Michael Lomenda Returns to Jersey Boys

first_img The big man is back in town! Jersey Boys vet Michael Lomenda will step in for Matt Bogart as Nick Massi in Jersey Boys from May 3 through September 4. Bogart is on leave from the long-running tuner while he appears in off-Broadway’s Himself and Nora; he will return to the Main Stem’s August Wilson Theatre on September 6.Having appeared as Nick Massi in Toronto and on the road, Lomenda also played the role in Clint Eastwood’s feature film adaptation of the musical. This is his Broadway debut.The Tony-winning jukebox tuner Jersey Boys tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown New Jersey kids to international pop superstars. The show features over 30 hit songs, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.”The production currently additionally stars Richard H. Blake as Tommy DeVito and Quinn VanAntwerp as Bob Gaudio. As previously reported, Mauricio Pérez and Dominic Scaglione Jr. are alternating the role of Frankie Valli. Both will play four shows a week; a performance schedule will be announced later. They took over for Joseph Leo Bwarie, who appeared in his final performance at the August Wilson Theatre on April 24. Jersey Boys Michael Lomenda(Photo: David Leyes) Related Showscenter_img from $59.00 View Commentslast_img read more

Best Mountain Town Video Series: Part III

first_imgBest Mountain Town Series: Part III from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.Fayetteville, W.Va., won Best River Town in this year’s Mountain Town poll. From whitewater rafting to creek boating and even fly fishing, this little town has A LOT of river action. Check it out!To read about the other mountain towns included in this year’s poll, check out the article in our November issue or online here. To see parts I and II of the Best Mountain Town Video Series, check out our BRO-TV feed.Thanks to David Fusilli with Demshitz for providing additional video footage.Soundtrack provided by The Kalob Griffin Band out of Philadelphia. Check out their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds to learn more about this “Pennsylvania raised band of country-fried rock n’ rollers.”last_img

Not a magic pill: understanding social media

first_imgIn the classic Jefferson Airplane song “White Rabbit,” they tell us that “one pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small.” It seems like, when it comes to social media, too many credit unions are looking for this “one pill cure-all” approach.The fact of the matter is, social media is a powerful tool — and also usually misunderstood by those that seek to use it. Social media, when used correctly, can be a powerful weapon in your marketing arsenal. It is not, however, a cure-all for everything dragging down your marketing machine.With that in mind, below please find a few tips to help you better understand social media and what it can and cannot do for your credit union.Despite the mass of people using it, social media still requires a targeted approach. For example, contrary to popular belief, Facebook is not the best way to reach all people. The demographics of Facebook trend increasingly older. Therefore, if you’re looking to reach younger people, Facebook may not be your best bet. Similarly, if you are trying to reach female consumers, a better option might be Pinterest. Social media offers a wide variety of choices for users. This requires credit unions to align their target audiences with the social media platforms those people choose.An integrated social media approach requires a great deal of time. At some larger corporations, social media unit has its own department. Most credit unions don’t have this luxury. In order for a typical credit union to make a meaningful impact in social media, you’ll have to select a handful of platforms and concentrate your efforts and time there. Spreading yourself too thin in social media is just like spreading your advertising to thin across different channels. All you do is dilute your message and water-down your return on investment.Instead of using social media to push-push-push, consider using it to pull-pull-pull information from consumers. As with other marketing channels, social media can be misused as a bull-horn to browbeat consumers with your information. The average person wants to be communicated with — not spoken down to. Consider using social media as a way to initiate conversations with consumers. Pose questions and engage in conversations with members and potential members on your social media channels. Encourage dialogue and interaction. Position your credit union as an information source rather than trying to indoctrinate them from on-high.Consider using a blog is a critical element of your social media platform. Your credit union blog is your voice. It also offers a higher degree of brand control than the average social media platform. It further establishes your credit union as an information source for consumers, positioning you in such a way that they seek you as a trusted partner when it comes to financial matters. Blogging is also a fairly inexpensive way to bolster your social media platform.You can’t use social media to completely replace real-life networking. Even the most robust social media program does not allow you to board up the windows on traditional business development. You still have to meet and greet people in person to build lasting relationships. If social media serves as a tool that helps you start these relationships, so much the better. Just don’t look at it as the silver bullet that will address all of your business development woes.Social media represents a true revolution in the way people communicate. Platforms rise and fall and it’s exciting to think about where we might be in the course of just a few years. Credit unions should look to social media in a realistic way to help broaden the depths and reach of their overall marketing and communication programs. Remember, social media is just another tool in the marketing toolbox, not a magic pill that makes everything better. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Kjoller Jeff has extensive experience in branding, art direction and graphic design, having served employers and clients in a creative capacity for more than twenty-five years. After graduating from the University … Web: www.loudthought.biz Detailslast_img read more

