View Comments Stage and screen legend James Earl Jones has joined the cast of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater as part of New York City Center Encores!’ Off-Center series. The roster also includes the previously announced Santino Fontana and Skylar Astin. Michael Mayer will direct the production, which will run from July 27 through July 30.Jones, who last appeared on Broadway in The Gin Game, won Tony Awards for Fences and The Great White Hope. His additional credits include Tony-nominated turns in The Best Man and On Golden Pond, as well as memorable screen performances including Star Wars, The Great White Hope and The Lion King.The 1979 musical, which marks the first musical collaboration between Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, follows Eliot Rosewater (Fontana), a millionaire who (drunkenly) spends his fortune on a town in poverty after being inspired by novelist Kilgore Trout (Jones). Astin will play Norman Mushari, a lawyer who plots to have Eliot declared insane in order to stop his goodwill.In addition to Jones, Astin and Fontana, the cast will include Derrick Baskin, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Nick Choksi, Eddie Cooper, Kevin Del Aguila, Clark Johnson, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Eddie Korbich, Marla Louissaint, Liz McCartney, Bonnie Milligan, Brynn O’Malley and Kate Wetherhead. James Earl Jones(Photo: Bruce Glikas)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Michael BakshandehAs summer leads to autumn and leaves change color, the orchards of Long Island welcome the return of apple-picking season because their sweet, delicious bounty has ripened to fruity perfection. In celebration of the harvest, 10DC local growers that open their farms to the eager pick-your-own-apples crowd also host activities ranging from corn mazes to wagon rides that make for lifelong family friendly memories. And what’s not to love about delectable apple cider, savory caramel apples or good old-fashioned apple pie?What follows is our annual list of must-see apple picking orchards to visit this fall. Apple picking on Long Island couldn’t look better this year, but remember always to call ahead and make sure these popular orchards haven’t already been picked clean! You want to go out on a limb for something, not nothing.Davis Peach FarmHulse Landing Rd., Wading River. 631-929-1115. Call for times.This orchard doesn’t just have peaches, they also open their farm to annual apple picking, not to mention all the other fruits and vegetables available at their farm stand. They expect to open for apple picking season on Saturday, Sept. 3, but anticipate being picked clean by the end of the month, so act fast!Fort Salonga Farm30 Meadow Glen Rd., Northport. 631-269-9666. fortsalongafarm.com $20 per bushel. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Sunday.These growers are well-known not only for their apple varieties, but also for their delicious raspberries. This farm has “dwarfed” apple trees in which apples sit only 18 inches from the ground, the ideal size for the little ones to join in on the fun. Fort Salonga is a small orchard, and as a result, will sometimes close temporarily when there is no ripe fruit, so call in advance. This orchard has Paula Red and Akane available as of Aug. 26, and Fuji apples ready to pick in October.Harbes Family Farm and Orchard5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead. 631-369-1111. harbesfamilyfarm.com $8. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. every weekend in September and October.This 15-acre orchard’s apples are low enough for even the littlest pickers to reach. They open to apple pickers on Saturday, Sept. 3. The farm also has a handy apple-ripening schedule detailing when their two dozen varieties are available here. While you’re at their farm stand, don’t forget to try their wines, apple turnovers and homemade apple-cider donuts!Lewin Farms812 Sound Ave., Calverton. 631 929-4327. lewinfarm.com 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, except Tuesday.These farmers expect their apples to be available to pick from late August through October, but they encourage pickers to call or visit their website first. The farm is also open to self-picking a large selection of other crops, including raspberries, peaches, peppers, eggplants and pumpkins. Their magnificent 5-acre corn maze is redesigned every year to challenge even their repeat customers.MORE: Long Island Farmers’ Markets 2016Milk-Pail Farm and Orchard1346 Montauk Hwy., Watermill. milk-pail.com $47 per 20-lb. bag. 9:30 a.m. -5: 30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday. 10 a.m.-5: 30 p.m. Sunday.This orchard kicks off their apple-picking season on Saturday, Sept. 3. The farm’s variety of “dwarf” apple trees allows kids of all ages to pick apples without difficulty. The Milk-Pail Farm also offers pick-your-own pumpkins with gourds ranging in size. Don’t forget to check out their fresh market, where they serve their famous apple cider!Seven Ponds Orchard65 Seven Ponds Rd., Watermill. 631 726-8015 facebook.com/Seven-Ponds-Orchard 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Thanksgiving.Besides apples, Seven Pounds Orchard is an entirely you-pick farm with berries and vegetables. Ginger Gold and Red Free apples opened for picking Aug. 21, and Red Delicious, Macintosh and Honey Crisp are expected in September, plus Granny Smith in November. The kids will be entertained for hours with a hayride, corn maze and toy land!The Apple Orchard at Hank’s Pumpkintown240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill. 631-726-4667. hankspumpkintown.com $23 per 10-lb. bag. 9:30-6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day.Hank’s Pumpkintown has it all. Here, visitors can pick pumpkins, berries and 14 varieties of apples available from early September through late October. In addition, visitors can also get lost in a corn maze, ride a corn train, milk a cow, watch a duck race, and enjoy much more. Plus, their farm stand sells fresh-baked pies, cookies, cup cakes, candy apples, apple cider donuts and lots more! See their apple ripeness schedule here.Wickham’s Fruit Farm28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue. 631-734-6441. wickhamsfruitfarm.com 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.Wickham’s fruit is grown on some of the oldest cultivated land in the country, dating back to 1661. Besides apples, their you-pick farm lets families harvest strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches and pumpkins. Wickham’s also has Long Island’s oldest cider press, delicious baked goods—including apple cider donuts—specialty cheeses as well as homemade pies and jams. The apples are available in September and October.MORE: 43 Fun Things To Do With Your Kids On Long IslandWindy Acres Farm3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton. 631-727-4554. facebook.com/Windy-Acres-Farm 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Sunday.This family farm boasts a fantastic apple selection as well as other fruits and vegetables. Known to be a great place to get all your local produce needs, Windy Acres also has fresh baked pies and hot apple cider donuts. They also have a playground and a tractor ride for the kids.Woodside OrchardsAquebogue: Route 25; Jamesport: Manor Lane. 631-722-5770. woodsideorchards.com $15 per peck, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at Aquebogue location; same time on Saturday and Sunday at Jamesport location.Woodside Orchards has nearly 30 varieties of apples, including some that even regular apple aficionados may not have heard of. The orchard’s dwarf trees allow apple pickers of all sizes to avoid struggling for those annoyingly hard-to-reach apples. Besides the apples, they also offer delicious local honey, baked goods and the only full-time hard cidery on Long Island. Both locations are open for you-pick apples from Sept. 17 through October while supplies last.
Published on August 12, 2014 at 1:11 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse FORT DRUM, N.Y. — The rain forced Syracuse to “call an audible.”The original plan was for a joint workout between the Orange and Fort Drum military personnel to take place outside. Instead, SU assistant athletics director for athletic performance Will Hicks’ voice bounced off the walls of the Fort Drum “Commons” as he put everyone through a football routine.And with Hicks and the rest of the program leading the troops through a new workout, the tight space drew the two groups together.“Coach Shafer can say more about this all the time, but one of the big things we believe in is you always got to adapt to adjusting elements,” Hicks said. “We called an audible with the way the weather was and I think it worked out better than it would’ve been outside.“It was a little more intimate, a little closer. You talk about hot yoga, that was a hot stretching class. It was a little rough in there.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange arrived at Fort Drum on Monday and it will start practices on Tuesday afternoon. SU head coach Scott Shafer wants his team to have military interaction every day, and Tuesday’s dose was Hicks’ indoor workout. Hicks said that since Syracuse is going to be following the military’s lead for most of the week, he and Shafer wanted to take a chance to show them what SU is all about.They certainly did that, as a bevy of core and leg exercises proved difficult for the troops.“They can carry 60-pound backpacks but some of them couldn’t do high knees,” senior linebacker Dyshawn Davis said. “They thought they were doing it right but some of them looked funny doing it.”After some cool-down stretching, Davis led his team and the troops through the same ritual the Orange repeats before every practice (video below). The troops were hesitant to join in at first, but by the end of the post-workout huddle they were dancing and hugging the players.“It was great. Them guys don’t even get that loud for practice,” Davis said. “Then we come here and work out with these guys and everyone wants to get all loud and excited…“I felt it. It felt good being in there getting the crowd right. The soldiers were in there jumping around and getting pretty excited as well. It was a great experience.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
A new hospital is coming to the Health Sciences Campus over the next few years, which the University hopes will expand medical care at the Keck School of Medicine.President C. L. Max Nikias announced the construction of the hospital at his State of the University address on Feb. 14. According to Keck Dean Rohit Varma, the announcement could not have come at a more appropriate time.“Our current hospital and facilities are very old,” Varma said. “We spend a fair amount of money fixing the infrastructure of the current hospital — tens of millions of dollars. The needs of the hospital have grown to the point where we need much more modernized space and equipment to provide care.”Keck maintains three facilities: the Keck Hospital of USC, the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital and the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. The largest one, Keck Hospital, opened in 1991 and serves as a research and teaching hospital with 401 licensed beds. Seven of the hospital’s medical specialties have earned a top 50 national ranking from U.S. News and World Report.Varma is confident that the new hospital will also contribute specialized and complex services.“This new building will primarily be for providing high-end, in-patient care,” Varma said. “This includes cancer care, care for patients with heart disease and stroke [and] patients who have undergone transplants.”Thomas Jackiewicz, the CEO and senior vice president of Keck Medicine of USC, is optimistic that the new hospital will implement emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and nanotechnology. He envisions a hospital that will incorporate these technologies in treatments while making patients feel comfortable and at home. “The challenge is making sure we plan this hospital for the future,” Jackiewicz said. “[That means] taking in new technologies and really thinking about the totality of the experience of the patient coming in.”Jackiewicz also believes that the hospital can increase access to health care for low-income groups who live near USC. One of his priorities is to ensure that Keck benefits the local community.“Today, 20 percent of Keck patients are on the Medi-Cal program,” Jackiewicz said. “It’s not about insurance — it’s about being a resource and being committed to the community.”However, construction on the hospital will likely not begin until 2020. According to the California Health Care Foundation, organizations must first go through a planning phase, including a needs assessment, blueprint and budget for the hospital. Then, the project will undergo a design phase, in which the organization will finalize designs and submit drawings and specifications for official approval and a building permit. Once the project has been approved by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and the permit has been granted, bidding for the construction contract can start.“Our first steps are to get a good idea of the site location, services that we want to give, modeling the impact [of the hospital] and looking at the projected demographic changes in Los Angeles,” Jackiewicz said. “We want to be a hospital that focuses on Los Angeles and the Southwest: We want to meet the needs of our community.”Some aspiring doctors are excited about the learning opportunities a new hospital will bring. One such individual is Scott Valena, a sophomore majoring in human biology who is interested in applying to the Keck School of Medicine.“I think that it’s very noteworthy that USC is continuing to improve the future of healthcare with the development of this new hospital,” Valena said. “With so many advances in medical and surgical techniques, it’s important to have facilities that are capable of providing the highest level of care for high priority patients.”