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Posted by: | Posted on: January 18, 2021

James Franco Will Direct for Rattlestick; 20th Anniversary Season Announced

first_img The world premiere of Pitbulls, written by Keith Josef Adkins and directed by Leah Gardiner, will play November 6 through December 13 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The show is set in a small black community in rural Appalachia and explores what it costs to be an individual in America. Daniel Talbot’s Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait will have its world premiere in spring 2015, with specific dates to be announced later. American soldiers Smith and Leadem kill time at a worn out desert outpost swallowed by sand on the other side of the world. As the days fall away it becomes less and less possible to know what is future, past, living, dead, or dream. View Comments James Franco James Franco is set to make his stage directing debut for Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s 20th anniversary season. The Of Mice and Men star will helm the world premiere of Robert Boswell’s The Long Shrift. The season will also include New York and world premieres by Keith Josef Adkins, Sheila Callaghan, Laura Eason, Michael Laurence, Laith Nakli and Daniel Talbott. The previously reported Phoenix, starring Julia Stiles and James Wirt, will also be part of the season. Laith Nakli’s Shesh Yak will be helmed by Bruce McCarty and play January 15, 2015 through February 19 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Set in the spring of 2011, five weeks into the civil uprising in Syria, the play centers around Jameel, a 40-year-old Syrian-American writer in his New York apartment and his houseguest Haytham, 15 years Jameel’s senior, a Syrian ex-patriot and a leader in the anti-Syrian government movement in New York on business. The world premiere of Hamlet In Bed will run May 14, 2015 through June 18 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Written by Michael Laurence and directed by Lisa Peterson, the show follows Michael, a neurotic actor and adoptee obsessed with two things: finding his real mother and playing the famous Gloomy Dane Boswell’s The Long Shrift will have a limited engagement July 7 through August 23 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The play follows Richard Singer, a dorky teenage boy who is accused and thrown in jail for rape, tearing his parents apart. Now, nine years later, Richard is out of jail and his accuser is back in his life. The Undeniable Sound of Right Now will have its world premiere March 20, 2015 through May 2. Written by Laura Eason and helmed by Kristen Kelly, the show will play at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. It’s 1992. Hank is struggling to keep his legendary rock club going amid changing times and changing tastes. When his beloved daughter, Lena, starts dating a rising star DJ, Hank must contend with the destructive power of the next big thing. The New York premiere of Everything You Touch, written by Sheila Callaghan and directed by Jessica Kubzansky, will run February 13, 2015 through April 14 at Cherry Lane’s Mainstage. Skipping back and forth in time, the production is a viciously funny look at the struggle to find an identity that’s more than skin deep. Star Fileslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 1, 2021

People’s United Bank donates $25,000 to Flynn Center

first_imgPeople’s United Bank,People’s United Bank recently presented a $25,000 check to John R. Killacky, Executive Director of Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont.   Thirty years ago, the Burlington area’s corporate and philanthropic leaders came together with a common vision-one that saw the power of the performing arts and what they could do for our community.  In the beginning, efforts focused on the restoration of a derelict theater (originally opened in 1930) to provide a well-managed, comfortable home for the performing arts.  The late 1980’s and 1990’s witnessed significant expansion of the Flynn’s educational programming.  The Student Matinee Series was inaugurated, teacher-training workshops were developed, and the first of many partnerships with local schools and school systems were initiated.  The Flynn completed a multi-phased expansion and renovation project in 2000 and a comprehensive performing arts complex-renamed the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts-was born.  The new Flynn incorporated two performance spaces: the original theater fully restored to its Art Deco splendor, and the FlynnSpace, an intimate 180-seat black box and cabaret performing setting, along with education and dance studios, a visual arts gallery, and administrative offices.‘People’s United Bank has generously agreed to participate in our ‘Take a Seat’ campaign with a lead gift of a $25,000 donation.  The campaign will raise funds from the community to ensure that the Flynn Center continues providing quality performances for generations to come,’ said John R. Killacky, Executive Director of the Flynn Center.The Take a Seat campaign represents the second of three phases to assure that the facilities are in excellent condition and address evolving patron and production needs.  Phase One was completed this summer and will lead to significant energy savings, safety, and production improvements.  This phase included; enclosing the loading dock, sealing the rear foundation and redirecting storm water drainage.  The second phase will replace auditorium seating (first installed in 1946), enhance the lobby and historic marquee, and improve the acoustics in the hall. Phase Three will be undertaken over the next couple of years and include development of an integrated vision for the entire Flynn campus of buildings. ‘The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is a vital community-based cultural center for Burlington and the region,’ said Michael Seaver, President of People’s United Bank in Vermont.  ‘I have seen so many wonderful shows at the Flynn Center and am always amazed at the high level of talent and quality of shows the staff at the Flynn Center are able to bring to Burlington, Vermont.  The Flynn Center is truly a hidden gem.’About People’s United BankPeople’s United Bank is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company with approximately $28 billion in assets. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842, is the largest independent bank in New England and provides consumer, commercial and wealth management services through approximately 375 branches in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, and Maine. Through additional subsidiaries, People’s United provides equipment financing, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services, and insurance services.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 20, 2020

Argentine Air Force Trains Dogs for Security and Defense Tasks

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo February 09, 2018 The canines serve as an early warning system and are ready to engage in combat.last_img

Posted by: | Posted on: December 18, 2020

Ex-State Sen. Jack Martins Announces Run for Nassau Executive

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jack Martins, a former Republican New York State senator, announced Wednesday his plans to run for Nassau County executive while the indicted GOP incumbent hasn’t said if he’ll seek a third term.Current Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges last fall, joined two of the three Democrats running for his job in criticizing Martins, although Mangano’s spokesman again ignored questions about whether he would run for re-election.“Today I stand before you as I launch my campaign, formally, for county executive of Nassau County,” Martins told reporters during a rainy news conference outside Mineola Village Hall, where he previously served as mayor. “The challenges in Nassau County are just that, they are challenges, but they’re not insurmountable.”He spoke of restoring the county’s reputation, recalling its role in World War II and legacy aiding manned missions to the moon.“Our county was the preeminent county in the entire country,” Martins said, vowing to tackle public corruption. “We must ensure that that public trust is restored and renewed.”Several dozen supporters were on hand for his announcement.Martins served three terms as a state senator representing western Nassau County until last year, when instead of running for re-election, he ran for a vacant congressional seat, but lost to now-freshman U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), a former Nassau executive.After Newsday reported Tuesday that the Nassau Republican Committee plans to nominate Martins, most of the candidates for county executive were quick to pounce on him. The Nassau GOP did not return a call for comment.“I have no comment on this election season nonsense other than to wonder how Jack Martins will explain his support of an indicted Albany colleague and his failure to support tax assessment reform when he had the authority to correct it,” Mangano said, referring to disgraced state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), who is appealing his conviction for his role in a Nassau contract rigging scheme.Nassau County Legis. Laura Curran, the Democratic nominee in the county executive’s race, lumped Martins in with Mangano, who is accused of a bribery scheme and rebuffed calls to resign.“There is a culture of corruption in Nassau County and the last thing we need is another career politician like Jack Martins who stood silently by, until it was politically convenient not to, as Ed Mangano sold out taxpayers,” Curran said. “As a foot soldier of the corrupt Albany establishment, Jack Martins did nothing as crooked politicians stole taxpayer money and stifled ethics reform at every turn. We need wholesale change in Nassau County and Jack Martins is just more of the same.”New York State Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove), who challenged Curran to a Democratic primary in September, also jumped into the fray.“That last thing Nassau County needs to do is replace corrupt County Executive Ed Mangano with Dean Skelos lapdog Jack Martins who the [New York] Daily News called part of the corruption caucus,” Lavine said.George Maragos, the county comptroller who switched parties from Republican to Democrat last year and also challenged Curran to a primary, did not respond to a request for comment on Martins’ announcement.Martins’ campaign spokesperson E. O’Brien Murray shot back at the critics.“Jack Martins stood up for honesty and integrity in county government and called on the county executive to resign 188 days ago,” Murray said. “It’s the height of hypocrisy for Legislator Curran and Assemblyman Lavine to play politics with this issue now, particularly when Legislator Curran has failed to say a word about corruption in either party and Assemblyman Lavine sat idly by as the Assembly Ethics Chairman when there were sexual harassment scandals, cover-ups and bribery in that chamber.”Curran’s spokesman, Philip Shulman, returned fire.“This is typical double speak from a typical career politician,” Shulman said. “State Senator Jack Martins is woefully uninformed about county issues if he doesn’t know that Laura Curran and her colleagues have filed numerous reform measures that the legislative Republicans refuse to bring to a vote, and Curran has already rolled out five sets of specific reform proposals that she will enact as County Executive. As for State Senator Martins calling on the current County Executive to resign, that’s not surprising since he clearly wants the job.”Lavine’s camp also responded to Martins’ statement.“Re-stacking the deck will not fundamentally change county government to make it work for the people of Nassau,” Lavine’s spokesman said. “Jack Martins offers nothing more than we already have. Nassau county families deserve better.”Featured Photo: Former New York State Sen. Jack Martins announces his run for Nassau County Executive outside Mineola Village Hall on April 26, 2017. (Long Island Press / Rashed Mian)-With additional reporting by Rashed Mianlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 18, 2020

