Salisbury Press

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Review: ‘Tower’

Friday, August 18, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Dark Tower” is a competent science-fiction film with several good performances.

The movie is based on the series of eight novels (1998-2012) written by Stephen King that stitches together several cinema genres and literary influences.

In “The Dark Tower” movie, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), known as the last Gunslinger, is battling Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), known as the Man in Black. Roland is trying to stop Walter from toppling the Dark Tower, purported to be the energy force that powers the universe.

SALISBURY BOC

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Water meters need to be replaced

Salisbury Township residents are being notified their residential water meters are to be replaced.

“They [township homeowners] need to schedule appointments,” Salisbury Township Director of Public Works John Andreas said in his report at the Aug. 10 board of commissioners meeting.

InLine Services, inc., of Flemington, N.J., is to handle appointments and undertake the work for the estimated three-month project.

“They [InLine employees] will have identification,” Andreas said.

Appointments may be made online or by phone.

Bud Cole ‘Celebration Of Life’ soars over Blue Mountain

Friday, August 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Kestrels circled in lazy patterns in the brilliant sky. A parasailer glided gracefully, looping back and forth. Far below rolled the green expanse of the valley and beyond, the hazy blue outline of the Pocono Mountains.

A long line formed in the lobby of Blue Mountain Resort-Summit Lodge, Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County. There were hugs, words of condolence and anecdotes as Bev Cole, Bud Cole’s widow, greeted all.

ZONING HEARING BOARD

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Plan for house tabled; more information sought

A plan for a house proposed to be built along Chestnut Hill Road in a westernmost area of Salisbury Township near Emmaus has been tabled by the township zoning hearing board.

The zoners’ 5-0 vote moved the proposal to the next zoning board hearing, 7 p.m. Sept. 5 in the township municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Ave.

“I would like to suggest you continue it until next month,” zoning board member Ronald Evans said.

Evans moved to table the plan, seconded by zoning hearing board member Edward Hare.

Movie Review: ‘Maudie’

Friday, August 4, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Maudie” is a charming film based on the real-life story of Maud Lewis (1903-1970), a Nova Scotia folk artist with a disability whose paintings brought her national attention in Canada.

Look for an Oscar actress nomination for Sally Hawkins, who portrays Maud with brash reverence and raw-nerved reality.

Also look for an Oscar supporting actor nomination for Ethan Hawke, who plays Maud’s husband, Everett, with barely-repressed anger.

Maud, rejected by her Aunt Ida (Gabrielle Rose) and brother, Charlie (Zachary Bennett), answers Everett’s ad for a housekeeper.

Allentown Band back at Waldheim Park for historic 102nd concert

Friday, August 4, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Allentown Band’s 102-year journey to Waldheim, Park, Allentown, continues with “A Musical Journey through American History,” 7 p.m. Aug. 8.

The Band performs historic, patriotic and popular tunes with special guests George B. Miller and Kate Scuffle, founders of Selkie Theatre, who will provide historical readings.

“In between each music piece, they’re going to reading something relevant to the period,” explains Pamela Varkony, concert chair for the Allentown Band concert conducted by Ron Demkee.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP PLANNING

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Waivers policy

The Salisbury Township Planning Commission in its first session to discuss possible revisions to the township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, chose to leave well enough alone.

During discussion of the township SALDO, the planners, township Consulting Engineer David J. Tettemer, township Solictior, Atty. John W. Ashley and township Director of Planning and Zoning Cynthia Sopka highlighted the process of granting waivers.

Theater Review: ‘Troilus And Cressida’ rules at PSF

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 2017 season of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) has been a fight to the finish.

Think about it: “Evita” (fight for power), “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (death and detective work), “The Three Musketeers” (sword fights), “As You Like It” (wrestling), and “Troilus And Cressida” (also, wrestling, and the deaths of Hector and Patroclus).

Up close & personal: State Theatre’s Shelley Brown promises fans more ‘Wow’ for venue’s 2017-18 season

Saturday, July 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Wow Factor” is in effect for the 2017-18 season of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The 2016-17 season at the historic State Theatre was billed as “90 years of Wow.”

State Theatre President and CEO Shelley Brown says when she was planning the 2017-18 season she made sure that the 91st year would continue to “Wow.”

“It really inspired me that it was really important to me that we’re ready for 90 more,” says Brown. “That’s why the tag line, “Nobody does it better.’