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Electric Forest Announces 2019 Lineup Featuring The String Cheese Incident, STS9, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, & More


first_imgElectric Forest has announced the lineup for their 2019 event, set to take place from June 27th through 30th at Rothbury, MI’s Double JJ Resort.The diverse lineup will include three unique String Cheese Incident shows as well as headlining performances from ODESZA on Thursday, Kygo on Friday, Bassnectar on Saturday, and Zeds Dead on Sunday. In addition, Alison Wonderland, Ganja White Night, Gramatik, NGHTMRE & SLANDER PRESENT: GUD VIBRATIONS, STS9, Lettuce, Gramatik, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Ghost Light, Ghost-Note, Quinn XCII, Spafford, Tierra Whack, Anomalie, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, KNOWER, Mansionair, Minnesota, Ookay (LIVE), Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Twiddle, Ripe, Said The Sky, TAUK, The Knocks, Mungion, The Nth Power Presents: Earth, Wind & Power and many more will join the Forest Family in Rothbury this year.In addition to a plethora of musical performances, Electric Forest 2019 will also feature The Curated Events Series, daily yoga with Hannah Muse, The Silent Disco, Plug In Programs and activities, and many more ways to connect to all of the energy and excitement The Forest has to offer.Wristbands and lodging packages will be available to the general public this Friday, December 7th here. For more information on Electric Forest and the full lineup, head to the event’s website.last_img read more


OMG! Watch Sly Down Raw Eggs & Talk Up Rocky’s ‘Shredded’ Andy Karl


first_img Star Files Andy Karl Rocky Related Shows See Sylvester Stallone at his most adorable (yes, adorable!) as he talks to David Letterman about the Rocky musical. From poking fun at himself (“Das Musical? I thought I spelled it that way.”) to talking up star Andy Karl. (“We scoured the world! He has to fight and be in amazing shape.”) Watch to see the Hollywood heavy-hitter cheer on the Broadway show and offer up some amusing anecdotes about how it came to be. Oh, and did we mention the raw eggs???? Yo! They are great clips. Watch ’em!)) Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 View Commentslast_img


Andy Blankenbuehler Tapped for Dirty Dancing Remake


Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler will presumably have the time of his life with this one. The Hamilton choreographer will bring moves to an ABC small screen remake of Dirty Dancing. The TV presentation, according to Deadline, has yet to receive a formal green light, which rests on the finalization of casting.The three-hour remake would star Oscar nominee and Broadway alum Abigail Breslin as Baby and feature a screenplay by Jessica Sharzer. Wayne Blair would direct.In addition to Hamilton, Blankenbuehler helmed and choreographed the recent premiere of The Bandstand, which will transfer to Broadway in the 2016-17 season. He won a Tony Award for In the Heights and additional nominations for 9 to 5 and Bring It On.The original 1987 film stared Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey as Johnny Castle, a dance instructor at a Catskills resort, and Baby Houseman, who’s vacationing there with her family. As their romance blossoms, complications arise as she must keep the relationship from her father. View Comments read more


The 14 Most GIF-able 2016 Tony Moments


first_img The 2016 Tony Awards were a wild ride, from the speeches, to the show performances to Andrew Lloyd Webber playing the tambourine outside the Beacon Theatre. There were plenty of moments—both wacky and touching—that made us take a second look, and thanks to these GIFs, you can take as many looks as you please. Check out how Daveed Diggs really feels about taking home a trophy, take notes on how Jane Krakowski gets Leslie Odom Jr.’s attention and more below. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images) View Commentslast_img


