By a vote of 8-1, Northampton Area School District Board of Education voted June 11 to adopt the 2018-19 final general fund, athletic fund and food services budget.
The 2018-19 general fund is $107,003,305. The athletic fund is $219,125. The food services fund is $2,446,795.
The general fund budget is increasing 4.15 percent from the 2017-18 general fund budget of $102,242,322.
To support the 2018-19 general fund budget, a property tax increase of 1.06 mills, or 2.01 percent, was approved, increasing the 2017-18 millage rate from 52.77 to 53.83 mills.
The “Luminosity” Gala, capstone of fund-raisers in the Lehigh Valley, heralds the start of The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.
An estimated 500 attended the annual gala June 2 at University Center, DeSales University, Center Valley. The theme of the gala was the red rose, a reference to the 2018 PSF season play, William Shakespeare’s “King Richard II,” July 19-Aug. 5, in repertoire with “Shakespeare in Love,” July 11-Aug. 5, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University.
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.”
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.
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).
“Deadpool 2” is a cesspool of graphic violence, gross profanity, snarky nihilism, and terrible puns.
We might be able to forgive everything but the terrible puns.
Then again, any film that pokes fun at singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is a plus.
Not that much of a plus, mind you.
Ryan Reynolds is back as Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.