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Closing Time! Don’t Miss These Eight Fabulous Broadway Shows

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first_img Pippin Closing January 4 at the Music Box Theatre There are only a few more weeks of magic to do, so make some time to see the acrobats and contortionists of this circus-inspired, Tony-winning musical revival. Join young prince Pippin as he goes on his dangerous journey, encouraged by a mysterious group of performers led by a Leading Player. Throwing swords, unicycles, a flying trapeze and Stephen Schwartz tunes: need we say more? Click for tickets! Once Closing January 4 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Sigh–the lights are coming on in Broadway’s favorite music-filled Irish pub. This infectious, romantic, Tony-winning musical stars some of the finest actor-musicians on Broadway, so come for the stunning music (including Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly”), but stay for the bittersweet love story. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here (even though we know you want to!). Click for tickets! The Real Thing Closing January 4 at the American Airlines Theatre Let us lay this one out for you: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor and Cynthia Nixon are burning up a Broadway stage right now, together, in a play by Tom Stoppard. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for? This A-list love triangle is wrapping up its limited engagement in just a few weeks, so break out that holiday check from Grammy and get real. Click for tickets! Motown the Musical Closing January 18 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Did you know that time travel has been invented, and for only the cost of a Broadway ticket? Head down to Motown the Musical and go back to the 1960s, when music visionary Berry Gordy changed the course of cultural history. Gordy launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more. Click for tickets! Rock of Ages Closing January 18 at the Helen Hayes Theatre Get out those lighters—it’s time for the hardest rockin’ show on Broadway to play its last power ballad. Head back to the Sunset Strip one last time, into a club where long-haired rockers rule, ’80s hits never stop and Lycra outfits are always in full force. We may have to say goodbye, but we will never, ever stop believing. Click for tickets! This Is Our Youth Closing January 4 at the Cort Theatre Even though we knew our time with this limited engagement was well, limited, it’s always a heartbreaker to see a good thing come to an end (much like youth, are we right?). But don’t worry, you still have time to catch this incredible trio of Broadway newcomers—Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson—as a trio of spoiled, angsty New York teens adrift in the 1980s. Click for tickets!center_img Cinderella Closing January 3 at the Broadway Theatre Is it almost midnight? Because this ball is coming to an end. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s take on the classic fairy tale has been delighting audiences for over 750 performances, and everyone’s favorite tale of glass slippers, wicked stepmothers and happily-ever-afters will close out with stage and screen star Keke Palmer as Ella, and Real Housewives’ Nene Leakes as Madame. Click for tickets! January may be all about “out with the old, in with the new,” but we’re still seriously sad to see a wonderful bunch of Broadway shows go! You only have a few more weeks to catch Cinderella, Pippin, Side Show, Once, This is Our Youth, The Real Thing, Motown and Rock of Ages. Get your tickets before these shows say goodbye to the Great White Way for good! Side Show Closing January 4 at the St. James Theatre We were going to make an “I Will Never Leave You” joke but let’s be real, we’re just too broken up about this brilliant reimagined revival closing to make it work. Erin Davie and Emily Padgett are blowing the roof off the St. James Theatre as conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, searching for love (and loving one another) as they rise from side show attractions to stars…it makes us well up just thinking about it. Click for tickets! View Commentslast_img read more

Dig, Plant Perennials

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first_imgAfter watering, cover the bed with 3 inches of pine straw to reduce erosion and raincompaction and to keep the soil cool. This will also prevent early warmup and prematuregrowth. There are several reasons to relocate or at least divide and replant perennials. The mainreason is that many, if not most, perennials grow into large clumps or colonies.Competition for nutrients, water and root space tends to reduce the vigor of the entiregroup. Annual beds, dug every spring, tend to have good porosity and air movement in the soil.Perennial beds, though, are usually left alone and need attention about every three years. Pulling the clumps apart gently, with increasing force, will give you an idea if they comeapart naturally or if you will need a hand pruner to cut connecting roots. My philosophy isthat the fewer roots you cut, rip or tear, the less likely disease will get a foothold. There is another reason replanting perennials is a good idea. Whether you live onpiedmont clay or sandy soils, rainfall, garden foot traffic and gravity slowly compact thesoils. You can use a shovel to divide really tough perennials such as red hot poker, day lily,phlox and swamp sunflower. My experience with perennials, however, leads me to suggestyou divide plants such as hosta, iris, coneflower, shasta daisy and other more fragile,clump-forming perennials by hand. By allowing the plant to reestablish its root system during October, November andDecember, perennials are then well-prepared to endure our winters. A well-establishedroot system will support rapid growth and optimal flowering the following spring. Your perennial bed soil may look mounded by 4-5 inches when you finish. This is a goodsign you have done a good job. Rake the soil evenly into a smooth, slightly sloped mound. Be sure to add 10-10-10 or a similar fertilizer in late spring when the new plants startgrowing. Remember, too, to check the moisture in the newly dug bed. If we have a dryspell in October, you may need to water. Before you do anything, take a soil test to the county Extension Service office. When youget back the lab’s recommendations for amendment and nutrition, then start digging. I like to let fleshy roots, tubers and corms dry out for a day before transplanting. I replantand water-in soft fibrous roots as soon as the bed is prepared. Be sure to pile up dividedperennials out of direct sunlight. Plant your perennials in the soft soil. Do all you can to avoid compact the soil with yourknees and feet. I do this with a 3-inch-thick pile of newspapers to kneel on. Or I use apiece of plywood as a plank. Once the planting is done, irrigate the entire bed with a sprinkler for two to three hours.The bed will settle some. Don’t worry. The bumpy look will vanish by March. Dig up the clump at the edge of the dense root system, knock off the soil carefully andthen feel through the root system for natural clusters or points of separation. Eachperennial is different, but with a little feeling around, it’s usually easy to do. Preparing the bed is simple. Add the recommended amendment, then till or dig to at least12 inches deep. Add only a very little nitrogen to the soil so as not to push new growtheasily killed by frost. Irises, hostas, phlox, liatrises and shasta daisies, for example, will remain vigorous ifdivided about every three years. The next few weeks will be the ideal time to plant new perennials or divide and relocateestablished perennials in Georgia.last_img read more

Monkey grass lawn

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first_imgBy Gary WadeUniversity of GeorgiaAfter last summer’s drought, some homeowners may be reluctant to plant turfgrass not knowing if water will be available to maintain it this summer. They do have an alternative. Dwarf mondo grass is a groundcover that can look like turfgrass without a lot of fuss. Dwarf mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nana’) is similar to Liriope (Liriope muscari), but it has thinner leaves and a finer texture. It grows 2 to 4 inches tall. Once established, it is drought tolerant, pest resistant and only has to be mowed once a year. Popular varieties include Nana, Nippon and Gyoko-ryu.Dwarf mondo grass grows well in shade under trees where turfgrass is difficult to grow. It will adapt to sunny sites, though, if it is irrigated during establishment. The first step in successfully establishing dwarf mondo grass is to incorporate clean, weed-free compost into the planting area. The bagged composted products obtained from garden centers are fine for this purpose. Place 3 inches of compost on the soil surface and cultivate it thoroughly to a 12-inch depth.One of the most economical ways of obtaining plants is to live next door to someone who has well-established dwarf mondo grass. Barter with them to allow you to dig up a few clumps. One well established clump can be separated by hand into 50 to 100 sprigs, or bibs. If you don’t have access to an established planting, you can buy the plants in pots at garden centers, or garden center managers can order bare-root sprigs from wholesale suppliers. Bare-root sprigs are the most economical way to plant a large area. Place sprigs 6 to 8 inches apart and water the planted area well after planting and again as needed during establishment. A monthly application of a liquid fertilizer for the first six months will get the plants off to a good start. Once established, the sprigs multiply and grow outward to produce a spreading clump.There are a few drawbacks to planting a large area in dwarf mondo grass. First, it’s back-breaking labor. You’ll have to scoot along the ground, planting each sprig one by one. There is just no easier way. Second, the plants are slow growers. It may take 3 years before they provide complete cover. Third, one of the biggest challenges during establishment is hand-weeding between the plants. Local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents can recommend a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weed seed germination, which may be a more efficient method of keeping weeds at bay. Lastly, don’t expect dwarf mondo grass to provide the same recreational surface as turfgrass. It will not tolerate the wear and tear of a football game or children’s play area. Once a dwarf mondo grass lawn is established, annual maintenance will include mowing once in late winter to remove cold-damaged foliage and applying a light application of a granular fertilize after mowing. Be sure to rake or brush the fertilizer off the foliage and onto the soil, then water to dissolve it into the soil.last_img read more

