Bernadette Peters on Saying ‘So Long’ to Hello, Dolly! & Gearing Up for Broadway Barks

first_img View Comments Broadway icon Bernadette Peters has a busy weekend ahead. The Tony-winning star plays her final performance in the Tony-winning revival of Hello, Dolly! this Sunday, but not before co-hosting the 20th edition of her popular pet-adoption event Broadway Barks on Saturday. Peters sat down with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest this morning to chat about her experience playing Dolly Gallagher Levi and the excitement of emceeing this year’s Barks with Dolly! co-star Victor Garber. Watch Peters below and don’t miss the chance experience Barks and Dolly! this weekend in NYC. Hello, Dolly! Related Showscenter_img Bernadette Peters(Photo provided by DKC/O&M) Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 25, 2018last_img read more

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Revised permit requirements for pet shops and breeders

first_imgAct 30, passed during the 2013 legislative session, amended the Pet Merchant licensing program that was historically managed by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM).  In its prior form, the Pet Merchant licensing program mandated that all hobby breeders and retail pet shops license with VAAFM.Effective July 1st, Act 30 now mandates that all qualified hobby pet breeders obtain a Pet Dealer permit from their town of residence, rather than a license from VAAFM. Act 30 defines a ‘Pet Dealer’as any person who sells or exchanges, or who offers to sell or exchange, cats, dogs, or wolf-hybrids, or any combination thereof, from three or more litters from cats, dogs, or wolf-hybrids in any 12-month period. Pet Dealers must apply to the municipal clerk of the town or city in which the cats, dogs, or wolf-hybrids are kept for a Pet Dealer permit, and the annual permit fee is $25.00.  Pet Dealer facility inspections may be performed at the town’s discretion.  The Pet Dealer licensing requirement does not apply to pet shops, animal shelters or rescue organizations.Retail and wholesale pet shops, formerly licensed as Pet Merchants, are now required to license with VAAFM as Pet Shops.  Act 30 defines a ‘Pet Shop’as a place of retail or wholesale business, including a flea market, which is not part of a private dwelling, where cats, dogs, wolf-hybrids, rabbits, rodents, birds, fish, reptiles, or other vertebrates are maintained or displayed for the purpose of sale or exchange to the general public.  Businesses that sell horses or livestock, including cattle, sheep, goats, swine, and domestic fowl, are exempt from the pet shop licensing requirement.  The Pet Shop license period is from April 1 to March 31 of each year, and the annual license fee is $150. For more information on the Pet Dealer permitting and Pet Shop licensing programs, please visit the Animal Health section of the VAAFM website atwww.agriculture.vermont.gov(link is external). About the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets: VAAFM facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment.  www.Agriculture.Vermont.Gov(link is external)last_img read more

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Berkshire Bank names new CEO and president

