Salisbury Press

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Ballot referendum requested on Western Salisbury funding

An official of Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company wants a referendum on township support for the company’s Swain Fire Station capital campaign to be placed on the November general election ballot.

Meanwhile, township commissioners voted unanimously 5 to 0 at the April 26 meeting to approve an emergency services review in the township.

John Kelly Jr., a trustee on the board of directors of Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company, made the ballot request at the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners meeting April 26.


Thursday, May 3, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Fire inspectors played increasing role in enforcement

Last of four parts

After five years, Salisbury Township fire inspectors appear to be taking on increasing key roles in ensuring public safety, including assisting the police department with victim rescue first-aid and during potential active shooter and hostage situations.

Fire inspections increased in Salisbury Township in 2017. The program ran a deficit in 2017. Fire inspection fees have been increased in 2018.

There were 364 fire inspections in 2017, up from 356 fire inspections in 2016 and 296 in 2015.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Penn State Extension on the offensive to curb spotted lanternfly crop threat

At one stage of its life, the Spotted Lanternfly looks like a red and black creature from a scary monster movie.

However, the Spotted Lanternfly threat is real and not some fictional movie plot.

Even so, true to a Hollywood creature feature, the government is ready to do battle.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $17.5 million to halt the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Emergency services review vote on April 26 agenda

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on a proposal for an emergency services comprehensive review at the 7 p.m. April 26 township meeting in the municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Ave.

The township advertised for a request for proposals for the review. The proposal expected to be voted on was reviewed April 20 by township officials.

LV house sales drop 7.9 percent; prices climb more than 17 percent

Friday, April 27, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

House sales in the Lehigh Valley are in a two-months straight decline, down 7.9 percent in March, compared to March 2017.

Closed sales for 2018 so far are down 1.4 percent, with 1,507 houses sold, down from 1,528 sold year-to-date for 2017.

Meanwhile, the Average Sales Price leaped by double digits, up 17.5 percent in March, as did the Median Sales Price, up 17.6 percent, both compared to March 2017.

Consequently, the Housing Affordability Index took a double-digit nosedive in March, down 16.5 percent, compared to March 2017.

Review: ‘Isle’

Friday, April 27, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Wes Anderson is a very idiosyncratic film-maker.

Consider the titles of feature movies Anderson has directed.

From his first feature, “Bottle Rocket” (1996), to “Rushmore” (1998), “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001), “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (2004), “The Squid and the Whale” (2005), “The Darjeeling Limited” (2007), “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009), “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012), and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014), Anderson has created worlds of personalities, locations and emotions that defy description.

The Press 13th annual Student Poetry Project

Friday, April 27, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To commemorate “National Poetry Month” in April, the Lehigh Valley Press presents the 13th annual Student Poetry Project.

Please see the Focus pages on the Press web sites for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.

Students whose poems are published with their photos read their poems and were interviewed on the April 16 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on WDIY, 88.1,, Lehigh Valley Public Radio and NPR affiliate. The broadcast is available as a podcast on the WDIY web site.

Theater Review: Get ‘Into The Woods’ at DeSales’ Act 1

Friday, April 27, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Into The Woods” is a profound, deeply-moving musical that defies categorization, description, and even comprehension.

The Tony Award-winning musical (including best score: Stephen Sondheim, music and lyrics, and best book: James Lapine), which debuted in 1987 on Broadway, is complex and challenging even for the most devoted of theater-goers.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

All bets are off for casino corridor traffic safety grants in 2019

Third of four parts

The amount of grants received by the Salisbury Township Police Department dipped slightly in 2017, compared to the amount received in 2016.

The Lehigh County Casino Grant contributed to the majority of the amount of the grants.

While casino grants to Lehigh Valley municipalities in proximity to the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem appear to be intact for 2018, all bets are apparently off for 2019.

The 2018 casino grants, based on revenue Lehigh County received in 2017, are to be announced by July.

Review: ‘Quiet Place’

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“A Quiet Place” is a minimalist horror movie.

What is not minimal is the movie’s seat-gripping tension. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic 2020 when creatures rule and are having humanity over for brunch.

“A Quiet Place” stars Emily Blunt, wife of the movie’s director, John Krasinski. Blunt plays an expectant housewife, Evelyn Abbott, married to Lee Abbott, played by Krasinski. They and their two children, Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and Marcus (Noah Jupe), live on a farm.