PEMCo, FTT perform ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

first_imgIn conjunction with Notre Dame’s Pasquerilla East Musical Company (PEMCo), the department of film, television and theatre is staging a production of “Little Shop of Horrors” this week. The show will be performed Nov. 18 through Nov. 22 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC).A dark comedy based on the 1960 film of the same name, the musical “The Little Shop of Horrors” has had several Broadway and off-Broadway runs. Courtesy of department of Film, Television and Theatre Juniors Maggie Moran (left) and Quint Mediate prepare for their upcoming performance of “The Little Shop of Horrors.”“I think the show is wildly campy, but it also has a lot of heart,” junior Quint Mediate said. “I think it’s a ‘be careful what you wish for’ story, and it explores the lengths that people will go through for the people that they love.”Mediate plays the lead role of Seymour Krelborn, whom he describes as a “geeky flower shop attendant” who develops a “crossbreed, man-eating plant called the Audrey II,” after his secret crush Audrey, who is portrayed by junior Maggie Moran.“Audrey is such a wonderful character to play, because she is sweet and lovable and purely herself,” Moran said. “Her story is a heartbreaking because she has lived a tough life and feels that she doesn’t deserve love and happiness. But throughout the show, she is pushed on a journey of discovery of self-worth.“What I enjoy most about Audrey is her selflessness and belief in goodness in the world despite her hardship,” she said. “We have a lot to learn from her and the way she fearlessly opens her heart to the world.”Mediate said production began with a particularly enjoyable audition process.“[It] was really fun,” Mediate said. “Maggie and I were called back for Audrey and Seymour, and during the callback number we unexpectedly decided to kiss at the end of the song. The director really liked it, and here we are.”That audition process, according to Mediate, was followed up by a rehearsal and production period that required a lot of effort and dedication from all involved.“The rehearsal process has been pretty grueling,” Mediate said. “The cast is pretty small — only about ten people — so the show relies heavily on a small number of people. It is actually one of the most tiring shows I have been a part of. But it is incredibly rewarding.”Both Mediate and Moran said “Little Shop of Horrors” will be a particularly memorable production and encouraged students to attend.“The show is unique because of the technical elements,” Mediate said, “A guest director by the name of R.J. Haddy was brought in to design all of the plants at the various stages of their growth. R.J. is an incredible special effects designer; he was actually a finalist on season two of [television channel] Syfy’s reality show ‘Face Off.’ These technical elements make the show worthwhile to come see on stage. I promise you won’t be disappointed.”Moran said the comedic elements of the show complement its deeper message.“This show is unique because it is full of absurdity and yet very real,” she said. “The characters and plot are laughably extreme and very entertaining, but at the same time, the themes underneath are so true and relevant to real life. I think that this is the greatest achievement of this show. I hope that our audiences see this and love it as much as we do.”Tickets for the show are $9 for students and can be purchased from performingarts.nd.eduTags: DPAC, FTT, Little Shop of Horrors, PEMColast_img read more

Wes Oswald named interim CEO at Northwestern Medical Center

first_imgThe Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Wesley W. Oswald has accepted the position of Interim Chief Executive Officer.  Oswald is temporarily filling the position vacated by long-time NMC CEO Peter Hofstetter, who has accepted the CEO position at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, New Mexico. Oswald has over 42 years experience in hospital administration.  Long-time community members may remember Oswald from his 5-year tenure as the Chief Executive Officer at Northwestern Medical Center in the mid 80s.  As a retired CEO, Oswald retired from full-time permanent work in 2002, and has spent the past seven years serving in multiple interim positions throughout the country. He will join NMC s Leadership Team on June 1st. We are pleased to welcome Wes back to Vermont to help us in the interim, said John Casavant, President of the NMC Board of Directors.  His professional experience and his familiarity with our community will make for a smooth transition.   Our Board and Medical Staff are working closely with QHR on a national CEO search, said Casavant.  Early indications of interest in the position are very strong and we expect to have our new permanent CEO in place by the Fall.   QHR provides NMC with management and consulting services to NMC and about 200 other hospitals nationally. Joining Casavant on the CEO Search Committee are Board Members Judy Ashley- McLaughlin, Greg Mruk, and Paul Clark, as well as physicians Dr. Stephen Payne, Dr. Lowrey Sullivan, and Dr. Audrey von Lepel.last_img read more

