes.

Ready for snow with new plow

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

NASD Board of Education approves plans for purchase of pickup truck

The snow must go on.

And soon, a new snowplow will be at the ready in Northampton Area School District.

Before the Feb. 11 NASD Board of Education meeting got underway, a winter storm warning issued through Tuesday night forced NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik to announce the cancellation of Feb. 12 classes. At the meeting, plans to purchase a snowplow truck moved into high gear.

“We have to act on the truck sooner than later,” Kovalchik said.

“Can you get it by tomorrow?” Kovalchik quipped to NASD Director of Operations Robert J. Yanders.

Review: ‘The Upside’

Friday, February 8, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The upside about the movie, “The Upside,” is that it’s entertaining, thought-provoking and uplifting.

Kevin Hart plays Dell Scott, whose parole officer mandates that he find a job. Bryan Cranston plays Phillip Lacasse, a wealthy self-help author who is a person with a disability, quadriplegia, after being injured in a para-glider accident.

Dell Scott is hired to be Phillip Lacasse’s in-home health-care worker, much to the dismay of Nicole Kidman, who plays Yvonne Pendleton, Lacasse’s home office manager.