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Monday, July 16, 2018

Movie Review: ‘Thread’ bared

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Phantom Thread” is a creepy romance about “the mangled tebs we weave” (“the tangled webs we weave”). It’s Masterpiece Theatre meets Alfred Hitchcock.

Director John Paul Anderson’s screenplay is about a 1950s’ fictional London couturier, Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lews), who treats people like so many manequins upon which to drape his designs.

“Let’s take her for a walk,” Woodcock says to his new muse in town, Alma (wonderfully chimerical Vicky Krieps), referring not to the model, but rather to how the garment is carried by the model.

Many variables could impact NASD 2018-19 budget

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

While Northampton Area School District taxpayers may be circling the wagons in the face of a possible tax hike for the 2018-19 school year, the calvary may be headed to the rescue. Or more to the point, FedEx Ground and other commercial projects may be headed to the rescue with increased tax revenue.

NASD Board of Education has approved the preliminary budget for 2018-19 with a general fund of $107,532,563, athletic fund of $219,125 and food service fund of $2,446,795.

Valley house sales up 4 percent in 2017

Friday, January 26, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

December house sales in the Lehigh Valley concluded on a down note as 2017 see-sawed from month-to-month ups and downs.

In 2017 in the Valley, there were five months of increased sales (November, August, July, May, March) and seven months of decreased sales (December, October, September, June, April, February, January).

Closed sales for December 2017 were down 3.6 percent to 612 houses sold, compared to 635 houses sold in December 2016, according to the December report of the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR).

Movie Review: ‘The Post’ puts a 30 on it

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For ink-stained wretches like yours truly (in my 50th year of journalism), “The Post” is a nostalgia trip, set in 1971 when budding young journalists emerged from the then Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University and other institutions of higher-learning fueled by what was going on at The Washington Post and the New York Times.

Review: ‘Disney Frozen’ will melt your heart at PPL Center

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Disney, ice-skating and a great storyline combine for a spectacular “Disney On Ice Presents ‘Frozen,” through Jan. 21, PPL Center, Allentown.

The scene inside PPL Center opening night, Jan. 17, when the approximate 1 hour, 40-minute (including a 15-minute intermission) “Frozen” ice show was seen for this review, was symbolic of the scene outside with a snowfall and freezing temperatures. A “heat wave” of daytime temperatures to the 40s degrees fahrenheit is predicted for the Lehigh Valley through the Feld Entertainment show run.

Tax hike in NASD preliminary budget

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Superintendent says 3.9% increase expected to be lower by June approval

The 2018-19 preliminary general fund budget of $107.5 million for Northampton Area School District has a $6 million deficit that will be balanced by taking $3.8 million from the district fund balance and increasing property taxes by 3.9 percent.

“It’s early in the process, and there are many unknowns. The proposed percentage tax increase will come down before final approval in June,” NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik stated in an email to The Press.