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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.

NASD contracts with I-U for remediation

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

The Northampton Area School District Board of Education has approved a letter of agreement between NASD and Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 to provide remedial instruction in reading and math to nonproficient students in qualifying nonpublic schools at a cost of $13,110 for instruction; $132 for parent involvement programming; and 3 percent of the total for CIU 20 administrative service fee. Costs for the nonpublic school services are covered through a 2017-18 Title I grant.

NASD school directors also voted 9-0 at the Sept. 25 board meeting to approve:

LV median house prices reach near decade-high levels; closed sales up 2 percent near end of summer season

Friday, September 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley continue to increase as the peak summer sales season drew to a close.

And according to The Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR), median home prices are being reported that haven’t been seen in nearly a decade.

The median sales price in August was $205,000, a 2.8 percent increase from a year ago and $2,000 less than the $207,000 figure reached in July 2008. The decade high for median sales price is $215,000 in July 2007.