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SMC alumna visits campus to host special writing classes

first_imgNew York Times-bestselling author Adriana Trigiani, class of 1981, will come to Saint Mary’s April 26 and 27 to share her experiences in the “Golden Age of Televeision.” Trigiani will be joined by television producer, director and actor Bill Persky in two master classes for Saint Mary’s students. Trigiani said she is known for her best-selling “Big Stone Gap” series, the novel “Lucia” and her latest book, “The Shoemaker’s Wife.” Before she focused on writing books, she began her writing career in television with Persky, she said. Trigiani said she started as part of the writing staff for Persky’s television show, “Working it Out.” She also worked as a writer-producer for the “Cosby Show,” a show runner for “City Kids” and for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Trigiani said the impact Persky has had on her goes beyond working together for television. “Above and beyond that wonderful piece of luck, I became dear friends with his daughter Dana, and then [his] twins Jamie and Liza,” Trigiani said. “Through the years, he evolved from mentor to family for me. I adore him.” Trigiani has worked with Persky and Max Westler, an English professor, to make this event possible at Saint Mary’s. “Max Westler thought of it, and I asked Bill and here we are. I love a women’s college hosting a brilliant creator of comedy,” she said. “He’s a woman’s man, father of daughters, by extension dad to a few non biological daughters, and mentor to countless more.” Trigiani said holding the two master classes was actually Persky’s idea. She said Persky hosts workshops at New York University and wanted to bring the experience to Saint Mary’s. “Bill understands women, respects us and celebrates us, Trigiani said. “This is a very rare thing – and it’s perfect that a venerable women’s college is hosting a man who has long championed our struggles and joys.” The first master class will be held on Thursday, April 26, and is open to all students, she said. The second master class on Friday is open to writing majors only. At the Friday class, students are instructed to bring an idea for a sitcom for Trigiani and Persky to evaluate. “The master class is Bill’s idea – he wanted to bring a structure to the conversation that will really help you decide if you’d like to pursue this kind of work, and find your own voice in the work,” Trigiani said. Trigiani said her time at Saint Mary’s did not pass by without the impact of influential professors. Trigiani said theater professor Reg Bain, English professor Sister Jean Klene and Wrestler were among those who played a significant role in her education and career. Today, Trigiani said she focuses on writing books. When looking for inspiration she needs not much other than a closed door and silence, she said. “I love to be alone, so writing novels is also a spiritual and creative match for me,” Trigiani said. “I love the process of naming the characters and building their lives. Hearing their voices. Letting them live in the imagination.”last_img read more

Phillipa Soo Replaces Samantha Barks in Amelie

first_img Phillipa Soo View Comments Related Shows Amelie Hamilton Tony nominee Phillipa Soo has replaced Les Miz movie standout Samantha Barks in the title role of the musical adaptation of Amélie. Soo is scheduled to play a limited pre-Broadway engagement of the tuner December 4 through January 16, 2017 at L.A.’s Ahmanson Theatre. As we previously reported, the show is aiming to land on the Main Stem in the spring of 2017.Soo received a 2016 Tony nod for Hamilton; she appeared in the off-Broadway incarnation of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and in previous workshops of Amélie. Her screen credits include Smash and the upcoming Moana. No word yet on Soo’s exit date from Hamilton, although creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda recently set his departure for July 9.Directed by Pam MacKinnon and based on the 2001 French film, Amélie features music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Messé, along with a book by Craig Lucas. The musical follows the journey of the inquisitive and shy Amélie who turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her. After discovering a mysterious photo album and meeting a handsome stranger, Amélie realizes that helping others is easier than participating in a romantic story of her own.The production will feature musical staging and choreography by Sam Pinkleton, scenic and costume design by David Zinn, co-lighting design by Jane Cox and Mark Barton, sound design by Kai Harada, projection design by Peter Nigrini, musical direction by Kimberly Grigsby, vocal arrangements by Kimberly Grigsby and Messé, and orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin.Barks led the world premiere of Amélie at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre last year; the company also featured Adam Chanler-Berat, Randy Blair, Alison Cimmet, Carla Duren, John Hickok, Alyse Alan Louise and Paul Whitty.Further casting for the latest incarnations of the show will be announced shortly.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 21, 2017 Star Files Phillipa Soo (Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)last_img read more

Verizon Foundation Funds New Stern Center Website

first_imgThe Stern Center for Language and Learning of Williston has received a $15,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation for support of the development of a new website.The existing website provides general information as well as links to other online sources. The new website will be redesigned and expanded to contain updated informational sections specific to parents, students and teachers. The new, interactive, expanded site will also be a vehicle for fundraising, including secure, online payments. In addition, online course registration will be available.Past Verizon Foundation support of the Stern Center includes $25,000 for TIME for Teachers Onlineä professional development program for K-3 educators and $20,000 for the Medical-Education Project, which teaches medical students to recognize and refer children with reading disabilities.The Stern Center is a nonprofit literacy center dedicated to helping children and adults reach their full potential. For more information, please call (802) 878-2332 or visit http://www.sterncenter.org(link is external).last_img read more

Experts question DOE’s plans for smaller, modular coal plants

first_imgExperts question DOE’s plans for smaller, modular coal plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Coal-fired power plants in the U.S. may soon get a reprieve from Obama-era restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions limits, but the Trump administration’s plan to push for more efficient, flexible and competitive new coal plants faces technical and market challenges.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Aug. 21 will unveil its replacement for the Clean Power Plan, but the new regulation — dubbed the Affordable Clean Energy rule — is unlikely to be enough to reverse the decline of U.S. coal industry, which has continued to see its domestic customer base shrink. The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking technologies to improve the existing fleet with an eye toward improving the efficiency, flexibility and emissions profiles of new coal-fired power plants.“What are you going to do to keep coal going?” was one of the first questions the Trump administration posed to him, said Angelos Kokkinos, director of the DOE’s Office of Advanced Fossil Technology Systems. “You basically have a Mack truck that was designed to be a Mack truck, asking it do the duty of a Ferrari,” Kokkinos said at a recent coal industry conference, explaining the need to easily ramp power generation up and down to meet demand needs.In May, DOE issued a request for information from power generation equipment manufacturers, utilities and other stakeholders about a potential coal-based, pilot-scale power plant designed to be highly efficient, modular and economical for international and domestic power generation. In its request, the DOE said it envisioned a “coal-fired fleet of the future” that would be near-zero emissions and capable of high ramp rates, lower water consumption and reduced design complexity.Small-capacity plants tend to cost more and operate less efficiently than larger plants, wrote the Carbon Utilization Research Council in publicly shared comments on the request. Getting over those challenges will require “significant performance improvements and cost reductions” to compete with other power sources. Meanwhile, low electricity demand and uncertainty around coal regulation and technology have dampened enthusiasm for pursuing and developing coal-based technologies, the group added.More ($): As US EPA presents lifeline for coal plants, DOE seeks ways to improve new oneslast_img read more

