SMC tennis partners with Hannah & Friends for benefit

first_imgThe South Bend Racquet Club hosted local organization Hannah & Friends and the Saint Mary’s tennis team last Saturday for “Serving Up an Ace for Awareness and Compassion,” a fundraiser benefitting children and adults with special needs.Saint Mary’s junior and Hannah & Friends intern Hannah Monte said all proceeds would go to the organization, which former Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis, his wife and their daughter Hannah founded more than ten years ago. “There were about ten tennis courts set-up for the Round Robin match,” Monte said. “Players included for the South Bend Racquet club, people in the community and Hannah & Friends participants. We also had courts open for just children to play around on.”She said the College’s tennis team led warm ups for Hannah & Friends before the tennis match, and this was the first year the two organizations partnered together.Monte also said she was glad to see the College team partner with the organization.“It was great to see two communities that I’m involved in get together for a great cause,” she said.The organization’s assistant director of operations, Saint Mary’s alumna Kayle Sexton, said she came up with the idea of bringing together the organizations because she played on the College’s tennis team for four years. “This event was a great success,” Sexton said. “We were very pleased with the turnout and cannot wait to do it again next year.” Sexton said she was thrilled by the tennis team’s support and ability to lead residents in drills. Saint Mary’s College tennis player senior Margaret Faller said three residents from Hannah & Friends participated in the event.“Other residents from Hannah & Friends joined us to watch the match play, eat snacks and do crafts,” she said. Fellow College tennis player junior Kaitlyn Venters said there were tennis-themed coloring pages non-participating residents could work on while the tournament was going on.  “Before the tournament started we showed participants from Hannah & Friends how the Saint Mary’s team warms up before practicing,” Venters said. “Then we did some drills to help them practice their volleys, backhands and forehands.”Faller said she appreciated the opportunity to share her love of tennis with the residents.“My favorite part of the event was simply being able to spend time with the participants and share with them a sport I’m truly passionate about,” Faller said. “This is definitely an event we would love to be apart of again next year.”Monte said the event combined something the team loves to do with the opportunity to spread the organization’s message.“The event was a major success and definitely something we would like to do in the future,” Monte said, “Through this event we were able to truly encompass Hannah & Friend’s mission, which is creating awareness and compassion.’’According to Sexton, Hannah & Friends’ future events include a barbecue in May and a 5k Run and Fun Walk in June.  Tags: Hannah & Friends, SMC Tennislast_img read more

Watch Cyndi Lauper & Billy Porter Share a Kinky Love Fest

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 View Comments Billy Porter Star Files Related Shows Kinky Boots recently celebrated its one year anniversary on Broadway and composer Cyndi Lauper and star Billy Porter, who both won Tonys for their work on the production, stopped by Today on April 16 to chat with Kathie Lee and Hoda about the impact that the show has had on their careers. It wasn’t before long the interview became an all-out love fest. Porter called Lauper the “godmother of individuality,” adding, “we found each other because we’re very much kindred spirits.” Lauper returned the serve, saying, “I heard his voice…I thought…oh my God! How do we get him? We have to get him!” There’s just too much love to go around! Maybe, just maybe, you two should work on another show together? In the meantime, we’ll have Porter’s new album, Billy’s Back On Broadway, which features Lauper (naturally!) to keep us occupied. Kinky Bootslast_img read more

