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School district gets 'clean' audit report

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

The Northampton Area School District received a glowing 2013-14 audit report.

"From a financial reporting perspective, things couldn't be better for this school district and I commend you for that," said William Gorman of Gorman & Associations, PC, at the Feb. 9 board of education meeting.

"I always try to find things that are wrong. And I have a difficult time finding something wrong with this school district," Gorman said.

"It's about as clean a report as I can give you," Gorman added.

Konkrete Kids costume on last legs?

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

School board views renderings of design options for 'Crush'

There's no masking it.

Northampton Area High School needs a new mascot costume.

Not a new mascot, mind you.

The Konkrete Kids moniker will remain.

But the actual costume: Now that's another story.

"We do not have students interested in the mascot because it smells and you can't see," Delaney Haggerty, NAHS Student Council representative, told Northampton Area School District directors at the March 23 meeting.

"You can't see where you're walking. You need to have someone guiding you," Haggerty added.

Movie Review: 'Mr. Turner' paints a masterpiece

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Mr. Turner" is a film of stunning beauty.

At times, viewing director Mike Leigh's lovely film is like seeing a landscape painting put into motion.

Some scenes depicting British landscape painter, Joseph Mallord William "J. M. W." Turner (1775 - 1851) are outlined as a solitary stroll against the ocean, cliffs or fields. The movie-goer is given the point of view of what the painter might be seeing.

Roof leak closes public library

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

"It looked like it was raining in the library," said Karen Hein, Northampton Area Public Library director of operations.

The Northampton Area Public Library has been closed since March 6 following water damage to the interior believed to result from a roof leak.

It's expected that insurance will cover repair costs.

It is uncertain when the public library will reopen. The reopening will take place after repairs and safety inspections are made.

Library patrons are asked to hold onto any library materials until the reopening. No late fines will be imposed.

Theater Review: 'Still Confused,' but laughing

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The pre-show music for "But I'm Still Slightly Confused," a new comedy by Lawrence B. Fox, is Neil Young's "Old Man" and The Tempations' "Ball Of Confusion."

These are apt choices, setting the tone of growing old and hopefully wiser for the two-act compendium of nine loosely-connected sketches in the comedy.

Directed by Ralph Montesano and featuring a cast of Lehigh Valley stage veterans, "But I'm Still Slightly Confused," continues at 7 p.m. March 20 and 21 and 3 p.m. March 22, Fowler Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

Rudy Ackerman's life in art celebrated in 'Living the Dream'

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"It covers everything," says Dr. Rudy S. Ackerman of his recently-published book, "Living the Dream," which traces his career as Baum School Of Art Executive Director and Moravian College Art Department Chairman.

A book release and signing of "Living the Dream," written by Ackerman and edited by Tim Higgins, will be held 5 - 8 p.m. March 25 and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. March 28, The Baum School of Art, 510 W Linden St., Allentown.

The 87-page book includes 30 black and white photographs.

Movie Review: It's called 'Second Best' for a reason

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You're risking critical brickbats when you title a sequel, "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

So, here goes: The film is aptly named. It's rarely as much fun as the original, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (2011), even though nearly the entire original cast is back.

Tom Wilkinson is not back because the character he played, Graham Dashwood, died in the first film.

Movie Review: 'Kingsman' is no James Bond

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" is as convoluted as its title.

The movie has a good premise: a young London street punk recruited for a spy agency, loosely modeled after The Secret Intelligence Service known as MI6 (Military Intelligence, Section 6), is groomed in the art of espionage and of being a gentleman.

It's to the "Kingsman" film-makers' misfortune that they can't decide which storyline is more important: learning to be a spy or learning to become a gentleman.

Middle School team wins two awards for student video about Bath foundry

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

A Northampton Area Middle School student team won two awards in the 2015 "What's So Cool About Manufacturing" Student Video Contest.

The NAMS students' two-minute video documents the work of Effort Foundry, 6980 Chrisphalt Drive, Bath, a supplier of high-integrity steel castings for the pump, valve, nuclear, power generation and military industries.

The seven-student NAMS team won two of the eight awards given during the 2015 Lehigh Valley Video Contest Celebration held Feb. 25 at Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.