Tropical Storm Fay forms off coast of North Carolina, could impact our area

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Fay has formed off the coast of North Carolina. The storm could have an impact on our area, too, producing heavy rainfall and strong winds. 12 News will have more details in its 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. newscasts. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami announced the storm’s formation Thursday afternoon. Forecasters say they will release more details shortly. It is already the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. last_img

Owen Hargreaves reveals Danny Welbeck ‘couldn’t believe’ how talented Arsenal boss Unai Emery was

Advertisement Owen Hargreaves reveals Danny Welbeck ‘couldn’t believe’ how talented Arsenal boss Unai Emery was Welbeck has made two Premier League appearances since joining Watford (Picture: Getty)‘I was speaking to Danny Welbeck, I saw him [just now], and he said what a brilliant coach Unai Emery is,’ Hargreaves told The Kelly & Wrighty Show. ‘He said he couldn’t believe how talented a coach he was.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘So I really believe in the talent that they have, the front three that they have, but it goes back to the defence. Can they sort it out?’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFormer Manchester United midfielder Hargreaves believes Arsenal have the squad, and the manager, to compete for a Champions League berth this season and was full of praise for Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos.He continued: ‘This league is difficult and I think the first game he was magnificent, then went to Anfield and barely kicked the ball – and he’s a ball player, he needs touches. So didn’t really affect the game there. The former Gunners frontman takes on his old club with Watford on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Owen Hargreaves has revealed that Danny Welbeck was blown away by Unai Emery’s coaching ability during his time at Arsenal, while the former midfielder has backed the Gunners to finish in the top four.Welbeck’s five-year stay at the Emirates came to an end over the summer after an injury-plagued final campaign and he will take on his old club with new side Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday.The 28-year-old only spent a season playing under Emery – making just 14 appearances before injury struck – but, according to Hargreaves, the Spaniard left a huge impression on Welbeck. Comment Hargreaves thinks Arsenal have a serious chance to finish in the top four (Picture: Getty)‘When he came on against Tottenham I thought he was terrific, I thought he was exceptional. So just put all those guys on the pitch and let them figure it out.‘Lacazette up top, Aubameyang, Pepe, Ceballos maybe in behind. Torreira’s got to play I think, Guendouzi [as well]. Xhaka I’m not sure why he consistently starts with all the mistakes that he makes.‘But I like what Arsenal have. I really believe in it. In the second half against Tottenham I thought they were magnificent. They should have won the game, they really should have. And I think they’ll finish fourth.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Sep 2019 11:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link426Shares Advertisement read more

Green Wind to Help Albatros Take Off

first_imgSiemens Gamesa has selected Green Wind to organise and supervise all switching operations during the commissioning of the offshore transformer platform and the wind turbines at the 112MW EnBW Albatros wind farm in the German North Sea.The transformer platform and the wind farm’s 16 Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines are scheduled to be commissioned by the end of 2019, the Berlin-based Green Wind said.Green Wind’s scope of services also includes the simulation of planned switching processes, the monitoring of commissioning by remote and partially on-site communication, and the creation and dynamic adaptation of all necessary switching programs.In addition, the entire network structure is mapped within the Green Wind control room software in the form of a so-called “digital twin,” and prepared for manual control and optional telecontrol.“The Albatros contract opens another door for us into the offshore market,” said Manuel Lasse, Green Wind’s Managing Director.“We are currently one of the few independent companies with a 24/7 control room and a highly competent team that can offer this range of services. We are delighted that Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has placed its trust in us, and that we can make an important contribution to Germany’s largest offshore wind farm project currently under construction.”The EnBW Albatros wind farm is being built some 104 kilometres off the coast of Germany, in the immediate vicinity of the 497MW EnBW Hohe See offshore wind farm. The two projects are being built as one and are due to be put into operation by the end of 2019.last_img read more

Helio Castroneves

first_imgForty-two year old Helio Castroneves says he feels like a 19-year old.  When he had his annual physical for the 2017 Indy Car Series, his doctor confirmed that he has the body of a much younger man.  In just a couple months, we will be ready for the Indy 500 and Castroneves is hoping his 20th season in racing brings another 500 win.At the present time, he is the only active driver with 3 wins at the Indy 500.  Although he did not win a race last year, he still finished 3rd in the season standings.  If Helio can get that 4th win, he will join some of the legends of the brickyard with 4 wins.  The very popular Castroneves is obviously a fan favorite at Indianapolis.  We will have to wait to see how he does in May.last_img

