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Pipeline proximity

Thursday, November 27, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

NASB concerned for Moore Elementary

A proposed natural gas pipeline is expected to be less than one-half mile from Moore Elementary School and some Northampton Area School Board members are concerned about it.

"It scares me to death," board member Jean Rundle, who represents Moore Township on the school board, told a reporter for The Press after the Nov. 24 NASD school board meeting. "I think it's too close to our school," Rundle said.

Movie Review: To 'Interstellar' and beyond

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Interstellar" goes to infinity and beyond.

While we don't have Buzz Lightyear of "Toy Story" fame, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney of "Gravity" (2013) or the crew of "Apollo 13" (1995), we do have the mystery and awe of "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) and its sequel "2010" (1984).

In a word, we have: Wormhole.

It's a concept that even Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, author and director of the Hayden Planetarium, New York City, has been at pains to explain in analyzing "Interstellar."

NASD approves $10,000 for Northampton school plays

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A new account has been created for the production of theater at Northampton Area High School.

There is now a fall play activity account and a spring musical activity account.

Northampton Area School Board, on the recommendation of the NASD administration, by a 9-0 vote at the Oct. 27 meeting, approved the transfer of $5,000 from the drama club account into each of the new accounts for a total of $10,000.

Movie Review: 'Nightcrawler' broadcasts thrills

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Nightcrawler" is an odd name for a thriller about a freelance broadcast news TV journalist.

Apparently, "Pathological Videographer" was already taken.

And "Pathological Videographer" just doesn't have the same ring to it as does "Nightcrawler."

"Nightcrawler" is an apt description of Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) as the pathological videographer.

NASD saves $309,578 annually in energy

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Northampton Area School District officials have put a lot of energy into saving energy.

Their efforts are paying off.

Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik said the district netted a $309,578 savings in energy costs in the past year.

Energy was on the Nov. 10 agenda with approval of a contract extension with the district's electricity supplier.

With the 2015 opening of the new Northampton Area Middle School, there's apparently more energy savings on the way.

The energy savings was accomplished in several ways.

Movie Review: 'St. Vincent' going for the gold

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The title "St. Vincent" is ironic.

Vincent (Bill Murray) is the furthest person from a saint. He's an alcoholic. He's profane. He's gruff beyond belief to most everyone he meets. His has a smoke ring for a halo.

And yet, there is, as we find out in the comedy-drama "St. Vincent," the heart of a saint beating beneath Vincent's thick geezer skin.

Spotlight On: Claudia Schmidt brings 'Order' to Godfrey's

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Claudia Schmidt is back with a new CD, new tour dates and renewed enthusiasm for her craft.

Schmidt, a highly-regarded singer-songwriter returns at 8 p.m. Nov. 8 for a duo concert with Sally Rogers at Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. Opening the concert is Bonnie Wren.

"It's been spittin' snow a bit," Schmidt says in a phone interview from her residence in the upper Midwest.

At Godfrey's, Schmidt will play old favorites. She will sing lead. Rogers will sing lead, perhaps with Schmidt accompanying on dulcimer. They'll put together the set list that day.

Northampton School Board approves resignations, hirings

Thursday, November 6, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

The Northampton Area School Board approved a number of resignations, by unanimous 9-0 votes at the recommendation of the administration at its Oct. 13 meeting:

· Patricia Daubenspeck, grade 1 elementary teacher, for retirement, effective June 2, 2015, or the last teacher day of the 2014-15 school year;

· Mark Jonkman, music teacher, for retirement, effective June 2, 2015, or the last teacher day of the 2014-15 school year;

· Lisa Manno, spring musical vocal director-advisor, effective Sept. 22;

Board gives kudos to new school

Thursday, November 6, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Members of the Northampton Area School Board liked what they saw on their hard-hat construction tour of the $80.7-million Northampton Area Middle School and Secondary Campus Renovation Project Oct. 27.

"Having been in the old middle school when the architects made their presentations, what I saw today is phenomenal," said school board member Dr. Michael Baird following the tour. "It's all concrete and concrete block. It's going to last a long time."

"It looks amazing," said school board Vice President Jennifer Miller.

Moravian College 'interested' in Boyd for theater program

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Moravian College is interested in using downtown Bethlehem's closed Boyd Theatre for its theater department productions.

Notices were recently posted on the Boyd Theatre facade that it is scheduled for a December sheriff's sale in Northampton County Court for unpaid property taxes estimated at $31,000.

The Boyd, 30 W. Broad St., between Main and New streets, closed in May 2011.

When contacted by The Lehigh Valley Press, Moravian College president Bryon L. Grigsby stated in an email: