Salisbury Press

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Movie Review: Nanny dearest, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mary Poppins Returns” isn’t as bad as I thought it might be.

Nor is it as good as I wanted it to be.

“Pish posh,” as Mary Poppins might say.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is the near-perfect 2018 holiday season release.

“Mary Poppins Returns” is paced by a terrific performance by Emily Blunt as the nanny Mary Poppins.

It also features a great performance by Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack the Lamplighter.


Friday, December 28, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall tent use receives approval

That tent you saw at Kingdom Hall along East Emmaus Avenue in Salisbury Township isn’t for a tent revival religious service.

On recommendation of the Salisbury Township Planning Commission, the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 to approve the conditional use of the tent.

Commissioners Vice President Debra Brinton made the motion for the vote, seconded by Commissioner Joanne Ackerman.

The tent facilitates construction work at Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 1005 E. Emmaus Ave., Salisbury Township.

Movie Review: ‘Ralph’ rules ‘The Internet’

Monday, December 24, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Ralph Breaks The Internet” is not about the latest Ariana Grande music video going viral nor about a Russia troll farm hacking United States’ social media.

The animated sequel to “Wreck-It-Ralph” (2012) is more clever than that. Ralph doesn’t only “break” the internet, he wrecks it. They don’t call him “Wreck-It-Ralph” for nothing.


Friday, December 21, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

2019 budget approved with no tax increase

Salisbury Township has held the line on taxes for 2019.

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 on no tax increase.

“There is no tax increase. It will remain at 2.2 mills,” Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich said at the Dec. 13 meeting when commissioners unanimously approved the 2019 budget.

The township tax rate is to remain at 2.2 mills for 2019.

Based on the average township residential assessment of $200,000, the tax bill is $440.

Movie Review: Who stole ‘The Grinch’?

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Grinch” almost stole the Christmas movie. The 2018 iteration of the Dr. Seuss’ classic takes a lot of the fun out of previous versions of “The Grinch.”

The real question is: Who stole “The Grinch”? That said, the film has its amusing moments and is gorgeous to look at.

The primary source material (other than The Grinch and his machinations being inspired by Charles Dicken’s Scrooge in the “A Christmas Carol” 1843 novella) is the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” 1957 children’s book written and illustrated by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel.


Thursday, December 13, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Budget expected on Dec. 13 agenda

The 2019 Salisbury Township budget is expected to be on the agenda of the 7 p.m. Dec. 13 township meeting in the municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Ave.

The township tax rate is to remain at 2.2 mills for 2019. Based on the average township resident would be $440.

“I think this budget has the bare minimum,” Salisbury Township Director of Finance Paul Ziegenfus said at the Nov. 20 township meeting.

While no tax hike is expected, increases in service rates for township residents and businesses are expected.

Sales of houses in LV up slightly in October

Friday, December 7, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley increased slightly in October.

Closed sales increased 0.4 percent to 718 houses sold, up from 715 houses sold in October 2017, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) October report, released Nov. 14.

For the year-to-date, the percentage of closed sales for 2018 is up slightly, by 0.1 percent, with 7,081 houses sold, compared to 7,077 houses sold year-to-date in 2017.

Devonshire homeowner seeks flooding prevention

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

It’s been known as the Hills of Devonshire.

The neighborhood of upscale homes in Salisbury Township is north of Lehigh Street, south of Devonshire Road and east of Keystone Road.

Wendy Carney, a resident of Devonshire, wants township officials to address stormwater flooding she says is damaging her family’s property.

Carney said the problem is caused by a storm sewer drain not handling the volume of water in recent rainstorms, resulting in sheet-water flow downhill to her home.