Summertime in the Mountains: Allegany County, MD

first_imgPhoto-Credit_Maria KD Photography Whetheryou’re looking for a remote campground or boutique bed and breakfast, there aredozens of lodging options to choose from at the end of a long day. Getyour fill of food and music at the Tri-State Wing-Off. Vendors from all overthe area will compete for the title of ‘Best Wings.’ Make it a whole week offun when the Allegany County Fair comes to town in July. From rides andfireworks to musical performances and a demolition derby, there’s something foreveryone.  Onceyou’re done playing outside, you’ll find something for the whole family to doin the area. Ride the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad as the train climbs theAllegheny Mountains, offering stunning views of the mountainside. Combinedinner and a show with one of the heritage railroad trains. Work together as ateam to beat the clock at the new Exit Strategy Escape Room or play a round ofpaintball at one of two parks in the county. PhotoCredit_Nathaniel-Mortality Climb the highest point in the county at Dan’s Mountain State Park. Take in a panoramic view of the area from almost 3,000 feet in the air. Plus, anglers of all experience levels will enjoy testing their skills on the stocked pond in the park. StayAwhile Grab your bike and ride along the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile rail trail that runs from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Cumberland, Maryland. Continue your ride all the way to Washington, D.C. as you link up with the C&O Canal Towpath. Take in the scenery as you wind through mountains and alongside waterways on this historic trail and National Park. Eyes onthe Calendar If you’re starting to feel the heat, take a drive through Allegany County along the ice cream trail. With nine different stops, these neighborhood favorites have everything from soft-serve and sundaes to inventive flavors of the day and grown-ups only menus. Be sure to check out the pet-friendly shops to pick up a treat for your four-legged friend. center_img Maryland.Be Open For It. Check out the full listing for Summer of Heritage events online, including Iron Rail Days, George Washington’s Whiskey Rebellion Fest, and the River and Rails Festival. Whileyou’re in Allegany County, keep an eye out for events going on all summer.DelFest may be over, but there’s still plenty of music to keep you dancing all dayand night. Check out the lineup for the Rocky Gap Concert Series with showsthrough September. Visit in August for the Western Maryland Music Festivalfeaturing the Marshall Tucker Band. This summer, get away to the Mountain Side of Maryland in Allegany County for good times and even better views. PhotoCredit_Nathaniel-Mortality Explore the area by water as you paddle or float down the North Branch of the Potomac River. This river ride will take you through small towns, historic cities, isolated gorges, and Green Ridge State Forest. Along the way, you’ll pass railway tracks and towering sandstone cliffs. Customize your experience with 10 different public access boat launches located in the county. Head over to Rocky Gap State Park for a full day of adventure. Explore depths up to 74 feet below the surface on Lake Habeeb as you search for the underwater scuba trail. While you’re there, schedule a Scales and Tales program with the Rocky Gap State Park Aviary. View native reptiles and birds of prey up close. See foryourself all there is to do in Allegany County when you visit the Mountain Sideof Maryland. last_img read more


