Carpenter named editor at Georgetown, Ripley, West Union

first_img Carpenter named editor at Georgetown, Ripley, West UnionJuly 14, 2015Peoples DefenderNews, Top Stories0 HomeNewsCarpenter named editor at Georgetown, Ripley, West Union Top Searches Top Searches ThatWestUnsung Hero 10-21-2022 PreviousKinser gets Sprint Car victory at BrushcreekNextTHE PEOPLE’S DEFENDER SENIOR PROFILE Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancelcenter_img Carpenter Powered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGParmesan Baked Pork ChopsNOW PLAYINGPrime Rib Roast Au Jus Perfect Every Time! No FailNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Mark Carpenter has been named editor of The (West Union) People’s Defender, The (Georgetown) News Democrat and The Ripley Bee.The appointment was made by Bud Hunt, regional director for Civitas Media, the newspaper’s parent company.Carpenter will handle editorial oversight for all three papers.“I’m excited for this new opportunity and am looking forward to getting started,” said Carpenter. “All three of these publications are historic and an integral part of the fabric of their communities.”Carpenter has been the sports editor at the Defender for more than five years, building that paper’s sports coverage to one of the finest in southern Ohio. He has also written numerous news stories. Even before joining the staff he had written sports stories for both The News Democrat and The Ripley Bee, and has special memories covering the 1996 Ripley Blue Jays boys basketball team.Carpenter is a lifelong native of Ripley, with the exception of two years when he lived in Georgetown. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from Wittenberg University. He taught history at Ripley-Union-Lewis Huntington (RULH) Middle School for 27 years prior to joining the Defender.He and his wife, Aimee, a first-grade teacher in the RULH school district, have been married for 24 years. They have two children, Kelsey, who graduated in May from Mt. St. Joseph University, and Jordan, a recent graduate of RULH who will be entering Mt. St. Joseph University in the fall.“Growing up in southern Ohio, I hope my knowledge of the area will play out as a big advantage as we strive to produce a product that all three communities can be proud of,” said Carpenter. “I am excited to work with our dedicated staff of journalists. The print industry is continually evolving and we plan to keep our coverage growing in the two counties through print, the web, and social media.”“Mark’s dedication to his community and his excellent work both in sports and in news over the last five years have set the stage for him to excel in his new role,” said Hunt. “I am excited that Mark will lead our editorial efforts across all platforms, including print, digital and social media.”last_img read more

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West New York BOE hires Commissioner Rodriguez for $95k

first_img Bayonne Facebook Twitter 2 COMMENTS Previous articleLiberty Humane Society rescues 7 dogs from Hurricane Harvey aftermathNext articleZimmer, Hoboken council exchange heavy fire before new Suez deal pulled John Heinis Hudson County commissioners discuss exiting ICE deal, advocates call for no new jail contracts Bayonne DeGise: Hudson County ‘determined’ to get out of ICE contract following Essex decision September 7, 2017 7:30 pm at 7:30 pm West New York Department of Public Works Commissioner Gabriel Rodriguez was hired as an account manager at a salary of $95,000 by the board of education last night. By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewWith no public discussion, the board approved the new hire by a vote of 5-3(1), with Trustees Matthew Cheng, Lorena Portillo and Ron Scheurle voting against the measure.Vice President Damarys Gonzalez abstained.As only Hudson County View reported, the BOE would vote on whether or not hire Rodriguez as an account manager, which was first advertised on July 31st.While a draft resolution indicated he would be hired at a salary of $90,000, the final draft that was approved hiked his compensation up to $95,000 – effective from October 1st of this year through June 30th, 2018.West New York Education Association Anita Kober was the only member of the public, in a meeting where only a handful of people were in attendance, who spoke up about new hire.“It was for the business department, correct?,” Kober asked.“Correct,” said Superintendent of Schools Clara Brito Herrera.“To assist the [business administrator], but we already have a business administrator and assistant administrator. So this person would be doing …?”“There is no assistant business administrator position,” replied Schools Business Administrator Dean Austin.“No?,” Kober said.“No,” answered both Austin and Herrera.Kober continued by asking what Brian Buckley’s job title is, which is accounting manager, according to Austin.Buckley left the Bayonne school district as he was being blamed for at least a $6 million budget shortfall before being hired in West New York.“Oh, okay. Because I’m thinking that for $95,000 a year, that money could’ve been used to hire another teacher or and another aide, or even a supervisor for the art and music department,” Kober concluded.Rodriguez earns about $15,000 a year as a town commissioner, as well as a $55,000 salary as a field representative for U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8), his godfather.He is expected to leave his post in Sires’ office as a result of getting the BOE job, sources told Hudson County View. Comments are closed. TAGSanita koberclara brito herreragabriel rodriguezwest new york board of education SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jersey City high school teacher suspended after rant calling George Floyd ‘a f***ing criminal’ Publius EducationWest New York Ethics Matters. Trustee Gonzalez did the right thing by abstaining. people of this town better get the new York news here and fast,thats the only way to clean up this town post ALL there faces and all the negative things they do,and all the low lives that they hire. Community West New York BOE hires Commissioner Rodriguez for $95k By John Heinis – September 7, 2017 10:16 am 2 September 7, 2017 9:38 pm at 9:38 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Loalast_img read more

