View Comments Star Files Josh Lamon Prom season may be winding down, but Broadway’s The Prom can’t come soon enough! The new musical comedy about Broadway’s brassiest stars banding together to help a student who has been banned from a small-town Indiana prom begins performances at the Cort Theatre on October 23 with an official opening slated for November 15. Check out these fun photos of the incredible cast (seriously—it’d be impossible to pick one star from this company as prom royalty). The Prom stars Tony winner Beth Leavel, Tony nominees Christopher Sieber and Brooks Ashmanskas, Caitlin Kinnunen, Angie Schworer, Courtenay Collins, Josh Lamon, Michael Potts and Isabelle McCalla. Don’t they look great in their school dance duds?! Check out the pics, and start the countdown (only 132 days until the first preview) to The Prom! Brooks Ashmanskas Prom stars Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla. Angie Schworer Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 11, 2019 Christopher Sieber Beth Leavel The Prom’s Courtenay Collins, Beth Leavel, Michael Potts, Caitlin Kinnunen, Brooks Ashmanskas, Josh Lamon, Christopher Sieber and Angie Schworer strike a pose. The Prom Michael Potts Courtenay Collins Caitlin Kinnunen View All (8)
Tituss Burgess in “Dishmantled”(Photos: Courtesy of Quibi) What Burgess loved most about the show when producers pitched it to him was that it was not going to be as “high brow and elitist” as other cooking shows. Dishmantled doesn’t take itself too seriously, “Us civilians get to enjoy the culinary experience as perhaps kids would watching a show on Nickelodeon,” he said.The first season is eight episodes and each episode is an easily digestible six minutes or less. With many people stuck inside these days, Burgess is happy to bring a “modicum of joy.” He admitted he never considered hosting before because he doesn’t have improv training, but working on Dishmantled, Burgess has discovered that expressing his authentic opinions is just as entertaining as a punchline. “That’s not improv, honey,” he said. “That’s just Tituss being Tituss!”Don’t worry Broadway fans, Burgess is still planning on coming back to the stage. He is still working on his adaptation of The Preacher’s Wife, the 1996 film starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston. Tony-nominated director Michael Arden is on board to helm it with Azie Dungey writing the book. “Plans are finally firming up for a run of some sort,” Burgess said. “I love my community and I’m praying for us to bounce back and for our resuscitation, and for things to be back with speed and ebuillance and the joy that the theatrical community brings to New York City and the world,” Burgess said about the Broadway shutdown. “These things are the quiet heartbeat of New York and the world at large.”Now that Burgess has expanded his skills to include hosting, would he consider taking on something bigger? “If the Tony Awards needed me to host, I would pop a Valium and do it,” he laughed. Star Files Tituss Burgess That’s a food canon View Comments Tituss Burgess did not plan to be a reality show host. “I don’t know the first thing about hosting!” the actor, whose Broadway credits include The Little Mermaid and Guys and Dolls, told Broadway.com. Nevertheless, the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star is getting a fast-paced lesson with his newest project, Dishmantled, a new show on the streaming service Quibi. The show, which was filmed last year, is set to launch on April 6 when Quibi goes live. And it involves Burgess literally, in his words, “blow[ing] some sh*t up.”Dishmantled was created by Linda Lea, the executive producer and creator of Chopped. Burgess calls it “wacky and zany.” In the show, two blindfolded chefs have to taste a mystery dish and then recreate it. But wait, there’s a twist. They taste the dish by having it blasted into their face via—wait for it!—a food canon. Thus, they’re sampling food off of their faces and the floor. Then they take off their goggles and head for the kitchen. In the words of one of the guest judges, fellow Broadway and Kimmy Schmidt star Jane Krakowski, “I don’t know if this is my favorite cooking show or my sexual fantasies coming true.” The chef who recreates the dish most accurately wins $5,000.So, who gets to push the big red button and fire the canon? Burgess! “It scares the sh*t out of me,” he said. “It is so loud, and it goes everywhere.” The actor even came up with his own catchphrase for whenever he pushes that button: “Let’s get…DISHMANTLED!”
by John Herrick vtdigger.org(link is external) Opponents of the F-35 fighter jet are bringing the issue of noise to the Vermont Supreme Court. Four F-35 opponents Wednesday appealed a lower court decision rejecting their request(link is external) that Burlington, which owns the Burlington International Airport, obtain an Act 250 development permit to host a fleet of F-35 fighter jets set to arrive in 2020. The US Air Force estimated noise levels around the airport will increase with the new jets and will include thousands of more homes within an area considered “unsuitable for residential use,” a chief concern that critics of the F-35 basing decisions want addressed through permit conditions that would limit noise impacts on the surrounding neighborhoods.The US Air Force last year selected the Vermont Air National Guard(link is external) as the location to host 18 F-35 fighter jets that will replace the Guard’s current F-16s.To host the new jets, Guard officials estimate up to $4 million in construction upgrades will be necessary. The largest anticipated construction will be to flight simulation facilities used for training, officials say.These upgrades to the base require an amended or new Act 250 permit application, the appellants say.
“I’m 14. About four or five years ago, I started tossing the ball around with my dad. And he just put me in football from there. I’ve been playing on teams for about three and a half years. I knew I was all in [to play at the high school level] because I like the contact and it’s just a really good sport.“The boys on the team seem like they’re pretty good with having a girl quarterback. The first time I showed up they had some pretty weird faces. But, other than that, I think they’re okay with me being here.“We had our first game. We scored 16 and they scored 48. But every practice we’re going to get better. The biggest thing is that we never gave up.”
Member Benefits, Inc., staff will initially assist members and their staffs in estimating whether they qualify for a premium tax credit through the federal government. Afterwards, the individuals are directed to the least costly source to purchase a health plan. If directed to the private exchange, individuals create an online account and shop for benefits for themselves and their families, choosing from a wide variety of health plans that compete for enrollment within the exchange. Decision support tools guide consumers to the best health plan for their needs. Members can also purchase dental, vision, life, and disability insurance at special pricing.Employer Groups August 15, 2013 Regular News Beginning October 1, The Florida Bar will launch a private health insurance exchange designed to assist individual members and employer groups in securing health insurance coverage as part of the Bar’s Member Benefits package.Member Benefits, Inc., the administrator of The Florida Bar Member Insurance Programs, recently introduced key enhancements to its existing health insurance program.Decision support tools and live customer support will be available to help Florida lawyers determine their best course of action.“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has created complex changes in the health insurance market for attorneys,” said Carlton “Duke” Fagan, who serves on the Bar’s Member Benefits Committee.“The Florida Bar is fortunate to have the services of the provider firm Member Benefits, Inc. Shortly after the passage of the federal act, Member Benefits had the foresight to analyze this complex law and custom design a private health exchange that will offer Florida attorneys more choices and lower costs within the law than any other option that the committee has seen.”In March 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, with the intent of making preventive care more accessible and affordable for many Americans. While some provisions of the law have already taken effect, many more provisions will be implemented in the coming years.“We are very pleased that our members will have access to expert assistance from our Member Benefits provider when open enrollment begins,” said Randi Whitehead, who served as chair of the Bar’s Member Benefits Committee over the past year.Whitehead said the private exchange is built on a custom technology platform coordinated by Member Benefits, Inc., and is available to both individuals and employer groups.“We know that many big changes are coming in 2014, and we really wanted to make sure that all members would have access to expert guidance to assist them with navigating the changes in health care reform,” Whitehead said.How It Works Enrollment begins October 1 for coverage beginning January 1, 2014 Bar offers private health insurance exchange Bar offers private health insurance exchange Employers can create an account on the exchange, set a budget, and provide employees with a fixed amount of money (a “defined contribution”), Fagan explained. Employees use the contribution to purchase the coverage and options of their choosing. If employees chooses plans or mixes of benefits that cost more than the employer- defined contribution provided, they pay the difference.The exchange technology guides employees through the selection process, using tools that give them greater visibility and control, which helps them weigh cost versus benefit, and select the plan that best suits their needs. This allows employers to set a predictable benefits budget and streamline administration, he said.“Not only will it be easy for law firms to register as employers, it will be relatively simple and user-friendly for lawyers and non-lawyer staff alike to use,” Fagan said. “The Member Benefits exchange portal is the paradigm of leading edge, user-friendly online access. The portal has made a complex situation simple, compliant, and as inexpensive as possible.”Member Benefits Chief Operating Officer Nicklaus A. Trefry said changes in the laws have allowed his company to bring something unique to Bar members that wasn’t available in the past.“We are looking forward to helping members learn about and take advantage of the exchange,” Trefry said.A series of webinars will be available soon to introduce the exchange and educate lawyers on how to participate. Members may call (800) 282-8626 to learn more or register for an upcoming complimentary webinar online at www.memberbenefits.com/floridabar.
