Many of the best non-documentary feature films of 2013 have been based on true stories.
These include "Dallas Buyers Club," "12 Years A Slave," "Captain Phillips," "The Butler" and "42."
"Philomena" is another of the year's best films where the adage applies: "Truth is stranger than fiction."
The film should bring an Oscar actress nomination for Dame Judy Dench in the title role.
With the majority of time spent discussing the proposed 2014 township budget, the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners considered several motions during the one-hour meeting portion of its four and one-half hour workshop and meeting Nov. 21.
The last order of business was a unanimous 5-0 vote to advertise the proposed 2014 budget. Commissioner Vice President Robert Martucci, Jr., made the motion, seconded by Commissioner Debra Brinton.
While the 2013 Winter Solstice, Dec. 20, and first day of winter, Dec. 21, have not happened, the Salisbury Environmental Advisory Council is already thinking spring.
Specifically, the STEAC is planning its second annual Earth Day Celebration, 10 a.m. to noon April 26, 2014, at Lindberg Park, where the event was held earlier this year.
The 2014 event is expected to include the participation of Lehigh Valley Health Network.
"God, or the Devil, is in the details," the late wordsmith William Safire once wrote in his "On Language" newspaper column.
"Details" was the byword during the Nov. 12 Planning Commission meeting when Salisbury Township Director of Planning and Zoning Cynthia Sopka led a nearly line-by-line review of the proposed Salisbury Township Zoning Ordinance update.
Planners were expected to again discuss the zoning ordinance at a special Dec. 3 workshop.
"Dallas Buyers Club" provides an alternative view of the Texas metropolis.
While the film's title might sound like the name of a club those on Bravo's "Real Housewives of Dallas" (set for a 2014 telecast start) might belong to, or a QVC telemarketing spinoff, "Dallas Buyers Club" is about a company organized to provide what was purported to be H.I.V.-positive antidotes soon after the virus was identified.
Salisbury Township residents voted overwhelming to retain the library tax, and also voted to re-elect two Salisbury Township commissioners and the township tax collector in the Nov. 5 municipal election.
The referendum to continue a tax to support the Allentown Public Library won with 1,287 votes, or 67 percent, in favor, and 624 votes, or 33 percent, against, of 1,911 votes cast.
Linda J. Minger, a Republican running unopposed as Salisbury Township tax collector, was the big vote-getter at township polls, receiving 2,084 votes.
No new hires.
And a tax hike.
That's the word from the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners concerning the proposed 2014 township budget.
The new taxes are to plug a projected 2014 budget deficit.
Commissioners discussed the budget, plus the financial impact of hiring new employees at a special Nov. 14 workshop lasting three hours.
The police department requested the promotion of an officer to become a second detective and the hiring of a new police officer.
The public works department requested the hiring of a mechanic and an equipment operator.
A preliminary 2014 Salisbury Township budget has been approved calling for a tax hike that, on average, would amount to $39.49 annually per township residential property owner.
The "status-quo" 2014 budget, as Salisbury Township Manager Randy Soriano calls it, plugs a $241,556 deficit, but does not include requested new hires in the public works and police departments.
Based on the average township assessment of $207,817 and the millage of 1.42103, the gross annual township tax is now $295.31.
"All Is Lost" is a harrowing tale about a sailor lost at sea.
What's the big deal about that, you might say?
The big deal is that the sailor is played by none other than Robert Redford.
And, at 77, the filming of "All Is Lost" was also likely a harrowing experience for Redford.
"All Is Lost" is all Redford. The character he plays, simply called "Our Man," is the only person in the film, and he's on-screen for virtually the entire film.
The film begins with a voice-over narration by Redford and then a title card tells us it's "Eight Days Earlier."
A health center proposed along East Emmaus Avenue has been approved by the Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board.
Zoners voted 5-0 at the Nov. 5 hearing to approve an appeal for a special exception for a "wellness facility" to be run by Gregory Reihman and his wife, Dr. Kristin C. Reihman, at 739 E. Emmaus Ave.
"I believe having this center in Salisbury would be a welcome addition," Gregory Reihman said.