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Movie Review: In 'Heaven' there is no bier

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Is heaven a hope or real?"

Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear) asks that question in the opening narration of "Heaven Is For Real," a touching tale of admittedly corny sentimentality that left me all blubbery and emotionally- moved.

Burpo is pastor of a nondenominational church in Imperial, Neb. The pastor's faith, as well as the beliefs of his wife, Sonja (Kelly Reilly), and the faith of his congregation are put to the test when the pastor's four-year-old son, Colton (Connor Corum), has a near-death experience.

Movie Review: 'Captain America' an uneasy rider

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is a return to form for the action genre.

The Marvel Comics superhero sequel wisely eschews an overdependence on computer-generated imagery. Instead, the film concentrates on character development, dialogue scenes between the main characters and several impressive live-action scenes.

"Captain America" bristles with the kinetic energy of some of the best of the action-movie genre, including "The Terminator" (1984), "Total Recall" (1990) and "Die Hard" (1988).

NASD may cut tax hike to 2.68 percent or less

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

As promised, the proposed tax hike for Northampton Area School District property owners will be cut. It's only a matter of how much.

The NASD school board will be asked at the 6:30 p.m. May 5 meeting to consider approving a 2014-15 district budget, calling for a 2.68 percent tax hike of 1.28 mills.

That increase may be reduced to a 2.47 percent hike of 1.18 mills.

Either is less than the 3.50 percent hike of 1.67 mills in the original board-approved proposed budget.

NASD hires boys volleyball coach aide, special education, substitutes

Thursday, April 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

The Northampton Area School District School Board has voted to hire an assistant boys volleyball coach.

David Faust will share the assistant coach stipend, $2,204.25, with no benefits, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between NASD and NAEA effective for the 2013-14 school year.

Movie Review: Check into a 'Grand Hotel'

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" is an actor-studded comedy-drama that bristles with the joy of cinema. The film is a concoction of dizzying dialogue, madcap pacing, larger-than-life characters, bizarre encounters, manic escapades and stunning visuals.

While the film seems to have little to do with Budapest, Hungary, it is inspired by the sense of time and place of Eastern Europe sometime between the wars: World War I and World War II.

A Brotherhood for 10 years

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Blues Brotherhood, The Blues Brothers tribute group, is beginning its 10th anniversary year with a concert, 8 p.m. April 12, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

"Not only to we try to stay very true to the music, but we try to stay very true to the characters," says Paul Miller, who sings as and portrays Jake, the John Belushi character in The Blues Brothers.

Elwood, the Dan Aykroyd character, is portrayed by Aaron Hetrick, who has been with the Blues Brotherhood since its founding by Miller.

Rising up at Godfrey Daniels

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There's a reason Harpeth Rising is called Harpeth Rising.

And it's not because the eclectic group has a harp as one of its instruments.

It has to do with geography and the aspirations of the trio that mixes classical music with bluegrass.

"We have many happy associations with that river," says Rebecca Reed-Lunn, banjo player and co-founder of Harpeth Rising, which makes its Lehigh Valley debut, 8 p.m. April 11, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

The Harpeth River is part of the Mississippi River watershed.

Theater Review: Touchstone 'Dream' a wonderful reality

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Journey: Dream of A Red Pavilion," in its world premiere through April 13, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem, tells numerous stories about the Asian experience in the City of Bethlehem: Asian immigrants, Asian adoptees, Asian natives, Asian tourists, and the reactions to them by non-Asians, city officials and college professors.

Movie Review: 'Noah': Loose script sinks film

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You've probably heard the Borscht Belt joke with the punchline "So how do you start a flood?"

With an eye toward "Game of Thrones," "Lord of the Rings," "Thor" and the action-fantasy movie genre, you wonder if director Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan," 2010; The Wrestler," 2008) had that question in mind when he pitched "Noah" to studio executives with "What's the most famous ship in the world other than the Titanic?" and "Did you know that there's never been a feature movie made about the Biblical story of Noah?"

NASD superintendent vows to reduce proposed 3.5 percent property tax hike

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

While no specifics were revealed, Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik again vowed that the proposed property tax increase of 3.5 percent will be reduced prior to the adoption of the final budget.

"That number will come down. We're going to get it at or below the index," Kovalchik said. "We're not sure how we're going to do that," he added.

The preliminary NASD budget for fiscal year 2014-'15, calls for a 3.5 percent tax increase of 1.67 mills from 47.71 mills to 49.38 mills.