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Monday, January 21, 2019

Movie Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ will rock you

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is not only one of the best rock music biopics, it provides a reassessment of the music of the British rock band Queen and the life of Freddie Mercury, lead singer and one of the founders of Queen.

The movie has a stunning lead star turn by Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. Malek isn’t the only reason to see “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but he’s the main reason. Look for an Oscar lead actor nomination for Malek.

Lauding Larry: 2018 Baum School of Art gala honors long-time advocate Miley

Friday, November 9, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There was sumptuous food, a silent auction, action-painting, a friendly kidnapping, tango dancing, and a major donation in the name of Larry Miley, the 2018 honoree at The Baum School of Art “Fall Gala.”

Friends of Miley, a Baum School of Art board member for five decades, joined to honor him with donations to benefit the school.

Changes proposed to NAHS studies

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Program revisions said to be result of ‘regular conversations with students’

The Northampton Area High School Program of Studies for 2019-20 is expected to be voted on at the 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 Northampton Area School District Board of Education meeting in the administration building, 2014 Laubach Ave., Northampton.

Proposed changes to the program were unveiled by NAHS Principal Luke Shafnisky and NAHS Assistant Principal Kimberly Levin at the Nov. 5 school board meeting.

“It starts as soon as school starts,” Levin said of the planning and revisions to the program. “We’re trying to integrate the rigor and relevance of our course work.”

Movie Review: Skateboarding hits the concrete in ‘Mid90s’

Monday, November 5, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mid90s” is the theatrical feature film directorial debut of Jonah Hill.

Hill, who turns 35 in December 2018, has had a prolific acting career with some 60 roles, including increasingly serious roles (Oscar nominee, supporting actor, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” 2013; Oscar nominee, suporting actor, “Moneyball,” 2011) after starting out playing raunchy characters in comedies (“Superbad,” 2007).

Movie Review: ‘Colette’ seeks her writes

Monday, November 5, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Right before the credits roll at the end of the film, “Colette,” there are photos of the real-life Colette and information about her life as a novelist, music hall performer and journalist.

There’s a lot more to the life of Colette than what is included in “Colette” the film.

It makes you wonder why more details weren’t included in the fact-based “Colette.”

Movie Review: ‘Old Man’ Oscar

Monday, October 29, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Old Man & The Gun” is a throwback to 1970s’ “New Hollywood” film-making and the early films of, among others, directors Martin Scorsese, Frances Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Steve Spielberg and Brian Di Palma.

That “The Old Man & The Gun” has a 1970s’ look in production design, including cinematography, lighting, sets, costumes, vehicles, and music, shouldn’t be surprising because the fact-based story takes place in 1981 in Texas and nearby states and harks back to events of the previous decade.

LV house sales again decrease, down 9.7 percent in September

Friday, October 26, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

After a one-month uptick in closed sales for Lehigh Valley houses following six months of declines, sales of houses in the Valley decreased by nearly double digits in September.

Closed sales dropped 9.7 percent in September to 651 houses sold, down from 721 houses sold in September 2017, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) September report, released Oct. 15.

For the year-to-date, the percentage of closed sales for 2018 is down slightly, by 1.5 percent, with 6,267 houses sold, compared to 6,360 houses sold year-to-date in 2017.

NASD operations director, business administrator to retire

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Two top, longtime Northampton Area School District officials are retiring.

The NASD Board of Education voted unanimously 9-0 at its Oct. 22 meeting to accept the resignations of Robert J. Yanders, NASD director of operations, for retirement, effective Aug. 13, 2019, and Terry A. Leh, NASD business administrator, for retirement, effective June 30, 2019.