Green Mountain Power begins construction of Lowell wind project

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first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Green Mountain Power (GMP) has begun construction of Kingdom Community Wind (KCW), a 63 MW renewable wind energy project in Lowell, Vermont. The 21 turbine wind project can provide power for more than 24,000 homes with the lowest-cost new renewable energy available to GMP customers and the members of the Vermont Electric Coop (VEC).”We are extremely excited to start construction on this important local, renewable energy project,” said Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power. “In addition to producing clean and reliable power for our customers and VEC members, Kingdom Community Wind is the most affordable new renewable energy available.”Kingdom Community Wind is the most significant renewable generation development in Vermont and it will provide a boost to the local and Vermont economy. The project has already employed Vermonters and Vermont firms in the pre-construction phase of the project. More than 90 different Vermont firms and vendors have participated in the project to date, with more than $4 million already invested in those companies. In the coming weeks, contractors, including Vermont-based contractors like J.A. McDonald of Lyndon Center and Bates & Murray of Barre, will be adding additional local employees to their existing Vermont employee base to work on Kingdom Community Wind.”This is a local energy project built by Vermonters, for Vermonters,” said Powell. “Through tax payments to the town of Lowell, the state education fund, the Good Neighbor Fund for surrounding towns and the economic activity created by the project’s construction, as well as competitively priced energy for many years to come, this project is a true win-win for all involved. We are grateful for the support we have received from the community.”Construction will consist of two affiliated projects. The first being the construction of the turbines, which will be complete and running by the end of 2012. The second includes upgrades to VEC’s transmission system between Lowell and Jay. VEC sought the upgrades as part of its long term capital plan, but through a partnership with GMP is now able to move more quickly on a more robust upgrade, while limiting the costs to its members.”Our 40 year old transmission system between Lowell and Jay needed to be upgraded to ensure safety and reliability,” said David Hallquist, CEO of the Vermont Electric Coop. “Our members have also told us that they want clean, local and affordable electricity. Our partnership with GMP on this renewable wind project will help us meet those requests in a way that keeps rates as low as possible.”In July, VEC members voted to support the transmission system upgrades, with nearly 80 percent in favor. The Kingdom Community Wind project has also been supported at the ballot box by Lowell voters during a 2010 Town Meeting Day ballot when three in four Lowell voters approved of the wind project.Kingdom Community Wind received a certificate of public good (CPG) from the Vermont Public Service Board in late May. GMP has now met all the pre-construction conditions in the CPG and received all of the permits required to begin construction, including permits related to protecting water quality that were issued late August.”We are committed to the highest environmental standards,” said Powell. “After all, a major reason for building a renewable wind project is to reduce carbon emissions and protect our natural environment. That is why it is so important that we maintain a strong environmental ethic in every aspect of Kingdom Community Wind.”Green Mountain Power’s environmental efforts are among the most extensive for such a project in Vermont. For example, for the first time for either wind or ski areas, there will be biological monitoring of streams during and following construction. GMP has also voluntarily collected data about the water chemistry of all the streams around the project to understand and protect future water quality.According to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), “The monitoring program imposed on GMP to protect high quality waters is more restrictive than any program required of any Vermont ski area to date.” In addition, GMP made an extraordinary effort in the design to avoid stream and wetland impacts.”In my 25 years of working on water quality issues in Vermont, GMP has by far done more with the Kingdom Wind project than any other development project to provide a comprehensive and well-planned framework, including design, implementation, monitoring, and reporting to assure that water quality is protected,” said Jeff Nelson, Director of Environmental Services for VHB, who has worked as a consultant for GMP on water resources planning and permitting for the project since the outset.Green Mountain Power has been working toward the development of KCW for more than three years. All aspects of the project, from environmental to economic impacts, have been studied extensively and were subject to regulatory and public oversight. As construction on KCW moves ahead, GMP remains committed to being fully open and transparent about the project and its progress.With construction beginning, GMP is on schedule to ensure that KCW is operating by the end of 2012. In doing so, customers will benefit directly because the project will qualify for about $47 million in federal production tax credit that go entirely to lowering the cost of energy for GMP customers and VEC members.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in Vermont and is a leader in wind and solar generation. It serves more than 96,000 customers. www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external).COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – September 06, 2011) –last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events May 7 – 13

