"Stoker" is an art-house shocker.
While the film's title has nothing to do with Bram Stoker's "Dracula," it has its ghoulish elements.
With little advance word about the film, I didn't know what to expect.
The story in "Stoker" begins at a funeral, that of Richard Stoker (Dermot Mulroney), who died in a mysterious car crash. We see his widow, Evelyn Stoker (Nicole Kidman), and his daughter, India Stoker (Mia Wasikowski).
India, who shared a special bond with her father through their hunting trips, is especially distraught.
While the Lindberg Park Master Plan has only been recently approved, township residents are already implementing one recommendation, with the approval of the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners.
A request by the Hamilton Park Athletic Association to install baseball-softball batting cages in Lindberg was approved by a 5-0 vote by commissioners at the March 14 township meeting.
The cages, estimated to cost $6,000, are part of the Lindberg Park Master Plan.
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The Salisbury Township Police Department completed a number of training programs in 2012.
Addiitonally, the police department obtained grants totaling $21,875.28, which helped result in 1,328 vehicle stops and 319 traffic citations.
The list of officer training programs takes up two pages in the 2012 annual report presented to the township board of commissioners by Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles.
A lease for the use of Franko Farm Park by the Salisbury Youth Association has been approved by the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners.
The BOC voted 5-0 to approve the lease at its March 14 meeting.
The lease, which has been drafted, is contingent on several details. The township must receive assurances it will not be held liable. Atty. John W. Ashley, township solicitor, reviewed the lease.
"We feel we are protected," Township Manager Randy Soriano said.
The lease is for $1 per year.
"The Gatekeepers" is a documentary film that goes a long way toward helping to explain politics in the Middle East, especially since the 1967 Arab-Israeli Six-Day War.
In six days, the Israel military took control of the Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula, West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights.
While Israel won the war, it put the nation in the midst of war on terror battles over Palestinian statehood and to prevent, as defenders and allies of Israel would say, the achievement of the oft-stated goal of Israel's enemies, namely, "to wipe Israel from the face of the planet."
A new home for the elderly is proposed for a long-dormant lot at 2051 Bevin Drive, off of Lehigh Street in Salisbury Township.
A plan for Legacy Place, described by its developers as an assisted living– "memory-care" facility, is proposed for a 2.45-acre site at Bevin Drive and Regent Court in western Salisbury near the Emmaus boundary.
Representatives of Posh Properties presented a preliminary-final land development plan in the C-1 Zoning District (office-laboratory) to the Salisbury Township Planning Commission which voted 5-0, with two planners absent, to table the plan.
Nominees are sought for the annual Volunteer Recognition Awards in Salisbury Township.
The township board of commissioners is again sponsoring a volunteer recognition awards program to honor those who've dedicated their time and energy to further the Salisbury Township community's quality of life.
Those selected will be honored at a recognition dinner, 6 p.m. April 18, Salisbury Township Municipal Building.
Commissioners are expected to vote at the 7 p.m. March 28 township meeting to again declare April "Volunteer Recognition Month."
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Incident reports were up significantly in Salisbury Township from 2011 to 2012.
There were 5,933 Incident Reports in 2012, up from 5,026 in 2011.
Help is on the way, with a 5-0 vote by the township board of commissioners March 14 to hire a police officer. He is Brian Zulic of Bath.
Zulic, has been a part-time police officer in Lehighton and Lansford. He is a former Summit Hill resident.
At one point in "Oz The Great and Powerful," Oz (James Franco) says to China Doll, a Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) character voiced by Joey King, "One rule in show biz: Never work with kids or animals," adding, "I already have this ... ," as he gestures to another CGI character, Finley, a monkey in a bellhop suit voiced by Zach Braff.
To that show-business adage, it could be added, "Never work with CGI characters."
At least in "Oz the Great and Powerful," for James Franco and other live-action actors, it's a losing battle.
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For a police department of 19 officers, two of whom are part time, patrolling 11.4 square miles from woods to interstates, from neighborhoods to a major regional trauma center and charged with protecting the public safety of 13,505 residents, last year was, to put it mildly, busy for the Salisbury Township Police Department.
The 2012 police report was released by Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles to the board of commissioners, township officials and the media at the Feb. 14 township meeting.