This Week’s Picks! Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel & More

first_imgGo Window Shopping with Idina MenzelNovember 24 at Beacon CourtIn most towns, the unveiling of the signature store’s holiday window is no big deal. You get appearances from the mayor, the (talent-free) glee club, and colossal indifference. New York is a different, much more entertaining story. So head to Bloomingdale’s, where Idina Menzel will songs from her latest album, Holiday Wishes, and other favorites. Please sing “Let It Go,” please sing “Let It Go…” Kristin Chenoweth Share a Memory with Alice RipleyNovember 25 at the Irish Repertory TheatreNew York is filled with holiday traditions: the tree at Rockefeller Center, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and the Giant Line to Go Ice Skating, just to name a few. How about something new? In the off-Broadway premiere of A Christmas Memory, the musical adaptation of Truman Capote’s beloved autobiographical short story, a young boy celebrates a special Christmas with his three eccentric cousins in 1933 Alabama. The production, running through January 4, stars Tony winner Alice Ripley. Click for tickets! View Comments See Kristin Chenoweth’s HomecomingNovember 28, check local listingsHere’s proof that PBS isn’t all reruns of The Lawrence Welk Show. The Tony-winning powerhouse sasses up public television in Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home, belting songs from Wicked, Glee, and The Phantom of the Opera with help from a 13-piece orchestra. Plus, there are special Broadway guests! The coolest part: Chenoweth performs in her hometown, Broken Arrow, OK, in a theatre named after her. Now that’s called winning at life. Idina Menzelcenter_img Star Files Partake in Peter Pan PatterNovember 26, check local listingsThanksgiving is a big day. Usually, rest is advised so you can eat double your body weight in candied yams and pretend to like football. Not tonight, because Allison Williams, star of the upcoming Peter Pan Live!, is scheduled to visit Late Night with Seth Meyers. You’d rather sleep than possibly hear stories about Christopher Walken or the secret club Williams is in with Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby? Priorities, people! Hit the Streets with Broadway’s BestNovember 27, check local listingsThe holidays are tough—Black Friday, cheesy holiday movies, awkward encounters with irritating relatives—so why not start with something pleasant? Specifically, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which starts at 77th St. and Central Park West and ends at Herald Square. It has everything: massive cartoon balloons, Santa’s first appearance, and performances from an array of Broadway shows, including On the Town, The Last Ship, and Side Show. Stay in or go out—you win either way! Hey you, making three kinds of stuffing to accommodate your Thanksgiving guests’ allergies! Back away from the gluten-free breadcrumbs and partake in all of the great theater events the city has to offer, including a new holiday musical, a classic parade and a shopping trip at Bloomingdale’s with Idina Menzel. Make way for this week’s picks!last_img read more

NYC Man Dies After Deer Park Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 29-year-old Queens man who crashed his car in Deer Park last week has died, Suffolk County police said Monday.Vijay Maraj was driving a Lexus southbound on Commack Road when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree on the side of the road at 1:55 p.m. Thursday, police have said.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was listed in critical condition before he died several days later.First Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call them at 631-854-8152.last_img

Drivers Jonas appointed to study CrossRail office effect

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Governor Wolf Announces $300 Million Investment for Port of Philadelphia to Double Container Capacity, Create Jobs