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Youth WCh 2019 – Norway VS Spain, Argentina VS Denmark

first_imgYOuth WCh 2019 – Croatia against Slovenia – Macedonia VS Denmark Youth World Handball Championship 2019: Denmark secure first place in Group C ShareTweetShareShareEmail Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmail CommentsDay 3 at Youth World Championship 2019 in Skopje won’t bring some derby matches.However, there are links for live-streams.08.08.2019Group A:16:30h Norway – Spain18:30h Chile – Croatia20:30h Saudi Arabia – SloveniaGroup C:16:30h Japan – Bahrain18:30h Argentina – Denmark20:30h Nigeria – North Macedonia Young Pharaons at the Top of the World! Recommended for you Related Items:Youth World Handball Championship 2019 Click to commentlast_img read more

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RWT Commercial Services: ‘We do what others can’t’

first_imgSpecial case?London generates a significant portion of RWT’s cleaning work, but Bob asks why the rest of the country hasn’t followed the capital’s lead in cleaning up diesel engine emissions.“The DPFs we take in for cleaning are filthy, and the material in them is carcinogenic. It kills people.“People will think I’m only saying this because I want more cleaning work, but that’s not the case. A lot of lung cancer cases are caused by air pollution, and the cost to the country is astronomical.“If Low Emission Zone (LEZ) regulations are in place in London, they should be in place everywhere.”With DPFs becoming ever more common in coaches and buses, it’s likely that RWT’s cleaning services will be in demand regardless of whether LEZs spread any further.It performs several hundred cleans a year, and has the capacity to grow this while maintaining its customer-focused engineering service. RWT, says Bob, “does the jobs others can’t or won’t,” and with over 1m worth of workshop equipment on hand, will continue to be many operators’ saving grace. Cracking the casePSVs dominate RWT’s workload. At the time routeone visited, three coaches and a Dennis Trident double-decker were at Lye for various tasks, one of which was of the infuriating kind that will have been encountered by all engineers.“The engine was hunting, and the operator had drawn a blank in finding what was causing it,” Bob explains. “So it sent the coach to us. We went through everything: the intercooler pipes, the fuel pump, anything it possibly could have been. It turned out to be a door sensor. If it wasn’t closed properly, engine revs were restricted.”Other recent projects include major structural work on the Trident. RWT has a laser cutter on site, and where thicker precision pieces of metal are required it has an excellent relationship with a nearby machine shop.The Trident also had its Cummins engine rebuilt on site by RWT, while a similar recent project involved a Scania unit from the mid-1990s.“It had put a con rod through the block, which is obviously a terminal failure,” says Bob. “So to keep costs down for the operator we removed the re-usable parts, acquired a replacement block, built up the engine to as-new condition and put it back in the coach.”RWT also has a good relationship with Feather Diesel Services in Bradford, well known as the UK’s foremost expert on fuel pump and injection systems. “We only ever use Feather. It’s the best for a reason, so why go anywhere else?” Changing timesIt’s indicative of how things have changed in coach and bus maintenance that a sizeable chunk of RWT’s business now concerns the fitting and cleaning of diesel particulate filters (DPFs).RWT has invested 200,000 in on-site cleaning equipment and collects DPFs from throughout the country, returning them to the operator after cleaning. It doesn’t have an exchange policy for good reason, says Bob.