Jerry O’Connell(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Jerry O’Connell Reprising Performance in Pre-Broadway Crazy for You LabScreen star and stage alum Jerry O’Connell is revisiting the role of Lank Hawkins in the upcoming pre-Broadway lab production of Crazy for You. The previously announced lab, set for January 25, 26 and 27, follows a 2017 concert production in which O’Connell delighted audiences in the role of Lank. O’Connell joins his fellow concert stars Laura Osnes in the role of Polly Baker and Tony Yazbeck as Bobby Child for the musical’s lab, which is being helmed by the show’s original choreographer, Susan Stroman. Watch O’Connell get revved up about putting on his dancing shoes in a visit to Live with Kelly & Ryan. Jerry O’Connell Andy Karl & Groundhog Day Cast to Reunite in ConcertTony nominee and Olivier Award winner Andy Karl will reprise his Broadway.com Performance of the Year as weatherman Phil Connors in a reunion concert of the Tony-nominated musical Groundhog Day, set to take place at Feinstein’s/54 Below on February 2 at 11:30pm. Some of the proceeds from the concert will go to the National Alliance of Mental Illness as part of the Tomorrow There Will Be Sun campaign, named for Tim Minchin’s Groundhog Day opening number. Joining Karl for the event will be fellow original stars Kevin Bernard, Michael Fatica, Katy Geraghty, Jordan Grubb, Taylor Jones, Tari Kelly, Ray Lee, Joseph Medeiros, Sean Montgomery, Jenna Rubaii, John Sanders, Vishal Vaidya and Travis Waldschmidt. The evening will be directed by Michael Gacetta and produced by Aviva Sokolow.Cheyenne Jackson to Guest Star on Will & GraceStage veteran Cheyenne Jackson is headed to the small screen! Broadway.com has learned that the silk-voiced star who was recently seen in the film adaptation of Hello Again has been added to the talent-packed docket of NBC’s Will & Grace reboot. Character and episode details for Jackson’s appearance aren’t yet known, but we can’t wait to see the fun story whipped up for one of Broadway’s favorite hunks.John Lithgow & More to Lead Candide at Carnegie HallTwo-time Tony winner John Lithgow, who is currently back on Broadway in the solo play John Lithgow: Stories by Heart, will appear as Voltaire/Dr. Pangloss in a one-night performance of Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide at Carnegie Hall. Gary Griffin will direct and Joshua Bergasse will choreograph the performance set for 7:00pm on April 18 at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Joining Lithgow onstage will be Paul Appleby in the title role alongside Erin Morley as Cunegonde, William Burden as Governor and Patricia Racette as the Old Lady. Further casting will be announced at a later time.Allison Janney, Frances McDormand & Elisabeth Moss Win Critics’ Choice AwardsStage veterans Allison Janney, Frances McDormand and Elisabeth Moss were honored by the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California on January 11. Tony nominee Janney was hat-tipped for her turn in I, Tonya while Tony winner McDormand was honored for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Tony nominee Moss won a Critics’ Choice Award for her work in TV’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The trio of recent Golden Globe winners have much to look forward to as Oscar nominations day approaches on January 23. Stay tuned. Star Files View Comments
Green Mountain Creamery,Vermont Business Magazine Commonwealth Dairy (Green Mountain Creamery) today received $57,207 in Vermont Training Program (VTP) grants from the Agency of Commerce & Community Development’s (ACCD) Department of Economic Development to up-skill 147 of its employees. The workforce development grants will support production skills training for current workers, increasing the capacity of Commonwealth’s Brattleboro facility while maintaining quality production of the company’s high-quality Greek yogurt. The training will strengthen employees’ knowledge and ability, helping Commonwealth thrive in the highly-competitive Greek yogurt industry, ACCD said in a press release.“Helping Vermont businesses invest in their employees through grants like these demonstrates our commitment to creating brighter economic futures for all Vermont’s workers,” said Governor Phil Scott. “At the same time, this program supports our businesses as they work to thrive and grow right here in Vermont.”“We are delighted to receive funding from the Vermont Training Program,” said Commonwealth Dairy CEO Darcy Zbinovec. “These funds will be instrumental in enhancing the technical skill set of our production workforce. Continually investing in our employees is the single most effective way for us to compete and win in the marketplace.”Founded in 2011, Brattleboro-based Commonwealth Dairy, LLC manufactures Greek yogurt under the brand name Green Mountain Creamery. It produces and markets dairy products and flavored yogurt (including fruit, low- and non-fat, and Greek-style yogurt), and employs 160+ workers in production and administrative positions.”Working with Commonwealth Dairy has been a great experience. Whether it is hosting student visits through the BDCC’s Fast Tracks to Success program, supporting the Southern Vermont Career Expo or leveraging the Vermont Training Program to invest in their incumbent workforce, Commonwealth has been a leader for employer-led workforce solutions,” said Alex Beck, workforce and education program manager with the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC), which helps connect local employers with state resources such as VTP. “Their continued investment in the regions’ future workforce and employees through the Vermont Training Program serves as a great example for employers looking to improve the size and quality of the workforce now and in the future.”VTP is administered by the Department of Economic Development. It is a workforce development program that seeks to