Anti-Bullying Candlelight Vigil Scheduled for this Thursday at 5pm at EVSC Headquarters

first_imgThe Tri-State Alliance is encouraging members of the local community to attend an anti-bullying candlelight vigil outside the EVSC Headquarters, 951 Walnut Street on Thursday from 5pm – 5:45pm. The EVSC School Board has their organizational meeting at 5:30pm that same night and same location.         The vigil is in response to EVSC’s communication with the press the past week and a half, where they have downplayed bullying as a problem at EVSC.         The event is being organized with the following goals:1)   To publicize that bullying IS a problem at EVSC, including the bullying of LGBT students;2)   To ask the public to contact school board members, to instruct EVSC Superintendent Dr. David Smith to take action to address this issue;3)   And to publicize that the Tri-State Alliance Youth Group is a safe place for LGBT middle school and high school students in our area (the group meets on Saturdays at 7pm at the TSA Offices, 501 John Street Suite 5 in Evansville)The public is invited to attend. All are encouraged to bring umbrellas, and either a candle or flashlight. Some candles and flashlights will be available that night. For information, contact Tri-State Alliance President Wally Paynter at 812-480-0204 [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ocean City Rallies to Support Its High School Surfing Team

first_imgMore than 200 people came out Saturday night to support the Ocean City High School surfing team at an annual scholarship fundraiser.Three went home with new boards:Local surfer Steve Mullen won a wooden longboard crafted by Ocean City surfer and carpenter Mike Lukens.Ocean City Intermediate School sixth-grader Brynn Bowman won a shortboard shaped by the local Heritage surf shop.Ocean City firefighter Wyatt Clevenger won an Al Merrick board donated by Ocean City’s Surfers Supplies.Local businesses supplied more than 50 prizes to the event, which was held at the Ocean City Yacht Club and included a buffet, music and dancing. Ocean City Beach Patrol training officer Mark Jamison won a cruiser bike from Tuckahoe Bikes, and Sean Riley won a wetsuit from Seventh Street Surf Shop.Ocean City High School has won 23 of the past 25 National Scholastic Surfing Association Northeast Championship titles,  and all proceeds from the event go toward scholarships for senior surf team members who are bound for college or the military.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Yoasis Prepares to Open New Location on Ocean City Boardwalk

first_imgYoasis Beach Bowls will open within the next couple weeks at 1242 Boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ.Yoasis, the popular frozen yogurt shop that opened on downtown Asbury Avenue three years ago, is preparing to add a second location on the Ocean City Boardwalk.Tina Spadafora-Gushka and Matt Gushka are working to launch the new Yoasis Beach Bowls by the end of April.The owners were busy assembling frozen yogurt machines and outfitting the shop at 1242 Boardwalk, the former location of the Barefoot Trading Company (which moves down to the 1000 block of the Boardwalk).Spadafora-Gushka said she had always wanted to have a boardwalk location, and the opportunity arose this spring.“I love this location,” she said, looking out over the beach and boardwalk between 12th and 13th streets.The new boardwalk Yoasis Beach Bowls will have a different flavor than the downtown self-serve frozen yogurt location.Beach Bowls will serve six flavors of frozen yogurt (not self-serve), but also will feature “bowls” such as Acai Bowls — pure acai, banana and almond milk, topped with granola and banana. A variety of smoothies also will be available, along with vegan and gluten-free baked goods.One signature menu item will be cold-pressed coffee, a drink brewed without heat for a smoother taste and low acidity, according to Spadafora-Gushka. It is served as iced coffee.“Pinkberry meets Jamba Juice” is how she described her new venture, referring to two growing national franchises.The location will be open weekends through the spring, then seven days for the season. The downtown location remains open seven days a week.last_img read more

Wedding cake maker makes move to high street

first_imgCelebration cake maker Jeanette Chappell has moved from her kitchen to the high street after 18 years.The Bridal Cake Shop is now in Whitchurch, Basingstoke, after Chappell completely gutted an empty building to create a viewing area upstairs, where customers can look through a portfolio, and a workshop area downstairs with four ovens where the cakes are made. She also plans to run sugarcraft lessons in the shop, in response to requests from customers.Chappell said: “It looks more professional to have a shop and it’s nice to shut the door at the end of the day. Now clients can sit and have a coffee and look through the brochures when they visit.”She makes and decorates about 50 wedding cakes a year, along with birthday and celebration cakes, and added: “A lot of cake places use packet mixes, but I make everything fresh.”The cakes have featured in various bridal magazines.last_img read more

Cornish pasty drive-thru abandoned

first_imgPlans for Cornwall’s first pasty drive-thru have fallen through, after it was met with opposition from the local council.Entrepreneur Ken Cocking of Mylor, had wanted to build the drive-thru at the old Ward Vauxhall Hilltop Garage, located just outside of Helston.Speaking to West Briton about the potential site, Cocking said: “I’ve put the site on the market and that’s that.“We thought there was no point in me going on with it. It didn’t go before planning and it has been withdrawn.”At present, there are no plans to relocate the drive-thru.The proposed idea had been met with opposition as many expressed concern about access from the A394. Helston Town Council recommended the plans be refused, saying it would hit trade in the town.Earlier in the year, Helston mayor Jonathon Radford Gaby expressed his support for the venture to This is Cornwall . “Why not – we have drive-thru burger bars and doughnut bars, why not a pasty drive-thru?  It sounds like an excellent idea. Any new business in the area has got to be welcomed.”Cocking, his two sons, Aaron and Gavin, and business partner Mark Christophers had looked for the ideal site to start their venture for the past decade.The family made their fortune when their West Cornwall Pasty Company was subject to a management buyout worth £30m four years ago.last_img read more

Jazz Fest Adds Diana Ross To 2019 Lineup

first_imgThe world-famous Jazz Fest will return to the Fair Grounds Race Course to celebrate their 50th anniversary from Thursday, April 25th through Sunday, the 28th, and Thursday, May 2nd to Sunday, May 5th. That’s right, both weekends will start on a Thursday and end on a Sunday, alleviating some of the crowded atmospheres that the first weekend is traditionally known for.On Friday, the legendary festival revealed another huge artist, Diana Ross–one the most iconic performers in American music history–to the already-stacked lineup. Having celebrated her Diamond Diana 75th Birthday earlier this year, the “I’m Coming Out”, “Upside Down”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” vocalist will make her first-ever appearance at Jazz Fest on Saturday, May 4th.Related: Oteil & Friends Announce NOLA Show During Jazz FestEarlier in the week, event organizers rolled out the 2019 lineup, which features The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, Jimmy Buffet & The Coral Reefer Band, Chris Stapleton, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Santana, Pitbull, Van Morrison, Al Green, Logic, Earth, Wind & Fire, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Nevilles, Gladys Knight, John Fogerty, The Revivalists, Leon Bridges, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Tank and the Bangas, Tom Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Alanis Morissette, Gary Clark Jr., Irma Thomas, Doobie Brothers, The O’Jays, Ziggy Marley, Mavis Staples, The Head and The Heart, Jimmy Cliff, Ellis Marsalis Family Tribute, Boz Scaggs, Aaron Neville, Galactic, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rebirth Brass Band, Indigo Girls, Los Lobos, Big Freedia, Kamasi Washington, Rita Coolidge, Buddy Guy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Better Than Ezra, Lauren Daigle, Dumpstaphunk, Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues BAnd, Ani DiFranco, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Gregory Porter, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Shirley Caesar, The Radiators, The Robert Cray BAnd, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright, North Mississippi Allstars, The subdudes, The Mavericks, Anders Osborne, Little Feat, Samantha Fish, Naturally 7, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Kermir Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers, Sweet Crude, Boyfriend, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rance Allen Group, Sonny Landreth, Cyril Nevill’s Swamp Funk, Bonerama, Foundation of Funk, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Bobby Jones & The Nashville Super Choir, Little Freddie King, The Soul Rebels, Steve Earle & The Dukes, and hundreds more.All ticketing information, as well as daily lineups, for the 2019 Jazz Fest can be found via the festival’s website.last_img read more

