Salisbury Press

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Movie Review: ‘Coco’

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Coco” is an astonishing animation feature film that explores an actual mythology, and one that is atypical for the mainstream cinema.

Who knew that a movie aimed at families and children based on the Mexican holiday of Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) would be a huge box office hit?

During the national holiday, families gather and pray for family and friends who’ve died, build private altars to them and visit their graves, in order to wish them safe passage in their spiritual journey on “the other side.”

ZONING HEARING BOARD

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Single home approved along Chestnut Hill Road

After it was reviewed at several Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board meetings, a plan for a single residence along Chestnut Hill Road in a westernmost area of Salisbury Township near Emmaus has been approved.

The township Zoning Hearing Board voted 4-0, with one hearing board member absent, to approve the plan for a single-family house on a 1.16-acre property, 87 Chestnut Hill Road.

The property is owned by Benjamin Hoffman, who attended the hearing, as did Brian Spray, of Integrated Engineering, Quakertown, who represented Hoffman.

ZONING BOARD

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Building

A building proposed for a painting contractor’s business has been approved for South Pike Avenue.

Aaron Roche of Roche Painting LLC would construct the building for the storage of supplies and to provide for him an office in the approximate 2,000-square-foot building on a 1.135-acre tract at 2686 S. Fourth St. (South Pike Avenue).

The building’s second-story would accommodate an office that would be rented for use as an accounting firm office. The building would be located about 500 feet north of the township municipal building.

Review: ‘Marshall’

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Marshall” is a powerful film about a Bridgeport, Conn., civil rights case in 1941 pivotal in the life and career of Atty. Thurgood Marshall, who in 1967 was the first African-American appointed to the United States Supreme Court.

Director Reginald Hudlin handles the controversial material with care, emphasizing the human drama and the importance of the case in Marshall’s career and the Civil Rights Movement.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Tax hike in 2018 budget increases to 11.4 percent

The tax hike in the proposed 2018 Salisbury Township budget has been increased to 11.4 percent to provide for the hiring of an additional township police officer.

By consensus at the Nov. 21 township meeting, commissioners agreed for Township Director of Finance Paul Ziegenfus to revise the 2018 budget to include the new police officer, estimated to add $75,000, including salary and benefits, to the budget.

Under the latest proposed budget, township millage for property owners would increase 0.22485 from 1.97515 mills to 2.20 mills.

Movie Review: ‘Express’

Friday, November 24, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Murder On The Orient Express” isn’t exactly murder to watch, but it is painful.

While boasting a bravura turn as Hercule Poirot by Kenneth Branagh, who directs the star-studded extravaganza, the remake of the 1974 movie that was directed by Sidney Lumet, which is also based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie, is pretty much of a train wreck, literally and figuratively.

LV house sales decline again, down 5.8 percent in October

Friday, November 24, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

House sales have declined for two months in a row in the Lehigh Valley.

Closed sales decreased 5.8 percent in October to 672 houses sold, compared to 713 houses sold in October 2016, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report.

Closed sales had decreased 3.5 percent in September to 697 houses sold, compared to 722 houses sold in September 2016.

For the year to date, closed sales increased 3.6 percent, to 7,020, compared to 6,778 for the year to date in 2016.

Allentown Symphony Association seeks successor for executive director Evans

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

An interim executive director is being sought to succeed Sheila Evans, who has resigned as Allentown Symphony Association executive director.

Evans’ resignation was accepted at a Nov. 10 meeting of the symphony association executive committee, according to association board President Philip C. Jackson.

“Sheila’s done an excellent job to getting us to where we are today. With Sheila’s resignation, it is our hope that we can even take it to higher levels,” Jackson said of Miller Symphony Hall during a Nov. 12 interview with The Press.

Review: ‘Thor’

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Thor: Ragnarok” is a bore.

Yes, there’s plenty of action, lots of quips, and terrific computer generated imagery, but “Thor: Ragnarok” fails in that most essential benchmark of cinema achievement: emotional involvement.

Now, this is from the perspective of a movie-goer (yours truly) who’s not a fan boy, has no interest in attending a Comic-Con convention and doesn’t engage in Cosplay (costume play). Heck, I’m one of those folks who long ago stopped dressing up for Halloween.