first_imgBriefs Stetson University College of Law recently honored the commitment and dedication of three lawyers with its newly established Stetson University Distinguished Service Awards.The inaugural recipients include:• Leo J. Govoni, a member of the Stetson University College of Law Board of Overseers and an advocate for America’s elderly.• Chris W. Altenbernd, chief judge of Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal.• Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., a distinguished professorial lecturer at Stetson.“This award seeks to show our appreciation to those who did not graduate from Stetson, but who have helped shape our institution,” said Stetson Law Dean Darby Dickerson.“The three individuals we honor this year have made a tremendous impact at Stetson. Stetson is able to offer the highest quality of legal education because of the work of many individuals who share their intellect, integrity, time, and other resources.”The awards will be presented annually to one or more individuals who are not alumni of Stetson University College of Law, but who have made significant, meritorious, and continuing contributions that have benefited the school.Several awards honoring Stetson alumni also were presented this year:• Edwin T. “Eddie” Mulock received the Ben C. Willard Award for his distinguished humanitarian achievements.• Judge Kenneth A. Marra received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for service to humanity and proven dedication.• Gary R. Trombley received the Paul M. May Meritorious Service Award in recognition of his continued support of the College of Law through contributions of time and gifts.• Karen A. Williams and Paul A. Turk, Jr., each received Outstanding Alumni Representative Awards for dedication and service to the Stetson Lawyers Association and encouraging alumni involvement in local activities.• Robert J. Sniffen was recognized with the President’s Award for his year-long service as president of the Stetson Lawyers Association. U.S. 11th Circuit Court seeks rules amendment comments Animal Law Committee in the works The Manatee County Bar Association recently recognized two members for their record of service to the community.David W. Wilcox received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Melton R. Little received the Community Service Leader Award. The purpose of the awards is to highlight association members who provide service to the community through participation in organizations and activities beyond the Bar and mandatory pro bono legal services.Wilcox earned the Lifetime Achievement Award for service that included serving as past president of the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton, chair of the sporting clays event for the United Way of Manatee County, past president and general chairman of the DeSoto Celebration and the DeSoto Historical Foundation, a charter member of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Leadership Manatee program, and a founding member of the political action committee formerly known as Take Back Bradenton.Little earned the Community Service Award by serving the Manatee County Boys and Girls Clubs in numerous roles including corporate board president and received both the Man & Youth Award and the National Service Medallion from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. His other community associations include involvement with the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Manatee, and the Economic Development Council, service as a member of the board for the Manatee Opportunity Council, vice chairman of Keep Manatee Beautiful, and as a coach of youth soccer leagues.Stetson passes out awards The Bar’s Young Lawyers Division is now accepting nominations for its YLD Pro Bono Award.The Florida Bar YLD Pro Bono Award recognizes public service or legal aid performed by a young lawyer (under the age of 36 or one who has not practiced for more than five years in any jurisdiction) who provides outstanding contributions to those in need of free legal services.The purpose of this award is to encourage more Florida young lawyers to freely contribute their time and expertise in providing legal services to people in their community who cannot otherwise afford those services. In some instances, this will include legal services to charitable organizations which serve the poor. The award is intended to provide recognition to young lawyers who have made an outstanding contribution in this area. The emphasis of these awards is on legal services to the poor.Nomination forms may be found on the YLD Web site at and nominations must be submitted on or before October 15 to The Florida Bar, Austin Newberry, Young Lawyers Division Program Administrator, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.Bar Professionalism Committee accepting awards nominations The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism is seeking applications for two awards it presents each year at the Bar’s Annual Meeting — the William H. Hoeveler Judicial Award and the Professionalism Award.The deadline for entries for both awards is December 1.The William H. Hoeveler Judicial Award is bestowed upon a judge “who best exemplifies strength of character, service, and competence as a jurist, lawyer, and public servant.”Nominees should also “have communicated their pledge to the ideals of justice and diligence in inspiring others to the mission of professionalism.”The 12th annual Florida Bar Professionalism Award is open to bar associations, judicial organizations, or law school projects aimed at enhancing professionalism among lawyers. The purpose of the award is to promote the ideals and goals of professionalism, to reward programs that foster and promote professionalism, and create a collection point for programs around the state so those programs can be shared with others. A cash award of $1,000 will be presented to the winner at the Bar’s Annual Meeting.Applications and guidelines for both awards are available on the Bar’s Web site, For the Hoeveler award, click “Professionalism” in the blue menu bar. A link to the nomination form can be found at the bottom of the page. For the Professionalism Award, click “Committee Projects.”For more information, or to request copies of the applications, contact Paula Stephenson at the Center for Professionalism, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300, telephone (850) 561-5743, e-mail The Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants set its 2004 Bankruptcy Training Conference Seminar and Examination for October 9-10 in Nashville, Tennessee, and on October 11 will present an advanced bankruptcy seminar at the same location.The ABJA is a national organization chartered in 1989 and is open to secretaries/judicial assistants holding appointments by U.S. bankruptcy judges. One of the primary objectives of the organization is to develop educational programs for its members and the bankruptcy legal community.The ABJA Bankruptcy Certification Program, which begins at 8 a.m. at the Downtown Doubletree Hotel on October 9, is designed to enable secretaries/assistants, paralegals, and individuals in the legal profession to keep pace with new developments and will be an effective quality improvement mechanism for employers.“Bankruptcy law has developed into a very sophisticated and technical area of legal expertise,” said ABJA’s Martie Kantor. “It is imperative that as secretaries, legal assistants, and paralegals, we also develop expertise in this highly specialized area of the law.”The registration fee for the two-day program is $150, and includes break refreshments on Saturday and Sunday, lunch on Sunday, a study guide and all program materials, including a sample exam. The certified bankruptcy assistant exam fee is $99.The fee for the Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar on October 11 is $75, and includes refreshments and conference materials.For more information on both events — which have registration deadlines of September 6 — visit www.abja or contact Kantor at (850) 942-8943 or e-mail Martie_Kantor@ Challenge For Children makes gains The Florida Supreme Court’s Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases will have up to seven vacancies at the end of 2004.Any lawyer licensed to practice law in Florida and any member of the Florida judiciary may apply for appointment.An application form may be obtained from Gerry Rose, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300; telephone: (850) 561-5706; fax: (850) 561-5817; e-mail: are to be submitted by September 15.Nominees sought for young lawyers pro bono awardscenter_img The Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., will hold its 28th Annual Seminar and Membership Meeting at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, September 17-18.The general session and double-track seminars including “Ethics,” presented by Scott A. Mager; “Sexual Harrassment,” presented by Kacy Margaret Marshall; “Arbitration,” presented by Rhonda Hollander; “Client Relations,” presented by Frank Rodriguez; “Guardianships Restricted Depositories,” presented by Blake Smith, director of Wachovia Bank; “Family Law,” presented by Robert Shalhoub; “Employment Law,” presented by Jose Diaz; “Civil Liberties,” presented by John Leon; “Arbitration-Securities,” presented by Rose Chindler; and “Cyber Crime,” presented by FBI Special Agent Levord Burns.The event also offers for its certified legal assistant participants a CLA breakfast with a presentation by Steven W. Leigh on “Mediation.” All participants may attend the association’s installation banquet with Judge Robert W. Lee as the guest speaker. Participants may also enjoy evening social events that includes dinner and entertainment at Sloppy Joe’s and Howl at the Moon.The association members also may attend the PAF’s 28th Annual Membership Meeting, during which the 2004-2005 board of directors will be elected.A membership forum is set for September 18 at 1:30 p.m. during which issues concerning the association and the paralegal profession in Florida will be discussed.Seminar rates are $155 for members and $175 for nonmembers, and include educational sessions, handout materials, two continental breakfasts, and one luncheon.For more information call the PAF at (800) 433-4352 or visit its Web site at Bar honors two members Gifts from lawyers to The Florida Bar Foundation’s children’s legal services grant program through the Lawyers’ Challenge for Children on the 2004-05 Bar Fee Statement are running ahead of last year.As of July 15, 2,820 Florida Bar members have given $129,460 to the cause, up 42 percent from the same time a year ago.In a creative gift, the Carlton Fields law firm donated the $2,500 it received for winning the Young Lawyers Division Quality of Life Award and matched the amount adding $5,000 for children’s legal services grants in 2005.Bar sections and divisions also are stepping up to the plate again this year. The Appellate Practice Section made a $500 gift to the fund and Young Lawyers Division President Mike Faehner announced a $25,000 challenge gift for children’s legal services at the General Assembly at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Boca Raton.The $25,000 YLD donation will be used to encourage greater sales of the Kids Deserve Justice specialty license plate benefitting the Foundation’s children’s legal services grant program. The plate, which will be available from local tag offices November 1, costs $25 at renewal time and an additional $18 before renewal. (See story on page 1 of the August 1 News. )The Bar and Foundation are finishing details of the marketing plan for the plate, which will take advantage of the offer by voluntary bar leaders to promote sale of the Kids Deserve Justice specialty plate among their members and by leading law firms that will encourage lawyers and support staff to join the effort to increase support for children’s legal services.Information about how to buy the Kids Deserve Justice plate is on the Bar’s Web site at attorney John Thornton, who chairs the Foundation’s Legal Assistance for the Poor Grant Committee, said the additional funds are needed to make up cuts in IOTA funds due to low interest rates.Gifts to the Lawyers’ Challenge for Children can be made directly to the Foundation to the attention of Amanda Styles at 109 East Church, P.O. Box 1553, Orlando 32802-1553, or through its Web site at law school gets $100,000 gift Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2071(b), notice and opportunity for comment is hereby given of proposed amendments to the Rules and Internal Operating Procedures of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.A copy of the proposed amendments may be obtained from the U.S. 11th Circuit’s Internet Web site at copy may also be obtained without charge from the Office of the Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 56 Forsyth St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303, telephone (404) 335-6100. Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted in writing to the clerk at the above street address by September 3.Applicants sought for jury instructions panel A longtime contributor to the University of Florida and its Levin College of Law recently pledged an additional gift of $100,000 to the law school’s Annual Fund to help provide opportunities for students to gain practical experience and to support academic programs and services.Lewis M. Schott donated the money in honor of his late wife, Marcia Whitney Schott. The two earned law degrees from UF in 1946. They were major donors to the law school’s Bruton-Geer Hall building campaign in the early 1980s, resulting in the naming of the Marcia Whitney Schott Courtyard, and later that same decade contributed $50,000 to help endow the Clarence TeSelle Professorships.“I’m very pleased with the progress of the college of law, and happy to be able to support its continued national advancement,” Schott said. “It helped prepare me for my career, and is the place that brought Marcia and me together.”PAF gets annual seminar A proposal to create an Animal Law Committee has received conceptual approval from the Bar’s Program Evaluation Committee, which has also recommended the continuation of the Equal Opportunities Law Section.PEC Chair Hank Coxe reported to the Board of Governors recently that the committee had some reservations about the animal law proposal, but those were addressed by the proponents.“We wanted to make sure this was not an animal rights activist issue, but in fact a meaningful attempt to create a substantive law committee,” Coxe said.“What they did do is effectively point out to the committee there are many interactions between animal law and other areas of law.. . . The people who made the presentation, I thought, did an excellent job and converted a number of people who are on the PEC and were initially opposed to an animal law committee.”The Animal Law Committee supporters will now come back with the mechanics of how the committee will work and also address budget issues, Coxe said.On the Equal Opportunities Law Section, Coxe said the PEC has been conducting the three-year review required of new sections and has been grappling with the problem of the section’s membership. Under Bar policies, sections are supposed to have membership equal to 1 percent of the active members of the Bar, but the Equal Opportunities Law Section has not met that goal.The PEC finally decided that since that policy was adopted after the section was formed, the section was grandfathered in and didn’t have to meet that standard, Coxe said.Several board members have expressed support for the section over the past year, especially with a recent emphasis on improving diversity in Bar activities.Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants to meet August 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

