Northampton Press

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Tax hike in preliminary NASD budget

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

3.79% increase, use of fund balance would offset $5.6 million deficit

The Northampton Area School District 2019-20 preliminary general fund budget proposes a 3.79-percent tax increase that would increase the average property owner’s tax bill $121.27 annually.

The preliminary general fund budget has a deficit of $5,678,722.

Expenditures are $110,718,113, an increase of $3,714,808, or 3.47 percent, from 2018-19 expenditures of $107,003,305.

Revenues are $108,459,391, an increase of $1,456,086, or 1.36 percent, from 2018-19 revenues of $107,003,305.

Movie Review: Great ‘Scots,’ Elizabeth I

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mary Queen Of Scots” is bold, beautiful and brutal.

The history-based biography-drama has two extraordinary performances: Saoirse Ronan as Scotland’s beleagured queen, and Margot Robbie as England’s Queen Elizabeth I.

Director Josie Rourke, in her theatrical motion picture directorial debut, directs from a screenplay by Beau Willimon (Oscar nominee, adapted screenplay, “The Ides Of March,” 2011; creator, writer, TV’s “House Of Cards,” 2013-18) and John Guy (“Mary Queen Of Scots” is based on his book, “My Heart Is My Own,” 2004).

Movie Review: Nanny dearest, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mary Poppins Returns” isn’t as bad as I thought it might be.

Nor is it as good as I wanted it to be.

“Pish posh,” as Mary Poppins might say.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is the near-perfect 2018 holiday season release.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is paced by a terrific performance by Emily Blunt as the nanny Mary Poppins.

It also features a great performance by Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack the Lamplighter.

NAHS library receives book written by Class of 2001 graduate

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A book written by a Northampton Area High School graduate has been donated to the high school library.

“To Master the Boundless Sea: The U.S. Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of Empire” (2018, University of North Carolina Press) by Jason W. Smith is a nonfiction book about the rise of the U.S. Navy and the emergence of America as a sea power.

Smith, a NAHS Class of 2001 graduate, is an assistant professor of history at Southern Connecticut State University.

NASD school board approves two borough library trustees

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Two trustees for Northampton Area Public Library’s board have been approved by Northampton Area School District Board of Education.

School directors voted unanimously 9-0 at the Dec. 17 meeting to approve, at the recommendation of the NASD administration, the appointment of Daniel Belletti, of Walnutport, and Jane Yagerhofer, of Bath, each to terms from Jan. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2021.

In other business at the Dec. 17 meeting, school directors voted 9-0 to approve:

Movie Review: ‘Ralph’ rules ‘The Internet’

Monday, December 24, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Ralph Breaks The Internet” is not about the latest Ariana Grande music video going viral nor about a Russia troll farm hacking United States’ social media.

The animated sequel to “Wreck-It-Ralph” (2012) is more clever than that. Ralph doesn’t only “break” the internet, he wrecks it. They don’t call him “Wreck-It-Ralph” for nothing.

Movie Review: Who stole ‘The Grinch’?

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Grinch” almost stole the Christmas movie. The 2018 iteration of the Dr. Seuss’ classic takes a lot of the fun out of previous versions of “The Grinch.”

The real question is: Who stole “The Grinch”? That said, the film has its amusing moments and is gorgeous to look at.

The primary source material (other than The Grinch and his machinations being inspired by Charles Dicken’s Scrooge in the “A Christmas Carol” 1843 novella) is the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” 1957 children’s book written and illustrated by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel.

Spring groundbreaking targeted for new Lehigh Elementary

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

The Lehigh Elementary School project is on track for groundbreaking in spring 2019.

Henry Guarriello, senior project manager at D’Huy Engineering, Bethlehem, outlined the school project timetable at the Northampton Area School District Board of Education meeting Dec. 17.

“We are on target,” Guarriello said.