"The Butler" is an eyewitness to history through the eyes of a White House employee during the presidential administrations of Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
In "The Butler" screenplay by Danny Strong (actor, "Mad Men"), the cauldron of the Civil Rights Movement is backdrop for the presidential procession as well as the story of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), a fictional White House butler inspired by the real-life Eugene Allen, who was on the White House staff for 34 years.
With one last piece of the puzzle in place, the new Salisbury Township Zoning Ordinance is apparently ready to move through the final stages for possible approval and adoption.
Consensus was achieved concerning the Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest area Health Care Overlay District (HCO) and Transitional Overlay District (TO) during an extensive review during the Aug. 13 Salisbury Township Planning Commission meeting.
A vote to place a referendum on the November general election ballot for Salisbury Township residents to decide on continuing to be taxed for use of the Allentown Public Library is expected to be on the agenda of the 7 p.m. Aug. 22 township meeting in the Municipal Building, 2900 S. Pike Avenue.
Township commissioners have debated the annual funding of the Allentown library for several years, and increasingly so this year, with commission Vice President Robert Martucci Jr. advocating a ballot question.
"Elysium" is a science fiction metaphor for the haves and have-nots of today.
In the year 2154, the super-rich live on a huge bicycle wheel-shaped space station orbiting Earth. It is a Garden of Eden. The wealthy are coddled in Boca-Raton meets Disney World surroundings. Health-care "med-pods" heal patients completely and quickly.
Down below, the whole Earth has become the Third World. Los Angeles is reduced to shanty towns such as those, for example, surrounding Mexico City.
Salisbury Township firefighters responding to a fire in a building they are unfamiliar with may become a thing of the past.
That's because a fire code and inspection program for commercial buildings by certified firefighter inspectors may be in the offing for Salisbury.
Township officials and firefighters are advocating for the program, saying it would ensure the safety of residents, building owners and firefighters.
It may require the hiring of a certified fire inspector, most likely on a part-time or freelance basis.
"The Smurfs 2" is an amusing animated and live action feature film with excellent character voices, jokey dialogue and terrific animation that should be enjoyed by the pre-10 year-old set and hold the attention of most parents or guardians.
The characters were created by Peyo, aka Pierre Culliford, a Belgium comic-strip artist-writer. The name Smurf is a Dutch language translation of an invented French word, Schtroumpf, a made-up word for salt.
Salisbury Township is officially part of MERT.
MERT is an acronym for Municipal Emergency Response Team, which is operated by Lehigh County.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 4-0, with one commissioner absent at the July 11 township meeting, to approve the executiion of the MERT agreement with Lehigh County.
Per the agreement, Salisbury Township police officers may train and be on call for MERT.
Work was approved recently for repairs to the roof of the Salisbury Township Municipal Building.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 at the July 25 meeting to authorize Alan Kunsman Roofing & Siding, Inc., Freemansburg, to repair the roof of the township building, 2900 S. Pike Ave.
During heavy rains and even when not so significant precipitation occurs water dripped into the building's lobby. Several times this year, the left inside door to the main meeting room was blocked. Water stains on the ceiling and wall tiles were visible.
"The Wolverine" gets deeper into the psyche of Logan, aka Wolverine, the Marvel Comics superhero, thanks to an intense performance by Hugh Jackman, reprising his role as the title character, and thoughtful and compelling direction by James Mangold.
As the late theater critic Jack O'Brian (1914 - 2000) wrote in his syndicated column, "Voice of Broadway" and said on his afternoon interview show WOR-AM: "Always the young strangers."
It's uncertain whether the phrase was borrowed from the title of Carl Sandburg's 1953 book, but O'Brian used it to refer to new talent in break-through roles in Broadway shows.