Northampton Press

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Review: ‘Hitman’ amiss

Friday, September 1, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A truck drives into a crowd in the Netherlands, crashes and explodes.

Police, Interpol and international spies in high-end SUVs chase a suspect through city streets, smashing into vehicles.

An anti-crime expert is tortured, including the use of blindfolding and electric shock.

This is not fake news.

It is not real news.

It is “reel,” though, as in scenes from “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” theatrical feature movie.

Best-ever first day

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Kindergarten class is added at Moore

When it came to opening day for the 2017-18 school year in Northampton Area School District, Stephanie Chlebove hit the ground running.

“I got the call Thursday around 3 o’clock that I could come in Friday and set up for Monday,” Chlebove told a reporter for The Press after the Aug. 28 NASD Board of Education meeting when her hiring as a kindergarten teacher at Moore Elementary School was confirmed.

It’s official: A sellers’ market for homes in the Lehigh Valley

Friday, August 25, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of homes in the Lehigh Valley moved back into positive territory in July during the traditional house sales summer season.

And, according to real estate experts, it’s pretty much a sellers’ market in the Lehigh Valley.

Closed sales bounced back, increasing 2.7 percent in July to 756 houses sold, compared to 736 houses in July 2016, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report.

Closed sales had decreased 2.4 percent in June to 893 houses sold, compared to 915 in June 2016, according to the GLVR.

Movie Review: ‘Glass Castle’

Friday, August 25, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Glass Castle” is a difficult, if rewarding, film.

Among its attributes are Oscar nominee-worthy performances by Woody Harrelson as Rex Walls; Naomi Campbell as his wife, Rose Mary Walls, and Brie Larson as one of their four children, daughter, Jeannette Walls.

The film is based on the 2005 best-selling memoir, “The Glass Castle,” written by Jeannette Walls about her poverty-stricken upbringing by an alcoholic father and an eccentric mother in West Virginia. And that’s only part of the story.

Review: ‘Tower’

Friday, August 18, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Dark Tower” is a competent science-fiction film with several good performances.

The movie is based on the series of eight novels (1998-2012) written by Stephen King that stitches together several cinema genres and literary influences.

In “The Dark Tower” movie, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), known as the last Gunslinger, is battling Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), known as the Man in Black. Roland is trying to stop Walter from toppling the Dark Tower, purported to be the energy force that powers the universe.

NASD sets school dates for August, September

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Parents and students may still be working on their tans, which is no easy feat in this seemingly rainiest of summers. Be that as it may, you know back-to-school time is right around the corner when high school band practice starts.

Northampton Area High School’s band camp began 4-9 p.m. Aug. 7-11, continued 8 a.m.-noon and 5-8 p.m. Aug. 14-18 and continues 4-8 p.m. Aug. 22 and 24.

Northampton Area Middle School’s band camp was held 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 14-16.

NASD gets pre-K grants for Moore, Wolf

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Superintendent: Program has netted significant academic, social growth

Pre-K is a “go” for the 2017-18 school year in Northampton Area School District, thanks to a new state grant and continued Head Start of the Lehigh Valley funding.

The grant will fund a pre-K class for 4-year-olds at Moore Elementary School, Moore Township. Approximately 20 children are expected to attend. Because notification of the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts funding was received the week of Aug. 7, the class is scheduled to start Nov. 1.

Bud Cole ‘Celebration Of Life’ soars over Blue Mountain

Friday, August 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Kestrels circled in lazy patterns in the brilliant sky. A parasailer glided gracefully, looping back and forth. Far below rolled the green expanse of the valley and beyond, the hazy blue outline of the Pocono Mountains.

A long line formed in the lobby of Blue Mountain Resort-Summit Lodge, Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County. There were hugs, words of condolence and anecdotes as Bev Cole, Bud Cole’s widow, greeted all.

Allentown Band back at Waldheim Park for historic 102nd concert

Friday, August 4, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Allentown Band’s 102-year journey to Waldheim, Park, Allentown, continues with “A Musical Journey through American History,” 7 p.m. Aug. 8.

The Band performs historic, patriotic and popular tunes with special guests George B. Miller and Kate Scuffle, founders of Selkie Theatre, who will provide historical readings.

“In between each music piece, they’re going to reading something relevant to the period,” explains Pamela Varkony, concert chair for the Allentown Band concert conducted by Ron Demkee.