"Star Trek Into Darkness" is that all-too-often rare sci-fi movie that has spectacular special effects, a screenplay with an actual storyline, character development and surprise plot turns.
J. J. Abrams ("Star Trek," 2009; TV's "Aliens," "Lost"), directs a screenplay by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman ("Transformers," 2007, 2009; "Star Trek," 2009) and Damon Lindelof ("World War Z," "Prometheus," "Cowboys & Aliens," TV's "Lost") that mixes action set pieces and character-driven scenes.
The plan for a long-term facility for the elderly to be built near Lehigh Street in western Salisbury Township has again been tabled by the Salisbury Township Planning Commission, but more aspects of it have been approved.
Planners voted 7-0 to table the plan, which is expected to be discussed again at the 7:30 p.m. June 11 meeting in the township Municipal Building, 2900 S. Pike Avenue.
Planners also voted 7-0 at the May 14 meeting to approve the plan as a preliminary plan, but not as a combined preliminary-final plan.
Salisbury Township commissioners were introduced recently to a new program working in the township "to prevent adolescent problem behavior and promote positive youth development."
Denise Continenza is Lehigh County coordinator for the program, Communities That Care (CTC), run by Penn State Extension where Continenza is an extension educator.
Continenza described herself as the "mobilizer for the project" at the May 9 township board of commissioners meeting, when she spoke.
"I love working in Salisbury," Continenza said.
Most of us have read "The Great Gatsby," or are familiar with F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 book, esteemed by many literary experts as "The Great American Novel."
Several versions of "Gatsby" have made it to the big and small screen, including a 1926 silent film disparaged by none other than Zelda and F. Scott, and a 1974 movie starring Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby.
At least six teens relocated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) are now being housed at KidsPeace Broadway Campus.
And, following a May 8 meeting with KidsPeace officials, Salisbury Township officials apparently have gotten the answers they sought and expressed confidence in the program during a discussion at the May 9 township board of commissioners' meeting.
KidsPeace has received a $3.5-million grant through ORR to house some of the refugee children allegedly caught at the Mexican border attempting to cross into the United States.
If Salisbury Township residents choose to not fund the Allentown Public Library, they would have to pay an annual membership fee, thereby making the township one of the few, if not the only, area municipality without free library services.
Salisbury Township Commissioner Debra Brinton said she was contacted by township residents about the matter following an article in the May 8 edition of Salisbury Press about a possible township referendum on library funding.
When Frank Ferrante performs "An Evening with Groucho," 8 p.m. May 18, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, the ghost of Groucho may be with him.
First, a personal aside. My father, Paul, once told me that when he was an usher at Miller Symphony Hall (then The Lyric), the Four Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo and, Zeppo) performed their musical-comedy, "The Cocoanuts," there before it was a Broadway hit (1925 - '26) and film (1929). Allentown was a "try-out town," where Broadway-bound shows or stage acts were tested for audience reaction.
Instead of teaching to the test, the Young Playwrights' Festival reaches for the stage.
The creative process, the writing and the plays' staging are key to its success, says Mary Wright, Touchstone Theatre Ensemble Associate and Young Playwrights Lab Coordinator:
"With schools' budgets getting cut further and further, anytime the arts can get reintroduced to the schools is a big deal."
Everyone saw it on the program: "Allentown."
And when the time arrived to perform the song which landed Billy Joel on the Top 20 charts and in hot water with Allentown officials, piano man Joe Boucher couldn't have put it better.
"I grew up in a factory town. And when I heard this song, it spoke to me," Boucher said in introducing the song from Billy Joel's 1982 "Nylon Curtain" album that reached No. 17 and charted for six weeks in Billboard.
"The song has had a major place in my heart and it's so great to be here and see that Allentown's thriving," Boucher said.
The first Earth Day observance of the Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council will be held 10 a.m. to noon May 18 in Lindberg Park.
The event's objective is to "engage Salisbury Township community members to be good stewards of their environment," according to Kreg D. Ulery, who shared a copy of the event planning information with a reporter for Salisbury Press.
The event is free and open to the public.
Here is the May 18 schedule:
10 a.m.: Composting - Linda Sheftel, master gardener, Penn State Cooperative Extension