first_imgA funeral mass took place Feb. 13 at the Immaculate Conception Church, Secaucus, for Marilyn Grace Meyer, 78, of Secaucus. She passed away Feb. 8 at the Meadowlands Medical Center. Daughter of the late Arthur and Rosaria (Amico) Ward, she was born in Jersey City, and was a lifelong resident of Secaucus. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed art, reading, and cats. Predeceased by her parents and her brother, Arthur Ward, she is survived by her husband Charles Meyer, sons Charles and wife Marie and Russell and his partner David, and her daughter Jean Markey. She is also survived by her granddaughters, Theresa, Cara, and Francesca Meyer.Services arranged by the Mack Memorial Home, Secaucus.last_img read more

Grissom Air Museum seeks help on Cold War-era bomber exhibit

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Twitter Previous articleMichigan teacher won’t let student write about gay marriageNext articleGlimpse of the future of Amish Acres could come next week Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Grissom Air Museum seeks help on Cold War-era bomber exhibit By Associated Press – February 24, 2020 0 282 Twitter Facebook WhatsApp By United States Air Force –, Public Domain, Link BUNKER HILL, Ind. (Kokomo Tribune) — The aircraft museum at northern Indiana’s Grissom Air Reserve Base is seeking $100,000 boost from local government toward a building to protect and display one of the few surviving Cold War-era B-58 Hustler bombers.Grissom Air Museum leaders are asking for Miami County economic development fund money as they plan the estimated $700,000 exhibit space featuring the bomber, dozens of which were stationed at the Indiana base in the 1960s.The B-58 was the U.S. Air Force’s first operational supersonic bomber.Officials hope to build a roof over the Hustler this year while continuing to raise money for the project. Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Google+last_img read more

Lessons in the power of theater

first_imgAt Boston Green Academy (BGA) in Brighton, Brendan Shea, manager of education and community programs at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), wrote words on a whiteboard as the audience called them out.“Freedom,” one person said.“Worth. And oppression,” another volunteered.The crowd of advanced placement English students, who had seen the A.R.T.’s production of Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)” the day before, were sharing their thoughts about the Kennedy Prize-winning Civil War drama.A.R.T. educators helped the students delve more deeply into the play, encouraging them to share their thoughts, providing a scene for them to read aloud, and even asking them to write their own epic poems about the experience.The A.R.T. had been connected with BGA in part through Harvard’s Public School Partnerships, a program that works across the University to bring resources and opportunities to local schools.Part of the appeal for the young students, Shea said, was the language and scope of Parks’ vision.“Parks’ work can be seen as a mash-up of Greek dramatic forms with contemporary language and issues. We wanted the students to go through a similar process to the playwright’s, in a way, by digging out the themes and rewriting something original and lyrical on each theme.”“All of the students were so enthusiastic about it,” said Corina Rangel, a 10th and 11th grade humanities teacher at BGA. “For some of them, this was their first experience with theater. It’s amazing that the A.R.T. is not just welcoming to students, but actively encouraging them. They sought us out, and to incorporate young voices in that way, and help young people access the theater — to help them experience that is wonderful.”Shea and his co-facilitator, Nicole Shelpman, recently carried out similar exercises with students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS), posting that group’s epic poem on the A.R.T. site as well.“What was so interesting about this piece was our [classroom] discussion,” said Monica Murray, a drama teacher at CRLS. “It really opens students up to ideas — the ideas of themes, literature — and it brings the ideas they’re working on in the classroom to life.”A.R.T. Education organized trips for students to see the play. Then, working with Harvard Public Affairs and Communications (HPAC), Shea and Shelpman coordinated workshops with BGA and CRLS to deepen the theater experience for students. For Shelpman, a Harvard Graduate School of Education student, the workshops served as the cornerstone project of her two-month internship at the A.R.T.“The Public School Partnerships team is always looking for opportunities to bring students from both Boston and Cambridge onto Harvard’s campus to participate in new experiences across many fields,” said Kevin Casey, associate vice president for public affairs and communications. “In addition to engaging on campus, PSP also looks for ways to bring Harvard’s resources directly into local schools. This partnership with A.R.T. was the perfect example of both of those goals.”The workshops gave students a chance to “create something new out of Parks’ words,” Shea said, helping them get into the mind of the playwright, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for “Topdog/Underdog.”“For students to come and see a play on its own has its own merit,” Shea said. “But it’s important to provide as many students as we can with another way into the experience of live theater. This is a challenging, intense, and timely play, and to be able to spend time with students, to get them to meet the playwright halfway ― that can be a powerful place to begin the conversation.”last_img read more

