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Movie Review: 'Echo' echoes teen-age angst

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Earth To Echo" echoes several summer sci-fi and coming-of-age movies, notably "Cloverfield" (2008), "The Goonies" (1985), "Stand By Me" (1986), "E.T." (1982) and "American Graffiti" (1973).

While "Earth To Echo" is derivitive, it is "the" discovery of the 2014 summer movie season so far, with performances by four pre-teen relative unknowns in their big-screen leading role debuts.

"Earth To Echo" is simply a lot of fun. It's uncomplicated, unassuming and naive in its story of teen-age angst. It can be enjoyed by young and old alike.

Theater Review: A sunny, very funny 'Spamalot' at MSMT

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

James Peck is "The Minister Of Silly Laughs" at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT).

Peck directs "Monty Python's Spamlot" with liturgical attention to the canon for Python acolytes. The resulting non-stop laughs continue on stage through July 27, Dorothy Hess Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

Whether you're a Pythonite or not, "Spamalot" is hilarious thanks to actors' line delivery timing, orchestra music cues, sound effects, numerous set changes and exciting lighting effects.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Ordinance mulled to recoup fire, police, public works emergency response costs

Salisbury Township officials are looking into the possibility of an ordinance to help the township police and public works departments and township volunteer fire companies recoup emergency services costs.

The measure could save the township hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars.

The proposed ordinance has quickly gained the backing of several township commissioners and two key township department heads.

Township Commissioner James Seagreaves, an Eastern Salisbury Fire Department volunteer fireman, made the proposal at the June 26 township meeting.

Behind The Scenes: 'Spamalot' in regional debut at MSMT

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The musical, "Monty Python's Spamalot," derives its title from the line "We eat ham and jam and Spam a lot" from the 1975 film, "Monty Python And The Holy Grail," on which the musical is based.

"Monty Python's Spamalot" makes its Lehigh Valley regional theater debut, July 9 - 27, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT), Dorothy Baker Theatre, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. Curtain is 8 p.m. Wednesdays- Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Salisbury Youth Association banner approved for annual car show benefit

Look for a banner to possibly be displayed for a Salisbury Youth Association fundraiser.

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 to approve the motion for a banner to promote the annual SYA car show 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at Salisbury Middle School, 3301 Devonshire Road.

Leno Scarcia, SYA football program director, made the request for placement of the banner at the June 26 township commissioners' meeting.

Several locations for the banner were discussed, including South Pike Avenue, Emmaus Avenue and East Susquehanna Street.

Movie Review: 'Jersey Boys' sings it like it was

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

After Frank Sinatra and before Bruce Springsteen (those other Jersey Boys), there was The Four Seasons, one of the top pop groups of all time, having sold 100 million records.

The Four Seasons were so popular, the group rivaled The Beatles on the record charts, resulting in the 1964 Vee-Jay promotional album, "The Beatles vs. The Four Seasons: The International Battle Of The Century."

The Four Seasons' recordings influenced not only Springsteen, but Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and a generation of songwriters and hit-makers.

Behind The Scenes: Joe Vincent a Tevye for all time at PSF

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Joe Vincent embodies the rough-hewn wisdom, profound spirituality and indomitable spirit of Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof," which opened the 23rd annual Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) where the musical continues through June 29, Main Stage Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Vincent, a veteran of 33 of Shakespeare's 37 plays, couldn't be better cast as the dairyman of Anatevka in the 50th anniversary production of "Fiddler on the Roof" at PSF.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Vote unanimous for state bills allowing use of radar guns by local police

Salisbury Township has joined a growing number of municipalities in the Lehigh Valley and across the Commonwealth to demand its police officers be allowed to use radar guns.

By a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution in support of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1340 and House Bill 1272, enabling local police forces to use radar.

The language of the resolution states the Senate and House bills would enable "municipal police to use the same motor vehicle speed-timing equipment as the Pennsylvania State Police."