“A DPF has a finite life. Regardless of how well it is looked after, it will require replacement at some point. It would be unfair if we took in a filter which had several clean and refit cycles left in it, and gave one back to the operator which was approaching the end of its life, or vice-versa.” Filters can be turned around in 24 hours; a small fleet of vans is used to collect and return them. Another van is equipped with diagnostic equipment and all the tools necessary to carry out work ‘in the field’ if required.A suite of diagnostic software is also within the workshop. The retrofit processRWT is a significant player in the DPF retrofit sector, and counts bus operators working under contract to Transport for London among its clients. Retrofit is not a ‘one size fits all’ operation, Bob explains, and duty cycle requirements have a bearing on which system is best.“In an urban bus the DPF will need cleaning more often than in a coach, but even between cleans it should be monitored,” he says.“A diesel engine without a DPF in the exhaust gives a tell-tale sign of problems in the form of black or blue smoke. That disappears with the DPF present, even if the air intake filter is dirty. There is also a water trap, so head gasket issues are hidden, as no steam can pass through the exhaust.“But there will be a build-up of material in the filter, creating backpressure. Operators need to check that backpressure and we enable them to do so with one of our DPF systems, which has a data logger.” It includes a small cab-mounted unit, showing backpressure plus various error codes.“We advise operators with this system to monitor backpressure during preventative maintenance inspections and record it. If backpressure suddenly rises, it means that there is a problem, and the error code will give a good idea of what it is,” Bob explains.Looking after filters will also ensure a long and cost-effective life; catalyst coated DPFs have also proved to have much longer periods between cleans.“We fitted 27 catalyst coated filters for a London operator at the end of 2011, and we haven’t cleaned any of them yet,” he says. “It’s not unusual for uncoated filters in that application to require cleaning every six months; we know that because we keep track of serial numbers. A catalyst coated filter is more expensive, but it pays for itself.” Things are changing in the world of coach and bus maintenance, and it now requires a huge variety of skills in traditional and modern areas to keep on top of a fleet. Sometimes, a little help is required. That’s where RWT Commercial Services can come in. Tim Deakin reports from Lye.The time will come for any operator when an outside engineering contractor able to turn its hand to almost anything is worth its weight in gold. A small core of such businesses exists around the country, of which Lye, Stourbridge-based RWT Commercial Services is one.RWT was founded by Bob Turnock, an engineer with 50 years’ experience, and he remains head of the company. Bob began his career as a bodybuilder before moving on to various roles in the commercial vehicle sector, including a stint in the Middle East during the ’70s oil boom.Lots of the lessons learned during that period are part of RWT’s ethos today. “Many years ago I was mounting some springs on a chassis, but I was also drilling holes so that the shackle pin could be knocked out easily years down the line.“The foreman asked me why I was doing it, so I told him. He said ‘that won’t be your problem when it’s out of warranty.’ But I believe that a good engineer always looks forward to what may happen in the future, and that’s a value I instil in my staff. I expect the job to be done right, and they know that.”RWT’s team is diverse, and all can turn their hands to almost any task.Including Bob and his wife Sue, RWT employs 10 people; it also has an LGV O-Licence and a tractor unit and specialised low-loader trailer, which can be used for coach or bus recovery from anywhere in the UK or Europe.last_img read more

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Got Wireless Alerts?

