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New supervisor of facilities appointed for school district

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A new supervisor of facilities for Northampton Area School District has been appointed.

By a unanimous 9-0 vote, NASD Board of Education appointed Jonathan Jenny as supervisor of facilities, effective Dec. 4, at a salary of $63,000, with benefits.

Robert J. Yanders continues as NASD director of operations, to whom Jenny will report.

In other business at the Oct. 23 board meeting, school directors voted 9-0 to approve:

Resignation: Jason Winchenbach, assistant boys volleyball coach, effective July 18;

September house sales decrease 3.5 percent

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley declined as the summer selling season ended.

Closed sales decreased 3.5 percent in September to 697 houses sold, compared to 722 houses sold in September 2016, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report.

For the year to date, closed sales increased 4.2 percent, to 6,322, compared to 6,065 for the year to date in 2016.

On a positive note, pending sales increased 12.5 percent in September to 739, compared to 657 in September 2016.

Construction of new Lehigh Elementary approved

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Board votes to build rather than renovate; new school will be ready for 2021-22 year

7:11 p.m. Oct. 23 — that’s when time ran out for the 63-year-old Lehigh Elementary School.

By a unanimous 9-0 vote, the Northampton Area School District Board of Education voted to build a new school on the site of Lehigh Elementary, 800 Blue Mountain Drive, Lehigh Township.

The choice was one of two options for Lehigh Elementary School. Option one was to renovate the existing building. Option two was to build a new school on the same site.

School Director Dr. Michael Baird moved to bring option two to a vote, seconded by Director Roy Maranki.

Review: ‘American Made’

Friday, October 13, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus


If even a portion of “American Made” is factual, then a reassessment of major portions of United States foreign and domestic policies might be in order.

“American Made,” which stars Tom Cruise as Barry Seal, a TWA commercial airlines pilot, turned CIA reconnaissance pilot, turned cocaine-drugs-weapons and insurgents smuggler, is “Based on A True Story,” according to the movie’s opening credits.

However, a web site for “American Made” states the movie is “Based on a True Lie.”

Whom do you believe?

Renovate or build new Lehigh school?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

NASD board will decide fate of elementary building Oct. 23

At 63 years, Lehigh Elementary School may be ready for retirement.

For Northampton Area School District School Board President David Gogel, it’s a bittersweet prospect.

“That was my first year there in school — 1956,” said Gogel, who attended Lehigh Elementary 1956-62. “If a new school is going to be more efficient, it’s the way to go.”

Based on a study of repairs and improvements needed at Lehigh, it would almost cost as much to renovate the building, built in 1954, as to build a new school at the same location, 800 Blue Mountain Drive, Walnutport.

Review: ‘Kingsman’

Friday, October 6, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is one confusing, entertaining mess of a movie.

On the one hand, you have the charming British cast returning from the original, ”Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2015): Taron Egerton (Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, aka Galahad, a holdover from the Brit Lad culture), Colin Firth (Harry Hart, aka the original Galahad, the suave spy and ever the gentleman), and Mark Strong (Merlin, a gizmo wizard).

Civic at 90: Gala celebration, capital campaign for 2017-18 season

Friday, October 6, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To celebrate the 90th season, “The Secret Garden” is back at Civic Theatre of Allentown as is Civic’s celebrity capital campaign co-chair, star of television and screen, Christine Taylor, who, as a child, performed on Civic’s stage.

“It’s so fortuitous that it’s our 90th season, but we’re also closing and opening. It’s a birthday, but a new birth. There’ll be a grand re-opening,” says Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders.

Civic Theatre”s 90th Anniversary Celebration Gala is 7 - 10 p.m. Oct. 27 at The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage, Allentown.