Fun Home, Here Lies Love & More Honored at the 2014 Lucille Lortel Awards

first_img Outstanding Choreographer Sonya Tayeh, Kung Fu In addition to the 18 competitive awards, special awards were presented to producer Robyn Goodman (Lifetime Achievement Award) and Richard Nelson (Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee). A complete list of winners follows: The 2014 Lucille Lortel Awards took place on May 4, honoring the best of off-Broadway theater. Here Lies Love led the pack of winners with five awards, but losing out in the category of Outstanding Musical to Fun Home, which won a total of three awards. Husband and wife duo and Annapurna stars Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman hosted the ceremony at NYU’s Skirball Center. View Comments Outstanding Sound Design M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, Here Lies Love Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play Tracee Chimo, Bad Jews Outstanding Director Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love Outstanding Play  The Open House by Will Eno (produced by Signature Theatre) Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical Michael Cerveris, Fun Home Outstanding Solo Show Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins Outstanding Revival Good Person of Szechwan (produced by The Foundry Theatre) Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Jeremy Shamos, Dinner With Friends Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Judy Kuhn, Fun Home Outstanding Musical Fun Home – music by Jeanine Tesori; book & lyrics by Lisa Kron; based on the Alison Bechdel book (produced by the Public Theater) Outstanding Scenic Design Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Outstanding Costume Design (tie) Clint Ramos, Here Lies Love & Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Outstanding Lighting Design Justin Townsend, Here Lies Love Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play Steven Boyer, Hand to God Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical Ruthie Ann Miles, Here Lies Love Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Lisa Kron, Good Person of Szechwan Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Darren Criss Set for Orlando Concert & More

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 19, 2016 Related Shows Star Files P.S. #2 Broadway alum Brian Justin Crum (Next to Normal) has been wowing America’s Got Talent audiences; check out his performance of Radiohead’s “Creep”. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed from today. Darren Criss Set for Orlando ConcertDarren Criss, Lilla Crawford, Wilson Cruz and Priscilla Lopez have boarded the lineup for From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando. Scheduled to take place on July 25 at Florida’s Dr. Phillips Center, they will join the previously reported Tony winners Chita Rivera, Kelli O’Hara and more at the event. Auction items include a solo seat onstage while Criss performs his show-stopping number from Hedwig, “Sugar Daddy” and a Hamilton package. You can bid here.Tony Danza Tapped for RabbitTony Danza, who was last seen on Broadway in Honeymoon in Vegas, is the latest big name enlisted for White Rabbit Red Rabbit off-Broadway. The Who’s The Boss star will headline the production on August 8. The New York premiere of Nassim Soleimanpour’s solo show, which involves a different actor every performance seeing the script for the first time just before they go on stage, is playing Monday nights at the Westside Theatre.Pretty Woman’s Garry Marshall Dead at 81Garry Marshall, the director of Pretty Woman and creator of Happy Days, died aged 81 on July 19. According to Variety, the cause of death was complications from pneumonia following a stroke. Along with his numerous screen achievements, Marshall was behind a touring production of Happy Days and had been working on a stage musical adaptation of Pretty Woman. The show has been aiming to bow next year, produced by Paula Wagner, who has secured the rights from Disney Studios. “I know he would have wanted us to continue on and therefore we will bring this story to Broadway,” Wagner told the Hollywood Reporter. “Pretty Woman the musical will be a reminder of his humanity, his heart and his sense of humor.”Jonathan Groff Talks Looking MusicalAfter a Tony-nominated turn in Hamilton, when will Jonathan Groff, who is next set to be seen on our screens in HBO’s Looking on July 23, return to the Main Stem? “A Looking musical would completely bring me back to Broadway,” Groff told the New York Times. “I would come back in a second. Some people have the gift where they can just sing. I don’t have the fail-safe voice, so it has to be something that I need to sing about.” You’ll be back!P.S. #1 At today’s #Ham4Ham, an adorably confused Rory O’Malley (Groff’s successor in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit) introduced Chicago’s Alexander Hamilton, Miguel Cervantes. Watch below! White Rabbit Red Rabbit Darren Criss View Comments Darren Criss(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

