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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

LV house sales in decline for sixth month in a row

Friday, August 24, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

The topsy-turvy Lehigh Valley house sales market continued in July with closed sales and new listings down by double digits and median sales price and average sales price up by double digits. A key factor is the decline in inventory by more than one-third of houses for sale.

And the “B-Word” is being mentioned, as in real estate bubble when the bubble of increasing house prices could burst as it did a decade ago in the Great Recession of 2007-2008, which was attributed in large part to the nationwide collapse of the residential real estate market.

Movie Review: Truth is ‘Strangers’ than fiction

Friday, August 24, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Three Identical Strangers” is a fascinating documentary film that raises more questions than it provides answers.

David Kellman, Eddy Galland, and Bobby Shafran are identical triplets adopted soon after their birth by three separate families.

Through a serendipitous occurrence, two of the triplets meet. Then, all three triplets meet.

The documentary follows the triplets, their families and friends from gleeful reunion of the boys at age 19, to tabloid headline and TV talk show fame, to tragedy after the apparent suicide of Eddy Galland in 1995.

Movie Review: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ insightful fun

Monday, August 20, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Crazy Rich Asians” is loaded.

It’s loaded with glitz, humor and heart. It’s a film that’s deeper than its title would indicate.

“Crazy Rich Asians” is the Cinderella and her prince story transported from medieval Europe to 21st-century Asia.

The storyline has its roots in the 17th century fairy tale, “Cendrillon,” by French writer Charles Perrault, with a stop along the way at Jane Austen’s 1813 novel, “Pride And Prejudice,” all the way up to HBO’s “Sex And The City” (1998-2004).

Review: Pooh bear

Friday, August 17, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Winnie-the-Pooh and his adorable cuddly stuffed animal friends are revisited in the film, “Disney’s Christopher Robin.”

The film is an enjoyable nostalgia trip for those who grew up with the books of A.A. Milne that were illustrated by E. H. Shepard, including “When We Were Very Young” (1924), “Winnie-the-Pooh” (1926), “Now We Are Six” (1927) and ”The House At Pooh Corner” (1928).

Township police department to seek FAA approval for use of drone

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

The Salisbury Township Police Department is seeing approval for use of a drone.

“A letter to the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] is required for the use of our drone,” Salisbury Township Chief of Police Allen W. Stiles said during the Aug. 9 meeting workshop.

Commissioners agreed to send a letter to the FAA to request approval for use of the drone by the township police department.

LV median sales price higher than 2007 real estate bubble; closed sales down for fifth month

Friday, August 10, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

The sellers’ market continued apace in the Lehigh Valley during the summer real estate season.

According to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) June report, competition by buyers boosted quick sales above the asking price.

On average, a house is selling in little more than a month.

And, according to the GLVR, the June Median Sales Price is higher than that of when the housing bubble burst in 2007 at the start of the Great Recession.

Movie Review: ‘Mission’

Friday, August 10, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Mission: Impossible - Fallout” is the action movie of the summer, the year, and quite possibly the decade.

The shiny, flashy, nearly nonstop thriller confirms its star Tom Cruise as the cinema’s last action hero.

It’s a mantle that has passed from the likes of Clint Eastwood, Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone and, one would think, Dwayne Johnson, Daniel Craig and Vin Diesel.

A first for Packard: Car featured at 55th Das Awkscht Fescht

Friday, August 3, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Packard, featured car for the 55th annual Das Awkscht Fescht, Aug. 3-5, Macungie Memorial Park, Macungie, is legendary, from being one of the first gasoline-powered vehicles to powering military aircraft during World War I and II.

Das Awkscht Fescht is said to be the largest antique and classic car show in the United States, with 2,500 vehicles expected.

A “Friday Night Cruise to the Fescht,” is Aug. 3. There’s a “Car Corral” sales area; “Antique Auto Flea Market,” with 500 vendors; arts and crafts with 100 artisans; entertainment; food, and a fireworks display Aug. 4.

Nellie McKay seeks solace in the standards

Friday, August 3, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For her latest album, Nellie McKay returns to one of her favorite “books,” the Great American Songbook.

And she gives a nod to one of her favorite classic movies.

McKay performs selections from “Sister Orchid,” 8 p.m. Aug. 4, Sellersville Theatre 1894, Sellersville, Bucks County.

After several concerts in New York City, including SummerStage, Central Park, and a four-day series. Sept. 19-22 at Birdland, McKay returns to her home turf of the Poconos, for a concert at the Deer Head Inn, Sept. 29.

Theater Review: PSF season ‘Ends Well’

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

All’s Well That Ends Well.

It’s one of William Shakespeare many titles and phrases that have entered the lexicon.

“All’s Well That Ends Well,” primary source material for the phrase, on stage through Aug. 5, brings down the curtain on the 2018 Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) at DeSales University, Center Valley.

There is no curtain to bring down or up in the three-quarter round Schubert Theatre. Nor is there a director, scenic designer, costume desiger, lighting designer, or sound designer.