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NASD to continue community education

Thursday, July 24, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The Northampton Area School District Community Education Program will continue for the 2014-15 school year.

NASD school directors are satisfied that losses in the program have been minimized.

"Some of these programs are central to the new middle school," said school board Vice President Jennifer Miller. "The possibilities are endless with the new facility."

"I don't think we should view this [community education] as a profit center," said board member Charles Longacre.

The many muses of Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There's an extraordinary exhibit this summer at the Baum School of Art.

"Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso: Symbolism & Romance" surrounds you with the realm of the senses.

Dr. Christine I. Oaklander, former Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Allentown Art Museum; Arts Coordinator, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and guest curator, brought together 19 pastels and oils by Gonzalez Dellosso, who teaches figure drawing and painting at the National Academy School, New York City.

Movie Review: 'Begin Again' a major-key minor film

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Begin Again" is one of the most unromantic romantic comedies in recent memory.

There's little romancing, but lots of talking about romance, and plenty of singing about romance in "Begin Again."

The film is of chief interest for the performance of its star, Keira Knightley, who finally breaks free of her bodice-bound costume drama roles, namely those in "Anna Karenina" (2012),"The Duchess" (2008), "Silk" (2007), "Atonement" (2007), "Pride & Prejudice" (2005) and "King Arthur"(2004).

Bright lights, big sign for NASD campus

Thursday, July 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Friday night lights could get a lot brighter at Al Erdosy Stadium in Northampton.

A new marquee in front of Northampton Area High School may tout student accomplishments.

And Northampton Area School District students and residents may be able to pay their respects to those who've gone before.

These are three of the finishing touches under consideration for the $80.7-million Northampton Area Middle School and Secondary Campus Renovation Project.

Theater Review: Bank on the 'Tenor' of comedy at PSF

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of "Lend Me A Tenor" has all the ingredients for side-splitting laughter: A mistaken-identity plot, five slamming doors right out of a Feydeau farce, characters silly beyond belief, and split-second timing.

Jim Helsinger directs a cast of PSF "all-stars," missing no opportunity to mine the play's laugh lines.

PSF's "Lend Me A Tenor" generates laughter of operatic proportions.

Theater Review: A sunny, very funny 'Spamalot' at MSMT

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

James Peck is "The Minister Of Silly Laughs" at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT).

Peck directs "Monty Python's Spamlot" with liturgical attention to the canon for Python acolytes. The resulting non-stop laughs continue on stage through July 27, Dorothy Hess Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

Whether you're a Pythonite or not, "Spamalot" is hilarious thanks to actors' line delivery timing, orchestra music cues, sound effects, numerous set changes and exciting lighting effects.

Movie Review: 'Echo' echoes teen-age angst

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Earth To Echo" echoes several summer sci-fi and coming-of-age movies, notably "Cloverfield" (2008), "The Goonies" (1985), "Stand By Me" (1986), "E.T." (1982) and "American Graffiti" (1973).

While "Earth To Echo" is derivitive, it is "the" discovery of the 2014 summer movie season so far, with performances by four pre-teen relative unknowns in their big-screen leading role debuts.

"Earth To Echo" is simply a lot of fun. It's uncomplicated, unassuming and naive in its story of teen-age angst. It can be enjoyed by young and old alike.

Northampton board chooses new MS assistant principal

Thursday, July 10, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A new assistant principal has been appointed at Northampton Area Middle School.

The Northampton Area School Board voted unanimously June 23 to transfer Elizabeth Grammes, Borough Elementary Schools assistant principal, to the position of assistant principal at the Northampton Area Middle School, effective July 1, with no increase in salary.

School lunch prices set for 2014-15

Thursday, July 10, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

School lunch prices have been set for the 2014-'15 school year in Northampton Area School District.

Lunch prices for the 2014-15 school year are:

Elementary: $1.90;

Secondary: $2.10;

Elementary entee only: $1.65;

Secondary entree only: $1.75;

Elementary, secondary student milk (1/2 pint): 50 cents;

Elementary, secondary vegetable or fruit: 50-55 cents;

Adult: $3.50; and

Adult entree only: $1.75-$3.