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Thursday, October 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Moving permits, rental property inspections on Oct. 11 agenda

An amendment to the Salisbury Township code of ordinances concerning moving permits and rental property inspections is expected to be discussed by the township board of commissioners at the 7 p.m. Oct. 11 meeting in the municipal building, 2900 S. Pike Ave.

A first reading of the ordinance is expected at the Oct. 11 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.

Jumping for joy: Lehigh Valley premiere of Elton John musical, ‘Billy Elliot,’ reopens restored 19th St. Theatre

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When William Sanders looked around to select the play for the reopening of Civic Theatre of Allentown’s $5.5-million renovation and restoration of its historic Nineteenth Street Theatre, he needed to look no further than his favorite musical.

“Billy Elliot.”

“Billy Elliot” premiered in London’s West End in 2005 and was nominated for nine Laurence Olivier Awards, receiving four, including best new musical.

Movie Review: ‘Smallfoot’ small

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Smallfoot” is “Frozen” without the ice-skating.

And also without Olaf.

“Smallfoot” has gorgeous animation of snow-laden landscapes of mountains and trees. The detail of artistry is impressive. For example, the hair on Migo, a Yeti (voiced by Channing Tatum) is incredible, as is the animation of the face, eyes, mouth and physical movements of the character.

Movie Review: Running out the ‘Clock’

Friday, October 5, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You’ve heard the term “clock-watcher.” It’s when an employee has his or her eye on the clock on the wall at work and his or her mind on the door. He or she is deemed a “clock-watcher.”

The clock on the wall is “in” the wall in “The House With A Clock In Its Wall” and the eyes of Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black); his nephew, Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), and the uncle’s platonic friend, Florence (Cate Blanchett), are trying to watch the clock, if they could only find it. This is not from lack of trying. At one point, Lewis is punching a mantle clock, but not “the” clock.


Thursday, October 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Two candidates in line for police officer positions

Salisbury Township is poised to hire two new police officers.

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 to hire Diano Reavis and Thomas Sabulsky Jr. from the township Civil Service Commission eligibility list.

The hiring is contingent upon the prospective officer candidates passing psychological and physical tests.

One of the prospective officers would fill a vacant position. The other prospective officer would fill a new position previously approved and budgeted by township commissioners.


Thursday, October 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Western renews Swain Fire Station campaign funding request

Representatives of Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company have renewed the organization’s request for $215,000 annually from Salisbury Township toward its $3 million Swain Station Expansion Project.

Township commissioners, who heard the request at the Sept. 27 township meeting, while not specifically agreeing to the request, indicated the amount could be included in the 2019 township budget.

LV house sales rebound, up 4.7 percent in August

Friday, September 28, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Closed sales rebounded at the conclusion of the house sales summer season, increasing 4.7 percent in August, the first increase in closed sales in 2018 since January.

Houses were only on the market, on average, for one month in August.

According to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) latest report, released Sept. 14, the percentage of closed sales increased in August, reversing a sixth-straight-month decline, up 4.7 percent to 907, compared to 866 closed sales in August 2017.


Thursday, September 27, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

LVH - Cedar Crest $111 million emergency ward expansion approved

Lehigh Valley Health Network’s $111 million expansion of the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest emergency ward has been approved by the Salisbury Township Planning Commission.

Planners voted 6-0, with one abstention, to approve the 1200 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. – LVHN emergency department expansion project.

The LVHN project was submitted as a preliminary-final land development plan. Planners at the Sept. 11 meeting also voted 6-0 with one abstention to approve a waiver to combine the preliminary and final plan for the project.

Movie Review: Oscar nomination will be Close

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Wife” is a disturbing drama with an Oscar nominee-worthy performance by Glenn Close as the long-suffering, supportive and loyal wife of a successful novelist about to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

When they receive the early-morning phone call the couple, Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) and Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce), jump for joy on their bed as they did many years before when they were just starting out, he as a college professor, and she, as one of his graduate students.

Theater Review: ‘Harry Potter’ spoof at Peddler’s Village dinner theater

Friday, September 21, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Thrills and chills and funnybone pokes are the order of fare for “The Goblet Of Poison” at the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Peddler’s Pub, Cock ‘N Bull in Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, Bucks County.

The show, presented by Without A Cue Productions, is a spoof of the “Harry Potter” movies and books. Performances continue through Nov. 10. The show, written by Lesley Zaya and Justin Calazzo, is directed by Traci Connaughton. The Sept. 15 performance was seen for this review.