Another Sawh joins the Karting fray

first_imgIT IS oftentimes the father that paves the way for the son but in this case, the roles are reversed.Vishal Sawh will make his maiden entry to the GT Motorsports Grand Prix this weekend after being with the pit crew for his son Nicholas last year.Sawh, who will join the Easy Cup Masters class, disclosed, yesterday, when it was that he decided to get involved in the sport“Well, my son Nicholas joined last year in the 60cc Baby Cup and I really saw how he was enjoying himself so I decided I would get involved too,” he said.He added, “It’s a great way of keeping my reflexes good and ready for circuit racing events. It’s also something I see a lot of international drivers doing as well.”Looking ahead to tomorrow, Sawh said that he is looking to get a feel of the track and the kart.“Come this weekend, I hope to see good weather first and foremost. I haven’t done that many laps in the kart just yet and to add rain, it might be difficult.”“I also have to add some weight to the kart to meet the requirements for that class I will be running, which is the Easy Cup Masters.”Sawh is sponsored by the Auto Toy Store on Sheriff Street.Apart from the Easy Cup Masters, there is competition in the Easy Cup Rookie, X30 Juniors, X30 Seniors, Sunburst 60cc Kids Cup and 60cc Baby Cup.In the X30 Junior class, Jamaican Tommi Gore is expected to bring the fight to the locals while in the Senior class, his countryman Collin Daley will have to contend with the Trinidad duo of Kristian Boodoosingh and Zachary Boodram.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 29, 2020

Bundesliga to resume despite Dresden’s players being quarantined after positive COVID-19 tests

first_imgThe Bundesliga remains committed to resuming the season this weekend despite two of Dynamo Dresden’s players testing positive for COVID-19, leading to the entire squad being quarantined for two weeks.Dresden, who are bottom of Germany’s second-tier had been set to face Hannover on Sunday and Fürth next weekend.The positive tests had raised concerns that the German league’s plans of ensuring a resumption of the season might have to be put on hold.However, the Bundesliga’s Chief Executive, Christian Seifert, has said the developments with Dresden would not prevent the two divisions from kicking off. “For the second division that means at the moment that from 81 games, two Dynamo Dresden games can’t be played. We have to see how we deal with that. We are not changing our aim and we are not changing our plans. The aim remains to finish the season,” he told ZDF.He added that Dresden’s case was special, with players from other clubs returning negative tests despite three or four tests.“It is only hypothetical to talk about what would happen if the same thing happens to other teams. A lot of teams are being tested for the third or fourth time and now we have the special case of Dresden”“Just because they have to go into quarantine for 14 days does not mean we have to question the continuation of the second division. There is a number [of postponed games] that means it is not possible to finish the season but what that number is I cannot say. That depends on how many teams are affected and how much time is left to finish the season.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 13, 2020

Ex-Uganda boss Desabre is new Pyramids coach in Egypt

first_imgHe completely rebranded it with an aggressive marketing campaign and went on a signing spree, bringing in foreign players from the likes of Brazil and Syria. Desabre was introduced by Pyramids. PHOTO PYRAMIDS FCCairo, Egypt | AFP |  Sebastien Desabre was named coach of ambitious Egyptian club Pyramids FC on Monday, in the wake of Uganda’s elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations.The Frenchman’s appointment comes three days after Uganda lost 1-0 to Senegal in the last 16 having advanced beyond the group stage for the first time since 1978.Emirati businessman Salem Al Shamsi completed a takeover of the club earlier this month from Turki Al Sheikh, a Saudi businessman and close political advisor to Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, who had bankrolled the club after buying it last summer. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 4, 2020

