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You be 'Frank,' I'll be 'Robot'

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Robot & Frank" is a cute comedy-drama that presents issues about growing old and health care for the elderly in a very entertaining way.

The film by movie producer turned first-time feature director, Jake Schreier, and TV writer-producer and first-time feature screenwriter, Christopher D. Ford, should garner an actor Oscar nomination for Frank Langella, previously nominated for his stunning portrayal of former President Richard Nixon in director Ron Howard's "Frost-Nixon" (2008).

'Rush': Fastest thing on reels

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The envelope, please.

That's the plot device on which, ahem, rides "Premium Rush," one of late summer's most adrenaline-charged movies.

The title refers to the speed, priority or experience of a New York City bicycle-courier delivering a high-priority message.

Never mind the definition. This film is the fastest thing on reels. You'll grip the arm of your movie theater seat, the person next to you (best to know him or her first) or your reporter's notebook (as was my case).

New drainage system mulled for middle school project

Thursday, September 6, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Would allow artificial turf on sports field

Construction of the new Northampton Area Middle School may result in a major project that won't necessarily be visible.

The Northampton Area School board and administration is considering a proposal for a new storm water sewer system in the vicinity of where the old middle school is now located.

In addition, the administration and board are considering artificial turf for the athletic field proposed for the site of the middle school after it's demolished.

No community ed this fall

Thursday, August 30, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

NASD program coordinator resigns

Classes resume Sept. 4 for students, but classes for adults won't begin this fall in Northampton Area School District.

After years of discussion and debate about need and costs, the Community Education Program is being suspended.

The program, which posted a loss last year, may resume early next year.

Community Education Program Coordinator Patricia Gaetaniello handed in her resignation, effective Aug. 22.

Nothing normal about 'ParaNorman'

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The cleverly-titled "ParaNorman," the new animated feature film, takes a page from the screenplay of "The Sixth Sense" (1991) where a young boy sees ghosts.

You no doubt remember the line: "I see dead people"?

In "ParaNorman," there's doubt among family, middle school classmates and New England towns people about just what Norman sees. Most think he simply has a vivid imagination.

Norman persists, however, and soon, he's scared up seven accusers from the grave who had sent a young girl they believed to be a witch to her doom 300 years ago in 1712.

'Changing the whole campus'

Thursday, August 23, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Hearing details school project

For those who have been following the Northampton Area Middle School Project, the Aug. 16 Act 34 hearing was anticlimactic.

Even so, the hearing is a big step toward building a new middle school – an idea which has bounced around the district for more than 20 years – a reality.

Ground-breaking for the new middle school could take place as soon as March 2013. The school is expected to be completed for the 2015-16 school year.

Civic's 'Body' has lots of heart

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Why We Have A Body" is one of the most remarkable, disarming and memorable stage productions this summer in the Lehigh Valley region.

The drama-comedy, in its Lehigh Valley debut, continues for only three more performances, Aug, 24 - 26, in the annual SummerStage series in Civic Theatre of Allentown's Theatre 514.

The subject material, which lobby signs warn is for mature audiences only, will not be to everyone's taste.

Reaching out to 'The Intouchables'

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The film, "The Intouchables," is bracing, uplifting and a triumph of the human spirit.

Plus, it's darn funny.

Philippe (François Cluzet) is a very wealthy Paris widower who is a tetraplegic following an accident. Philippe hires Driss (Omar Sy), a very poor, street-smart Senegales to be his live-in primary care-giver.

Driss has a strong personality and commands respect.

Philippe likes that. He doesn't want pity.

Bucks revisits Simon's 'Park'

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You don't have to go barefoot in the Delaware River, or one of the many nearby parks along River Road on the way to New Hope.

You can go "Barefoot in the Park" at Bucks County Playhouse, which reopened this summer after going dark for nearly two years.

The Neil Simon comedy, which debuted in 1963 on the BCP stage before its original Broadway run, continues through Sept. 2.

Safety first: State policies affect fall sports

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Aug. 13: Fall Sports Begin.

That was the events notice at the top of the Northampton Area School District website Monday.

While the first day of fall, Sept. 22, is about one month away, on Monday night the Northampton Area School Board was given a fall sports preview from none other than Todd Bowser, the new NASD athletic director.

In the offing for NASD, but not this fall, might be a lacrosse team.