Trump Organization Cancels Anti-Muslim Group’s Upcoming Mar-a-Lago Event

first_imgThe Trump Organization on announced Sunday that it has canceled a November fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago for ACT for America, an anti-Muslim extremist group that has more than one million members.Amanda Miller, a spokesperson for the Trump Organization, says, “This group absolutely will not be hosting their event at Mar-a-Lago.”She did not immediately provide any additional details, such as who at Mar-a-Lago had approved the November 7 event.News broke earlier during the weekend that ACT was planning to host its annual fundraiser at President Trump’s private club. The group is known as the largest anti-Muslim organization in the United States.This is a developing story.last_img

The Latest: Canada’s National Bank funds tennis players

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Canada’s National Bank is offering cash grants to each of 23 tennis players from the country who are facing financial issues because of the coronavirus pandemic. The police had asked that games be played in neutral venues but that plan was opposed by many relegation-threatened clubs who believe it harms the sporting integrity of the league.Liverpool led the league by 25 points when it was halted in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are nine games remaining.Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says “it is the preference of all of our clubs to play at home if possible.”Masters says clubs discussed what would happen if the season had to be curtailed for the first time.___ ___Members of a golf club whose course straddles the border of England and Wales are in a state of limbo after conflicting rules were issued by government officials during the coronavirus pandemic.Llanymynech Golf Club has 15 holes in Wales and three in England. A sign on the fourth hole reads: “Drive in Wales. Putt out in England.”It has left the club’s members with quite the headache.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is loosening restrictions during lockdown to allow people in England to play golf with at most one other person from Wednesday as long as they abide by social distancing measures. However, people in Wales have been told by their devolved government they must stay at home and that golf courses should remain closed. The American Hockey League has canceled the rest of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic.President and CEO David Andrews says “the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions.”The league’s board of governors made that determination in a conference call Friday.The AHL suspended its season on March 12 after the NHL did. The league hopes to be back next season but that is in jeopardy if sports must be played in empty arenas.___ The government recently said it would allow the league and the cup to resume on May 30. The second division was canceled.___Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to return to Italy to spend two weeks in quarantine ahead of the potential return of the Serie A season with AC Milan.He leaves behind plenty of questions in his native Sweden.Ibrahimovic has been keeping up his fitness by training with Hammarby. He bought a nearly 25% stake in the Stockholm-based club last year in his first move into soccer ownership. The striker practiced with the men’s and women’s teams and played in a training match because Sweden is not under strict lockdown measures during the coronavirus pandemic. The British government has told sports bodies to prepare for the resumption of events in England but not before June and not with fans in stadiums.Sports have been shut down in Britain since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.A government document says Step 2 of the plan for easing the lockdown includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast.”The document states that the resumption cannot happen before June 1.The government says permitting large crowds in sports stadiums “may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections.” ___The Turkish volleyball league has been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.Turkish Volleyball Federation president Mehmet Akif Ustundag says no team will be declared champion and no team will be relegated.He says “the men’s and women’s leagues have been registered as they stand.”Turkey suspended all league games on March 20 but the country’s soccer federation announced last week it plans to resume games on June 12 and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August. Associated Press The Latest: Canada’s National Bank funds tennis players Llanymynech club secretary Sian Whiteoak has told Sky Sports “a number of calls” have been made to authorities and “we await clarification before we make any decisions.”Llanymynech is also well known for being the home course of former Masters champion Ian Woosnam.___The Belarus soccer federation has postponed two matches because players from two teams are suspected of being infected with the coronavirus.Federation spokesman Alexander Aleinik says the players are from first-division club Minsk and second-division team Arsenal Dzerzhinsk. He did not name the players. The Turkish Basketball Federation says it is canceling its season amid the coronavirus outbreak.Federation president Hidayet Turkoglu says the decision was reached following consultations with all basketball clubs and no team will be declared champion.Turkoglu says “this was the best decision for basketball.”Turkey suspended all league sports in March but the country’s soccer federation announced last week it plans to resume games on June 12 and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.___ May 11, 2020 ___Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and third-ranked Karolina Pliskova will lead teams in a tennis charity event during the coronavirus pandemic.Pliskova’s team will include her twin sister Kristyna, 2019 French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova, Tereza Martincova and Nikola Bartunkova.Kvitova will be joined in her squad by Barbora Strycova, Katerina Siniakova, Barbora Krejcikova, Linda Fruhvirtova and Russian player Ekaterina Alexandrova.Pliskova says “it’s a great opportunity for us to play a unique tournament.” Japan is living under a state of emergency that is in effect until May 31.Commissioner Atsushi Saito says “I don’t think anyone can make preparations by setting a specific opening day.”Saito says the All-Star game in July has been canceled for the first time since it was initially held almost 70 years ago. The Japanese season was originally scheduled to open on March 20.Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University professor Mitsuo Kaku says it would be difficult to set a date for the season to start with the state of emergency still in effect.Baseball has begun in Taiwan and South Korea in empty stadiums. The first of the four tournaments that are part of the competition is scheduled for June 13-15 in Prague.___Real Madrid has become the latest Spanish league club to resume individual training.Players were back in action at the team’s training center two months after the league was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Most clubs had already resumed individual sessions. Barcelona restarted on Friday and Atlético Madrid on Saturday. The women’s Bundesliga has six rounds remaining and is to restart on May 29. The men’s third division has 11 rounds remaining and will resume on May 26 and conclude on June 30. Relegation-promotion playoffs will be scheduled in July.The German Cup final has been rescheduled for July 4. The semifinals will be played on June 9 and 10. The women’s cup final is slated for the same day as the men’s.Federation president Fritz Keller says all the matches will likely be played in empty stadiums “but I am convinced that this is by far the best solution.”___The Premier League says it hopes government authorities will allow all 20 stadiums to be used if the competition resumes next month. All players were tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to practice.The league says five players on first- and second-division clubs have tested positive. Three staff members have also tested positive.Spanish league president Javier Tebas hopes to restart the league on June 12.___The head of Japanese baseball says the 12-team league is hoping to start play next month but no specific date has been set. ___The Portuguese soccer federation says the league, clubs and players must take responsibility for the consequences of the return to soccer in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.The federation says that is the first condition stipulated by government authorities to allow the Portuguese league and the Portuguese Cup to resume as planned by the end of the month.The federation says the league, clubs and players at all times “assume the risk of infection” and “bear the responsibility” of all possible consequences related to the disease and to “the risk for public health.”The federation says it received a set of conditions from the government on Sunday. Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ is using his love of coffee to help raise money for COVID-19 relief charities.The 25-year-old Happ is partnering with Connect Roasters for Quarantine Coffee. It costs $15 per bag, and $3 from every sale goes to virus-related causes.Happ calls himself a “coffee connoisseur” and says Quarantine Coffee is for everyone “searching for the perfect morning cup.”Happ is keeping busy while he waits for word on the major league season, which has been delayed by the pandemic. He has been living with three other players from the Cubs organization in a house in Arizona. The group has been posting videos of its daily activities and doing a podcast.___ Minsk and Neman Grodno were to play on Friday and Arsenal was to face Lokomotiv Gomel on Saturday.Soccer matches have been played in Belarus throughout the pandemic but attendance at recent matches has been thin and spectators have been seated in staggered formation in the stands.___The German soccer federation has set dates for the return of the women’s Bundesliga, men’s third division and new dates for the remaining German Cup matches.Soccer in the country has been suspended since March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic but Chancellor Angela Merkel said last week it could return subject to strict measures. The league then announced the men’s Bundesliga and second division would resume on May 16. The Big South Conference has announced it is delaying for one year the neutral-site format for its conference basketball championships due to the coronavirus.The conference plans to return to on-campus sites for both the men’s and women’s basketball championships next March before moving the championship to Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2022.The conference also says men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, volleyball, softball and baseball will limit championship fields to just the top four teams in 2020-21. The soccer, volleyball, lacrosse and softball championships will be held on campus. Baseball will remain at SEGRA Stadium in Fayetteville, North Carolina.The conference also said its football and basketball media days, as well as most planned conference meetings, will be held virtually. Tennis Canada announced the grants of $10,000 to $20,000 in Canadian dollars, or about $7,000 to $14,000 in U.S. dollars, from National Bank on Monday, saying the amounts will depend on a player’s ranking.The money will help professionals ranked from 100 to 750 in singles or between 25 and 100 in doubles, members of the top 100 in the ITF junior rankings who are transitioning to the pros, and players in the top 50 of the ITF wheelchair rankings.Among the recipients: Sharon Fichman, who is No. 48 in women’s doubles; Leylah Annie Fernandez, who is No. 118 in women’s singles; Brayden Schnur, who is No. 177 in men’s singles; Peter Polansky, who is No. 192 in men’s singles; and Rebecca Marino, who is No. 300 in women’s singles.All sanctioned tennis events have been called off since March because of the outbreak, and all tennis events in Canada are called off until the end of August, except for the Rogers Cup men’s tournament in Toronto. The WTA and ATP are suspended until at least mid-July everywhere. ___ The 38-year-old Ibrahimovic could return to the club as a player in the final years of his career.Milan and most of the other Italian league clubs resumed training on an individual basis last week before full team training restarts next Monday.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Hass: Syracuse fans should start to worry after 3rd loss in 4 games

