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Being taken with 'Taken 2'

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Liam Neeson out-Bonds James Bond in "Taken 2."

You don't have to have seen "Taken" (2008). Here, Neeson, reprising his role a CIA spy operative Bryan Mills, must rescue his wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen), and prevent his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), from being taken hostage by Eastern European terrorists intent on revenging their losses depicted in the first movie. At the center of the terrorist group is a father whose son, a kidnapper, was killed by Mills.

A 'Master' of his film domain

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Master" is one of those films that audiences and reviewers either love or hate.

Since I try not be a "hater," put me in the category of "strongly dislike" regarding "The Master."

My opinion has to do with "The Master" writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson ("Punch-Drunk Love," "Magnolia," "Boogie Nights"), whose films are fascinating and confounding mish-mashes of big ideas, intriguing characters and performances connected by often incoherent storylines and punctuated by shock-value scenes.

Eastwood fields the 'Curve'

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Forget about the trouble with the chair.

There's no trouble with Clint Eastwood in "Trouble with the Curve."

Eastwood is as delightfully cantankerous as ever as an elderly baseball scout named Gus who still pours over stacks of newspapers rather than log onto the computerized "Moneyball" statistical analysis approach to assess high school, college and other Major League Baseball prospects.

Fishtank Ensemble: World music in one

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For members of Fishtank Ensemble, the music world is their oyster.

The cover of Fishtank Ensemble's latest CD, "Woman in Sin," looks like a pop-up greeting card with the eclectic music group's images in front of, or perhaps in, an aquarium surrounded by denizens of the deep.

Fishtank Ensemble, which played Musikfest in 2011, plays at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Lindberg Park Master Plan envisions perimeter walking and bicycle path

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Plans to upgrade Lindberg Park were greeted for the most part with enthusiasm during a public hearing, with concerns expressed by those attending about those who use the park taking shortcuts across adjacent homeowners' properties.

One of the chief features of the "Lindberg Park Master Plan and Neighborhood Connection" unveiled before approximately 25 residents Sept. 17 would be a walking, running and bicycle trail around the park's perimeter.

New Comprehensive Plan is tabled

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Zoning of school district Emmaus Ave. tract disputed

The update of the Salisbury Township Comprehensive Plan, more than two years in the making and some 15 years since the previous plan, will have to wait a little longer.

The resolution to adopt the plan was greeted by silence when it came up for a vote at the Sept. 13 Board of Commissioners meeting.

Not one of the commissioners moved to bring the resolution up for a vote.

"We have no motion to adopt it [the resolution] as it stands," Board of Commissioners' President James Brown said.

Auto service business approved

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

An automotive service business proposed for Lehigh Street in Salisbury Township has received approval from township Planning Commission.

Planners voted 4-0, with three members of the commission absent Sept. 11, to approve several aspects of the plan for Kost Tire and Auto Service, 3117 Lehigh St.

Approved was combining of the preliminary and final plan, a minor-lot subdivision of 8,931 square feet at 2200 31st Southwest owned by Marse Associates that is to be added to the 3117 Lehigh Street tract for a total a 34,308-square-foot parcel.