Salisbury Press

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Theater Review: Shakespeare as we like it at PSF

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) has saved the best for last in its 2017 season (“Troilus and Cressida,” July 26-Aug. 6, notwithstanding) with a splendid production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” which bookends a season that opened with the spectacular “Evita” (June 14-July 2).

“As You Like It” is in repertory with “The Three Musketeers,” through Aug. 6, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley. In other words, it’s the same cast in different roles. “As You Like It” was seen opening night, July 22, for this review.


Thursday, July 27, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Two appeals granted, one appeal denied

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners, convening as the Shade Tree Commission, granted the appeals of two residents and denied the appeal of a third resident.

The township Shade Tree Commission, chaired by Atty. John W. Ashley, Salisbury Township solicitor, with a court stenographer typing the testimony, and with Sandy Nicolo, Salisbury Township code enforcement officer, answering questions, reviewed three appeals and voted unanimously 5-0 at the July 13 hearing to:


Thursday, July 27, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Tougher regulations, higher fines again urged for illegal dumping

The Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council is renewing its plea for a tougher illegal-dumping ordinance and higher penalties for dumping in the township.

The main area of concern is Walking Purchase Park, the 500-acre tract administered jointly by Salisbury Township, the City of Allentown and Lehigh County.

Kreg Ulery, STEAC chair, said he was willing to present a proposal for a more strict illegal-dumping ordinance to the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners. No timetable has been set for the presentation.

House sales in Lehigh Valley decrease 2.4 percent in June

Friday, July 21, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

During what is traditionally considered to be the peak house sales season, the summer months, sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley moved back to negative territory.

Closed sales decreased 2.4 percent in June to 893 houses sold, compared to 915 in June 2016, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR).

At midyear 2017, closed sales are up 4 percent to 3,878 from 3,728 year-to-date in 2016.

‘Despicable Me 3’

Friday, July 21, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Despicable Me 3” isn’t so much despicable as bland.

This time, Steven Carell gets to voice two characters of the film’s title, the original “Despicable Me,” Gru, and now his twin brother, Dru.

The saving grace in the third of the “Despicable” series (“DM2,” 2012, and the original “Despicable Me,” 2010) are, of course, the Minions, those one and two goggle-eyed, blue denim bib overall-wearing, yellow vitamin capsule looking, nonsense-spouting characters.

Theater Review: ‘All for one’ in ‘The Three Musketeers’ at PSF

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Three Musketeers” mantra of “All for one, and one for all” sums up the sword-wielding comedy-drama at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), through Aug. 6, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

The show’s full title, “Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers Adapted From The Novel by Alexandre Dumas,” underscores the “one for all” approach to the material, staging, acting and direction. The July 12 opening night performance of “The Three Musketeers” was seen for this review.


Thursday, July 20, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

APL request for funding increase refused

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners is refusing to pay a funding increase request from the Allentown Public Library.

Commissioners agreed the township would continue to provide its annual funding of $81,559 to the library. Payment allows township residents to use library services. The library has been including township parks in its summer outreach program.


Thursday, July 20, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Garbage-collection contract with Republic to be extended

Salisbury Township officials indicate they expect to continue the township’s refuse-hauling contract with Republic Services.

A one-year extension of the contract with the township’s trash and recycling hauler was discussed during the July 13 township meeting workshop.

“It [the contract with Republic] will be coming up for renewal at the end of the year,” Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich informed commissioners during the workshop.

She noted the contract can be extended for two one-year terms.