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Copeland (Photo credit: Facebook)CopelandAfter a six-year hiatus, the Florida-based quartet recently reunited to produce its fifth full-length album, much to the delight of its loyal fans who have been missing the indie band’s powerful tracks. Copeland’s latest album, Ixora, was released late last year, just in time for the band’s much-anticipated tour. Warming up the crowd are Vinnie Caruana, Have Mercy and Valise. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20. 7:30 p.m. May 7.The SkatalitesSimmer down! The legendary Jamaican band has backed such icons as Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert and Peter Tosh over the past half century, but remain a musical force of their own, even if there have been a few lineup changes. Wear your dancing shoes. Opening the show are Pandemics, Soul Junkies and Radio Daze. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20. 7:30 p.m. May 7.Bianca Del Rio (Photo credit: Facebook)Bianca Del RioAfter claiming the top prize in the show “Drag Race,” Bianca Del Rio has been incredibly busy. The entertainer, who began her career in New Orleans, has been touring the country, giving audiences a taste of her spirited cabaret and comedy show. Bianca Del Rio described her drag performance as “erotic clown” in a recent interview with The New York Times. Get ready for a night like no other. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com  $25-$89.50. 7 p.m. May 8.The WhispersThe famed R&B band began its legendary career in 1963, capturing the hearts and minds of music fans across the country while producing timeless romantic hits. They were such a force years ago that the band’s self-titled 1980 album went platinum, cementing their place in history among R&B greats. Now they’re back and ready to serenade Long Island with their smooth sounds. With opening act Stephanie Mills. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$49.50. 8 p.m. May 8.NRBQFormed more than four decades ago, NRBQ delighted crowds with their unique sound and their ability to seamlessly blend a variety of genres into their music, a style the band has harnessed and developed throughout the years. The band released its first album in 1969, two years after it was formed, and still plays with the same spirit and vigor it had when it landed its first record deal all those years ago. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. Boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. May 8.Dutch FestivalEnjoy live jazz music while strolling through Hofstra’s campus bursting with tulips in bloom as you revel in the university’s Dutch heritage The festival is going through a reinvention with more emphasis on family activities and community services. As always, enjoy music and theater performances, art exhibits and carnival games. Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. hofstra.edu Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., May 9.Reflections on War ExperiencesA panel with three authors who are all veterans will share stories of their service. The panelists include John Barr, who writes of his five-year Naval tour of duty in Vietnam in The War Zone; Warrior Writers’ poet Maurice Decaul, whose Marine infantry company served in Iraq during 2003; and Emerson College professor Doug Anderson, who shares his memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties. The event will also feature Dan Levin’s poetry about Iwo Jima. Walt Whitman Birthplace, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station. waltwhitman.org Free. 1 p.m. May 9.Hal KetchumThe cabinet-maker-turned-country-music singer has sold more than 5 million albums during his successful career. Instead of sticking to what he knows best, the 61-year-old artist decided to release a new album, I’m the Troubadour, an ambitious project that combined several uncustomary genres: folk, blues and soul. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. Boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. May 9.Caroline RheaThis Canadian comic has been a fixture in the American comedy scene for more than two decades. Known for her sharp wit and infectious laugh, Rhea has cultivated her gift of gab (hostessing her own talk show The Caroline Rhea Show, taking over from The Rosie O’Donnell Show and as the hostess of the first three seasons of NBC’s The Biggest Loser) into sit-coms like ABC’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch, voice work like the mother on Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb, and film roles, like The Perfect Man, starring Heather Locklear. Her standup show is not to be missed. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $47. 8 p.m. May 9.Heather Henson’s Sing Along With The Muppet MovieLittle ones and big ones alike will love this family-friendly sing-along to the acclaimed classic Muppet Movie. This interactive experience is like the Rocky Horror Picture Show for the elementary school set. Replete with singing, dancing, puppetry, kiting and shadow acting, the movie will come to life, thanks to the daughter of the legendary Muppet mastermind Jim Henson. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $29.50. 12 p.m. May 9.Southside Johnny & The Asbury JukesLong regarded as the Godfather of the Jersey Shore Sound, John Lyon, better known by his stage name Southside Johnny, is an American original. Growing up in Ocean Grove and graduating from Neptune High, he followed in Bruce Springsteen’s shoes running down the boardwalk, hitting the high notes and laying it low with that bluesy soulfulness that only he can croon. It helped that Steven Van Zandt, the Boss’s compadre, penned Southside Johnny’s signature song, “I Don’t Want to Go Home.” And yes, that’s Southside and the Jukes performing as a bar band at the frat party in that action-packed classic Adventures in Babysitting. The guy’s been doing it right and working his ass off, and we’re lucky to have him around keeping it real. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$49.50. 8 p.m. May 9. Bobby Messano (Photo credit: Facebook)Bobby MessanoThis celebrated guitarist boasts a prolific career with collaborations with music’s elite, including the likes of Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Rodney Atkins and Clarence Clemmons. Along with bassist Suavek Zaniesienko, drummer Dave Hollingsworth and Freddie Gasparini on keyboards, this contemporary blues band leaves audiences gasping for air. With marked intensity punctuated by masterful playing, Messano’s is a show audiences won’t soon forget. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $15. 8 p.m. May 9.Impractical Jokers Starring The Tenderloins, The TenderloinsYou know these guys from their hit show TruTV’s Impractical Jokers. Staten Island natives Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Brian Quinn delight fans with their improvised comedy sketches. The premise is as simple as the childhood games of truth or dare you used to play—but the dares dreamed up by these four childhood friends are both hilarious and excruciatingly embarrassing. No matter, it’s their infectious laughter that causes audiences to roar along with them whether they complete the dares or not. Fans can expect new videos and never-before-seen footage from their show. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $45-$100. Three show times, May 9, 10.IM5Here’s the lowdown on the hottest boy band in town, IM5. Cole Pendery, born in Texas, decided that the spotlight was just the place for him when he was in eighth grade. Amazingly, his parents agreed. Dana Vaughns II grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh and started showing off his talent when he was 7. He clicked and wound up in LA. Now he gets to hang out with dudes who feel like his brothers. Gabriel Morales, Gabe for short, was born and raised in Miami. He’s got Cuban and Venezuelan roots, has no middle name and says yellow is his “fave color.” Having fun, living each day like it’s your last: that’s the motto these boys live by. “Touchdown Dance” is their latest release, and it’s a safe bet, if you’re really nice to them, they’ll play it for you. With supporting acts Sam Pottorff, Austin Jones, Bailey McConnell, The Weekend Riot and The House on Cliff. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20, $75 VIP. 3 p.m. May 10.Jeffrey WandsPsychic medium Jeffrey Wands says an interesting thing happened to him one day when he was 6 years old and watching TV: His great grandmother, Mary, appeared in front of him and spoke. The thing is, she’d been dead for 23 years. And so it began. Since then, he’s had many mind-boggling experiences communicating with deceased folks, predicting events and revealing information about people he barely knew. He was not popular at baseball games because he tended to blurt out the final score before the last out was recorded. Not only is he an accomplished medium, he’s also a popular radio host on WALK 97.5 FM and the author of several books, including “America’s Most Ghostly Places: New York State.” And no, Citi Field is not one of them—yet. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $27. 7:30 p.m. May 11.Melissa RiversThe daughter of the late comedian Joan Rivers will speak about and sign her new book The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation. There was only one person who knew Joan intimately, one person who the authorities would call when the funny lady got a little out of hand: her daughter and best friend, Melissa. The Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. May 11.GravityGuest speaker David Oberhettinger, Chief Knowledge Officer of the NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will explore some of the major scientific themes in the multi Academy Award winning film Gravity, such as: “Why do we ex­plore?” and “Would it be less risky for robots, instead of humans, to do the exploring?” Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7 p.m. May 12.Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)Jorge PosadaFormer New York Yankee Jorge Posada comes to sign his new memoir The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes. The legendary catcher tells the incredible story of his personal journey, offering an unexpected, behind-the-plate view of his career, his past and the father-son bond that fueled his love of the game. The Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. May 12.Duff McKaganThe Guns N’ Roses bassist will speak about and sign his book, How To Be A Man. He is one of the most respected survivors in hard rock. In his book, he shares the wisdom he gained on the path to superstardom—from his time with Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver to getting sober after a life of hard living to achieving his personal American Dream of marrying a supermodel, raising a family and experiencing what it’s like to be winked at by Prince. The Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. May 12Tribute to Jack Bruce, Johnny Winter and Joe CockerThis show is a tribute to three giants of rock-and-roll artistry who passed away in the last year: Jack Bruce, Johnny Winter and Joe Cocker. Join host Bill Shelley, a Freeport Music Archivist, for this screening of rare concert clips and footage. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. May 13.Brit FloydWith a spectacular light show and out-of-this-world stage production, Brit Floyd calls this trip their “Space & Time” tour, a fitting name for this leg of the amazing journey launched by Pink Floyd itself and now followed dutifully by this great tribute act. From The Dark Side of the Moon to The Wall and, the latest, The Endless River, they’ll dip into five decades of Floyd’s best-selling albums to recreate an interstellar night of stunning performances. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$65. 8 p.m. May 13.Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin ExperienceLike father, like son, that’s the essence of Jason Bonham’s critically acclaimed tribute to the music his dad, John Bonham, brought to millions as the drummer for Led Zeppelin. For two nights, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will let fans relive some of the greatest rock n’ roll ever made. This show is more than a tribute—it’s a celebration. From the 1969 debut album to Led Zep’s second, fourth and Physical Graffitti, plus a heavy serving of deep cuts and smash hits, this is a must-see, must-listen show. Jason Bonham has won respect as a drummer in his own right, too, earning a Grammy Award for his work on Led Zep’s Celebration Day and he’s also gotten kudos performing for President Obama at the Kennedy Center. So “ramble on” over there, or take the stairway to you know where! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. May 13, 14.—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Jaime Franchi, Rashed Mian, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

