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Turtle Island Quartet, Nellie McKay set for Miller Symphony Hall debut

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It took a continent to bring together the Turtle Island Quartet and Nellie McKay.

The avant-garde chamber group and the indescribable singer-songwriter bring it all back home in their Lehigh Valley debut, with "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing," performing the music of Billy Strayhorn, Billie Holiday and the Weimar cabaret era, 3 p.m. Sept. 28, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Movie Review: Treat 'Calvary' with reverence

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Calvary," as with Christianity's New Testament event from which the film derives its title, is difficult, brutal and shocking.

The film begins in a confessional booth in a Roman Catholic church in Ireland where Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson), a fiftysomething Irish priest, is told he will be killed the following Sunday by the very person to whom he is giving confession.

The supplicant boasts that he will revel in killing "a good priest."


Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

State house bill, executive order may come to the rescue of emergency costs

On the 13th anniversary of 9/11, which cost emergency service providers their lives and put many more in harm's way, a move to recoup emergency costs in Salisbury Township seemed no closer to becoming a reality.

However, help may be on the way in the form of a new state law or township executive order.

Billy Joel: You should be playing here in the PPL Center

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

On so many levels, and especially for Allentown and the Lehigh Valley, the Eagles' Sept. 12 christening of PPL Center, home to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the American Hockey League's top development team of the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers, begs superlatives, headline-writer puns and Monday morning quarterback analysis.

An opening night standing ovation for PPL Center, staff

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

There are so many good things to say about PPL Center, that it's hard to find fault.

However, finding fault is a journalist's duty. Here we go. First, the kudos.

The vibe: The glass-facade entrance at Seventh and Hamilton streets is impressive. There is a sense of grandeur, but also a welcoming feeling.

The arena has the sense of a stadium bowl with a roof. Though it seats 8,500 for hockey games and 10,000 for concerts, the stage and arena floor seems close. I'm not a hockey fan, but the PPL Center makes me want to see The Phantoms play there.

Concert Review: Eagles give 'History' lesson of storied career

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Welcome to "Eagles 101."

Not unlike a graduate-level seminar, VH1 "Behind the Music" telecast or Ted (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talk, the Eagles demonstrated how it's done before a sold-out crowd of 10,000 cheering and adoring fans for the Sept. 12 opening public event at PPL Center, Allentown.

The arena lights went down at 8:09 p.m. At 8:12 p.m., one by one, Don Henley and Glenn Frey, walked out on stage left and song by song, the Eagles played from a catalogue of some 27 hits.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Approval of new solid waste ordinance clears way for trash hauler bids

The Solid Waste Management Ordinance has been updated in Salisbury Township in order to put township trash hauling and recycling out to bid.

The township's contract with Waste Management, Inc. concluded several months ago, but the trash hauler agreed to extend the pact until a new ordinance could be prepared and approved.

Township officials expect to issue Requests For Proposals this month. Bids are expected to be awarded by year's end.

$130,305 gaming grant will continue Casino Corridor patrols, buy equipment

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Traffic enforcement will continue in the Casino Corridor in Salisbury Township, thanks to a grant, from where else? the casino.

Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles announced the township police department has received $130,305 from Lehigh County as part of an agreement with the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.

Funds received from the grant will continue the township's Casino Corridor Traffic Safety Enforcement Project, according to a press release provided by Stiles.

Here is how the township police department will use the funds:


Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Residents complain about more stormwater runoff problems on east side

On the night when the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners held a workshop on stormwater runoff, township residents came forward to complain about stormwater runoff in their east side neighborhood.

However, township officials may be unable to take action because the alleged runoff problems are on private property.

The commissioners' Aug. 28 workshop discussed the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit system pertaining to stormwater discharges.

Poet of the punchline

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Steven Wright explains why he's so funny - seriously

The first thing you may wonder about Steven Wright is whether he sounds the same offstage as he does onstage.

Wright, the poet laureate of standup, is noted for his minimalist approach. He's a comedian of few words, with a spare, almost stark pace. His methodical delivery is full of word-play and vocabulary twists and turns. Wright exemplifies cerebral comedy at its finest.

In a phone interview prior to his 8 p.m. Sept. 20 appearance at Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Wright sounds exactly like he does onstage.