Salisbury Press

Sunday, November 17, 2019

‘Endless Mountains’ draw Robert Martucci Jr. and his wife, Sue

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

“I was up in the mountains. I left at 6:15 a.m. It was 48 degrees. It felt good,” Robert Martucci Jr., recently-retired Salisbury Township Ward One Commissioner, said Aug. 25, after his two-and-one-half-hour drive back to the Lehigh Valley.

The mountains are in Hillsgrove, Sullivan County, where Martucci and his wife Sue have a home. Martucci built the house 17 years ago.

The home will become their main residence when the Martuccis depart their Salisbury Township home, Martucci sells his longtime Lehigh Valley business and he concludes his commissioner duties.

41st Wheels of Time set for Aug. 23-25, Macungie

Friday, August 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 41st annual Wheels of Time “Rod & Custom Jamboree,” is Aug. 23, 24 and 25, Macungie Memorial Park, Main Street (Route 100), Macungie.

Appearing at the “Jamboree” is Michael “Horny Mike” Henry, an airbrush artist seen on “Counting Cars,” a reality TV show which began airing on 2012 on the History channel. Henry is nicknamed for placing three-dimensional horns on motorcycle helmets and vehicles.

Henry is expected to display his custom truck and trailer, robotic three-wheeler and motorized picnic table.

House sales in Lehigh Valley decline 7.2 percent in July

Friday, August 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

House sales in the Lehigh Valley took a dive in the midst of the peak housing sales season.

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley dropped a significant 7.2 percent, with 814 houses sold, compared to 877 houses sold in July 2018, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report released Aug. 13.

Closed sales for the first seven months of 2019 are up slightly, 0.2 percent, to 4,791 from 4,780 for the first seven months of 2018.

Six vie for title of 2019 Great Allentown Fair Queen

Friday, August 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 2019 Great Allentown Fair Queen, who reigns over the 167th agricultural and entertainment exposition, Aug. 27 - Sept. 2, Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th, Liberty and Chew streets, Allentown, will be crowned on “Preview Night,” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27, RCN Farmerama Theater on the Fairgrounds west side.

Six contestants are vying to succeed 2018 title-holder McKenzie Corinn Hagenbuch of Emmaus and win a $1,500 scholarship provided by Lehigh-Northampton Pomona Grange No. 68 and the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Flexer Avenue area subdivision again tabled for review

A five-lot subdivision has been tabled by the Salisbury Township Planning Commission.

By a unanimous 7-0 vote, township planners at the Aug. 13 meeting, on a motion by Secretary Glenn Miller, seconded by Richard Hassick, tabled the preliminary plan for a major subdivision proposed by Plot 886, LLC, at 905 Flexer Ave. and 2882 East Texas Blvd. (Flexer Avenue).

The project proposes “the construction of five homes with a minimum lot size of 9,600-square-feet as required in the Rural Residential Zoning District of R-3 referenced as Medium Low-Density dwellings.”

‘It’s about the audience’ Easton State Theatre’s Shelley Brown previews venue’s 2019-2020 season

Friday, August 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 93rd season of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, as with previous seasons, is a work in progress.

“We’re confirming things right and left that we add,” says State Theatre President and CEO Shelley Brown.

Tickets for the new season at the State Theatre go on sale to the public Aug. 15. Tickets for State Theatre members went on sale Aug. 1.

“The biggest challenge is confirming things for the brochure. That’s the basis for the season, to which we continually add. There’s always more,” Brown continues.

Review: ‘Lion King’

Friday, August 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

I went to see “The Lion King” prepared to not like it.

Try as I do to not read or hear reviews before I see a movie to review, it was difficult to avoid the buzz for “The Lion King.” Publicity about the movie, which opened with a near-record $185 million at the box office in its first weekend and has grossed $473 million to date in the United States, was everywhere.

Call it “The Lion” Ca-Ching.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Fair Districts PA makes plea to end gerrymandering

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners is considering a vote on a proposal from Fair Districts PA that would address gerrymandering.

Fair Districts PA calls itself “a non-partisan coalition of organizations and individuals working to end gerrymandering in Pennsylvania.”

“We’re asking the board to support an independent citizens commission,” Terry Schettini, a volunteer for Fair Districts PA, said to commissioners at the Aug. 8 Salisbury Township meeting.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Residents raise concerns again about stormwater, speeding vehicles

Concerns about stormwater and speeding vehicles again were voiced by residents to the Salisbury Board of Commissioners at the Aug. 8 Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners meeting.

Commissioners, township police and public works department officials said they will look into the alleged speeding by vehicles.

When it comes to stormwater, Mother Nature was cited as the culprit.