Salisbury Press

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Curtain Rises: Munopco gives ‘Mamma Mia!’ its Lehigh Valley debut

Friday, October 11, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When “Mamma Mia” became available for community theaters to stage, Rody Gilkeson didn’t waste any time helping to secure the rights to be the first in the Lehigh Valley to direct it.

“When ‘Mamma Mia!’ got released, Munopco grabbed it because it’s an extremely popular show,” says Gilkeson.

“Once it got released for community theater two years ago, if you were in an area where the national tour was going through, you had to wait.

Curtain Rises: Civic Theatre of Allentown ready for its close-up in Lehigh Valley debut of ‘Sunset Boulevard’ musical

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Lehigh Valley is ready for its close-up of “Sunset Boulevard” when the musical makes is Lehigh Valley premiere, Oct. 11-27, Civic Theatre of Allentown.

Sunset Boulevard stretches 21 miles from Figueroa Avenue in downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Palisades.

It makes a beeline through Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, Bel-Air and Brentwood before descending with often wicked curves to Pacific Palisades and dead-ends at the Pacific Coast Highway.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

2020 budget may include tax hikes

A tax hike may be in the offing for Salisbury Township residents in 2020.

The increase would amount to about a $34 annual increase for the typical township property owner.

Salisbury Township Business Director of Finance Paul Ziegenfus told a reporter for The Press after the Sept. 26 township meeting that hikes in millage for the township fire fund and general fund are being considered as part of the 2020 budget he has been working on.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Architect chosen for Green Acres site

An architect for the proposed fire station for Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company has been chosen.

By a 3-0 vote, with one commissioner absent and one seat vacant, the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners accepted the proposal for the fire station from Steven J. Elton Architect, 3245 Center St., Bethlehem.

Commissioner Rodney Conn moved, seconded by Commissioner James Seagreaves, to bring the motion up for a vote at the Sept. 26 township meeting.

Curtain Rises: Star of the Day notes fifth anniversary season

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Kirsten Almeida is founder of Star of the Day, a Lehigh Valley theater troupe noting its fifth anniversary season.

“I’ve been involved in theater since I was 14-years-old,” says Almeida, who lives with her husband in Lower Saucon Township.

Star of the Day opened its season at The Macungie Institute Performing Arts and Conference Center, Macungie, with the Lehigh Valley premiere of “Disenchanted! The Musical,” Sept. 19-28.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Western Salisbury Fire Station discussed

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners appears ready to proceed with financing and relocating a new firehouse for Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company.

The cost of the facility is estimated at between $2 million to $2.5 million.

How to finance the project has not been decided. One option is to issue a public bond.

Township commissioners appear to be moving ahead with relocating the firehouse from its Swain Station location to a new location at Green Acres Park.

Movie Review: ‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ soars

Monday, September 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

‘The Peanut Butter Falcon” is, to quote Spanky in the “Our Gang (The Little Rascals)” comedy shorts (1932-1942), “bringmarkable.” It’s a film that defies categorization and stereotypes.

The narrative fiction film is one of the best of 2019 and deserves several Oscar nominations, especially for Zack Gottsagen, a person with Down Syndrone, who plays Zak, the character of the film’s title who has Down Syndrome.

The title, “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” refers to the name of the character that Zak (Zack Gottsagen) takes on for his hoped-for career as a professional wrestler.

LV house sales down two-straight months; drop 2.7 percent in August

Friday, September 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

House sales in the Lehigh Valley again declined, down in August, which is toward the close of the peak sales season.

July also saw a decline in house sales. And, in June, sales were flat, with no increase at all. Sales were up slightly in May.

September can be considered part of the peak house sales season as closings sometimes extend into the month.

The comparison of house sales is year to year. The actual number of houses sold stayed about the same from month to month during the 2019 summer sales season.