first_imgTotal Employment (65% Increase)10,34117,020 Growth in Breakbulk Capacity—21% Governor Wolf Announces $300 Million Investment for Port of Philadelphia to Double Container Capacity, Create Jobs Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Economy,  Infrastructure,  Jobs That Pay,  Port Development,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf today announced a comprehensive Capital Investment Program at the Port of Philadelphia that will invest more than $300 million in the Port’s infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment.  This initiative, which will start next year and continue through 2020, will double container capacity, position the Port for future growth, create thousands of jobs, improve efficiency, and increase tax revenues.“This capital investment program will give the Port of Philadelphia the tools it needs to improve its competitive position and create thousands of family-sustaining, middle class jobs while increasing state revenues,” said Governor Wolf. “With its major economic impacts throughout the state, my administration understands the value of Pennsylvania’s port asset in Philadelphia.”The program, ranking among the largest investments by a state on the East Coast, will boost three of the busiest sectors of the Port of Philadelphia, including the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the Port’s automobile-handling operation, and the Tioga Marine Terminal.“I thank Governor Wolf for this significant investment, and I look forward to working with him and the PRPA to see that this financial support leads to thousands of family sustaining jobs for Philadelphians,” said Philadelphia Mayor James F. Kenney. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our city.”These improvements will result in doubling container capacity at the Port, provide increased breakbulk (non-containerized) cargo capacity, and bring a substantial increase in automobile-handling capacity.  A total direct job increase of 70 percent is projected from the current level of 3,124 to a projected 5,378 direct jobs. Total employment at the Port will also increase, from 10,341 to 17,020, and state and local tax revenues generated will increase from the current $69.6 million to $108.4 million annually.About $200 million of the Capital Investment Program will be invested in the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the Port of Philadelphia’s largest maritime facility.  These improvements will include four new electric post-Panamax container cranes, the relocation of warehouses to facilitate container growth and the construction of new ones, and a deeper 45-foot depth at the terminal’s marginal berths, to match the new 45-foot depth of the Delaware River’s main channel. Electrification throughout the terminal will also be modernized to support electrification of existing diesel cranes and cold ironing capabilities at the terminal (the ability to power without the need for the vessels to burn fuel while docked).As the latest example of the successful public/private partnerships at the Port, Astro Holdings, Inc., the Tenant of the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, will also purchase one of the Post-Panamax container cranes for the terminal, as well as dedicating significant privately-owned port acreage, in the form of the Holt-owned 40-acre “Publicker” site located next to the Packer Avenue facility, for container growth through Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.Officials of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) expect that these improvements will result in no less than a doubling of the cargo-handling capacity at the terminal, already the busiest and most multi-use terminal at the Port of Philadelphia.  Container-handling capacity will especially increase, with a 900,000 TEU capacity immediately resulting from the improvements, scalable to exceed 1.2 million TEU capacity in the future, a significant improvement over the terminal’s current 400,000-plus TEU capacity.The improvements at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, the Port’s primary container facility, will occur at about the time that the Delaware Main Channel Deepening Project, which is deepening the Port’s main shipping channel from 40 to 45 feet, will be completed.  The larger, deeper-draft container vessels that will be able to reach the Port because of the deepening project (as well as a recently improved Panama Canal) will now find a terminal that is especially prepared for their needs.“Our thanks to the Governor for his belief in the ability of the Port to grow and compete,” said Tom Holt, Jr. of Holt Logistics, the parent company of Greenwich Terminals, LLC, which operates Packer Avenue Marine Terminal.  “These capital improvements, which we’ll complement with our own additional improvements, will allow us to serve the world’s ocean carriers, and the customers those carriers serve, better than ever before.  It will also position us as one of the fastest growing container ports on the East Coast.”The Ports Automobile Import/Export facility, which currently processes 150,000 cars and employs more than 300 direct workers will also benefit by receiving about $90 million of the Governor’s Capital Investment program. Since 2010, Glovis America been the main customer of the Port’s Auto Processing facility, located in South Philadelphia adjacent to the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, bringing Hyundai and Kia automobiles on vessels for eventual distribution to dealerships throughout the region.Improvements to the Port’s automobile-handling operation will include the addition of 155 paved and fenced acres above the flood plain at the Port’s Southport site; the conversion of the former seaplane hangar at Southport into a second auto-processing site; enhancements at the main auto-processing site at Pier 98 Annex; and the establishment of a framework that provides flexibility for use of the land the Port needs for containers and automobiles, as determined by market demands.“We are grateful to partner with the PRPA and the Commonwealth to create a world class destination auto port to that will meet our needs for Hyundai and Kia as well as providing the ability to expand into auto exporting” said Glenn Clift, President and CEO of Glovis America, Inc.  “The addition of space and ability to consolidate our foot print at the port improves our ability to make Philadelphia an aggressive cost competitive port. It also ensures our long-term commitment to grow jobs and revenues in the Commonwealth.”Tioga Marine Terminal will be the third beneficiary of the State Capital Investment Program at the Port.  $12 million has been earmarked for improvements to the main on-dock warehouse that has been successfully handling and processing Brazilian wood pulp cargoes since 2014.  A second warehouse at Tioga will be converted into a food-grade warehouse, allowing the Port increase its wood pulp volumes to meet the demands of Pennsylvania companies requiring wood pulp. Improved rail access and the purchase of a second mobile harbor crane will also add capacity for Tioga Marine Terminal.“Tioga Marine Terminal will have a great future because of these major capital improvements,” said Robert Palaima, President of Delaware River Stevedores (DRS), which operates the Tioga Marine Terminal.  “Tioga has always had the reputation of being able to recreate itself from time to time to meet the needs of the market place and address cargo opportunities that present themselves, and these improvements will allow us to continue doing that, and more effectively.  They will also allow us to better serve long-term customers that have made Tioga Terminal their home.”The Governor’s administration worked closely with the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, the Port’s staff, and business and labor leaders throughout the Port to develop the very best, most effective capital program to improve commerce at the Port of Philadelphia, and to prepare the Port to meet industry trends for years to come.“Our thanks to the Governor for his great support of our Port,” said PRPA Chairman Gerard H. Sweeney. “His determination to reposition the Port is the catalyst we needed to take advantage of the channel deepening and position ourselves as a competitive East Coast port. I am so proud of all the great work performed by the thousands of men and women who work hard at the Port of Philadelphia every day.“Officials at the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority anticipate an aggressive “shovels in the ground” schedule beginning early next year to make these planned capital improvements.“Being good corporate neighbors is of great importance to us, so the Port will approach these improvements in an environmentally sensitive manner,” said Jeff Theobald, Executive Director and CEO of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.  “PRPA’s new Diversity Outreach Program will assure that inclusion of women, minorities, veterans, and other traditionally-underutilized groups will be a major goal as contractors and subcontractors are engaged during the construction process.”This capital investment program provides an alternate, more efficient and expeditious solution to reach the Port’s goals as embodied in the recent Southport RFP: growing container capacity, accelerating job creation, and capitalizing immediately on the river dredging program ensuring that the Port will be competitive and positioned for growth immediately With this capital investment plan, we will have accomplished both the short term and the longer term objectives that were envisioned for Southport as well as the Port overall, with flexibilities to continue to grow and shift across many diverse markets.  The Commonwealth and the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority remain committed to establishing the best, most effective maritime operations at Southport, and these slated capital improvements at Southport are part of that commitment. Growth in Automotive Capacity—166% Capital – Estimated—$300M November 22, 2016center_img Growth in Container Capacity—86% Annual Revenue @ Capacity$5.7m$18.9m Direct Jobs (70% Increase)3,1245,378 State/Local Taxes (56% Increase)$69.6m$108.4m SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By the NumbersCurrentFuturelast_img read more

Bulldogs Take Charge Of ND

first_imgEarly lead gives the Bulldogs victory over North Decatur, 12-2.Bulldogs vs. North_Decatur Varsity Baseball (4-16)The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead on North Decatur and captured a 12-2 victory on Thursday.The game was decided quickly as the Bulldogs exerted their will early with nine runs in the first three innings.An RBI single by Connor Schuck, a steal of home by Zach Britton, and a fielder’s choice during the first inning and a groundout by Wyatt Scheblerand a two-run home run by Britton in the second inning helped the Bulldogs put some runs on the board early.Britton had three extra-base hits for the Bulldogs.North Decatur couldn’t get anything going as long as Brett Westerfeld was pitching. Westerfeld held North Decatur hitless over four innings, allowed one earned run, walked six and struck out four.Britton, Jacob Wilson and Leo Enneking helped lead the Bulldogs. They combined for eight hits and three RBIs.Alex Crume was the game’s losing pitcher. He allowed nine runs in three innings, walked none and struck out none.The Bulldogs piled on three more runs in the bottom of the third. A error scored Jacob Wilson to start the scoring in the inning. That was followed up by Enneking’s single, bringing home Jacob Vogelsang.The Bulldogs quickly matched North Decatur’s strong inning with a two-run inning of their own in the fifth. The Bulldogs scored on a wild pitch, a wild pitch, a wild pitch, and a wild pitch.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Alex Davislast_img read more

Ronald Hursong – Brookville

first_imgRonald Hursong, of Brookville, was born on November 10, 1941 in Cincinnati, OH, a son to Elrow and Louis Schroll Hursong.  He served his country with the United States Air Force.  Ronald later married Bonnie Duncan on September 26, 1980.  He worked for Avon Products for 31 years as an Ace Mechanic.  Ronald enjoyed making custom knives and spending evenings down at the Brookville Conservation Club.  On September 3, 2019, at the age of 77, Ronald passed away at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus.Those surviving who will cherish Ronald’s memory include his wife, Bonnie; two sons, John Alan (Michelle) Hursong of Anderson, OH and Brian King Hursong of Hammersville, OH; one stepdaughter, Jacqueline Ginny (Scott) Harrell of Steamboat Springs, CO; one stepson, Thomas Jason (Jayna) Smith of Fairfield, OH; 12 grandchildren; three brothers, Jerry, Mike, and Jeff Hursong all of Lebanon, OH; two sisters, Marjorie Cluff of KY and Susan Hursong of Mason, OH; and several nieces and nephews.Cremation was chosen by the family.  Memorial contributions can be directed to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 17th Street, Columbus, IN 47201.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave personal memories, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ronald Hursong.last_img read more

Kenosha, Wisconsin Police Investigate Officer Shooting of Black Man in the Back

first_imgA black man was shot seven times in the back by Kenosha, Wisconsin police in front of his three children who were inside his SUV.”I’m pretty sure Jacob’s kids were more traumatized than anybody during the whole situation.” Raysean White saw Jacob Blake and his children on Sunday, when he recorded Blake being shot multiple times by police while Blake’s three children were in a car.— CNN (@CNN) August 25, 2020 Jacob Blake had an arrest warrant out for rape and domestic abuse— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) August 25, 2020 Police shot 29 year-old Jacob Blake as he walked away from them and attempted to reach into his SUV.Blake was reportedly trying to break up a domestic dispute between two women when police were called.Shortly after the shooting, large crowds arrived near the scene in protest.An overnight curfew was disregarded as protests flared up sparking looting and arson.More than 150 national guardsmen were called in to help police control the unrest.The officers involved have been pleased on administrative leave and Blake remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.New footage shows Jacob Blake brawling with cops before being shot— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) August 25, 2020last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton takes his record 90th career pole in Hungary

first_imgBUDAPEST: Lewis Hamilton took a record-extending 90th career Formula One pole position, on Saturday, as he led a Mercedes one-two in Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying.The six-time world champion is aiming to win the race for the eighth time at the Hungaroring on Sunday to equal retired Ferrari great Michael Schumacher’s record for victories at the same grand prix. Championship-leading Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas qualified second with the Mercedes-powered Racing Point cars of Canadian Lance Stroll and Mexican Sergio Perez together on the second row. Agencies Also watch: Truck Catches Fire in Nagaon; Locals Suspect Foul Playlast_img

Football: Nebraska game ranks 7th on most watched game on ESPN this year

first_imgThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin men’s football team’s game with No. 9 University of Nebraska attracted an audience of 3.87 million views on Saturday, making it the seventh most watched game to air on ESPN this season.The game was supposed to be the Badgers’ fourth game of the season to be played on ABC, but switched over to ESPN earlier in the week due to popularity issues around other games.The thrilling overtime 23-17 victory for UW was their second overtime home game against a top 10 team in only three weeks, a big reason behind the spike in numbers. The overtime loss to then-No. 2 Ohio State University Oct. 15 was the third most watched game in all of college football at that point and still ranks at the top of all the Badgers’ games this season with more than 9 million viewers.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldFootball: Wisconsin vs. Ohio State game draws more than 9 million viewersLast Saturday night’s thriller between then-No. 8 University of Wisconsin and No. 2 Ohio State University at Camp Randall Stadium Read…With one of the most difficult schedules in college football this season, Wisconsin has had their fair share of high profile games. The Badgers have faced five top 10 teams over the year and finished with a miraculous record of 3-2 after starting the season unranked.This week marked the first week of the College Football Playoff Rankings with Wisconsin coming in at the same as their Associated Press poll ranking, eighth. The committee made it a note to award a tough schedule in their initial poll, putting the Badgers as the top ranked two-loss team in the country and better than many one-loss teams in the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference.Despite the big-time matchups Wisconsin has played in, the Oct. 29 night game at Camp Randall against Nebraska still made it in as only the second most watched game on ESPN this weekend behind No. 3 University of Michigan and Michigan State University at 4.79 million viewers. The game against the visiting Cornhuskers ranked third on the weekend in average minute audience with 104,000 viewers behind UM vs MSU and No. 6 Ohio State University vs University of Northwestern.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldFootball: Wisconsin survives Halloween scare from Nebraska in 23-17 overtime winThe last two times Nebraska visited Camp Randall Stadium, the University of Wisconsin football team imposed its will in the Read…Even with one game left on the season to air on ESPN for the Badgers at Northwestern this Saturday, the top 10 matchups and top five viewers rankings are most likely finished until postseason play. With a Nebraska loss to Ohio State this weekend and an undefeated November schedule to close the regular season, Wisconsin could sneak into the Big Ten championship and force a rematch with Ohio State or Michigan.Either way, the season has been a special one for the Wisconsin men’s football team, and the game last Saturday was one of its crowning achievements. The Badgers hope to keep their momentum rolling with another Big Ten matchup with Northwestern at 11 a.m. Saturday in Evanston.last_img read more

CDC study estimates 20-fold increase in Zika birth defects

first_imgZika The proportion of Zika-affected pregnancies with birth defects is approximately 20-fold higher compared with the proportion of pregnancies seen in 2013-2014, which is before Zika was introduced into the Americas, according to an article published Thursday, March 3 in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.  The types of birth defects—including brain abnormalities and/or microcephaly, neural tube defects and other early brain malformations, eye defects, and other central nervous system (CNS) problems—were seen in about 3 of every 1,000 births in 2013-2014. In 2016, the proportion of infants with these same types of birth defects born to women with Zika virus infection during pregnancy was about 6% or nearly 60 of every 1,000 completed pregnancies with Zika infections.The researchers analyzed 2013-2014 data from three birth defects surveillance programs in the United States (Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Georgia) to provide the baseline frequency for Zika-related birth defects. To assess the effect of Zika virus infection during pregnancy, the scientists compared that 2013-2014 baseline number with previously published numbers among pregnancies with Zika virus infection from the US Zika Pregnancy Registry (USZPR) from 2016.They identified 747 infants and fetuses with one or more of these defects from programs in Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Georgia, from 2013-2014. Brain abnormalities and/or microcephaly were the most frequent conditions reported.  Data from the USZPR identified 26 infants and fetuses with these same birth defects among the 442 completed pregnancies of women with possible Zika infection from January through September 2016. These findings demonstrate the importance of having monitoring systems that collect data on birth defects.CDC supports state, territorial, tribal and local health departments to establish or enhance surveillance systems that rapidly collect information about birth defects that have been observed with Zika virus infection during pregnancy. Today, five additional jurisdictions—Arkansas, Nebraska, Nevada, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands— were awarded funding, bringing the total to 50 jurisdictions and more than $27 million in support of birth defects surveillance for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.CDC continues to recommend that pregnant women not travel to areas with Zika. If a pregnant woman must travel to or lives in an area with Zika, she should talk with her healthcare provider and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites and sexual transmission of Zika virus. Pregnant women with possible exposure to Zika virus should be tested for Zika infection even if they do not have symptomslast_img read more