Star Files Cats Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 30, 2017 Broadway.com can exclusively reveal that Mamie Parris is about to go from rocking to purring for Andrew Lloyd Webber. School of Rock’s current Patty will assume the role of Grizabella in Cats on Broadway, taking over for Leona Lewis. As previously reported, the Grammy nominee is schedule to sing her final “Memory” at the Neil Simon Theatre on October 9.Prior to originating the role of Patty in School of Rock, Parris appeared on Broadway in On the Twentieth Century, Ragtime, 110 in the Shade and The Drowsy Chaperone. Her other credits include Wicked, 9 to 5 and Legally Blonde on tour.In addition to Lewis, the current roster of Jellicles includes Andy Huntington Jones as Munkustrap, Ricky Ubeda as Mr. Mistoffelees, Tyler Hanes as Rum Tum Tugger, Kim Fauré as Demeter, Sara Jean Ford as Jellylorum, Christopher Gurr as Bustopher Jones, Jess LeProtto as Mungojerrie, Shonica Gooden as Rumpelteazer and Christine Cornish Smith as Bombalurina. (Photo: Monica Simoes) Related Shows Mamie Parris View Comments Mamie Parris
On March 27, students from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) will be sharing their business ideas with the rest of the university during the finale of CAES’ FABricate entrepreneurial competition on March 27 at UGA’s new Student Center for Entrepreneurship.Launched in 2017, the FABricate program offers CAES students with new ideas for a food product or technology, agribusiness or sustainability start-up companies the chance to win $2,500 to help launch their ideas into reality. Competitors have the opportunity to enroll in a one-credit-hour class that teaches students about best business practices, marketing products and how to make their ideas a reality. For Eileen Schaeffer, an agribusiness graduate student whose focus is on medicinal herbs native to the Southeast, this competition is a way to advance her growing interest in medicinal herbs and sharpen her skills as a businesswoman. “As an aspiring business owner, I was drawn to the word entrepreneur,” said Schaeffer, who will be pitching an herbal supplement that can be added to coffee. “UGA offers so many resources that I want to take advantage of in the short time I am a student here.”For students like Luke Kosko, FABricate provides the opportunity to test out products that could revolutionize the future of the industry. As reserves of the phosphate rock used for phosphorus-enriched fertilizer are dwindling, Luke and his team have developed a way to meet growing demand by extracting phosphorus from poultry litter to use in fertilizer. Because the poultry industry is so dominant in Georgia, Kosko sees the idea as a great opportunity to provide a sustainable alternative in fertilizer production. Other students decided to focus on more appetizing business plans. Blake Carter and his team have incorporated a local brewery’s beer into a new brand of barbecue sauce. Thanks to the unexpected success of the product, Carter is excited to enter the competition with what started as a kitchen experiment.Other students see FABricate as one step in a long-envisioned product launch. Sydney Mai’s goal is to launch a cosmetics line that is safer for children to use. With more and more young people using makeup and nail polish full of chemicals, she could not help but worry about what her little sister was using on her skin, she said.“My mission statement is to promote natural beauty and safe cosmetics for children, but eventually I want to create products everyone can use,” Mai said. “In the end, whether this becomes an actual company or not, I think it is very important for me to develop my business skills.”Annakay Newell, a doctoral student in plant pathology, see the competition as her opportunity to give an audience a sneak peek into the world of plant pathology. She is developing and will be pitching a water-permeable membrane designed to protect blueberry plants from the spread of fungal diseases. “I think FABricate can help make this idea a reality by exposing it to the collection of individuals who will converge at the contest,” Newell said. The FABricate final pitch competition will be held from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on March 27 at the UGA Student Center for Entrepreneurship, 225 W. Broad Street, Athens, Georgia. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend, enjoy refreshments and vote for their favorite pitch. For more information about the FABricate program, please visit www.caes.uga.edu/students/experiential-learning/fabricate.html.
