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Thursday, March 22, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Swain School soccer field, amphitheater,

The Swain School has received the unanimous recommendation of the Salisbury Township Planning Commission for a new soccer field, amphitheater and rain garden at its South 24th Street campus.

The plans were reviewed at the March 13 meeting of the township planning commission, which voted unanimously 7-0 to recommend the soccer field grading plan for approval by township commissioners.

A resolution to conditionally approve The Swain School grading plan is on the agenda of the 7 p.m. March 22 board of commissioners meeting.

Oscar contest winner

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

We have a winner in the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest.

Michael Nonnemacher of Allentown correctly chose all seven recipients in the Focus section contest categories: Actor: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”; Actress: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”; Director: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”; Picture: “The Shape of Water,” and Animated Feature: “Coco.”

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Thursday, March 8, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

‘Proactive’ police efforts lauded in schools

The Salisbury Township Police Department is said to be at the forefront of ensuring student safety in Salisbury Township School District.

“We have the wherewithal and skilled officers,” Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles said.

“We appreciate your being proactive,” Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners President Robert Martucci Jr. said.

The discussion at the Feb. 22 township meeting happened after the Feb. 14 shooting rampage at a Parkland, Fla., school, in which 17 died.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Scaling back Laubach Park master plan project mulled

Plans for improvements to Laubach Park may be scaled back.

That was the consensus of the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners during a workshop following the Feb. 22 township meeting.

During the 30-minute workshop, commissioners listed their goals for the township.

Board of Commissioners President Robert Martucci Jr. recommended the township take another look at the Laubach Park master plan. During the discussion that followed, other commissioners seem to agree with Martucci.

Movie Review: ‘Black Panther’ is no marvel

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Black Panther” has everything: great cast, fantastic computer-generated imagery, and distinctive and impressive production design.

“Black Panther” has everything, except one thing: a solid screenplay.

While the film has been hailed as the first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) feature film directed by an African-American and with an African-American cast in lead roles, “Black Panther” is just another comic-book, violence-laden, science fiction superhero action film. “Black Panther” is no marvel.

Review: ‘Showman’

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Greatest Showman” puts on quite a show. It’s a movie made for Broadway.

While not billed as a movie musical per se, that’s indeed what “The Greatest Showman” is, thanks to the Oscar-winning (“City Of Stars”) song-lyricist team of “La La Land” (six Oscars, 2016) Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who are Oscar-nominated, original song, “This Is Me,” from “The Greatest Showman,” among their 10 outstanding original songs in the movie.

From its opening scenes, “The Greatest Showman” is a nearly all-singing, all-dancing, old-fashioned movie musical.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

LVH Children’s Hospital entrance approved

A proposal for a new entranceway to Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital was approved at Feb. 13 Salisbury Township Planning Commission meeting.

Also, at the meeting, a building proposed by a painting contractor along South Pike Avenue was tabled for consideration of stormwater runoff concerns.

The entrance for the children’s hospital would be in the vicinity of the main, north-facing, entrance, of Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest, 1200 S. Cedar Crest Blvd.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Conservancy may acquire 27 acres

Approvals have been received by a Salisbury Township landowner that are expected to clear the way for 27 acres on South Mountain to be acquired by The Wildlands Conservancy.

The Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board voted unanimously 5-0 to approve the appeal of Stuart G. Rogers, 415 Mountain Blvd., for a variance from the township zoning ordinance requiring a new lot to “have frontage and direct access onto a public street, without traversing through or over another lot.”