‘If we’re not including trans people, we’re not really having conversations’

first_img In part, conference examines parental leave, and how U.S. and Europe compare Transforming transgender care Listen up Laverne Cox was onstage at the Memorial Church Tuesday evening, reflecting on her struggle to break into Hollywood as one of the first transgender actresses of color. She described her path by paraphrasing the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius:“What gets in the way becomes the way,” she said.That mantra helped define her success as a now Emmy-nominated actress (“Orange Is the New Black”) and Emmy-winning producer who is equally visible as an activist and advocate for gender equity. In a lively panel conversation for Harvard’s inaugural #HarvardHearsYou Summit for Gender Equity, Cox shared her experiences alongside fashion designer Christian Siriano and fashion blogger Nicolette Mason. Culture expert Jess Weiner, CEO of Talk to Jess, moderated the lively conversation, which ranged from affection for performing arts education to creating 17 red-carpet looks for a single Oscar night to a deep examination of language and privilege.Cox said becoming famous didn’t erase her experiences of being called “man” on the street.“Privilege is contextual,” she said. “In certain contexts you have privilege and certain contexts you don’t, and that’s a strange thing to balance.”Mason, who is Iranian American and part of the LGBTQ community, recently launched Premme, an online plus-size fashion line serving the 68 percent of American women who are size 14 or above, with her friend Gabi Gregg.“It’s been a really exciting journey,” said Mason, who had consulted with brands such as Target, ASOS, and Barbie before launching Premme. “We got to a place a couple of years ago where we realized there was only so much progress we could make as individuals, as young women. We wanted to see clothes that looked like us who are young and working and want to have fun with fashion and style. We realized the only way to create influence and change the market was to do it ourselves, and it’s an enormous privilege to be able to do that. ”,Siriano, who founded his own label in 2008, drew praise when referencing the tuxedo gown he designed for Billy Porter (“Kinky Boots,” “Pose”) for the Oscars earlier this year. Siriano, who credited having a small but agile team for the effort, said the gender-bending statement came organically.“Billy came into my showroom and said, ‘I’m going to the Oscars. I want to wear a gown.’ We made it in four days,” Siriano said. “I wasn’t thinking about (how) he’s the first man on the red carpet in a gown. I didn’t really think about that.”Co-hosted by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Title IX Office, the evening discussion capped a daylong conversation about equity among faculty, students, and guests that ranged from social movements and due process to intersectionality. Mason shared some of her toughest rejections: one from an Italian fashion brand that told her she was “too openly gay” to collaborate with, and another from an American designer who said he would “never promote this part of our business,” meaning the plus-size side. Cox said trans people “have never been as visible as we’ve been in the past five years,” but called the backlash “insane.”“In 2019, we are banning people from serving in the military simply for being who they are,” she said, citing the Trump administration’s policy that goes into effect next week. “That’s an equity conversation.“In this moment now, if we’re having conversations about gender equity and we’re not including trans people,” she added, “we’re not really having conversations.” Jess Weiner on upcoming gender equity summit, body diversity, Laverne Cox, and Barbie center_img Related Guideposts toward gender equality $1.5M gift kick-starts Sexual, Gender Minority Health Equity Initiative at Medical Schoollast_img read more

