Northampton Press

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Theater Review: CKP ‘Eyes’ challenging material

Thursday, June 14, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP), noted for antic productions of orginal comedies, is presenting the world premiere of a serious drama, “A Softening Of Her Eyes,” written and directed by CKP co-founder Ara Barlieb.

The two-act play, featuring many of the CKP stable of players, continues at 8 p.m. June 15, 16 and 2 p.m. June 17 on the main stage of the Charles A. Brown IceHouse, Bethlehem.

School board OKs 2018-19 budget with tax hike

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Sole opposing director against including FedEx Ground projection in plan

By a vote of 8-1, Northampton Area School District Board of Education voted June 11 to adopt the 2018-19 final general fund, athletic fund and food services budget.

The 2018-19 general fund is $107,003,305. The athletic fund is $219,125. The food services fund is $2,446,795.

The general fund budget is increasing 4.15 percent from the 2017-18 general fund budget of $102,242,322.

To support the 2018-19 general fund budget, a property tax increase of 1.06 mills, or 2.01 percent, was approved, increasing the 2017-18 millage rate from 52.77 to 53.83 mills.

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Gala: Let the season begin

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The “Luminosity” Gala, capstone of fund-raisers in the Lehigh Valley, heralds the start of The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

An estimated 500 attended the annual gala June 2 at University Center, DeSales University, Center Valley. The theme of the gala was the red rose, a reference to the 2018 PSF season play, William Shakespeare’s “King Richard II,” July 19-Aug. 5, in repertoire with “Shakespeare in Love,” July 11-Aug. 5, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University.

SouthSide Film Festival documents its 15th year

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s a benchmark year for the SouthSide Film Festival.

You might say, the Lehigh Valley’s oldest film festival that unreels June 12-16 on the south side of Bethlehem is documenting its 15th annual year.

“We are pretty documentary-heavy this year,” says SouthSide Film Festival Director Glenn Koehler, adding, “We ended up with a lot of really good feature-length documentaries this year.”

NASD budget vote is on June 11 agenda

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

2-percent proposed tax hike keeps baking elective, adds Spanish teacher

It’s been a long six months on the road to the Northampton Area School District’s 2018-19 final budget. The budget was first introduced Jan. 10. It was the middle of winter. The Jan. 8 school board meeting was postponed because of a snow/ice storm.

The first day of summer, June 21, is now approaching — and so is the deadline, June 30, for district budget approval.

The final budget is expected to be on the agenda for an up-or-down vote at the board of education meeting, to be held 6:30 p.m. June 11, in the NASD Administration Building, 2014 Laubach Ave., Northampton.

Article By: Paul Willistein

Monday, June 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Movie Review: Back to the ‘Star Wars’

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” takes us back to the halcyon days of Hollywood science-fiction film-making: You know, the days when characters, stories and plot development meant something.

“Solo” tells the story of the young Han Solo (played with astonishing alacrity by handsome and fresh-faced Alden Ehrenreich) and how he met his compatriots Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and Lando Calrissian (the wonderful and compelling Donald Glover of Childish Gambino music video fame).

NAMS has new STEAM concept

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

“We are full-steam ahead at Northampton Area Middle School,” said Patrice Turner, middle school principal.

Turner and a team of teachers presented the latest concept in innovative education May 21 to Northampton Area School District Board of Education.

STEAM, as in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, is an expansion, with the addition of the arts, to an approach that emphasizes hands-on participation by students, collaboration among students and an emphasis on the maker movement.

Probable NASD tax hike reduced to 2%

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Call it School Budget 2.0 — or, more precisely, 2.01.

That’s the percentage of tax increase Northampton Area School District Board of Education favors for the 2018-19 budget.

Based on a straw vote at the May 21 board of education meeting, seven of nine school directors said they favored the lowest possible tax increase: 2.01 percent, or an increase of 1.06 mills, which works out to a $61.72 annual increase, $5.14 monthly increase and $1.29 weekly increase based on the NASD average property assessment.

Concert Review: Stunning debut, milestones, and good vibrations at Bach Fest 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 111th Bach Festival went from the somber to the celebratory, with a few stops along the way for humor, classical music comaraderie, a commemorative presentation of Bach’s Bible, some good vibrations, and the most stunning guest vocalist debut in years.

The 2018 festival, May 11, 12, 18, 19, marked the 120th year of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. The May 11 and 12 first weekend was attended for this review.