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NASD tax hike proposed

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Property owners in Northampton Area School District face a 3.14-percent tax hike, based on the preliminary 2013-14 general fund NASD budget unveiled at Monday night's school board meeting.

Based on the NASD average assessment of $57,376.49, property owners would see their school tax bill rise from $2,676.61 to $2,767.84. This represents an increase of $91.23, annually; $7.60, monthly, and $1.75, weekly.

The 2013-14 NASD general fund budget calls for expenditures of $89,287,609 and revenues of $84,974,699, with a deficit of $4,312,910.

'Les Miz' big-screen dazzler

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Les Miserables" is an astounding movie, rivaling the best movie musicals ever.

The Top 10 all-time movie musicals, according to an American Film Institute list from 2006, are: 1. "Singing in the Rain" (1952), 2. "West Side Story" (1961), 3. "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), 4. "The Sound of Music" (1965), 5. "Cabaret" (1972), 6. "Mary Poppins" (1964), 7. "A Star Is Born" (1954), 8. "My Fair Lady" (1964), 9. "An American in Paris" (1951), and 10. "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944).

While even a list as prestigious as that of AFI is debatable, put "Les Miserables" on your must-see list.

Movie Review: 'This' is Apatow's home movie

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you're ever invited to the Apatows, you may want to politely decline.

That's because, based on writer-director Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," filmed in and around his Four Season hotel interior decor-styled Los Angeles area home, you will be subjected to a barrage of rude, lewd and crude invective, diatribes and behavior.

"This Is 40" is an often desperate attempt at comedy. I found the movie mostly insufferable. "This is 40" is Judd Apatow's home movie.

'Journey' to Middle-earth

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Despite its title, there's not too much that's unexpected in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

There are goblins, wizards, trolls, rock monsters and, of course, dwarfs.

This should please fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973) novels, on which "The Hobbit" is based, as it did my son, Elias, who accompanied me to a 3D screening of "Unexpected Journey."

It was the second time Elias saw "The Hobbit" movie. The first time he saw it was in the regular format. Elias said the 3D version enhanced some scenes, but it's not necessary to see "The Hobbit" in 3D.

'Our hearts go out'

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Board makes Newtown tribute

A pause for a prayer for the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims and their families, a diving board for the middle school project, movement on the long-stalled district solar energy project and a new five-year contract with the district superintendent.

These topics were among those at Monday night's Northampton Area School Board meeting the week before Christmas, a meeting muted by a tragedy that has resonated with educators, parents and students across the nation.

THEATER REVIEWS APT gets into 'Every Christmas' spirit

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Every Christmas play and movie tells a story.

Allentown Public Theatre (APT)'s production of "Every Christmas Story Every Told (And Then Some!)," through Dec. 23, the Salemme Foundation, Allentown, manages to tell nearly all of them.

The comedy with music, written by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alverez, premiered in 2003 at Cape May Stage, Cape May, N.J.

Ang Lee serves a slice of 'Pi'

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

As the end of the year 2012 rapidly approaches, director Ang Lee's remarkable "Life of Pi" is one film to put on your holiday season list.

"Life of Pi" recounts a deeply-moving spiritual journey that is fascinating and thought-provoking, and will linger with you long after you've viewed it.

Many of the images provide a relaxing, meditative quallity that lift "Life of Pi" from that of movie-going to that of a cinematic experience. Those who enjoy wildlife, nature films, folk tales, parables and fables will enjoy "Life of Pi."

At Bucks, 'Life' is 'Wonderful'

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The triple-threat (acting, singing, dancing) actors in Bucks County Playhouse's production of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," take a page or pages from director Frank Capra's 1946 Classic starring Jimmy Stewart and transfer the fable of American life to the New Hope stage, where it continues through Dec. 30.

The stage adaptation by Joe Landry was first presented in 1997.

Good grades for new school

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Residents request swimming pool

The $80.7-million Northampton Area Middle School project received good grades during a meeting attended by nearly 200 Dec. 6 in the Northampton Area High School auditorium.

Following a 30-minute presentation by district Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik and Michael Kelly, principal, KCBA architects, more than one dozen district residents who spoke were generally positive as they stepped up to the microphone.

Several residents urged the school board to vote for the building of a new swimming pool as part of the project.

NASB reorganizes

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The Northampton Area School Board has retained its president, but has chosen a new vice president.

During the annual reorganization meeting Dec. 3, which preceded the regular board meeting, board member David Gogel was retained as president, receiving seven votes, with school board member Dr. Michael Baird receiving two votes.

Board member Jane Erdo was elected vice president. She received five votes, with Jean Rundle, the incumbent vice president, receiving four votes.

"I'd like to thank Jean [Rundle] for her last few years as vice president," said Gogel.