first_imgCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Two weeks ago, Syracuse was undefeated.The Orange was letting teams hang around, but disposing of them in the final minutes.Everything was golden in Syracuse.But now, after surrendering 48 points to No. 12 Virginia (25-5, 16-1 Atlantic Coast) in the second half and losing 75-56 on Saturday night, No. 4 Syracuse (26-3, 13-3) has dropped three of its last four games.Syracuse is still fully capable of winning the ACC tournament. It’s still capable of getting a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance. And it’s still capable of cutting down the nets in April.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the Orange needs to play better if any of those three things are to happen. Much better.Without a healthy Jerami Grant, a consistently clicking offense or an effective 3-point defense, Syracuse is more vulnerable than it has been all season.“It’s definitely frustrating,” SU guard Michael Gbinije said. “From a player’s eyes, you kind of look at one game at a time. You just want to win every game.”Now NCAA Tournament games in Buffalo and Madison Square Garden are no longer inevitable.The shirts that prematurely read “All Cuse Conference” are erroneous. It was an “All Cavalier Conference” Saturday night, as one sign read amid a swarm of raucous Cavalier fans that stormed the court.“I thought for a couple of weeks that they’ve been by far the best team,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said of the Cavaliers after the game.In John Paul Jones Arena, Virginia was the better team, by far, as all of the Orange’s glaring weaknesses exposed in the past few weeks reached a new level.Virginia manhandled SU in the second half, hitting seven 3s en route to a 35-16 run to close the game. The score was once tied at 42, but that’s when Syracuse fell apart.Three after 3 soared through the net as the Orange was unable to match UVA’s firepower from downtown.“In two of our three losses, that’s been the difference in the game,” Boeheim said. “We just did not do a good job guarding the 3-point line. Period.”And while Justin Anderson — who led the Cavaliers with three triples — and Co. were canning 3s, Syracuse was rendered inept offensively.It was forced to play the entire second half without Grant for the second straight game. Syracuse survived without him against Maryland, but couldn’t do so against the Cavaliers.It’s unclear how long Grant will be sidelined, but if he misses time going forward, SU’s front line becomes that much thinner. Staying out of foul trouble becomes that much more critical for the oft-out-of-position Rakeem Christmas and Baye Moussa Keita.That means that Tyler Roberson may see some minutes, as he did against UVA.“When (Grant’s) out, guys are going to have to step up and fill that role,” guard Trevor Cooney said. “We’ll be fine.”We’ll be fine.It’s a phrase Syracuse players said when they were winning close games. They said it after the Boston College and Duke losses. And it was the theme of a generally somber locker room after the loss to Virginia.Though the players were somewhat dejected, they gave the same even-keeled answers they have all year.“Just a season of runs. Teams get hot, teams cool down,” Gbinije said. “This is definitely something that we can bounce back from.”It certainly is. It’s only one game. But at some point, Syracuse fans have to worry.This isn’t the team it was a few weeks ago. An aura of invincibility no longer follows the Orange everywhere it goes. As Boeheim mentioned, UVA was the first game all season SU wasn’t within striking distance in the final five minutes.“That’s going to happen some games,” Keita said. “You can’t play great offense every game. I think this was one of those games. We were in a slump a little bit.”But that slump has been painfully dragged out over a month-long stretch. We’ve witnessed a team go from untouchable to battered. From undefeated to knocked-off three times in just 10 days.And from the groom of the ACC to the clear-cut groomsman.There’s still time for Syracuse to go out on top in its first year in the ACC, but the Orange better turn things around quickly.The conference tournament’s less than two weeks away. If SU wants to earn a No. 1 seed, it’ll have to start playing like one.Trevor Hass is an asst. sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at tbhass@syr.edu or on Twitter at @TrevorHass. Comments Published on March 1, 2014 at 10:53 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more