The Northampton Area School Board approved a number of resignations, by unanimous 9-0 votes at the recommendation of the administration at its Oct. 13 meeting:
· Patricia Daubenspeck, grade 1 elementary teacher, for retirement, effective June 2, 2015, or the last teacher day of the 2014-15 school year;
· Mark Jonkman, music teacher, for retirement, effective June 2, 2015, or the last teacher day of the 2014-15 school year;
· Lisa Manno, spring musical vocal director-advisor, effective Sept. 22;
Members of the Northampton Area School Board liked what they saw on their hard-hat construction tour of the $80.7-million Northampton Area Middle School and Secondary Campus Renovation Project Oct. 27.
"Having been in the old middle school when the architects made their presentations, what I saw today is phenomenal," said school board member Dr. Michael Baird following the tour. "It's all concrete and concrete block. It's going to last a long time."
"It looks amazing," said school board Vice President Jennifer Miller.
Moravian College is interested in using downtown Bethlehem's closed Boyd Theatre for its theater department productions.
Notices were recently posted on the Boyd Theatre facade that it is scheduled for a December sheriff's sale in Northampton County Court for unpaid property taxes estimated at $31,000.
The Boyd, 30 W. Broad St., between Main and New streets, closed in May 2011.
When contacted by The Lehigh Valley Press, Moravian College president Bryon L. Grigsby stated in an email:
"Ideals are peaceful. History is violent."
"Fury" is aptly titled. The movie, with a story set in the waning days of World War II, is filled with the fury of battle, the fury of civilization devastation and the fury of human emotions.
The movie's title is taken from the nickname "Fury" painted in a white scrawl on the gun-turret of a Sherman tank.
The storyline in "Fury" is based on the heroism of the United States Army Second Armored Division, dubbed "Hell on Wheels."
Without comment, the Northampton Area School Board by a 9-0 voice vote Monday night accepted the resignations of its boys soccer coaches.
Meanwhile, NASD has hired a nationally recognized sports psychologist to counsel student athletes and their parents or guardians.
"We're going to use this as a teachable moment," NASD Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik told The Press after the Oct. 27 meeting.
One mark of an entertaining movie is what scenes, lines of dialogue or laughs, tears and thoughts stay with you after you depart the theater.
After I saw "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," I was still chuckling to myself.
"Alexander," based on the children's book by Judith Viorst, is in the genre of family dilemma comedies. This is somewhat of a lost art in contemporary Hollywood studio film-making since many comedies are animation features or teen and college-age R-rated raunch.
The Northampton Area School District administration has completed its investigation into allegations that taunts were made by Northampton Area High School Konkrete Kids boys varsity soccer team players at a Nazareth Area High School Blue Eagles boys soccer team player.
During the Northampton-Nazareth boys soccer game Oct. 9, Ibraham Tounkara, a Blue Eagles player from West Africa, was allegedly taunted with references to Ebola and his race by Northampton players.
Tounkara was ejected from the game after he got into an altercation.
The Crowded Kitchen Players are back in town, specifically, Allentown.
Players co-founders and producers Ara Barlieb and Pamela Wallace went way back for their latest show.
"The Brothers Tortellini: A Toga Comedy" continues weekends through Oct. 26, Zion's Reformed UCC, 620 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.
Playwright Barlieb adapted "The Brothers Tortellini" from "The Brothers Menaechmus," or "The Two Menaechmuses," by Roman playwright Titus Maccius Plautus (254 - 184 BC), known as Plautus.
Civic Theatre of Allentown's production of "Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein: The Musical" is terrific.
From set design to lighting to costumes to orchestra to casting to acting to directing, the Lehigh Valley debut of "Young Frankenstein," weekends through Oct. 26, Civic Theatre, is one of the most fully-realized regional theater productions ever. It's a must-see, especially for the Halloween season.
"Gone Girl" is one of the best suspense thrillers in decades. It has thrills, chills, plot twists and turns. At times, it's terrifying.
It's a real nail-biter (Believe me, I know. I did.).
There are several reasons why you should see "Gone Girl."
First, of all, it's very entertaining. Second, the actors are excellent. Third, the direction is superb.
Finally, because there should be several Oscar nominations, "Gone Girl" should be on your must-see list.