NIFA Renews Nassau Wage Freeze, But Sets Thaw in Motion

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York NIFA Chairman Jon Kaiman, left, and board member George Marlin, right, at their first meeting together Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013.As the wage freeze for Nassau County union employees enters its fourth year, a vote by the Nassau Interim Finance Authority board on Monday offers the first ray of hope that a thaw is on the horizon.With two dissenting votes, the NIFA board approved resolutions that would enable the authority to lift the wage freeze provided the unions agree to concessions, the county comes up with savings and revenue, and the county legislature passes the deal.More than 1,000 union employees had gathered at the Marriott Long Island Hotel in Uniondale and security was tight before the vote. Inside the conference room the mood was less tense because the NIFA board was expected to offer guidelines for lifting the freeze, which its action subsequently did.“This is a crisis that’s been a long time coming and in need of a resolution,” said NIFA chairman Jon Kaiman. He hopes all parties can agree by April 1 because the county could save millions of dollars by hiring a new class of police officers that are on the civil service list. If that deadline is missed, then the county will have to go through the process again.If the county and the unions act fast, Kaiman said NIFA is poised to act.Police Benevolent Association President Jim Carver, whose union has been involved in the negotiations, feels the same way, telling the Press that “we should have a signed document within 24 to 48 hours at the most.”Kaiman said the county would have to come up with $129 million in new revenue through speed cameras, mortgage recording taxes, and other municipal fees to cover the salary increases, while the unions would have to agree to changes in work rules and that all new county employees contribute to their pensions and health insurance.One of the dissenting NIFA voters, Dermond Thomas, said he wanted the freeze to be lifted immediately. The other dissenter, Chris Wright, explained that he voted against the resolution because he thought the county was in a deeper financial hole and would have to come up with “a quarter of a billion dollars” to achieve a balanced budget once the wage freeze was lifted.Kaiman told the Press he was optimistic that the county has the potential to save more money or earn additional revenue to hit that $129 million target.“We’re not at the finish line yet,” Kaiman said with a smile. “We’re almost there.”He said that three of the county’s employees unions are in agreement with NIFA and “the other two are working it through. If they can present those contracts to their membership and get approval, and then go to the legislature for approval, we will meet immediately to get those contracts done.”One of the unions still on the fence was the Nassau Correction Officers Benevolent Association, whose president, John Jaronczyk, said that the NIFA board’s action Monday was “not a cause for celebration but we are going to stay positive with it and try to live within the parameters and reach a deal.”He said the freeze has been very hard on his union members.“Unfortunately most of my members can’t even make their credit card bills anymore,” Jaronczyk said. “I’ve had a couple of them declare bankruptcy because they’re frozen at $30,000 a year.”By contrast, he pointed out that “people in the county executive’s office, the county comptroller’s office and the district attorney’s office all received lucrative raises while union employees were frozen. That’s a little hypocritical there.”Under the NIFA resolution, the county worker unions could continue their state lawsuits arguing that the NIFA-imposed wage freeze starting in 2011 was illegal,l but they couldn’t sue over the new terms of the deal being negotiated. If all parties can agree, then the cost of living allowances and step increases would start later this year and last through 2017.last_img read more

Quality #creditcard portfolio still vital for community credit unions

first_imgDespite the ever-growing field of alternative payment options, the credit card market is still going strong.According to recently released data from the Federal Reserve, revolving American credit card debt totaled $937 billion at the end of 2015. This amounts to nearly a $100 billion jump from 2011. The average American consumer has three credit cards in his or her name.Another study from CardHub.com found most credit card debt in 2015 was charged in the fourth quarter when cardholders put more than $52 billion on their cards. Fourth-quarter credit card debt also grew at its fastest pace since the Great Recession. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

FOMC begins two-day meeting; no rate hike expected

first_imgThe Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy-setting arm, begins a two-day meeting today, which is not expected to end with a rate hike.The committee last raised the federal funds target rate to the current range of 2.25 to 2.5 percent at the end of its December meeting, the fourth rate hike of 2018.The committee previously pared its projection for 2019 from three rate hikes to just two. NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long, following January’s meeting, predicted that there would be no more than one rate hike in 2019. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Vestal Public Library gives out back-to-school fall survival kits

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — The Vestal Public Library wants tweens and teens to go back to school safely, so they gave away survival kit bags. In each bag there is an age appropriate book, bookmarks and other goodies to make the return to school easier. Bags we’re available on a first come, first serve basis and were limited to one per child. “We shifted our focus on events that people could come in at their own time, pick them up and then leave,” Lake said.center_img The library hands out grab and go kits next week geared for home schooled kids. Anna Lake, youth services librarian, says the library wanted to do something since they weren’t able to have their in-person programs. last_img read more

How SUNY Broome is tackling mental health

first_imgDr. Michael Lavin, a psychiatrist at Lourdes Center for Mental Health and Director of Psychiatry, says the impact of the pandemic has significantly impacted people’s mental health across the board. And just last week, SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced a new initiative called ‘Reach Out,’ which is aimed to be a resource to aid in mental health challenges for all SUNY students. “Social isolation turns into depression and anxiety very quickly, so one of the other things we’re doing proactively is wellness check in calls,” said Shelli Cordisco, Interim Associate Vice President & Dean of Students. SUNY Broome says tackling mental health issues is a top priority. They say they have seen an increase in students seeking help, and they stress the importance of checking in with their students. (WBNG) — In a time where people are encouraged to self-isolate and social distance, the actions may have negatively impacted people’s mental health.center_img And college students, in particular, are feeling the ramifications — at a time when they’re supposed to be the most social, they are, instead, adapting to their virtual realities. Cordisco adds that the check in calls will be a way to reach out to students one on one and candidly see how they are doing. For more mental health resources you can visit the Lourdes Center for Mental Health Site here.last_img read more

Dream schemes

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