GMP hosts local jobs fairs for Lowell wind project

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Green Mountain Power (GMP) hosted the first of two Jobs Fairs in the Northeast Kingdom Tuesday at the Lowell Fire Department in conjunction with the Kingdom Community Wind (KCW) project to be built on Lowell Mountain.  About 60 people from the area came to learn about job openings.  GMP’s General Contractor, Reed & Reed, along with three newly hired, Vermont-based contractors were on site to speak with attendees. Three Vermont-based contractors were recently selected to provide services for the construction phase of Kingdom Community Wind.  J.A. McDonald of Lyndon Center has been selected for the site preparation and road work and is seeking equipment operators and laborers. Bates & Murray Electrical Contractors of Barre will be doing the underground electrical work on the project and is taking applications as well.  Maine Drilling & Blasting, which has an office in Barre, has also been selected to work on the KCW project and is looking for driller trainees and laborers.     ‘As we get closer to construction, we are excited to begin talking with local residents about the job opportunities available as a result of the renewable wind project in Lowell,’ said Rebecca Towne, Administration Manager at Green Mountain Power.  ‘We are committed to employing as many Vermonters and Vermont companies as possible, including those who have already been hired.’ To date GMP has employed 18 other Vermont-based businesses during the permitting and planning phase of the project. ‘Supporting local jobs is one of the many benefits that Kingdom Community Wind brings to Orleans County and throughout northern Vermont. Local property taxes, the Good Neighbor Fund, Education tax payments, and renewable energy at a great price are others, ‘ added Towne.  Green Mountain Power and Reed & Reed will host a second Jobs Fair at North Country Union High School on Tuesday, July 19 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. About Kingdom Community WindKingdom Community Wind is a local renewable wind energy project in Lowell, Vermont.  It will produce 63 MW of electricity for customers of Green Mountain Power and Vermont Electric Cooperative members.  The project received a certificate of public good from the Vermont Public Service Board in late May and construction is expected to commence in August of this year.  GMP expects KCW to be operational by the end of 2012.  About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power ( is external)) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the State of Vermont. It serves more than 175,000 people and businesses.last_img read more

$93 million pier project in Connecticut to support offshore wind

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Hartford Courant: Connecticut Port Authority and terminal operator of the State Pier in New London announced Thursday a $93 million public-private partnership with a wind energy producer to upgrade the pier to capitalize on growing offshore wind energy.Bay State Wind, a joint venture of Ørsted, a wind energy company based in Denmark, and Eversource, which has committed $225 million in a partnership with Ørsted, struck the deal with the Port Authority and Gateway, the operator of the terminal at the State Pier.The intent is to significantly increase assembling and handling of turbines headed to the Atlantic Ocean off Massachusetts and eastern Long Island.Financing will pay to upgrade the State Pier and its heavy-lift capacity, allowing the State Pier to meet the requirements of the offshore wind industry. The intent is to promote long-term growth at the port by increasing its ability to accommodate heavy-lift cargo.More: Connecticut, wind energy producer strike deal to upgrade New London’s State Pier as industry terminal $93 million pier project in Connecticut to support offshore windlast_img read more

FLREA hosts statewide Law Week celebrations

first_img August 1, 2002 Regular News FLREA hosts statewide Law Week celebrations The Florida Law Related Education Association recently joined with members of the legal community throughout the state to celebrate Law Day by sponsoring activities designed to emphasize how American law related to the equal protection of all citizens continues to develop and how the legal system can assure equal justice for all citizens.Established by United States Presidential Proclamation in 1959 as an official day and confirmed by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1961, Law Day “is commemorated to demonstrate the role of law in our lives and to strengthen our great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the law,” according to Annette Pitts, FLREA’s executive director.As part of the Law Week festivities, FLREA, in conjunction with the Florida Supreme Court, hosted an essay and poster contest open to all children in grades K-12. Students wrote essays or drew posters based upon the theme “Celebrate Your Freedom: Assuring Equal Justice for All.”The winning students traveled to Tallahassee for the state Law Week ceremony, held at the Supreme Court.Winners of the High School Appellate Brief Writing Competition also presented oral arguments at the Supreme Court, at which Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead and Justice Fred Lewis presided.The Florida Law Related Education Association, a private, non-profit education organization located in Tallahassee, serves as a catalyst to advance law related and civic education opportunities for Florida’s K-12 public and private school students. Founded in 1984, the association administers a wide range of law and citizenship education programs designed to improve the administration of justice, encourage civic participation, and develop civic competence. The association sponsors a variety of programs and special initiatives including student academic competitions, teacher training, development of K-12 curriculum materials, teacher-lawyer partnerships, and special projects such as Law Week.To learn more about FLREA and view the winners of the 2002 Law Week essay and poster contest, visit the association’s Web site at FLREA hosts statewide Law Week celebrationslast_img read more

Credit unions will never outgrow our “down-home reputation”

