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Long and shorts of film-maker's journey

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Stephanie Gardner wrote her way into film-making.

Gardner, an Emmaus High School, Class of '04, graduate living in New York City, screens seven of her short films, 3 p.m. Jan. 26, The Barrister's Club, 1114 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be taken for the production of Gardner's next short, "Paris in Winter," set to lens next month in Montreal, Canada. "It's meant to be the antithesis of the typical Paris love story," Gardner says.

Oscar gold in 'Silver Linings'?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Silver Linings Playbook" is amazing, entertaining and profound.

Writer-Director David O. Russell draws from life experience to create a compassionate, funny and charming portrayal of Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper), a young man with mental health problems who is trying to get his life back together.

He's released into the care of his Philadelphia area parents, Pat Sr. (Robert De Niro) and Dolores (Jacki Weaver). Pat Jr. only wants to get back with his estranged wife, Nikki. However, Pat Jr. meets a young woman, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a widow who has her own problems.

'Les Miz' big-screen dazzler

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Les Miserables" is an astounding movie, rivaling the best movie musicals ever.

The Top 10 all-time movie musicals, according to an American Film Institute list from 2006, are: 1. "Singing in the Rain" (1952), 2. "West Side Story" (1961), 3. "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), 4. "The Sound of Music" (1965), 5. "Cabaret" (1972), 6. "Mary Poppins" (1964), 7. "A Star Is Born" (1954), 8. "My Fair Lady" (1964), 9. "An American in Paris" (1951), and 10. "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944).

While even a list as prestigious as that of AFI is debatable, put "Les Miserables" on your must-see list.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS No answer on Green Future

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The future of a $160,400 Lehigh County grant approved for the Salisbury Township Lindberg Park trail connection is going nowhere.

The holdup is because the future of the Lehigh County Green Future Fund is still in doubt.

Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners learned at their Jan. 10 workshop Lehigh County Commissioners at their Jan. 9 meeting again failed to approve the release of the Green Future Fund providing $1.06 million to park and trail projects in the county, including $160,400 for the Lindberg Park trail link to Lehigh Parkway, Allentown.

Movie Review: 'This' is Apatow's home movie

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you're ever invited to the Apatows, you may want to politely decline.

That's because, based on writer-director Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," filmed in and around his Four Season hotel interior decor-styled Los Angeles area home, you will be subjected to a barrage of rude, lewd and crude invective, diatribes and behavior.

"This Is 40" is an often desperate attempt at comedy. I found the movie mostly insufferable. "This is 40" is Judd Apatow's home movie.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD New ordinance discussed at workshop

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

What a Zoning Hearing Board is and is not was the topic at a recent workshop in the Municipal Building.

The occasion was the discussion of the new township Zoning Ordinance, which is in the draft stage, according to Salisbury Township Director of Planning and Zoning Cynthia Sopka.

Key to the zoning ordinance update is to clarify it and make it easier to use.

"This is an opportunity for Cynthia [Sopka] to explain to you the new ordinance," Attorney Victor F. Cavacini, Zoning Hearing Board solicitor said.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS 2013 budget, police hire approved

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The Salisbury Township Board of Commissioners has approved a 2013 budget that calls for a 10 percent tax increase and includes the hiring of a police officer and two public works employees.

By a unanimous 5-0 vote, commissioners voted to adopt the budget.

In a separate vote, commissioners also voted 5-0 for a tax hike that will cost $30 annually for each township property owner, based on the township average $232,400 property assessment.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Municipal building security funded

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The Salisbury Township Municipal Building is getting a security upgrade.

The township board of commissioners voted 5-0 to approve the work.

While no specific incident has spurred the move, Salisbury Township Police Chief Allen W. Stiles said he has urged commissioners for years, including those no longer serving on the board, to increase security at the municipal building.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

County fund impasse may stymie Lindberg Park plan

While the Lindberg Park perimeter bikeway and walking path drew positive responses from Salisbury Township residents at a recent meeting, whether or not it will be constructed is open for debate.

Those who want to walk around the 20-acre park in western Salisbury are facing not so much a fiscal cliff as a fiscal fence.

The future of the Green Futures Fund, for which Salisbury Township Manager Randy Soriano has applied for funds for Lindberg Park, is in doubt because several on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners are on the fence in funding park improvements.

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Officials explore updating of development 'Bible'

Where's SALDO?

SALDO, the acronym for the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, the township's "Bible" of development, which is being updated, is wending its way through the Salisbury Township Planning Commission review process.

Township planners, along with Director of Planning and Zoning Cynthia Sopka, discussed the 92-page SALDO, which is divided into Parts 1 through 12, plus Appendices.

Atty. John W. Ashley, township Board of Commissioners and Planning Commission solicitor, reviewed the SALDO's wording and raised concerns at the Dec. 11 meeting.