Salisbury Press

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Closings of house sales down slightly for 2018 in the Lehigh Valley

Saturday, February 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Closed sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley during 2018 were down slightly from the previous year, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR).

Closings were down 0.6 percent, or 8,373 closed sales of houses in 2018, compared to 8,420 closed sales of houses in 2017.

In 2018, closed sales of houses decreased in nine of 12 month, with only January, August and October posting closed sales gains.

Pending sales were up slightly year-to-year, by 0.8 percent, or 8,544 in 2018, compared to 8,479 in 2017.

Review: ‘Disney On Ice’ enchants at PPL Center

Friday, February 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Disney On Ice Presents Worlds Of Enchantment” brings that Disney magic to PPL Center, Jan. 31 through Feb. 3.

The ice show has incredibly-skilled skaters, a huge cast, impressive choreography, props and scenic backdrops, spectacular lighting, pyrotechnic and fog effects and, of course, the beloved characters from Disney feature movies.

True to its title, “Disney On Ice” enchants with entertainment that can be enjoyed by the family.


Thursday, January 31, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Township police offering active-shooter response training for public

The Salisbury Township Police Department is offering active-shooter training to the public.

The class, “Civilian Response To Active Shooter Events,” which is free of charge, is 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Salisbury police headquarters, 3000 S. Pike Ave. Parking is available at the adjacent township municipal building parking lot, 2900 S. Pike Ave.

Movie Review: ‘Green Book’ quite a trip

Friday, January 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Green Book” is a road movie about travels through the United States south when there was no light left on at motels along the highway for persons of color.

In the film, which is based on a true story, Dr. Don Shirley (played by the remarkable Mahershala Ali) is a jazz concert pianist booked for a concert tour in the midwest and the racially-segregated south of the U.S. in 1962. Dr. Shirley hires a driver, Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (played by the great Viggo Mortensen), who doubles as a bodyguard. They travel in a 1962 turquoise four-door Cadillac DeVille.

Movie Review: ‘The Mule’ profoundly Eastwood

Friday, January 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The only one who wants to live to be 100 is a 99-year-old.”

- Earl Stone,

“The Mule”

Director-actor Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” is profound and is profoundly Eastwood.

It’s a caustic, cute, crazy story about an elderly man, Earl Stone (Eastwood), down on his luck and money, who gets mixed up with a Mexican drug-running cartel.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Appointments, reappointments made to township boards

At their first meeting of 2019, Salisbury Township commissioners approved appointments and reappointments to township boards.

In separate unanimous 5-0 votes at the Jan. 10 meeting, commissioners approved:

•James “Jimmy” Brown, township planning commission, reappointed to a four-year term representing the Fifth Ward, nominated by Commissioner Joanne Ackerman and seconded by board of commissioners President Robert Martucci Jr.

Movie Review: Great ‘Scots,’ Elizabeth I

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mary Queen Of Scots” is bold, beautiful and brutal.

The history-based biography-drama has two extraordinary performances: Saoirse Ronan as Scotland’s beleagured queen, and Margot Robbie as England’s Queen Elizabeth I.

Director Josie Rourke, in her theatrical motion picture directorial debut, directs from a screenplay by Beau Willimon (Oscar nominee, adapted screenplay, “The Ides Of March,” 2011; creator, writer, TV’s “House Of Cards,” 2013-18) and John Guy (“Mary Queen Of Scots” is based on his book, “My Heart Is My Own,” 2004).


Thursday, January 10, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Riverside Road pump station backup generator to be replaced

The backup generator is being replaced at a pumping station in Salisbury Township.

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners unanimously approved by a 5-0 vote at the Nov. 20, 2018, meeting a motion to award a $43,000 contract to Billitier Electric, Inc., Rochester, N.Y., for the Riverside Drive Pump Station Generator Upgrade Project.

Commissioner Joanne Ackerman made the motion, seconded by Commissioner Rodney Conn, to bring the matter to a vote.


Thursday, January 3, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Township engineer to report on Bobalew flooding

Complaints of stormwater flooding have again surfaced before the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners.

Robert M. Silvert, of Bobalew Trail, said of flooding after recent rainfalls, “It backs up my sump pump. I’ve already had damage done.”

According to Salisbury Township Director of Public Works John Andreas, the sump pump is pumping water into a culvert for which it wasn’t intended.

“It was pumping into existing groundwater,” Andreas said at the Dec. 13, 2018 township meeting when Silvert voiced his concerns during the courtesy of the floor portion of the meeting.