Fracking Banned in New York State

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration Wednesday announced that New York State will ban the controversial natural gas drilling technique hydraulic fracturing, a decision that ends a long and contentious debate that pitted grass roots environmental organizations against powerful energy companies.The long-awaited decision was announced during Cuomo’s cabinet meeting in Albany, and comes after the New York State Department of Health completed its public health review of the technique. The report concluded that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could pose a health risk, and that science and research has not yet fully answered how those risks could be adequately mitigated. “I have considered all of the data and find significant questions and risks to public health which as of yet are unanswered,” Howard Zucker, the acting commissioner of health, said in a statement. “I think it would be reckless to proceed in New York until more authoritative research is done. I asked myself, ‘would I let my family live in a community with fracking?’ The answer is no. I therefore cannot recommend anyone else’s family to live in such a community either.”Environmentalists have called on Cuomo to ban fracking essentially since he entered office in 2011, warning that it could pollute the water supply and cause underground contamination. A fracking moratorium has been in place since 2008.One prominent Long Island environmental advocate was ecstatic.“This is one of the biggest victories for the public in New York State history,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “At this point we are delighted the governor has banned fracking, we are opening champagne and a four-year campaign has come to end.”“The administration literally dissected the risk and what I mean by that is they adequately assessed that there were everything from birth defects to air quality to drinking water and economic and adverse economic impacts,” she added. “So it wasn’t just a decision on environment and public health reasons, it included the failing economics of fracking.”Fracking involves shooting a mysterious cocktail of chemicals and water deep into the subterranean deposits of ancient shale to release natural gas.The New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s own review found that the “risks substantially outweigh any potential economic benefits,” commissioner Joe Martens said in a statement. Pro-fracking groups have said a ban would hurt upstate New York’s economy, which has suffered since the Great Recession.Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), co-leader of the State Senate, criticized the decision and the health department’s review, which he described as not especially revelatory. Politics, he said, trumped science in this case. “This Executive decision extinguishes the hope that existed for many hardworking Southern Tier families, and is a huge missed opportunity for Upstate New York,” Skelos said in a statement. “The answer to rural poverty is not government hand outs; it’s government getting out of the way and allowing the private sector to create real and permanent high-paying jobs.” But environmental groups inside New York State and around the country would disagree. They expressed their opposition to fracking with rallies in Albany, as well as at Cuomo’s public appearances, where they urged him to ban the technique.“If you have the facts on your side and you have strong organization and strong support of regular people throughout the state you can beat the oil and gas industry,” said Seth Gladstone, field communications director of the environmental group Food and Water Watch.“I’m thrilled,” Zephyr Teachout, Cuomo’s most recent Democratic primary challenger, told the Press. “It’s a great day for all of New York. I’m proud to be in a state where we reject the toxic future promised by fracking and deeply impressed by all the work of New York’s hidden activists who led to this result.”During her campaign, Teachout held rallies protesting fracking, and openly criticized Cuomo for not taking an active stance against it.While Long Island would not have been subject to the drilling, both counties passed laws that ban fracking wastewater from being sent to local sewage treatment plants.The fracking ban won’t be official until early next year, when the DEC releases its Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement. The state health department’s public health review will be included in that statement. -With Jaime Franchilast_img read more

Interview: Long Island Native Brendan Hay, Producer of Dawn of the Croods

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York DreamWorks Animation’s Dawn of the Croods premieres on Netflix Dec. 24 worldwide, showcasing an episodic drama of history’s favorite Neanderthal family. Executive Producer, Long Island native and self-proclaimed geek Brendan Hay – whose writing spans from The Daily Show to Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken to the graphic novel Rascal Raccoon’s Raging Revenge – talked with the Press about the prehistoric comedy as well as his writing roots.Long Island Press: You grew up on Long Island, but now you reside in sunny Cali. Do you miss Long Island, Brendan? Do you miss the clogged LIE, that annoying cold relentlessly blowing on your face? Maybe just the New York pizza?Brendan Hay: I do! I grew up in Carle Place. The only thing that can compete with the LIE is the 405 out here, so it’s like I never left! I will say that after experiencing winter out here, that did kind of sway things in L.A.’s favor. But for all the New Yorkers out here in Southern California, it still blows my mind that they have yet to crack how to actually make halfway decent pizza and Italian food in general. It all comes down to food. Anytime going back, I basically just eat as much Italian food and bagels as I can.LIP: Did growing up on Long Island influence your career path?BH: My first job was at a comic book store in Williston Park called Grasshoppers Comics. It was from working at a comic shop that I got to meet a whole great art community of Long Island. There was also a backpage columnist – I forget her name now, unfortunately – who used to write about comic books and movies. I read that faithfully every week. It was, like, “People can actually make this stuff and write about this stuff, and this is a career path.” There’s nothing wrong with being an accountant or a lawyer, but there are other options. [Long Island] is also close to the city, so you still have culture, and it was nice seeing that there were other options out there. It opened me up to that.LIP: What about a favorite writer? Is there anyone you idolize?BH: Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis were two comic book writers who wrote a run on Justice League back in the ‘80s. Mixing action and comedy and just having fun really opened my eyes to the possibilities of what you can do with stuff, and that comedy can end up anywhere. Growing up, I’ve always been a comic book and animation guy. They were just things I really loved. Simpsons premiered when I was about 10 or 11 years old, which was the perfect age, and I just immediately fell in love with it. From the get-go, it was like, “I want to do something like that.” And now, I’m getting a chance to.LIP: And now The Simpsons are on your resume!BH: That part was somewhat surreal. I just hoped to work for something like The Simpsons, and then getting that chance was like, “Ok. This is even better.”LIP: Are there any new writers who stand out to you?BH: On the comic book front, I really love Saga by Brian K. Vaughan. I’ll follow him anywhere and check out any book he works on. On the TV and animation side, Bob’s Burgers is my favorite thing I’m watching these days. It just kills me! That whole writing team, voice cast, and everybody involved there; they are just doing such a great job for the animated family. And DreamWork’s All Hail King Julien is absolutely hilarious!LIP: Now you’re working on DreamWork’s Dawn of the Croods, an animated family show. You have a lot of notable experience with animation – The Mighty B, Robot Chicken, The Simpsons. Does animation come with any limitations to your writing or imagination? How different is writing for animation versus live-action?BH: It’s a double-edged sword. Theoretically, you actually have control over every aspect. If it can be drawn, it can be done. That part is really freeing. It’s also really easy to get stuck on perfectionism – I must keep twiddling, I must make it the best it can be. That can be a little maddening. You also have budgets and schedules. Any animation writer’s first script is going to be, like, “And this shot has a hundred characters, and it’s amazing, and it’s in the rain!” You learn that if we do something like this, 10 of our artists will probably commit suicide trying to make that happen. It’s just way too much to actually do in the time and on the money that we have. So, you learn how to make it work. That’s kind of what I love about animation: it’s unlimited possibilities, but with just enough limits that it forces you to be more creative. Even just something like Croods.LIP: You didn’t work on the 2013 feature film of this upcoming show. What was it about our prehistoric roots that attracted you to work on this project?BH: My agent reached out to me and said, “Hey they’re looking to develop a TV show around The Croods,” and it did happen to be a movie I had seen and