Pinterest The psychologists then followed up to see if, and how, the messages influenced viewers. After the episodes aired, for example, researchers analyzed Google search activity and drunk-driving arrests. Their findings suggest that TV network should stop the fingerwagging: Stories with morals hardly inspire any action. While the Hispanic Scholarship Fund website saw a sizeable-but-fleeting traffic spike after the scholarship scenes aired, researchers saw no evidence that Hispanics were moved to action by pro-voting messages. And they saw no bump in Google search tems associated with the messaging themes.“In our study,” the authors wrote, “the airtime devoted to the suite of messages would have been worth millions of dollars, but the cumulative effect of these messages on the general population was small and short-lived.”As Neuroskeptic points out, this is far from the first time telenovelas have been used to push policy on the people. In the 1970s and 1980s, the Mexican government interspersed pro-family-planning messages into storylines to aid population control efforts. While the state’s experiment apparently succeeded, the duplicitous mind control tactics, once revealed, also hurt the shows’ credibility with viewers.More to the point, I’m not convinced the experiment was a failure. It was just poorly designed. Telenovelas are soap operas — by their very nature, they’re packed with melodrama and social hyperbole that’s taken with a grain of salt by viewers. Given access to a broader array of programming, researchers might have arrived at different results. After all, there’s no denying that current primetime television programs and streaming shows like Orange Is the New Black are effective at starting dialogues that lead to social change. Consider just the issue of trans-shaming — without Netflix’s Orange and Amazon’s Transparent, trans issues might still be back-burnered and underrepresented in the popular dialogue.Very Special Episodes may be a relic of the past, but conversation-creating television certainly isn’t. Psychologists just need to get in the writers’ rooms of Veep, Game of Thrones or You’re The Worst, and viewers will be putty in their probability-crunching hands.This article originally published by Van Winkle’s, vanwinkles.com, the editorial division of Casper Sleep Share on Twitter “Very Special Episodes,” a staple of network TV in the 80s and 90s, attempted to turn already schmaltzy sitcoms and family dramas into Important Works of Art. On a “very special episode” of Saved by the Bell, for instance, Jessie Spano caffeinated herself into a psychotic break. On a VSE of Full House, Stephanie Tanner nearly went for a joyride-gone-bad with some other kids. Laughable in hindsight (and even at the time), yes — but clearly memorable.Did these very special messages actually work? Did any viewers just say no to coffee or dangerous joyrides? Probably not, according to a new study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, in which psychologists inserted messages into three telenovelas (primetime Spanish soaps) and then analyzed viewer behavior.As a Neuroskeptic blog post explains, researchers teamed up with a TV network for the study, and injected eight types of messages into the programs (which pull in around 1.2 million viewers each week). Keeping in line with the very special messages of yore, researchers focused on health and safety (e.g., heart health, drunk driving) and civic responsibility (e.g., voter registration and scholarships for Hispanic students). “In total,” Neuroskeptic wrote, there were 23 scenes, featuring 16 minutes and 51 seconds of footage. The scenes were “not central to the shows’ plots” but “many involved the shows’ main characters.”’ Email Share Share on Facebook LinkedIn
A Republican ballot sprinkled liberally with Democrats was carefully designed months ago to take advantage of some infighting at East Hampton’s ruling party’s headquarters.For the local GOP party, perennial losers on Election Day, it was at least a chance to get back in the game. Instead, it turned into what one insider said was “a disaster,” and East Hampton Democrats, who hold all five seats on the town board, seemed poised to keep the three (town supervisor and two councilman seats) up for grabs this time around.David Gruber, the Independence Party candidate for supervisor and a leader of the dissident faction of the Democratic Party, was supposed to sit atop the East Hampton Republican ticket, and perhaps one of two minor tickets. When the smoke cleared, though, Gruber was off the GOP ticket, and the top line left blank.Bonnie Brady, a Democrat, and Betsy Bambrick, who is unaffiliated with a party, were going to be Gruber’s running mates, seeking the two vacant town board seats. That never happened, either.All three needed waivers from newly-minted Suffolk County GOP boss Jesse Garcia, who apparently decided against signing at the last minute — or at least that is the company line. Some, like Gruber, suggested there might have been back-room maneuvering at play, perhaps between the two political parties.The waivers, known as a Wilson-Pakula, are required for a candidate who is not a member of a party to run on its ballot.Kyle Ballou, the Republican committee’s secretary, said on April 16 that “everything was issued but there was not enough time” and that Garcia never had a valid waiver application. Afterwards he implied Garcia simply didn’t pull the trigger. Others questioned if the East Hampton Town Democrats were involved,Elaine Jones, the Independence Party head, is one conspiracy theorist. “I am livid,” she said. “I’m going to the district attorney.” Jones said there might have been worries within the Republican Party that Gruber would not back Linda Kabot, who is running for county legislator against Democrat Bridget Fleming. Others wanted to protect Congressman Lee Zeldin, the Republican incumbent who ran a tense race against Perry Gershon, an East Hampton Democrat.Kabot, perhaps not coincidentally, filed an “Opportunity to Ballot” on March 16, which allows her to run as a write-in in an Independence Party primary against Fleming. Ballou said the GOP would support Brady, Bambrick, and Gruber, all of whom are running on the Independence Party email@example.com Share
Mediterranean is big now, and Armin and Judy Bellova will be offering it breakfast, lunch, and dinner with American and European influences at the transformed Hudson Blue Crab House space, now called simply Armin and Judy. The menu will be affordable and there will be a bakery on premises.“We will be serving our own bread and making our own pasta, which is not that prevalent out here,’’ said Judy Bellova, who is hoping to have an opening mid-summer. The ingredients for most dishes will be seasonal and local. It’s located at 1970 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton.Après beach is the theme at Rosie’s Amagansett, which opened Memorial Day weekend at 195 Main Street, and will serve small plates, starting with morning items such as egg burritos and avocado toast and move on to afternoon chicken schnitzel sandwiches, grain bowls, and salads. By late afternoon look for oysters, crudo, steak tartare, a charcuterie plate, mussels with cider, and brick chicken.“I wanted to create a place for the community,’’ said owner Christina Isaly, a mother of five who has a home in the town and has partnered with Bhumi Farms for her veggie offerings. “I found it frustrating to go into a restaurant and wait, so I wanted something that was locally encouraged, satisfying, and delivered to you quickly.’’Never mind Domaine Ott and Whispering Angel. North Haven resident Nicole Miller has released a stylish new rosé just in time for summer. “It’s produced at Chateau Auguste in Bordeaux and a lot of rosé comes from Provence,’’ she explained of the wine made with a blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc grapes.“I love to entertain and rosé is one of my favorites. I always serve a lot of it in the summer, so I was very excited to come up with my own after many tastings,” added Miller. You too can taste it in Sag Harbor at Cavaniola’s, Baron’s Cove, or Dopo la Spiaggia.Surf Lodge has landed Michelin-starred chef Australian chef Shaun Hergatt as culinary director for its restaurant. “This year we wanted to approach food the way people approach art, with textures and layers and colors,’’ reflected Peter Litvinenko, the hotel’s director of brand development. “Shaun’s food is influenced by Southeast Asia, his Australian coastal background, and his time growing up in Santa Barbara. Every detail gets attention; even all the vinegars are homemade.’’ Frank Pinello of Best Pizza in Williamsburg and Vice’s “The Pizza Show’’ has teamed with Ben Selby, owner of the Bushwick bar 101 Wilson and Pir Granoff, managing partner of the Short Stories bar on Bowery and Millie’s Cuban Cafe, to open Best Pizza and Dive Bar at 2095 Montauk Highway in Amagansett. In addition to classic pizzas, the new spot will serve up clam pies, Italian sandwiches, and beer. Share
Share With nearly half of the East End public school students depending on free or reduced-price meals, there’s still district resources there to help. The school shutdown remains in effect until May 19 as part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s extension of his PAUSE executive order, but grab-and-go meals and food delivery programs remain open. School administrators report that planning and delivering these meals is a work-in-progress, and in most cases, school and district websites are a good way to find updates.Bridgehampton School District2685 Montauk Highway | 631-537-0271Free breakfast and lunch meals are available to all students during the school closure. The district distributes weekly meal packages on Fridays from 8 AM to 11 AM at the school. Contact Superintendent Robert Hauser at 631-998-1398 with any questions or to request a care package be delivered. Visit bridgehampton.k12.ny.us for more information.East Hampton School DistrictVarious Locations | 631-324-1643Breakfast and lunch are available, free of charge, for all children 18 and younger throughout the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. Distribution sites include in front of the district office, 4 Long Lane, from 9 to 11 AM; at the main entrance to the mobile home park, at 105 Oakview Highway, from 9:30 to 10:30 AM; and in front of the Springs Presbyterian Church, at 5 Old Stone Highway — at the junction with Springs Fireplace Road — from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. All sites are open Monday through Friday, and three sets of meals are also distributed for the weekend on Fridays. To learn more visit easthamptonschools.org.Greenport School District720 Front Street | 631-477-1950Breakfast and lunch are provided on Tuesday and Thursday on the east side of Greenport Elementary School. Each day students receive a bag with multiple days’ worth of food in it. On Tuesday, three breakfasts and lunches are received per child. One Thursday, four of each. Delivery is available to any family who is quarantined or cannot get to the school. Families can contact school counselors or their child’s teacher