Broadway’s Gonna Get Schooled! School of Rock Confirms B’way Dates and Theater

first_img The film was penned by Mike White, directed by Richard Linklater and starred Jack Black as wannabe rock star Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands. “It’s a wonderful movie about what the power of music can be for kids,” Lloyd Webber told Broadway.com in an exclusive interview (see below) about why he was attracted to the story. The theater legend went on to emphasize “that it’s Jack Black’s movie and it’s Mike White’s movie and Mike’s a terrific writer and I do not want in any way to make it a kind of Andrew Lloyd Webber show—it has to be true to the original for it to work.” View Comments School of Rock – The Musical Three-time Grammy-winning record producer Rob Cavallo has also joined the creative team. The production will feature choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Mick Potter. Casting for the show will begin in January in cities across the U.S., including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. School of Rock—The Musical marks the first time Lloyd Webber has opened a show on Broadway before London since Jesus Christ Superstar in 1971. Broadway’s gonna rock next fall! Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest project, the stage adaptation of School of Rock will premiere at the Winter Garden Theatre. Based on the hit 2003 movie of the same name, School of Rock—The Musical will begin previews on November 2, 2015 and officially open on December 6. Directed by Les Miz’s Laurence Connor, the tuner will feature music from the movie, as well as new music written by Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 Related Showslast_img read more

Parker Riehle: Federal stimulus funds for tourism promotion can boost Vermont’s economy

first_imgThe Vermont legislature is currently considering a proposal by Governor Douglas, which he announced along with members of the Senate Economic Development Committee, to dedicate $8.67 million in available federal stimulus funds for economic development.  Part of that proposal would appropriate up to an additional $500,000 to the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing (VDTM) for the promotion of Vermont as a winter destination.  At less than 6 percent of the available federal stimulus package, $500,000 is a small portion of those funds but can help tremendously with this winter s tourism economy.The appropriation is critical to the Vermont economy.  At a time when the tourism economy has continued to hold up well despite incredibly challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to ensure we are making an adequate investment to promote winter tourism.  Vermont enjoys the tremendous advantage of being within a day s drive of 80 million people in the metropolitan markets to the north and south, but it is not an advantage that we have exclusively.  We share this advantage with Maine, New Hampshire and New York, and, with more and more winter visitors opting to stay closer to home and forego the trip to an airline-dependent destination, it is critically important that we be competitive with our northeastern neighbors when getting the word out to our core markets.  Vermont s ski areas spend upwards of $20 million on marketing winter in Vermont, and these funds are an opportunity to bolster VDTM s existing budget for promoting the collective brand of our unique state.The return on investment for Vermont s economy is proven.  The state s economist has confirmed for VDTM that there is a positive return for the state s tax revenues from the Department s marketing and promotional efforts.  And it s a quick return, with VDTM s expenditures generating revenue returns within 3-6 months.  That certainly makes for a worthwhile investment when the state is faced with budget shortfalls in the near and long term.The economic impacts of winter travel go far beyond the ski areas.  Skiers and snowboarders annually spend upwards of $700 million when they visit Vermont, and it is important to note that 2/3 s of those expenditures occur off-mountain at the numerous businesses throughout Vermont communities that are integral to the ski economy.  In addition, the seven ski areas that lease land from the state provide over $2.5 million in lease payments annually to the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation on a performance-based formula the better the ski business, the more revenue for the Department.  Not only do those ski area payments provide nearly half of the Department s state parks budget, but those dollars translate into capital improvements and employment throughout the summertime park season.  In addition, the funds would bolster VDTM s marketing campaign which prominently features the Cabot brand and the farmers of the Cabot cooperative which are so integral to Vermont s agricultural heritage. The timing for this appropriation is perfect.  Our mountains are coming off of strong business over the Christmas/New Years and MLK holiday periods, snowmaking conditions have been ideal and our ski areas have been able to offer excellent trail coverage.  This, along with frequent snowfall in the backyards of our metropolitan markets this season, sets up Vermont s ski industry with tremendous momentum for the critical Presidents Week holiday period and for the remainder of the ski season which goes through the entire month of March and typically extends well into April depending on conditions.  Therefore, it is vital that this appropriation be approved quickly so that VDTM can get the additional ad dollars in motion for maximum return.Parker Riehle of South Burlington is President of the Vermont Ski Areas Association and member of the Travel Recreation Council.Parker M. Riehle, PresidentVermont Ski Areas AssociationP.O. Box 368, 26 State StreetMontpelier, VT  05601P: 802.223.2439  F: 802.229.6917www.skivermont.com(link is external)last_img read more

Ohio Legislators Seek Extension of Freeze on Renewables

first_imgOhio Legislators Seek Extension of Freeze on Renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Kathiann M. Kowalski for Midwest Energy News:Clean energy industry and environmental organizations say continuing the freeze will put Ohio at a further disadvantage if the EPA climate rules are upheld.“The bill on its face is something that’s going to halt innovation and the new energy economy that’s emerging pretty much all around us,” said Ted Ford, president of Ohio Advanced Energy Economy.The draft, circulated by state Sen. Bill Seitz, would suspend additional requirements under Ohio’s clean energy standards for three more years after the current two-year freeze that supporters claimed was just a “pause” and “time out” to let a special committee study the standards.Sen. Troy Balderson, co-chair of the Ohio Senate’s Public Utilities Commission, said he favors the idea of an additional freeze.“We are still looking to continue the freeze to 2019,” Balderson said.“With the [Clean Power Plan] on hold right now, that would be the nearest time frame that we would start that process again,” Balderson said. “And that’s an ‘if.’ That’s not definite as to when it would happen.”“It would be much better for us to have an understanding of where we’re going to go with the Clean Power Plan [and] what standards the feds are going to put on us before knowing what the standards should be that we should put in there also,” Balderson said.“That’s just not the way that it works,” said Trish Demeter at the Ohio Environmental Council.“The longer we have these standards frozen, the more we get behind in terms of being on track to meet the carbon reduction goals,” Demeter said. “So it makes sense to bring them back as soon as possible. Then we’ll be able to count what we’re doing now towards our final goal.”Nor are there unresolved technical issues that would make it harder for Ohio to comply with the federal rules, noted Samantha Williams of the Natural Resources Defense Council.“There is no legitimate concern about conflicting requirements,” she said. “Ohio is likely to take a mass-based approach that is streamlined and does not impose on Ohio any particular methodology…for ‘counting’ clean energy,” she explained. “In other words, if it’s real, it counts.”Ohio has other reasons to let strong clean energy standards resume, advocates say.“Forward-looking power companies and businesses across the economy are already seizing on the opportunities associated with investing in clean energy and energy efficiency,” Williams said. “The electricity sector has already embarked on an unstoppable shift from its high-pollution, dirty-fueled past to a safer, cleaner-powered future.”“As a laggard, Ohio only stands to lose,” Williams said.Ohio lawmakers cite Clean Power Plan in push for ‘freeze’ extensionlast_img read more

Developer to build subsidy-free solar projects in fossil fuel-dependent Canada

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:German energy giant Innogy has finalised plans to build two solar farms in Canada that will be built without subsidies, highlighting once again the tremendous potential and growth of the global solar industry over the last few years.It was not that long ago that most every renewable energy project that reached active development and construction did so only with the support of government subsidies. Opponents of renewable energy technologies (and really, any technology that benefits from government subsidies) will often hold these subsidies up as proof that the technology cannot compete on its own – conveniently forgetting that their own preferred technology likely benefited from the same government support.Which makes the speed with which renewable energy technologies have progressed out of needing government subsidisation even more impressive. Clean energy technologies such as wind and solar are being built across the world without government subsidies, revealing a fast-tracked decline in technology costs and a need to stand apart from support in the face of intense opposition.This has been highlighted once again on Monday, this time in Canada, where Innogy, the renewable energy offshoot of utility giant RWE, announced that it had taken the Final Investment Decision (FID) to build two solar farms with a combined capacity of 57 MW (at peak).Innogy expects construction and commissioning to both be accomplished by year’s end and investment is expected to be in the mid-double-digit euro range, according to the company’s press release.The new Canadian solar projects – the 30 MW Hull and the 27 MW Vauxhall – were developed by local Solar Krafte Utilities, who transferred the project rights to Innogy in February, and will be built in Southern Alberta, close to the town of Vauxhall, with construction expected to begin in the second quarter.More: Now, even in Canada unsubsidised solar beats fossil fuels Developer to build subsidy-free solar projects in fossil fuel-dependent Canadalast_img read more