first_imgCalifornia, a state overwhelmed by people and their electronic devices, plans to implement wireless emergency alerting in the near future. The population in California continues to boom, and along with this growth in population comes an increase in the number of cell phones, BlackBerrys, and other wireless electronics residing in pockets, purses and vehicles. “That_s certainly going to support what we_re proposing here in”žCalifornia,” says Lamoureux. “We’re hoping by the end of the year to see some initial recommendations out of D.C. to help steer our initiative in”žCalifornia.” In working with existing cellular technology providers,”žCalifornia’s OES understands the concern voiced by existing cellular technology providers that sending individual messages to a large quantity of wireless customers could tax the already overburdened system. Ë™We would have to use a different technology for this,” says Lamoureux. “The existing [system] allows text messages to be sent from one point to another. Rather, we would use one message that transmits to multiple users, simultaneously.” “We want to set up a system that would allow us to push emergency alert messages to any wireless device in a specific geographic region,” says Eric Lamoureux, Chief, Office of Public Information for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) in”žCalifornia.”ž Whether to warn citizens of a major terrorist threat, wildfires or earthquakes, the broadcast technology used for such area-wide warnings could save lives and time. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), more than 70% of all state and local Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages are weather related.”ž In addition, it’s important to educate those distributing messages on what’s considered appropriate, he adds. “The messages that do go out must be critical, life-saving alerts,” he stresses.center_img Washington”žD.C.has an initiative is under way to establish protocols and procedures for such an alert system. Analog and digital radio broadcast stations, analog and digital television stations, and wireless cable stations comprise the current EAS. The FCC is reviewing the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), which many organizations believe offers a “practical means of creating an effective interface between emergency managers and multiple emergency alert distribution platforms.” This is noted in the FCC’s “Second Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,” adopted May 31 and released on July 12.”ž The report notes all EAS participants will be required to accept alerts and warnings in the CAP format, and the protocol will be adopted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of the Interior approve adoption of CAP-Version 1.1.”ž Seventy-five percent of the public uses cellular phones, says Lamoureux. “Ultimately, we’re so mobile that you’re not necessarily going to be around a television or listening to a radio station when something occurs.” The important thing, he notes, is to look at all possible options for disseminating information to the public in an emergency situation.”žlast_img read more

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Off-Duty Boston EMT Helps save Young Boy in Fire

first_img(NECN: Ally Donnelly, Boston, MA) — A Boston EMT is being hailed a hero. He rushed into a burning building to save a young boy’s life. Krittiya Choti-sing was panicked late last night as she smelled smoke on the third floor of her Wadsworth Street home in Boston’s Allston neighborhood. A fire had started in the attic living space and no one could find her 10-year-old grandson Anthony.last_img

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Huntsman Scholarship seeks applications

first_imgThe Beaumont Foundation of America is seeking applicants for the Jon Huntsman Sr. Scholarship.The scholarship is for first-year students seeking an associate of applied science degree in process operating technology. The scholarship application process is open until July 1, 2015. Those interested can apply on the LIT Web site. Go to “Student Services,” then click on the “Scholarship Application” link. Next UpA good candidate for the scholarship will have financial need to attend college and be a first-generation college student. The committee may also consider class ranking, GPA, test scores, academic success, extracurricular activities and participation in leadership activities.To remain eligible for the scholarship, students must be a full-time student, comply with all reporting requirements and maintain an overall GPA of 2.5. The duration of the scholarship is four consecutive long semesters or until graduation.center_img For more information, call (409) 839-2956.last_img read more

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Groves Chamber celebrates longtime service

first_imgGROVES — A changing of the guard highlighted much of the talk at Tuesday morning’s Groves Chamber of Commerce Annual Breakfast.Mayor Brad Bailey opened by saying his 20th year in office would be his last, noting he and the community were lucky to have been served that whole time by Fire Chief Dale Jackson, who is in his last weeks of office.2019 Chamber President Don Sodman highlighted a year of accomplishments by saying he was, at first, worried about taking on the position 12 months ago. “Previous presidents were the Hall of Fame of people in Groves,” Sodman said. “But you soon realize they cleared the path and made it easier for people coming after.”Beverly Herford, who previously served a Groves Chamber of Commerce president, is once again taking on the responsibility for 2020. (Mary Meaux/The News)Sodman recognized the Chamber’s renewed mother of the year program, which spotlighted Bevin Frakes, and the two business that tied for small business of the year — George Geisel of Groves Domino’s and Scott and Tina Legendre of Groves Café and Coffee Bar.Sodman encouraged future Chamber leaders and attendees to continue a recently launched effort to provide bikes to children in need at Christmas. Incoming Chamber President Beverly Herford helped close the breakfast by giving thanks for community support through trying times and stressing her commitment to the Chamber, which she dubbed the heart of the community.2020 officers include Herford, Rob Vensel, Pansey Lamson, Loyd Patterson and Sodman.last_img read more