Western North Carolina abounds with summer residential camps, but many are too expensive for kids living here. That’s about to change.A 900-acre YMCA summer camp is planned near Fontana Lake, just three miles from the Nantahala Outdoor Center. YMCA Camp Watia will serve children from Western North Carolina who might not have the opportunity to experience the mountains, streams, trails and wealth of recreational activities throughout the region, said Paul Vest, president and chief executive officer for the YMCA of WNC.The overnight youth camp is expected to cost $550 a week and will open in the summer of 2016. Initially, it will feature a two-story dining hall and eight cabins that will each sleep 12 campers. It’s being built on land owned by Ken and Nancy Glass, who gave the YMCA a 125-year charitable lease on the land.Read more about the camp here.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Photo by Katherine Schroeder courtesy of North Fork School for DogsImagine a place where dogs run freely together, playfully romping on fresh green grass. Where canines of myriad breeds share the same water fountain while their owners exchange ideas. A place that’s clean, accessible, popular, safe.While it may sound like dog heaven, this is actually a common description of a dog park—designated off-leash areas where canines can get much-needed exercise and socialization time while their owners trade tips on everything from training to proper nutrition. And following a national trend, they’re sprouting up all across Long Island.“We’ve seen a really big increase in dog parks on Long Island, both in Nassau and Suffolk counties, over the last five or six years,” says Ginny Munger Kahn, president of nonprofit LI-Dog Owners Group. “It’s been the result of collaborations between organizations of dog owners and elected officials and parks department officials.”Currently Nassau has 10 dog parks and Suffolk has 11, she adds. Just six years ago Suffolk had only one. Just within the past year, three new dog parks opened in Nassau County: in Valley Stream, Massapequa and Eisenhower Park. And more are set to open in both counties.Supporters point to several reasons why dog parks are gaining ground.Advocates contend that dog parks provide much-needed open space for those owners who may otherwise not have adequate backyards for their pets to roam in.“There’s a lot of people that can’t exercise their dogs off-leash, especially the elderly, and it’s a great way to exercise your dogs,” says dog trainer Dawn Bennett.Another major benefit, they say, is that socialization and exercise have been known to positively impact a dog’s behavior.“People talk about how they see their dog’s behavior change for the better because they are getting adequate exercise at a dog park,” says Munger Kahn. “Over the last ten years it’s become common knowledge that dogs need exercise and socialization.”Additionally, Kahn points out, dog parks are great place for owners to meet like-minded people.“They build communities,” she says. “Many of my best friends I’ve met through the dog park.”There’s definitely a need here on Long Island. Dogs are only permitted in Suffolk County parks if they are on a leash, she explains. In Nassau, no dogs are allowed in county parks—leashed or unleashed. Most town parks across Long Island carry the same or similar rules.“I adopted a dog and realized that there is no place to walk your dog in parks or take her off leash,” says Peggy Heijmen, an Oyster Bay resident, dog owner and nonprofit LI-Dog Owners Group board member. “It’s very, very difficult.”The group, founded in 1998, is dedicated to increasing public parkland for Long Island dog owners and their four-legged companions. Their efforts are paying off. Heijmen was the driving force behind the Massapequa dog park.“We went to several town board meetings and did petitions and wrote letters to get this park running and successful,” she says.Opened in June 2012 on Louden Avenue, the park features such amenities as doggie water fountains and separate areas for small and large dogs.“It has been incredibly successful,” she continues. “We have a Facebook page so that people can share their pictures and their experiences, and we have over 200 people actively using the page.”The Valley Stream dog park opened a month prior, mainly the brainchild of the Friends of Valley Stream Dog Park, an all-volunteer group organized to support and provide facilities to local dog owners.President Richard Infield says the project went off without a hitch after receiving the support of the Valley Stream Mayor Edwin Fare and other members of local government.“Once we started, it was very much a team effort between us and the village,” he says. “It’s really been an easy relationship and continues to be.”UNLEASHEDGovernment officials and dog park proponents have been joining forces to open more spaces in Suffolk County, too. In July a dog park in Calverton opened under the guidance of Riverhead Town Councilman Jim Wooten and nonprofit Move the Animal Shelter (MTAS).“We initiated the Calverton dog park to address the needs of our senior community, who live in modular homes or smaller lots,” says Woonten. “It gives their pets a chance to run about and play and socialize with other dogs.”MTAS secured funding for the park, he adds, which along with private donations of benches and fencing, helped keep the cost down for taxpayers. After all, it’s the startup costs that can pose hurdles. Lack of funding was one of the obstacles Bennett faced when she tried to secure a bigger dog park in Southold, she says.“I had come back from California and I was blown away with how many dog parks were there and how dog-friendly they were,” explains Bennett. “And here, where we live, the only off-leash area we had was this pitiful, very barren quarter of an acre dog park that wasn’t used by anybody.Bennett and her business partner Asha Gallacher, who together run the North Fork School for Dogs, decided to create a petition for their cause. After two months, the duo collected about 500 signatures.“I just put the petitions in every store,” Bennett says. “We collaborated with all the pet stores and the animal shelter. The squeaky wheel gets the oil—I just went to every town meeting and got all the petitions together.”While the request to build a new park was ultimately denied, officials agreed to expand upon an existing dog park. The environmental nonprofit Group for the East End donated trees for shade, and the town installed benches. After a year, the park was completely overhauled and is now more than an acre in size and full of people and dogs every weekend.Bennett is grateful for the help from Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell.“He was very corporative and he was a big help,” she says. “He listened. Even though we had a strict budget, he gave us a piece of the recreational pie.”PUPPY LOVEDog parks aren’t just gaining popularity here on Long Island. According to data from the Trust for Public Land’s 2011 City Park Facts, dog parks in major U.S. cities jumped 34 percent over the last five years. In comparison, parks overall only increased 3 percent during that time.“This is not unique to Long Island,” says Munger Kahn. “There’s a tremendous demand for these areas, and a love for them.“They are now what the playground movement of the 1950s was,” she adds.So far, Long Island’s new dog parks have garnered so much positive reception that more are in the works. In Suffolk, the LI-Dog Owners Group is working on a campaign to build a second dog park in Centereach with Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman Kathleen Walsh. Councilman Wooten also hopes to create another dog park this spring at Stotzy Park in Riverhead. In Nassau, Heijmen is now looking to add more dog parks in the Town of Oyster Bay.Besides the additional parks, owners also seek more on-leash access in both counties’ parks.“A lot of people exercise with their dogs,” says Munger Kahn. “Dog walking is their primary form of exercise. At most Long Island town parks you’re not allowed to even walk your dog on a leash. So dog owners are regulated to walk on the sidewalks in the neighborhoods that have them or in the street, and it’s dangerous.”Munger Kahn says the main criticism against this is concern about people not picking up after their dogs. Yet with increased access, she says, comes increased accountability among responsible dog owners. And that can only lead to more access for dog lovers.“We understand by asking for more access it means we have to be responsible. We have to pick up after our dogs,” she says. “I am confident that as long as the majority of us dog owners are responsible and pick up after our dogs that we will continue to see improvement in gaining access to public park land.”“I think that as more dog parks have been developed, elected officials have seen how successful and popular they are,” she adds.It’s a sentiment Councilman Wooten shares.“Dog parks are a wonderful thing,” he says.
