Salisbury Press

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Moravian College 'interested' in Boyd for theater program

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Moravian College is interested in using downtown Bethlehem's closed Boyd Theatre for its theater department productions.

Notices were recently posted on the Boyd Theatre facade that it is scheduled for a December sheriff's sale in Northampton County Court for unpaid property taxes estimated at $31,000.

The Boyd, 30 W. Broad St., between Main and New streets, closed in May 2011.

When contacted by The Lehigh Valley Press, Moravian College president Bryon L. Grigsby stated in an email:

Movie Review: 'Fury' drives deep into World War II heroism and horrors

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Ideals are peaceful. History is violent."

- "Fury."

"Fury" is aptly titled. The movie, with a story set in the waning days of World War II, is filled with the fury of battle, the fury of civilization devastation and the fury of human emotions.

The movie's title is taken from the nickname "Fury" painted in a white scrawl on the gun-turret of a Sherman tank.

The storyline in "Fury" is based on the heroism of the United States Army Second Armored Division, dubbed "Hell on Wheels."


Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Concerns aired about alleged traffic violations near Green Acres

Traffic enforcement is being stepped up in the Green Acres area of Salisbury Township.

"We have a dangerous situation with the school and residents," Commissioner Joanne Ackerman said of the Ott Street and Green Acres Drive area where she resides.

"My husband counted three school buses that blew the stop sign," Ackerman said.

"I talked with the firemen and they agreed it's a real problem. The firemen feel it's an urgent matter.

Movie Review: 'Alexander' is great

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

One mark of an entertaining movie is what scenes, lines of dialogue or laughs, tears and thoughts stay with you after you depart the theater.

After I saw "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," I was still chuckling to myself.

"Alexander," based on the children's book by Judith Viorst, is in the genre of family dilemma comedies. This is somewhat of a lost art in contemporary Hollywood studio film-making since many comedies are animation features or teen and college-age R-rated raunch.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Full-time, part-time custodian positions for municipal buildings debated

The Salisbury Township Municipal Building needs a good housecleaning literally.

However, it may have to wait until spring housecleaning because of a debate among township commissioners as to who should do the cleaning.

The seemingly simple matter of regular cleaning of the municipal building is complicated because of the inclusion of offices in the Salisbury Township Public Works Department Building and the Salisbury Township Police Department Public Safety Building.

Theater Review: Crowded Kitchen Players' 'Tortellini' to go

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Crowded Kitchen Players are back in town, specifically, Allentown.

Players co-founders and producers Ara Barlieb and Pamela Wallace went way back for their latest show.

"The Brothers Tortellini: A Toga Comedy" continues weekends through Oct. 26, Zion's Reformed UCC, 620 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

Playwright Barlieb adapted "The Brothers Tortellini" from "The Brothers Menaechmus," or "The Two Menaechmuses," by Roman playwright Titus Maccius Plautus (254 - 184 BC), known as Plautus.

Theater Review: Civic's 'Young Frankenstein' is electrifying

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown's production of "Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein: The Musical" is terrific.

From set design to lighting to costumes to orchestra to casting to acting to directing, the Lehigh Valley debut of "Young Frankenstein," weekends through Oct. 26, Civic Theatre, is one of the most fully-realized regional theater productions ever. It's a must-see, especially for the Halloween season.

Movie Review: The thrill is not 'Gone' with 'Gone Girl'

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Gone Girl" is one of the best suspense thrillers in decades. It has thrills, chills, plot twists and turns. At times, it's terrifying.

It's a real nail-biter (Believe me, I know. I did.).

There are several reasons why you should see "Gone Girl."

First, of all, it's very entertaining. Second, the actors are excellent. Third, the direction is superb.

Finally, because there should be several Oscar nominations, "Gone Girl" should be on your must-see list.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Four-year public works contract authorizes 2.75 to 3.25 percent wage hikes

A new contract with Salisbury Township Public Works Department employees calls for wage hikes ranging from 2.75 percent to 3.25 percent over four years.

Salisbury commissioners voted 4-0, with one commissioner absent at the Sept. 25 meeting, to approve the contract with 22 non-uniformed employees who belong to the Public Works Department Employee Association.

The association has informally approved the contract, which must still be signed. The contract is to go into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

The 10-person township clerical staff will share the same contract benefits.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Employee pension obligations seen increasing in 2015 budget

Salisbury Township employee pension obligations are expected to increase in 2015.

"We'll see how this plays out in the [2015] budget," Salisbury Township Manager Randy Soriano told commissioners prior to a vote at the Sept. 25 township meeting.

The increase for 2015 is expected to be $32,949.

Commissioners voted 4-0, with one commissioner absent Sept. 25, to accept and certify the Minimum Municipal Obligation for Uniformed and Non-Uniformed Pension Plans for 2015.