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Oscar contest winner

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

We have a winner in the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest.

Michael Nonnemacher of Allentown correctly chose all seven recipients in the Focus section contest categories: Actor: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”; Actress: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”; Director: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”; Picture: “The Shape of Water,” and Animated Feature: “Coco.”

Preview of Lehigh project

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Construction of $34.2 million school is expected to begin in summer 2019

Construction of a new Lehigh Elementary School is expected to begin in 1-1/2 years.

A preview of the new $34.2 million school was provided at the Feb. 26 Northampton Area School District Board of Education meeting in the Northampton Area High School cafeteria.

“We’ll provide a lot of updates to the board this year,” said Michael Kelly, principal of project development, KCBA Architects, Hatfield, who helmed a PowerPoint presentation of site depictions, floor plans and artists’ preliminary renderings of the school exterior.

NASD signs off on Jaindl proposal

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Attorney to research CARD’s allegation

Trumping the Jaindl-Watson warehouse project by the Northampton Area School District Board of Education was not in the cards for an area citizens’ advocacy group.

School directors voted 7-2 to authorize school board President David Gogel to sign a “term sheet” between NASD and JW (Jaindl-Watson) Development Partners for “a transfer by easement and/or conveyance” of 13.09 acres of the district’s 92.32-acre Seemsville tract in East Allen Township.

Movie Review: ‘Black Panther’ is no marvel

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Black Panther” has everything: great cast, fantastic computer-generated imagery, and distinctive and impressive production design.

“Black Panther” has everything, except one thing: a solid screenplay.

While the film has been hailed as the first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) feature film directed by an African-American and with an African-American cast in lead roles, “Black Panther” is just another comic-book, violence-laden, science fiction superhero action film. “Black Panther” is no marvel.

Review: ‘Showman’

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Greatest Showman” puts on quite a show. It’s a movie made for Broadway.

While not billed as a movie musical per se, that’s indeed what “The Greatest Showman” is, thanks to the Oscar-winning (“City Of Stars”) song-lyricist team of “La La Land” (six Oscars, 2016) Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who are Oscar-nominated, original song, “This Is Me,” from “The Greatest Showman,” among their 10 outstanding original songs in the movie.

From its opening scenes, “The Greatest Showman” is a nearly all-singing, all-dancing, old-fashioned movie musical.

School board hears Jaindl development presentation

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Plan would relocate road, could increase tax revenue

The development is in the details.

David Jaindl, president and owner of Jaindl Land Company and representative of the Jaindl-Watson commercial development proposed at Route 329 and Seemsville Road in Allen Township, presented details of the project at the Northampton Area School District Board of Education meeting Feb. 12.

Lehigh Valley ‘Getting Grace’: Daniel Roebuck film premiere to benefit area nonprofits

Friday, February 9, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Lehigh Valley is “Getting Grace.”

“Getting Grace,” written, directed and produced by and starring Bethlehem native Daniel Roebuck, will have its Lehigh Valley debut March 3 at three venues in a benefit for several area nonprofits.

Roebuck made the announcement at a Jan. 30 press conference, punctuated by his trademark Roebuckian wit, at Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Bethlehem, where he was joined by some of the film’s actors, producers and crew, as well as Lehigh Valley tourism and business officials.