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On target

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

New school construction has started

The walls are going up at the new Lehigh Elementary School, for which the construction project is on schedule.

“Maybe we’ll be fortunate to be done on time,” Northampton Area School District Board of Education President David Gogel said.

“We will,“ said Henry Guarriello, senior project manager with D’Huy Engineering Inc.

The $35.7 million Lehigh Elementary is scheduled to open for classes in fall 2021.

LV house sales down two-straight months; drop 2.7 percent in August

Friday, September 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

House sales in the Lehigh Valley again declined, down in August, which is toward the close of the peak sales season.

July also saw a decline in house sales. And, in June, sales were flat, with no increase at all. Sales were up slightly in May.

September can be considered part of the peak house sales season as closings sometimes extend into the month.

The comparison of house sales is year to year. The actual number of houses sold stayed about the same from month to month during the 2019 summer sales season.

Movie Review: ‘It” takes two; too long

Friday, September 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It is a very long chapter.

At nearly three-hours-long, “It Chapter Two” makes the case for more than one sequel. This is one case where two sequels would have been better than one.

At least each sequel would have probably been shorter.

“It Chapter Two” returns us to the fictional Derry, Me., 27 years later. The impetus is a pact made by The Losers Club, when they were pre-teens, to return to Derry if Pennywise, the killer clown, ever returns to his malevolent ways.

He does.

And they do.

New coordinator sought for Odyssey of the Mind program

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Melinda McCann is entering her 10th year as coordinator of Odyssey of the Mind, a student enrichment program run by community volunteers in the Northampton Area School District. During the Aug. 12 NASD Board of Education meeting, McCann, an instructional assistant for the NASD gifted student program, said this is her last year as coordinator and she may not have a successor to lead Odyssey.

‘Hobbs & Shaw’

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s an odd movie title: “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.”

How can a movie present two of its characters?

Perhaps the title was chosen so as to not confuse the movie with the “Calvin and Hobbes” daily newspaper comic strip (1985-1995) by United States cartoonist Bill Watterson.

Just kiddin.’

There’s no confusing the comic strip with “Hobbs & Shaw,” although the action movie’s plot line is paper-thin and the dialogue might as well be enclosed in cartoon word balloons.

Board addresses news source concerns

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Solicitor responds to question on district’s transgender bathroom policy

Concerns about news sources for students and transgender bathroom use in the district were brought before the Northampton Area School District Board of Education at its Sept. 9 meeting.

“Students are being forced to watch CNN,” Michael Meyers, of Walnutport, claimed.

“It was brought to my attention that you’re promoting a particular news station,” Jerry Pritchard, of Lehigh Township, said. “Why don’t you let the TV go on at home, not in the school district?”

NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik responded that the district is not showing CNN.

Boys lacrosse coach is hired

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Geoffrey Chenworth has been hired as the Northampton Area School District head boys lacrosse coach, effective for the 2019-20 school year, at $8,119.

In other business at the Aug. 26 NASD Board of Education meeting, school directors also voted unanimously 9-0 to approve:

• Contract between the NASD and Paul Buechle as a psychoeducational evaluator at $625 per evaluation, plus mileage, for not more than 12 evaluations, from Sept. 15 to June 30, 2020

• Resignation of Helen Deegan as study hall instructional assistant at Northampton Area High School, effective Aug. 7

Movie Review: Inspiring ‘Maiden’ voyage

Monday, September 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Mothers, take your daughters to see “Maiden.”

Fathers, take your daughters to see “Maiden.”

Mothers, take your sons to see “Maiden.”

Fathers, take your sons to see “Maiden.”

In fact, everyone should see “Maiden,” an inspirational documentary film about Tracy Edwards, who led the first all-female crew on the yacht, “Maiden,” to compete in the 1989-1990 Whitbread Round the World Race.

167th Allentown Fair: A world of rock stars, culinary events, exhibits and bringing the country farm life to the city

Saturday, August 31, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Great Allentown Fair, a Lehigh Valley classic for 167 years, welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors to experience its big-name outdoor concerts, rides, games, novelty attractions, food and, most importantly, a showcase of products, livestock, photography, arts, crafts and collectibles from the region’s farms, gardens and homes.

The Allentown Fair, ranked as one of the Top 50 fairs in the United States, kicked off Aug. 27 with “Preview Night” and continues through Sept. 2, Labor Day, Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th, Liberty and Chew streets, Allentown.

‘Laughs at The Lyric’ series to debut in Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall

Saturday, August 31, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Allentown Symphony Association and ArtsQuest have announced a partnership to present a new comedy series, “Laughs at The Lyric,” in The Lyric Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The series debuts at 8 p.m. Sept. 25 with a comedy show headlined by Roya Hamadani, Tyler Rothrock and Darryl Charles.

The series continues at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 and Nov. 20, with headliners to be announced.

“The Lyric Room at Miller Symphony Hall has been such a great addition to downtown Allentown,” said Allentown Symphony Association Executive Director Al Jacobsen in a press release.