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Spring fever

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaThere isn’t a vaccine for spring fever. But if you develop alittle resistance of your own, experts say you’ll prevent someproblems when sunny days start drawing you toward your garden.”When you’ve had lots of rain, as we’ve had lately, you reallyneed to stay out of the garden,” said Bob Westerfield, theUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension consumerhorticulturist.Soils with lots of clay, as most central and north Georgia soilshave, can hold moisture a long time. To be sure it’s ready totill, he said, do an old-fashioned ball test.Just grab a handful of your garden soil and squeeze it into aball. When you open your hand, you should have a clump that’sfirm but crumbles easily.Making bricksIt shouldn’t be firm and look glossy. You shouldn’t be able tosee the moisture in it. “If you till soil like that, you cancreate big clods,” Westerfield said. In essence, you could beturning your soil into a pile of bricks. “That won’t be good foryour garden.”Even if the soil moisture is fine, don’t rush to plant. There’ssomething else you need to monitor: the temperature.Just stick an outdoor thermometer into the soil to find out itstemperature, Westerfield said. Or log onto georgiaweather.net,scroll down to the map and click on the dot nearest you. Click”Current Conditions” and scroll down. Near the middle of the listare the soil temperatures at 2, 4 and 8 inches deep.”For summer vegetables like squash, tomatoes, peppers and okra,wait until your soil gets above 60 degrees at the 4-inch depth,”he said.Ills of chillsSeeds won’t germinate and transplants won’t do well if the soil’stoo cool. If it isn’t warm enough to encourage root growth,plants will just sit. Then they become vulnerable to root rot andother diseases.”I’ve heard old-timers say to plant on Good Friday or dates likethat,” Westerfield said. “That may be good one year and bad thenext. It’s best just to monitor your soil moisture andtemperature.”If the soil is dry enough to work but still too cool for summervegetables, there are some crops you can put in now. “You canplant cool-season crops like potatoes, carrots, lettuce andonions,” he said.And where you want to plant summer crops, there are other thingsyou can do. The most important is to take a soil sample. Find outyour soil’s needs, especially its pH.Most summer vegetables need a soil pH in the 6.5 to 6.8 range. Ifyour soil test shows you need to add lime, go ahead and till itinto your soil if it’s dry enough to work.More jobsIf your garden site isn’t on an erodible slope and the soil isdry enough, go ahead and till it, Westerfield said. That canexpose nematodes and other pathogens to the killing sun.You can ease your spring fever, too, by sharpening tools, makingsure your equipment is running smoothly and buying fertilizer andsupplies.It’s a good time, too, to start seeds of summer vegetablesindoors. “Many companies offer seed terrariums that make thiseasy,” Westerfield said.Just be sure the place where you start your seeds indoors hasplenty of light. “You don’t need much light to germinate seeds,”he said, “but the seedlings will need bright light to get off toa good start.”One more thing you don’t want to do, Westerfield said: Don’tfertilize your garden early. “The nitrogen will get used up earlyif you do,” he said. “Don’t fertilize until you plant.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Research Assistant Dean

first_imgBeginning March 1, Robert N. Stougaard will be the assistant dean of research for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He will be responsible for the overall supervision of the college’s seven research centers and farms and three major agricultural experiment stations located across the state.“We are fortunate to have someone with Bob Stougaard’s depth of experience to manage our extensive network of research stations and farms throughout Georgia,” said Allen Moore, UGA CAES associate dean of research. “Our research network is vital to Georgia agriculture and allows us to conduct research that is climate- and soil-specific to the numerous growing conditions in a state this size.”The field and laboratory research conducted at the college’s experiment stations and research and education centers is used by UGA Cooperative Extension specialists to educate and train Georgia agriculturists.Stougaard received a bachelor’s degree in soil science from the University of Wisconsin in 1978 and earned a master’s degree in weed science from Southern Illinois University in 1983. He earned his doctorate in weed science from the University of Nebraska, where he also minored in microbiology.He joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska in 1987, and his primary duties focused on weed science Extension efforts in agronomic crops. In 1991, Stougaard moved to Montana State University, located at the Northwestern Agricultural Research Center near Kalispell, Montana, where he rose to the position of professor with tenure.At Montana State, his areas of responsibility included weed science research and small-grain cultivar evaluations. His research focused on the biology and management of the wheat midge, management of stripe rust, the development of competitive cropping systems for the control of wild oat, and the effects of environmental and varietal factors on falling numbers in wheat.“We look forward to the wealth of knowledge and fresh perspective Bob will bring to our research program and how he will help us best serve Georgia in the future,” Moore said.last_img read more

5 Reasons for a Summer Visit to Virginia’s Blue Ridge

first_img Here are 5 reasons it’s time to plan your summer vacation! For a great dinner al fresco, consider Billy’s or The Landing Restaurant, one tucked away as a downtown Roanoke garden paradise and the other overlooking Smith Mountain Lake. Need help planning your mountain bike adventure? Check out Roanoke Mountain Adventures and UnderDog Bikes for rentals and all kinds of useful information. You can always take me out to the ballgame, and a favorite is any time the Salem Red Sox happen to be playing. An amazing sunset plus a win for the home team is #winning. If beer is your thing, you can’t miss Microfestivus (August 10), an annual summer event and party in Downtown Roanoke celebrating 40 or more breweries and over 200 beers from Virginia and beyond. Cheers! Sunny days call for time on the water and we love launching a rented boat from Bridgewater Marina onto Smith Mountain Lake or a relaxing float on the James River with Twin River Outfitters. 2 – Cool Down on the Water Some people love the beach (us included!), while others long for a fresh mountain stream. Virginia’s Blue Ridge has both! Kayak, tube, or fish our favorite blueways, or boat the day away at Smith Mountain Lake. You could hit the beach at Smith Mountain Lake Community Park or paddle on over 100 miles of blueways to explore. We also have easy hikes leading to waterfalls that you have to try, like Roaring Run and its awesome natural waterslide. We also kick off the professional cyclocross season over Labor Day weekend with Virginia’s Blue Ridge Go Cross Race (August 31 & September 1) presented by Deschutes Brewery. It’s two great days of cyclocross racing and fun at Roanoke’s Fallon Park. See More: 25+ Great Outdoor Patios in Virginia’s Blue Ridge For a more controlled time in the water, consider Roanoke County’s Splash Valley Water Park. Slides, tipping buckets, and pools create an environment great for trailsetters of all ages. 4 – Keep the KidsEntertained Thrilling downhills are the pay-off for incredible climbs in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital. In fact, Virginia’s Blue Ridge has been named a Silver-Level Ride Center­™ by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, making it the only such designated ride center on the East Coast.center_img We hope you choose your own path this summer in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Get out there and be a #Trailsetter. Summertime is festival season in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. FloydFest (July 24-28) is our version of Woodstock, except it’s high in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s been named one of the best music festivals in the country and is an unforgettable experience! If wine is more your thing, you’ll adore Valhalla Vineyards, Blue Ridge Vineyard, and Chateau Morrisette. Vast expanses of view shed coupled with award-winning wine equals a day well spent. Bounce out some extra energy at Launching Pad, our local trampoline park. Or feed the adrenaline beast within when you tackle River Rock Climbing, an award-winning indoor climbing gym. We also love the Virginia Museum of Transportation, the best place to not only spot trains but climb aboard, too. 1 – Summer Festivals& Events We think you and your younger trailsetters will love some of our favorite places, like Center in the Square, a hub for education that also boasts excitement for multiple generations. From getting hands-on with science to pretend play at the Children’s Museum and old school shooting at the Roanoke Pinball Museum, it’s a place for parents, grands, and even great-grands to enjoy. From the beautiful outdoor space at Ballast Point to the downtown beer garden at Big Lick Brewing Company, you’ll certainly want to spend time sipping suds with your favorite buds on our brewery patios in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. 5 – It’s Patio Season 3 – America’s EastCoast Mountain Biking Capital Whether you’re traveling with kids, solo, or somewhere inbetween, we have five reasons a summer visit to the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’sBlue Ridge is just what you need. Be a #Trailsetterand find your next adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains. last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events March 5 – 11

