Parks and Shopping

first_imgPARKSOrange County has an abundance of natural beauty to immerse yourself in, from rolling countryside to pristine lakes and forests. Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.Bear Mountain State ParkPalisades Parkway or Route 9W NorthBear Mountain, NY 10911 845-786-2701https://parks.ny.gov/parks/13 Bear Mountain State Park is in the rugged mountains towering above the Hudson River. The park features a large play field, picnic areas, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, hiking trails, an outdoor ice skating rink (from late October to mid-March), and a beautiful merry-go-round with hand-carved native animals and hand-painted scenes of the park.Harriman State ParkSeven Lakes Drive/Bear Mountain CircleRamapo, NY 10974 845-947-2444https://parks.ny.gov/parks/145 Located in Orange and Rockland counties, Harriman State Park is the second-largest in the state. It features 31 lakes and reservoirs, two beaches, two public camping areas and over 200 miles of hiking trails. Enjoy a variety of year-round activities from biking, fishing and hiking to ice fishing, ice skating and even cross-country skiing.Orange County Arboretum211 NY-416Montgomery, NY 12549 845-615-3828http://orangecountyarboretum.org Located in Thomas Bull Memorial Park, the arboretum is open to the public and is free of charge. Magnificent raised gardens and cascading water features follow the pathways. The Arboretum is home to the Remembrance Walkway and Garden to honor those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 attacks, including plaques with the names of the 44 Orange County residents who perished that day.Thomas Bull Memorial Park211 NY-416Montgomery, NY 12549 845-615-3830www.orangecountygov.com/1386/Thomas-Bull-Memorial-Park Year-round activities for every age, from toddlers to senior citizens. Thomas Bull Memorial Park features an 18-hole golf course along with a driving range and pro shop, tennis courts, ball fields, horse stables, horseshoe pits, a 5-acre pond, playgrounds, picnic areas and more.SHOPPINGFrom malls and major department stores to unique boutiques and souvenir shops, there’s something for every taste and budget.Galleria at Crystal Run1 Galleria DriveMiddletown, NY 109410 845-692-8883www.galleriacrystalrun.com Along with the more than 100 retailers to choose from, you also have your choice of dining, from sit-down restaurants to a food court and snacks. If you need a break from shopping, the Galleria at Crystal Run offers a movie theater with reclining seats, an indoor play place for the kids and an escape room to test your detective skills.Newburgh Mall1401 Route 300Newburgh, NY 12550 845-564-1400www.newburghmall.com Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Newburgh Mall is the home to many of your favorites, from large retailers to smaller, specialty stores. Sign up online to receive emails on family-friendly events throughout the year.West Point Town of Highlands Farmers MarketMain Street in Highland Falls,New York 845-446-3992Enjoy local fresh produce and goods, food concessions, books, music, specialty items and more. The West Point Town of Highlands Farmers Market is open mid-June through October from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday.Woodbury Common Premium Outlets498 Red Apple CourtCentral Valley, NY 10917 845-928-4000www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/woodbury-common Featuring 220 stores, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is one of the largest contiguous outlet centers in the world. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi and Market Hall’s dining options.last_img read more

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Go-Go’s Musical Head Over Heels Will End Its Broadway Run

first_imgHead Over Heels, the lively new musical featuring the iconic songs of The Go-Go’s, will conclude its run at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre on January 6, 2019. Michael Mayer directs, Kimberly Grigsby music-directs and Spencer Liff choreographs the new tuner, which began previews on June 23 and officially opened on July 26. By closing, Head Over Heels will have played 37 previews and 188 regular performances.Head Over Heels features an original book by Jeff Whitty adapted book by James Magruder, inspired by Sir Philip Sidney’s 16th-century pastoral romance Arcadia. The musical is set to Go-Go’s hits including “We Got the Beat,” “Get Up and Go,” “Cool Jerk,” “Vacation,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Lust to Love,” “Head Over Heels” and Belinda Carlisle’s solo hits “Mad About You” and “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.”The principal cast includes stage alums Andrew Durand, Taylor Iman Jones, Jeremy Kushnier, Bonnie Milligan, Tom Alan Robbins, Alexandra Socha and Rachel York along with RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Peppermint, who, with the musical, became the first trans-woman actress to create a principal role on the Great White Way.The Head Over Heels ensemble features Amber Ardolino, Sharon Catherine Brown, Yurel Echezarreta, Lisa Finegold, Brian Flores, Ari Groover, Tanya Haglund, Arica Jackson, Gregory Liles, Gavin Lodge, Samantha Pollino, Justin Prescott, Christine Shepard, Tanner Ray Wilson and Ricardo Zayas.Originally fronted by Carlisle, the Go-Go’s were the first and only all-female band who both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. The internationally acclaimed pop hitmakers helped cement the foundation of the early-’80s pop-rock sound.Head Over Heels made its world premiere under the direction of Ed Sylvanus Iskandar at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 2016. This production, directed by Mayer, was seen in a pre-Broadway engagement at San Francisco’s Curran theater earlier this year.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Related Shows View Comments Head Over Heels Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 6, 2019last_img read more

