Salisbury Press

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Bakithi Kumalo brings ‘Graceland’ to Bethlehem

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Bakithi Kumalo is bringing “Graceland” back home with The All-Star “Graceland” Tribute Band,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1, Levitt Pavilion, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. The concert is free and open to the public.

Home is Bethlehem now for Kumalo, legendary Johannesburg, South Africa, bass player on Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album (1986) and in his subsequent concerts, including “Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour.”

Kumalo originated the memorable bass line of “You Can Call Me Al” on Simon’s now classic world music album, “Graceland.”

LV house sales in decline for sixth month in a row

Friday, August 24, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

The topsy-turvy Lehigh Valley house sales market continued in July with closed sales and new listings down by double digits and median sales price and average sales price up by double digits. A key factor is the decline in inventory by more than one-third of houses for sale.

And the “B-Word” is being mentioned, as in real estate bubble when the bubble of increasing house prices could burst as it did a decade ago in the Great Recession of 2007-2008, which was attributed in large part to the nationwide collapse of the residential real estate market.

Movie Review: Truth is ‘Strangers’ than fiction

Friday, August 24, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Three Identical Strangers” is a fascinating documentary film that raises more questions than it provides answers.

David Kellman, Eddy Galland, and Bobby Shafran are identical triplets adopted soon after their birth by three separate families.

Through a serendipitous occurrence, two of the triplets meet. Then, all three triplets meet.

The documentary follows the triplets, their families and friends from gleeful reunion of the boys at age 19, to tabloid headline and TV talk show fame, to tragedy after the apparent suicide of Eddy Galland in 1995.

Girl Scouts learn about stormwater runoff implications

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Area Girl Scouts are learning about stormwater and the potential for environmentally-damaging runoff.

The consequences of stormwater runoff were all too real in the Lehigh Valley after an early-August rainstorm.

Three members of Troop 6810, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Emmaus, attended the Aug. 15 meeting of the Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council.

Gerald Mistal, Penn State Master Watershed Steward, taught the Girl Scouts about watershed pollution. Mistal set up a Stormwater Model Enviroscape in the township Municipal Building meeting room.

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Girl Scouts learn about stormwater runoff implications

Area Girl Scouts are learning about stormwater and the potential for environmentally-damaging runoff.

The consequences of stormwater runoff were all too real in the Lehigh Valley after an early-August rainstorm.

Three members of Troop 6810, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Emmaus, attended the Aug. 15 meeting of the Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council.

Penn State Master Watershed Steward Gerald Mistal taught the Girl Scouts about watershed pollution. Mistal set up a stormwater model EnviroScape in the township municipal building meeting room.

Movie Review: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ insightful fun

Monday, August 20, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Crazy Rich Asians” is loaded.

It’s loaded with glitz, humor and heart. It’s a film that’s deeper than its title would indicate.

“Crazy Rich Asians” is the Cinderella and her prince story transported from medieval Europe to 21st-century Asia.

The storyline has its roots in the 17th century fairy tale, “Cendrillon,” by French writer Charles Perrault, with a stop along the way at Jane Austen’s 1813 novel, “Pride And Prejudice,” all the way up to HBO’s “Sex And The City” (1998-2004).

Review: Pooh bear

Friday, August 17, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Winnie-the-Pooh and his adorable cuddly stuffed animal friends are revisited in the film, “Disney’s Christopher Robin.”

The film is an enjoyable nostalgia trip for those who grew up with the books of A.A. Milne that were illustrated by E. H. Shepard, including “When We Were Very Young” (1924), “Winnie-the-Pooh” (1926), “Now We Are Six” (1927) and ”The House At Pooh Corner” (1928).

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Police department seeks FAA approval for use of drone

The Salisbury Township Police Department is seeking approval for use of a drone.

“A letter to the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] is required for the use of our drone,” Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles said during the Aug. 9 meeting workshop.

Commissioners agreed to send a letter to the FAA to request approval for use of the drone by the township police department.

LV median sales price higher than 2007 real estate bubble; closed sales down for fifth month

Friday, August 10, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

The sellers’ market continued apace in the Lehigh Valley during the summer real estate season.

According to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) June report, competition by buyers boosted quick sales above the asking price.

On average, a house is selling in little more than a month.

And, according to the GLVR, the June Median Sales Price is higher than that of when the housing bubble burst in 2007 at the start of the Great Recession.

Movie Review: ‘Mission’

Friday, August 10, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mission: Impossible - Fallout” is the action movie of the summer, the year, and quite possibly the decade.

The shiny, flashy, nearly nonstop thriller confirms its star Tom Cruise as the cinema’s last action hero.

It’s a mantle that has passed from the likes of Clint Eastwood, Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone and, one would think, Dwayne Johnson, Daniel Craig and Vin Diesel.