Salisbury Press

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Theater Review: ‘Hairspray’ a fabulous ‘do at Munopco

Saturday, June 30, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Munopco Music Theatre production of “Hairspray: The Broadway Musical” is adorable kitsch.

Munopco “Hairspray” director Susan McDermott, and assistant director Vince Rostkowski, get it right: a mix of 1960s’ dance-craze nostalgia, in excellent choreography by Suzanne Baltsar, with dance captain Caitlin McLemore; in exuberant singing, with robust direction by Julius Sarkozy; in catchy costumes, with fabulous frocks and thrift-shop chic by McDermott, and clever set design, with pastel palette by McDermott, and lighting by Jonathan Tobias.


Thursday, June 28, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Nicolo briefs panel on fulfilling stormwater goals

The Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council held a working session June 20 to update its role in meeting requirements enforced by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection concerning stormwater pollution.

Salisbury Township MS4 Coordinator, Building Code Enforcement Officer, Assistant Zoning Officer and Building Inspector Sandy Nicolo chaired the meeting.

Nicolo must meet an Aug. 4 deadline to file information with the DEP for renewal of the township’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, which expires Feb. 28, 2019.

Movie Review: ‘Incredibles 2’

Monday, June 25, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s just “Incredibles.”

Yes, the sequel, “Incredibles 2,” outdoes “Incredibles,” released nearly 15 years ago, in 2004.

“Incredibles 2,” as with many Disney-Pixar animation features films, is preceded by brief interviews with those who voice the characters, including Craig T. Nelson (Bob Parr-Mr. Incredible) and Holly Hunter (Mrs. Parr-Elastigirl), who joke about the lag time between the original and its sequel.” To paraphrase, they promise, “It’s worth the wait.”

They are correct.

Review: ‘Ocean’s 8’

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Ocean’s 8” is slick escapist fun, fueled by terrific performances by the leading females in its cast.

The movie is a remake of the successful “Ocean” caper movies, which began in 1960 with the release of “Ocean’s 11,” which starred the so-called “Rat Pack” of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.

A series of remakes, “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001), “Ocean’s Twelve” (2004) and “Ocean’s Thirteen” (2007) starred an ensemble cast that included George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt.

Lehigh Valley house sales decline in May for fourth month in a row

Saturday, June 23, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley continued their percentage of decline into the second quarter of 2018 compared to the same time in 2017, just as the prime summer residential real estate sales season gets underway.

According to the May monthly report of the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR), closed sales were down a bit less: 8.5 percent with 765 houses sold in May, compared to 836 houses sold in May 2017.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP board of commissioners

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Pollutant hearing moved to June 28

A public hearing on the Salisbury Township Pollutant Reduction Plan has been postponed until 7 p.m. June 28, prior to the regular Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners meeting, 2900 S. Pike Ave.

The hearing was to have been held 7 p.m. June 14.

“We did not meet the advertising deadline for that. It will be June 28,” Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich told commissioners at the June 14 meeting.


Thursday, June 21, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

State consumer fireworks law concerns chief, officials

There were some fireworks at the June 14 meeting of the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners.

Or rather, there was discussion about fireworks.

Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles warned the township doesn’t have sufficient legislation to regulate fireworks, the use of certain types which is now legal in Pennsylvania.

Salisbury Township Solicitor Atty. John W. Ashley was authorized to draw up a township noise ordinance or update the existing township noise ordinance.

The ordinance to regulate the ordinance won’t be ready in time for July 4.

Theater Review: ‘Beauty’ of a ‘Beast’ at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

Monday, June 18, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Disney Beauty And The Beast: The Broadway Musical” is the Disney version of the beloved fairytale about the bookish Belle who looks beyond the cover of the Beast to discover a Prince of a person inside.

The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) version is satisfying, fun and entertaining for the whole family. It’s really the kind of musical you can, and should, take your child, grandchild or a young family relative to see.

Theater Review: ‘Ragtime’ sings, dances to a timely tune at Pa. Shakespeare Fest

Monday, June 18, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Ragtime” is a sprawling musical that defies description. By turns, it’s three musicals in one, with interlocking storylines that mix historical figures with fictional characters.

It’s big. It’s brash. It’s bold.

“Ragtime” is also profoundly relevant to contemporary societal problems in the United States.