Northampton Press

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Movie Review: ‘It’

Friday, September 22, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“It” is one scary movie, yes, it is.

Coulrophobia, or a fear of clowns, is not all that unusual in children. A killer clown, known as Pennywise The Dancing Clown, takes advantage of that fire.

Pennywise isn’t the only scary thing in “It.” There are scary parents, scary teens and scary situations (jumping from a cliff into a quarry, youths throwing rocks at each other, and, scariest of all, an American Motors Pacer automobile).

Parent questions lack of pre-K transportation in district

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A mother whose son is in the pre-kindergarten program in Northampton Area School District has questioned why the district doesn’t provide busing for students to the program.

Angela Dudley, of Walnutport, said that an I-U 20 bus, traveling from Bethlehem Area School District, provides transportation one day per week for her son, Jayden, to the pre-K program at George Wolf Elementary School, Bath.

A conversation with Bakithi Kumalo at Allentown Art Museum

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Plan your “Third Thursday Arts Destination” at 6 p.m. Sept. 21, Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, when Bakithi Kumalo, renowned international musician, composer and educator, presents a program of music and conversation.

Kumalo, a Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa native who played a key role on Paul Simon’s landmark 1985 “Graceland” album and tours with the legendary singer-songwriter, will present a conversation with Tahya at the Art Museum.

Which Bond (James Bond) did it better?

Friday, September 15, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Perhaps no iconic motion picture character has created such a buzz among movie fans as Bond, James Bond.

Bond, referred to by his code name, 007, is a British Secret Service agent who first appeared in a 1953 book by British author Ian Fleming, a former naval intelligence officer who wrote 12 novels and two short story collections that took place 1951-1964.

As a movie franchise, Bond, at 24 (and counting) is only exceeded by “Godzilla,” at 29.

School board unplugs solar energy projects

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Legal proceedings, finances halt installation at Moore, Lehigh buildings

The sun has apparently set on solar energy power for Northampton Area School District.

Nearly seven years after a groundbreaking ceremony heralding solar power was held at Lehigh Elementary School and Moore Elementary School, NASD Board of Education approved, by a unanimous 9-0 vote and at the recommendation of the administration, to terminate its agreement with Energy Alliance Group LLC, Northampton, to provide solar power at the two schools.

Review: ‘Boy’

Friday, September 8, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Having seen the film, “The Only Living Boy In New York City,” I can’t wait to read the book.

Wait: There’s no book?

There is a book shown in the film, titled “The Only Living Boy In New York City,” written by W.F. Gerald (Jeff Bridges in full-stubble) in his pen name.

Oh, I guess that’s a prop book, or books, since there is a pile of them on a table at a book store scene.

‘Heroes Of Flight 93’: In the shadow of 9/11, we are forever family in new documentary

Friday, September 8, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The terrible trauma of 9/11 made us family.

Images of two hijacked airliners crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City and the aftermath Sept. 11, 2001, are indelibly burned into our memory.

We recall a third plane slamming into The Pentagon in Arlington County, Va.

And we remember the fourth plane burrowing into a field in Shanksville, Somerset County.

The Media People at it for 40 years

Friday, September 8, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Scott Stoneback’s The Media People, based in Alburtis, has been in the documentary film and video business for more than 40 years.

He continues documenting history. And his family continues careers in the media.

Francee Fuller is Marketing Manager, Barry Isett & Associates.

Their son, Ellis, is video editor for the reality TV show, “Say Yes To The Dress,” seen on The Learning Channel.

Their son, Robert, twin brother of Ellis, is managing editor, Ophthalmology Management magazine. Robert had written for East Penn Press.

District hires assistant coaches for 2017-18 school year

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Several assistant coaches for the 2017-18 school year have been hired in Northampton Area School District.

Hired at the Aug. 28 NASD Board of Education meeting, at the recommendation of the administration, were Robert Hahn, assistant boys soccer coach, at a stipend of $1,708, and Adam O’Hara, assistant girls volleyball coach, at $1,500.

Hired at the Aug. 14 NASD Board of Education meeting were Kayla Bringenberg, assistant cheerleading coach, $2,912, and Jacqueline Steidel, assistant cheerleading coach, $1,941.