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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."

Voters elect Maranki, Frantz, Longacre; re-elect Oldenwelder to NASD board

Thursday, November 21, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Three new faces are expected to join the Northampton Area School District board of education in 2014.

Roy J. Maranki, Republican, was the big vote-getter in Northampton Area School District board of education results in the Nov. 5 general election, receiving 1,551 votes, or 99.8 percent, with two write-in votes, of 1,553 votes cast in Region 1.

NAHS program changes proposed

Thursday, November 14, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Proposed changes to graduation requirements would reduce the number of credits needed to receive a diploma from Northampton Area High School.

NAHS Principal Stephen Seier and Assistant Principal Robert Steckel recommend reducing the number from 26 to 24 in part because the new Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) "required remediation from Keystone Exams places added strain on current resources."

The item is expected to be on the agenda for the 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25 school board meeting.

NASD board approves teacher hires

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Several teacher appointments have been approved by the Northampton Area School Board.

The board, with two school directors absent at the Oct. 28 meeting, voted 7-0 to approve the following, on recommendation of the administration:

· Harold Price, short-term substitute German teacher at Northampton Area High School, effective Oct. 17 through Jan. 16, 2014, at the hourly rate of $18.02, without benefits;

· Adria Rios, chemistry teacher at Northampton Area High School, effective on or before Jan. 2, 2014, at a salary of $56,526, prorated, with benefits.

Movie Review: Grumpy old 'Grandpa'

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

How funny is "Bad Grandpa'?

Take it from the ticket-seller at the multiplex: "The girl at the concession counter had to use her inhaler three times."

Don't take it from me.

Then again, two movie-goers walked out during the first 30 minutes at a recent matinee of "Bad Grandpa" at that same multiplex.

Don't take it from me.

"Next time, let's go to lunch and forget it when there's a bad movie," said an elderly woman to her two elderly female friends sitting in the row in front of me at the matinee.

Theater Review: No 'Mystery' at 'Berg; 'Drood' is simply great

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg College Department of Theater & Dance's "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," through Nov. 3, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, is one of the best musical productions to ever hit the Lehigh Valley stage.

And it is a huge hit. From the opening immersive experience of the show's actors mingling with the audience as theater-goers take their seats and settle in, to the rousing finale, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is a must-see for musical-theater fans.