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NAHS program changes proposed

Thursday, November 14, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Proposed changes to graduation requirements would reduce the number of credits needed to receive a diploma from Northampton Area High School.

NAHS Principal Stephen Seier and Assistant Principal Robert Steckel recommend reducing the number from 26 to 24 in part because the new Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) "required remediation from Keystone Exams places added strain on current resources."

The item is expected to be on the agenda for the 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25 school board meeting.

NASD board approves teacher hires

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Several teacher appointments have been approved by the Northampton Area School Board.

The board, with two school directors absent at the Oct. 28 meeting, voted 7-0 to approve the following, on recommendation of the administration:

· Harold Price, short-term substitute German teacher at Northampton Area High School, effective Oct. 17 through Jan. 16, 2014, at the hourly rate of $18.02, without benefits;

· Adria Rios, chemistry teacher at Northampton Area High School, effective on or before Jan. 2, 2014, at a salary of $56,526, prorated, with benefits.

Movie Review: Grumpy old 'Grandpa'

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

How funny is "Bad Grandpa'?

Take it from the ticket-seller at the multiplex: "The girl at the concession counter had to use her inhaler three times."

Don't take it from me.

Then again, two movie-goers walked out during the first 30 minutes at a recent matinee of "Bad Grandpa" at that same multiplex.

Don't take it from me.

"Next time, let's go to lunch and forget it when there's a bad movie," said an elderly woman to her two elderly female friends sitting in the row in front of me at the matinee.

Theater Review: No 'Mystery' at 'Berg; 'Drood' is simply great

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg College Department of Theater & Dance's "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," through Nov. 3, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, is one of the best musical productions to ever hit the Lehigh Valley stage.

And it is a huge hit. From the opening immersive experience of the show's actors mingling with the audience as theater-goers take their seats and settle in, to the rousing finale, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is a must-see for musical-theater fans.

AYP left behind

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

School Performance Profile measures NASD academics

It became an annual autumn ritual as predictable as the falling leaves:

AYP, as in Adequate Yearly Progress.

On the upside, presentations were made while school districts, schools and groups of students were given grades, and large blue and gold keystone-shaped plaques for meeting AYP were handed out during photo opportunities for administrators.

On the downside, schools and, sometimes, entire school districts could be placed in Corrective Action Improvement Status after not meeting AYP four years in a row.

Movie Review: James Gandolfini: 'Enough Said'

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When is speaking your mind saying too much? When is biting your tongue saying too little?

Truth in conversation, feelings and action is at the heart of "Enough Said," an entertaining and thoughtful romantic comedy memorable for its nuanced performances, especially that of James Gandolfini in what is his second-to-last big-screen role.

Look for an Oscar actor nomination for Gandolfini and a possible Oscar for the highly-regarded and beloved actor best-known as Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos."

Movie Review: James Gandolfini: 'Enough Said'

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When is speaking your mind saying too much? When is biting your tongue saying too little?

Truth in conversation, feelings and action is at the heart of "Enough Said," an entertaining and thoughtful romantic comedy memorable for its nuanced performances, especially that of James Gandolfini in what is his second-to-last big-screen role.

Look for an Oscar actor nomination for Gandolfini and a possible Oscar for the highly-regarded and beloved actor best-known as Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos."

Assistant principal resigns

Thursday, October 24, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

NASB approves personnel changes

Several resignations were accepted at the Oct. 10 Northampton Area School Board meeting.

Among them was the resignation of Maria Pulli as assistant principal in the Borough Elementary Schools, effective Dec. 6, or earlier if a suitable replacement is found.

School directors, by voice vote, also accepted the following resignations:

· Benjamin Childs as assistant boys basketball coach, effective Oct. 8; and

· Christine Marto, long-term substitute German teacher, effective Oct. 18.

Movie Review: 'Captain Phillips' commanding

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Captain Phillips" is a harrowing movie bristling with tension. It is superb film-making and has incredible performances.

The movie, directed by Paul Greengrass, is based on the true story of the 2009 hijacking of a United Stated-flagged container cargo freighter with 25 crew members and the hostage-taking of the ship's captain, Richard Phillips.

The screenplay by Billy Ray ("The Hunger Games," 2012; "Fllghtplan," 2009) is based on Phillips' book, written with Stephan Talty, "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea."