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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Reports of offenses decline again in township

Reports of offenses in Salisbury Township in 2018 appear to have declined again in a year-to-year comparison in the Uniform Crime Report.

Offenses listed under the Uniform Crime Report totaled 365 in 2018, down from 458 in 2017, down from 443 in 2016 and up from 244 in 2015.

Criminal investigation activity was stable in most major categories in 2018, compared to 2017.

By category, burglary reports decreased by nearly two-thirds.

There were also decreases in theft, auto theft, assault, sexual assault, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Chief to retire

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Although it’s not official, Salisbury Township Chief Of Police Allen W. Stiles expects to retire this year.

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners is already weighing its options, including possibly hiring a consultant to advise in the choosing of Stiles’ successor.

During the workshop following the May 9 meeting, township commissioners discussed a proposal from the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government at Lafayette College concerning police chief recruitment.

Movie Review: ‘Endgame,’ or is it?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It is called “Avengers: Endgame.”

To quote the rock band, The Who, “Don’t get fooled again.”

There will be plenty more to see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe even though some of the main characters may be gone.

At the risk of being attacked by “Avengers” fans, we say no more.

Fans will relish “Avengers: Endgame” for its panoply of Marvel characters, quippy dialogue between characters, and huge action scenes, especially a concluding battle that recreates an armageddon of Biblical proportions.

Disney movie concert magic back on stage with Allentown Symphony

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The beauty, excitement and entertainment that are Disney movies will manifest itself in center city Allentown.

Disney fans won’t want to miss the Allentown Symphony Orchestra Pops concert, “Disney In Concert: A Dream Is A Wish,” 7:30 p.m. May 11, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

It’s the third time that Ronald Demkee, ASO Pops Conductor, has led the ASO Pops in a Disney-theme concert at Miller Symphony Hall.

Movie Review: ‘Amazing’ Aretha

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Amazing Grace” depicts a concert by Aretha Franklin filmed in 1972 in a Los Angeles church during the recording of a live gospel music album of the same title.

Though billed as a documentary, there’s very little commentary and no interviews with Franklin nor those associated with the project. There are some explanatory title cards at the beginning of the film.

Basically, this is a concert film of a recording studio session, or a gospel version of concert films from the era, notably, “Woodstock” (1970) or “Gimme Shelter” (1970).


Thursday, May 9, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Skunk cabbage concerns cited

Some east side Salisbury Township residents say work on a building lot site stinks and it isn’t only because of the presence of skunk cabbage.

Three residents who live along Bobalew Trail, off Church Road, south of East Emmaus Avenue on a slope of South Mountain, claim a house was prohibited from being built on the vacant tract some 31 years ago.

Edward Hare and his wife, Carol Snyder-Hare, as well as another resident, Geoffrey Correll, who live in houses along Bobalew Trail, brought their concerns to the April 25 township board of commissioners meeting.


Thursday, May 9, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Most categories show decreases in 2018 police report

First of four parts

Based on statistics provided by the Salisbury Township Police Department in its 2018 annual report, most categories showed decreases compared to 2017.

Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles released the annual department year in review to township commissioners and administration.

The police department has 22 police officers.

Full-time officers include: a chief of police, two detectives, three sergeants, two corporals and 12 officers. There are two part-time officers.

More than Bach and beer in Bethlehem: 112th Bach Festival adds concerts, events, venues

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Legendary journalist H.L. Mencken wrote of his attendance at the Bethlehem Bach Festival during Prohibition in terms of Bach and beer.

The 2019 Bach Festival of Bethlehem, in its 112th year, is much more than that.

In his 36th season, Bach Choir of Bethlehem Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld has added depth and dimension to the Bach Festival.

The festival is May 10, 11 and May 17, 18 in Bethlehem, principally on the Lehigh University campus, with some events at a southside Bethlehem church and on the downtown Moravian College campus.

Curtain Rises:

Friday, May 3, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic’s ‘Fun Home’ puts the fun in dysfunction

The tagline for the musical, “Fun Home,” could be: “Putting the fun in dysfunction.”

Civic Theatre of Allentown presents the Lehigh Valley premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Fun Home,” May 3-19.

The original Broadway production, opening in 2015 and closing in 2016, was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, receiving five Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.

Review: ‘Breakthrough’

Friday, May 3, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

One wouldn’t necessarily expect a “More cowbell” joke in a Christian-themed movie.

That’s just one of the surprises in “Breakthrough,” based on the true story of a teen whose life floated in the balance after he fell through wintry ice in a pond in St. Charles, Mo. (St. Louis is the closest big city.)

“Breakthrough” portrays a realistic family, not a sanitized family. The family bickers. The son is surly to his mother. The boy is disrespectful of authority at the Christian middle school he attends and on the school basketball team on which he’s a standout player.