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Northampton school board approves new teachers, retirees

Thursday, August 14, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Several resignations, retirements and hires were approved by a unanimous 9-0 vote July 28 by the Northampton Area School Board. They are as follows:

· Resignation of Jill Barron, special education teacher, Northampton Area High School, and assistant coach, boys and girls track, effective July 28. It was stated Barron is moving out of state.

· Resignation of Edwina Vlossak, special education instructional assistant, for retirement, effective Aug. 8;

· Resignation of Jayne Hartzog, instructional technology specialist, for retirement, effective Feb. 6, 2015;

Let classes begin:

Thursday, August 14, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

NASD approves 33 traffic monitors

August may seem like the perfect time to get in a few more weeks of summer relaxation.

There's no rest for administrators in Northampton Area School District where preparations are well under way for the 2014-15 year.

Getting students to and from school safely was of concern at Monday night's school board meeting.

The NASD board voted 8-0, with one school director absent, to approve 33 traffic duty monitors at six district schools, effect Aug. 25, the first day of school, through the 2014-15 school year.

Changes to middle school project authorized

Thursday, August 14, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Additions to the $80.7-million Northampton Area Middle School and Secondary Campus Renovation Project have been approved by the Northampton Area School Board.

The changes will provide new lights at Al Erdosy Stadium and a yet-to-be built athletic field on the site of Northampton Area Middle School, which is to be demolished; a new marquee sign in front of Northampton Area High School; a memorial area at the high school, and donor bricks at Al Erdosy Stadium, the sale of which is to benefit the Konkrete Kids Educational Foundation.

Movie Review: 'Guardians': 'We are Groot'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

With "Guardians Of The Galaxy," it's as if those comic-book "Bam!-Pow!-Zoom!" panels are right up there on the big screen.

"Guardians Of The Galaxy" director James Gunn is making his big-screen directorial debut. Gunn was screenwriter for "Super," 2010; "Dawn Of The Dead," 2004; "Scooby-Doo," 2002; "The Specials," 2000; and "Tromeo And Juliet," 1996.

As you can see from his film credits, Gunn has a cheesy sensibility. Gunn doesn't take the Marvel Comics universe too seriously.

NASD girls tennis coach retires

Thursday, August 7, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The longtime Northampton Area School District girls tennis coach has been lauded at the acceptance of her resignation for retirement.

The resignation of Eileen Carbone as girls tennis head coach, effective June 24, was accepted with a unanimous voice vote at the July 14 NASD board meeting.

Carbone coached for 40 consecutive years. She was an NASD teacher for 35 years, before retiring.

"We thank her for her service," said NASD Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik.

Theater Review: 'Doin' what comes natur'lly' at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There's no theater like community theater.

For a wonderful example, see "Annie Get Your Gun," a good-hearted, energetic production of the classic musical-comedy, weekends through Aug. 10, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

Mark Breiner directs the large, and refreshingly young, cast, outfitted lavishly and with colorful variety by costume designer Cathy Scharf in cowboy hats, boots, fringed cowboy shirts, Native American outfits, barker suits, and tuxedoes and gowns (Annie Oakley's getups get better and better as the show progresses).

NASD to double pre-K at George Wolf

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

$180,000 grant, Head Start expands to 40 children

Pre-kindergarten classes are expected to double from 20 to 40 children this fall for the 2014-15 school year in Northampton Area School District through a $180,000 federally-funded program and a separate Head Start of the Lehigh Valley funded program.

Neither program will need to be funded by NASD.

The Northampton Area School Board voted 9-0 at the July 28 meeting to approve the third-year of the Keystones to Opportunity-Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy for pre-K children, and in a separate, identical vote, expansion of a similar program.

Theater Review: 'Doin' what comes natur'lly' at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There's no theater like community theater.

For a wonderful example, see "Annie Get Your Gun," a good-hearted, energetic production of the classic musical-comedy, weekends through Aug. 10, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

Mark Breiner directs the large, and refreshingly young, cast, outfitted lavishly and with colorful variety by costume designer Cathy Scharf in cowboy hats, boots, fringed cowboy shirts, Native American outfits, barker suits, and tuxedoes and gowns (Annie Oakley's getups get better and better as the show progresses).

Theater Review: Shakespeare's 'Women Of Will' unite at PSF

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Women Of Will," through Aug. 3, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, is a must-see for fans of The Bard.

"Women Of Will" is a series of scenes from William Shakespeare's plays, presented "more or less" in the chronological order of their publication, depicting some of his best-known leading female characters.

The female characters are portrayed by Tina Packer, who created the piece and provides commentary. The male roles are portrayed by Nigel Gore.