Salisbury Press

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Review: ‘Shazam!’

Friday, April 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Those of us of a certain age may recall “Shazam!” as a catchphrase of Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) on the hit TV shows, “The Andy Griffth Show” (1960-1968) and “Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.” (1964-1969).

Comic-book collectors and fans will know that “Shazam!” as a word that, when exclaimed by Billy Batson (Asher Angel in the movie), transforms him into an adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi in the movie).

The Press 14th annual Student Poetry Project

Friday, April 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To commemorate “National Poetry Month” in April, the Lehigh Valley Press presents the 14th annual Student Poetry Project.

Please see Page B1 and B3 and the Focus pages on the Press websites for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.

Students whose poems are published on Page B1 read their poems and were interviewed on the April 15 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on WDIY, 88.1, wdiy.org, Lehigh Valley Public Radio and NPR affiliate.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, April 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Officials to look into West Emmaus Avenue area water runoff

Several residents are concerned about runoff problems they blame on a veterinary clinic along West Emmaus Avenue.

And they say a parking lot for three to five cars that is to be constructed at the clinic will add to their woes.

“Who issued the permit to allow them to put in the parking lot?” Scott Horvath asked at the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners’ April 11 meeting.

Horvath also said a private alley maintained by him and neighbors is being used by those working at or patronizing the clinic.

“It’s for residents use only,” Horvath said.

Movie Reviiew: ‘Us’

Friday, April 12, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“We have met the enemy and he is us.”

“Pogo” comicstrip,

Walt Kelly, 1953

“Us” is not an altogether bad film.

It’s quite good in direction, performances, cinematography and soundtrack.

That said, “Us” is a disappointing sophomore effort from writer-director Jordan Peele, following his critically-acclaimed hit and big-screen directorial debut, “Get Out” (2017).

Whereas “Get Out” explored socio-ecnomic themes layered upon the leitmotif of a horror film. “Us” lacks overarching intellectual plumbing.

Press newspapers receive 18 Professional Keystone Awards

Friday, April 12, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Lehigh Valley Press newspapers received 18 awards in the 2019 Professional Keystone Press Awards for work published in 2018.

The Bethlehem Press and its contributors received 12 Keystone Awards.

Four of the Bethlehem Press Keystone Awards was for work published in the Focus section.

East Penn Press received two Keystone Awards.

Northwestern Press received two Keystone Awards.

Whitehall-Coplay received one Keystone Award.

Catasauqua Press received one Keystone Award.

Movie Review: ‘Dumbo’

Friday, April 12, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The live-action “Dumbo” movie is an entertaining comedy-drama that the entire family should enjoy.

Movies rated PG or G movies are typically in the minority of theatrical feature movie releases, and “Dumbo” is one of them.

Based on a report by Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which administers movie ratings, more than 50 percent of movies released since the rating system went into effect 50 years ago received an R rating, that is, 17,202 films. That compares to 5,578 films rated PG, 4,913 films rated PG-13 (implemented in 1984), and 1,574 films rated G.

ZONING HEARING BOARD

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Two-unit East Emmaus Avenue apartment conversion rejected

A property for which the address is said not to exist was discussed at the Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board April 2.

Discussed was an alley called Slate Street, which apparently doesn’t have a clean slate.

These are not the makings of an Agatha Christie novel, but rather a township zoning hearing board.

The mystery surrounds a request for a two-unit apartment conversion of a building that housed the offices of a succession of two doctors and before that, a workshop.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Sketch plan submitted for nine-house subdivision

A nine-home subdivision is proposed for vacant land at 904 Flexer Ave. and 2882 E. Texas Blvd. (Mosser Drive) in Salisbury Township.

The Salisbury Township Planning Commission reviewed a sketch plan for what’s termed a major subdivision at its March 12 meeting.

No action was required by the planners because the project was submitted as a sketch plan.

Night On The Town: Sins no more? Not so fast

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It may not be the last gig, but it’s one that reunites the original lineup of the Original Sins in concert for the first time in about two decades.

Muihlenberg College radio station, WMUH, 91.7-FM, wmuh.org, presents the Original Sins with St. John’s Alliance, 8 p.m. April 13, Event Center, Seegers Union. Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

The Sins’ original band members, John Terlesky, vocals, guitar, songwriter; Ken Bussiere, bass; Dan McKinney, keyboards, and Dave Ferrara, drums, are getting back together for the concert.

Movie Review: Horror R not ‘Us’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“We have met the enemy and he is us.”

“Pogo” comicstrip,

Walt Kelly, 1953

“Us” is not an altogether bad film.

It’s quite good in direction, performances, cinematography and soundtrack.

That said, “Us” is a disappointing sophomore effort from writer-director Jordan Peele, following his critically-acclaimed hit and big-screen directorial debut, “Get Out” (2017).

Whereas “Get Out” explored socio-ecnomic themes layered upon the leitmotif of a horror film. “Us” lacks overarching intellectual plumbing.