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Criminal Justice Reform, Substance Use Disorder, The Blog Each year, nearly 18,000 inmates will leave the state prison system. And, approximately 90 percent of those inmates have a history of substance abuse and/or mental health issues.For too long, the criminal justice system wasn’t doing nearly enough to help these people transition back to society with access to the help and medical care that they need. And, statistically, many of them will turn to substance abuse and too many will re-enter the criminal justice system.This doesn’t only produce worse outcomes – it also is costing taxpayers a fortune. According to new data analysis by the Council of State Government as part of Pennsylvania’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative, incarcerating property and drug offenses costs Pennsylvania taxpayers more than $500 million per year.Consider this: the cost of sending someone through the state’s Drug and Alcohol Restrictive Intermediate Punishment costs just over $5,000 for the length of their time in the program. On the other hand, the average cost per sentence of state prison costs more than $92,000.Under the leadership of Governor Wolf and Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel, Pennsylvania is taking a different approach – one that will save money by further improving outcomes and lowering prison populations and improve public safety by producing better individuals leaving the system.Governor Wolf has led an effort within the Department of Corrections to drastically expand their work in combating opioid addiction among inmates, including new treatment to help inmates reduce their reliance on substance and ensure they have coverage for health services after their release.A big part of addressing this problem in the right way – with access to treatment and counseling – was Governor Wolf’s decision to expand Medicaid in Pennsylvania. DOC is working diligently to ensure that as people transition out of prison, they are enrolled in Medicaid before they ever leave. This allows seamless access to drug treatment and mental health services. Learn more about access to this treatment through Medicaid expansion here.Further, DOC is currently working to expand access to a pilot program that provides inmates with a history of substance abuse with Vivitrol – an injected prescription that reduces cravings for opioids, including heroin and painkillers.Through assessment of inmates upon reception into the state prison system, we know that 65 percent of those offenders suffer from some sort of addiction.While the DOC has always provided drug and alcohol treatment, it has been done the same way for a long time. As Secretary Wetzel says, the disease of addiction is not the crime. For DOC to achieve the goal of having people leave the system better people and less likely to commit new crimes, we have to continue to do a better job of addressing the disease of addiction.Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections is leading the way nationally in addressing addiction in the same way it has for other diseases like diabetes, and in turn, Pennsylvanians can hopefully look forward to continued improved outcomes, and reduced crime and costs. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary May 31, 2016 BLOG: Where the Opioid Crisis and Criminal Justice Reform Meet
VINTON, Iowa – The 22nd annual Hogan Memorial will be held Sunday, July 3 at Benton County Speedway.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds headline the holiday weekend special in Vinton. The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying feature pays a minimum of $1,250 to win, with lap money, a halfway leader bonus and hard charger awards making for a potential payday of more than $4,000.Two hundred and fifty dollars will be paid to take the green and Modified heat winners earn $100.All regular weekly divisions will be on the program. Modifieds will run for all applicable points except local track points at the draw/redraw show.Grandstand admission will be $12 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12, with five and under admitted free. Pit passes are $25. Gates open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing to follow.More information about the Hogan Memorial is available at the www.jjamracing.net website or by calling 515 201-5526.No other IMCA special events are on the area calendar for July 3; the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour is July 9-14. Date for the Hogan had originally been announced on the track schedule as July 10, which becomes the rain date.J.D. Auringer of Waterloo is the three-time and defending Modified race winner. Forty-five Modified drivers have entered each of the last two Hogan Memorial events.
Bio Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 The Ellsworth Eagles placed topped the Big East Cheering Competition on Saturday. Photographed from left to right (back row) is coach Nikki Chan, Danielle White, Piper Hardison, Katherine Avery, Maddy Harmon, Sierra Firley, Gabby Battis, (middle) Emily Bridges-Myrick, Morgan Barkhouse, Miranda Davis, Emma Sweeney, Victoria Page-Jackson, coach Courtney Taylor, (front) Marina Magee, Ashley Ballard and Kristy Eaton.ELLSWORTH – The Ellsworth Eagles placed first out of five teams at the Big East Cheering Competition on Saturday.Weather delayed the competition scheduled to begin at noon by two hours. Icy roads prevented seven teams from competing.Presque Isle placed second with a score of 111.9 behind Ellsworth’s 123.9. Caribou placed third with a score of 102.7; Washington Academy placed fourth with 100.0; and MDI placed fifth with 95.0.Teams unable to make it due to road conditions included Hermon, Foxcroft Academy, John Bapst, Old Town, Brewer, Hampden Academy and Medomak Valley.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Fenceviewer Staff Latest Posts Town report wins award – October 11, 2014