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Idle HandsThis alternative rock band from San Diego is bringing its sunny California-style music to Long Island for one night, and hopefully, bringing the sunshine along with them. With Happy Body Slow Brain, The Tallest Trees In The Universe and The Bellegards. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $12. 6:30 p.m. March 5. Los Lobos with Alejandro EscovedoPerhaps best known for their up-tempo, hip-gyrating hit “La Bamba,” Los Lobos has made its mark in the rock community with a long list of singles that blend Mexican culture with mainstream rock and roll. The Grammy Award-winning band released their first album “How Will the Wolf Survive?” in 1984. Three decades later, the band has barely lost a step. Don’t believe us? Head over to Westbury and check them out for yourself. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$65. 8 p.m. March 5.Ghostface Killah and Inspectah DeckHip-hop fans—especially New York hip-hop fans—are in for a treat. Ghostface Killah joins Inspectah Deck, a member of the famed Wu-Tang Clan, for what promises to be an explosive performance from two veteran artists. Both rappers share the same hometown—Staten Island—and Ghostface Killah considers Wu-Tang Clan one of his greatest inspirations. You won’t want to miss this performance. With Stumik, music by Cipha Sounds and Drewski. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30. 8 p.m. March 5. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus ExtremeUnder ringmaster David Shipman’s guidance, this circus has gone to extremes to provide more thrills than ever before. This show features the youngest human cannonball in the world, the 25-year-old Gemma “The Jet,” who rockets more than 100 feet under the arena sky—and, best of all, she doesn’t explode upon impact! The brave Benny Ibarra leaps and bounds atop the terrifying Pendulum of Steel, while the Daring Danguir do their death-defying footwork on a high-wire as narrow as a human thumb. In a breathtaking display of freestyle sports, these awesome performers will show off their amazing gymnastic moves on BMX bikes, trampolines, and “slackline” straps. Did someone say, “What about the animals?” No Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show would be complete without the popular pachyderms known as the Asian Elephants, plus the Bengal tigers, the twin-humped camels ridden by Mongolian “Desert Goddesses” and, last but not least, 16 performing poodles. Let the show begin! Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $23.25-$75. Times vary. Through March 8.DreamcatcherThis Baltimore-based alternate pop band is coming to LI for a one-night concert as it tries to build its brand and put on an unforgettable performance for its local fans. The band’s most recent album “Wonderlust” includes such titles as “Skin,” “Heaven Sent,” and “California.” With Persona, Scott Thomas F, The Narrows, Darryl J and The Individuals. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $12. 6 p.m. March 6.Flutissimo! Flute QuartetTo complement the Museum’s Ferdinand Richardt’s “Niagara: A Study in Landscape Painting” exhibition, flutists Lauren Ausubel, Claudia Beeby, Leslie Strait, and Jerene Weitman present an imaginative program of music inspired by water. Performing on piccolo, C flute, alto and bass flutes, the Quartet provides enchanting musical imagery of rivers, rain, fountains, aquariums, whirlpools, and more. The Hecksher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. heckscher.org Free. 7 p.m. March 6.Jesse CookJesse Cook is more than a musician. The Canadian-born artist is a guitarist, composer, and producer, who has sold more than 1.5 million records across the globe. He’s also an innovator. Not to be confused with infamous Press gourmand Chris Cooke (who can topple a tower of fresh, juicy chicken souvlaki faster than you can shout “Hey hey! My my!), this Cook infuses different forms of music—flamenco rumba and jazz, for example—into his songs, and he has been rewarded for his out-of-the-box style, winning multiple awards in his home country. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. March 6.Changing the Way We Eat—TEDx ManhattanA full-day event featuring a dynamic and diverse group of speakers addressing issues in the sustainable food and farming movement. It will bring ideas and information to a wider audience, promoting innovative work being done by groups large and small, for-profit and nonprofit, from around the country. A highlight of the event is the ample time given for attendees to meet each other and look for new synergies and new ideas to help bolster the sustainable food movement. Co-presented with Slow Food Huntington. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org 10:30 a.m. March 7.March of the LeprechaunsThis charitable, non-commercial, non-political, nonsensical pub crawl happens once a year for absolutely no reason. The proceeds fund both the East End Emerald Society in support of the Jamesport St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Maureen’s Haven, to help benefit the homeless. Downtown Riverhead. vendini.com $10. 1 p.m. March 7.Patchogue Folk Festivalfeaturing nine Long Island Singer-Songwriters showcasing the vibrant Patchogue original music scene. Featuring: Hank Stone Band, He-Bird She Bird, Grand Folk Railroad, Anne Crean, Leah Kay, Bill Shuren, Chris Carlozzo, EVT Band and Sim Urivetzky. At 8 p.m., Grammy Award winners Janis Ian and Tom Paxton will share the stage for an evening of stories and songs. “Together At Last” marks the first time this powerful and irresistible singer-songwriter duo will be performing together in the NY metropolitan area since wrapping up their U.K. tour last spring. Tickets start at $28 for the night show. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org Free. 2 p.m. March 7.Artists Trading Cards Benefit Exhibit ReceptionEach one-of-a-kind card is signed by the artist, with a portion of the proceeds going to VIBS Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center. Exhibit runs through March 29. BJ Spoke Gallery, 299 Main St., Huntington. bjspokegallery.com Free. 2 p.m. March 7.Allie MartocciSelf proclaimed (on Twitter) math enthusiast and badass MC, Allie Martocci’s soulful covers of such a wide swath of artists from Eminem to Beyonce showcase her tremendous talent. Check out her acoustic skills and fall in love with her unique take on songs you already know by heart. With Spectator, Van Vega, Rebecca Maida and Morell Brown. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $10, $12 DOS. 4 p.m. March 7.Magic!The “magic”-al merging of reggae, rock, pop, and soul combine to produce a ridiculously catchy sound by singer/songwriter Nasri, guitarist Mark Pelli, drummer Alex Tanas, and bassist Ben Spivak. That song “Rude” that you couldn’t get out of your head this entire winter? Yeah. That. With Caribbean influences and a down-home funk, these guys create music that is fun, contagious, and of course – magic. With Bohemians & Schoeffel, based out of Valley Stream. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$45. 8 p.m. March 7.The Temptations & the Four TopsMotown legends whose songs permeate our souls to become part of who we are, the Temptations and the Four Tops will perform such mega-hits as “Reach Out and I’ll Be There,” and “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I Got)” by the Four Tops and “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” by the Temptations. These songs are part of the cultural foundation upon which modern music rests. You will sing out loud, dance in the aisles, and make friends with those who sit near you. A night not to be missed. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49-50-$84.25. 8 p.m. March 7.Los Lonely BoysBilled as an American-Chicano rock power trio, Los Lonely Boys combine rock ‘n’ roll, Texas blues, country, soul, and Tejano to glorious effect. These three Grammy Award-winning brothers Henry, Ringo, and Jojo Garza create a funky sound that is immensely sing-alongable. You know their debut song, “Heaven,” which reached into the Top 40 in 2006 and won the coveted Grammy for Best Pop Performance. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $29.50-$45. 8 p.m. March 7.Larry KirwanKnown to his legion of fans as the luminous lead singer of Black 47, the great New York-based Irish rock band, Larry Kirwan is not only a truly talented musician but a rocking playwright as well. When you tell him, “Man, the play’s the thing,” he might do a double-think because he’s such a versatile artist. But no worries. In Bay Shore he’ll be a solo acoustic act, but he’ll be bringing all of his repertoire, not just what Rolling Stone once called “an unashamedly topical wallop of the early-Seventies Jersey-bar E Street Band and the ‘Combat’-era Clash, laced with the mourning siren of uilleann pipes.” From the bars of the Bronx to Leno, Letterman and O’Brien, Kirwan and his crew have wielded their music as a weapon for social justice. As The New York Times described a Kirwan performance of the great American songwriter Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times,” he “not only delivered a knockout entertainment, he’s done a public service, reacquainting us with the Foster songbook and the striving, teeming America for which it was written.” When Kirwan takes the stage, you know you’re in for a special treat, so raise a glass and unplug your ears! Solo accousitic show by lead singer of Black 47. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 8 p.m. March 7.Vince Johnson & The Plantation AllstarsYou can call Vince Johnson & The Plantation Allstars the international ambassadors of the Memphis Blues Society, because they’ve brought their smokin’ sound to venues far and wide. When he and his band played last year’s Long Island Blues Festival, they damn near set Freeport free forever, if that were even possible, because their funky mix of R&B was so hot to handle. Their jamming is legendary, their slamming is incendiary! Vince Johnson handles the vocals and harmonica, his brother Alan Johnson plays bass, Danny Wilson rips up the lead guitar, Charles Campbell blows the saxophone, and Courtney Brown holds forth on drums. This band is the real deal from Beale Street, courtesy of Memphis, Tennessee. When you hear Johnson pontificate about that “Mean Old Woman” who done him wrong, you want to ask why would anybody want to be mean to this man when he’s doing what he’s meant to do in this world? And that’s playing the blues so nice it hurts! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. March 7.David BrozaThis Israeli singer-songwriter superstar is a mix master of pop and Spanish style music who plays with a flourish like a timeless troubadour from another world. And indeed, he’s taken his concert tours to Belgium, Germany, Spain, Argentina and Brazil, among many venues. To some listeners, David Broza is like “a post-modern Leonard Cohen” and the “Stevie Ray Vaughan of folk rock.” His whirlwind finger picking is combined with a flamenco-flavored rhythms and rock and roll technique. Not to name drop, but Broza did a PBS broadcast concert with Jackson Browne and Shawn Colvin, and honored a request from Townes Van Zandt to set a shoebox full of his unreleased poems and lyrics to music. Broza has recorded in Hebrew and Spanish, as well as in English—he was raised in Israel, Spain and England. And in that multi-cultural spirit, he recorded an album called “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem” with both Israeli and Palestinian musicians that was produced by Steve Earle and Steve Greenberg that came out last year. His song “Together,” co-written with Ramsey McLean, was chosen to be the theme song for UNICEF’s 50th anniversary celebration. Maybe he won’t be serenading Capitol Hill any time soon, but this humanitarian musician is doing all he can to use his art to make the world a better place. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $42-$163. 8 p.m. March 7.Alyson RichmanSuper Goal SundayGrab your girlfriends and join an enlightening and fun-filled afternoon of self-discovery for women 40 and over. Learn new skills, make new friends, and discover how to make the most of your life—at any age! Price includes Afternoon Tea and two workshops. Alyson Richman, bestselling author of The Garden of Letters and The Lost Wife, is the keynote speaker. David S. Mack Hall, Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. Hofstra.edu $50. 1:30 p.m. March 8Rockin for Autism VIII1 Step Ahead and RPM perform during this charity event, which includes a last-man-standing raffle, free buffet and more. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $30. 3 p.m. March 8.Laura BenantiA Tony winner for her acclaimed performance as Gypsy Rose Lee in the Broadway revival of “Gypsy,” Benanti was also nominated for her work in “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “Into the Woods” and “Swing.” Her latest show, “In Constant Search for the Right Kind of Attention,” knits together theatre standards with pop hits and original songs, delivered with her unique blend of humor and vocal nuance, and promises an unforgettable afternoon. Adelphi University, Westermann Stage, Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $40-$70. 3 p.m. March 8.Parenting Resources ExpoExperts on organic baby food, wholistic family nutrition and a special education attorney will be among those on hand. There will also be a presentation and book signing at 5 p.m. by Dr. Joanna Hulton, family therapist and author of Parent Fatigue Syndrome: What To Do When Conventional Wisdom Is Not Very Wise. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 4 p.m. March 8.DukhtarA screening of a film that focuses on forced marriage and hopes to shed light and awareness about a very sensitive topic that some communities are struggling with. Following the film is a Q&A session with the director of the film, Afia Nathaniel. The nonprofit Domestic Harmony Foundation, which works mainly with Muslim women who are victims of domestic violence, organized the event to commemorate International Women’s Day. Herricks Cinema, 3324 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park. dhfny.org  $20, $25 DOS. 11 a.m. March 8. Royal Southern BrotherhoodTalk about soul brothers from two families with a famous musical lineage! The Royal Southern Brotherhood is an American blues rock super group that blends the talents of singer and percussionist Cyril Neville—whose Neville brothers are New Orleans legends—and vocalist and guitarist Devon Allman—the son of Gregg and the nephew of the late, great Duane. Now bring in Charlie Wooton on bass and vocals, Yonrico Scott on drums, who brings in that second line beat that makes the Crescent City swing a la Detroit via Atlanta, and then cue signature guitarist Bart Walker, who recently took over after Texas bluesman Mike Zito left the band late last year to go back to his roots. So there you have it, thanks to these stellar gentlemen, Southern rock and roll is alive and kickin’ you know what. The pedigree of these performers is unbelievable and their musicianship unparalleled. You’ll get your R&B throwback ballads, your Stax, your Motown and so much more. So, come put some “rock around you” and catch that groove. It’s a great gumbo of jambalaya jamming, sizzling strumming and soulful singing! Royalty never sounded so good, y’all. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org 40-$45. 7 p.m. March 8.Eighteenth Annual Festival of One-Act PlaysSelected from over 500 submissions worldwide, these six cutting-edge premieres are guaranteed to entertain and engage. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. theatrethree.com $18. 7 p.m. March 8.Gov’t MuleW John Scofield. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$55. 8 p.m. March 8.1971A group of eight citizens broke into a small FBI office in Media, Pa. and took documents that led to the discovery of a massive, illegal domestic surveillance program known as COINTELPRO. A decision by The Washington Post to publish the documents was a defining moment in investigative journalism. The public learned about COINTELPRO, and the FBI’s programs targeting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Black Panthers and others, only because of the stolen documents, and the actions of the Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI, as the burglars called themselves. They didn’t look for the spotlight. Their mission a success, they returned to their normal lives. Now, for the first time, the members of the “commission” speak out about their actions. “1971” is their story. Screening includes guest speaker Johanna Hamilton, the film’s director. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. theatrethree.com $7. 7 p.m. March 9.MARCH 10Newton’s EggEgg-citing news as this Annual Egg Drop Contest celebrates the return of spring with eggs and a year-round phenomenon—gravity! Over 200 students from first thru eighth grade will create homemade contraptions to protect their precious egg cargo from a two-story drop off our balcony. If the egg survives unscathed, their students are eligible to win a prize. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org Price of admission. 9:30 a.m. March 11.—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Rashed Mian and Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

