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Area hospitals say they are prepared for Ebola

Thursday, October 16, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Three of Lehigh Valley's health care organizations are prepared to deal with the Ebola epidemic.

Spokespersons for Lehigh Valley Health Network, St. Luke's University Health Network and Sacred Heart Health Care System said that policies are in place to deal with Ebola.

A spokesperson for Lehigh Valley International Airport could not be reached in time for the newspaper deadline for The Press.

NASD program said to help

Thursday, October 16, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Psychologist provides overview

A screening of "Who Cares About Kelsey?" will be presented at 6 p.m. Oct. 28, in the auditorium of Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Ave., Northampton.

The nationally-acclaimed documentary is about Kelsey Carroll, a New Hampshire high school student who overcame EBD (Emotional-Behavioral Disabilities) and went from a defiant and disruptive "problem student" to a motivated and self-confident young woman.

"We have many students like Kelsey in the Northampton Area School District," said NASD Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik.

Movie Review: 'The Boxtrolls' is admirable

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Boxtrolls" is a film more to be admired than loved.

The film utilizes stop-motion animation, whereby each, or several frames, of film are shot with minor adjustments to the figurines before the next shot.

As if to emphasize the exactitude of this process and how painstaking it is, during "The Boxtrolls" end credits, the film-makers pull back from the set to reveal in fast-motion, and in shadow, a puppet animator guiding each move of one of the film's main characters.

LV native Stephanie Gardner goes to Kickstarter for film

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A New York City-based film-maker and Emmaus High School Class of 2004 graduate is using Kickstarter to fund completion of her next film.

Stephanie Gardner, who needs to raise $6,000 by Oct. 17 for "If I Had a Piano (I'd Play You The Blues)," is using Kickstarter, a social media web site for funding-raising, for the first time.

"It's a little scary because it's all or nothing. But for the backers, it's risk-free. If I don't raise the full $6,000, I don't get any of the money," says Gardner. "We can exceed the goal."

Lehigh Valley debut

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

'Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein: The Musical' stomps onto Civic Theatre of Allentown main stage

Franken-steen or Franken-stine?

That's just one of the musical questions in "Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein: The Musical," making its Lehigh Valley debut, Oct. 10 - 26, as Civic Theatre of Allentown opens its 2014 - '15 season at the Nineteenth Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.

Frankenstein is pronounced "Frankenstine." In the German language, when there are two vowels, the second vowel is pronounced (for example: Oscar Hammerstein, Michael Feinstein).

Spotlight On: Puss n Boots are friends who play together

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A Puss n Boots concert is like three friends sitting around swapping licks and putting on a harmony.

That's because the three women in Puss n Boots are friends who trade licks and harmonize beautifully (think The Roches).

Puss n Boots performs 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

The lineup is Catherine Popper, vocals, bass, acoustic guitar; Norah Jones, vocals, electric guitar, fiddle, and Sasha Dobson, vocals, drums, acoustic guitar, bass.

NASD approves three resignations

Thursday, October 9, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Three resignations were accepted by the Northampton Area School Board by a vote of 8-0 with one school board member absent at the Sept. 8 meeting:

· Patricia Jones, English teacher, for retirement, effective June 1, 2015, or the last teacher day of the 2014-15 school year;

· Stephanie Wuchter, custodian, for retirement, effective Jan. 8, 2015; and

· Matthew Frailey, assistant wrestling coach, effective Aug. 21.

School board members also voted 8-0 at the Sept. 8 meeting to approve:

NASD support personnel to receive wage hikes averaging 2.3 percent

Thursday, October 9, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

A new contract between Northampton Area School District and the Northampton Area Education Personnel Association calls for salary increases of 2.3 percent over the duration of the contract.

The NASD School Board voted unanimously at the Sept. 22 meeting to approve the three-year contact, retroactive to July 1 and continuing through June 30, 2017.

The contract covers approximately 150 members of the association that includes district secretaries, instructional assistants and cafeteria and hall monitors. There is a range of salaries.

Theater Review: Couples' therapy in song, dance and laughs

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" is an "Our Town" about couples only.

"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" continues weekends through Oct., 12, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

Not unlike playwright Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," which time travels through decades of life in a small town, playwright Joe DePietro's "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" traverses the bumpy road in the lives of couples.

Movie Review: Get lost in 'The Maze Runner'

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Maze Runner" is the latest entry into the genre of movies based on best-selling Young Adult (YA) teen dystopian novels, following on the heels of "The Hunger Games," "Twilight" and "Justin Bieber's Believe."

JK (Just Kidding) about the 2013 Justin Bieber documentary. Then again, given the dystopian trajectory of his career, maybe not.

"Twilight" is a curious mix of corny vampire family in their modern manse scenes and CGI action (no, not those involving Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart).