2. Behind the Scenes at First Date’s “First Impressions” Recording Session: In this exclusive music video, First Date stars Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez step up to the mic to record “First Impressions,” their initial duet on the musical’s Broadway cast recording. Even in a studio, these two have chemistry to spare. 5. Behind the Music With Big Fish Composer Andrew Lippa: Go inside the brand new Broadway musical Big Fish with composer Andrew Lippa, who explains how he set the life and tall tales of Edward Bloom to life in songs such as “Fight the Dragons,” “Be the Hero” and the love song “Daffodils.” Krysta Rodriguez 3. Show People With Chita Rivera: Legendary Broadway star Chita Rivera reviews her incredible career—including her start in the chorus and the moment she got the role of Anita in West Side Story—and previews the forthcoming Legendary Celebration benefit performance honoring her 80th birthday. Zachary Levi 1. Kiss & Tell: Backstage at First Date With Krysta Rodriguez, Episode 8: All good things must come to an end, including Krysta Rodriguez’s fun-filled First Date vlog, and the final episode takes our star from the Broadway Flea Market to the Longacre Theatre for a full-cast farewell performance of “Time of My Life.” And she owes it all to you! 4. First Date Flirts With Krysta Rodriguez: You won’t want to miss Krysta Rodriguez’s video questionnaire of romantic likes (other Leos) and dislikes (when guys check out other women during a date), plus how banjo music gets her in the mood, the time her boyfriend broke up with her on Valentine’s Day and why her First Date tattoo is a “douche magnet.” Another week, another batch of exclusive videos to savor on Broadway.com. A trio of First Date features powered their way into our top five list, together with a revealing interview with the great Chita Rivera and a fascinating look at the music of Big Fish. Click below to catch up on our most-watched videos from September 24 through October 1: Star Files Chita Rivera View Comments
The new Honey Hammer and Cycles limited edition. Photo: Russ CampbellIn January 2013, Honey was sort of relaunched with a new focus on building the brand. They kicked it off with a few new projects like the Final 200 Meters crit road bike and the Winterando do-it-all foul weather bike for the New England winters. All in all, they offer a whopping 22 models each for men and women, with a lot of crossover between them, and you can customize quite a bit…so the actual tally is a bit ambiguous. And irrelevant. Just assume they have something to fit your needs.Their latest is the Rasputitsa limited edition version of the All Roads endurance bike. Built and painted to celebrate the “mud season”, the bike comes with entry to the Rasputitsa gravel road race in Vermont this April. Or, choose an entry into the D2R2, Dirty 40, or Honey One Hundred. It includes a goodie bag of lotions, potions and gear from Honey, also. Or, like their Cross is Boss bike launch, you can pick from two other prize packages…Rob Vandermark is president/CEO of Seven Cycles and owns Ride Studio & Cafe. He started Honey Bicycles to expand their offerings with a simpler business model than full custom. All are separate companies, but Honey’s frames are contract built and painted at Seven’s factory.“The idea of Honey is to have a stock bike brand that builds to order,” said Vandermark. “So, stock sizes, but they’re built once someone orders, which lets us add the paint and options they want. And there are a bunch of different kit options to build it the way you want.”Each of the 22 distinct models is offered in up to 12 stock sizes, and each created with a certain type of riding in mind. And each is available in a women’s version with its own geometry and sizing patterns. Tubesets are also chosen specifically for the intended purpose. It all sounds like a lot, but Vandermark says the removal of geometry options makes it pretty simple.While sister brand Seven works with titanium, carbon and steel, Honey only works in steel. But, Chip Baker, Honey’s product manager and brand front man, says they’re pushing the bounds of what can be done with the material. For instance, the Final 200 Meters is a crit racing road bike that they say matches a carbon bike’s stiffness and is lighter than composite frames at the same price point. It was originally only for their team to replace Cervelo carbon bikes, but is now offered to all.2014 BIKE LAUNCHMost of the line carries over from 2013, but there are a couple highlights. Honey showed off the Hammer and Crank and other updates at the Ride Studio Cafe last week. Here’s a little video of courtesy of DirtWire.tv:Bet you want a coffee and/or beer now, eh? And one of those sweet bikes…Technically, the standard All Roads came out last year, but this was its coming out party. The timing’s good with the increased interest in gravel road racing. It gets a low-mount rear disc brake position (inside the rear triangle), which required a re-route of the cable runs compared to their other bikes. Most of the other models use the outside-on-the-seatstay mount as standard.About that Hammer and Cycle edition: It’ll come spec’d with Ultegra Di2 and hydraulic disc brakes with HED wheels. If you can’t make it to one of the events, you can opt for either painted-to-match metal fenders or three sets of Clement tires, one for each type of riding you’re likely to do aboard the bike. Retail is $6,552, and it can run 700c or 650B wheels. All three bonus packages carry a $350 value.There’s also a new SSCX (singlespeed cyclocross) bike that was built to contest the Philly SSCXWC last year. It comes with options for EBB, Paragon sliders or track-style dropouts. Canti or disc brake versions available. (pics of this coming, we hope)Overall, the entire ‘cross bike gets more tire clearance (up to 33 plus lots of mud for the race bikes, and 38 with room for mud on the others) and a slightly stiffer drivetrain. The mountain bikes also get improved frame stiffness, better tire clearance and a new 27.5″ wheel size option. Need some proof they have a massive amount of options? They offer “east coast” and “west coast” geometry.HoneyBikes.com
Kelli O’Hara Kelli O’Hara Tony winner Kelli O’Hara offers a rendition of “If I Loved You” from Carousel. Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell performs “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, PBS’ 40th annual A Capitol Fourth concert was not held live on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol as planned. Instead, stage and screen stars Vanessa Williams and John Stamos hosted a pre-taped concert presentation on PBS on July 4. The evening included musical performances from locations across the country, including Washington, D.C, New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and Philadelphia as well as highlights from the concert’s 40-year history. Broadway stars, including Williams, Kelli O’Hara and Brian Stokes Mitchell, gave incredible performances, which can be viewed below.Vanessa Williams sings a Broadway medley of “Not While I’m Around” from Sweeney Todd and “Somewhere” from West Side Story. View Comments Star Files Brian Stokes Mitchell Vanessa Williams
Union Bank,Kenneth D Gibbons, Chairman of Union Bankâ s Board of Directors, has announced the promotions that took place at the Bankâ s Annual Meeting held on May 16, 2012. David S Silverman, President of the Union Bank was promoted to Chief Executive Officer, the final step in a succession plan for leadership that began in 2010. Silverman was also promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Union Bankshares, Inc.Silverman began employment with the Bank in 1986 and progressed through numerous departments and positions to his current Bank position of President. Silverman previously held positions as Senior Vice President (1994), Senior Commercial Lender (1999) and Senior Loan Officer (2008). He became President of Union Bankshares, Inc. in April 2011 and had previously been a Vice President of Union Bankshares since 2008.Silverman is an active member of the community, currently serving as Treasurer of Copley Professional Services Group d/b/a Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley, a non-profit primary health care organization. Mr. Silverman is also currently serving on the Board of the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) and on the Executive Committee of Vermont Bankerâ s Association. He has also held the positions of Treasurer and Executive Committee Member of the Stowe Area Association, Member of the Morristown/Morrisville Development Review Board, Commissioner of the Town of Hardwick Electric Department, and has served on the Board of Directors of Lamoille County Mental Health. He also volunteered as an Umpire for Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball in Lamoille County.Stephen H. Kendall was promoted to Senior Vice President, Retail Lending and will become a member of the senior management team. Kendall currently serves as the Senior Retail Officer. He has been with Union Bank since January 2002 and in the banking industry for more than two decades. A native Vermonter, Kendall is on the Board of the Lyric Theatre Company and resides in Shelburne.In addition, five employees were promoted to the officer level. Barbara J. Churchill, Loan Servicing Manager; Jennifer Degree, Electronic Banking Manager; Jessica Eastman, Retail Loan Underwriter; and Lesley R. Russ, Loan Review and Internal Auditor were promoted to Assistant Treasurer. Paul Grogan was promoted to Facilities Officer.Judy R. Smith, Branch Manager for the Bankâ s St. Albans office and Claire Hindes, Branch Manager for the Bankâ s main branch in Morrisville were promoted to Vice President.Union Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Union Bankshares, Inc. (UNB, traded on the NASDAQ Exchange), has been helping people buy homes and local businesses create jobs in area communities since 1891. Headquartered in Morrisville, VT, Union Bank is a full service bank offering deposit, loan, trust and commercial banking services throughout northern Vermont and northwestern New Hampshire. Union Bank has earned an outstanding reputation for residential lending programs and is an SBA Preferred Lender.Proud to be one of the few community banks serving Vermont and New Hampshire, Union Bank maintains a strong commitment to traditional values. In particular, Union Bank is dedicated to providing genuine customer service and community support, donating tens of thousands of dollars to local nonprofits annually. These valuesâ combined with financial expertise, quality products and the latest technologyâ make Union Bank the premier choice for your banking services, both personal and commercial. Union Bank currently maintains 18 banking offices and 34 ATMs. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.Caption: David Silverman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Union Bank
Now that entries are sold out, the hard work begins in terms of planning for 2015.Hamilton added “The work starts now for us and will continue throughout the winter. A tremendous amount of planning goes into the Outlaw, not least the coordination of 400 volunteers, who are essential to the smooth running of the event; and for many people they are the ones that make the Outlaw so special, so we are always really grateful to them.”www.onestepbeyond.org.uk One Step Beyond has confirmed that The Outlaw Triathlon 2015 has now sold out in record time. The long distance event based in Nottingham, UK, opened VIP entries on Tuesday 2 September and sold all 1000 places. A further 360 general entry places sold out by 5 September.Cancer Research UK has the last remaining slots for the 2015 event, which takes place on 26 July 2015. To get a charity place and help beat cancer sooner visit, athletes can visit the Cancer Research website link.Organiser, Iain Hamilton said “The scramble for Outlaw Half places last month was crazy, and we’re aware that a lot of people were disappointed, but we didn’t expect the Outlaw to sell out quite as quickly!”He added “The entry process has been a lot smoother for the Outlaw and we’re looking forward to welcoming a new band of Outlaws to the event next year. As usual, we have a very large entry from Yorkshire, and this year there are a lot of people from Essex coming to the Outlaw.”Of the entrants, 16% are women. Although this sounds low, it puts the Outlaw ahead of a lot of other long distance races in terms of female participation.Hamilton commented “Obviously on the shorter distance races that we organise, the female percentage is a lot higher, but at long distance there are always fewer women taking part. Hopefully that will change in the future as there are plenty of fantastic role models, not just at an elite level but also across the board.” Related
Scientific American:Think about the most meaningful experiences in your life. You will probably recall your wedding, or a trip across Europe, or your first skydive. You won’t name brushing your teeth. Yet recent research suggests that the mundane regularities of life can very much contribute to your overall sense of meaning.As squishy as the concept sounds, meaning in life is an integral part of our well-being. Research has associated it with good mental health, success at work and longevity. Psychologists have proposed three aspects: significance, purpose and coherence. In other words, life is meaningful when it feels important, when it seems to have a point and when it makes sense. The first two aspects have been widely studied, but the contribution of coherence was not directly tested until 2013, when University of Missouri psychologists Samantha Heintzelman, Jason Trent and Laura King reported in Psychological Science that even a simple visual pattern can engender larger meaning.Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >
Mar 17, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday reported on a cluster of four cases of vaccinia virus infection in 2008 that were linked to a martial arts gym in Maryland.The investigation included lab and public health officials from Michigan and Maryland and was detailed in the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) journal.The case-patient that brought the outbreak to light was a 26-year-old man who was hospitalized Jun 23, 2008, for multiple skin pustules, plus fever and headache. Lab analysis revealed a vaccinia virus that originated in the ACAM2000 second-generation smallpox vaccine.A probe into the source of his infection revealed that he had sparred at a martial arts gym with several military personnel. He reported that one of his sparring partners, a 28-year-old man, had a rash at about the same time, but no systemic illness. Upon testing, the 28-year-old’s serum samples were positive for the same vaccinia virus.A survey of the gym’s members found that several had received the smallpox vaccine, but not within the previous 2 months. Thirteen had reported recent skin lesions, but no smallpox vaccination. Two of that group had recently been diagnosed as having methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, and their serum samples showed they had been exposed to the same vaccinia virus.Five civilian clinics had given the vaccine over the past few months, but none of those who received it were members of the martial arts gym. A cross-check of military records showed that several vaccinees had links to the gym, but none were current members or at the gym during the time the illness surfaced.A review of the gym found it was cleaned twice daily, due to MRSA concerns, with proper cleaning products. The source of the virus is still unknown, and no more infections among gym members have been detected.The CDC researchers said that even though the source of the infection was not identified, it was probably a recent vaccinee. They said the cluster was possibly the result of sequential person-to-person spread, though fomites can’t be ruled out.The researchers said the cluster report underscores the need to reinforce transmission precautions in recent vaccinees and that physicians should consider vaccinia virus infections in the differential diagnosis of vesiculopustular rashes.Hughes CM, Blythe D, Li Y, et al. Vaccinia virus infections in martial arts gym, Maryland, USA, 2008. Emerg Infect Dis 2011 (published online Mar 16) [Full text]
COUNTY News:The New Mexico Property Tax Division will hold Valuation Protest Hearings Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, pursuant to section 7-38-27 of the New Mexico State Statutes. The hearings, which will be held remotely, are open to the public. Anyone wishing to observe these hearings should contact the Property Tax Division directly for instructions at 505.827.0870 or email NMTRD.Protests@state.nm.us.Individuals with questions related to the hearing process are asked to contact the Los Alamos County Assessor’s Office at 505.662.8030 or via email at Assessor@lacnm.us. Hearings before the Valuation Protest Board are part of a process for property owners to challenge a County Assessor’s valuation of taxable property, the classification of property, or denial of exemptions or other tax-saving opportunities. There is no cost to property owners to engage in this process but hiring representation is allowed.Owners of property that may be subject to taxation receive a Notice of Valuation (NOV) in April each year and have until April 30 to challenge findings. County Assessor Ken Milder encourages property owners to contact his office with questions and they are offered the opportunity to protest NOV findings when questions cannot be resolved by April 30.“The goal is to have fair and equitable valuations,” Milder said, “Over-valuing property is unfair to the property owner; under-valuing is unfair to all other property owners who would pick up the additional burden of taxation.”The independent, three-member Valuation Protest Board is chaired by a representative from the Property Tax Division and two Los Alamos citizens selected by the Los Alamos County Council.
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