enhance the skills of the Vermont workforce and increase productivity of Vermont employers. Grants may cover up to 50 percent of the training cost, which can either be onsite or through a training provider/vendor.”The Vermont Training Program is an important state program that allows our employers to make large and impactful investments in our regions workforce. As employers grow and succeed in our region, it helps incumbent workforce grow and succeed along with them,” said BDCC Executive Director Adam Grinold. “We’re happy to see Commonwealth Dairy engage with this program and look forward to facilitating similar engagement with other employers looking to invest in new skills and opportunities to their employees.”For more information on VTP, visit http://accd.vermont.gov/economic-development/funding-incentives/vtp(link is external).About the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community DevelopmentThe Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s (ACCD) mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities. ACCD accomplishes this mission by providing grants, technical assistance, and advocacy through three divisions: The Department of Economic Development, the Department of Tourism and Marketing, and the Department of Housing and Community Development.Source: ACCD accd.vermont.gov(link is external). 10.31.2018
The USA-made Polar Bottle and Cenote hydration system brands now have increased marketing fire power with the addition of two new marketing and public relations associates – Liza Milijasevic and Elisa Schauer.“We have created great presence and buzz around Polar Bottle and Cenote, especially through social media, and wanted to maintain that momentum, while also ramping up our strategic marketing and PR efforts to support our fast pace of growth – both in the US and internationally,” explained Judy Amabile President.“I’m confident Liza and Elisa are the perfect team to help us achieve those goals.”Liza Milijasevic brings 20 years of strategic marketing and public relations experience with major consumer brands and retail corporations in the US and Europe. Liza has consulted on marketing and PR for the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Leisure Trends Group. She lives in Boulder with her husband and three daughters and enjoys travel and hiking with her Siberian Husky.Liza remarked, “I am very excited to be involved in the strategic planning and public relations for Polar Bottle and Cenote as the brands are already so well positioned to succeed in existing and new markets.”Elisa Schauer is a graduate of University of Colorado, Boulder, in Advertising and Integrative Physiology. While at CU, Elisa was a key member of the National Championship Triathlon team and interned in the marketing department at American Rec.Elisa is a Colorado native with an active outdoor lifestyle including hiking, camping and cross fit. She lives in Boulder with her boyfriend and two pit bull rescues. Elisa said, “I’m thrilled to work for a company that has such great products but also a highly positive impact on the environment and community.”www.polarbottle.com Related
Leading news & PR distribution service, Endurance Sportswire (ESW), has announced the availability of eight new podcasts and video-taped interviews featuring well known business leaders in the endurance sports industry.Co-produced with Bob Babbitt of Babbittville Radio and RacePlace, the interviews took place at the recent Triathlon Business International (TBI) Conference in sunny Marina del Rey, LA, California. All interviews are now available for download. Interviewees include:Ashworth Awards President, Dan AshworthChallenge Family CEO, Felix WalchshöferChampion System President and Co-Founder, Scott KaylinMultiSport Research Founder, Gary RoethenbaughRunning USA CEO, Rich HarshbargerSilverlineGlobal Co-Founder, Holden ComeauUniversal Sports President, Scott BrownUSA Triathlon CEO, Rob UrbachFor those who enjoyed the interviews, ESW would appreciate a review in iTunes >>.Via endurancesportswire.com/podcasts there are recaps of every interview and other useful resources. Interested parties can also keep up to date on endurance sports business news, jobs and announcements by signing up for the ESW newsletter.www.endurancesportswire.comwww.Babbittville.comwww.raceplace.com Related
NEC Display Solutions today announced its new PE Series of entry-installation laser projectors at 4,500 ANSI lumens.The PE455WL and PE455UL both feature NEC’s patented sealed optical system that allows for a filter free design and results in the only truly no-maintenance LCD laser projector in its class. While typical projectors in this range generate an average of more than 30 decibels, the PE455WL and PE455UL will generate just 24 decibels of noise in normal mode. This makes it ideal for higher education classrooms, conference rooms and other locations where a large, high-quality image is needed with as few noise distractions as possible.The PE455WL is native WXGA 1280×800 resolution, while the PE455UL is WUXGA 1920×1200. Spec’d at 4500-lumens of brightness, the PE Series projectors are aimed at classrooms but are perfect for conference rooms, too. In addition, the laser light source offers a minimum of 20,000 hours of reliable life, which combined with its filter-free and low maintenance design, lowers its total cost of ownership.Additional features include:LCD technology for brilliant colorsManual horizontal and vertical lens shift for easier installations1.6x zoom lens for flexible placementQuick start up and shut downLAN port for network control and asset managementA Wireless Module (NP05LM1) with MultiPresenter for up to 16 connections.Constant Brightness Mode for consistent light output for the life of the projectorThe PE Series projectors begin shipping in September at a minimum advertised price of $1,999 and $2,599 for the PE455WL and PE455UL respectively. For all the specs, go here.
