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Theater review: Players' 'Lad' celebrates poetry month

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The stage version of "A Shropshire Lad," weekends through April 6, McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown, is a memorable adaptation of a classic by A. E. Housman.

Ara Barlieb adapted and directs the piece, which is a world debut, based on an 1896 book of 63 poems by Housman (March 1859 - 1936), an English poet. Among the more familiar poems are "To An Athlete Dying Young," "Loveliest Of Trees, The Cherry Now" and "When I Was One-And-Twenty."

Movie review: 'Vermeer': Paint by mirror?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Sometimes, you have to catch films before they get away. Even if you miss them at the multiplex, neighborhood theater or indie and foreign-films art house, certain films are must-sees whenever and wherever.

The following three films are well worth seeing. Each is linked by a magnificent obsession or passion. So, put on your film-hunting gear and don't forget the popcorn.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Annual police report: Traffic arrests more than double from previous year

First of four parts

The Salisbury Township Police Department had another busy year, based on an annual report released by Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles.

The biggest increase was in traffic arrests, which totaled 2,038 last year, more than double that of 872 in 2012.

Crash investigations were 344, a slight increase from 337 in 2012.

DUI arrests were 43, up somewhat from 37 in 2012.

Parking tickets were 42, more than double that of 19 issued in 2012.

Ambulance calls were 842, down from 885 in 2012.

Movie Review: 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' go way back

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you're of a certain age and can get past the fact that it's not in sketchy black and white, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" is quite entertaining.

If you're a younger parent or a youngster, you may find the animated feature thoroughly entertaining.

"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" was originally a segment on producer Jay Ward's 1960's television cartoon series, "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show."


Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Changes approved for police pension fund; official records to be shredded

Refinements have been approved for the Salisbury Township Police Pension Fund.

By a unanimous 5-0 vote, following a motion by Commissioner Joanne Ackerman and seconded by Commissioner James Seagreaves, commissioners approved an ordinance to change some of the terms and conditions for full-time township police officers.

The changes were made following a recent audit by the Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General, which questioned a provision of the township plan having to do with service-related disability benefits.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Public Works roars into March; salt supply OK, snowstorm overtime at 84 percent

March has come in like the proverbial lion.

Whether the weather lore, which has its origins in an English proverb and is a popular Pennsylvania saying, holds true and March departs like a lamb remains to be seen.

Salisbury Township officials have been plowing ahead with their snow removal schedule and, as of the most recent township board of commissioners' meeting, enough salt and enough funding appears to be in place.

Movie Review: 'Men' not 'Monumental'

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Monuments Men" is anything but monumental.

That's too bad. The fact-based story about the United States' military mission to recover world-renowned works of art confiscated and hidden by the German Nazis during World War II has the earmarks of a bonafide thriller: priceless art, war, Nazis and a stellar cast, including and directed by George Clooney.

A catalogue of attributes doesn't always add up to a great work of art, much less entertaining cinema. "Monuments Men," at times, is a monumental bore.

Theater Review: Place Civic's 'Cities' on your itinerary

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders knows drama. And, he knows how to select stage dramas and direct them.

Sanders puts a fine point on "Other Desert Cities," an audacious; by turns, surprising, and, ultimately, thought-provoking and heart-rending drama-comedy about one family's secrets.

"Other Desert Cities" continues through March 15 at Civic's Nineteenth Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. The play was reviewed March 1.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

'Bird Town' emphasizes use of native plants

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.