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State issues warning over fake ‘opioid prescription’ phone calls

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Department of Financial Regulation has been notified that a number of Vermonters have received questionable phone calls from people claiming affiliation with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT). The caller offers a special program regarding pain management and opioid prescriptions and asks the consumer to disclose personal information to determine qualification for the program.It has been reported that in some cases, the caller ID has displayed the name “Margarita Man.” Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is not affiliated with any such pain management or opioid drug program and did not authorize these calls.DFR reminds people to never give out personal information unless you are absolutely certain you are speaking to a trusted source. If you are unsure in any way, call your insurance company directly using the number provided on your insurance card.If you think you’ve received a suspicious call, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program at 802-656-3183. For more information, call BCBSVT at 802-247-2583 or DFR’s Insurance Division at 802-828-3301.Source: 12.21.2016last_img read more

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BBC personalities headline British Triathlon Awards Dinner

first_imgBBC sports reporter Vassos Alexander will host the annual British Triathlon Awards ceremony, which takes place on Saturday 12 November in Leeds and will showcase the stand-out moments in triathlon over the last 12 months.As a well-known voice on radio in the UK, via the Chris Evans Breakfast Show, Vassos Alexander recently commentated at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He will be joined by BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin at Royal Armouries International, Leeds, for the event on 12 November. Vassos’ career at the BBC has spanned 12 years, seeing him voice everything from Wimbledon to the World Darts Championships on BBC Radio 5Live.Vassos said “It’s an honour to be part of the British Triathlon Awards Dinner following a hugely successful year for the sport.“There have been some fantastic achievements across all levels of triathlon throughout 2016, reaching a crescendo in Rio at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and I’m greatly looking forward to re-living them next month in Leeds.”Louise Minchin, a famous face on both UK television and amongst the Great Britain Age-Group Team, will use her triathlon knowledge to lead a question and answer session with a number of Rio Olympic and Paralympic medallists on the night, including Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee.Louise said “An amateur triathlete myself, I was glued to the Olympics and Paralympics this summer, witnessing some of the greatest achievements in sport. It’ll be wonderful to share some of the athlete’s incredible stories from the Games with the triathlon community.“From moments like these, to recognising the work of support staff behind the scenes, it’s set to be an incredible evening, not to miss.”Tickets, priced at £55, are now available for the British Triathlon Awards Dinner. Triathlon industry representatives and fans are encouraged to book soon to ensure a place.The day also features a number of expert-led triathlon workshops, covering everything from the journey from novice to the international stage, to bone-stress prevention and treatment. These sessions, priced at £15, have limited capacity and can also be booked online.www.britishtriathlon.org Relatedlast_img read more

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If you liked Lancer lipdub, you might want to take a look at this Shawnee Mission video, too

