Northampton Press

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Review:‘Get Out’

Friday, April 7, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Get Out” is a weird, wild and wacky horror film.

The theatrical movie screenplay and directorial debut by Jordan Peele (Emmy recipient, Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, for TV’s ”Key and Peele” (with Keegan-Michael Key), 2016; writer, theatrical feature, “Keanu,” 2016), is also a phenom.

The budget of “Get Out” was about $4.5 million. As of the March 31 weekend, “Get Out” has grossed $156.9 million domestically.

Dept. of Education approves budget exceptions

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

School district could approve 2017-18 plan with tax increase above 3.1-percent ceiling

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved the Northampton Area School District’s application for exceptions to raise taxes above the mandated ceiling.

“We received the approval of the exceptions,” NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kovalchik announced to administrators and school directors at the March 27 NASD board of education meeting.

The board voted Jan. 23 to authorize the administration to advertise that it planned to seek approval from PDE for exceptions.

LV house sales down 4.4 percent in February

Friday, March 31, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of houses in the greater Lehigh Valley declined for the second straight month in 2017, but at a lesser rate.

Closed sales dropped by 4.4 percent in February to 433 houses sold, compared to 453 in February 2016, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR).

On a bright note again, pending of houses sales in the Lehigh Valley were again up by double digits in February.

Pending sales were up 16.6 percent in February to 687, compared to 589 in February 2016.

Lehigh Valley Press garners 20 Professional Keystone Press Awards

Friday, March 31, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Bethlehem Press was again a big winner in the annual Professional Keystone Press Awards.

Overall, Lehigh Valley Press received 20 Keystone awards in the 2017 contest.

Of the total number of awards received by The Press newspapers, the Bethlehem Press and its contributors received 17 Keystones and the newspaper received the Sweepstakes Award in its division for the fourth year in a row.

District hires borough schools assistant principal

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

Cora Snyder was administrator in Allentown, will start new job in July

An Allentown school administrator will become the new assistant principal of Borough Elementary Schools in Northampton Area School District.

Cora Snyder was hired as assistant principal of Borough Elementary Schools, effective July 1, at a salary of $78,000, with benefits, by a vote of 8-0 by the NASD board of education, with one school director absent at the March 27 meeting.

After the vote, Snyder told directors and administrators, “I just want to thank you for welcoming me on board. It’s a very family feeling in the district.”

Movie review: Wolverine shows claws in ‘Logan’

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s called “Logan.”

Who, you might ask, is Logan?

After a blockbuster opening weekend, you may be among the few in the whole wide world who does not know that Logan is the name of Wolverine, here downplayed as a comic book superhero and presented more as a human being, albeit, a so-called mutant human being, played again with brooding gusto by Hugh Jackman.

Board confirms Sallit as borough schools principal

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The acting principal of Borough Elementary Schools has been appointed to lead the two borough schools in Northampton Area School District.

Renee Sallit, acting principal, was appointed principal of Borough Elementary Schools, effective March 14, at a salary of $91,500, prorated, with benefits, by a vote of 8-0, with one school director absent, at the March 13 board meeting in the district administration building.

Sallit, named acting principal Jan. 3, succeeds former borough schools principal Carol Cunningham, longtime district employee who retired.

Theater Review: The ‘Stuff’ that journeys are made of

Friday, March 10, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Complete and Authoritative Tour of Holy Stuff” is a multi-media presentation, continuing through at 8 p.m. March 10 and 11 and 2 p.m. March 12, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem, about what makes us tick and rings our bells.

It’s around the world in 80 mimes as Emma Ackerman, who created and performs the one-woman show, continuing at 8 p.m. March 10 and 11 and 2 p.m. March 12, wordlessly leads the audience through a series of vignettes about the search for the meaning of life.

‘Moonlight’

Friday, March 10, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Moonlight” is an extraordinary slice-of-life film, representing in the best sense what cinema is all about: to take us to places where we may not typically go in our life or imagination.

The film’s unusual cinematography elevates the material to a dream-like state, which contrasts with remarkably realistic performances and a spare soundtrack that makes the film even more captivating.

“Moonlight” is based on a semi-autobiographical play, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, with the screenplay written by the film’s director Barry Jenkins.