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Curtain Rises: A look behind the ‘Follies’ curtain at Touchstone Theatre

Friday, December 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

After two decades of producing “Christmas City Follies,” there’s no folly, nor formula, for what has become a beloved holiday treat at Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem.

The big quilt curtain again opened for “Christmas City Follies XX,” beginning Dec. 5 and continuing through Dec. 22 at Touchstone.

Let’s pay attention to the Touchstone Ensemble behind the curtain.

“Since the first five ‘Follies,’ the last 15 have been in consecutive years. There were gaps in the first five years,” says “Follies” director Jp Jordan, Touchstone Artistic Director.

Movie Review: ‘Frozen II’ freezes over

Friday, December 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Frozen II” is an impressive animation feature film highlighted by inspiring artwork and excellent songs sequences.

“Frozen II” was seen in the 3D format for this movie review. “Frozen II” is worth paying the 3D premium ticket price to see the film. The animation glistens, glows and shimmers. That’s partly because of the film’s predominantly winter setting. The ice is the icing on the animation cake of “Frozen II.”

In the 3D format, snowflakes seem to float before your eyes. It’s almost as if you are inside a giant snow globe.

Movie Review: Grumpy old gangsters

Friday, December 13, 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.

October LV house sales decline

Friday, December 13, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley declined in October.

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley declined 5.5 percent in October, with 703 houses sold, compared to 744 houses sold in October 2018, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report released Nov. 13.

The decline followed an increase in closed sales for houses in September.

Closed sales for the 10 months of 2019 are up slightly, 0.7 percent, to 7,213, compared to 7,166 for the 10 months of 2018.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

2020 budget has changes in presentation, structure

Last of three parts

When the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners considers the 2020 budget and tax ordinance, which is on the agenda of the 7 p.m. Dec. 12 meeting, at the municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Ave., it won’t be a matter of mere numbers.

As of the deadline for this article, 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.

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.