to arrange delivery. School counselors are reaching out to families frequently to check in and assess needs. Visit gufsd.org for more information.Hampton Bays School District70 Ponquogue Avenue | 631-723-4700Food services are provided all week in Hampton Bays through Island Harvest, which is providing ready-to-heat meals to anyone in the community in need. Enter the front driveway of Hampton Bays Middle School to the Island Harvest refrigerated truck. Do not get out of your car. You will be asked how many meals are needed. Simply open your trunk and the meals will be placed. Delivery service is not available at this time. Call 631-723-4700 ext. 2300 if your children need breakfast and lunch. Any child in a household with a student who attends the school is eligible, according to Hampton Bays Superintendent Lars Clemensen. Visit hbschools.us/for_parents/coronavirus_information to learn more.Mattituck-Cutchogue School District385 Depot Lane | 631-298-4242Nonperishable food items are available for families in need and delivered every Monday at the Cutchogue East bus stop. To be included in this service, contact Rafael Morais at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631-734-6049 ext. 2102. Food delivery will continue for those families requesting this service through holidays, and the district also started a cold meal, brown bag, pickup program provided by Whitsons, the school lunch provider, for those in need. This will be a two-day meal for each pickup. A message went out to all families. “We want to thank our community partners for their continued support,” the district said in a statement. “We are so grateful to not only provide lunch, but cereal, and some healthy options for a few dinners each week.” Check the district website at mufsd.com for instructions on how to obtain meals.Riverhead School DistrictVarious Locations | 631-369-6700The district made several changes to its meal distribution program as of April 15. New locations have been added: the corner of Brookhaven Avenue and Tyler Street in Flanders, with food service from 11:15 AM to noon every day; at 1750 West Main Street in Riverhead, the Fairfield Pines Apartments, with food service from 11:15 AM to noon daily; and1355 Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead, the Fairfield Pines East Apartments, with food service from 12:15 to 1 PM daily. Food available on Wood Road Trail and Riverside Avenue will now be from 12:15 to 1 PM daily, on Doctor’s Path from 11:15 AM to 2 PM daily, at Calverton Hills from 12:15 to 1 PM daily, at the corner of Lewis Street and Doris Avenue in Riverhead from 11:15 AM to noon daily, at 821 East Main Street in Riverhead from 12:15 to 1 PM daily, at Phillips and Roanoke Avenue elementary schools from 11 AM to 1 PM daily, and Riley and Aquebogue elementary schools Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 AM to 1 PM. These participants will be invited to take double meals at each visit.Sag Harbor School DistrictDelivered | 631-259-3219Families of students eligible for free and reduced lunch get meals. Food is delivered twice weekly and contains breakfast and lunch for five days. Contact Betty Reynoso at 631-259-3219 ext. 544 or email email@example.com for more information or to set up delivery. The same can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit sagharborschools.org.Shelter Island School DistrictDelivered | 631-749-0302The district is providing breakfast and lunch to students who receive free and reduced lunch, and to child whose parents reach out in need. These meals are delivered Monday through Friday. A family in need should email email@example.com to be placed on the delivery list.Visit shelterisland.k12.ny.us to learn more.Southampton School District141 Narrow Lane | 631-591-4637Families can pick up breakfast and lunch Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Two days of meals can be picked up at the same time. If unable get to the school, delivery is available by school bus. Call the food service office to arrange delivery. For more information visit southamptonschools.org.Southold School District420 Oaklawn Avenue | 631-765-5400In an effort to reduce the number of times families need to come to the school to pick up grab-and-go meals, the district streamlined its pickup procedure. The new model went into effect April 17. The new two-times-a-week schedule allows families to pick up three days of meals on Tuesday and four days of meals on Thursday. Visit southoldusfd.com to learn more.Westhampton Beach School District420 Oaklawn Avenue | 631-288-3800The district provides two meals a day to all children 18 years old or younger in a household in need. A grab-and-go, curbside pickup of two-and-a-half meals per day is available Monday and Wednesday between 10 AM and noon behind Westhampton Beach High School. If a household wishes to participate, send in an email student’s names, grade levels, number of children under 18, and a phone number to Assistant Superintendent for Business Kathleen O’Hara at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who sign up via email will also receive updates that way. “During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, we are advised for health reasons to continue physical social distancing,” the district said in a letter to residents. “Reach out to your family and friends via phone and FaceTime. Now is the time our community will come together to assist and support each other.” For more information visit westhamptonbeach.k12.ny.us.Desiree Keegan contributed email@example.com
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