Northampton Press

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Theater Review: ‘Young Frankenstein’ is alive at DeSales

Saturday, April 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Fans of Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder and especially their cinematic collaboration, the story and screenplay for the movie, “Young Frankenstein,” which Brooks directed, will especially enjoy the DeSales University Theatre Department Act 1 production of the stage musical adaptation, which continues through May 7, Main Stage, Labuda Center for The Performing Arts, Center Valley.

March LV house sales rebound 13.7 percent

Friday, April 28, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of houses in the greater Lehigh Valley rebounded in March to put first-quarter 2017 house sales in positive territory.

Closed sales increased by double digits, up 13.7 percent in March to 616 houses sold, compared to 542 in March 2016, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR).

For the first quarter of 2017, closed sales have increased 1.8 percent year to date, to 1,483 in 2017 from 1,457 in 2016.

Pending house sales in the Lehigh Valley were again up by double digits in March.

Review: ‘FFgr8’

Friday, April 28, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A movie sequel often doesn’t improve on the original movie.

After eight installments, “The Fate of the Furious” improves on nearly all of the previous seven “Fast and Furious” movies.

Call it “FFgr8.”

The first “The Fast and the Furious,” released in 2001, unleashed Universal Studios’ biggest franchise. Already, “Fast and Furious” nine and 10 are in preproduction.

The eighth installment brings back the crew of tart-tongued misfits and malcontents with hearts of bold, and gold.

The Press 12th annual Student Poetry Project

Friday, April 28, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To commemorate National Poetry Month in April, the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites present the 12th annual Student Poetry Project.

Please see Page B1 and B3 and the Focus pages online for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.

Students whose poems appear on Page B1 read their poems and were interviewed on the April 17 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio Station, WDIY, 88.1,

NASD board prefers 2.99% tax hike

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Vote on adoption of proposed budget will be on May 8 meeting agenda

Based on a straw poll, a 7-2 majority on the board of education appears to favor the administration’s proposed 2.99-percent tax hike for the 2017-18 general fund budget for Northampton Area School District.

The informal poll of school directors was taken by NASD Business Administrator Terry Leh at the April 24 board meeting.

Stating they’d support a 2.99-percent increase in district property taxes for the next school year were school directors Dr. Michael Baird, John Becker, James Chuss, Chuck Longacre, Robert Ment- zell, Judy Odenwelder and Vice President Chuck Frantz.

Review: ‘Boss’

Friday, April 21, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Boss Baby” is a refreshingly entertaining animation feature comedy.

It’s short on concept, but long on style.

Tim (voiced by Miles Christopher Bakshi, grandson of legendary animation feature film director Ralph Bakshi, of “Fritz the Cat,” 1972, and “Heavy Traffic,” 1973, fame) is the center of his family, loved by his doting parents, Mom (Lisa Kudrow) and Dad (Jimmy Kimnmel).

Tim’s world is shaken with the arrival of a baby, “The Boss Baby” (voiced by Alec Baldwin) of the movie’s title, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase, no less.

Seng named 2017 history teacher of year

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Northampton Area Middle School eighth-grade social studies teacher Michael Seng has been named the 2017 History Teacher of the Year by the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society.

Seng, a United States veteran who served in Iraq, makes announcements at the middle school concerning important dates in U.S. history.

“We also do the days that are infamous,” Seng said at the April 10 NASD board of education meeting, where his teacher of the year honor was lauded.

Movie Review: ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’

Friday, April 14, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Zookeepers’ Wife” is a powerful film about courage and bravery during World War II. It’s based on a true story.

Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who founded and ran the Warsaw Zoo, saved the lives of an estimated 300 Jews following the Nazi invasion of Poland. Jews were smuggled out of the notorious Warsaw Ghetto before its occupants were transported in train boxcars to concentrations camps.

Kinky Friedman rides again in Godfrey Daniels debut

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Kinky Friedman is anything but predictable.

That bodes well for his concert, 7 p.m. April 19, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem.

Friedman promises a mix of the old and new. In between such Kinky classics as “They Don’t Make Jews Like Jesus Anymore” and songs from his most recent album (2015), “The Loneliest Man I Ever Met,” expect to hear rants and raves from the iconoclastic singer-songwriter who rose to fame, or infamy, in the 1970s with his band, Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys.

Proposal could lower NASD tax hike

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

School board hears details of budget option with 2.99-percent increase

A new proposal, if approved, may lower the expected property tax increase for 2017-18 in Northampton Area School District.

The NASD administration is recommending to reduce the percentage increase to 2.99 percent, down from the 3.47-percent increase first proposed.

The 2.99-percent increase would increase millage by 1.53 mills, from the 2016-17 millage of 51.24 mills to 52.77 mills for the 2017-18 district general fund budget.

That’s under the state-mandated 3.1-percent tax increase for the district’s 2017-18 budget.