Northampton Press

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Turkey Day tumble

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The big game to return to Muhlenberg

The Big Game is back at 'Berg.

For the first time in more than 40 years, the Turkey Day football rivalry between the Northampton Area High School Konkrete Kids and the Catasauqua High School Rough Riders will take place at Muhlenberg College.

The gridiron classic took place at the Muhlenberg stadium, 2400 Liberty St., Allentown, from 1930 to 1968.

The football game moved to the Al Erdosy Memorial Stadium in 1969 after the stadium was completed and the Northampton Area Middle School opened.

Good opening day for NAHS campus

Thursday, August 29, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Monday was the first day of classes at the Northampton Area School District Secondary Campus. According to district Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik, it went well.

Kovalchik should know. He was there helping to direct traffic, wearing a bright orange and green safety vest.

"Overall, I think it went very well," Kovalchik said at the Aug. 26 school board meeting.

Some 2,800 students, 300 staff members and 50 buses are accommodated during the morning school opening and afternoon closing hours for Northampton Area High School and Northampton Area Middle School.

'The Butler' did it

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Butler" is an eyewitness to history through the eyes of a White House employee during the presidential administrations of Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

In "The Butler" screenplay by Danny Strong (actor, "Mad Men"), the cauldron of the Civil Rights Movement is backdrop for the presidential procession as well as the story of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), a fictional White House butler inspired by the real-life Eugene Allen, who was on the White House staff for 34 years.

Movie Review: Fielding 'Elysium'

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Elysium" is a science fiction metaphor for the haves and have-nots of today.

In the year 2154, the super-rich live on a huge bicycle wheel-shaped space station orbiting Earth. It is a Garden of Eden. The wealthy are coddled in Boca-Raton meets Disney World surroundings. Health-care "med-pods" heal patients completely and quickly.

Down below, the whole Earth has become the Third World. Los Angeles is reduced to shanty towns such as those, for example, surrounding Mexico City.

Redone NASD website unveiled

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The Northampton Area School District website has been revamped just in time for the start of classes in two weeks.

"This website becomes our digital hub," NASD Director of Technology Kurt Paccio said during a website presentation at Monday night's school board meeting.

The website home page has larger graphics, a news section in the center, events listing on the right side, a list of quick links along the left side and drop-down tabs along the top.

"It all happens from the webpage," Paccio said.

Animation, actors enliven 'The Smurfs 2'

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Smurfs 2" is an amusing animated and live action feature film with excellent character voices, jokey dialogue and terrific animation that should be enjoyed by the pre-10 year-old set and hold the attention of most parents or guardians.

The characters were created by Peyo, aka Pierre Culliford, a Belgium comic-strip artist-writer. The name Smurf is a Dutch language translation of an invented French word, Schtroumpf, a made-up word for salt.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A star is born in Pa. Playhouse 'Aida'

As the late theater critic Jack O'Brian (1914 - 2000) wrote in his syndicated column, "Voice of Broadway" and said on his afternoon interview show WOR-AM: "Always the young strangers."

It's uncertain whether the phrase was borrowed from the title of Carl Sandburg's 1953 book, but O'Brian used it to refer to new talent in break-through roles in Broadway shows.

Upgraded electrical service to be ready for 2013-14 start of classes at NAHS

Thursday, August 1, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Work continues on the $80.7-million Northampton Area Middle School and Secondary Campus Renovation Project with the installation of primary electrical service by PPL.

The electrical service is being upgraded to the campus. The hookup for the service was expected to take place Aug. 1.

A report on the construction project was presented at the July 22 Northampton Area School District board of education meeting.

THEATER REVIEWS 'Henry VIII': An abridged production too far at PSF

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "Henry VIII," through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is a curiosity.

The so-called history play, in its PSF debut (as is "Measure for Measure," also through Aug. 4), is said by some scholars to have been a collaboration between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. "Henry VIII" was first performed some 400 years before no-fault divorce, June 29, 1613, at the Globe Theatre, which burned to the ground when a cannon in the play misfired and ignited the thatched roof.