Baldwin Crash Leaves Motorcyclist Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 20-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Baldwin over the weekend.Nassau County police said a motorcyclist was riding his Yamaha westbound on Sunrise Highway when he crashed into the passenger side of an eastbound Dodge Journey that was making a left turn onto Central Avenue at 2:45 p.m. Saturday.The victim, who was ejected from the motorcycle, was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His identity was not immediately released.The 71-year-old woman driving the SUV was treated for non-life threatening injuries.Homicide Squad detectives impounded both vehicles and deemed the crash to be an accident.last_img

$2M Hicksville Armored Car Co. Heist Busted, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One of up to five suspects was allegedly caught in the act of stealing nearly $2 million from an armored car company’s vault in Hicksville last week, Nassau County police said.Edgar Medina, who authorities described as a career criminal currently on parole, was arrested in New Cassel after leading police on a chase from the scene of the heist at the Alpha Plaza office of Loomis at 10:20 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, police said.“This was an extremely sophisticated crew of burglars,” Thomas Krumpter, the acting Nassau County police commissioner, told reporters Thursday during a news conference. “I don’t recall a burglary of this size and magnitude.”Krumpter credited a keen-eyed police officer with spotting Medina, 53, of Hicksville, allegedly acting suspiciously outside the company’s nondescript building on a dead end abutting a freight train yard. Upon noticing the officer, Medina allegedly put something in his trunk and fled in a Volkswagen, he added. When the officer apprehended Medina, $1.8 million in money bags was found in the trunk, according to the commissioner.Investigators released photos of tools—including a sledge hammer, vehicle jack, crowbars and a cart—they said the crew used to penetrate the hardened facility, which authorities said had $20 million in its safe at the time of the break-in.The burglars had to break through a concrete wall to reach the safe, although Krumpter declined to go into further detail about how the crime was committed. He said the masked crew was caught on surveillance video and “did everything they could to foil the recovery of any evidence.”Police neither have a description of the other suspects nor do they know how the burglars fled. The one suspect in custody doesn’t have any ties to the company, but when asked if Major Case Bureau detectives probing the case believe it was an inside job, Krumpter would only say that the investigation is continuing.The commissioner suspected that the burglars intended to steal as much of the $20 million as they could. If they were successful, it would have eclipsed the infamous Lufthansa heist in which mobsters allegedly stole about $6 million in cash and jewels from a terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in 1978, one of the biggest heists in American history. That case, which was planned in Bellmore, resulted in arrests just last year—35 years later.“It’s clear this burglary was interrupted,” Krumpter said. “This burglary was ongoing when police interrupted the commission of this crime. I would image they were going to try and get as much of the money as they could.”Medina was charged with burglary, grand larceny and possession of burglars tools. His bail was set at $150,000 cash or $300,000 bond. He is due back in Nassau County court on Sept. 4.The reward for information leading to the arrest of the other suspects in this case was increased to $25,000 from the usual $5,000 that Crime Stoppers typically offers. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain confidential.last_img read more

Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek injury doubt for Europa League final against Arsenal

first_imgSarri was concerned about playing the game before Chelsea flew to Boston (Picture: AP)Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a doubt for Chelsea’s Europa League final against Arsenal after limping off during a friendly victory over New England Revolution.Chelsea took on the MLS side in a post-season game in Boston, winning 3-0, with Maurizio Sarri raising concerns about playing the match so close to the final in Baku.And it appears Sarri’s worst fears have been realised as Loftus-Cheek hobbled off with an ankle injury.Loftus-Cheek twisted his ankle in the lumpy pitch at the Gillette Stadium, going off in the second half.ADVERTISEMENTRuben Loftus-Cheek on crutches after suffering a leg injury in Chelsea’s match vs. the New England Revolution tonight. #cfc pic.twitter.com/okxLi2XgL6— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) May 16, 2019 The Englishman has been a vital performer in Chelsea’s Europa League campaign and could now miss the final.AdvertisementAdvertisementLoftus-Cheek was pictured leaving the stadium on crutches, with his foot in a protective boot.Sarri praised the friendly’s purpose after the game, as the Blues were in America as part of their ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ campaign. Advertisement Comment Loftus-Cheek appeared to suffer an ankle injury (Picture: AP)The Italian fielded a strong line-up, but again admitted the fixture was far from ideal with the Europa League final at the end of the month.He said: ‘Travelling so far away and returning Friday morning before a Sunday match is tough.’Ross Barkley scored a brace in the comfortable victory, with Olivier Giroud grabbing Chelsea’s second of the game.Sarri made six changes at half-time, with Loftus-Cheek one of the players to come off the bench.MORE: Chelsea make a decision over Juventus loanee Gonzalo Higuain’s futurecenter_img Advertisement Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek injury doubt for Europa League final against Arsenal Coral BarryThursday 16 May 2019 6:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShareslast_img read more

IAPF chair repeats call for Ireland’s dedicated pensions minister

first_imgEunice Dreelan, chair of the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF), has reiterated previous calls for Ireland’s government to appoint a dedicated pensions minister, after an exit poll at the recent general election showed that pensions was the third most important issue for voters.An exit poll carried out by Ipsos/MRBI on 8 February, polling day, found that health — mentioned by 32% of respondents – ranked top in terms of importance. Housing came next (26% of respondents) with pension age (8% of respondents) in third place.Issues ranking lower included jobs and climate change (6% each), taxation (4%) and childcare and crime (3% each).Addressing attendees at the IAPF annual dinner in Dublin last week, Dreelan said: “It is time that we had a minister whose primary responsibility is to ensure a simple, fair and equitable income system that will safeguard our older population for generations to come.” Other speakers told the audience that given the country already has ministers for housing and health, the next administration had a mandate to appoint a dedicated pensions minister.But Ireland’s immediate political future is unclear. Fianna Fail is now the largest party in terms of seats, narrowly ahead of Sinn Fein and Fianna Gael, the latter having previously run a minority administration.Talks about forming a new government are under way between the parties, but this is likely to be a long process.Meanwhile, the outgoing government remains in place in a caretaker capacity until a new government is formed, with Leo Varadkar continuing as prime minister. Regina Doherty remains minister for employment and social protection (EASP), despite losing her seat at the election.In her speech, Dreelan highlighted government initiatives to achieve financial security for workers in Ireland in retirement. These have included the roadmap for pension reform – published in early 2018 – and the consultation on auto-enrolment.Last October, the IAPF said only eight of the 36 actions which had been due to be performed since the unveiling of the roadmap had been carried out. Eunice Dreelan, chair of the IAPFDreelan said: “There has been very little progression and this is simply not good enough. However, neither is it good enough to suggest this is solely government’s responsibility, because in truth this responsibility rests with us all.”She said the IAPF was calling for the appointment of a pensions minister whose primary responsibility is to work with all stakeholders to implement the roadmap. It was also calling for the introduction of auto-enrolment. And she emphasised the need to focus on the sustainability of the national pensions system.Furthermore, Dreelan warned against reducing the state pension age – currently 66 – as this would have long-term and significant impacts on Ireland’s finances.The retirement age is due to rise to 67 from 1 January 2021, and to 68 on 1 January 2028.This became an important issue at the start of the election campaign, particularly since some retirees are receiving unemployment benefit, with payments stopped if any individual misses collecting payments for more than two weeks: many find this demeaning.Some political parties have committed to reducing the retirement age back to 65, with others promising to halt the increases in retirement age.The IAPF said it is planning a series of meetings with senior representatives from all stakeholder groups, such as unions, employers, political parties and government, over the coming weeks, to agree the path forward to “fixing” the current pension system.The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection confirmed that Doherty remains the minister for EASP until the next government is formed, but declined to make any further comment.last_img read more

Southern Dredging Bags Wilmington Harbor Dredging Contract

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, last week awarded a construction contract for the Wilmington Harbor Anchorage Basin maintenance dredging project.The $1,000,027 contract was awarded to Southern Dredging Co., Inc.According to the Corps, the work includes maintenance dredging of upper Wilmington Harbor federal navigation channel reaches including the Anchorage Basin, Between Channel, and the North Carolina State Ports Authority (NCSPA) berth areas and Turning Basin Extension.The work will consist of removal and disposal of shoaled material that has accumulated in the channels and berth areas since the various areas were last dredged. The work will require a hydraulic cutter suction dredge, reported USACE.The estimated quantity of material that will be dredged during the works is 1.4 million cubic yards.The environmental window for dredging the NCSPA berth areas is 1 October 2018 through 31 January 2019. The environmental window for dredging the Wilmington Harbor federal navigation channel reaches is 1 August 2018 through 31 January 2019.last_img read more

Contract tracing measures for inter-island travelers eyed

first_imgThis is to ensure “efficiency and accuracy of contact tracing in case a passenger or passengers is later on found positive for COVID-19,” according to Gasataya.  He added the rules already established to govern passenger manifests are very much helpful in the campaign against COVID-19, citing the importance of contact tracing to break the chains of its further spread and transmission./PN Gasataya, in a House resolution, appealed to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to “establish rules [that] strictly require all common carriers involved in inter-island transport of passengers by land, water, or air, to prepare and record a detailed seat plan of their passengers.  Gasataya said there is still a very high risk of infection of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among passengers while in transit despite the observance of physical distancing and wearing of face masks. BACOLOD City – Cong. Greg Gasataya seeks to require all common carriers involved in inter-island transport of passengers to put up a detailed seat plan for passengers during the entire course of transit.last_img read more