As Gov. Cuomo slashes funding, local municipalities and officials take notice

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first_imgState Senator Fred Akshar told 12 News Governor Andrew Cuomo is cutting AIM funding by 20% to 12 different cities across New York. AIM, or Aid and Incentives for Municipalities, makes up a large portion of the money local towns and villages get from the state. (WBNG) — Southern Tier officials are worried cuts seen in other parts of the state could be coming to our area. While none of these 12 cities are here in the Southern Tier, Akshar said sooner or later, we will start to feel the effects of these cuts as well. The state will save about $74M with these cuts. Akshar said if the state is so determined to save that money, he’d like to see the funds come from other programs, like tax breaks to movie companies or publicly funded political campaigns. “They’re large cities, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester; It’s caught my eye because I see the direction the train is travelling and I know it’s only a matter of time before it starts affecting places like Binghamton,” Akshar told 12 News Wednesday.last_img read more

Coole Cody lands Gold pot | Racing News

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first_imgThere was early drama when Siruh Du Lac, who was sharing the lead with Coole Cody and Simply The Betts, unseated Tom Scudamore at the first fence.That gave Coole Cody the opportunity to open up a 10-length lead as the field set out for the final circuit under Tom O’Brien, who was replacing the injured Adam Wedge.Despite making the odd mistake, Coole Cody (10-1) maintained his momentum as rivals such as Happy Diva and Saint Sonnet came down.- Advertisement – Spiritofthegames (14-1) tried to put in a late bid but Coole Cody would not be denied and went on to score by three and a quarter lengths. Al Dancer (5-1 favourite) was another length away third, with Kauto Riko (50-1) a staying-on fourth.Williams said: “They are very hard races to win and we are usually second, third and fourth in all these big races – we have been second, third and fourth in them all! But if you keep trying, you’ll get there in the end.“Wedgy is out injured and it’s a disappointment for him, but Tom has ridden me loads of winners over the years. We have had some bad luck stories here with Tom in the past, so it’s great he’s got a good one on the board.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Coole Cody ran the opposition ragged as he made all the running to win the ultra-competitive Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham.The Evan Williams-trained nine-year-old kept pulling out more to ward off all-comers and land the prestigious handicap chase in determined fashion.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Poundstretcher takes Yorkshire warehouse

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Nearly 1 in 3 households now in mortgage stress, with high income earners under pressure

