Northampton Press

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Review: ‘Quiet Place’

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“A Quiet Place” is a minimalist horror movie.

What is not minimal is the movie’s seat-gripping tension. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic 2020 when creatures rule and are having humanity over for brunch.

“A Quiet Place” stars Emily Blunt, wife of the movie’s director, John Krasinski. Blunt plays an expectant housewife, Evelyn Abbott, married to Lee Abbott, played by Krasinski. They and their two children, Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Marcus (Noah Jupe), live on a farm.

Press newspapers receive 25 awards in 2018 Keystone contest

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Lehigh Valley Press newspapers received 25 awards in the 2018 Professional Keystone Press Awards for work published in 2017.

The Bethlehem Press and its contributors received 12 Keystone Awards.

Salisbury Press received four Keystone Awards.

Parkland Press received three Keystone Awards.

Northampton Press received three Keystone Awards.

Catasauqua Press received two Keystone Awards.

East Penn Press received one Keystone Award.

LV house sales decline 6.7 percent in February

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

House sales in the Lehigh Valley declined 6.7 percent in February after increasing 2.6 percent in January.

Closed sales for February were down 6.7 percent to 421 houses sold, compared to 451 houses sold in February 2017, according to the February report of the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR).

Closed sales for January were up 2.6 percent to 442 houses sold, compared to 431 houses sold in January 2017.

For the year-to-date, closed sales are up 0.8 percent to 889 houses sold, compared to 882 houses sold year-to-date 2017.

Movie Review: Virtually ‘Ready’

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Ready Player One” is an elaborate, labyrinthine, challenging movie. In some ways, “Ready Player One” is a non-movie. Rather, it’s a cinematic videogame.

Its storyline is about a complicated virtual reality videogame played in real time, simulataneously in the real world and in the virtual world. It’s a movie that folds back on itself, turns inside out, moves backwards and forwards, up and down, and sideways with plot twists and visual twists that wiil test the most attentive movie-goer.

NASD seeks to reduce tax hike

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Administration may eliminate baking elective, replace with Spanish class

The Northampton Area School District administration is trying to create the right recipe to reduce the 2018-19 district budget tax hike.

The NASD administration presented proposals to the board of education April 9 that would lower the tax hike to 2.88 percent, down from the 3.9-percent hike approved by school directors.

Among the proposals is to eliminate The World of Baking elective course in the family consumer science program for ninth grade. The course and teacher would be replaced by a Spanish course and teacher.

DECA Club is raising funds for upcoming national contest trip

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

The Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) chapter at Northampton Area High School has raised $58,000 to underwrite its trip to the DECA International Conference April 20-25 in Atlanta, Ga.

“We raised $42,000 at the bingo game for our upcoming trip to Atlanta,” Tara Mrazik, NAHS business department chair and DECA adviser, told Northampton Area School District administrators and school directors at the March 26 board of education meeting.

In April, DECA participants are selling sandwiches to raise more money for the trip.

Board to weigh Lehigh school financing

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

High school principal is named district’s new assistant superintendent

Two options are under consideration to finance the $34.2 million Lehigh Elementary School project.

A vote on the options is expected to be on the agenda of the next Northampton Area School District Board of Education meeting, 6:30 p.m. April 9.

Also expected to be on the April 9 meeting agenda is an update on the 2018-19 district budget by NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik and NASD Business Administrator Terry Leh.

Review: ‘Wrinkle’

Friday, March 23, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“A Wrinkle In Time” is a terrible film.

It’s so bad that I felt ripped off after I spent my $10.49 to see it the other evening.

It might be worth seeing at a $5 all-day special or second-run price. Its content might merit a 30-minute short, but not a feature-length movie.

“A Wrinkle In Time” has extensive special effects sequences that are not particularly special nor very effective.