Salisbury Press

Monday, December 9, 2019

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Sunday, December 8, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

LCA water hike slightly more than thought;

Second of two parts

Salisbury Township residents who use public water provided by the Lehigh County Authority will have to pay even more in 2020.

In 2020, for Salisbury properties served by the LCA, water rates are to be raised by $8 quarterly or $32 annually.

Previously, the pass-along increase was to be $6 quarterly or $24 annually. The water rate is to increase from $6.60 per 1,000 gallons to $7 per 1,000 gallons.

The 2020 sewer rate increase is the same: $3 quarterly or $12 annually.

Movie Review: Grumpy old gangsters

Sunday, December 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Apart from being an intriguing yarn about mobsters, labor unions and United States political conspiracy theories, “The Irishman” is a character study about some real characters, actual and fictional.

It’s also a cinematic reunion of some of the greatest actors of a generation in the past five decades.

“The Irishman” is a particularly Pennsylvania story.

Lehigh Valley house sales rebound; up 1.3 percent in September

Friday, November 29, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley rebounded in September.

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley increased 1.3 percent in September, with 699 houses sold, compared to 690 houses sold in September 2018, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report released Oct. 14.

The upturn reversed a two-month decline in house sales in the Lehigh Valley.

Closed sales for the nine months of 2019 are up slightly, 0.9 percent, to 6,479, compared to 6,422 for the nine months of 2018.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Friday, November 29, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

2020 general fund budget has salary, insurance, pension increases

First of three parts

The Salisbury Township 2020 General Fund Budget is $8,400,947 and, combined with all budget categories, the total 2020 budget is $16,696,970.

The first part of an overview of the 2020 Salisbury Township Budget looks at the general fund.

Township commissioners were scheduled to meet 7 p.m. Nov. 26 for continued budget discussions. The meeting was rescheduled from Nov. 28 because of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Movie Review: Grumpy old gangsters

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Apart from being an intriguing yarn about mobsters, labor unions and United States political conspiracy theories, “The Irishman” is a character study about some real characters, actual and fictional.

It’s also a cinematic reunion of some of the greatest actors of a generation in the past five decades.

“The Irishman” is a particularly Pennsylvania story.

Movie Review Big wheels: ‘Ford v Ferrari’

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Ford v Ferrari” provides a behind-the-scenes look at a slice of history that might not be known to the general public.

Car spoiler alert: “Ford v Ferrari” chronicles the strategy, testing and racing that went into winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 by the Ford Motor Company-sponsored GT-40 race car.

It was the first time an American auto manufacturer won the race. In fact, Ford cars placed first, second and third at Le Mans in 1966 with none of the Ferraris completing the race. Symbolically, the Ford Mustang outran the Ferrari Prancing Horse.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Friday, November 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

2020 proposed budget has average hike of $85 in taxes, fees

Salisbury Township property owners whose properties utilize public water and sewer can expect an average $85 increase in taxes and services in 2020.

The estimated total increase is based on increases in taxes for the Fire Fund and General Fund and pass-along charges in public water and sewer rates increases from Lehigh County Authority.

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 4-0, with one commissioner absent, to approve the proposed 2020 budget at the Nov. 14 meeting.

Movie Review: ‘Midway’ the CGI way

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Midway” is a theatrical feature movie that would fit right in with the Turner Classic Movie channel’s annual Veterans’ Day telecast of military-themed movies.

One might reasonably ask why, at this time, a film about the Battle of Midway in 1942, a turning point in the United States” defeat of the Japanese Empire in World War II, needed to be made.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, November 14, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

EAC to handle shade tree appeals

Shade tree appeals in Salisbury Township will be handled by the township Environmental Advisory Council.

The change in procedure occurred after a resolution to amend an ordinance was approved by a 4-0 vote, with one commissioner absent, at the Oct. 10 township meeting.

The board of commissioners will no longer be the first township govenning body that will consider shade tree appeals.

Township commissioners have said the appeals hearing, testimony and vote is too time-consuming to take place at either of the two monthly township commissioners’ meetings.

Movie Review: South Korea tragicomedy an Oscar contender

Friday, November 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Parasite” is a powerful piece of film-making. It’s uncompromising cinema. This is a level of film-making far above most films, and beyond the reach of most film-makers.

The psychological thriller will have you on the edge of your theater seat almost from the beginning to the end of the film.

The acting is flawlessly naturalistic. The cinematography (director of photography Kyung-pyo Hong) is intensely personal. The pacing (film editor Jinmo Yang; production designer Ha-jun Lee) is unexpected. The soundtrack (composer Jaeil Jung) is beautiful.