actually really liked. I think I was expecting something a little more Flintstones and I liked that it was different. They really stuck to the fact that these are cave people going through all the things on our planet and in a life for the first time. I really liked that.LIP: It’s been said that the Crood family will deal with modern-day problems but with a primitive twist. Any personal favorites you can share?BH: We tried to take things that were totally innocuous. We made an episode about the first nap. We also have the invention of shadow puppets and it’s like our time’s version of movies. It’s basically the invention of fiction. We start off that episode with the idea that in the Croods’ world, telling a story means you’re basically telling something that happened to you. The Croods’ son, Thunk, starts by having weird ideas and starts sharing them and everyone is like, “That can’t be a story because that never happened.” He then discovers shadow puppets and starts telling the story that way. He also becomes the first creator to get backlash because he kills off a ‘fan favorite.’LIP: The Croods feature had a colorful cast – Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds. Was there a lot of interaction between the voice actors and writers?BH: We have a really great cast of our own. Our Eep [the film’s lead role] and our Thunk are the sound-alikes from the feature film team who are really amazing comedic actors. [Stephanie Lemelin] and [A.J. LoCascio] are really fun to work with. We also weirdly ended up with a lot of Saturday Night Live alumni. We have Laraine Newman, Chris Parnell, Ana Gasteyer. Both Grey Griffin (Grey DeLisle) and Laraine Newman, even before our show has premiered, have been nominated for Annie Awards during the Animation Industry Awards. For replacing Nicholas Cage, it was actually one of our staff writers! [Dan Milano] had done some voice acting in the past with Robot Chicken and he used to be Greg the Bunny on FOX years ago. He blew everyone away. He joked later that he found that the way to sound like Nicholas Cage is to do Elvis doing Jimmy Stewart. So, that is the equation for a good Nicholas Cage impression.LIP: So you can’t verify if Nicholas Cage is as crazy as Youtube and Internet memes depict him?BH: Working with Nicholas Cage, sadly, must remain one of my career goals right now, but I hope to get there someday.Brendan Hay, a Carle Place native, is executive producer of Dawn of the Croods.LIP: Who is your favorite character in Dawn of the Croods?BH: It’s kind of like family members: you love them all differently. I’ll say Thunk, who in the feature you don’t get that much sense of him. To everybody else he’s a weirdo, but he’s also the first creative kid, maybe in history. Art doesn’t exist, so nobody knows what to do with him. It’s like the former, probably-still-current little artsy weirdo kid in my own mind. We also have one of our new original characters. One-Eyed Amber is the boss of all the hunters. She’s voiced by Laraine Newman. She’s the only cave person who talks like that stereotype of a caveman – dropping words out of sentences – but she’s also incredibly smart and soulful and deep. It’s this great contrast of, “Amber think, Amber talk, Amber – ” Anyway, it was fun.LIP: How about your all-time favorite animation character?BH: You may have just broke my brain a little! My first instinct was going to be Homer Simpson, but I may have to actually go with The Tick. He was a superhero parody comic book from the ‘80s and then a cartoon series in the ‘90s and, man, I just really love The Tick. Honestly, he influenced the father of the Croods, Grug, a lot in the sense that he is just this beautiful, crazy confident alpha male who is also completely wrong 90 percent of the time, but just bouncing with pure confidence and take charge. He and Homer [Simpson] are kind of the same. I think I just have a soft spot for confident stupidity.LIP: You described yourself as a self-proclaimed geek. What are your earliest memories of geekdom?BH: Before I realized I’m not very good at drawing, I was creating my own comic books for as long as I can remember. My parents also found audiotapes of me where I can list off all of the Star Wars characters at, like, two years old. LIP: Clearly, that knowledge paid off! You worked on Star Wars Detours. Whatever happened to that?BH: I worked on it for three years – about 2010 through the end of 2012. We have 39 completed episodes. This show is hilarious! [George Lucas] reached out to the Robot Chicken guys. We were trying to create an all-ages version of the Robot Chicken [Star Wars] specials. Then he sold the company and it wasn’t really a project that Lucasfilm wanted to do anymore. It’s on a shelf. Hopefully it’ll get out there someday. I totally get where Lucasfilm was coming from. We should not be somebody’s first introduction to Star Wars, where it looks like Force Awakens will be a great introduction!last_img read more

