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Spotlight On: Nellie McKay one of the COTA cats at The Gap

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and Poconos resident Nellie McKay has appeared on Broadway, performed on the "Late Show With David Letterman" and tours coast to coast.

Now, she'll be one of the COTA cats.

McKay performs a rare solo concert in the region, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7, at the 37th annual Celebration Of The Arts (COTA), Delaware Water Gap.

Theater Review: 'Ain't Misbehavin'' gets Bucks joint jumpin'

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Ain't Misbehavin'" is another blockbuster show at Bucks County Playhouse, solidly putting the venue not only back on the regional theater map but giving credence to the sense that this is "Broadway on the Delaware."

"Ain't Misbehavin'" follows "Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike," Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy in which the playwright appeared opposite Marilu Henner, confirming the New Hope theater's legendary status (as if there was any doubt) as it celebrates its 75th anniversary season.

Movie Review: 'Boyhood' will grow on you

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Boyhood" is really annoying.

The characters played by Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane are annoying.

The plotline and scenes in the film by writer-director Richard Linklater are annoying.

And yet, or because, "Boyhood" is about as annoying as real life, the film is a must-see.

That's because, in comparison, you may conclude your life is less annoying than that depicted in "Boyhood."

"Boyhood" is this summer's feel-good movie in reverse.

NASD board approves teachers, transfers

Thursday, September 4, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

With the start of the 2014-15 school year in Northampton Area School District, the school board has approved several teacher appointments and staff transfers.

School board members voted 8-0, with one member absent at the Aug. 25 meeting, to approve:

· Emily Reightler, health and physical education teacher, Northampton Area High School, effective retroactive to Aug. 25 at a salary of $46,050, with benefits;

Movie Review: 'Magic' sleight in 'Moonlight'

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The money scene in writer-director Woody Allen's "Magic In The Moonlight" is when Colin Firth bows his head and prays.

Prayer? In a Woody Allen film?

"Magic In The Moonlight" not only challenges preconceived notions about a Woody Allen film, it makes us think about our own concepts of prayer, faith, death and the hereafter.

Of course, this being a Woody Allen film, "Magic In The Moonlight" gives us a lot of laughs in between the philosophical musings.

Opening day 'went well' in Northampton

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Opening day at the construction site on the Northampton Area School District secondary campus went off without a hitch this week.

"Our district administration was throughout the district," according to NASD Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik, who said he was there Monday morning at the Northampton Area High School and Northampton Area Middle School campus, referred to as the secondary campus.

Movie Review: Get down with 'Get On Up'

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Get On Up," the bio pic about James Brown, takes you inside the career, mind and heart of the Godfather of Soul.

James Brown was a controversial figure onstage and off.

Onstage, he was a dancing dynamo, setting the stage for Michael Jackson, the choreography of Motown groups the Four Tops, Temptations and Supremes and a bass-drums-horn rhythm section that became the foundation of funk.

Offstage, he got into trouble with the law, became an advocate for the African-American community and battled drug addiction.

NASD approves 10 new teachers, aides

Thursday, August 21, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

With the impending Aug. 25 start of the 2014-15 school year in Northampton Area School District, more new teachers have been hired.

The school board voted 8-0, with one member absent, to approve the hiring of 10 teachers and assistants. None of these are new positions. The board also approved resignations of some teachers and the transfer of other personnel. They are as follows:

· Brandi Gil, special education teacher, Northampton Area High School, effective Aug. 18 at a salary of $52,835, with benefits.

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;