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Theater Review: No 'Mystery' at 'Berg; 'Drood' is simply great

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg College Department of Theater & Dance's "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," through Nov. 3, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, is one of the best musical productions to ever hit the Lehigh Valley stage.

And it is a huge hit. From the opening immersive experience of the show's actors mingling with the audience as theater-goers take their seats and settle in, to the rousing finale, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is a must-see for musical-theater fans.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Preliminary budget talks call for an 11 percent tax hike in 2014

Based on preliminary 2014 budget talks, Salisbury Township residents may see an 11 percent hike in property taxes, or $33.25, based on the township average assessment of $207,817 for a single family dwelling.

The projected increase is based on a .16-mill increase from 1.42 mills to 1.58 mills (rounded off).

The hike is one option the township board of commissioners is considering. The board faces an ever-dwindling reserve fund, which is down to about $2 million from approximately $7 million in 2008.

SALISBURY COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Officials urged to attend state convention

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners heard some encouraging words from a leader of a statewide township organization.

"The state association is a good way to help solve problems," said Ed Black, first vice president of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners.

Salisbury is a member of the organization.

During his presentation at the Oct. 24 Salisbury commissioners' meeting, Black urged the township board to send a representative to the annual PSATC convention.

Movie Review: James Gandolfini: 'Enough Said'

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When is speaking your mind saying too much? When is biting your tongue saying too little?

Truth in conversation, feelings and action is at the heart of "Enough Said," an entertaining and thoughtful romantic comedy memorable for its nuanced performances, especially that of James Gandolfini in what is his second-to-last big-screen role.

Look for an Oscar actor nomination for Gandolfini and a possible Oscar for the highly-regarded and beloved actor best-known as Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos."

Movie Review: James Gandolfini: 'Enough Said'

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When is speaking your mind saying too much? When is biting your tongue saying too little?

Truth in conversation, feelings and action is at the heart of "Enough Said," an entertaining and thoughtful romantic comedy memorable for its nuanced performances, especially that of James Gandolfini in what is his second-to-last big-screen role.

Look for an Oscar actor nomination for Gandolfini and a possible Oscar for the highly-regarded and beloved actor best-known as Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos."

Movie Review: 'Captain Phillips' commanding

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Captain Phillips" is a harrowing movie bristling with tension. It is superb film-making and has incredible performances.

The movie, directed by Paul Greengrass, is based on the true story of the 2009 hijacking of a United Stated-flagged container cargo freighter with 25 crew members and the hostage-taking of the ship's captain, Richard Phillips.

The screenplay by Billy Ray ("The Hunger Games," 2012; "Fllghtplan," 2009) is based on Phillips' book, written with Stephan Talty, "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea."

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Dispute arises over process of approving zoning ordinance updates

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

A dispute about the handling of the updating of the Salisbury Township Zoning Ordinance erupted at the Oct. 8 township Planning Commission meeting and spilled over into the Oct. 10 township Board of Commissioners meeting.

The concern prompted a nearly one-hour, closed-door executive session by township commissioners and officials Oct. 10, a statement by the township manager and a recommendation by a township resident.

For Gia Mora, 'Einstein' is about the science of love

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You've heard of "Bill Nye, The Science Guy" and his educational television show.

Gia Mora is "The Science Gal," but not of television fame (not yet, that is), but of the stage, and more in the entertainment realm than education, although there is that.

Mora's "Einstein's Girl," 7 p.m. Oct. 18, State Theatre Cabaret in the Acopian Ballroom, 7 p.m. Oct. 18, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton, brings the, ahem, elements of entertainment and education together -- in a supercollider of comedy.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Some meetings, workshops times, dates changed for 2014 budget deliberations

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Let the 2014 Salisbury Township budget deliberations begin.

Salisbury commissioners each have a half-foot-thick budget binder, just right on chilly nights to cuddle up with for cozy bedtime reading.

To meet the annual challenge, township meetings to accommodate 2014 budget deliberations have been decided by the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION Legacy Place home for elderly at Bevin Drive, Regent Court approval recommended

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The plan for a home for the elderly to be built off Lehigh Street has been recommended for approval to the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners.

The Salisbury Township Planning Commission voted 5-0 to recommend approval of the preliminary-final land development plan for Legacy Place, 2051 Bevin Drive.

The plan for two one-story buildings for approximately 32 residents was first presented at the March planners' meeting. Extensions for the plan approval were granted several times.