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Will Swenson on Getting Mean in Les Miserables & Jumping On the Little Miss Sunshine Bus

first_img Will Chase was originally slated to star in Little Miss Sunshine—how did you get the role? It was incredibly last minute. Will got an offer for Nashville the day Little Miss Sunshine was going to start rehearsals. I was at a picnic with my boys on Labor Day and I got a call saying, “Would you be interested in going in for the role?” I was thrilled because I absolutely loved the movie. Then they said, “It’s tomorrow morning, and you’ve got to start immediately.” I came in and sang one of my own songs and read a couple of scenes from the show, and half an hour later they called and said, “Can you start today?” [Laughs.] Javert is a really scary guy. Are you prepared to get that mean? Ooh, heck yeah! I’m ready to dive into Javert. The challenge of a role that’s been performed for almost 30 years is that people have an expectation of what this character should be, and the challenge is to bring something new to it. I had a religious upbringing and, without naming names, I’ve got a couple of people in mind who thought they were very, very righteous people who were real jerks. With those folks as my template, I think I’ve got a new angle on where to start with this character. What if Little Miss Sunshine comes to Broadway while you’re doing Les Miserables? Who would you cast as Richard? I will not put any energy out there as far as replacing me in Little Miss Sunshine [laughs]. That would send the wrong message to the universe! Every off-Broadway show I’ve ever done has had rumblings of going to Broadway, and sometimes they go and sometimes they don’t. I think this one has so much potential to play to an audience on Broadway for a long time. So I’m just saying a prayer to the theater gods that it goes next year instead of this season, so I can have my cake and eat it too. Related Shows See Will Swenson in Little Miss Sunshine, opening November 14 at off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre. Little Miss Sunshine In Little Miss Sunshine, Richard is a motivational speaker—what keeps you motivated during tech and previews? Whiskey, I wanna say? [Laughs.] No. It’s my kids. They keep things in perspective and make me remember that I am not the culmination of my acting parts, I’m their dad. Also, the idea of creating something new is a huge motivation. I love doing something that has never been seen before, creating new shows. You feel much less like a puppet, ‘cause you’re actually creating something, you’re not just trying to fit into a mold that a previous actor has created. View Comments Have you guys ever gone on a double date with Stephanie J. Block and Sebastian Arcelus? We haven’t. That should absolutely happen! I was talking to Stephanie about that recently that they’re in a very similar predicament, both of them are very in-demand and it gets crazy. It’s hard to say no to work when you love it so much, but you have to carve it out. Do you and [fellow Hair and Murder Ballad alum] Caissie Levy [who’ll play Fantine in Les Miz] have a contract clause about co-starring in shows? It’s starting to get crazy. It’s getting to that, isn’t it? [Laughs.] We joked about it when we found out that we both got these parts. We were like, “So, I guess it’s just in our rider.” I wouldn’t mind that; Caissie’s one of the most talented girls I’ve ever worked with, and on top of it she’s just a great, great girl. We must be compatible on a certain level. Third time’s the charm. Was that unnerving? Murder Ballad had closed early, so I was just an out-of-work actor who was happy to have a job. I was glad to find out that the majority of the cast hadn’t been involved in any previous incarnations, so I wasn’t necessarily behind anybody else in the progression of learning it. I didn’t feel terribly like the new kid, as much as I could have under other circumstances. Audra has hinted about coming back to Broadway. Do you guys try to alternate for the kids? How does that work? Oh, wouldn’t it be nice if we had that much power to control shows? [Laughs.] Well, she might! I certainly don’t. We may have shows that line up soon, but there’s too many factors to try to plan anything specifically. When she was doing Porgy and Bess and I was doing Priscilla, we made that work. It was tricky, but it was incredibly fun to finish my show and walk across Times Square and she’d be finishing up signing autographs and we’d go home. It was like a neat day at the office together. If that happens again, that’d be fine, but if not, we tag-team with the other responsibilities of life, and we just make it