Notre Dame administration honors student leaders

first_imgEditor’s Note: A version of this article appeared in the April 10 edition of The Observer.Notre Dame’s Division of Student Affairs presented awards to seven students at the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on April 1, according to a University press release. Senior Jenna Ahn received the Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., Leadership Award for her work with Campus Ministry and the Center for Social Concerns (CSC). She has served as a leader in efforts to unite students working with both offices, the press release stated. “I think it’s essential that Campus Ministry work together with the CSC because the two, faith and justice, are deeply connected,” Ahn said. “Collaborating between Campus Ministry and CSC reminds us to always be contemplatives in action  where what we contemplate will be put into action and where our actions will become forms of contemplation.”Ahn said she became involved with the CSC’s Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) and the International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP), through which she traveled to Kolkata, India.“I decided to get involved with the SSLP after my freshman year because I was interested in continuing to ask the difficult questions about structural sin, poverty and suffering,” she said. “I left with more questions than answers. “I participated in the ISSLP in Kolkata because I wanted to experience and walk in the footsteps of Mother Teresa. I wanted to learn to love more radically, not for my own benefits and sense of ‘feel-good,’ but to love the other as to will only their good.”Senior Elizabeth Tucker, a four-year member of the varsity women’s soccer team and two-time captain, won the Ray Siegfried Award for Leadership Excellence, the press release stated. Tucker has combined community service with her athletics, having her team adopt a patient from the local hospital and organizing tutoring at a local elementary school, she said. “My junior year … I decided that it would be really cool to get involved with the Fighting Irish Fight for Life program, because it was a way [the soccer team] could adopt a little sister and bring someone in and bring so much happiness,” Tucker said. “It’s been really fun for me because I’ve gotten to know her very well.” Senior Julia Steiner, former editor-in-chief of the Scholastic magazine, won the Denny Moore Award for Excellence in Journalism. The magazine has devoted more attention to the topic of diversity under her leadership, the press release said. “I think it’s really interesting to not only understand the differences that we all share on the outside, but to strike up these conversations and to begin to understand how we all think differently, how we see the world differently,” Steiner said. “… We did not have an outward push for diversity; it was kind of a thread that seemed to weave in throughout the year.”Steiner said she also credits the magazine’s success to its staff.“I accepted [the award] individually, and I am proud of the work that I’ve done, but at the same time, it was really a group effort,” she said. “That’s probably what I’m most proud of; Scholastic won News Magazine of the Year for the second year in a row in the state of Indiana.”Senior Edithstein Cho received the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Award for her role as co-founder and producer of “Show Some Skin,” a student production that aims to shed light on students’ stories about difference and identity, according to the press release.“I saw minority students on our campus talked amongst themselves and did a lot of problem identification on race issues, which is articulating what is insensitive or racist,” Cho said. “To go beyond problem identification and to engage and change how people engaged race, the three of us [Cho, senior Hien Luu and JeeSeun Choi, class of 2012] wanted to hear deeper narratives. “The monologues [in ‘Show Some Skin’] show that the writers are human beings who have flaws and prejudices of their own, alongside having their own baggage that determines how they orient themselves. We named our production, ‘Show Some Skin,’ in order to challenge our community to dig deeper into their identity and experiences to create a starting point for dialogue. ‘Show Some Skin’ is a form of art for social justice.”Karen Antonio, a doctoral student in the department of biochemistry and chemistry, won the Sister Jean Lenz, O.S.F., Leadership Award for her contributions in promoting women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields through her organization of monthly lunch meetings for women to present and hear research presentations, the press release stated.“You have this informal, comfort way of talking to faculty and staff,” Antonio said. “You get a different side of professors; you’re eating lunch, talking about what you do, your family, your pets, whatever you want, and it’s not that constricting, professional box that you are usually in. “As far as women in science go, you’re able to unite people in a very comfortable way that probably would not have been available otherwise.”Senior Alex Coccia, student body president emeritus, won the Rev. A. Leonard Collins Award, which is given to a senior who has made large strides toward advancing the interests of Notre Dame students, according to the Student Affairs website. Coccia worked to improve the campus climate for LGBTQ students, undocumented students and students affected by sexual violence, the press release said.“I want to ensure that all students feel welcome at Notre Dame, and breaking the silence on issues that create oppressive environments is the first step towards that goal,” Coccia said. “Ultimately, the student experience is sacred, and we must ensure that we as students do all we can to create a welcoming environment for all.” Tags: 2014 Commencement, Alex Coccia, leadership, Student Affairs, student leaderslast_img read more

Kecia Lewis to Replace Tonya Pinkins in Mother Courage and Her Children

first_img Related Shows View Comments After Tonya Pinkins’ controversial exit from Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, Broadway vet Kecia Lewis will assume the title role in the production on January 8. Classic Stage Company has canceled performances of the show January 5 through January 7. Directed by Brian Kulick and featuring original music by Tony winner Duncan Sheik, Mother Courage will play a limited engagement through January 24 as originally scheduled. No word yet on the opening night date; it had previously been set for January 7.Lewis made her Broadway debut as Effie in Dreamgirls; additional Main Stem credits include Big River, Ain’t Misbehavin, Gospel At Colonus, The Drowsy Chaperone, Leap of Faith, Chicago and Once On This Island. On screen appearances include a recurring role in Law & Order SVU, Limitless and the upcoming season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.The indomitable Mother Courage (Lewis) follows one luckless army after another across a war-torn world in her canteen wagon. She’ll do anything to hold onto her money-making wagon, even if it means the loss of her children, in this timeless tale of war and big business updated to the modern-day conflagration in the Congo.The cast also includes Joshua Boone, Curtiss Cook Jr., Kevin Mambo, Jacob Ming-Trent, Geoffrey Owens, Michael Potts, Deandre Sevon, Mirirai Sithole and Zenzi customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Mother Courage and Her Children Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016last_img read more

Green Mountain Power Engages Deloitte & Touche LLP

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corporation (NYSE: GMP)announced that effective immediately it has engaged Deloitte & Touche LLP as its independent auditor for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2002, replacing Arthur Andersen LLP.The decision to engage Deloitte & Touche was made after careful consideration by the Green Mountain Power Corporation Board of Directors and senior management. The decision was not the result of any disagreement between Green Mountain Power and Arthur Andersen on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure.”Arthur Andersen’s current difficulties and uncertain future convinced Green Mountain Power that this change was in the best interest of the Company’s customers and shareholders,” said Stephen C. Terry, Senior Vice President of Corporate and Legal Affairs. “We look forward to working with Deloitte & Touche in its new role as our independent auditor,” Mr. Terry added.last_img read more