first_imgSo, remember that SM East lipdub video that we showed you almost a year ago? If you liked that one (and thousands of you did), then you might want to take a look at this new video that was shown to close out yesterday’s Shawnee Mission Education Foundation breakfast.Think of it as SM East lipdub goes district-wide. And if it has a bit of a familiar feel, it is because the hands of 2014 SM East grad Heather Foley and SM East assistant principal Britt Haney are all over the filming and production of this one, just like the sensational piece of work from last year.This one features students, teachers and administrators from across Shawnee Mission, and our NEJC schools are well represented. You will quickly find out which teachers can dance and which ones – well, not so much.Foley was in the video production class last year at SM East and was instrumental in helping put together the Lancer video. She is now at Johnson County Community College studying to be a nurse, but she did take another video production class this year, her mother reports. Much of the work on the newest piece was accomplished during the last school year. Haney said the filming wrapped up in June and Foley spent the summer going through hours of video to cut it down to four minutes. “That’s why she is the amazing story behind this,” he said.Haney credits his 15 years as a band director for giving him the background to work on the storyboard and production. Last year SM East principal John McKinney challenged him to work on the Lancer lipdub which then led to the latest video. “I really enjoyed both challenges.”The idea for the new video, according to the district’s Leigh Anne Neal, came from a meeting between Dr. Gillian Chapman and Haney. Foley was brought in to work with Haney to develop the finished product with the district’s communication team.In the closing credits that is Foley in the middle and Haney on the right. So, let’s get to it:Watching that probably brings back some old memories – makes you want to take another peek at the Lancer video from last year. Enjoy:last_img read more

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Capital Case Seminar set for June in Orlando

first_imgThe Eighth Annual Advanced Capital Cases Seminar, sponsored by the Florida Legislature’s Commission on Capital Cases, will focus on the judicial perspective in capital cases. The one-day seminar is scheduled for Friday, June 15, at the Swan and Dolphin Resort at Walt Disney World.The seminar educates trial and appellate lawyers who handle capital cases and is open to judges, court staff attorneys, private attorneys, attorneys on the commission’s Statewide Attorney Registry, capital collateral regional counsel office attorneys, investigators, assistant public defenders, and assistant state attorneys.Among the speakers at this year’s seminar will be Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Wells, 18th Judicial Circuit Judge O.H. Eaton, Jr., Third District Court of Appeal Judge David M. Gersten, and a federal judge who will be announced at a later date. Additionally, representatives from Westlaw will speak about the new features of their legal research program, which Westlaw says can benefit all practitioners regardless of experience level.“We think this list of outstanding jurists will set a new high standard for advanced death penalty speakers,” said commission Director Roger Maas.On-site registration begins June 14, from 4-6 p.m. and continues June 15 from 7:30-8:30 a.m.The registration form is available online at www.floridacapitalcases.state.fl.us or by calling the Commission on Capital Cases at (850) 921-4704. The cost is $150.Reservations can be made at the Swan and Dolphin Resort by calling (800) 227-1500. Ask for the Commission on Capital Cases Seminar room rate of $140. Capital Case Seminar set for June in Orlando Capital Case Seminar set for June in Orlandocenter_img May 15, 2007 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Morneau lifts Twins to 2-1 win over Indians in the 10th

first_imgMorneau lifts Twins to 2-1 win over Indians in the 10thApril 21, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrint;MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Even as his average hovered in the .220s through the first two weeks of the season, Justin Morneau didn’t have to look far to find encouragement.He may not have been knocking the cover off the ball all game long, but when he came to the plate with runners in scoring position, he was as close to a sure thing as there is in this game.“You try to always look for the positive, try to ignore the average and tell yourself you want to be up there in the big situations,” said Morneau, whose big 10th-inning hit gave Minnesota a 2-1 victory over Cleveland on Sunday.Morneau whiffed on his first chance to beat the Indians but the 2006 AL MVP had a pretty good feeling with two outs and Brendan Harris on third base in the 10th.After striking out with a runner on second in the eighth inning, Morneau squeezed a single through the right side of the infield and pumped his fist as Harris jogged home with the winning run.Morneau has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games to raise his average to .269. He is 9-for-15 (.600) with 12 RBIs with runners in scoring position this season.“He’s the guy we want up there in big situations,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.Rafael Perez (0-1) took the loss in relief of an impressive start from Paul Byrd, and the defending AL Central champions have lost eight of their last 11.“We’ve got to figure this offense out,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said. “We’ve got better players in there. We’ve got better hitters in there. There is no excuses. The guys that are spinning their wheels have to find a way to get going.”Harris had three hits and a home run and Scott Baker allowed one run and five hits in seven innings for the Twins, who took two of three from the Indians despite scoring only five runs in the series. Matt Guerrier (1-1) threw a scoreless inning to get the win in a low-scoring grinder that shouldn’t have come as a surprise in a game featuring the two worst offenses in the American League.The Twins have scored more than five runs in a game just four times this season and entered the day with the worst slugging percentage (.354) in the AL.In a development as puzzling as Detroit’s 6-13 start, the powerful Indians lineup was just a few percentage points ahead of the Twins at .360. But Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore and most of heavy-swinging Tribe simply haven’t been getting it done early in the season.Byrd gave up one run and six hits in seven innings. Franklin Gutierrez’s RBI single in the second was all the Indians could muster against Baker.“I think we need to bear down. Maybe there is too much thinking, and we just need to play, relax, believe in ourselves,” Casey Blake said. “This offense is good. Good things will happen for us. It’s not the job of just one guy. The whole group needs to do it.”Cleveland’s best chance came with pinch-runner Jamey Carroll on second base with one out in the ninth. But Carlos Gomez made a brilliant diving catch of a flare by Ryan Garko to shallow center field, and Gutierrez just missed an extra-base hit when his line drive off Pat Neshek landed inches outside the left-field foul line before he blooped out to shortstop.“I think our hitting is going to get going,” Byrd said. “It is just a matter of time. I don’t think you press the panic button or anything, but I think you realize the games are important and you have to win games.”Morneau had a chance to put the Twins ahead when he came to the plate with two outs in the eighth, but the big Canadian lefty chased a slider and was only too happy to get another crack at it.“In the ninth inning I want to be up there. In the 10th inning, I want to be up there with that winning run on base,” Morneau said. “You have to have the confidence and prepare yourself for that at-bat and say, ‘All right, now I want to win the game.’”last_img read more

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Study: Regrets? Women have a few, particularly in romance

first_imgSome 370 adults across the United States — ranging in age from 20 to 80 — were asked in a telephone survey to list their biggest regrets, and the most frequently mentioned issue had to do with romance, said the study’s author, Neil Roese, a professor of marketing at Northwestern. Read the whole story: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES More of our Members in the Media > When it comes to regrets — particularly among women — romance is the most common source of that nagging anxiety, according to a new study by a professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. CHICAGO SUN-TIMES:When you look at the couch and the stomach-scratching blob lying there, do you occasionally wish you’d committed to sharing your life with someone else?last_img read more

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Study shows moving from forest to urban environment influences human epigenomes

first_imgShare on Twitter How do humans adapt to their environment, for example their habitat (forest, rural or urban) and their lifestyle (nomadic hunting and gathering or sedentary farming)? Over the course of human evolution, the environment has exerted selective pressure, resulting in the selection of genetic mutations that are beneficial for our species. Scientists from the Human Evolutionary Genetics Unit (Institut Pasteur/CNRS URA 3012), directed by Lluis Quintana-Murci, CNRS director of research at the Institut Pasteur, have recently proven that the habitat and lifestyle of human populations can also have an epigenetic impact, by bringing about changes that modulate gene expression.Unlike genetics, which looks at the sequence of the nucleic acids that make up DNA and carry our genes, epigenetics focuses on elements which don’t alter the genetic sequence but which may affect gene expression. For this research, the scientists examined epigenetic changes to DNA such as methylation, in which methyl chemical groups are added to the gene sequence.To determine the extent to which the environment influences the epigenome, the scientists looked at two populations in Central Africa with different lifestyles and habitats: Pygmies, who are nomadic hunter-gatherers living in forests, and Bantu, sedentary farmers in urban, rural or forest habitats. These two populations separated approximately 60,000 years ago. The scientists also investigated a particular group of Bantu farmers sharing the same forest environment as Pygmies.The scientists began by comparing the level of genomic methylation in this specific group of forest-dwelling Bantu with that of urban or rural Bantu. They observed that the recent change in habitat had resulted in changes to the epigenome that mainly affected the functions of the immune system.At the same time, they compared the methylation of the forest-dwelling Bantu with that of the Pygmies, this time to examine the impact of their lifestyles (the Bantu are farmers, while the Pygmies are hunter-gatherers). The scientists identified differences in the epigenome relating to development (size, bone mineralization, etc.). They observed that these changes affected the physical characteristics that set Bantu apart from Pygmies. They therefore referred to these differences as “historical”.Although epigenetic changes such as DNA methylation can be strongly affected by the environment, they are not passed on from generation to generation. However, they can become hereditary when they are controlled by a mutation in the DNA. The researchers proved that the “recent” changes to the epigenome which affect immunity did not involve genetic control, whereas the “historical” differences did include an element of genetic control, making them hereditary and long-lasting.These results partly explain why some people are predisposed to certain diseases. “Our research shows that changing lifestyles and habitats have a major influence on our epigenome and that urbanization significantly affects the epigenetic profiles of the immune system. This demonstrates how important it is, alongside more traditional genetic research, to investigate how epigenetic changes could result in an immune system that is more prone to the development of autoimmune diseases, allergies, inflammation and so on,” explains Lluis Quintana-Murci.This type of study, which combines population genetics and epigenetics, may soon be applied to other populations so as to identify which biological functions are most affected by our increasingly changing environments, lifestyles and habitats.The epigenome refers to all the changes in DNA that modulate gene activity without actually changing the genetic sequence. DNA methylation is one of these changes. A methyl group is a molecule bound to the sequence of a gene. Genes with several methyl groups are under-expressed, while genes with virtually no methyl groups are over-expressed. While methylation does not actually change the genetic sequence, it can have a significant impact on gene activity. These epigenetic changes are much more flexible and occur much more quickly than genetic mutations. Email Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Share on Facebook Research on the genomes of Pygmy hunter-gatherer populations and Bantu farmers in Central Africa, carried out by scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the CNRS in cooperation with French and international teams, has shown for the first time that our habitat and lifestyle can have an impact on our epigenome – the entire system that controls the expression of our genes without affecting their sequence.In this study, the scientists have shown that moving from a forest habitat to an urban environment has a profound impact on the epigenetic patterns of the immune response. Conversely, the different historical lifestyles of these populations – sedentary farming or nomadic hunting and gathering – are likely to affect more lasting functions, such as those associated with development, by modulating their genetic control via natural selection.This study is being published in the journal Nature Communications on November 30, 2015. Sharelast_img read more

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County: 2019 Zero Waste Champions Of The Year

first_imgThis award was previously known as the Business Recycler of the Year Award; however, the award program was expanded to include other sustainability initiatives such as water and energy conservation and overall waste reduction. School – Chamisa Elementary SchoolHosted a Recycled Art Fair – displaying artwork designed with recyclable materialsHosted district wide Recycle Fashion Show – with two winners going on to win in the Santa FeRecycle FairChamisa has an active Green Team with 50 members from grades 3rd to 6thHost waste free lunchesWon the 2019 Eco Challenge by proactively learning about environmental issues, recycling andreducing waste at home and school Business – Ecolutions LLC – A Landscape CompanyDedicated to diverting trash from the landfillSupports organic landscapes and does not use glyphosate or neonicotinoidsAims to “Green the desert, one yard at a time”Educates customers how to create lush landscapes that can thrive with minimal waterProvides a food forest demonstration and shares fresh produce with the community To promote recycling and zero waste in the community as well as to encourage more businesses to participate in the recycling program, the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division and the Environmental Sustainability Board sponsored the Zero Waste Champion of the Year award. COUNTY News: This year there were five categories: School, Non-Profit Business, Business, Small Business and Restaurants. Here are the five winners in each category and how they contributed to environmental sustainability in our community: To become eligible, an organization is nominated by a member of the community. The nominees are required to submit a brief overview about how their organization recycled, reduced waste, conserved energy or water and contributed to environmental sustainability. Non-Profit – Del Norte Credit UnionInstalled water bottle filling stations to reduce single-use plastic bottlesMaintained recycle bins at all populated facilitiesInstalled electric hand dryers, coreless paper towels and toilet paper in all facilitiesPurchased reusable water bottles and coffee mugs for employees to encourage the use of reusable materialsDonated furniture to teen centers, schools, librariesUtilizes electronic statements and notices to save paperSmall Business – Zia WasteReuses single use plastics for worms and compost to transition to their new homeSells worm castings and worm tea in upcycled mason jarsComposts food waste using red wriggler wormsProvides a neighborhood food collection bin where neighbors can drop off food scrapsReduced Composting reduces carbon dioxide from the ozone and also reduces food waste from the landfill Restaurant – SirpheyProvides environmentally preferable packaging that is either fully compostable or produced with sustainable sources (bamboo, sugarcane, etc) or is produced from 100% recycled materialMaintains a strict recycling policy and they work with any local farmers interested in food wasteInstituted an Eco Pledge to manage Sirphey as an ecologically friendly businessEducates customers about how to reduce waste via their social media platformslast_img read more

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