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Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Police officers' participation in Lehigh County MERT finalized

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.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Funding approved retroactively for municipal building roof repairs

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.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A star is born in Pa. Playhouse 'Aida'

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.


Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

A fracking windfall for Laubach Park may be part of the master plan

Windfall revenue from natural gas drilling, or fracking, in regions of Pennsylvania far from Salisbury Township could aid the planning for improvements to a popular east side park.

Salisbury Township officials are applying for a grant to fund a master plan for Laubach Park, an east side destination for many sporting events, including those of the Salisbury Youth Association.

The grant could result in a master plan, similar to a plan completed for Lindberg Park on the township's west side.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Study recommends 25 mph speed-limit, 'Watch Children,' signs for Lehigh Avenue

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

A Salisbury Township Police Department traffic study of Lehigh Avenue recommends posting four 25 mph speed-zone signs and two "Watch Children" signs along the township east side thoroughfare.

Results of the study were presented at the July 25 township Board of Commissioners meeting by township Police Officer Bryan S. Losagio, who conducted the study.

Losagio also recommended township east side police patrol units make extra rounds to establish a greater police presence to deter unsafe and reckless driving.


Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Fairview Road bridge work underway; expected to reopen in late September

The long-closed bridge on Fairview Road, a north-south connector street between Emmaus Avenue and East Susquehanna Street in eastern Salisbury Township, is expected to reopen this fall.

Salisbury Township Department of Public Works Director John Andreas told township officials in his July 25 meeting report the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has begun work on the Fairview bridge.

The contractor is J.D. Eckman, Atglen, Chester County, which completed the Linden Street Bridge, Allentown, replacement project.

THEATER REVIEWS 'Henry VIII': An abridged production too far at PSF

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "Henry VIII," through Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is a curiosity.

The so-called history play, in its PSF debut (as is "Measure for Measure," also through Aug. 4), is said by some scholars to have been a collaboration between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. "Henry VIII" was first performed some 400 years before no-fault divorce, June 29, 1613, at the Globe Theatre, which burned to the ground when a cannon in the play misfired and ignited the thatched roof.

'20 Feet' to summer indie films

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Summer and blockbusters go hand in popcorn at the movies.

The watershed year for the summer blockbuster marketing mentality of the major Hollywood movie studios was 1975 with the release of director Steven Spielberg's "Jaws," which ushered in the summer blockbuster genre of big-budget, fast-paced, thrilling entertainment.

During the summer and Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year's holiday season, there's "counterprogramming," whereby "indie" (independently-released) films are released, sometimes to critical and box office success.

Renaud makes 'DM2' fun

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Despicable Me 2" has nearly all the things you would want to see and hear in an animated feature family comedy.

It has distinctive and charmingly-rendered characters, voice talent that is very expressive, an interesting and entertaining storyline, an overall attention to detail and, most importantly, a sense of fun.

"Despicable Me 2" ("DM2") is co-directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud.

Renaud is a Parkland High School, Class of '85, graduate who attended the Baum School of Art where he received a $1,000 scholarship.