Bat Out of Hell: The Musical Andrew Polec in Bat Out of Hell (Photo: Little Fang) Star Files Bat Out of Hell is a unique theatrical experience that Polec believes combines some of the best music into one night. “It is an absolutely crazy, operatic, rock-and-roll love story,” he said. “It’s almost as if Peter Pan and Romeo and Juliet got together and had this rock-and-roll love child and that’s what has been birthed on stage. It’s a beautiful birth. Jim Steinman has had this idea for forty-plus years and he sent all the music to the J.M. Barrie estate. The lawyer looked at the script and was like, ‘I really love it, but you lost me at this part where there are nuns flying on motorcycles.’ It’s been a labor of love and to see it culminate finally in this version is absolutely amazing.”For Polec, one of the most nerve-wracking moments has been meeting Meat Loaf himself. “Meat Loaf is thrilled [with the show],” he said. “He came to the Wednesday matinee and asked to see it again that evening. I called him Mr. Loaf but he said he prefers to just go by Meat. They warned me that he’s a really cool guy and he’s either going to like you right away, or, maybe, he won’t. I needed to absolutely make sure that he likes me. As soon as I got into the car with him I was like, ‘You are such a big inspiration in my life. You’re my rock-and-roll hero.’ He put up his hand, as if to calm me down, and said, ‘I’m just a regular, ordinary guy who loves performing these songs and giving them as gifts to the audience.’ He’s even cooler than I thought.” Andrew Polec just won’t quit. After playing the role of Strat in Bat Out of Hell in the West End and on tour, he has officially brought the Jim Steinman-Meat Loaf musical to New York City. “It’s a dream come true and wildly, wildly amazing,” Polec told Ryan Lee Gilbert in a recent episode of Broadway.com’s #LiveAtFive. “I came into this really ignorant. Like, oh yeah you do a workshop and of course we’ll find a theater right away and everything will be coming up roses. Then there was silence and I thought I did something wrong. Then I did The Fantasticks for ten months, which was wonderful and it a 180-degree turn of a character.” Andrew Polec After playing the role of Strat for so long, it can be difficult to know where the character ends and Polec begins, especially because of his signature hairstyle. “When you’ve lived with a character for a while, you seem to start to mix together,” he said. “One thing leads to another and all of a sudden they put all of these hair products in front of you and you want to use all of them and see what happens. A lot of love and magic goes into it. I can’t live without this look now.”For someone who has spent a majority of his professional career commanding a stage, it’s surprising to learn that musical theater wasn’t Polec’s passion growing up. “I played lacrosse and hoped I would get a scholarship,” he said. “All that changed one summer when I was riding a bicycle down a hill really fast. I saw a car at the end of a blind turn, hit the brakes, and just went flying and blacked out. After being in the head-trauma unit for five days, the doctors said I couldn’t do contact sports anymore. Seeing that I was down, my parents pushed me into other areas of interest. One day my dad played me ‘Paradise’ by the Dashboard Light and that’s all it took. That’s the dose of medicine that will carry you all the way through doing this kind of musical.”Catch Polec in Bat Out of Hell, playing New York City Center.Watch the full #LiveAtFive episode below! Andrew Polec (Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 27:07Loaded: 0.00%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -27:07 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 8, 2019
Center for an Agricultural Economy & Vermont Food Venture Center,Vermont’s first small scale food processing facility has officially opened the doors to local farmers and food producers in Central Vermont. Governor Peter Shumlin attended the ribbon cutting at the facility today, Tuesday, January 17th.Livestock and vegetable producers now have another way to add value to their products and tap into the growing local food movement in Vermont. The Mad River Food Hub is the first of its kind fully equipped, licensed vegetable and meat processing facility in New England. Located in Waitsfield, Vermont, it provides farmers and food producers with a wide array of commercial scale meat and vegetable processing equipment, as well as on-site storage and distribution services to local market outlets.The Mad River Food Hub complements what the Vermont Food Venture Center offers in that it is geared to even smaller scale producers and has the only fully licensed, shared meat processing space in the state. Consumer appetite for locally raised meat and homemade sausage is growing rapidly and the Mad River Food Hub is poised to help farmers and chefs to tap into this expanding market.Conceived in 2010 and constructed in 2011, the Mad River Food Hub is the first fully equipped, licensed vegetable and meat processing facility in the State of Vermont (& NE USA). It offers farmers and food producers affordable, daily rental of state licensed meat and vegetable processing rooms, together with on-site storage and distribution services to local market outlets. www.madriverfoodhub.com/about/(link is external)The design and implementation of the Mad River Food Hub’s services relied extensively on the research, data and analysis from the State’s Farm to Plate Strategic Plan. Funding for this facility was provided by a number of state, federal and foundation funds as well as private investment.‘ This new facility will is the first for-profit food hub and the only facility in the North East USA that combines a state-inspected meat & vegetable facility’ said founder Robin Morris. ‘We also chose to organize as a for-profit business as we felt it provided a more likely longevity for the services offered.’Over 10 local farms and food producers are already using the Mad River Food Hub’s services including: Vermont Bean Crafters, The Vermont Meat Company, Vermont Raw Pet Food, Lawson’s Finest, Gaylord Farm, Kingsbury Market Gardens, Screamin Ridge Farm, Knoll Farm, Tannery Farm & Three Springs Farm.The Mad River Food Hub is the result of many years of discussion and collaboration with the Mad River Valley Localvore Project, Valley Futures Network, Mad River Valley Planning District, Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Land Trust, Farmers, businesses, non-profit organizations and residents. Funding has come from a variety of sources including, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund – Farm to Plate, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board Farm Viability Program, Vermont Agriculture Innovation Center, Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant and local residents.Waitsfield, VT―January 17th 2012