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal recently published an article about the credit union industry, stating their take on “How Credit Unions Outgrew Their Down-Home Reputation” and pointing to more rapid growth than the banking industry over the last decade. As a proud member of the credit union family and an advocate for our industry, we have a response to this claim.Credit unions have not, nor will we ever, “outgrow” our community-centric focus.The claim that credit unions have experienced fantastic growth over the last decade is true, and it is exciting for us and our members. However, it is important to have a strong understanding of what that means. While credit unions have grown substantially, due in part to our member- and community-first beliefs and practices, we are still only home to a fraction of all financial consumers.The numbers don’t lie, and the credit union industry is certainly growing. According to the Credit Union National Association’s findings, there are nearly 120 million credit union members in the United States, up from 97 million 2013. We have grown as an industry from just over $1 Trillion in assets in 2013 to $1.5 Trillion in June 2019. However, when compared to the big banks, we are collectively still just a small part of the pie. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Dutch minister confirms further delay to introduction of new FTK

first_imgPreviously, the state secretary hinted that she would propose the introduction of only parts of the new FTK on 1 January.Last week, Roos Vermeij, MP and spokeswoman on pensions for the labour party PvdA, acknowledged that the reading of the FTK proposals was unlikely to take place before Parliament’s summer recess.“The review will be held in the autumn,” she said, noting that the Senate also needed to approve the bill.However, Vermeij added that she still expected the full proposals to be presented to Parliament before this summer.The details of the draft legislation – including any changes relative to previous proposals – remain unknown.However, given that Klijnsma has advocated the introduction of at least parts of the FTK on 1 January, the sector has assumed the new framework will differ little from the current FTK. Otherwise, the deadline for implementation would be far too tight, experts say.They have suggested a partial FTK introduction could be achieved by exempting pension funds from applying rights cuts in 2015, for example, following a funding shortfall in 2014.Last year, the Pensions Federation argued that the introduction of new legislation of the FTK’s scale and scope would require a full year. The Netherlands’ new Financial Assessment Framework (FTK) is facing further delays and will not be reviewed in Parliament before the summer, Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for Social Affairs, has confirmed to IPE sister publication FD-IPNederland.Due to the latest delay, the scheduled full introduction of the financial rules on 1 January 2015 is no longer feasible, Klijnsma said.At present, the Raad van State, the highest legal college in the Netherlands, is still assessing the legal ramifications of the draft legislation.Its views were expected a week ago.last_img read more

Secondary trades in alternative investments up 47%, survey shows

first_imgFigures in the report came from a survey of 81 market participants, Setter Capital said, grossing up the results in proportion to the number of active buyers that did not participate.Private equity accounted for most of the volume in the first half, at $16bn, which included $11.3bn for funds and $4.6bn for direct investments.Trading volume of real estate funds was $3bn and hedge fund volume was $2.2bn, while trading in infrastructure funds totalled $500m in the period.More than half of the total volume was in North American-focused funds, and Western European funds accounted for 31% of total volume.Some 40% of secondary market volume in the first half of 2014 was from European buyers, and 43% from European sellers, the report showed.According to volumes projected for the second half of this year by survey respondents, the total volume for the full 2014 year is set to reach $45bn – a rise of 25% from 2013.It said the figure of $22bn represented the volume of secondary purchases of the 126 secondary buyers that had been involved in the market for a long time, including 87 secondary funds, 33 funds of funds, 12 hedge fund focused secondary funds, 12 investment consultants, two pensions and one insurance company.Setter Capital said: “This estimate is conservative, as it does not include the activity of more than 1,000 opportunistic and non-traditional buyers, whose combined activity may be significant.”For example, it said, activities of all sovereign funds had been excluded, even though some of these funds had recently built teams dedicated to secondary purchases. The secondary market for alternative investments has grown by 47% in 12 months, reaching a volume of $22bn (€16.4bn) in the first half of this year, according to a new survey.In its latest report on the secondary market for alternatives – on which closed-end funds and direct investments in private equity, real estate and infrastructure, as well as hedge funds, change hands – Canadian secondaries broker Setter Capital said January to June had been the market’s busiest period so far.In its 2013 report on the first half of that year, Setter Capital estimated total secondary market volume had been $15bn. The firm said more and more investors were becoming permanent fixtures on the secondary market, seeing it as an important portfolio management tool.last_img read more