First of four parts
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.
"Quartet" is a thoughtful, entertaining and fun film that hits all the grace notes.
The film is directed by Dustin Hoffman, who will be 76 on Aug. 8, in his feature film directorial debut.
One question: Why did he wait so long?
Well, Hoffman started directing "Straight Time" in 1978, but Ulu Grobard took it over.
The setting for "Quartet" is Beecham House, a home for retired musicians in England, for which the success of the annual gala concert to celebrate composer Giuseppi Verdi's birthday may determine whether the castle-like manse will stay open or close.
Salisbury Township officials may get tough with those violating the township animal control ordinance, following an incident in which a pit bull was killed by township police after the dog allegedly attacked and injured two township residents and their pet dog.
By consensus, the township board of commissioners authorized Township Manager Randy Soriano, Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles and Township Solicitor Atty. John W. Ashley to review the township dog ordinance and determine if it needs to be amended.
It's called "Burlesque to Broadway," but the song and dance revue, 7:30 p.m. March 2, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton, is much more, according to its star.
"It's a celebration of women, from Burlesque to Broadway and beyond," says Quinn Lemley, star of the show with co-stars, Sara Brophy, portraying Raz, a Rosalind Russell character, and Amanda Brantley, portraying Gracie, based on Gracie Allen. They're backed by a 10-piece orchestra.
"The show is like a young Bette Midler meets 'Chicago,' " Lemley says.
Just when one thought that France's "Rust and Bone" set the mark for depressing cinema, there's "Amour."
"Amour" was nominated for five Oscars, picture, actress (Emmanuelle Riva), director (Michael Haneke), original screenplay (Haneke) and foreign-language film (Austria's entry). The film won the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival.
In "Amour," Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Riva) are retired music teachers who are in their 80s. After Anne has successive strokes, Georges promised her that he will not place here in a long-term care facility.
Long-time plans to place a shed at Franko Farm Park for the benefit of the Salisbury Youth Association may finally be moving ahead.
Meanwhile, discussion of the shed led to a possible requirement that SYA sign a lease for use of the township park.
Leases for sports use might be in the offing for all township parks.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners learned details of the SYA shed project during the workshop after the Feb. 14 township meeting.
The Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council will hold its first Earth Day May 18.
STEAC members are discussing plans for the event, to be held at Lindberg Park, along Lindberg Avenue in western Salisbury.
Also, at the Feb. 20 STEAC meeting in the Municipal Building, representatives of Waste Management, the township trash hauler and recycling firm, said a new program taking place in California may be brought to the Lehigh Valley.
SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Commissioners choose not to oppose the lease or sale of the Allentown water and sewer system
A plea to oppose the lease or sale of the Allentown water and sewer system has been rejected by the Salisbury Board of Commissioners.
Dan Poresky, chair, City of Allentown Environmental Action Committee, and a leading advocate in a referendum drive to put the lease or sale of the water and sewer system on the ballot for a vote by city residents, spoke at the Feb. 14 meeting.
Poresky urged township officials to go on the record as opposing the city's plan.
SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Lindberg plan approved, application for state grant for trail to proceed
Approval of the Lindberg Park Master Plan and Neighborhood Connections Study allows Salisbury Township officials to proceed with applying for a Pennsylvania grant for Phase One, which includes a walking and bicycling trail link to Allentown Parkway.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 in two separate votes to accept the master plan and to pay the plan's consulting firm, Urban Research and Development Corp.
The Salisbury Recreation Committee recommended approval of the plan to commissioners.
Salisbury Township is now officially a "Bird Town."
The township is only the third Lehigh County municipality to obtain the Audubon Society of Pennsylvania designation, which advocates promoting bird habitats and education to ensure environmental safeguards.
The City of Allentown and Lower Macungie Township are the other Lehigh County municipalities that have "Bird Town" status.
The Salisbury Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the "Bird Town" designation, which was advanced by the Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council.