Salisbury Press

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Movie Review: ‘Colette’ seeks her writes

Monday, November 5, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Right before the credits roll at the end of the film, “Colette,” there are photos of the real-life Colette and information about her life as a novelist, music hall performer and journalist.

There’s a lot more to the life of Colette than what is included in “Colette” the film.

It makes you wonder why more details weren’t included in the fact-based “Colette.”


Thursday, November 1, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Rental ordinance amendments tabled

Following objections by an official of the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors, an ordinance to amend the moving permit ordinance and to adopt rental property inspection regulations was tabled by the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners.

Sean LaSalle, president of the board of directors of the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors, objected to a passage in the ordinance pertaining to the designation of a property manager.

By consensus, commissioners agreed to table the amendments to the ordinance before a motion was made and seconded to bring it forth for an up or down vote.

Movie Review: ‘Old Man’ Oscar

Monday, October 29, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Old Man & The Gun” is a throwback to 1970s’ “New Hollywood” film-making and the early films of, among others, directors Martin Scorsese, Frances Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Steve Spielberg and Brian Di Palma.

That “The Old Man & The Gun” has a 1970s’ look in production design, including cinematography, lighting, sets, costumes, vehicles, and music, shouldn’t be surprising because the fact-based story takes place in 1981 in Texas and nearby states and harks back to events of the previous decade.

LV house sales again decrease, down 9.7 percent in September

Friday, October 26, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

After a one-month uptick in closed sales for Lehigh Valley houses following six months of declines, sales of houses in the Valley decreased by nearly double digits in September.

Closed sales dropped 9.7 percent in September to 651 houses sold, down from 721 houses sold in September 2017, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) September report, released Oct. 15.

For the year-to-date, the percentage of closed sales for 2018 is down slightly, by 1.5 percent, with 6,267 houses sold, compared to 6,360 houses sold year-to-date in 2017.


Friday, October 26, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Vote on rental ordinance expected on meeting agenda

The proposed Salisbury Township rental ordinance is expected to be on the agenda for a vote at the 7 p.m. Oct. 25 township meeting in the municipal building, 2900 South Pike Ave.

The first reading of the ordinance was at the Oct. 11 township meeting.

A draft of the two-page moving permits amendment and the seven-page rental property inspections amendment was distributed and discussed during the Sept. 27 commissioners’ meeting workshop.

Movie Review: Bang, zoom, to ‘Man’ on the moon

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“First Man” is fiery, from the incendiary launch of the Saturn rocket during liftoff at Cape Kennedy.

“First Man” is jolting, from the vibrations of the seat in the Imax theater where the movie was seen for this review.

“First Man” is tender, in scenes between Ryan Gosling, who portrays Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, as he comforts his two-year-old daughter, who died of a brain tumor.

Theater Review: ‘Billy Elliot’ dances to success for Civic reopening

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Billy Elliot The Musical” is a multi-layered show that has a bit of everything: family conflict, single parenthood, politics, labor strife, mentor and student, elder-care problems, boxing and ballet.

It’s an alphabet-soup mix of themes that would challenge any community theater, much less a troupe returning to its main stage for the first time in about a year to open a renovated and restored new space.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

No tax hike expected in 2019 budget; water, sewer, refuse rates to increase

The good news is there will not be a Salisbury Township tax hike in 2019.

The bad news is the township capital fund balance is expected to be depleted in about five years and to be nearly $1 million in negative territory in about 10 years.

The 2018 township tax rate is to remain at 2.2 mills for 2019. Based on the average township residential assessment of $200,000, the tax bill would be $440.

And, while the township millage rate is expected to remain the same, increased water and sewer rates and refuse and recycling fees are anticipated in 2019.