Local Long Island Charities Fight Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Ryan Dobrin Dozens of people bundled in coats and scarves wait in a line that stretches past the blue awning of the Mary Brennan INN Soup Kitchen and down Madison Avenue in Hempstead.It’s drizzling and cold, and they are hungry and wet.With children out of school for break and the holidays here, this go-to-spot for hot meals and warm clothes is filled within minutes of its doors opening. Inside, all 200 of the seats are claimed, with more guests arriving from the back.Director of Communications Cynthia Sucich, enthusiasm exuding from her smile, greets people she recognizes as she passes table after table of patrons ranging from elders to toddlers. Here they sit, smiling with their families, not because they are receiving presents or meeting Santa, but because they are receiving a piping hot lunch.The holidays are a time for family and celebration, when one gathers with their kin in an exchange of gifts and love. Not all have the luxury of buying presents for each other, however, or even of obtaining a Christmas meal. These seasonal joys are too often taken for granted, especially in a place as affluent as Long Island, with its opulent Gold Coast and myriad affluent neighborhoods.It seems impossible that people here could be living below the poverty line. Yet as many volunteers know from working in soup kitchens, food pantries and participating in clothing drives throughout both Nassau and Suffolk counties, these misperceptions couldn’t be further from the true reality for far too many local families.The INN is just one of several places here on Long Island where those in need can find refuge.Originally a single soup kitchen at a church in Hempstead, the Interfaith Nutrition Network [INN] began spreading in order to reach as many people in need as possible. Now boasting a total of 14 soup kitchens in 21 locations, the INN serves anyone who needs food, while staying true to their motto—that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect.The INN expanded its services in 1984, when volunteers noticed many impoverished clients were also homeless. Since then, the INN began opening emergency shelters. The group has continued to be involved in the lives of those who need a place to sleep by offering long-term housing, veteran’s housing and independent living programs.Though the INN’s packed dining room of families on one recent afternoon is testament to the need of such missions during the holiday season, Sucich stresses that theirs is a never-ending quest. Food is a major component of what the guests need, she explains, but so much more is necessary.The Hempstead location provides showers to those in need and a bagged lunch program for those not ready to sit in the soup kitchen, while volunteers constantly work to help in any way possible in order to make guests’ lives even a bit easier.Traditionally, the INN distributed donated toys to families who could not afford Christmas presents for their children, says Sucich. This practice also evolved. For the holiday season, in addition to toy donations for the younger guests, the INN accepts donations of winter outwear and non-perishable food.“This year, we really realized that families are in need all-year round,” she tells the Press during a recent walk-through of the Mary Brennan Soup Kitchen. “And what it is that we do is no different in the holidays and the middle of March.”Hunger is prevalent here, and Sucich explains how, unlike New York City, poverty is not as evident on the streets of Long Island.“The biggest misconception is people can’t see it so they think it’s not here,” she says, adding that there is an ever-changing population of those below the poverty line. “The face of hunger is changing. What people think it looks like, it does not look like. We are seeing middle-class people who are coming in, we are seeing different nationalities that we have not seen before coming into the soup kitchen. There are just more and more people who are in need.”Volunteers provide hot meals to hungry and homeless families at The INN’s dining room in Hempstead. (Photo courtesy of The INN)One need only look out at the faces of those seated around the INN’s dining room tables to see her statement’s truth. The crowd observing a recent lunch’s pre-meal Moment of Silence is as diverse as can be. No person looks like same. The 200 people in the room run the gamut.Toddlers in oversized jackets await their meals alongside the elderly. Mothers calm their children next to single guests. A child shifts uncomfortably in his seat, desperate to get a peek of what’s on the plate today. The only connection between all these people is that they are in need of a meal. This need and the diversity of whom it affects exist throughout Long Island.Long Island Cares is another Island-based organization