first_imgBerkshire Bank,Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc (NYSE: BHLB) the parent company of Berkshire Bank, with branches in southwest Vermont, announced today that Michael P Daly has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director. Berkshire Bank President Richard M Marotta has been named Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank; and he has also been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors. Additionally, Berkshire Bank Chief Operating Officer, Sean A Gary has been named President of the Bank. Although these changes are effective immediately Daly will continue to be available to assist in the transition of the CEO role to Marotta.  “Mike’s commitment to the Bank, our customers and our communities has been instrumental in Berkshire’s success. We thank him for his focus on creating the strong franchise we have today,” said William J. Ryan, Chairman the Board of Directors.  “Building on the Company’s progress under Mike’s leadership, Richard is in a strong position to step into the CEO role.  He is deeply familiar with our strategy, our markets and our people.  Richard, Sean and the rest of the executive team remain committed to growing Berkshire’s operations, executing on the strategic plan and delivering strong results.””I am extremely proud of the accomplishments that the employees of the Company have achieved during my time as CEO,” Daly said.  “When I began my tenure 16 years ago Berkshire Bank was one of the smallest banks headquartered in Massachusetts with some 300 employees, the Company is now the largest with nearly 2,000 employees.  I’ve built long lasting relationships with many employees during this time who I will continue to view as my family.”ABOUT RICHARD M. MAROTTARichard M. Marotta has been Senior Executive Vice President of Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. and President of Berkshire Bank since 2015.  Mr. Marotta joined the Company as EVP, Chief Risk Officer in 2010.  From 2013-2015 he served as EVP, Chief Risk and Administrative Officer.  Throughout his tenure in these key roles, Marotta was responsible for restructuring the entire Risk, Credit, Compliance, and Anti-Fraud programs of the bank; played a key role in mergers and acquisitions; and implemented the strategic plan for the Bank’s move into Boston. Before joining Berkshire, Marotta spent over 20 years at KeyBank including senior leadership roles in lending, credit and asset recovery. In his final role as the Executive Vice President and Chief Restructuring Officer, he oversaw allowance capital planning, asset based lending, and commercial and business aviation restructures and workouts.  Marotta graduated from Union College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance; he also earned an Advanced Certificate in Risk Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. ABOUT SEAN A. GRAY Sean A. Gray has been Senior Executive Vice President of the Company and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank since 2015.  Mr. Gray joined the Company as First Vice President, Retail Banking. From 2010-2015 Gray served as Executive Vice President, Retail Banking. During his time with the Company Gray has played a vital role in the operating teams of the Bank, including retail banking, mortgage banking, commercial banking, cash management, wealth management, insurance, and marketing and was the President of the prior Berkshire Municipal Bank.  Gray further serves as President of Berkshire Insurance Group.Prior to joining the Bank, Gray spent 6 years with Fleet Bank, who was acquired by Bank of America, in multiple roles including Vice President and Consumer Market Manager in Waltham, Massachusetts.  In this role he was responsible for the sales and services of an $8 billion region with emphasis on business banking, private banking, consumer banking and consumer operations.  Gray graduated from Bentley University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.ABOUT BERKSHIRE HILLS Berkshire Hills Bancorp is the parent of Berkshire Bank – America’s Most Exciting Bank®. The Company has approximately $12.0 billion in assets and 115 full service branches in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services. The Company also offers mortgages and specialized commercial lending services in targeted national markets.SOURCE BOSTON, Nov. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc.last_img read more

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Stan’s NoTubes updates popular wheelsets

first_imgStan’s NoTubes has announced new lighter, wider versions of its popular Crest, Arch and Flow rims and wheelsets. The new Mark 3 series rims feature a more durable 6069 aluminium alloy and a wider, lower profile design that maximizes tyre volume without distorting shape.The Crest MK3, Arch MK3 and Flow MK3 wheelsets include Stan’s faster-engaging and more durable CNC machined Neo hubs. The MK3 series relies on Stan’s patented Bead Socket Technology (BST), the tubeless rim shape, billed as the ‘trusted by riders and racers around the world’.Despite being wider than previous models, the Crest MK3 and Flow MK3 rims are now even lighter. Meanwhile, the Arch MK3, which sees the greatest increase in width, was kept at nearly the same weight as the previous Arch EX rim.One of the earliest advocates for the stability of wider rims, Stan’s NoTubes believes the pendulum has officially swung too far. “The shape of the tyre on the rim is so important,” said company President and Chief Engineer, Mike Bush.“And a lot of rims out there are too wide to work with the tyres we’re all using. Stretching a tyre beyond its intended shape causes problems when leaning into corners and forces you to run higher air pressures to keep impacts from damaging the rim or pinch flatting the tire.”Stan’s WideRight concept was developed to find the optimal rim width for the most common tyre sizes. “It took a lot of testing,” added Bush, “but our new rims offer the best balance between stability and tire shape.”Crest MK3Even lower profile, the new Crest MK3 adds 2mm of internal width while dropping weight for faster acceleration and climbing, ‘making it an excellent choice for lightweight, tubeless cross country performance.’ The new Crest MK3’s constantly tapering rim shape is engineered to be stronger while increasing tyre volume for less rolling resistance and more stability.Crest MK3 rims will be offered in 24-inch, 26-inch, 27.5-inch, and 29-inch sizes and in both 28-hole and 32-hole drilling. MSRP of the rim is US$100. Wheelsets will be offered in a wide variety of axle configurations, including Boost and Cannondale Lefty, with an MSRP of US$679. A SRAM Predictive Steering option will also be available for US$825 MSRP.Arch MK3The new Arch MK3 has seen the most drastic evolution. ‘Mean, but still lean, the Arch MK3 is 24% wider, with virtually no weight increase from its predecessor.’ Based on input from Enduro World Series teams, Stan’s NoTubes pushed the Arch MK3’s internal rim width out to 26mm for maximum tyre stability and volume, while keeping the rim itself light (only 425g for the 27.5” rim).With a lower rim profile and stronger 6069 alloy, the Arch MK3 also sees a 25% increase in lateral stiffness for improved tracking and cornering precision.MSRP for the Arch MK3 rim is US$100, and rims will be offered in 26-inch, 27.5-inch, and 29-inch sizes. Both 28-hole and 32-hole drilling options are available. Wheelsets will be offered in a wide variety of axle configurations, including Boost and Cannondale Lefty, with an MSRP of US$679. A SRAM Predictive Steering option will also be available for US$825 MSRP.Flow MK3With success on the Downhill World Cup circuit, the company adds that its Flow was one of the most capable trail and all-mountain rims ever made. ‘The new Flow MK3 goes bigger and better in every way.’Nearly 4mm wider, the Flow MK3’s 29mm internal rim width offers a balance of yire sidewall stability and volume for tyres up to 2.8” wide. A more durable 6069-series alloy and lower profile rim also make this the toughest Flow ever made.But stronger doesn’t mean heavier. Optimized rim shape and a stronger alloy also let the Flow MK3 weigh in 30g less than even the narrower Flow EX.Born and bred for control at speed and on technical trails, the new Flow MK3 also features patented Bead Socket Technology, for easy tubeless setup and maximum reliability.Flow MK3 rims will be offered in 26-inch, 27.5-inch, and 29-inch sizes with 32-hole drilling and an MSRP of US$100. Wheelsets will be offered in a wide variety of axle configurations and an MSRP of US$679.Stan’s NoTubes, founded and owned by Stan and Cindy Koziatek, forged a path for making mountain bikes tyres tubeless. Stan Koziatek devised the original NoTubes sealing system in 2001, the same system that today has become a preferred tubeless conversion system around the world.Stan’s NoTubes currently designs, produces and sells innovative mountain bike, road and cyclocross wheels, rims and hubs as well as a range of products for tubeless conversion.www.NoTubes.com Relatedlast_img read more

