Late fall snowstorms and subfreezing temperatures are slowing Northampton Area Middle School construction, but the Secondary Campus Renovation Project is still on schedule.
"The weather hasn't been cooperating, but it's moving along," said Christopher W. Haller, project engineer with D'Huy Engineering Inc., during his middle school construction report at Monday night's Northampton Area School District Board meeting.
"We're looking for that one nice day," Haller added.
"God, does anybody actually believe this?" Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) asks during "Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
"Everybody," replies Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson).
That is accurate based on the box-office records broken by "Catching Fire," sequel to "Hunger Games" (2012).
Visitors to the Christmas City, as well as theater-goers from the Lehigh Valley and beyond, should include Touchstone Theatre's "Christmas City Follies IV" on their itinerary. The show, continuing through Dec. 22, is bright and will make your season merry.
When the big quilted curtain goes up on the stage of the south side Bethlehem theater, audiences are in for an evening of sketch comedy better than, for example, much of this season's "Saturday Night Live" in originality, writing and acting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.