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Theater Review: 'Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge' verdict: funny

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The rule of law prevails in "The Trail Of Ebenezer Scrooge," through Dec. 15, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

DeSales' Act 1 Performing Arts mounts an impressive, satisfying and entertaining production of the clever play by Mark Brown ("Around the World in 80 Days").The show was reviewed opening night, Dec. 4.

Theater Review: CKP has a Dickens of a time with 'Carol'

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

About the only thing traditional about the Crowded Kitchen Players' (CKP) "A Christmas Carol," was the snow falling during the matinee, Dec. 8, outside McCoole's Arts and Events Place, Quakertown, where the show continues through Dec. 22.

The "Bah, Humbugs!" are intact, but there's little that's hum-drum about CKP's "Carol."

This is, after all, the CKP's version of "A Christmas Carol": quips, chains and pratfalls all.

Theater Review: Travel to 'Maine' at Penna. Playhouse

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you're looking for a holiday season stage show alternative, travel to "Almost, Maine," at Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem, through Dec. 21.

Clair M. Freeman, Pennsylvania Playhouse production chair, has gotten outstanding performances from the six-person ensemble in the two-hour, two-act drama-comedy written by John Cariani.

The play, which premiered in 2004 at Portland Stage Company, Portland, Me., opened for a one-month run in 2006 off-Broadway in New York City.

Movie Review: 'Philomena' tells her story

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Many of the best non-documentary feature films of 2013 have been based on true stories.

These include "Dallas Buyers Club," "12 Years A Slave," "Captain Phillips," "The Butler" and "42."

"Philomena" is another of the year's best films where the adage applies: "Truth is stranger than fiction."

The film should bring an Oscar actress nomination for Dame Judy Dench in the title role.

Hugs and kisses for NASD directors

Thursday, December 5, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Jane Erdo and Cory Fenstermaker take their bows

With heartfelt hugs and teary-eyed sentiments, three longtime Northampton Area School Board members were given their fond farewells Nov. 25.

Outgoing board Vice President Jane Erdo and board members Cory Fenstermaker and Robert Koch were honored during a 30-minute tribute, followed by coffee and cookies.

"It's bittersweet because we are saying goodbye to three board members," NASD Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik said.

It was the last NASD school board meeting for Erdo and Fenstermaker as elected directors. Koch, who has been ill, was not at the meeting.

NASD reduces number required credits for high school graduation

Thursday, December 5, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A revised policy for Northampton Area High School graduation requirements and the high school program of studies for the 2014-15 school year has been adopted.

The number of credits needed to receive an NAHS diploma has been reduced from 26 to 24.

The Northampton Area School Board voted 8-0, with one director absent at the Nov. 25 meeting, to approve the policy change at the administration's recommendation.

NASB reorganizes

Thursday, December 5, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Gogel chosen as president, Miller as VP

David Gogel was re-elected Northampton Area School Board president and Jennifer Miller was elected vice president Monday night.

Three new school board members, Roy J. Maranki, Charles F. Frantz, Jr. and Charles J. Longacre, and incumbent Judy Odenwelder, elected in the Nov. 5 election, were sworn in at the Dec. 2 reorganization meeting.

In the election for board president, Gogel received five votes, Director Dr. Michael Baird received two votes and Director Jean Rundle received two votes.

Movie Review: McConaughey Oscar-worthy

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Dallas Buyers Club" provides an alternative view of the Texas metropolis.

While the film's title might sound like the name of a club those on Bravo's "Real Housewives of Dallas" (set for a 2014 telecast start) might belong to, or a QVC telemarketing spinoff, "Dallas Buyers Club" is about a company organized to provide what was purported to be H.I.V.-positive antidotes soon after the virus was identified.

George Wolf principal named; assistant principals appointed

Thursday, November 28, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

A new principal has been named at George Wolf Elementary School and several other appointments have been made in the Northampton Area School District.

NASD school board members voted 8-0, with one school director absent, at the Nov. 11 meeting to approve the appointment of Stephen Serensits as the George Wolf Elementary School principal, effective on or before Jan. 17, 2014, or the last day of the first semester. His salary will be $90,000, prorated with benefits.

Movie Review: The old Redford and the sea

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"All Is Lost" is a harrowing tale about a sailor lost at sea.

What's the big deal about that, you might say?

The big deal is that the sailor is played by none other than Robert Redford.

And, at 77, the filming of "All Is Lost" was also likely a harrowing experience for Redford.

"All Is Lost" is all Redford. The character he plays, simply called "Our Man," is the only person in the film, and he's on-screen for virtually the entire film.

The film begins with a voice-over narration by Redford and then a title card tells us it's "Eight Days Earlier."