dedicated to ending local hunger and poverty. It was founded by the late “Cat’s in the Cradle” singer/songwriter Harry Chapin, who was determined to further this mission. Chapin died in a tragic car accident in 1981, just one year after creating its first food bank, but his determination and vision for the future of Long Island continues to inspire Long Island Cares to this day.Headquartered in Hauppauge, Long Island Cares annually distributes more than six million pounds of nutritious food.Determined to not just feed hungry people but to end hunger completely, Long Island Cares also provides educational programs designed to teach students, local businesses and other organizations about food insecurity, poverty and nutrition, as well as distributing free school supplies for children in low-income families.Robin Amato, the group’s chief development officer, echoes Sucich’s explanation that poverty is a year-long issue.“There is a heightened awareness [of hunger] during the holiday season, but I think what we’ve seen is that the need has gotten greater throughout the year,” she tells the Press. “At our Freeport location, [we’ve] been seeing an increase in usage of about 25 percent year to year for the last three years.”Holding true to its mission of helping the community, Long Island Cares is accepting donations of gently used coats, and new hats, gloves, scarves, socks, blankets and sleeping bags until February 1.Sucich stresses that no help to too little.“Anyone can help,” she says. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be a monetary donation. If you have time, if you have a smile, everyone has something to give.”This is certainly true at the INN, where a woman, shortly before beginning to serve guests, explains she has been volunteering at the site for eight years.“That’s nothing compared to these two,” she says humbly, motioning to two other women sitting beside her. The pair is on their 20th year of selflessly offering their services to others.The truly altruistic nature of volunteers has astounded Amato as well.“We all meet so many wonderful, giving, generous people here on Long Island that are so willing to help their neighbors who are struggling,” she says enthusiastically. “That’s the best part of working here. That’s the best experience.”Island Harvest, headquartered in Mineola, was similarly founded by a person fed up with the state of hunger on Long Island.The Interfaith Nutrition Network (The INN) in Hempstead house a food pantry where donated non-perishables are distributed to hungry and homeless Long Island families in need. (Photo courtesy of The INN)In 1992, Linda Breitstone noticed that local convenience stores threw away uneaten food at the end of the day, despite a safe house for women and children in close proximity. Since then, Island Harvest has delivered surplus food to those in need and marches toward their goal of ending hunger and food waste on the Island.Due to their relentless resolve and commitment, Island Harvest has succeeded in supplementing close to 66 million meals and delivering 71 million pounds of food since its inception.Due to the intense need for food during this season, Island Harvest has been hosting a Turkey and Trimmings Collection Campaign, which began in early November and is running until December 30. All Panera Bread and Bristal Assisted Living locations on Long Island are accepting turkeys and non-perishable items, and all McDonald’s, Roslyn Savings Bank and Nassau County Police Department locations are accepting only non-perishable items toward this cause.The INN, Long Island Cares and Island Harvest are united in a shared mission: to end hunger and poverty on Long Island. Thus, they also share similar needs. There is always a demand for volunteers and donations, and all three’s very existence is testament that hungry and homeless families across Long Island need more help now than ever before.Sucich receives her fulfillment by seeing the guests at the INN enjoying a hearty meal, receiving donated clothes, or anything else that may help make their lives even a little bit easier.“The biggest joy is when you can fulfill the simplest need of a guest, whether it’s for a toothbrush or for a pair of socks, or to see guests come in and be full over a hot meal,” she says. “It could be the only meal they get for the day.”Below are the links to the organizations and their volunteer contact information. Reach out and help if you can. The INN, Long Island Cares and Island Harvest will not forget—neither will those fellow Long Islanders in need.The INNMain Office: 211 Fulton Avenue, HempsteadWebsiteVolunteerDonateLong Island CaresMain Office: 10 Davids Drive (Harry Chapin Way), HauppaugeAdditional LocationsWebsiteVolunteerDonateIsland HarvestMain Office: 199 Second Street, MineolaWebsiteVolunteerTurkey & Trimmings Collection Campaignlast_img read more

