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Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Residents’ complaints about

The cost of repairs to a Salisbury Township street residents complained about may be included in the 2019 township budget.

The street in question is Nottingham Road, roughly from 24th Street to Overhill Road, on the western portion of Lehigh Parkway North.

“That needs to be repaired,” Connie Wert said, a Lehigh Parkway North resident, at the Aug. 23 Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners’ meeting.

“We’re just going into the budget deliberations,” Salisbury Township Director of Public Works John Andreas said. “That’s going to be a part of it.

Elton John ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ starting here in Allentown at PPL Center

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Yellow Brick Road begins in Allentown right at the PPL Center at Seventh and Hamilton.

That’s where Sir Elton John kicks off his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road - The Final Tour.”

The buzz is already on the street.

Apparently, they’re building the Yellow Brock Road tour brick by brick, or at least semi tractor-trailer by semi tractor-trailer, some 20 of them, which pulled into center city Allentown Sept. 2 with the precious cargo.

“EJ’s stage is a monster” described one unnamed eyewitness.

The set is reported to have cost $15 million.

Theater Review

Friday, August 31, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A solid-gold hit at Bucks County Playhouse

Displayed on the back wall inside Bucks County Playhouse are posters and photos of productions and stars who appeared there over the years, including Grace Kelly, who made her acting debut at Bucks Playhouse in 1949 in playwright and uncle George Kelly’s “The Torchbearers,” and Robert Redford, in the 1963 world premiere at Bucks Playhouse of Neil Simon’s “Barefoot In The Park,” then called “Nobody Loves Me,” the first play ever directed by Mike Nichols.

And there’s “The Solid Gold Cadillac,” starring Billie Burke, produced in 1956 at Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope.

Movie Review: ‘Finale’

Friday, August 31, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Operation Finale” is an important film that should be seen as much for its history-based story as for its presentation of that story.

The title refers to the “capture and extraction” of Adolf Eichmann, said to “the architect” of “The Final Solution,” in which 10 million, including 6 million Jews, were killed in The Holocaust, promulgated by the Nazi regime in Germany.


Thursday, August 30, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Lehigh Parkway North residents petition to end deer herd problem

Legend has it the Sheriff of Nottingham, in Nottinghamshire, north of London, England, was the arch nemesis of Robin Hood because the sheriff wanted to prevent the outlaw from poaching the king’s deer in Sherwood Forest.

The good residents of Nottingham Road in Lehigh Parkway North, Salisbury Township, theoretically might wish for an archer such as Robin Hood in their battle with what they say are herds of deer trampling their homes’ landscaped lawns and eating their properties’ flower gardens.

Pittsburgh Symphony official appointed Allentown Symphony executive director

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Board of Directors of the Allentown Symphony Association has announced the hiring of Alfred O. Jacobsen as its new Executive Director.

A reception for Jacobsen will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept, 22, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, prior to the opening 2018-19 season concert at 7:30 p.m. of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.

Bakithi Kumalo brings ‘Graceland’ to Bethlehem

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Bakithi Kumalo is bringing “Graceland” back home with The All-Star “Graceland” Tribute Band,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1, Levitt Pavilion, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. The concert is free and open to the public.

Home is Bethlehem now for Kumalo, legendary Johannesburg, South Africa, bass player on Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album (1986) and in his subsequent concerts, including “Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour.”

Kumalo originated the memorable bass line of “You Can Call Me Al” on Simon’s now classic world music album, “Graceland.”

LV house sales in decline for sixth month in a row

Friday, August 24, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

The topsy-turvy Lehigh Valley house sales market continued in July with closed sales and new listings down by double digits and median sales price and average sales price up by double digits. A key factor is the decline in inventory by more than one-third of houses for sale.

And the “B-Word” is being mentioned, as in real estate bubble when the bubble of increasing house prices could burst as it did a decade ago in the Great Recession of 2007-2008, which was attributed in large part to the nationwide collapse of the residential real estate market.

Movie Review: Truth is ‘Strangers’ than fiction

Friday, August 24, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Three Identical Strangers” is a fascinating documentary film that raises more questions than it provides answers.

David Kellman, Eddy Galland, and Bobby Shafran are identical triplets adopted soon after their birth by three separate families.

Through a serendipitous occurrence, two of the triplets meet. Then, all three triplets meet.

The documentary follows the triplets, their families and friends from gleeful reunion of the boys at age 19, to tabloid headline and TV talk show fame, to tragedy after the apparent suicide of Eddy Galland in 1995.

Girl Scouts learn about stormwater runoff implications

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Area Girl Scouts are learning about stormwater and the potential for environmentally-damaging runoff.

The consequences of stormwater runoff were all too real in the Lehigh Valley after an early-August rainstorm.

Three members of Troop 6810, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Emmaus, attended the Aug. 15 meeting of the Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council.

Gerald Mistal, Penn State Master Watershed Steward, taught the Girl Scouts about watershed pollution. Mistal set up a Stormwater Model Enviroscape in the township Municipal Building meeting room.