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Night On The Town: The Ultra Kings join ‘Summer Soltice III’

Friday, June 21, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Summer Soltice III,” 4 p.m.-11 p.m. June 22, brings six bands to the Alternative Gallery, 707 N. Fourth St., Allentown, including Ronnie Rock and The Trendsetters, The Ultra Kings, Scotty and The Slammers, The Fux, Big Handsome, and The Purrverts.

The event is well-timed and named, happening one day after the Summer Soltice, officially, 11:54 a.m. June 21.

Based on previous “Summer Soltice” events held in the first-floor concert venue at the former cigar factory near Fourth and Tilghman streets, Allentown, the concert should be fun and then some.


Thursday, June 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Lindberg Park summer program delayed until June 24

The start of the Salisbury Township Recreation Commission summer playground program at Lindberg Park is delayed one week to finalize construction work.

‘Tomorrow [June 14] is the contractor’s completion date,” Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich said at the June 13 township meeting, adding, “They are substantially complete.

“Then, next week [June 17-21], there will be a punch list of items to complete,” Bonaskiewich said.


Thursday, June 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Salisbury Youth Association ‘Community Appreciation Day’ backed

The Salisbury Youth Association’s “Community Appreciation Day” has received the backing of the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners.

Township commissioners voted 5-0 to approve an SYA request to hold the event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 29 in Devonshire Park.

Township Commissioner Joanne Ackerman made the motion, seconded by Commissioner James Seagreaves, to bring the motion to a vote at the June 13 township meeting.

“We’re trying to become more community-oriented,” SYA President Daniel Soria said in making his presentation to commissioners at the June 13 meeting.


Thursday, June 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Eastern Salisbury new $850,000 fire truck discussed

Plans for a new fire truck appear to be advancing for Eastern Salisbury Fire Department.

Eastern Salisbury Fire Chief Dave Tomcics told Salisbury Township commissioners at the June 13 meeting the truck may cost $850,000.

“Trucks are now in the $800,000 to $850,000 range,” Tomcics said.

The new Eastern fire truck is to be a combination rescue truck and pumper.

Delivery is expected in 2021.

Theater Review: ‘Crazy for You’ taps into talent at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of “Crazy for You” is crazy good on multiple levels.

Singing, dancing, choreography, music, acting, set design and costuming are beyond superlatives. PSF’s “Crazy for You” will captivate and transport you to Broadway’s Golden Age of all-singing, all-dancing, all-fun musicals.

Theater Review: Three cheers for ‘Bring It On’ at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of “Bring It On” lives up to its title.

The adage about an actor being a triple-threat (acting, singing, dancing) in theater is taken one step further to become a quadruple-threat with the addition of cheerleading (including backflips, front-flips, lifts and drops that one would see at high school and college sports contests) in “Bring It On,” through June 30, Paul C. Empie Theatre, Dexter F. & Dorothy H. Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown. The June 15 performance was seen for this review.

‘Topsy Turvy’ returns Players to comedy roots

Friday, June 14, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s a change of pace for Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) and a return to the Lehigh Valley troupe’s comedy roots.

“I knew I wanted to do a comedy because we did a show about rape, PTSD and child sexual abuse,” says Ara Barlieb, CKP cofounder and writer of “Topsy Turvy,” in its world premiere, continuing at 8 p.m. June 14, 15 and 2 p.m. June 16, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, 56 River St., Bethlehem.

CKP’s most recent plays were “A Softening of Her Eyes,” which dealt with the topics of rape and PTSD, and “Unspeakable,” which dealt with child sexual abuse.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Veterinary clinic testimony continued to June 25 hearing

After more than three hours of testimony June 4 before the Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board, the hearing concerning a veterinary clinic in western Salisbury Township has been continued until 7 p.m. June 25.

The hearing, to be held in the meeting room of the township municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Ave., is being continued because not all of the testimony has been taken and because apparently it’s the only hearing date when the concerned parties can attend.

Curtain Rises: Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre ‘Brings It On’ for 39th annual season

Friday, June 7, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 2019 season is the 39th step for Charles Richter on his way to the 40th anniversay of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT), which he cofounded.

“They’re already planning the 40th celebration,” says Richter, Professor of Theatre Arts, Muhlenberg College, where he has been teaching for 41 years, with 25 years as chair of the college’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

When asked about retirement, Richter, who will be 68 on June 16, quips, “I’m not thinking that far ahead.”

What Richter is thinking about is the 2019 season: