The Lehigh Valley Press newspapers received 25 awards in the 2018 Professional Keystone Press Awards for work published in 2017.
The Bethlehem Press and its contributors received 12 Keystone Awards.
Salisbury Press received four Keystone Awards.
Parkland Press received three Keystone Awards.
Northampton Press received three Keystone Awards.
Catasauqua Press received two Keystone Awards.
East Penn Press received one Keystone Award.
House sales in the Lehigh Valley declined 6.7 percent in February after increasing 2.6 percent in January.
Closed sales for February were down 6.7 percent to 421 houses sold, compared to 451 houses sold in February 2017, according to the February report of the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR).
Closed sales for January were up 2.6 percent to 442 houses sold, compared to 431 houses sold in January 2017.
For the year-to-date, closed sales are up 0.8 percent to 889 houses sold, compared to 882 houses sold year-to-date 2017.
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Based on an analysis by Salisbury Press of statistics provided by the Salisbury Township Police Department in its 2017 annual report, several categories showed increases over 2016, including incident reports, arrests of juveniles and arrests for DUI.
There were again several hundred more incident reports in Salisbury during 2017, compared to 2016. There was also an increase in 2016, compared to 2015.
“Ready Player One” is an elaborate, labyrinthine, challenging movie. In some ways, “Ready Player One” is a non-movie. Rather, it’s a cinematic videogame.
Its storyline is about a complicated virtual reality videogame played in real time, simulataneously in the real world and in the virtual world. It’s a movie that folds back on itself, turns inside out, moves backwards and forwards, up and down, and sideways with plot twists and visual twists that wiil test the most attentive movie-goer.
“Getting Grace” might very well be the first nationally-released feature movie to be filmed entirely in the Lehigh Valley.
A restriction to limit the number of lots to three on a four-acre property has been removed by the Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board.
Zoners voted 3-0 to approve the variance modification request by Dr. John A. and Jane Altobelli to allow more than three lots on a 4.2372-acre property they own at 886 Flexer Ave., Salisbury Township.
“I Can Only Imagine” is an inspirational movie about the writing of the hit Christian rock song by the band, MercyMe. The song received the 2002 Dove Award, the Christian music recording business equivalent of a Grammy. With 2.5 million copies sold, “I Can Only Imagine” is said to be the best-selling Christian pop music single ever.
On the recommendation of the Salisbury Township Planning Commission, the Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners has approved a new soccer field, amphitheater and rain garden at The Swain School, 1100 S. 24th St., Salisbury Township.
Commissioners approved several other resolutions and had a surprise visit from Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong at the March 22 meeting.
Armstrong said he’s making the rounds of municipal meetings in the county.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners has approved higher fees for fire inspections of buildings in the township.
Commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 to approve a resolution to amend the fire safety inspection fee schedule.
In most instances, fees are increasing from a range of $10 to $100. The fees went into effect following the commissioners’ vote of approval at the March 22 township meeting. Commissioner Rodney Conn made the motion to bring the resolution to a vote, seconded by Commissioner James Seagreaves.
“A Wrinkle In Time” is a terrible film.
It’s so bad that I felt ripped off after I spent my $10.49 to see it the other evening.
It might be worth seeing at a $5 all-day special or second-run price. Its content might merit a 30-minute short, but not a feature-length movie.
“A Wrinkle In Time” has extensive special effects sequences that are not particularly special nor very effective.