Trump’s Republican Makeover In 140 Characters Or Less

first_imgWatch out, world. There’s a new sheriff in town. And he’s a man of few words.Trump’s abject ignorance of geo-politics and his impulsive middle-of-the-night messaging (fancying himself a global, pre-dawn tribune) portends a dangerous, maybe catastrophic, spasm in the bowels of an already tense and scary world.What’s next? It could be this:@realDonaldTrump So sorry about the nuclear air strike CNN. Wolf Blitzer – aka lyin’ Wolf – says 10,000 lives lost. No more than 5,000 for sure! All those interviews with survivors. Bunch of crybabies.Improbable? Yes.Ruled out completely? No.We should have seen this coming. Here’s a 2013 tweet from our President-elect: The press jumped on the story, bewildered that the president-elect would violate a 40-year ban on official conversations with Taiwanese leaders. Wouldn’t this jeopardize the one-China policy, a compact that holds together the tense relationship between two global giants?His surrogates—including the vice-president elect—quickly parried. They scolded the media for their over-reaction. It was just a damn congratulations call!On cue, the boss unleashed a couple of beauties: Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Arnold DodgeThe tweeter-in-chief, predictably, is at it again. Even after his Electoral College victory, his Twitter feed continues, his followers hungry for more. Making both domestic and foreign policy tweets in reaction to any and all criticism, he has captured the imagination of junior high school children everywhere. They, too, can someday be president if all it takes is a sentence fragment and a nasty tone.As we await the Inauguration Day ritual, let’s imagine Trump—at that point able to communicate in tweet-style only—taking the oath of office:@RealDonaldTrump I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will, to the best of my ability, preser-That’s all he could tweet, folks. 140 characters is not a fake news barrier. It’s a real limitation, even for the President-elect. Tweeting?  Good or bad? Actually, neither.  You can’t blame the medium, it’s the message. Or more importantly, the messenger.Trump’s twitter lexicon is already filled with assaults on individuals and take-downs of institutions. At times juvenile, at other times vicious, these bursts of phlegm—often crafted at 3 a.m.—are laced with racism, misogyny, xenophobia and threats to democracy. He has insulted scores of journalists, dozens of media outlets, politicians, women, union leaders, union members, the U.S. government, the CIA, immigrants, Mexicans, federal judges and celebrities. And the list goes on.But we don’t have to take it lying down. Here’s a torrent of tweets—on Trump’s favorite topics—that we should have at the ready at 4 a.m. All it takes is vigilance on our part—and a working Twitter account—to tweet truth to power:On authority:@EugeneVDebs In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both, to deceive and overawe the People.@SamuelAdams How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!@AynRand Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mindOn women:@MahatmaGandhi Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, so shocking or so brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity; the female sex@LucreticaMott The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of women the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source@AbhijitNaskar “Man is the master of Woman” — this statement may have been a glorious fact of primitive life in the wild, but it is nothing but an obnoxious stain on the psyche of the thinking humanityOn race:@RosaParks Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and hopefully, we shall overcome@PierreBerton Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and destroy. It is the enemy of freedom, and deserves to be met head-on and stamped out@E.B.White Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.On the “other”:@StephenVincentBenet Remember that when you say ‘I will have none of this exile and this stranger for his face is not like my face and his speech is strange,’ you have denied America with that word@BertrandRussell Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd@EmmaLazarus (given a pass on the 140-character limit, because Statue of Liberty.)Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!But the wisdom of poets and philosophers, people certainly tagged by Trump as “low energy,” may not be able to withstand the next wave of madness.After launching salvos against those on his very own enemies’ list, Trump has now dumped his tweets in the global arena. Confusing, contradictory and ill-informed, his texts now confound nations.After taking a phone call from Taiwan’s president, Trump tweeted:center_img The Party of Lincoln may never recover.(Featured photo credit: Michael Vadon/flickr)Arnold Dodge, PhD, is an associate professor of education at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, where he serves as the chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration. Dr. Dodge is a former teacher, principal and superintendent. In his 45th year in education, he is particularly focused on the effects of high-stakes testing on schools.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, March 18

