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Monday, January 21, 2019

Movie Review: ‘Jurassic’ sequel World’

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A more forthright title for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” would have been “Jurassic World: Franchise Builder.”

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” sequel to “Jurassic World” (2015), is second in a trilogy, with “Jurassic World 3” set for 2021 release. Universal Pictures distributes the “Jurassic Park” (1993, 1997, 2001) movies, including “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”

Theater Review: ‘Hairspray’ a fabulous ‘do at Munopco

Saturday, June 30, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Munopco Music Theatre production of “Hairspray: The Broadway Musical” is adorable kitsch.

Munopco “Hairspray” director Susan McDermott, and assistant director Vince Rostkowski, get it right: a mix of 1960s’ dance-craze nostalgia, in excellent choreography by Suzanne Baltsar, with dance captain Caitlin McLemore; in exuberant singing, with robust direction by Julius Sarkozy; in catchy costumes, with fabulous frocks and thrift-shop chic by McDermott, and clever set design, with pastel palette by McDermott, and lighting by Jonathan Tobias.

Program coordinator resigns

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Community education classes may have January start date

The community education program in Northampton Area School District may be in limbo following the resignation of Margaret Schell, the coordinator for five years and credited with making it solvent.

Schell’s resignation, effective June 22, was accepted by a unanimous 9-0 vote at the June 25 NASD Board of Education meeting.

The vote on Schell’s resignation was an addendum to the June 25 agenda. Following the meeting, NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik said he received Schell’s letter of resignation June 22.

Northampton school board directors are honored

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Northampton Area School District Board of Education and administration were so busy working on the 2018-19 NASD budget and discussing other matters that they forgot to honor their own.

January is School Board Recognition Month.

“We were a little bit late. We had a lot of meetings in the high school cafeteria,” NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik explained at the April 23 board meeting when the school directors were lauded.

Movie Review: ‘Incredibles 2’

Monday, June 25, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s just “Incredibles.”

Yes, the sequel, “Incredibles 2,” outdoes “Incredibles,” released nearly 15 years ago, in 2004.

“Incredibles 2,” as with many Disney-Pixar animation features films, is preceded by brief interviews with those who voice the characters, including Craig T. Nelson (Bob Parr-Mr. Incredible) and Holly Hunter (Mrs. Parr-Elastigirl), who joke about the lag time between the original and its sequel.” To paraphrase, they promise, “It’s worth the wait.”

They are correct.

Review: ‘Ocean’s 8’

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Ocean’s 8” is slick escapist fun, fueled by terrific performances by the leading females in its cast.

The movie is a remake of the successful “Ocean” caper movies, which began in 1960 with the release of “Ocean’s 11,” which starred the so-called “Rat Pack” of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.

A series of remakes, “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001), “Ocean’s Twelve” (2004) and “Ocean’s Thirteen” (2007) starred an ensemble cast that included George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt.

Lehigh Valley house sales decline in May for fourth month in a row

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley continued their percentage of decline into the second quarter of 2018 compared to the same time in 2017, just as the prime summer residential real estate sales season gets underway.

According to the May monthly report of the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR), closed sales were down a bit less: 8.5 percent with 765 houses sold in May, compared to 836 houses sold in May 2017.

Teachers are hired at Siegfried, Moore elementary buildings

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Several teachers have been approved for employment in the Northampton Area School District to replace those who have retired.

NASD Board of Education voted unanimously 9-0 at the June 11 meeting to hire:

• Ryan Hercik, elementary teacher, Siegfried Elementary School, effective Aug. 20, pending receipt of proper documentation, at $52,166, with benefits

• Ranim Sankari, elementary teacher, Siegfried Elementary School, effective Aug. 20, at $52,166, with benefits

Theater Review: ‘Beauty’ of a ‘Beast’ at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

Monday, June 18, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Disney Beauty And The Beast: The Broadway Musical” is the Disney version of the beloved fairytale about the bookish Belle who looks beyond the cover of the Beast to discover a Prince of a person inside.

The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) version is satisfying, fun and entertaining for the whole family. It’s really the kind of musical you can, and should, take your child, grandchild or a young family relative to see.