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Movie Review: Musical antics from Kermit the Frog and Elaine Stritch

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For a sock puppet, Kermit the Frog has come a long way in his career.

Jim Henson's Muppets first appeared on a Washington, D.C., TV show 1955 - '61. "The Muppets Show" was televised nationally 1976 - '81. There have been numerous spin-off TV shows and television specials.

There've been seven previous Muppet theatrical feature movies: "The Muppet Movie" (1979), "The Great Muppet Caper" (1981), "The Muppets Take Manhattan" (1984),"The Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992), "Muppet Treasure Island" (1996), "Muppets From Space" (1999) and "The Muppets" (2011).

Touchstone 'Journey' inspired by Bethlehem Asian heritage

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The journey to Touchstone Theatre's "Journey From The East" began nearly two years ago at a party at the home of Mary Wright.

Dr. Norman J. Girardot, recently retired University Distinguished Professor, Lehigh University Department of Religion Studies, and Jp Jordan, Touchstone artistic director, were chatting about the newly-finished the Lehigh-Bethlehem Harmony Pavilion along the South Side Greenway, Bethlehem. Girardot was instrumental in the pavilion project.

"'Wouldn't it be cool to have some big production there?' they agreed," Wright recalls.

NASD wins $25,000 safe schools grant

Thursday, March 27, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik reported that the school district has received a $25,000 Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Kovalchik lauded Dr. Kathleen E. Ott, district director of data, grants and special projects, in securing the grant. "Kathy [Ott] has worked extraordinarily on grants," said Kovalchik

NASD windfall surpasses quarter-million dollars

Thursday, March 27, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

It's been a long, cold winter for the Northampton Area Middle School construction and secondary campus renovation project.

With the recent arrival of spring comes a March windfall of savings that warmed the hearts of Northampton Area School District School Board members Monday night when they learned the project may yield a cool quarter of a million dollars in cold-cash savings.

An Internet auction to refinance district bonds has netted a $262,620.50 savings.

Theater review: Players' 'Lad' celebrates poetry month

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The stage version of "A Shropshire Lad," weekends through April 6, McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown, is a memorable adaptation of a classic by A. E. Housman.

Ara Barlieb adapted and directs the piece, which is a world debut, based on an 1896 book of 63 poems by Housman (March 1859 - 1936), an English poet. Among the more familiar poems are "To An Athlete Dying Young," "Loveliest Of Trees, The Cherry Now" and "When I Was One-And-Twenty."

Movie review: 'Vermeer': Paint by mirror?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Sometimes, you have to catch films before they get away. Even if you miss them at the multiplex, neighborhood theater or indie and foreign-films art house, certain films are must-sees whenever and wherever.

The following three films are well worth seeing. Each is linked by a magnificent obsession or passion. So, put on your film-hunting gear and don't forget the popcorn.

Lehigh Elementary 'lockdown' gets good marks

Thursday, March 20, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

There were some tense moments in Northampton Area School District when Lehigh Elementary School was placed in lockdown while police officials located a man who fled a nearby traffic stop.

But overall, it was business as usual for staff and students inside Lehigh Elementary School along Blue Mountain Drive in Lehigh Township.

"I received a lot of positive comments in regards to the way the staff and the district handled that situation," said NASD Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik.

Movie Review: 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' go way back

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you're of a certain age and can get past the fact that it's not in sketchy black and white, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" is quite entertaining.

If you're a younger parent or a youngster, you may find the animated feature thoroughly entertaining.

"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" was originally a segment on producer Jay Ward's 1960's television cartoon series, "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show."

NASD looking forward to project

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

"The cold never bothered me anyway," sings Idina Menzel in "Let It Go," the hit from the Oscar-winning animation blockbuster "Frozen."

When you're trying to keep the $80.7-million Northampton Area Middle School and Campus Renovation Project on schedule the cold bothers you a lot. The construction team is listening for the warm – and trying to generate some heat of its own.

"They're using some ground-thawing gear. You couldn't use it in zero-degree weather," said Christopher W. Haller, project engineer, D'Huy Engineering, Inc., of the construction site in Northampton Borough.