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Being taken with 'Taken 2'

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Liam Neeson out-Bonds James Bond in "Taken 2."

You don't have to have seen "Taken" (2008). Here, Neeson, reprising his role a CIA spy operative Bryan Mills, must rescue his wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen), and prevent his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), from being taken hostage by Eastern European terrorists intent on revenging their losses depicted in the first movie. At the center of the terrorist group is a father whose son, a kidnapper, was killed by Mills.

NASD receives $100,000 windfall

Thursday, October 11, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Parents' seminar on sports injuries, bullying set

The Northampton Area School District is receiving a $100,000-plus windfall, thanks to the thriftiness of the Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School.

NASD will be reimbursed $108,640 as part of a distribution of excess BAVTS funds for the fiscal year ending June 30, school board President David Gogel announced at the Oct. 8 meeting.

The BAVTS $400,000 disbursement, approved at its Oct. 2 meeting, also includes $254,840 for Bethlehem Area School District and $36,520 for Saucon Valley School District.

A 'Master' of his film domain

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Master" is one of those films that audiences and reviewers either love or hate.

Since I try not be a "hater," put me in the category of "strongly dislike" regarding "The Master."

My opinion has to do with "The Master" writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson ("Punch-Drunk Love," "Magnolia," "Boogie Nights"), whose films are fascinating and confounding mish-mashes of big ideas, intriguing characters and performances connected by often incoherent storylines and punctuated by shock-value scenes.

Middle School plan awaits PDE approval ASD board approves Act 34 hearing results

Thursday, October 4, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requirements for the Northampton Area Middle School project have been met and the paperwork is off to Harrisburg to await approval.

Two key elements of the $80-million project were backed by the Northampton Area School Board by an 8-0 vote, with one board member absent, at the Sept. 24 meeting.

The so-called PlanCon Part D, which involves the project accounting based on estimated projections, and PlanCon Part E, which has to do with the project design development, received approvals, as recommended by the NASD administration.

Eastwood fields the 'Curve'

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Forget about the trouble with the chair.

There's no trouble with Clint Eastwood in "Trouble with the Curve."

Eastwood is as delightfully cantankerous as ever as an elderly baseball scout named Gus who still pours over stacks of newspapers rather than log onto the computerized "Moneyball" statistical analysis approach to assess high school, college and other Major League Baseball prospects.

NASD makes AYP

Thursday, September 27, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Individual schools fall short in 2012

The good news is that, as a whole, Northampton Area School District was one of only nine school districts in Northampton and Lehigh counties to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

The bad news is that, individually, Northampton Area High School, Northampton Area Middle School and George Wolf Elementary School did not.

Siegfried Elementary School, Lehigh Elementary School and Moore Elementary School met the requirements for AYP.

Fishtank Ensemble: World music in one

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For members of Fishtank Ensemble, the music world is their oyster.

The cover of Fishtank Ensemble's latest CD, "Woman in Sin," looks like a pop-up greeting card with the eclectic music group's images in front of, or perhaps in, an aquarium surrounded by denizens of the deep.

Fishtank Ensemble, which played Musikfest in 2011, plays at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe.

Board approves land preservation

Thursday, September 20, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

If the Northampton Area School District School Board has anything to do with it, as much open space as possible will be retained in the district.

The school board voted 8-0, with one member absent Sept. 10, to approve Act 4. The measure would allow NASD landowners to freeze their property taxes at the rate when they decide to place their land in the program and agree to not sell the property for development purposes.