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first_imgDigital Finance Analytics principal Martin North.The analysis is based on information from 52,000 household surveys, public data from the RBA, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and APRA, and private data from lenders and aggregators. Households are defined as “stressed” when net income does not cover ongoing costs.It comes as recent analysis of ABS surveys by property research firm CoreLogic found nearly three out of four households are indebted — and the richer you are, the more debt you’re likely to have.“The results are not necessarily what you’d expect with higher income households more likely to be over-indebted than lower income ones,” CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said.According to Digital Finance Analytics, the debt-to-income ratios in severely stressed households were on average eleven times their current annual incomes.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoA survey by HashChing found 92 per cent of mortgage brokers believe interest rates will stay on hold this month.WORST POSTCODES FOR MORTGAGE STRESS IN QLD4350 (Toowoomba region)4670 (Bundaberg region)4740 (Mackay region)4680 (Gladstone region)4870 (Cairns region)4211 (Nerang, Gaven, Carrara, Pacific Pines)4655 (Hervey Bay region)4701 (Rockhampton region)4551 (Caloundra, Currimundi, Dicky Beach)4570 (Gympie region)4207 (Beenleigh, Logan)4300 (Gailes, Goodna, Springfield, Brookwater)4556 (Buderim, Kunda Park, Sippy Downs)4069 (Brookfield, Chapel Hill, Fig Tree Pocket, Kenmore)4053 (Everton Park, Stafford, Mitchelton)4165 (Mount Cotton, Redland Bay, Victoria Point)4305 (Ipswich region)4017 (Bracken Ridge, Brighton, Deagon, Sandgate)4220 (Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Miami)4152 (Camp Hill, Carina, Carina Heights, Carindale) .Even households in affluent suburbs are now being impacted by mortgage stress, according to Digital Finance Analytics.Digital Finance Analytics principal Martin North said continued pressure from low wage growth and rising living costs meant those households with bigger mortgages were especially under pressure.“A rising number of more affluent households are being impacted as the contagion of mortgage stress continues to spread beyond the traditional mortgage belts,” he said.“Some households are now making larger mortgage repayments following out of cycle interest rate rises, and are simultaneously facing higher power prices, council rates and childcarecosts.“This remains a deadly combination and is touching households across the country, not just in the mortgage belts.” MORTGAGE STRESS .. Couple and baby in dining room with laptopALMOST 50,000 households are at risk of defaulting on their home loans in the next 12 months and nearly a third of homeowners are in mortgage stress, new figures show.The latest mortgage stress and default modelling from Digital Finance Analytics for the month of September reveals more than 905,000 households are estimated to be in mortgage stress — 45,000 more than there were the month prior.And even high income households are feeling the squeeze.The numbers have been crunched ahead of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s October board meeting, with the official cash rate expected to remain unchanged at 1.5 per cent. Housing markets continue to cool Tenants from hell on the rise Swim star buys on the Goldie Of those households, 18,000 are in severe stress, which means they are unable to meet home loan repayments with their current income.In Queensland, the number of households in mortgage stress increased by 21,500 to 168,051 in September, with around 9,100 of those at risk of default.But if interest rates were to rise by just 0.5 per cent, that figure would jump to more than 197,000 households in stress. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The worst affected regions include Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Mackay, Gladstone, Cairns and Hervey Bay.But higher income postcodes incorporating the Brisbane suburbs of Camp Hill, Carina, Brookfield and Fig Tree Pocket are also feeling the pinch.center_img The RBA is expected to hold the central cash rate steady at 1.5 per cent at its October board meeting. Image: AAP/Dean Lewins.last_img read more

Dutch Pensions Federation opposes pay increase for trustees

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first_imgRiemen’s comments came in response to professional trustee René van de Kieft, who recently argued in news daily Financieele Dagblad that increasing expertise on schemes’ boards would require a similar increase in remuneration.In Van de Kieft’s opinion, the relatively low reward for trustees made attracting more expertise more difficult.He noted that the Dutch pensions sector was the only industry that paid board members less than their staff and the highest echelons of their providers.Van de Kieft is board member at the €309bn civil service scheme ABP and the €6.3bn pension fund PostNL. Until recently, he also was a trustee for the €34.4bn metal scheme PME.According to Riemen, the legal rules concerning the amount of time board members must spent on their responsibilities are the real problem.The Federation also disagreed with Van de Kieft’s suggestion that a board consisting of only social-partner representatives would be inferior.“The sector can work very well with the choice of board models, and this also goes for the reward of trustees, for which the Federation has issued guidelines,” he said.The recommended standard pay for a full-time board position varies from €100,000 at a small pension fund to €140,000 at a large scheme. However, trustees’ remuneration at the largest providers APG and PGGM varies from €450,000 to €670,000, according to the FD.Meanwhile, ABP has indicated that Van de Kieft, who represents union federation CNV on its board, has not spoken on behalf of ABP.“We want to keep trustees’ remuneration manageble and predictable,” it said.“Therefore, we have opted for a fixed reward [that approximates] the recommendations of the Pensions Federation.” The Dutch Pensions Federation has criticised a proposed remuneration increase for the professional board members of pension funds in the Netherlands. Gerard Riemen, director at the lobbying organisation, said: “A modest reward policy is a great good in the sector.”He said the industry was focusing on the interest of society and that pension funds should not operate as commercial businesses.“We want to radiate this focus within the existing culture, as well as within pension funds’ remuneration policy,” he said.last_img read more