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Mission looking at new options in fees, property tax, sales tax to cover budget gaps

first_imgA new proposal to plug gaps in the 2016 Mission budget would add more of an increase to the stormwater fees and lower a proposed property tax increase. But the city council has not completely signed off on the new idea.Mission is facing a revenue shortfall of approximately $500,000 per year in its stormwater debt service, largely due to general fund revenues that have been diminishing over the last several years. It also faces a loss of approximately $775,000 in its street maintenance fund as a result of the ruling by the Kansas Court of Appeals that held the city’s Transportation Utility Fee (TUF) to be illegal. The council voted Wednesday to appeal that decision to the Kansas Supreme Court.At the last budget session, the city had considered a property tax increase of seven mills to cover the loss of TUF funds and a $2 per month increase in the stormwater charge that would partially offset the street maintenance loss.At a public hearing Wednesday night, the new budget proposal included a property tax rate increase of only 4.5 mills, but a stormwater fee increase of $5 per month for a single-family residence. The stormwater increase would be expected to generate $450,000 per year to mostly cover that deficit. The mill levy increase is expected to generate another $535,000 that will partially offset the loss in street funds. The city also would defer $220,000 of capital requests.The newest proposal acknowledges that a gap still exists in the street fund. Part of the proposal includes the possibility of adding to the city sales tax to put more money into street maintenance. A quarter-cent increase in sales tax would yield about $550,000 and the city could go as high as an additional three-eights of a cent. However, it would take six months to get a sales increase on the ballot for voter approval.“This plan won’t work for the future if the sales tax doesn’t pass,” said Mayor Steve Schowengerdt. Councilors Amy Miller and Dave Shepard both raised the possibility that the 4.5 mill increase in property taxes is not sufficient to cover the street needs.Early results from a citizens satisfaction survey showed substantial support for street maintenance as a city priority.Miller cited the survey results to say that, even with the sales tax, there won’t be enough money to cover the street needs. Mission also is still quantifying the cost of several streets that need full-depth replacement.“I don’t think four and one-half (mills) goes far enough,” Shepard said. “We have to keep investing in our community …. I don’t want to lose the momentum.” Shepard said he would support the proposal if necessary, but said, “I would rather do something courageous now. When we invest and build, good things happen.”Miller and Shepard pointed out that the city has a low property tax rate and a higher sales tax rate compared to area cities.“I hate to burden our residents,” Schowengerdt said. A chart on the new proposals showed a typical $150,000 home would pay $77 additional per year from the property tax and $60 per year from the stormwater increase, but save $72 per year from the elimination of the TUF. That leaves a net increase of $65 per year or $5.47 per month under the latest proposal.Councilors asked for more scenarios on increases in the various rates.last_img read more

