The 2018-19 preliminary general fund budget of $107.5 million for Northampton Area School District has a $6 million deficit that will be balanced by taking $3.8 million from the district fund balance and increasing property taxes by 3.9 percent.
“It’s early in the process, and there are many unknowns. The proposed percentage tax increase will come down before final approval in June,” NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik stated in an email to The Press.
House sales in the Lehigh Valley rebounded in November 2017, bouncing up 7.7 percent.
According to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report released Dec. 12, there were 661 houses sold in November, compared to 614 houses sold in November 2016 for an increase of 7.7 percent.
The up-tick follows two months of declining sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley.
Closed sales decreased 5.8 percent in October to 672 houses sold, compared to 713 houses sold in October 2016.
Up there was Dwayne Johnson on the big movie theater screen larger than life (and he’s large “in” life), battling a giant gorilla, then a giant wolf and then a giant alligator.
For a moment, I thought it was the opening scene for “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” in which Johnson stars and for which he’s a producer (through his Seven Bucks Productions), but it was the preview for “Rampage” (2018), in which Johnson stars.
Who could tell the difference?
Committee appointments for 2018 have been made by Northampton Area School District Board of Education.
School directors voted 9-0 at the Dec. 4, 2017, reorganization meeting for the following committee appointments:
Act 93: Dr. Michael Baird, David Gogel
Contract negotiations: Chuck Frantz, Roy Maranki, Ross Makary
Employee benefit trust: Baird
Expulsion: John Becker, Frantz, Gogel, Robert Mentzell
Facilities: Becker, Frantz, Chuck Longacre, James Chuss
K-Kids Foundation: Makary
Meet and discuss: Mentzell, Becker
“Darkest Hour” takes us deep inside Buckingham Palace, British Parliament and the Underground for the intrigue of Great Britain as a nation hovering on the brink of World War II.
The excellent, engaging and inspiring “Darkest Hour” can be viewed as a companion piece to another great film of 2017, writer-director-producer Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.” The dilemma of some 300,000 British soldiers stranded on the beach of France’s coast across the English Channel figures prominently in “Darkest Hour.”
The very title, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” is a teaser. No spoiler alert here, but, whether you’re an intense fan or casual fan of “Star Wars,” be prepared to be moved by the latest in what is the greatest science-fiction movie franchise on the planet.
With so many platforms competing for your time and dollar, the depth, range and success of the platform that is Lehigh Valley stage is rather remarkable.
Yes, theater is live and well and entertaining in the Lehigh Valley.
Northampton Area Konkrete Kids Educational Foundation has donated $133,000 to Northampton Area School District.
Bill Conner, president of Konkrete Kids Foundation Board, also said in his report at the Dec. 18 Northampton Area School District Board of Education meeting that the foundation donated $25,000 this year and $33,000 last year to the district.
Conner announced the foundation has launched a new program: the Distinguished Alumni Award.
With support of the school’s Drama Boosters, the theater program is poised to build on its record of 20 Freddy nominations and two Freddy Awards in 13 years of competition.
2016 — “Oliver!”: winner, Outstanding Featured Performance by an Actress, Madison Lahr as Nancy
2015 — “Once Upon a Mattress”: nominated, Outstanding Use of Costumes; nominated, Outstanding Featured Performance by an Actor, Nickolas Campbell as King Sextimus
2014 — “Bye Bye Birdie”: nominated, Outstanding Featured Performance by an Actress, Karen Fucia as Mrs. Mae Peterson
“Wonder” is a wonderful film that deals with the topic of bullying and should be seen by school students and families.
The film is not presented as an anti-bullying film per se and it is much more than that.
“Wonder” is about August “Auggie” Pullman, who has undergone 27 surgeries after he was born with mandibulofacial dystosis, known as Treacher Collins Syndrome.