According to a report from the "Bird Town Summit," it's important to encourage residents to landscape with native plants.
"The most important takeaway is to try to encourage people to do stuff, rather than legislate or try to acquire land, which is very expensive," said Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council Chair Kreg Ulery.
Ulery attended the Jan. 18 summit in Audubon, Montgomery County. There are 22 "Bird Towns" in Pennsylvania. There are four in the Lehigh Valley. These, in addition to Salisbury, include Lower Macungie, Allentown and Bethlehem.
Discussion and decisions are continuing in the update of the Salisbury Township Zoning Ordinance.
The Salisbury Township Planning Commission discussed portions of the ordinance and approved changes at its Feb. 11 regular meeting. There were no items on the agenda other than the zoning ordinance.
Planners approved changes to the wording of the ordinance discussed at the Feb. 11 meeting, as well as the Feb. 10 planners' workshop. The planners' Feb. 5 workshop was canceled because of inclement weather.
It's not nearly as surprising as who will receive an Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards, as who has not received a competitive Oscar.
The list, to name a few, includes Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant and Peter O'Toole.
That said, the year 2013 is memorable for brilliant directing, brave acting and superb productions. It was a year for the ascendancy of African-American directors and actors, as well as for fact-based stories.
This year, there could even be a WeightWatchers honor in the first category:
Usually, the merchandise tie-in, toys and product promotions occur immediately before, during or after the release of a major motion picture.
With "The Lego Movie," the toys were there first.
Lego (from the Danish, "leg godt" (play well) is the brainchild of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter in Denmark. From 1949 to 2013, an estimated 560 billion Lego were manufactured. The colorful interlocking plastic bricks and accompanying gears, figurines and parts are connected imaginatively to construct vehicles, buildings and displays.
A request for permission to park a tractor trailer in a residential area has been denied by the Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board.
After an approximate 25-minute discussion Feb. 4, the zoning board voted 4-1 to deny an appeal for a variance by Carl Harford to park his semi-tractor trailer on a property adjacent to his residence, 3360 Devonshire Road.
The coordination of traffic signals at two intersections to expedite fire, rescue and police vehicles responding to emergencies has been approved by the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners.
Township commissioners voted 5-0 to approve a preemption system for traffic lights at the intersections of Lehigh Street and Regent Way and Lehigh and 31st streets.
"It means police and fire have a way to preempt the light," Salisbury Township Manager Randy Soriano explained to commissioners prior to the vote at the Jan. 23 township meeting.
A new sign for a Cadillac dealership has been approved by the Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board.
On Feb. 4, zoners voted 5-0 to approve the appeal for a variance for the sign.
Richard Salezze of SAR Associates requested the variance. He said he and Andy Scott own the real estate and Chevrolet, Cadillac, Mazda and Volvo dealerships.
The new sign for Cadillac is to replace a sign advertising both the Chevrolet and Cadillac dealerships.
In "The Royal Family," playwrights George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber take Shakespeare's dictums that "all the world's a stage. And men and women merely players" and "the play's the thing" and apply it to a thinly-veiled send-up of the first family of theater, the Barrymores.
Only, in "The Royal Family," through Feb. 16, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem, the Barrymores are called the Cavendishes and Kaufman and Ferber take liberties with the subject material by minimizing their accomplishments and maximizing their foibles.
"Her" is a brilliant, prescient and unsettling romantic comedy by director Spike Jonze (born Adam Spiegel; director, "Adaptation," 2002; "Being John Malkovich," 1999).
The "Her" of the film's title is an OS1 (as in "Operating System," the recorded voice within a phone, mobile device or computer).
"Her" takes place in Los Angeles of the not-too-distant future where Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) works as a Cyber Cyrano, composing hand-written love letters for folks at a loss for words to express their feelings to their significant others.
So far, township street snow removal during the 2013-2014 season by the Salisbury Township Public Works Department has received high marks from township officials.
"A fellow working with me said, 'You guys do a great job,' and I would agree with that," Commissioner Robert Martucci, Jr. said to Salisbury Township Director of Public Works John Andreas.