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THEATER REVIEWS APT gets into 'Every Christmas' spirit

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Every Christmas play and movie tells a story.

Allentown Public Theatre (APT)'s production of "Every Christmas Story Every Told (And Then Some!)," through Dec. 23, the Salemme Foundation, Allentown, manages to tell nearly all of them.

The comedy with music, written by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alverez, premiered in 2003 at Cape May Stage, Cape May, N.J.

Ang Lee serves a slice of 'Pi'

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

As the end of the year 2012 rapidly approaches, director Ang Lee's remarkable "Life of Pi" is one film to put on your holiday season list.

"Life of Pi" recounts a deeply-moving spiritual journey that is fascinating and thought-provoking, and will linger with you long after you've viewed it.

Many of the images provide a relaxing, meditative quallity that lift "Life of Pi" from that of movie-going to that of a cinematic experience. Those who enjoy wildlife, nature films, folk tales, parables and fables will enjoy "Life of Pi."

At Bucks, 'Life' is 'Wonderful'

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The triple-threat (acting, singing, dancing) actors in Bucks County Playhouse's production of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," take a page or pages from director Frank Capra's 1946 Classic starring Jimmy Stewart and transfer the fable of American life to the New Hope stage, where it continues through Dec. 30.

The stage adaptation by Joe Landry was first presented in 1997.

DevonHouse Senior Living to expand

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

An expansion of DevonHouse Senior Living, 1930 Bevin Drive, Salisbury Township, has been approved.

The township Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 at its Nov. 29 meeting to approve a 10-unit expansion, as recommended at the Oct. 9 township Planning Commission meeting.

James Gentile, DevonHouse Senior Living owner, said the addition on the north side of the building will add 3,468-square-feet.

Waivers, also recommended by township planners, were approved, including not having to add a sidewalk.

Pity poor 'Anna Karenina'

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Anna Karenina" is a gorgeous mess the famous Tolstoy character and the new film version of the novel.

Director Joe Wright, who previously directed the historical romantic dramas, "Pride and Prejudice" (2005) and "Atonement" (2007), also starring Keira Knightley, who plays the title character, Anna Karenina, reached for opera and instead got soap opera.

Wright apparently made a conscious effort to not be repetitive of other critically-acclaimed movie versions of the Leo Tolstoy classic (published in installments 1873 - 1877).

Full force

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Police Log

Police officer hire will require 2013 township tax hike

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners appears headed toward filling a year-long vacancy in the township police department and seems willing to raise taxes to do so.

The consensus among commissioners following a two-hour budget discussion during a four-hour Nov. 29 township meeting indicates they are willing to raise taxes incrementally to bring the public safety department back to full force.

"I still think we need one officer just to get them back to 17 in the next year," Board of Commissioners President James Brown said.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Chief reports impact of Hurricane Sandy

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Police Log

Roads blocked - 19.

Trees down - 45.

Police calls answered - 83.

Overtime hours for police - 113.

Those are some of the statistics measuring the impact of Superstorm Sandy in Salisbury Township.

The information was contained in Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles' report to the township Board of Commissioners at the Nov. 15 meeting.

"Thank God, no one was injured," Stiles said.

Stiles said the township Emergency Operations Center was set up Oct. 28.

'Lincoln' deserves Oscar vote

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Lincoln," which depicts President Abraham Lincoln during the months leading up to and after the passage of the 13th Amendment that freed the slaves in the United States, is history brought to life.

"Lincoln" is astounding on several levels, not the least of which is one of cinema's most memorable performances: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States.

Song sung Andreas

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Tony Award-nominated Christine Andreas doesn't so much sing a song as let the song sing her.

"When the song sings you, that's when you get the performance, not when you are singing the song," Andreas says in a recent phone interview.

Andreas will sing a variety of pop songs, accompanied by her husband, composer-pianist Martin Silvestri, in her Bethlehem debut, 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Fowler Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Hiring two police officers not in 2013 budget; increased expenses, stagnant revenue cited

Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles won't get his Christmas wish from Salisbury Township Manager Randy Soriano.

Stiles would like a vacancy for a police officer in the township police department to be filled and one new police officer to be hired.

Soriano said adding two, or even one, police officer can only happen if taxes are increased, a prospect he's unwilling to back.

However, Soriano said township Board of Commissioners could vote to raise taxes to provide the revenue for the two police officers.