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The Press 12th annual Student Poetry Project

Friday, April 28, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To commemorate National Poetry Month in April, the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites present the 12th annual Student Poetry Project.

Please see Page B1 and B3 and the Focus pages online for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.

Students whose poems appear on Page B1 read their poems and were interviewed on the April 17 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio Station, WDIY, 88.1,

NASD board prefers 2.99% tax hike

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Vote on adoption of proposed budget will be on May 8 meeting agenda

Based on a straw poll, a 7-2 majority on the board of education appears to favor the administration’s proposed 2.99-percent tax hike for the 2017-18 general fund budget for Northampton Area School District.

The informal poll of school directors was taken by NASD Business Administrator Terry Leh at the April 24 board meeting.

Stating they’d support a 2.99-percent increase in district property taxes for the next school year were school directors Dr. Michael Baird, John Becker, James Chuss, Chuck Longacre, Robert Ment- zell, Judy Odenwelder and Vice President Chuck Frantz.

Review: ‘Boss’

Friday, April 21, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Boss Baby” is a refreshingly entertaining animation feature comedy.

It’s short on concept, but long on style.

Tim (voiced by Miles Christopher Bakshi, grandson of legendary animation feature film director Ralph Bakshi, of “Fritz the Cat,” 1972, and “Heavy Traffic,” 1973, fame) is the center of his family, loved by his doting parents, Mom (Lisa Kudrow) and Dad (Jimmy Kimnmel).

Tim’s world is shaken with the arrival of a baby, “The Boss Baby” (voiced by Alec Baldwin) of the movie’s title, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase, no less.

Seng named 2017 history teacher of year

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Northampton Area Middle School eighth-grade social studies teacher Michael Seng has been named the 2017 History Teacher of the Year by the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society.

Seng, a United States veteran who served in Iraq, makes announcements at the middle school concerning important dates in U.S. history.

“We also do the days that are infamous,” Seng said at the April 10 NASD board of education meeting, where his teacher of the year honor was lauded.

Movie Review: ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’

Friday, April 14, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Zookeepers’ Wife” is a powerful film about courage and bravery during World War II. It’s based on a true story.

Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who founded and ran the Warsaw Zoo, saved the lives of an estimated 300 Jews following the Nazi invasion of Poland. Jews were smuggled out of the notorious Warsaw Ghetto before its occupants were transported in train boxcars to concentrations camps.

Kinky Friedman rides again in Godfrey Daniels debut

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Kinky Friedman is anything but predictable.

That bodes well for his concert, 7 p.m. April 19, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem.

Friedman promises a mix of the old and new. In between such Kinky classics as “They Don’t Make Jews Like Jesus Anymore” and songs from his most recent album (2015), “The Loneliest Man I Ever Met,” expect to hear rants and raves from the iconoclastic singer-songwriter who rose to fame, or infamy, in the 1970s with his band, Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys.

Proposal could lower NASD tax hike

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

School board hears details of budget option with 2.99-percent increase

A new proposal, if approved, may lower the expected property tax increase for 2017-18 in Northampton Area School District.

The NASD administration is recommending to reduce the percentage increase to 2.99 percent, down from the 3.47-percent increase first proposed.

The 2.99-percent increase would increase millage by 1.53 mills, from the 2016-17 millage of 51.24 mills to 52.77 mills for the 2017-18 district general fund budget.

That’s under the state-mandated 3.1-percent tax increase for the district’s 2017-18 budget.

Review:‘Get Out’

Friday, April 7, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Get Out” is a weird, wild and wacky horror film.

The theatrical movie screenplay and directorial debut by Jordan Peele (Emmy recipient, Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, for TV’s ”Key and Peele” (with Keegan-Michael Key), 2016; writer, theatrical feature, “Keanu,” 2016), is also a phenom.

The budget of “Get Out” was about $4.5 million. As of the March 31 weekend, “Get Out” has grossed $156.9 million domestically.

Dept. of Education approves budget exceptions

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

School district could approve 2017-18 plan with tax increase above 3.1-percent ceiling

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved the Northampton Area School District’s application for exceptions to raise taxes above the mandated ceiling.

“We received the approval of the exceptions,” NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kovalchik announced to administrators and school directors at the March 27 NASD board of education meeting.

The board voted Jan. 23 to authorize the administration to advertise that it planned to seek approval from PDE for exceptions.