On cross country team, Gophers look to freshmen for successBoth cross country teams have new runners expected to make an impact. Zach Bielinski, Daily File PhotoMadeline Strandemo runs at the 15th Annual Oz Memorial Run at Les Bolstad golf course on Sept. 5, 2014. Alyssa HodenfieldSeptember 9, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers women’s cross country team saw impressive performances from both veterans and newcomers at its annual intrasquad meet over the weekend.Redshirt junior Madeline Strandemo, the leading runner of the night, set a personal record time of 18.27. “I’m really excited about where our team is at,” Strandemo said. “It just feels really encouraging for the rest of the season knowing that we’re in a better position than we were last year.”Two runners who stood out were freshmen twins Megan and Bethany Hasz who finished second and third in the race, respectively. “I was impressed with them today,” said head coach Sarah Hopkins. “They were our number two and three runners today behind a pretty proven number one, so that’s a pretty good sign.”The younger runners bring a new energy to the team, allowing the veterans to run side-by-side with new challengers in practice as well as in the race.The team is ranked No. 26 in Division I Women’s Cross Country by the NCAA and has high hopes for success.“It really doesn’t take 20 people with experience; it takes one or two and then everybody else just getting the confidence to run with that person,” Hopkins said. The men’s cross country team is full of fresh faces as well, allowing older runners to take on leadership positions. “Having the younger guys pushes us a little bit more,” said team captain Charlie Lawrence. “It also kind of makes a lot of us step into a leadership role. You’ve got guys who would normally sit back, and now they’re stepping up into big leadership roles, and we’re going to need them because we’re so young.”The team has no seniors and seven true freshmen this season. While the team has some strong veterans such as Obsa Ali and Charlie Lawrence, head coach Steve Plasencia said he has high hopes for new talent, especially Connor Olson and Joey Duerr, who redshirted their freshman seasons last year. “I’ve found so far that this has been a really easy group to work with,” Plasencia said. “The guys have a good attitude, and I think the young guys bring a kind of freshness and excitement to the whole process, and the older guys that we have returning are all deeply invested in trying to do well as a team.”Both the men’s and women’s teams will host the annual Roy Griak Invitational and the Big Ten Championship meet to give each squad a season to look forward to.“For us to have the Big Ten meet here really is exciting,” Plasencia said. “By the middle of October we’ll have a lot better hand on where we fit in this whole thing.”
Futurity:Young children who hear more than one language spoken at home become better communicators, a new study finds. Effective communication requires the ability to take others’ perspectives.Researchers discovered that children from multilingual environments are better at interpreting a speaker’s meaning than children who are exposed only to their native tongue.The most novel finding is that the children don’t even have to be bilingual themselves—it’s the exposure to more than one language that is the key for building effective social communication skills.Read the whole story: Futurity More of our Members in the Media >
Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund and Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) co-led the investment syndicate comprising Microsoft, BDC Capital, 2150. Thistledown Foundation. Taronga Group and GreenSoil Investments.In 2019, Amazon co-founded the Climate Pledge as a commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040 – ten years ahead of the Paris Agreement. The announced investment aligns with this commitment.Robert Niven, CEO and Co-Founder of CarbonCure Technologies, said, “This collaborative investment by technology and property development firms is a great endorsement of CarbonCure as the go-to CDR solution for the growing tech construction space and the overall shift towards low embodied carbon construction materials.”“We witnessed the tech industry setting climate change trends with their adoption of renewable energy sources like wind and solar. This investment in CDR signals a broader change of public and private infrastructure projects as industries and governments turn their focus toward the reduction of embodied carbon.”Kara Hurst, Vice-President of Sustainability at Amazon, said, “We are excited to invest in CarbonCure, a company producing stronger, more sustainable concrete, which will help Amazon and other companies meet The Climate Pledge, a commitment to be net-zero by 2040.”“We are looking forward to lowering the carbon footprint of many of our building by using CarbonCure concrete, including in Amazon’s HQ2 building in Virginia.”CarbonCure intends to use the capital investment to accelerate its product roadmap and geographical expansion in order to meet its goal of remove 500 mega-tonnes of CO2 annually from the concrete industry by 2030.