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Farewell mein lieber herr: why we must leave Europe

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Jason Wenig Selected As 2019 Master Craftsman At America’s Car Museum

first_imgThe Master Craftsman designation is given out annually to recognize a front-runner of the automotive restoration community that has gone above and beyond in terms of passing hands-on skills and abilities to the next generation of restoration experts through mentorships and other learning opportunities. “Jason is the type of individual whose passion for automobiles keeps the American motoring legacy thriving,” said AAT Vice Chair David Madeira. “Importantly The Creative Workshop is not only a great place for vintage vehicles, it employs many young craftsman who will ensure the existence of memorable car cultural pastimes such as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.” Many of the vehicles restored under Wenig’s leadership are award-winners that have been featured at numerous automotive gatherings, such as Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, Villa d’Este and the Mille Miglia. America’s Automotive Trust (AAT) has announced that Jason Wenig has been recognized as a Master Craftsman for outstanding contributions to preserving America’s rich automotive heritage. The formal recognition took place Sept. 7 at America’s Car Museum (ACM) in Tacoma, Washington, as part of the Trust’s annual Wheels & Heels Gala.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementcenter_img Wenig, who formed The Creative Workshop in Ft. Lauderdale, is an automotive restoration expert, coachbuilder and creator of completely re-bodied cars. The company is dedicated to historic, antique, vintage, post-war and classic European and American vehicles. It features more than 10,000 square feet of workspace where nearly all aspects of restoration, service, repair and maintenance are performed in-house. Wenig is a member of many automotive associations, clubs and groups, including the Society of Automotive Historians, Antique Automobile Club of America, the Classic Car Club of America and the Restoration Learning Center for America on Wheels. He is a mentor and generous donor for hands-on youth training the internship and apprenticeship program of the RPM Foundation, the educational arm of AAT.last_img read more

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Scana Offshore Gets BOP Stacking Services Contract

first_imgScana Industrier ASA has through its subsidiary Scana Offshore Services Inc been awarded a contract for BOP stacking services of approx. 2,7 MUSD to a non- disclosed customer.The project work will be executed in Houston and will further support the increased utilization of the new workshop facilities.BOP stacking services is the cornerstone of Scana Offshore’s capabilities, and the company is excited to continue the trend of the core services within the upstream offshore drilling market.Press Release, August 20, 2013last_img read more

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EU contract law plea

first_imgThe expert group tasked with advising the European Commission on EU-wide changes to contract law should have more input from English law practitioners, the Law Society said this week. Society chief executive Desmond Hudson expressed concern that the panel is currently made up primarily of academics and practitioners from civil law systems, and called for the inclusion of lawyers from common law jurisdictions. He said: ‘The profession [in England and Wales] has great experience working with other jurisdictions and on cross-border contracts and could offer valuable expertise. The Society is concerned that the expert group is mainly comprised of academics and some practitioners from civil law systems, and would welcome the direct involvement of common law practitioners in the drafting process.’ The commission is in the early stages of drafting a non-binding legal ‘toolbox’ to harmonise contract law across Europe, and has issued a green paper on the topic. Chancery Lane said it remains ‘deeply concerned’ that the benefits of the proposal ‘have not been demonstrated’ and there is an ‘urgent need for an impact assessment of the key options in the green paper’. The Society responded to a Ministry of Justice consultation on the commission’s plans in December, after consulting widely with the profession. Chancery Lane said it is examining ‘alternative solutions’ to improving cross-border trade, noting that the use of English contract law provides ‘substantial benefits’ to UK Plc. The commission argues that action is needed to reduce the divergence of contract laws, and has suggested creating a ‘common frame of reference’, bringing together legal concepts, definitions and principles based on the laws of all member states.last_img read more

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Wonders & blunders

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