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AYP left behind

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

School Performance Profile measures NASD academics

It became an annual autumn ritual as predictable as the falling leaves:

AYP, as in Adequate Yearly Progress.

On the upside, presentations were made while school districts, schools and groups of students were given grades, and large blue and gold keystone-shaped plaques for meeting AYP were handed out during photo opportunities for administrators.

On the downside, schools and, sometimes, entire school districts could be placed in Corrective Action Improvement Status after not meeting AYP four years in a row.

Movie Review: James Gandolfini: 'Enough Said'

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When is speaking your mind saying too much? When is biting your tongue saying too little?

Truth in conversation, feelings and action is at the heart of "Enough Said," an entertaining and thoughtful romantic comedy memorable for its nuanced performances, especially that of James Gandolfini in what is his second-to-last big-screen role.

Look for an Oscar actor nomination for Gandolfini and a possible Oscar for the highly-regarded and beloved actor best-known as Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos."

Movie Review: James Gandolfini: 'Enough Said'

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When is speaking your mind saying too much? When is biting your tongue saying too little?

Truth in conversation, feelings and action is at the heart of "Enough Said," an entertaining and thoughtful romantic comedy memorable for its nuanced performances, especially that of James Gandolfini in what is his second-to-last big-screen role.

Look for an Oscar actor nomination for Gandolfini and a possible Oscar for the highly-regarded and beloved actor best-known as Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos."

Assistant principal resigns

Thursday, October 24, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

NASB approves personnel changes

Several resignations were accepted at the Oct. 10 Northampton Area School Board meeting.

Among them was the resignation of Maria Pulli as assistant principal in the Borough Elementary Schools, effective Dec. 6, or earlier if a suitable replacement is found.

School directors, by voice vote, also accepted the following resignations:

· Benjamin Childs as assistant boys basketball coach, effective Oct. 8; and

· Christine Marto, long-term substitute German teacher, effective Oct. 18.

Movie Review: 'Captain Phillips' commanding

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Captain Phillips" is a harrowing movie bristling with tension. It is superb film-making and has incredible performances.

The movie, directed by Paul Greengrass, is based on the true story of the 2009 hijacking of a United Stated-flagged container cargo freighter with 25 crew members and the hostage-taking of the ship's captain, Richard Phillips.

The screenplay by Billy Ray ("The Hunger Games," 2012; "Fllghtplan," 2009) is based on Phillips' book, written with Stephan Talty, "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea."

For Gia Mora, 'Einstein' is about the science of love

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You've heard of "Bill Nye, The Science Guy" and his educational television show.

Gia Mora is "The Science Gal," but not of television fame (not yet, that is), but of the stage, and more in the entertainment realm than education, although there is that.

Mora's "Einstein's Girl," 7 p.m. Oct. 18, State Theatre Cabaret in the Acopian Ballroom, 7 p.m. Oct. 18, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton, brings the, ahem, elements of entertainment and education together -- in a supercollider of comedy.

Pulling the rug out

Thursday, October 17, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Legislation would end property tax funding of school districts

On a day when Northampton Area School Board members took an on-site tour of the Northampton Area Middle School and Secondary Campus Renovation Project, officials learned that legislation proposed in Harrisburg could jeopardize financing the $80.7-million construction project.

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 76, which would eliminate property taxes to fund school districts in the commonwealth, is touted as a gift to beleaguered property owners who face losing their homes to sheriff's sales each year when they can't afford to pay their property taxes.

Theater Review: 'Spring Awakening' no child's play at Civic

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Youthful exuberance lights up the stage in the Civic Theatre of Allentown production of "Spring Awakening," continuing through Oct. 27.

Civic Artistic Director William Sanders directs a cast of college and high school all-stars in what is a rock opera of tragic proportions and emotional triumph.

The on-stage, seven-piece orchestra, conducted by Music Director Justin Brehm, doesn't overpower excellent solo vocals and choral work.

Movie Review: Lost in space: the 'Gravity' of it all

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Gravity" is a masterful achievement in cinema. It will be regarded as a classic and a landmark film.

Look for Oscar nominations in the double digits, including actress: Sandra Bullock; supporting actor: George Clooney; director: Afonso Cuaron; original screenplay: Cuaron and his son, Jonas; cinematography, and numerous technical categories.

Theater Review: Crowded Kitchen Players' whirlwind of mirth

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) perform a neat trick in its production of "A Flea in Her Ear," through Oct, 12, McCoole's Arts & Events Place, Quakertown.

CKP co-founder and "Flea" director Ara Barlieb turns inside out the stereotypes exploited by the French farce written by George Feydeau in the version by David Ives by casting against stereotype.

The results are a whirlwind of mirth.