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to provide $9.5 million in federal funding to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District (USACE), to construct the Braddock Bay Restoration plan favored by the USACE and the local Rochester community. The announcement was made yesterday at the Braddock Bay Marina by the U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. He was joined by EPA – Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck, Town of Greece, New York, Supervisor William D. Reilich, and USACE Buffalo District Commander Lt. Col. Karl D. Jansen.In recent years, Braddock Bay’s barrier beach has been largely washed away and left open to Lake Ontario. Without this much-needed barrier, the Bay has lost an estimated 100 acres of wetlands and sand pushed in from the lake has made it too shallow for most boaters.“This $9.5 million investment will not only bring the Bay back to its former glory,” said Schumer, “it will restore boating access, create wildlife habitats and bring opportunities to makes this a tourism and recreational magnet.”USACE will use these federal EPA funds to build a new, man-made barrier beach to restore much of the old beach that has been washed away from Hurricane Agnes and years of Nor’easter storms.The Corps will use the 12,000 cubic yards of material that was dredged from the Bay, plus an additional 14,000 cubic yards of beach sand and 6,000 tons of stone to build a 2.5-acre barrier beach. This beach is expected to be 1,200 feet long and 200 feet wide, and will protect the new navigation channel and newly restored wetlands from the rigors of Lake Ontario.[mappress mapid=”20956″]
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About 250 children and adults broke their fast at Athwood Primary School every Friday for the month of Ramadaan. In poverty-plagued Hanover Park, a primary school has ensured that for at least one day a week its pupils didn’t go home to meagre meals after a day of fasting during Ramadaan.From 5.30pm to 7.30pm every Friday during the Muslim holy month, Athwood Primary School’s hall hosted an iftaar (breaking of the fast) for the pupils. Both staff and pupils of all faiths were invited to enjoy a meal together.Principal Kevan Petersen started the initiative during Ramadaan last year after noticing that many pupils and their families had little to break their fast with.He said he had done the same thing at Heideveld Primary School when he had been the principal there.The iftaars are supported by public donations.Every Friday, the children and their families received a meal and a take-away box and each child received a party packet. Children who gathered at the school gate were also fed.“We also got donations of food parcels for 30 of the most needy families, and we hope more will be coming in. The community has really embraced the idea so gladly because of the need, and I am so proud of the pupils for their good behaviour during the iftaar,” he said. “One Friday one girl received her party packet, and she asked for her sister at home, and a lady almost cried because it shows that they think about others as well.”He said the school hoped that by changing children’s attitudes it could “change the entire community one meal at a time”.School caretaker John Jacobs prepared the hall every Friday for the iftaar.“It’s a very good idea,” he said. “The mothers of the children really appreciate it and the community as well. The families started queueing outside on a Friday; they were very excited, and they saw all the food to eat. “I helped to set up for them and I saw that the children were safe. My four children and I also ate with them,” he said. Taahirah Esau, the coordinator of the project has been working in the community of Pinate Estate for many years. She said that through the iftaar programme the children were able to feel the spirit of Ramadaan. “From the beginning of the year, the children have asked if we are having it again this year. We have a very small hall, so we can only accommodate so many people. The children from all over came to boeka here not only pupils from our school. We are hoping that other schools will adopt the idea as well. We would like to thank our main sponsor, Al Musaa-id, for their generosity,” she said.
USA: Elizabeth O’Neill has been named acting CEO of Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, in succession to Keith Parker who stepped down last month. Currently the agency’s Chief Legal Counsel, she will be supported by recently appointed Deputy General Manager Arthur Troup.
Diani Beach, Kenya Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro was ranked Africa’s leading tourist attraction for the second time in a row. South Africa’s Blue train was named Africa’s leading luxury Train. Although Durban International Convention Centre in South Africa was named Africa’s leading meetings and conference centre, it was Nairobi that was crowned Africa’s destination for meetings and conference.Serena hotels won two prizes as it was voted Africa’s leading hotel brand and its Nairobi hotel recognized as Africa’s leading hotel. Transcorp Hilton Abuja took the title of Africa’s Leading Business HotelThis is to mention but a few as the list goes on and on. World Travel Awards is an annual celebration and is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality. Africa’s crème del a crème in the travel industry awarded in a red carpet gala in Zanzibar, Tanzania in the World Travel Awards of 2016.Kenya Airways bagged Africa’s leading airline for the first time in the award’s history toppling South Africa airways which has dominated the awards since 1994. However, the airlines also bagged for the fourth time Africa’s leading airline in Business Class. The Ethiopian airlines was awarded for the fifth time in a row Africa’s leading airline in the Economy class as Fastjet was recognized for being Africa’s leading low cost airline.Diani Beach in Kenya for the fourth time was ranked Africa’s leading beach destination while Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya was named Africa’s leading National park as Kenya continued to be voted one of Africa’s destinations.Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania