"Elysium" is a science fiction metaphor for the haves and have-nots of today.
In the year 2154, the super-rich live on a huge bicycle wheel-shaped space station orbiting Earth. It is a Garden of Eden. The wealthy are coddled in Boca-Raton meets Disney World surroundings. Health-care "med-pods" heal patients completely and quickly.
Down below, the whole Earth has become the Third World. Los Angeles is reduced to shanty towns such as those, for example, surrounding Mexico City.
Salisbury Township firefighters responding to a fire in a building they are unfamiliar with may become a thing of the past.
That's because a fire code and inspection program for commercial buildings by certified firefighter inspectors may be in the offing for Salisbury.
Township officials and firefighters are advocating for the program, saying it would ensure the safety of residents, building owners and firefighters.
It may require the hiring of a certified fire inspector, most likely on a part-time or freelance basis.
"The Smurfs 2" is an amusing animated and live action feature film with excellent character voices, jokey dialogue and terrific animation that should be enjoyed by the pre-10 year-old set and hold the attention of most parents or guardians.
The characters were created by Peyo, aka Pierre Culliford, a Belgium comic-strip artist-writer. The name Smurf is a Dutch language translation of an invented French word, Schtroumpf, a made-up word for salt.
Salisbury Township is officially part of MERT.
MERT is an acronym for Municipal Emergency Response Team, which is operated by Lehigh County.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 4-0, with one commissioner absent at the July 11 township meeting, to approve the executiion of the MERT agreement with Lehigh County.
Per the agreement, Salisbury Township police officers may train and be on call for MERT.
Work was approved recently for repairs to the roof of the Salisbury Township Municipal Building.
The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 at the July 25 meeting to authorize Alan Kunsman Roofing & Siding, Inc., Freemansburg, to repair the roof of the township building, 2900 S. Pike Ave.
During heavy rains and even when not so significant precipitation occurs water dripped into the building's lobby. Several times this year, the left inside door to the main meeting room was blocked. Water stains on the ceiling and wall tiles were visible.
"The Wolverine" gets deeper into the psyche of Logan, aka Wolverine, the Marvel Comics superhero, thanks to an intense performance by Hugh Jackman, reprising his role as the title character, and thoughtful and compelling direction by James Mangold.
As the late theater critic Jack O'Brian (1914 - 2000) wrote in his syndicated column, "Voice of Broadway" and said on his afternoon interview show WOR-AM: "Always the young strangers."
It's uncertain whether the phrase was borrowed from the title of Carl Sandburg's 1953 book, but O'Brian used it to refer to new talent in break-through roles in Broadway shows.
Windfall revenue from natural gas drilling, or fracking, in regions of Pennsylvania far from Salisbury Township could aid the planning for improvements to a popular east side park.
Salisbury Township officials are applying for a grant to fund a master plan for Laubach Park, an east side destination for many sporting events, including those of the Salisbury Youth Association.
The grant could result in a master plan, similar to a plan completed for Lindberg Park on the township's west side.
SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Study recommends 25 mph speed-limit, 'Watch Children,' signs for Lehigh Avenue
A Salisbury Township Police Department traffic study of Lehigh Avenue recommends posting four 25 mph speed-zone signs and two "Watch Children" signs along the township east side thoroughfare.
Results of the study were presented at the July 25 township Board of Commissioners meeting by township Police Officer Bryan S. Losagio, who conducted the study.
Losagio also recommended township east side police patrol units make extra rounds to establish a greater police presence to deter unsafe and reckless driving.
The long-closed bridge on Fairview Road, a north-south connector street between Emmaus Avenue and East Susquehanna Street in eastern Salisbury Township, is expected to reopen this fall.
Salisbury Township Department of Public Works Director John Andreas told township officials in his July 25 meeting report the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has begun work on the Fairview bridge.
The contractor is J.D. Eckman, Atglen, Chester County, which completed the Linden Street Bridge, Allentown, replacement project.