Monthly Archives: May 2017

Mayoral Election 2017

By Alex and Lindsey Diamond

2017 holds an important election for the city of Allentown. Residents of the City of Allentown will have the choice of many different candidates to be the Democratic and Republican Party candidates for Mayor of Allentown.

Edward “Mayor Ed” Pawlowski

The current Mayor of Allentown has been in office since 2006 and has spent his time in office revitalizing downtown via the Neighborhood Improvement Zone construction program that has given the city a hockey stadium. He says that crime has consistently gone down and property taxes have remained steady in the time he has been in office. Pawlowski is broadly popular but is often considered corrupt due to scandals that have occurred during his time in office.

Ray O’Connell

The City Council President was active in education for many years as a principal and administrator and has focused his campaign on the needs of the youth. He wants to encourage young people to become police and firefighters and work with the school district on programs for young people. O’Connell also would want to pass ethical reforms and make it harder for city politicians to accept gifts.

Josh Siegel

A recent graduate of Seton Hall University; Siegel is a newcomer to Allentown but has lived in Bethlehem and Philipsburg in the past. He is campaigning on financial transparency and will make financial records more easily accessible.

Siobhan “Sam” Bennett

A businesswoman and frequent candidate for public office; Bennett wants to institute many reforms including mayoral term limits, campaign finance limits, and transparency. She advocates for reform efforts within the city and tends to take a progressive platform.

Charlie Thiel

Worked for Communications Systems, Inc., where he progressed to the position of Vice President. Thiel currently holds the current position of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce and is involved in many boards pertaining to Allentown, such as the Allentown School District Foundation, the Allentown Community Development Advisory Board, etc.Thiel is primarily affiliated with the Democratic party and prioritizes safe and clean neighborhoods, improving public safety, job opportunities, and an honest government and fair taxes.

David Jones

Jones works as a Lehigh County Commissioner and has more than 20 years experiences in business and nonprofit services such as the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in the Lehigh County within the church he is a pastor in, New Vision Church in Bethlehem. Jones is affiliated with the Democratic Party and prioritizes restoring trust within city government.

Nathan Woodring

Nathan Woodring, a bus driver from Allentown, is a Democrat whose main goal is to address the corruption among city officials if he is elected. Woodring also wants to challenge the city’s hiring process, such as Allentown City Council increasing its’ role in the process to keep choosing city employees a fair process. Woodring previously ran for mayor in 2005 as a Republican, but switched to the Democratic Party because he sees is as an easier passage to get into office.
Although Salisbury residents can’t vote in the Mayoral election, it is important that they keep an interest as Allentown is a major hub near Salisbury Township.

Salisbury Baseball Senior Night vs. Catasauqua

By Alex Glenn

After the traditional Senior Night Ceremonies involving Collin Wagner, Blake Jones, Ryan Misiura, Damein Casanova, Peter Forestieri, and Eric Pennella, Andrew Sukanick moved to the mound to start off the matchup between the Falcons and the Rough Riders.

The first couple innings would result in no score for either side, then at the bottom of the 3rd the falcons took flight. After Catty going three and out in the top, Salisbury would score 4 runs which would result in the first lead of the night.

The 4th inning resulted in 2 more runs for the falcons after another Catasauqua shutout. The Falcons scored yet again in the 6th making the score 7-0. The Falcons then shutdown Catty yet again in the 7th, making the final score 7-0 Salisbury.

Pitcher Andrew Sukanick threw a shutout with only allowing 3 hits on the whole night. On the offensive side of things, 1st baseman Damein Casanova went go 3 for 3 at the plate making his senior night a night to remember.

Hello/Goodbye Soccer Tournament

By Paige Mathieu

On Saturday April 29th, students Oliva Hoeing, Rylee Donaldson, and Elena Lagunilla held a Hello/Goodbye Soccer Tournament for their CBL Project in Miss Brinson’s Seminar Class.  A CBL Project, or Challenge Based Learning Project, is a year long project that requires students to help the school or community in someway. The tournament was held at 2 PM at the SHS Turf to help raise money for Jenn’s House. Jenn’s House is a hospitality house for families who are coming to the Lehigh Valley for medical care.

To participate in the event, students throughout the high school were able to create teams of 8-10 players.  The teams included the Diversion, Manchester United, Lucas’s Winners, Soc Monkey’s, The Communists, and Tasselled Wobbegong. Each team was also required to donate an item to Jenn’s House. The game was played 6v6. Congratulations to Manchester United who won the tournament!
The group was able to earn $250 of proceeds from the event, which included money from the tickets sold, the donations from each team, and money raised from selling the Olivia Hoeing famous chocolate chip cookies.  All of the proceeds were donated to Jenn’s house, which is located in Emmaus.  

Better Call Saul Review

By Jonathan Ionescu

One of my favorite crime drama show returns. The sequel to Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul first premiered in 2015. So far, the show has three seasons and paints a pretty picture to the events taking place before Breaking Bad.

The show takes place in 2002, just a few years before the rise of Walter White. There is nothing more better than the return of the hot Albuquerque sun in New Mexico. Starring Saul Goodman, but before that name, he is known as Jimmy McGill. He is a criminal lawyer trying to make a living. He sleeps in his own small office in the back of a nail salon. He is in debt and is struggling. However, he works very hard and does the law for two reasons; he enjoys it, and he wants to make his brother, Charles, proud. Jimmy mistakenly gets involved with the wrong clients which eventually leads him to illegal business and working for criminals.

Jimmy McGill has a very distinct personality. He is very good at his job and he is just full of colorful metaphors to get his point across. Being a very shady lawyer, despite the risk, he is worth it. He is highly skilled at what he does and has a variety of connections to drug dealers and other criminals. One notable thing I must point out about Jimmy is how much of a good liar he is. He can make any story believable.

He defended a man who was robbed a collection of baseball cards and illegal pharmaceuticals. However the police did not know he was robbed of these pills, but there was suspicion he was carrying something else. Jimmy McGill, represented this man by the man of “Dan”, and bought the lie that officers believed that someone stole tapes of Dan sitting in pies for his pleasure and enjoyment.

Very odd, but it was funny seeing it and how well he could sell it to the cops. I am quite impressed with Jimmy McGill’s magic. However, this is pure gold writing produced from the man Vince Gilligan. The writer for both Breaking Bad & Better Call Saul. A huge applause goes to him and the genius work he has created for us viewers. I look forward to watching the rest of the show and seeing what happens. As of now, I give the show a solid 4.09 out 5.

Ionescu out.

Dasani Water Review

By Jonathan Ionescu

This was inspired to be reviewed from my friend who only drinks Dasani water. Dasani water is a water bottle brand that was derived from the Coca-Cola company. This water bottle brand launched in 2002. It is strictly tap water that is filtered and has added minerals. I believe that Dasani is the greatest water ever invented.

First off, let me go over the bottle design. It is very sleek. It has appealing artwork on the label. It has the visual appeal of a more mature look. Very subtle with the colors. Not too bright, not too dark. It is just perfect. The label has a leaf that has the recycling logo in it. I love this leaf design, it is simple, but simple is the new way of making logos. The font is also very appealing. The font makes me feel connected to the water. It let’s me know that this is MY WATER, and no one else is getting it. The nutrition panel is very small, not cluttered, and has only what you really need to read. The best part? ZERO CALORIES!

Next up is the bottle itself. The shape is very pleasant and sturdy. By sturdy, I mean that if you bump it by accident, it won’t fall over. Since the bottle is heavier than most, and has uneven weight, you cannot bottle flip with it. That’ll keep those pesky kids from doing that ridiculous bottle flip. The green cap is thicker and larger than most bottles which have a thin cap that doesn’t fit as well.

The most important part that I need to go over is the taste. This does not taste fake. I like water that I don’t taste the chemicals. I like water that I do not taste the plastic. In this case, I do not taste the plastic. It is really surprising but I do not. Dasani water uses the method of reverse osmosis. I prefer this method out of any. I do not mind where the water came from, but I am all for reverse osmosis. It is the cleanest and safest way that water can be purified in my opinion. For the best effect, drink your water in a glass jar so you get a different taste. Different, as in an almost sweet taste. No more plastic tasting, just a new rich experience.