10 tips to increase loan growth, profitability, and retention

first_imgWin for the member: solutions that increase the member’s credit score, lower their monthly payments on loans not with the credit union, and eliminate high-interest-rate credit cards with other financial institutions. Offer free credit score analysis (CSA): Sit beside the member, review their credit report, determine risk without using the credit score, determine what you can do to lower their payments on loans not with the credit union; and identify what the credit score will be in 90 days and 12 months. Finding unique ways to get members engaged to build stronger relationships Integrate a Loan Recapture Program that’s proven to double your monthly loan volume in one month and maintain increased loan growth. Turn your Collections Team into Member Solution Partners: create a focus on solutions; not just payments. Reviving staff to be enthusiastically engaged to help members and even non-membersSome of biggest challenges credit unions face as they strive to grow and create a greater relevance in the market place with people who live and/or work in their communities are:Getting staff motivated to engage members in conversations instead of being “order takers” Integrate programs proven to bring in new loans — particularly auto loans. Increasing profitability through loan interest income without increasing delinquencies/loan losses Train staff to ask the right questions to get member’s engaged in the right conversation. Don’t train staff to ask questions that will lead to the answer: “No, thank you.” Leaders in the credit union industry must find ways to challenge their teams to think in new and refreshing ways that will continue to differentiate themselves from the competition. Leaders can begin the process by creating “Think Tanks” (from the C-suite to the tellerline) within the organization to create a strong focus on the following:Rethinking the way you do business to create a dynamic Sales and Service Culture Renewing the core philosophy of “People Helping People” to build stronger relationshipscenter_img Win for the credit union: quality profitable loans, member loyalty, and increased loan growth with minimized delinquencies and loan losses. Reward your staff and members for bringing in new loan opportunities with a focus on “New Member/New Money.”Again, these tips will allow you to rethink, renew, and revive your credit union’s loan growth and member loyalty, while helping overcome the challenges that hold you back from being increasingly relevant in the marketplace. Applying these ideas with some fresh thinking is the ticket to enhancing your value for increased profitability and loyalty down the road with the millennials, Gen X and Y’ers, and baby boomers – as well as businesses in your community. Increasing direct auto loan growth Train staff to offer the right solutions instead of just responding to the member’s request as well as how to overcome objections which is one of the most critical component of sales and service training. Create Win/Win/Win solutions, such as: Transform your staff into confident and engaged employees; not just order takers from member requests. Increasing growth without diluting their capital ratioBelow are 10 tips to help you rethink, renew, and revive your credit union to ensure increased loan growth, profitability, and loyalty:Develop a strong sales and service culture by focusing on service. Successful sales is an outcome of extraordinary service. Extraordinary service begins with “engaged employees” who engage members in conversation. Win for the employee: confidence in their knowledge of competitors and credit scores to be better able to offer the right solutions; job satisfaction in knowing they are making a difference in people’s lives, not just responding to the member’s request; and monetary rewards for “unique and refreshing thinking” that creates the right solution for the member and the credit union. 64SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Celeste Cook Celeste Cook is founder and President/CEO of cuStrategies, LLC, which provides strategic planning services, consulting services, and training programs to the credit union industry. She is also a keynote … Web: www.cu-strategies.com Detailslast_img read more

