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Movie Review: One of a kindness

Friday, January 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” is an odd little film.

On the one hand, it’s been perceived as a biopic of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, native Fred Rogers (1928 - 2003), host of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” (1968 - 2001), produced by WQED, Pittsburgh, and telecast on Public Broadcasting Television stations.

On the other hand, the film is not a Fred Rogers biopic.

Movie Review: ‘Jumanji’: Fun run

Friday, January 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Some movies are lifted by low expectations.

Having seen a movie where you’re not expecting much, you sometimes end up with higher results.

That’s what happened for me with “Jumanji: The Next Level.”

Once one gets past the illogical legerdemain of the movie’s premise, which I won’t geek out on here, “Jumanji” provides an entertaining, frequently humorous and often wild ride.

Movie Review: Eastwood’s real ‘Jewell’

Friday, January 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Richard Jewell’ is another brilliant film from director Clint Eastwood.

The film is based on the true story about security guard Richard Jewell, who became a “person of interest,” but was never charged in the bombing of Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. The explosion is said to have killed two persons (one from a heart attack) and injured 111.

Jewell discovered the bomb before it detonated and with other officials cleared most of the spectators out of the park, saving the lives of thousands.

14th annual ABEs Salute Lehigh Valley Stage: From plays to musicals, theater unbound in 2019

Friday, January 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Lehigh Valley regional theater continued to delight, surprise and impress in 2019.

The ABEs, as in Allentown Bethlehem and Easton, is an attempt to encapsulate a year’s-worth of plays and musicals produced by Lehigh Valley nonprofit theater companies.

This is the 14th annual ABEs. The overview is based on stage shows seen and-or reviewed by myself and Carole Gorney. Admittedly, we didn’t see every show in 2019.

For purposes of scale, the ABEs are divided into two categories.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Thursday, January 2, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Budget lists 2019 accomplishments; 2020 goals

The Salisbury Township 2020 budget includes a lot of numbers and statistics.

The budget also includes a look at accomplishments in 2019 and a look at goals for 2020.

Here’s a look back on 2019 and a look forward to 2020, according to township officials.

General government 2019 accomplishments

Movie Review: One of a kindness

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” is an odd little film.

On the one hand, it’s been perceived as a biopic of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, native Fred Rogers (1928 - 2003), host of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” (1968 - 2001), produced by WQED, Pittsburgh, and telecast on Public Broadcasting Television stations.

On the other hand, the film is not a Fred Rogers biopic.

Sales of houses in Lehigh Valley decline second month in row

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley declined in November for a second straight month.

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley declined 1.5 percent, by only 11 properties, in November, with 700 houses sold, compared to 711 houses sold in November 2018, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report released Dec. 12.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION

Monday, December 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Dozens of Summit Lawn residents concerned about Girl Scouts project

Summit Lawn residents, an estimated 60-strong, packed the Salisbury Township municipal building for the December township planning commission meeting with several voicing concerns about a proposed building project at the Girl Scouts’ Mountain House Day Camp atop South Mountain.

Curtain Rises: ‘She Loves Me’ has fine pedigree at Pa. Playhouse

Friday, December 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“She Loves Me,” the musical that closes the 2019 season at the Pennsylvania Playhouse, has a fascinating theater and movie pedigree.

The original production of the Broadway musical, with music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (“Fiddler on the Roof”) and book by Joe Masteroff (“Cabaret”), was nominated for five Tony Awards in 1963. “She Loves Me” was revived on Broadway in 1993 and in 2016, receiving eight Tony nominations in the latter incarnation.

The stage musical goes back further than that.

Curtain Rises: ‘Christmas Carole 1944’ a fresh evergreen at Civic

Saturday, December 21, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For its 30th anniversary production of “A Christmas Carol,” Civic Theatre of Allentown looked to several other anniversaries for a new twist on the stage version of the Charles Dickens’ novella.

“Christmas Carole 1944,” Dec. 6 -21, main stage of Nineteenth Street Theatre, Allentown, salutes several other anniversaries, including the 30th anniversary of “Christmas Carol” at Civic.

“We did it 20 years ago,” says “Christmas Carole 1944” Director-Choreographer William Sanders, Civic Theatre Artistic Director.