first_imgWe often hear about a “woman’s intuition.” What if prodigies and women share one thing in common, the ability to communicate with a higher power? This is knowing without knowing how or why. Men have had a thousand years to solve humanity’s problems; they have failed miserably. The only way we are going to be able to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, disease, war and climate change is if women, relying on their intuition, collectively and individually solve them.If a woman is picked to run on the Democratic ticket, I will go on the record now of pledging $10,000 to the Democratic National Committee if a woman is picked to head the party.Americans will have a real choice in 2020; they can rely on women and their intuition or Donald Trump whose only source of knowledge is Fox News, who relies only on his own “native” intelligent without any input from intuition. There can be no greater choice between Democrats and Republicans. Richard MoodyMiddleburgh Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMen in power have failed, let’s try women insteadcenter_img Leverage water in AmsterdamWith a green movement underway with new solar, and wind farms, we should also look into what made Amsterdam the manufacturing city it was, and that is water. Amsterdam was formed where the Chuctanunda Creek, and the Mohawk River meet which helped power many of the mills that put Amsterdam on the map. There are many old dams along the Chuctanunda in Amsterdam that were used before for power so why not make them useful again? Amsterdam, along with county, and state officials can look into repairing those dams to make hydroelectricity that can power either government buildings, homes, businesses, or directly into the grid. With the newly constructed Chuctanunda Creek Trail which goes past these dams, the trail can help people see the historic dams, but also see how they are shaping Amsterdam’s future. The former polluted creek can have the potential to reduce the city’s carbon footprint, and I hoped is looked into more by government officials. While Amsterdam isn’t the manufacturing city it once was, these dams can help the city be known for something else. Jacob ReedAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

Polish LNG terminal unloads U.S. cargo

first_imgThe cargo was delivered onboard the 173,000-cbm Oak Spirit liquefied natural gas carrier. AIS data provided by VesselsValue shows that the cargo was loaded at the Corpus Christi LNG facility in the United States. The data shows that the vessel is heading back to the United States. Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) is in charge of all the LNG supplies coming to the import terminal operated by Gaz-System’s unit Polskie LNG. Polish sole liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility, the President Lech Kaczyński terminal in Świnoujście, has received a new cargo from the United States. It was the 89th delivery since the project started operation, Polskie LNG said in a brief statement through its social media channels.last_img read more

WalletHub releases 90th Academy Awards fact sheet

first_imgBatesville, in. — The 90th Academy Awards are just days away and WalletHub has released the 2018 Oscars Facts report, which includes an infographic filled with fun facts about the event as well as a Q&A with a panel of entertainment experts.Here are some highlights from the report:$44M: Total cost of Oscars ceremony$10M: Cost of the look for an A-list actress attending the Oscars$2.6M: Cost of a 30-second commercial during the Oscars telecast (48% less than the Super Bowl)$24.7K: Cost of the 16,500-square-foot Oscars red carpet$900: Current value of the 24-karat gold-plated Oscar statuette2nd: Year in which both a woman and a black man were nominated for Best Directorlast_img read more

Kroger officials warn of fake ‘Black Friday’ coupon

first_imgCincinnatti, Oh. — Kroger officials say they have spotted a bogus “Black Friday” coupon circulating on the internet.In a release on their official Facebook page says:“We do not recommend engaging with the site(s) or page(s) that are sharing the coupon or providing them with any personal information. Our team is actively working with Facebook to address the concern,”Scam experts say criminals use another page, in this case “Kroger Club,” to gain page likes and followers in order to execute a potentially larger scam.last_img read more

Stuart Speedway crowns track champions

first_imgBy Josh ReynoldsSTUART, Iowa (Aug. 30) – Regular season number 54 came to a close Sunday at Stuart Speed­way with the crowning of five track champions.John Gill, Kody Havens, Brian Blessington, John Watson and Nick Roberts were the race winners on Plowman/Stanley Trenching Season Championship night with Jacob Reiter, Clint Luellen, Mar­cus Fagan, Watson and Roberts capturing the unofficial track titles.The closest point battle of the season belonged to the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks as Watson owned a three-point advantage coming into the night over Austin Luellen. Watson endured no drama on this night as he set sail and led every lap to take the win and the championship. Buck Schafroth finished second with Luellen third.Roberts captured the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified finale and the track title ahead of Josh Gilman. Fagan ran a close second to Blessington while wrapping up the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car title.Havens made his way to the front of the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod field on the fifth lap. Luellen accepted the back row challenge and was in second by lap eight. He was unable to catch Havens, however, and Jerry Hinton took the runner-up spot away on the 19th circuit.Gill took over the lead on lap six on his way to the Mach-1 Sport Compact laurels. Reiter reigned as track champion.last_img read more