Northampton Press

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Movie Review: ‘Tully’ a brave choice

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Tully” is an odd little film paced by a brave performance by a veteran, Charlize Theron, and a dymanic turn by a newcomer, Mackenzie Davis.

In “Tully,” not to be confused with the 2000 film of the same title, Marlo (Charlize Theron) is a suburban mother of two, who is expecting a child. She has taken a leave of absence from her job as a teacher, but is still harried.

County extension on offensive to curb Spotted Lanternfly threat

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

At one stage of its life, the Spotted Lanternfly looks like a red and black creature from a scary monster movie.

However, the Spotted Lanternfly threat is real and not some fictional movie plot.

Even so, true to a Hollywood creature feature, the government is ready to do battle.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $17.5 million to halt the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania.

Movie Review: Avenge of the movie reviewer

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Spoiler Alert: This movie review is going to avenge “Avengers: Infinity War.”

The hit movie, which broke domestic and international opening weekend movie box-office records, and continues to set records, is a bloated, computer-generated-imagery mess.

The Mavel Cinematic Universe is a very crowded universe in “Avengers: Infinity War,” with just about every character known to superhero fans in the movie, short of Inspector Gadget. Yes, I know he’s not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lucky him. It wouldn’t have surprised me if Jar Jar Binks showed up.

School board keeps 2.88-percent tax hike

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

$9.9 million bond offering approved for new Lehigh Elementary project

A successful bond offering to provide $9.9 million toward the Lehigh Elementary School project has been approved unanimously by Northampton Area School District Board of Education at the May 7 meeting.

Also, school directors voted 6-3 to approve the proposed NASD 2018-19 budget with a 2.88-percent tax hike and voted 5-4 to reject the Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School budget.

Board approves Kuhns as new assistant curriculum director

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Northampton Area School District Board of Education voted unanimously 9-0 at the March 26 meeting to approve a new assistant director of curriculum.

Dr. Lori Kuhns, NASD assistant director of curriculum, will be promoted, effective July 1, at $120,418 annually, with benefits. Kuhns is principal of Lehigh Elementary School.

In other business at the March 26 meeting, school directors voted 9-0 to approve:

Athletic coaching staff member and stipend for the 2017-18 school year: Alan Hartzell, assistant softball coach, $1,956;

LV house sales drop 7.9 percent; prices climb more than 17 percent

Friday, April 27, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

House sales in the Lehigh Valley are in a two-months straight decline, down 7.9 percent in March, compared to March 2017.

Closed sales for 2018 so far are down 1.4 percent, with 1,507 houses sold, down from 1,528 sold year-to-date for 2017.

Meanwhile, the Average Sales Price leaped by double digits, up 17.5 percent in March, as did the Median Sales Price, up 17.6 percent, both compared to March 2017.

Consequently, the Housing Affordability Index took a double-digit nosedive in March, down 16.5 percent, compared to March 2017.

Review: ‘Isle’

Friday, April 27, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Wes Anderson is a very idiosyncratic film-maker.

Consider the titles of feature movies Anderson has directed.

From his first feature, “Bottle Rocket” (1996), to “Rushmore” (1998), “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001), “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (2004), “The Squid and the Whale” (2005), “The Darjeeling Limited” (2007), “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009), “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012), and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014), Anderson has created worlds of personalities, locations and emotions that defy description.

The Press 13th annual Student Poetry Project

Friday, April 27, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To commemorate “National Poetry Month” in April, the Lehigh Valley Press presents the 13th annual Student Poetry Project.

Please see the Focus pages on the Press web sites for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.

Students whose poems are published with their photos read their poems and were interviewed on the April 16 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on WDIY, 88.1, wdiy.org, Lehigh Valley Public Radio and NPR affiliate. The broadcast is available as a podcast on the WDIY web site.

Theater Review: Get ‘Into The Woods’ at DeSales’ Act 1

Friday, April 27, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Into The Woods” is a profound, deeply-moving musical that defies categorization, description, and even comprehension.

The Tony Award-winning musical (including best score: Stephen Sondheim, music and lyrics, and best book: James Lapine), which debuted in 1987 on Broadway, is complex and challenging even for the most devoted of theater-goers.