I also prefer Acadia water. Even though it’s cheap, that one hits the spot pretty well. My friend who only drinks Dasani water says that if he was stranded on a deserted island, he wouldn’t drink any other water besides Dasani. That shows how many committed fans there are for Dasani.😤
Dasani Water gets a 5 out of 5 stars.

When is Cinco de Mayo?

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By Paige Mathieu

Cinco de Mayo, unlike what some people assume, is not Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16th. The fifth of May is a day to celebrate the day that General Ignacio Zaragoza fought and won the Battle of Puebla. Puebla, a state in Mexico, was invaded by the French army.  The battle lasted all day, and only 100 Mexicans had died, while almost 500 of the French army had died.  Since then, Cinco de Mayo has been commemorated as the day that Mexico won the Battle of Puebla.

Today, most Spanish-speaking countries do not celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  Even in Puebla, people spend their day like they normally would, without a Federal holiday.  Often times, there may be a parade to celebrate the day or a reenactment of the events of the battle.  Cinco de Mayo has become a day mainly for Americans to celebrate Mexican culture.

On May 5th, people in America may enjoy Mexican food or listen to Mariachi music to celebrate the holiday.  Large cities, such as Los Angeles, Chicago, or Houston, may also hold large celebrations.  

To celebrate the day at the high school, students in both Ms. DosSantos’s and Ms. Cherry’s Spanish classes celebrated Cinco de Mayo by holding a small fiesta, which included many different foods from hispanic culture.  These dishes that ranged from guacamole to Mexican brownies.  

Twirlers Compete in Wildwood

By Paige Mathieu

On May 4th, the Salisbury High School and Middle School Twirling team traveled to Wildwood, New Jersey to compete in the Atlantic Coast Championships. This year’s high school team included Emma Bates, Alyson Godusky, Madison Herrmann, Kacy Roblyer, Katelyn Souder, Kalista Hadinger, Abbey Byrne, Bethany Hnatow, Emily Lamana, and Megan Leary.  Congratulations to the high school team who finished with a score of 89.5. The middle school team was also able to compete and win a score of 93.8 with a team that included Madison Ekdahl, Kyleigh Viscoso, Katelyn Csondor, Christina Do, Savannah Harford, Sugeiri Hernandez Cid, Emma Kichline, Isabel Moyer, Amaya Shelton, Eric Smith, Mia Bernard, Isabel Gaulano, Bryiah Ogolla, Alexis Stroble, and Paris Tran.

In twirling, the performers can be judged for general effect, movement and equipment.   General effect is the overall performance, including all of the elements. Movement is the choreography used, as well as how the performers move on the floor, and the equipment portion of the judging is how the performers used their batons and flags.  

On Thursday night the performers performed in the preliminaries for the chance to move on to the finals. Then on Saturday night, the team performed in the finals for the final time this year.

Bethany Hnatow, 9th grade twirler, says that going to Wildwood is different from other twirling experiences. The team is able to come together better, since they spend four days together at Wildwood. She also says that the actual performance is different because although the choreography stays the same, there is more pressure and larger crowds than there are at their usual performances. Megan Leary, also a 9th grade twirler, says that her favorite part of the trip is spending time at the boardwalk, and she enjoys the opportunity to spend more time with the twirling team.  

Senior Alyson Godusky won a scholarship at the regional championships in Souderton High School only a week before the Wildwood competition. Students who compete in the Tournament Indoor Association, are seniors, and are active in twirling are eligible to win a scholarship.  Alyson says she had to write an essay about how twirling has affected her life.  For her essay Alyson says, “I talked about how twirling equipped me with essential life skills and taught me valuable lessons over the last 10 years.”  Three seniors from Salisbury applied for the scholarship, as wells as more than 50 other twirlers.

Congratulations to the twirlers who won the Scholastic Twirlers World Championships and to Alyson Godusky!

 

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