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Lake Bell in 'World' of her own

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"In A World ... "

You may have heard that phrase, intoned by Don LaFontaine at the beginning of movie previews, or trailers, as they are known.

LaFontaine, who died in 2008, was dubbed "the voice of God" for his recordings of more than 5,000 film trailers, and thousands of television commercials, network promotions and video game trailers.

LaFontaine parodied his own career in TV commercials for Geico Insurance and the "Mega Millions" lottery game.

A 'Konkrete Kontroversy'

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Petition demands change, says team nickname represents Ku Klux Klan

With the start of football season, the name of the Konkrete Kids Northampton Area High School football team has itself become a political football.

A nationwide petition, already said to be signed by 2,500 as of the Monday night deadline for this story, demands that Northampton Area School District change the nickname of its football team, as well as its sports teams and its school nickname because, the petition claims, the initials of "Konkrete Kids" spell out KKK, the initials for the Ku Klux Klan, a far right-wing organization.

Reaction in NASD has been vocal and swift.

'The World's End' does not suffice

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"It's the end of the world as we know it," to quote the 1987 R.E.M. rock song, and I was feeling fine until near the end of the movie "The World's End."

Then, as in so many movies nowadays, it seems all apocalypse breaks lose, and "World's End" ends in fire.

"Ice would suffice," to quote the 1920 Robert Frost "Fire and Ice" poem.

Instead, director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead," 2004; "Hot Fuzz," 2007; "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," 2010), loses his cool.

Christopher Hoenscheid named George Wolf acting principal

Thursday, September 5, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A longtime Northampton Area School District educator has been named acting principal of George Wolf Elementary School, Bath.

Christopher Hoenscheid was approved by a 7-0 vote at the Aug. 12 school board meeting, with two school board members absent, to the position for the first semester of the 2013-14 school year, with no change in salary or benefits, with a stipend of $5,500.

After the meeting, Hoenscheid told The Press the new school year, which began Aug. 26, is his 15th year at George Wolf where he has been a fourth-grade teacher.

Acting borough assistant principal introduced

Thursday, September 5, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

The Northampton Borough Elementary Schools have an acting principal for the 2013-14 school year.

Carol Cunningham was introduced at the Aug. 26 Northampton Area School Board meeting.

The borough elementary schools include Siegfried and Franklin.

Prior to becoming an acting principal, Cunningham has been a math instructional support teacher and head teacher for grades three to six.

Cunningham, in her 31st year as an educator, received a bachelor's degree in education from Kutztown University and principal certification from Cabrini College.

Oscar may like Blanchett in Allen film

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Blue Jasmine" is the 49th film directed and 71st film written by Woody Allen, including some shorts, in the 47 years since his first movie in 1966. He's already filming his next movie, an untitled feature scheduled for release in 2014.

Allen, noted for his hilarious social satires, has also made dramas, often including funny moments. "Blue Jasmine" is one such film.

A Turkey Day tumble

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The big game to return to Muhlenberg

The Big Game is back at 'Berg.

For the first time in more than 40 years, the Turkey Day football rivalry between the Northampton Area High School Konkrete Kids and the Catasauqua High School Rough Riders will take place at Muhlenberg College.

The gridiron classic took place at the Muhlenberg stadium, 2400 Liberty St., Allentown, from 1930 to 1968.

The football game moved to the Al Erdosy Memorial Stadium in 1969 after the stadium was completed and the Northampton Area Middle School opened.

Good opening day for NAHS campus

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Monday was the first day of classes at the Northampton Area School District Secondary Campus. According to district Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik, it went well.

Kovalchik should know. He was there helping to direct traffic, wearing a bright orange and green safety vest.

"Overall, I think it went very well," Kovalchik said at the Aug. 26 school board meeting.

Some 2,800 students, 300 staff members and 50 buses are accommodated during the morning school opening and afternoon closing hours for Northampton Area High School and Northampton Area Middle School.

'The Butler' did it

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Butler" is an eyewitness to history through the eyes of a White House employee during the presidential administrations of Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

In "The Butler" screenplay by Danny Strong (actor, "Mad Men"), the cauldron of the Civil Rights Movement is backdrop for the presidential procession as well as the story of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), a fictional White House butler inspired by the real-life Eugene Allen, who was on the White House staff for 34 years.

Movie Review: Fielding 'Elysium'

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Elysium" is a science fiction metaphor for the haves and have-nots of today.

In the year 2154, the super-rich live on a huge bicycle wheel-shaped space station orbiting Earth. It is a Garden of Eden. The wealthy are coddled in Boca-Raton meets Disney World surroundings. Health-care "med-pods" heal patients completely and quickly.

Down below, the whole Earth has become the Third World. Los Angeles is reduced to shanty towns such as those, for example, surrounding Mexico City.