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Community education program to continue

Thursday, July 23, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

The Community Education Program in the Northampton Area School District will continue for another year.

The NASD Board of Education voted 8-0, with one school director absent at the July 13 meeting, to approve the program with Margaret Schell as coordinator of the program at a stipend of $3,821 for the 2015-16 school year.

The school board agreed that "she's (Schell) really done a great job with that program," and, as noted by NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kovalchik, the program turned a profit of $1,200, the first time it has done so in four years.

Traffic, ribbon-cutting, open house

Thursday, July 16, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Northampton Area Middle School nearing completion

New traffic patterns have been announced for the Northampton Area School District Secondary Campus, as have the dates for the ribbon-cutting and open house.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is Aug. 16, and community open house is Oct. 11 for the new Northampton Area Middle School.

The first home "Konkrete Kids" varsity football game is Sept. 11 in the refurbished Al Erdosy Memorial Stadium.

"When we have an open house, we want to make sure the building is complete," NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kovalchik told the school board at its July 13 meeting.

Theater Review: 'The Foreigner' is more than 'blasny, blasny'

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Blasny, blasny."

That's all you need to know about "The Foreigner," the side-splitting comedy through Aug. 2 (with the same repertory cast for "Henry V," opening July 18) at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Well, "Blasny, blasny," the phrase repeated by Jacob Dresch (Charlie Baker, "the foreigner" of the show's title), isn't actually all you need to know. For those not familiar with the Larry Shue play, we won't spoil the surprise.

Theater Review It's good to have 'Dolly' back again

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It's good to have "Hello, Dolly!" back again, in a bold, beautiful and loving Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production through July 26, Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theater and Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

Director Charles Richter has lavished affection on the classic musical, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart as based on the play, "The Matchmaker" by Thornton Wilder.

Movie Review: The 'Me' everybody should see

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Me And Earl And The Dying Girl" is the sleeper hit of the Summer of 2015.

Regardless of its box office tally, "MAEATDG" is the critical hit of the Summer of 2015. It's an astounding piece of cinema: bold concept, audacious style and compelling content.

"MAEATDG" won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the United States Dramatic Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It also won awards at the Nantucket and Seattle film festivals. The film was acquired for $12 million, the largest amount in Sundance history.

Theater Review: It's good to have 'Dolly' back again at MSMT

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It's good to have "Hello, Dolly!" back again, in a bold, beautiful and loving Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production through July 26, Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theater and Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

Director Charles Richter has lavished affection on the classic musical, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart as based on the play, "The Matchmaker" by Thornton Wilder.

School district's hiring list includes psychologist

Thursday, July 9, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

With the start of the 2015-16 school year less than two months away, staffing changes continue in the Northampton Area School District, including the hiring of a psychologist.

The NASD Board of Education voted 9-0 at the June 8 meeting to approve:

Carrie Berger, 12-month school psychologist, effective July 1, at an annual salary of $67,000 with benefits;

Melissa Breidinger, unpaid FMLA childrearing leave, benefits waived, Aug. 24-Oct. 6, and unpaid childrearing leave, Oct. 7-Nov. 3 with no benefits;

Movie Review: 'Ted 2' no teddy bears' picnic

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Ted 2" is no teddy-bears' picnic. And that's a big part of its rude charm.

The sequel by writer-director Seth MacFarlane, who voices the not so cuddly teddy bear named Ted, and co-wrote the screenplay with Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild (writing partners on TV's "Family Guy" animated comedy, 1999-2015) was guaranteed since the breakout hit "Ted" (2012), which McFarlane ("A Million Ways To Die In The West," 2014) also cowrote with Sulkin and Wild and directed (and gave voice to Ted), grossed $218.7 million domestically and $281.4 million internationally for a total $500.1 million.

Camp Invention turnout near capacity

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

The first Camp Invention brought a near-capacity turnout last week in Northampton Area School District.

There were 56 students from grades 4 through 6, of a possible 60-student capacity, in attendance 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. June 22 - 25 at Siegfried Elementary School, Northampton, for the summer enrichment program emphasizing the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education approach.

"The kids said, 'Awesome,'" Lydia Hanner, NASD Director of Curriculum and Instruction, reported at the June 22 board of education meeting.

James Taylor 'World' tour begins at Allentown PPL Center

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

James Taylor's music came of age when many Baby Boomers were putting the tumult of the times of the 1960s behind them, graduating college, heading into or getting out of the military, and launching careers and families.

As Boomers moved on from the breakup of the Beatles, the "Death of Hippie" in Haight-Ashbury, the post-Woodstock reality of the Rolling Stones' disastrous Altamont Festival concert, and the Love Generation dissolving with the Charles Manson cult Tate-LaBianca murders.

Along came Watergate and the Boomers were adrift in a sea of doubt.