This three bedroom Brisbane home is on the market for $279,000

first_img1 Mattocks Street Goodna Qld 4300 This home 38 minutes from the Brisbane CBD is $279,000.THIS three bedroom Brisbane home is just $279,000 – that’s half the median price across the region.The highset home sits in an elevated position on a large corner block at 1 Mattocks Street, Goodna, 38 minutes from the Brisbane CBD via the M7 motorway.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago1 Mattocks Street Goodna Qld 4300Agent Mark Taylor of Raine & Horne Ipswich/Goodna/Springfield was marketing it as “a great opportunity to purchase in a growing area”.The home has hardwood timber floors throughout, a large balcony that wraps around half the home and twin street frontage. 1 Mattocks Street Goodna Qld 4300A concrete slab under the home provides storage and the home already has a long term tenant in place providing options for investors. The home sits on a 1,107sq m block.last_img read more

Area High School Basketball Scores

first_imgWRBI Area High School Basketball Scores.Tuesday (1-27)Girls Scores.Oldenburg Academy  66     Milan  58Franklin County  50     South Dearborn  39Jac-Cen-Del  55     Shawe Memorial  35Hauser  56     North Decatur  46Switz. County  56     Rising Sun  39Edinburgh  45     Waldron  34SW Shelby  55     Brown County  52Boys Scores.South Ripley  62     Seymour  44Rushville  64     Northeastern  52last_img

Allardyce: Carroll swayed by loan

first_img “He came to us in a difficult frame of mind and had suffered with injuries but the support the coaching staff and the rest of the boys that work so hard behind the scenes was something he felt very comfortable with in the end. “He met new team-mates over the year and enjoyed their company and I think that definitely helped him to make the decision to return to West Ham. So not only did the loan pay off by us finishing 10th in our first season back in the Premier League but it has paid off by him choosing us.” Carroll struggled for form at Anfield after completing a £35million switch from Newcastle and was farmed out to West Ham when it became apparent he did not fit into the new approach taken by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. He has now penned a six-year deal at West Ham, with Allardyce hoping he will lead the line for his side in the coming seasons. “The size of the contract is a statement of West Ham’s belief in Andy and Andy’s belief in West Ham,” he said. “We expect him to enhance his reputation even further with West Ham and become one of the major strikers in the country and become an England regular – we hope he will produce for West Ham and England as we prepare to move into the Olympic Stadium in 2016. “We’ve acquired a player who was recently the most expensive British player in the history of football. We haven’t done it cheaply, but we have definitely done it wisely. “I told him we will improve him at West Ham while we’re at the helm and will give him a chance to become a better player. It will reap rewards for us all. He can now put his experience of Liverpool behind him and show them what they missed by letting him go.” Carroll, 24, was signed for an undisclosed club-record fee by the Hammers on Thursday after impressing for large spells of a season-long loan deal at the club last season. The former Newcastle forward was identified by Allardyce at the start of the summer as his main priority ahead of a second successive Barclays Premier League campaign. With Carroll’s close friend Kevin Nolan captaining West Ham, and relationships struck up during his spell in east London, Allardyce believes the experience of the loan move was invaluable in enticing Carroll to the club. “Our relationship over the 12 months he was here was key to this deal,” he told the club’s official website. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes the year Andy Carroll spent on loan at Upton Park swayed the England striker’s decision to complete a permanent move from Liverpool.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Fellaini angered by Riether stamp

first_img Riether was not punished for his actions by referee Lee Probert, which came in the last minute of Fulham’s 3-1 defeat to United, but on the face of it it did look like the type of incident new Football Association chairman Greg Dyke wants to clamp down on. “For me it was a red card for the right back,” the Belgian told MUTV. Marouane Fellaini has called for retrospective action to be taken against Fulham defender Sascha Riether for his apparent stamp on Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj at Craven Cottage on Saturday. “I hope the referee looks at the video later.” United manager David Moyes was more philosophical as his team extended their unbeaten run. “We are never going to ask for (protection),” said Moyes. “We want him to get up. We don’t want him to go down easily. “He is a really honest boy and I thought there were a couple of times when fouls should have been given against him but they weren’t.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Reported bid sparks Rojo row

