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Tax hike in NASD preliminary budget

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Superintendent says 3.9% increase expected to be lower by June approval

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.

November LV house sales rebound by 7.7 percent

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

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.

Movie Review: ‘Jumanji’

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

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?

NASD board appoints members to committees

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

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

Review: ‘Darkest Hour’

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“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.”

K-Kids foundation donates to district, creates new award

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

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.

Past Freddy Awards for NAHS

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

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