Ski Season Preview: Big Changes at Beech Mountain Resort


first_imgBeech Mountain Opening Day 2012-13 from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.In the past few years, North Carolina’s Beech Mountain Resort has positioned itself to be a powerhouse in the realm of four season outdoor recreation. Beech went all in with downhill and cross-country mountain biking, becoming one of the best places to gravity ride on the East Coast — and this is saying something in a state as well known for singletrack as it is for basketball. The mountain hosted the Gravity Nationals in 2011 and 2012 and was the scene for the Collegiate Nationals in 2013, hosting the best college riders from around the nation (and by around the nation, we mainly mean Colorado). With the recent development of the Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park, Beech Mountain and the greater Boone area is rapidly capitalizing on the growth of mountain biking and downhill riding in particular.Despite this influx of biking infrastructure, however, Beech Mountain Resort remains a skier’s mountain. Conveniently nestled on a sliver of land surrounded by national forest just north of Linville, Beech is the highest ski area in the eastern U.S. with an elevation of 5,506 feet at the summit, with 95 skiable acres, 830 feet of vertical, and 16 trails served by 7 lifts. The mile-high elevation means if there is snow in the area, it is falling at Beech, but this is still North Carolina so the battle against Mother Nature is constant. For the 2013-14 ski season, Beech has made significant improvements to its snowmaking capabilities, says the mountain’s Talia Freeman.“This summer we added an additional 12 new SMI Super PoleCat snow guns,” she said. “That ups our snowmaking system to 40 total SMI guns, so this gives us a pretty sophisticated snowmaking system. This is the largest modification of our snowmaking capabilities that we’ve ever had and it completely replaced our old compressor system.”Beech boasts snowmaking on 100 percent of their trails, so if the temperature cooperates, the slopes will be open.Speaking of open slopes, another big change at Beech for this year involves a scheduling change. Previously, Beech closed to groom the slopes between the day session and night session, but no more. The slopes will be open from 9am to 9pm on weekdays and 9am to 10pm on weekends.“We think that the streamline hours will allow us to provide a longer and more enjoyable experience for our customer base,” said Freeman. “We aren’t doing a session break anymore. It will be a nice addition for our customer base.”This will allow more skiers and boarders shred one of Beech’s terrain parks designed by Director of Operations Ric Wilkinson, now in his second year at the helm. Freeman says big improvements were made in that department last season, and this year Beech features two parks – one advanced and the other a progression park where youngsters can learn new tricks. Freeman also says there is a continuing commitment at the mountain to get first timers and local kids on the slopes through learn to ride programs and clinics throughout the year.On the events and amenities side, Beech is bringing back its very popular Totally 80’s Retro Weekend at the end of February featuring parties, costume contests, and a banked slalom race. There is also a new facility at the top of the mountain: a skybar/lounge/snackshack called 5,506.“It’s a really cool facility. The deck in front of the lounge area is about 2,200 square feet, it’s really large. The view up there is incredible. It’s kind of like a little glass round house, so we’ll have food and drinks and snacks up there, and then the viewing deck is really cool. It will be a nice addition to the top of the mountain and something we can use year-round.”There’s that term again: year-round. Beech may be expanding its clientele into all four seasons, but with the improvements geared toward the winter, Beech remains committed to skiers and boarders. They know where their bread is buttered.last_img read more


Suffolk County Transit Bus Supporters Intensify Calls for Increased Funding, Service


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Riders and supporters of Suffolk County Transit Bus got on board the S40 bus Monday in Hauppauge to deliver 1,500 signed petitions to state Sen. Phil Boyle’s office in Bay Shore as part of an organized campaign to fix the state’s inadequate funding of the county’s bus system.Without more aid from Albany, Suffolk County Transit Bus will continue to suffer from an unfair balance of public support in our region. Last year, according to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Suffolk County contributed more than 50 percent of its transit system’s $57 million operating budget, while New York State ponied up only 35 percent. Nassau County coughed up only 2 percent to Nassau Inter-County Express’ $113 million operating budget while the state covered more than 50 percent.Granted, the counties’ daily ridership varies significantly: The average weekday ridership for Suffolk is 22,000 riders and 100,000 passengers for Nassau. On the other hand, weekday bus service in Suffolk ends at 7 p.m., while some Nassau routes are 24/7 and others end around 1 a.m.Last year, Suffolk County Transit Bus was able to increase Sunday service along 10 routes because it had received an additional $2 million from the state and the federal government. This year, Suffolk County was hoping for a $10 million increase in the 2014 state budget to expand service significantly but only got $500,000 more, which barely covers inflation, advocates claim.In a March 10, 2014 letter addressed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone wrote: “Other suburban counties such as Nassau and Westchester receive up to five times the amount of state funds that Suffolk County receives.”“Suffolk County has done a decent job of supporting its bus system and has shown that if given additional resources they will expand service,” said Ryan Lynch, associate director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a nonprofit policy organization dedicated to reducing car dependency in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. “Suffolk County’s New York State elected officials need to do more to support the millions of riders and businesses who depend on the reliability of the system.”“The formula that drives state aid of suburban counties’ public bus systems must be updated,” said State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) in a press statement. “My constituents in Suffolk County aren’t looking for a free ride, we’re just advocating for our fair share.”Students and riders were among the Suffolk County Transit Bus advocates who turned out May 12, 2014 in support of increased funding and expanded service.Meanwhile, attempts to expand service are showing signs of success, advocates point out. Through the end of March, Sunday ridership had grown by 97 percent. In fact, the S40 that participants boarded to Bay Shore saw a 56-percent increase in Sunday ridership from January through March.The petition drive started three weeks ago. The advocates’ group intends to drop the petitions off at the offices of each of Suffolk County’s elected state officials in the hopes that these representatives will climb on board and find more funds to support the county’s bus service.“After collecting hundreds of petition signatures from students at SUNY Stony Brook, it is clear that students need more SCT bus service” said New York Public Interest Research Group’s regional supervisor, Jaqi Cohen. “Stony Brook students are taking the S60, S69, and 3D routes that allow them to travel off campus to places like Port Jefferson and the Smith Haven Mall. Hundreds of students have signed our petition calling on our state elected officials to improve these vital services. We want them to heed their call for more SCT bus services.”“I represent many riders in Suffolk County that depend on the bus to get to and from work, specifically those who work at the Riverhead Tanger Outlets and the newly built Walmart Supercenter,” said Octavia Clarkson, a bus commuter. “Many of these workers, including my two siblings, do not work the typical Monday to Friday, nine-to-five work schedule and deserve to have transportation once their shift is over or at the close of business. I know that there is much more that can be done to extend this bus service into the evenings as well as increase Sunday service to more than 10 local routes.”“Lack of adequate bus services should not be a reason for students, working people or professionals to be limited in accessing life opportunities,” said Dawn Wing, a librarian at Suffolk County Community College’s Ammerman Campus. “Frequent bus breakdowns, insufficient emergency bus back-ups, lack of evening hour services make it difficult for Suffolk Community College students to attend classes and for faculty, such as myself, to work overtime. Enhancing bus services would benefit all Suffolk community members, not just current bus riders.“To invest in public transportation is to invest in the prosperity of Long Island,” she added.last_img read more