Hands-on pro bono helps Holocaust survivors Senior EditorEighty-four-year-old Bernie Yeger will never forget the dreadful details of living in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, including saving his own brother from extermination. More than six decades after Allied soldiers liberated him from the Nazis’ clutches of cruelty, Yeger sat in the law office of Steven Marcus, a partner/shareholder at Fowler White Boggs in Ft. Lauderdale. He brought his birth certificate and shared memories almost too painful to speak aloud, all so he could receive a belated little piece of justice.Marcus helped reap Yeger a monthly pension of about $450 a month for the rest of his life, along with a back payment, from the German government as part of reparations for wartime crimes against Jews. They were able to prove he spent time in the Slatina ghetto in Czechoslovakia, then into forced labor sub-camp Buna, for a minimum of 60 months of persecution.“In the grand scheme of things, getting approved for payments will never fix the damage done,” Marcus said.“But it’s something positive that came out of a completely horrific situation of genocide.”For Yeger, grateful for free legal help to wend through the paperwork, it’s also a strong statement of preserving history and making sure we never forget that 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust, including six million Jews and more than a million children.For Marcus, and his colleague Carey Villeneuve, an associate at the firm, it’s hands-on pro bono work that fills them with purposeful satisfaction beyond victories in their fields of commercial litigation.The elderly survivors, first screened for eligibility by Jewish Family Service of Broward, come to their law office on East Las Olas Boulevard grasping yellowed documents and family pictures, some with arm tattoos that serve as indelible reminders of suffering they somehow survived.“The survivors we meet with often cry when telling us their stories. It is not uncommon for them to say, ‘I am telling you things I haven’t even told my children,’” Villeneuve said.“You can watch Schindler’s List, and look at the people in that movie and see what happened, but it’s completely different sitting in your office with a person who could be your neighbor or your grandparent and hearing them describe the atrocities they personally endured.”Marcus interviewed one survivor who told how she was sent to the gas chamber twice, the first time escaping through a hole because she was so emaciated she weighed only about 50 pounds.“It’s a great feeling to know we’re doing something to help someone have an additional means of income. It’s long overdue and much deserved,” Marcus said.“Beyond that, I’ve always had a fascination with World War II, and the history behind it, and the fact that you had some survivors who went into these camps at very young ages and lived there for so long they thought the whole world was like that. The fact that they survived in the face of such torture and suffering is a captivating statement on the human will to live.”So far, this pair of lawyers has invested about 100 pro bono hours into helping Holocaust survivors, with Yeger as their first success. They have about 20 more survivors in the pipeline, waiting to hear back from German officials.Knowing there are about 80 more Holocaust survivors in Broward County alone, Marcus is arranging a lunchtime training session for other lawyers who want to take on this special pro bono work.Marcus said he had always wondered what he could do to help Holocaust survivors, but he “could never figure out what it is I could do from a legal standpoint to assist.” That all changed in the summer of 2010 when he was reading a newspaper article describing how the German government had relaxed guidelines for eligible survivors to apply for pension programs. The relaxed guidelines meant a sizeable survivor population in Ft. Lauderdale would need help applying for pension benefits. The story named Holland and Knight attorney Kevin Packman doing this kind of pro bono work.“I called and said, ‘Listen, you are doing it in Miami. Are you looking for other attorneys to help?’ And he said, ‘Absolutely!’ He’s a great guy and got us started in this. It was good timing on our part, because he couldn’t do it in Miami and Broward, too,” said Marcus, thanking Packman for helping get them involved and trained.A California organization called Bet Tzedek Holocaust Survivors Justice Network helps with logistics, forms, updates, and communicating with Germany, and Elizabeth Sumpf, at Jewish Family Service of Broward, sends prescreened, qualified clients to the lawyers.“We’ve had about 100 so far,” Sumpf said. “For a lot of them, it’s very difficult to talk about it, but they really need the money as they get older and sicker.”Some are sent to Fowler White Boggs for precious free help.“It’s such a strange contrast, to be in our conference room on a sunny day, looking out at peaceful Ft. Lauderdale afternoon, while sitting with someone telling you how they watched as their mother was taken to a gas chamber,” Villeneuve said.“It’s important that they know that later generations do care and want to help and that we haven’t forgotten and moved on.” Hands-on pro bono helps Holocaust survivors January 15, 2012 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News
