"Is heaven a hope or real?"
Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear) asks that question in the opening narration of "Heaven Is For Real," a touching tale of admittedly corny sentimentality that left me all blubbery and emotionally- moved.
Burpo is pastor of a nondenominational church in Imperial, Neb. The pastor's faith, as well as the beliefs of his wife, Sonja (Kelly Reilly), and the faith of his congregation are put to the test when the pastor's four-year-old son, Colton (Connor Corum), has a near-death experience.
Work is continuing on the Salisbury Township Sanitary Sewer Rehab Project, which is required to comply with a United States Environmental Protection Administration order.
Salisbury is one of the municipalities named in the EPA order issued in 2009. The end of this year is the deadline for the order to be met.
Also named are Allentown, Lehigh County Authority, Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority, Alburtis, Emmaus and Macungie boroughs and Hanover, Lower Macungie, Lowhill, South Whitehall, Upper Macungie, Upper Milford and Weisenberg townships.
Funding is being sought for a nearly $350,000 water line improvement project in Salisbury Township.
The South Potomac Street Water Line Replacement project would replace about 3,500 feet of a 64-year-old cast iron pipe with PVC pipe. The pipe is believed to have been installed in 1950.
The pipe replacement project, extending from East Susquehanna Street to East Emmaus Avenue, is expected to begin in January 2015.
The township would pay 10 percent of the cost, or about $34,000, with Lehigh County paying, about $312,000 of the estimated $346,750 project.
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is a return to form for the action genre.
The Marvel Comics superhero sequel wisely eschews an overdependence on computer-generated imagery. Instead, the film concentrates on character development, dialogue scenes between the main characters and several impressive live-action scenes.
"Captain America" bristles with the kinetic energy of some of the best of the action-movie genre, including "The Terminator" (1984), "Total Recall" (1990) and "Die Hard" (1988).
They're trash-talking in Salisbury Township and the township manager wants more of it.
As of the April 10 township municipal meeting, Salisbury Township Manager Randy Soriano said he's only heard from about eight residents concerning possible changes in township garbage service.
"Some of the comments were: 'We don't really care about the rates, but we like the frequency,'" Soriano reported to the board of commissioners.
With approximately 5,000 residential units and a population of about 13,000, the annual fee for twice-weekly garbage pickup has been $340.
The alert wife of a Salisbury Township commissioner has brought to light the need for vigilance concerning door-to-door solicitation.
Sue Martucci, wife of Salisbury Township Commissioner Robert Martucci, Jr., questioned the identity of a salesman who was knocking on doors in their neighborhood, attempting to get electric utility customers to switch providers.
The salesman showed up last month at the door of the Martuccis' home.
The man took out a notebook and asked the Martuccis for their electricity service account number.
"Bird Town" will be a big part of the second annual Earth Fair in Salisbury Township.
"Earth Fair," 10 a.m. to noon April 26, Lindberg Park, is organized by the Salisbury Township Environmental Advisory Council.
The Bird Town banner and road signs are expected to be displayed at Earth Fair, which will feature several workshops.
Bird Town is a partnership of The Audubon Society and municipalities, including Salisbury, in Pennsylvania to promote conservation and a healthy, more sustainable environment.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" is an actor-studded comedy-drama that bristles with the joy of cinema. The film is a concoction of dizzying dialogue, madcap pacing, larger-than-life characters, bizarre encounters, manic escapades and stunning visuals.
While the film seems to have little to do with Budapest, Hungary, it is inspired by the sense of time and place of Eastern Europe sometime between the wars: World War I and World War II.
Salisbury Township residents may see garbage pickup reduced from twice-weekly to once-weekly. The change is under consideration by the township administration and board of commissioners with the current township trash hauler contract expiring in less than three months. The township administration expects to advertise for Requests For Proposals.
The township's six-year contract with Waste Management, Inc. expires June 30. The contract was a three-year pact, with a one-year renewal for three years. Waste Management was paid $1.5 million annually for each year of the contract.
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Grants drove traffic citations last year in Salisbury Township.
Traffic citations in- creased by 133 percent, from 872 in 2012 to 2,038 in 2013.
Traffic and safety enforcement grants increased by more than than 100 percent, from $21,875.28 in 2012 to $54,128.59 last year, according to the 2013 Salisbury Township Police Department.
Officers assigned to zone patrol issued an additional 1,542 traffic citations, an increase of 178 percent over the 553 citations issued in 2012.