Salisbury Press

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

LVHN employees move to cost township, school district

Salisbury Township municipal and school district coffers stand to lose approximately $26,000 in combined tax revenue annually starting in 2018 because of the relocation of about 500 workers from a medical office-building complex in the township to a new office building in center city Allentown.

According to Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich, the township municipal government expects to lose about $21,000 and Salisbury Township School District stands to lose about $5,000 in the move.

Movie review: ‘Born in China’

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For fans of Disneynature films, documentaries and the great outdoors, “Born in China” is a must-see.

This and other Disneynature films hark back to Disney’s “True-Life Adventures” series (1948 - 1960) and Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom” TV show (hosted by Marlin Perkins,1963 to 1985, and now a web series) and are a nostalgia nature trip for Baby Boomers and parents and are a fine introduction to the splendors, realities and mysteries of nature for children and grandchildren.

Better ‘Angels’: Civic presents 20th anniversary production of landmark Tony, Pulitzer Prize-winning play

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

William Sanders saw the writing on the wall.

Or, more accurately, he saw the poster on the wall.

“I was trying to think of a play for the end of season. Somebody else was doing one play. And we couldn’t get the rights to another.

“And I was sitting in my office. And I looked at the poster of ‘Angels in America.’ And I realized it would be the 20th anniversary of Civic’s production. And I thought, ‘Why don’t we do that?’”


Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Cathy Bonaskiewich appointed township manager; finance director to be hired

Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners President James A. Brown all but made the selection of a new township manager a foregone conclusion when he called the April 27 township meeting to order and, following the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence, said:

“At this time I’ll turn the meeting over to Cathy Bonaskiewich, the last time I’ll be saying acting township manager.”

The first item on the meeting agenda under new business was: “Resolution to Appoint Township Manager and Township Secretary.”


Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Devonshire, Franko recycling centers grass clippings drop-offs resume

Lawn-mowing grass clippings drop-offs were to resume May 1 and 2 at township recycling centers for Salisbury Township residents.

Salisbury Township Manager Cathy Bonaskiewich announced at the April 27 township workshop Salisbury Township Director of Public Works John Andreas said Republic Services, township waste hauler, would transport grass clippings to First Regional Compost Authority, 6701 Weaversville Road. East Allen Township, Northampton County.

Theater Review: ‘Young Frankenstein’ is alive at DeSales

Saturday, April 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Fans of Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder and especially their cinematic collaboration, the story and screenplay for the movie, “Young Frankenstein,” which Brooks directed, will especially enjoy the DeSales University Theatre Department Act 1 production of the stage musical adaptation, which continues through May 7, Main Stage, Labuda Center for The Performing Arts, Center Valley.

Review: ‘FFgr8’

Friday, April 28, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A movie sequel often doesn’t improve on the original movie.

After eight installments, “The Fate of the Furious” improves on nearly all of the previous seven “Fast and Furious” movies.

Call it “FFgr8.”

The first “The Fast and the Furious,” released in 2001, unleashed Universal Studios’ biggest franchise. Already, “Fast and Furious” nine and 10 are in preproduction.

The eighth installment brings back the crew of tart-tongued misfits and malcontents with hearts of bold, and gold.

The Press 12th annual Student Poetry Project

Friday, April 28, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To commemorate National Poetry Month in April, the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites present the 12th annual Student Poetry Project.

Please see Page B1 and B3 and the Focus pages online for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.

Students whose poems appear on Page B1 read their poems and were interviewed on the April 17 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio Station, WDIY, 88.1,

March LV house sales rebound 13.7 percent

Friday, April 28, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of houses in the greater Lehigh Valley rebounded in March to put first-quarter 2017 house sales in positive territory.

Closed sales increased by double digits, up 13.7 percent in March to 616 houses sold, compared to 542 in March 2016, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR).

For the first quarter of 2017, closed sales have increased 1.8 percent year to date, to 1,483 in 2017 from 1,457 in 2016.

Pending house sales in the Lehigh Valley were again up by double digits in March.