Gophers preparing for unknowns in Michigan’s quarterback and defenseThe two ranked rivals will face off Saturday for the Little Brown Jug and significant momentum towards the Big Ten Championship.Kamaan RichardsGophers Defensive back Benjamin St-Juste leaps for an Auburn pass at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Brendan O’BrienOctober 24, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintGameday has finally arrived for the No. 21-ranked Gophers as they take on Michigan on Saturday night at TCF Bank Stadium.Plenty of scouting and projecting has been done about Minnesota heading into 2020 as fans hope this season will be an extension of the success in 2019. But with the opening game set to kick off this weekend and the Gophers preparing all week for the No. 18-ranked team in the country, let’s take a look at what the Wolverines bring to the table.While the Gophers are to start veteran Tanner Morgan at quarterback, Michigan will turn to a relatively unproven signal caller in Joe Milton. Appearing in only eight games over his career, Milton is a junior who was a four-star recruit in high school. Because of his lack of playing time, Milton is somewhat of an unknown to coaches. He has thrown for one touchdown and two interceptions on 11 passing attempts while running for 47 yards on 12 carries.“Anybody who looks at Milton knows what type of special talent he is,” Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck said. “He’s once-in-a-decade type talent that comes through the program when you’re talking about his skill set … There’s not a ton of data on him based on what we’ve been able to watch but he’s been in some games [and] we’ve watched his high school recruiting film to gather as much information [as possible] to evaluate him.”The run game is expected to be a focal point of the offense regardless of Milton’s inexperience. Running backs Zach Charbonnet and Hassan Haskins return to the team, combining for over 1,300 rushing yards in 2019. Michigan also had 30 or more rushing attempts in 10 of its 13 games last season.On the opposite side of the ball, Michigan has always had the perception of being a solid defensive team under defensive coordinator Don Brown. Last season, the Wolverines ranked fourth in the Big Ten in total defense, allowing just under 21 points per game. Heading into the matchup, Gophers’ running back Mohamed Ibrahim said the Gophers will need to take each play individually given the variety of defensive looks Brown will throw at an opposing offense. But as the defensive looks change, Michigan will continue to be aggressive and bring pressure. “[Brown’s] very difficult to prepare for,” Fleck said. “He’s one of the best in the country for a reason. There’s probably 60% that we probably know based on what they’ve done in the past and they’ve had all offseason to make it better, change it, develop it, create things that are maybe just specifically to our game.”Michigan is just one of many other teams that have had players opt out for the season. Wide receiver Nico Collins opted out and was expected to be a top perimeter threat for the Wolverines. Quarterback Dylan McCaffrey also opted out and requested a transfer, accompanying Milton’s rise to the top of the depth chart. Jalen Mayfield, the only returning starter on the offensive line, opted back in after originally deciding to opt out. Nevertheless, Fleck is not overlooking the opponent based on who will not be playing.“They’ve lost some wideouts, but it’s Michigan,” Fleck said. “They’ve got 44 four-stars and two five-stars on their team, so they’ve got plenty of talent and skill that can fill a lot of the positions that they’ve lost.”The matchup holds a great deal of weight for both teams. The Little Brown Jug is on the line in this traditional rivalry game, and a win against a ranked opponent will increase both team’s chances of making a run at the Big Ten Championship. ESPN’s College GameDay will also be in Minneapolis for the second time since the show’s inception.
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