Deer Park Man Sentenced in Home Depot Bomb Plot


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 52-year-old Deer Park man was reportedly sentenced Friday to 30 years and one month in a federal prison for planting a pipe bomb inside a Huntington Home Depot and threatening three other bombings more than two years ago as part of $2 million extortion plot. The failed bomber, Daniel Sheehan, had been facing a 30-year mandatory sentence following his 2013 conviction. Sheehan, a former Home Depot employee, was arrested in November 2012 following an aggressive federal, state and local law enforcement investigation. Federal investigators said Sheehan sent an anonymous letter to the Home Depot in Huntington, warning that a bomb had been placed in the store’s lighting department. In the letter, Sheehan demanded $2 million, investigators said. Suffolk County police bomb technicians located the pipe bomb inside a light fixture and performed a controlled explosion. Sheehan sent a second letter to Home Depot, warning that if the money was not delivered, all of the retailer’s stores on Long Island would be “shut down” on Black Friday, investigators said. Sheehan was later identified as the writer of the letters and arrested.last_img read more


Stony Brook Murder-suicide Under Investigation


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Authorities are investigating a murder-suicide that occurred at a Stony Brook home on Sunday evening, Suffolk County police said.Sixth Precinct officers responded to a 911 call at 6 Pembrook Drive after a family member discovered the scene there at 6:45 p.m., police said.Following an investigation, it was determined that 79-year-old Raymond Foster, shot his 78-year-old wife, Sandra, and then shot himself, police said.The two were pronounced dead at the scene. Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img


On Compliance: Regulation Z thresholds updated


first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Trying to keep up with compliance these days can feel as if you might be running in circles, or if you are like me, paying the price in the form of an abundant loss of hair. New rules and requirements continue to be released, seemingly on a weekly basis. While staying current on these new requirements, credit unions also need to be aware of the annual threshold updates to certain regulations.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently published a final rule revising dollar amounts for certain regulations falling under Regulation Z (1) that implement the CARD Act safe-harbor penalty fee amounts, (2) for points and fees related to the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (here’s a compliance guide ), and (3) for loan amount, point and fee limits under the ability-to-repay and qualified mortgage provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act.All of these threshold adjustments will be effective Jan. 1, 2017, except the credit card penalty fee amounts. continue reading »last_img read more


How to market to prospects in 15 seconds


first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » What is the biggest objection to banking with you? Many credit unions and community banks point the finger at rates and service, and then tack on a qualifying statement, “but we’re competitive.” There’s not a lot of confidence or conviction there.If you have 15 seconds to communicate a message, keeping in mind that the average person now has an attention span of eight seconds – a second slower than your average goldfish – what do you say? What makes us human is our need to be loved, understood and respected. Therefore, we spill our guts out. Or to put it another way… word vomit.It truly is like going on a nervous date, and the conversation is one-sided. The last thing you want is for the other person to go home feeling you were not at all interested in getting know him or her.What’s the age-old answer to what women (and men) want? They want someone who wants to discover them.last_img read more