work. We’re sad, however, that it meant you wouldn’t be playing Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show at Bucks County Playhouse. Me too! I usually like to do new stuff, but there are a few roles on my radar that I’d like to do. Frank-N-Furter’s on there and Javert’s on there. So I was gonna be doing two of those in the same year, and I was sad to let that one go. In this production, the bus is created with chairs on wheels—have you rolled into the audience yet? Any mishaps? Nobody’s flown off the stage yet, and we created a little lip at the edge that is supposed to stop us—but we’re not sure if it might actually just propel us into the audience. The chairs are tricky to work with! Sometimes a wheel will turn wrong and somebody’s taken a little spill a couple of times during the show, but for the most part things have gone well. What is it like building a relationship with your Little Miss Sunshine family? It’s been great, and I attribute that to [director/book writer] James Lapine. He kept the rehearsal room very light and fun. Every day when we’d come in, instead of just getting to work, we’d sit around, and he’d go, “So what’d you do last night, Will? How was your night, Stephanie, what about you, Hannah?” We would all just get to know each other, eat snacks and get silly on our breaks. Will Swenson Do you and Audra ever sing “The Confrontation” together at home? Oh yeah, it happens nightly—no. [Laughs.] We’re a little bit more of a Roberta Flack family. But I think it happened once when I was auditioning for the part. We might have been goofing around and sung it in front of the kids just to annoy them. They think we’re so obnoxious when we sing loudly. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 15, 2013 You and Ramin Karimloo [who will play Jean Valjean] have been Tweeting back and forth. Have you met? We sang at one of the auditions to make sure that we sounded good together, and he’s an amazing guy. Oh my gosh, his voice is basically what I would aspire to, in my wildest dreams, to sound like Ramin! He’s a dad, like me—he’s got two boys, as well—so we’ve got a ton in common, and I really look forward to being onstage with him. Star Files Try as you might, there’s no typecasting Will Swenson. Since his Broadway debut in Brooklyn, he’s played an eclectic collection of roles, from a vampire in Lestat to a hippie in Hair to a drag diva in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Off-Broadway, he originated the role of badass Arsenal frontman Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages and stalkery bartender Tom in Murder Ballad. Now, he’s playing motivational speaker and patriarch Richard in the off-Broadway musical adaptation of Little Miss Sunshine, opening November 14 at Second Stage. But wait, there’s more—Swenson will take on legendary Broadway baddie Javert in the new revival of Les Miserables this spring. Not to mention his happiest role: husband of Audra McDonald and dad to their “wee posse of three.” Broadway.com chatted with Swenson about his forthcoming turn as a mean, mean police inspector in Les Miz and jumping (literally) into Little Miss Sunshine, even though it meant giving up his sweet transvestite dream role.last_img read more

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Vermont sees annual drop in home sales, prices

first_imgThe Vermont housing market was the only one in New England to experience a year-over-year decline in both number of transactions, down -2.4 percent, and median price, down -4.3 percent, according to RE/MAX. Vermont’s median home price is $180,900, down from $189,000. This still places Vermont third highest in the region, behind only Massachusetts ($260,000) and Connecticut ($232,500).RE/MAX of New England Executive Vice President Jay Hummer said the number of transactions is encouraging, but there is still a gap between what buyers think their home is worth and what it will actually sell for.  The RE/MAX of New England January Monthly Housing Report shows that year-over-year, the number of unit sales in every state in New England, except Vermont, is slightly higher than January 2011. New Hampshire and Rhode Island experienced the highest change in units sold with an increase of 16.8 percent and 17.8 percent, respectively. While the number of transactions remain relatively flat, prices continue to dip in every state in New England.‘The slight uptick in sales is encouraging as it means buyers are active in the market, however, we are still trying to find a balance between buyer expectations and market realities when it comes to pricing,’ Hummer said.last_img read more

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