first_imgA row has broken out between the representatives and part-owners of reported Manchester United target Marcos Rojo and his current club Sporting Lisbon. It is reported that Doyen is entitled to a payment from Sporting worth 75 per cent of any declined offer for Rojo. In this instance that would equate to £12million. In a lengthy statement, Doyen Sports has stressed it cannot interfere in transfer business and that Sporting have a right to retain the player. But it has pointed out that in such a scenario the club still have obligations to the company. The statement read: “Sporting is entirely within its rights not to transfer the player Marcos Rojo, knowing that it only has to make up for the fund under the terms and deadlines as contractually established since the beginning.” It added the company “will not hesitate to use all legal resources at our disposal to defend fully all our interests and rights”. Doyen holds strong rights over the player after paying 75 per cent of his transfer fee from Spartak Moscow in 2012. The statement added: “Without the intervention of Doyen, through financing, Marcos Rojo would not be a Sporting player.” Sporting have responded with their own detailed statement which alleges interference from Doyen. They insist they have had “just cause” to terminate their agreement with the company, therefore suggesting they do not intend to pay any fees. Sporting, who are reported to be holding out for a figure closer to the player’s £24million release clause, have also confirmed that Spartak are owed 20 per cent of any fee received for Rojo above £4million. Argentina defender Rojo is currently the subject of disciplinary action by the Portuguese club after apparently refusing to train amid reports of a £16million bid from United. Management company Doyen Sports, which owns 75 per cent of the player, has now hit back over Sporting’s stance and threatened legal action if fees due to it from any rejected bid are not paid. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Brendan Rodgers: Daniel Sturridge is fittest he has been for 18 months

first_img Last season they went to Old Trafford and enjoyed the majority of chances only to lose 3-0, but Rodgers is confident there will be no repeat of the shambolic defensive performance against the Hammers. Dejan Lovren came in for most criticism as his mistake led to the crucial second goal but his manager has backed the Croatia international, who endured a tough start to his Liverpool career last season, to bounce back. “Like all the players know we performed below our level in that game but it was a collective,” added Rodgers. “We can’t isolate any performance on to one player. Dejan knows he made a mistake and you have to live with that as a player. “We never stick the blame on to one player. We fell below the standards in that game. “In his first three games he showed he has that quality and consistency to defend well, so the key is letting go of the mistake and showing your character.” Liverpool will be without suspended playmaker Philippe Coutinho on Saturday after his red card against West Ham, so striker Danny Ings or winger Jordon Ibe are in contention to start. “There is no timeline as to when he will be fit to participate in the game but he is obviously back in training, which is good,” said Rodgers. “He looked really sharp in training, probably the best he’s looked fitness-wise for 18 months, and it will be really good when he gets back. “I can never say that (he is over the worst of his injuries) because I don’t want to sit here and something happens in a couple of months’ time. “I can only look at what I see and from my experiences in the past I don’t want to put any timeline on him coming back. “I am grateful for the work done in America, for our own medical team who have done a brilliant job to do everything they possibly could to get Daniel back to a level of fitness. “He has worked hard. He has joined in with the group and we will take it from there, day-by-day.” Liverpool go into Saturday’s game having been humiliated 3-0 at home by West Ham before the international break which saw them concede their first goals of the season. Having only scored twice in four matches – with those coming in the opening two games – the side are also struggling up front. The England striker, who spent most of the summer undergoing rehabilitation in the United States, returned to full training with the rest of the squad this week after recovering from a hip operation in May. He will not be ready for Saturday’s match against Manchester United at Old Trafford but his impending return will boost a goal-shy squad which has scored just two goals in four matches and none in their last two. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes striker Daniel Sturridge is the fittest he has been for 18 months, but will still handle him with caution. Press Associationlast_img read more