The Role of the Brazilian Armed Forces in Support of Venezuelan Refugees

first_imgBy Rodney Lisboa* June 20, 2019 Although the Venezuelan migration flow into Brazil is significantly less than in other countries, the increasing entry of Venezuelan refugees causes a direct social and economic impact on the government of Roraima, which has limited resources to manage such a high number of immigrants. Operation Shelter Within this context, the Ministry of Defense, in collaboration with the United Nations and in partnership with different government agencies and civil society entities, created Operation Shelter. The operation carries out distinct activities and responds to emergencies to meet 10 priority areas: social protection and health care; promotion of educational activities; professional qualification and training; guaranteeing human rights ; protection for women, children, teenagers, the elderly, the disabled, indigenous populations, and traditional communities; infrastructure and sanitation supply; public safety and border control strengthening; logistics and distribution of supplies; mobility, distribution within the national territory and relocation support. Based on the above, the Brazilian Armed Forces put into action their well known experience in civil and social operations, to conduct support and humanitarian aid operations to help Venezuelan refugees, and promote the control and organization of immigrants entering the border. A contingent of about 600 service members from the Army, Navy, and Air Force leads the Armed Forces’ tasks, providing support to nearly 8,500 people staying in the shelters built in the cities of Boa Vista (state capital) and Pacaraima (near the border with Venezuela). An estimated 180,000 Venezuelans have crossed the Venezuela-Brazil border since 2017. Responsibilities of the Armed Forces As part of Operation Shelter, the Armed Forces are tasked with the following responsibilities: to provide support for logistics and humanitarian transportation, in addition to the mobility and relocation of Venezuelan immigrants to different Brazilian states (Air Force); to promote emergency assistance to shelter Venezuelan people in vulnerable situations, by planning and providing basic health services, urgent medical services, laboratory exams, zoonosis control, as well as operations to ensure food safety (Army and Navy); to conduct infrastructure work, organize the setup of tents for shelters, and ensure public safety and increase border control (Army). The government of Jair Bolsonaro, along with 13 other countries (Lima Group), does not recognize Maduro as the leader of the Venezuelan government, due to the worsening crisis in Venezuela and the controversial electoral process that reelected Nicolás Maduro. The Brazilian government signaled the need to increase funds for the military operation carried out in Roraima, due to the scale and complexity of the operation, as well as the position Brazil took regarding the current situation in Venezuela. The deterioration of democracy and the political and economic failure of Chavism (leftist ideology associated with Hugo Chávez), created a serious social and humanitarian crisis for Venezuelans, which increased crime levels and heightened feelings of insecurity. The growing flow of Venezuelan migrants, mainly to South America and the Caribbean, is a direct result of this shortage and lack of security. * Rodney Lisboa is a military historian with a Master of Maritime Studies from the Brazilian Navy War College.last_img read more

Prepare for retirement with a balancing act

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Gov. Wolf: CARES Act Funding Now Available to Museums and Cultural Organizations

first_img June 26, 2020 Economy,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced the availability of $20 million in grant funding for cultural organizations and museums to offset lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shutdown order.The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) today approved the program guidelines for the COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program, which is funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The program will be administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).“As Pennsylvanians stayed home to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the commonwealth, our museums and cultural centers lost not just patronage, but revenue,” said Gov. Wolf. “As these organizations are so critical to maintaining community culture and safeguarding our history, it is imperative that we allocate the funding they need to continue their operations.”Eligible cultural organizations or museums must be one of the following categories to be eligible for funding through the COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program:Children’s MuseumGeneral Museum with at least two equally significant disciplinesHistory Museum or Historical SiteMilitary or Maritime MuseumNatural History MuseumAccredited ZooPlanetariumScience and Technology CenterOrchestraArt MuseumPerforming Arts OrganizationThe minimum amount of grant funding will be $25,000 to a maximum of $500,000. Funds may be used to offset lost revenue for eligible cultural organizations and museums that were subject to closure by the proclamation of disaster emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020, and any renewal of the state of disaster emergency and that experienced a loss of revenue related to the closure. Funds cannot be used to offset revenue which has already been offset from other sources, including philanthropic and federal, state and local government sources. Additional eligibility requirements and program details can be found in the program guidelines.Applications will be accepted between June 29, 2020, and July 31, 2020, through the online Electronic Single Application for Assistance, information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority can be found on the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website. To stay up-to-date on all Pennsylvania economic development news, follow DCED on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and be sure to sign up for the department’s monthly e-newsletter.Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf: CARES Act Funding Now Available to Museums and Cultural Organizationscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more