Smishing? New Scam Now Affecting Thousands

first_imgFREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Depart­ment of Consumer Affairs wants every county resident to be aware of “smishing,” the latest attempt to steal information from unsuspecting cellphone users.“As we rely on technology and our cellphones more, thousands of people are using the same technology to target and take advantage of cellphone users,” said Free­holder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the department. “Residents need to be aware of new attempts to commit fraud and identity theft.”Smishing is similar to the email technique “phishing,” except that it takes information from cellphones. It looks legitimate, but tricks victims into submitting their information, which is then used to steal identities. The term refers to the abbreviation for text messaging, SMS or Short Message Service. Smishing is sometimes referred to as “vishing.”Typically, a criminal begins by setting up an automated dialing system to text or call people in particular area codes or regions. Sometimes, they will use customer phone numbers that were stolen from banks or credit unions.After collecting your information, the criminal can drain bank accounts, steal identities, charge items with the credit card numbers or set up more accounts that only the criminal can access.Consumers are already aware of phishing emails, such as the Nigerian prince asking for money or winning money from the Canadian Mounted Police and other lottery schemes. Because consumers feel safe using cellphones, they are at an even greater risk of falling prey to smishing. Most of the messages cause a sense of alarm, using trigger words such as problems with bank or credit cards that people are more likely to click or call without thinking it is a scam.“Be vigilant,” said Annmarie Howley, director of the Mon­mouth County Depart­ment of Consumer Affairs. “Identity theft rates continue to rise at an alarming rate, and consumers must be aware of new scams. Smishing scam artists are very difficult to track, because they often operate in foreign countries. This means consumers must hesitate to click on links and call numbers they have never seen before.”If you get a text alert or email about a bank account or some other account, do not respond before you verify that it is a legitimate text alert. Keep the phone number to your bank or credit card agency in your phone’s list of contacts. That way you can easily verify that the number in the text message is the correct number and not a scam.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 4, 2020

Purim Festival Feb. 24 at Congregation B’nai Israel

first_imgRUMSON – Looking for a place to celebrate Purim, the happiest of all Jewish holidays? Grab the kids and grandkids and head to the Purim Carnival at Congre­gation B’nai Israel (CBI).The annual fundraiser will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, and will include games, inflatable rides, food, prizes and gift auction. There also will be a magic show for little children.The carnival is open to the public. General admission is free. The synagogue is located at 171 Ridge Road at the corner of Hance Road.Purim, a festival recorded in the biblical Book of Esther, commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish peopleliving in the ancient Persian Empire from a plot by Haman, an evil ruler, to destroy them.Purim is characterized by public recitation of the Book of Esther, giving mutual gifts of food and drink, giving charity to the poor and a celebratory meal. Other customs include the wearing of masks and costumes.Additional information about the Purim Carnival, is available by contacting Susan Alderson, CBI youth director, at [email protected] information about religious services associated with Purim is available by contacting Henry Silberman, administrator, at 732-842-1800.Founded in 1922, Congre­gation B’nai Israel is one of the oldest and largest synagogues in the Two River area.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 2, 2020

#SAMAKESMEHAPPY CONTEST WINNERS TREATED TO MORNING FULL OF SURPRISES & BACKSTAGE PASS TO MEET BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT CHAMPION RUNHAPPY

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2015)–Local fans and social media contest winners were treated to a morning full of their favorite jockeys, breakfast at famed Clockers’ Corner and some one on one time with Breeders’ Cup Sprint Champion Runhappy this past Saturday at Santa Anita Park.Santa Anita created the hashtag #SAMakesMeHappy and asked fans to share photos of their favorite moments here at The Great Race Place. Five winners were then chosen at random from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and were asked to attend for a truly memorable experience.The winners and their guests indulged in breakfast at Clockers’ Corner, earned a “Swag Bag” full of gifts, passes for the season and even the coveted 2016 Calendar, a week early! During breakfast, the fans were surprised by some of their favorite jockeys who stopped by to take photos and sign autographs.After watching Runhappy train during the last set of the morning for his southern California debut in Opening Day’s Grade I Malibu, the entire group was allowed on the backside for a meet ‘n’ greet with the champ and his entire team.Winners Cassie Raichel, Dona Mueller Mastin, Julie Helscher, Angie Espinoza and Jose Garcia were able to observe Runhappy cool out while they spoke with his trainer Laura Wohlers and fan favorite, groom, Cordell Anderson. Runhappy took his daily roll in the sand and after his bath, stood for endless photos with the enthusiastic group.Get your 2016 wall calendar amongst other Opening Day promotions here at the track on Opening Day, Saturday, December 26!Go to santaanita.com/featured-events for all the information about Opening Day!last_img read more