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NASD to become ‘No Place For Hate’ district

Thursday, October 15, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Programs aimed at reducing bias, appreciating diversity, building respect

By the end of the 2015-16 school year, Northampton Area School District will be “No Place For Hate.”

That’s the goal of Dr. Kathleen E. Ott, NASD director of data, grants and special programs, who briefed officials about the initiative at the Oct. 12 NASD Board of Education meeting.

“By the end of the year, we’ll officially be a ‘No Place For Hate’ school district,” Ott said at the start of her PowerPoint presentation.

Ott said the district-wide initiative has goals for each school.

Moravian Book Shop opens second-ever location in center city Allentown

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Rev. Bob Stevens, pastor of Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ, the “Liberty Bell Church” in center city Allentown, said it best.

“On behalf of the oldest church in Allentown, we’re happy to welcome the oldest book store in America,” Rev. Stevens told a reporter for Lehigh Valley Press at the Sept. 30 ribbon-cutting at the Moravian Book Shop, Two City Center, 645 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

“This is beyond anything I could have hoped for,” Stevens added.

Theater Review: ‘Addams Family’ snaps in Civic LV debut

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Addams Family” is one of the best productions in the annals of Civic Theatre of Allentown.

It captures the spirit, frivolity and wackiness of the characters of the original Charles Addams’ cartoons published in The New Yorker 1938 - 1988, “The Addams Family” TV show (1964 - ’66), and “The Addams Family” theatrical movie (1991).

Moravian Book Shop opens second-ever location in center city Allentown

Friday, October 9, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Rev. Bob Stephens, pastor of Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ, the “Liberty Bell Church” in center city Allentown, said it best.

“On behalf of the oldest church in Allentown, we’re happy to welcome the oldest book store in America,” Rev. Stephens told a reporter for Lehigh Valley Press at the Sept. 30 ribbon-cutting at the Moravian Book Shop, Two City Center, 645 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

“This is beyond anything I could have hoped for,” Stephens added.

Going big ‘Catch Me If You Can’ in MunOpCo premiere

Friday, October 9, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“When we were looking at shows to do, one of MunOpCo’s calling cards has always been a Lehigh Valley premiere or a show with a large cast,” says MunOpCo board member Daniel Petrovich, director of the Lehigh Valley premiere of “Catch Me If You Can,” Oct, 9 - 11, Scottish Rite Cathedral, Allentown.

“We opted to go with a Lehigh Valley premiere and a cast of 30,” Petrovich emphasizes of the opening show for MunOpCo’s 88th season.

NSB approves transfers, appointments

Thursday, October 8, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

The Northampton Area School District Board of Education approved transfers, staff status changes, appointments and attendances at the Sept. 28 meeting.

School directors voted 8-0, with one director absent, to:

Rescind the academic sabbatical for Cornelius McHugh for the second semester of the 2015-16 school year.

Appoint Cynthia Dauscher, curriculum online technology, data entry and retrieval secretary, effective on or about Sept. 30, at a salary of $18.08 per hour, with benefits.

Theater Review: ‘November’ just the ticket for comedy

Friday, October 2, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Playhouse is ahead of the political trends with the Lehigh Valley regionally-produced premiere of “November,” an acerbic look at Washington, D.C., politics.

With the general election in Pennsylvania next month and the presidential debates ongoing in advance of the 2016 United States presidential election, the Playhouse couldn’t have chosen a more timely comedy.

“November” continues at 8 p.m. Oct. 2, 3; 3 p.m. Oct. 4; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8; 8 p.m. Oct. 9, 10, and 3 p.m. Oct. 11, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem.

Movie Review: ‘Maze’ sequel is a bummer

Friday, October 2, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Maze Runner” was an unexpected surprise in the genre of theatrical movie adaptations of young adult dystopian science fiction.

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials“ is pretty much a mess.

The first film was “Hunger Games” without the reality show trappings. It was “Lord of the Flies,” with every teen out for his or herself. Who in a middle school or high school homeroom, study hall or cafeteria has not experienced that?

Since the sequel is not worth spending your hard-earned part-time job or parents’ spending money on, we’ll cut right to the spoiler alert:

Zombies.