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School board hears proposal for class rank changes

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

New plan would eliminate recognition of valedictorian, salutatorian

Changes in class rank and graduation requirements are proposed for Northampton Area High School.

If codified by the Northampton Area School District policy committee and approved by the NASD Board of Education, students in the incoming ninth-grade class would be affected, beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, as of the 2018-19 school year, would not be affected.

“This is not impacting any students now in high school,” said NAHS Principal Robert Steckel during a one-hour presentation at the Dec. 18 school board meeting.

Movie Review: ‘Coco’

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Coco” is an astonishing animation feature film that explores an actual mythology, and one that is atypical for the mainstream cinema.

Who knew that a movie aimed at families and children based on the Mexican holiday of Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) would be a huge box office hit?

During the national holiday, families gather and pray for family and friends who’ve died, build private altars to them and visit their graves, in order to wish them safe passage in their spiritual journey on “the other side.”

Review: ‘Marshall’

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Marshall” is a powerful film about a Bridgeport, Conn., civil rights case in 1941 pivotal in the life and career of Atty. Thurgood Marshall, who in 1967 was the first African-American appointed to the United States Supreme Court.

Director Reginald Hudlin handles the controversial material with care, emphasizing the human drama and the importance of the case in Marshall’s career and the Civil Rights Movement.

High school theater program gets boost

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Board approves group to encourage community involvement, raise funds

At least one resident of Northampton Area School District claims the Northampton Area High School theater program doesn’t have a chance when it comes to the annual Freddy Awards.

Her assertion provided some drama at the Nov. 20 NASD Board of Education meeting.

“Why is the school district not supporting the drama club?” asked Jean Rundle, a former NASD school board member.

NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kovalchik noted that advisers, set designers and directors are paid for NAHS theater productions.

Movie Review: ‘Express’

Friday, November 24, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Murder On The Orient Express” isn’t exactly murder to watch, but it is painful.

While boasting a bravura turn as Hercule Poirot by Kenneth Branagh, who directs the star-studded extravaganza, the remake of the 1974 movie that was directed by Sidney Lumet, which is also based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie, is pretty much of a train wreck, literally and figuratively.

LV house sales decline again, down 5.8 percent in October

Friday, November 24, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

House sales have declined for two months in a row in the Lehigh Valley.

Closed sales decreased 5.8 percent in October to 672 houses sold, compared to 713 houses sold in October 2016, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report.

Closed sales had decreased 3.5 percent in September to 697 houses sold, compared to 722 houses sold in September 2016.

For the year to date, closed sales increased 3.6 percent, to 7,020, compared to 6,778 for the year to date in 2016.

Program of studies approved

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

School board honors Odenwelder

The new program of studies was approved for Northampton Area High School and a two-term school director was honored at the Nov. 20 Northampton Area School District Board of Education meeting.

School directors voted 7-0, with two directors absent, to approve the 2018-19 NAHS program of studies.

According to NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kovalchik, “The program will be presented to students, usually in small groups or classrooms. Information will be placed on the district website under the High School tab.”

Allentown Symphony Association seeks successor for executive director Evans

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

An interim executive director is being sought to succeed Sheila Evans, who has resigned as Allentown Symphony Association executive director.

Evans’ resignation was accepted at a Nov. 10 meeting of the symphony association executive committee, according to association board President Philip C. Jackson.

“Sheila’s done an excellent job to getting us to where we are today. With Sheila’s resignation, it is our hope that we can even take it to higher levels,” Jackson said of Miller Symphony Hall during a Nov. 12 interview with The Press.