Salisbury Press

Monday, November 19, 2018

LV house sales again decrease, down 9.7 percent in September

Friday, October 26, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

After a one-month uptick in closed sales for Lehigh Valley houses following six months of declines, sales of houses in the Valley decreased by nearly double digits in September.

Closed sales dropped 9.7 percent in September to 651 houses sold, down from 721 houses sold in September 2017, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) September report, released Oct. 15.

For the year-to-date, the percentage of closed sales for 2018 is down slightly, by 1.5 percent, with 6,267 houses sold, compared to 6,360 houses sold year-to-date in 2017.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Friday, October 26, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Vote on rental ordinance expected on meeting agenda

The proposed Salisbury Township rental ordinance is expected to be on the agenda for a vote at the 7 p.m. Oct. 25 township meeting in the municipal building, 2900 South Pike Ave.

The first reading of the ordinance was at the Oct. 11 township meeting.

A draft of the two-page moving permits amendment and the seven-page rental property inspections amendment was distributed and discussed during the Sept. 27 commissioners’ meeting workshop.

Movie Review: Bang, zoom, to ‘Man’ on the moon

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“First Man” is fiery, from the incendiary launch of the Saturn rocket during liftoff at Cape Kennedy.

“First Man” is jolting, from the vibrations of the seat in the Imax theater where the movie was seen for this review.

“First Man” is tender, in scenes between Ryan Gosling, who portrays Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, as he comforts his two-year-old daughter, who died of a brain tumor.

Theater Review: ‘Billy Elliot’ dances to success for Civic reopening

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Billy Elliot The Musical” is a multi-layered show that has a bit of everything: family conflict, single parenthood, politics, labor strife, mentor and student, elder-care problems, boxing and ballet.

It’s an alphabet-soup mix of themes that would challenge any community theater, much less a troupe returning to its main stage for the first time in about a year to open a renovated and restored new space.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

No tax hike expected in 2019 budget; water, sewer, refuse rates to increase

The good news is there will not be a Salisbury Township tax hike in 2019.

The bad news is the township capital fund balance is expected to be depleted in about five years and to be nearly $1 million in negative territory in about 10 years.

The 2018 township tax rate is to remain at 2.2 mills for 2019. Based on the average township residential assessment of $200,000, the tax bill would be $440.

And, while the township millage rate is expected to remain the same, increased water and sewer rates and refuse and recycling fees are anticipated in 2019.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Moving permits, rental property inspections on Oct. 11 agenda

An amendment to the Salisbury Township code of ordinances concerning moving permits and rental property inspections is expected to be discussed by the township board of commissioners at the 7 p.m. Oct. 11 meeting in the municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Ave.

A first reading of the ordinance is expected at the Oct. 11 meeting.

A draft of the two-page moving permits amendment and the seven-page rental property inspections amendment was distributed and discussed during the Sept. 27 commissioners’ meeting workshop.

Jumping for joy: Lehigh Valley premiere of Elton John musical, ‘Billy Elliot,’ reopens restored 19th St. Theatre

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When William Sanders looked around to select the play for the reopening of Civic Theatre of Allentown’s $5.5-million renovation and restoration of its historic Nineteenth Street Theatre, he needed to look no further than his favorite musical.

“Billy Elliot.”

“Billy Elliot” premiered in London’s West End in 2005 and was nominated for nine Laurence Olivier Awards, receiving four, including best new musical.

Movie Review: ‘Smallfoot’ small

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Smallfoot” is “Frozen” without the ice-skating.

And also without Olaf.

“Smallfoot” has gorgeous animation of snow-laden landscapes of mountains and trees. The detail of artistry is impressive. For example, the hair on Migo, a Yeti (voiced by Channing Tatum) is incredible, as is the animation of the face, eyes, mouth and physical movements of the character.

Movie Review: Running out the ‘Clock’

Friday, October 5, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You’ve heard the term “clock-watcher.” It’s when an employee has his or her eye on the clock on the wall at work and his or her mind on the door. He or she is deemed a “clock-watcher.”

The clock on the wall is “in” the wall in “The House With A Clock In Its Wall” and the eyes of Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black); his nephew, Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), and the uncle’s platonic friend, Florence (Cate Blanchett), are trying to watch the clock, if they could only find it. This is not from lack of trying. At one point, Lewis is punching a mantle clock, but not “the” clock.