Ummmmm….okkkk. So, what’s everybody doing for Halloween this year? Too early to start thinking about it? Think again. Silver Wrapper and Purple Hat Productions have announced the initial lineup for the 2nd annual Suwannee Hulaween bash, and it is out-of-this-world good.For the second year in a row, The String Cheese Incident will commandeer the festival with three separate performances over Halloween weekend, from October 31st to November 2nd at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. The diverse lineup will include sets from Thievery Corporation, Big Gigantic, The New Deal, Beats Antique, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Greensky Bluegrass, EOTO, Conspirator, and a bevy of cohorts joining the party.Fans will also be treated to three nights of Cheese, along with a surprise-filled three-set show on Halloween. Set in the midst of 800 acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress along the Suwannee River, SOSMP is one of the most beautiful live music venues in the country. At Suwanee Hulaween festivalgoers can get ready for the return of Spirit Lake – an artistic glowing menagerie of multimedia metalwork, paintings, sculptures, light projections and live performances that morphs the prehistoric-looking forest into a vivid dream-like space. With no overlapping sets throughout the weekend, attendees have plenty of time to wonder the mystical campgrounds abuzz with costumed fans and interactive theme camps. A limited number of early bird tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 24 for $149 including all taxes, fees and camping. For information on Ultimate Incident VIP Packages and additional details visit www.SuwanneeHulaween.com. To join the wait list for cabins, golf cart rentals and RV hook-ups, please contact SOSMP at 386.364.1683.Stay tuned for additional artist announcements and theme nights!Suwannee Hulaween 2014 Initial Lineup:The String Cheese Incident (3 nights)Thievery CorporationBig GiganticBeats AntiqueThe New DealJoe Russo’s Almost DeadGreensky BluegrassEOTOConspiratorFuture RockNahko & Medicine For The PeopleRising AppalachiaThe Soul RebelsVan GhostThe Heavy PetsGreenhouse LoungeCopeand many more TBA!
The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA is closed for the foreseeable future as the American public ditches social gatherings in public places to lessen the spread of COVID-19. The museum will look to adapt to the stay-at-home lifestyle which many around the world are partaking in with a new digital content initiative that will include the rollout of archival video interviews, slideshows from past exhibitions, staff curated Spotify playlists, educational content, and more.As the museum is closed through March 31st and possibly longer depending on the spread of the coronavirus, the new “Grammy Museum At Home” initiative will now counter the lack of on-site visitors by sharing never-before-released content from its digital archives available to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18th.Related: 25 Concert Films & Music Documentaries To Stream While You’re Self-QuarantiningSundays and Tuesdays will see the rollout of education lessons and learning activity content. Mondays, Wednesday, and Saturdays will see premieres of public program archive content that features intimate interviews with artists in the Clive Davis Theater. The first round of artists to be featured in the digital series include Billie Eilish, Bob Newhart, Brandi Carlile, Greta Van Fleet, Larkin Poe, Scarypoolparty, X Ambassadors, and Yola. The Grammy Museum has hosted over 900 programs in its 12-year history, Billboard reports.Thursdays will feature Member Engagement Nights, while Fridays will feature At-Home Exhibit Explorations, featuring slideshow footage from past exhibitions beginning with “X: 40 Years of Punk.” Next week’s featured exhibit on Friday will be “Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Popular Music and the National Pastime.”Additionally, the museum’s daily staff picks Spotify playlist will feature songs picked out from all parts of the staff, including guest services and security team members.Related: Recording Academy Fires Deborah Dugan After Allegations Against OrganizationWatch the announcement on the museum’s new online initiative shared by president Michael Sticka below.Message From Grammy Museum President Michael Sticka[Video: GRAMMY Museum]Fans can head to the “Museum At Home” page of the museum’s website for more info.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“More than 300 mayors have vowed to end military veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. New Orleans celebrated the new year by becoming the first city to do so,” reports the CS Monitor.On Jan. 2, social workers moved the city’s last known homeless veteran into his new apartment – becoming the first US city to effectively eliminate veteran homelessness. In total, the city has placed 227 veterans in housing since the start of 2014.The New Orleans model is being hailed by cities around the country who want to end homelessness, not just for veterans, but for anyone needing a permanent home.Here’s How 11 New Orleans Veterans Got Homes in Time for Holidays(READ the story from CS Monitor)Photo courtesy of UNITY of Greater New Orleans – Story tip from Kim CampbellAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Grace Tourville Former resident of Walsh Hall and mayor of West Hollywood Lindsey Horvath speaks to students on her wide-ranging career including stints in activism, advertising and city politics.The Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, the Gender Studies Program and ND Votes 2016 sponsored the lecture, titled “From Walsh Hall to City Hall.”“I am here to share with you that a degree in the Arts and Letters program is profitable. But more importantly, you can use that degree to make a difference,” Horvath said. “I had opportunities here that I would have never had anywhere. Here, we were able to talk about different issues, not only from an academic perspective, but from a values perspective. They really helped me understand how the lessons I was learning in the classroom can be applied to my real life.”After graduating from Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science and gender studies, Horvath worked in the entertainment advertising industry.“I was worried that I was contributing to the kind of culture we always discussed in my gender studies classes,” she said. “I was worried that I wasn’t contributing enough.”After moving to California from Los Angeles and beginning her career in creative advertising, Horvath said she met the mayor of Los Angeles while co-founding a local chapter of the National Organization for Women.“I knew from a very young age that I was called to be of service,” she said. “The government and law — that’s how I wanted to make a difference. I felt that I could use that to make a difference.”Horvath worked on multiple local commissions after serving a short term on the West Hollywood city council after receiving an appointment through a special election held among the other council members. At the end of her special term, she ran for the position in the 2011 election but lost. She continued to grow her career in entertainment by working at a tech startup in Los Angeles and starting her own advertising company.Horvath said during this time, she considered herself an activist and was very involved with her local community.“During that time, life was not very centered, not very balanced,” she said. “I didn’t know where I was going. My friend, the mayor, came to me saying ‘I’m not going to seek re-election,’ and I worried because she was the only woman on the city council. So I asked her, ‘Who is going to run?’ And she said, ‘You are.’”Horvath said her friend’s encouragement prompted her to once again run for city council. The West Hollywood city council elects its mayor, and on March 3, the same night Horvath was elected onto city council, she officially became the mayor of West Hollywood.Horvath said her policy focuses on helping the most marginalized sections of society, including LGBT homeless teens. She prides herself on bringing what she calls “new ways of thinking” to the political community.“Throughout that process, I came from someone who was outright rejected, to someone who was embraced by the community,” Horvath said. “Statistically, it’s proven that women needed to be asked about nine times before they consider running for office. So for the women in the room, consider this the first time you’re being asked.”According to Horvath, more than 50 percent of West Hollywood’s residents are less than 40 years old, but she is the only member of the city council that is under 40. She tries to encourage young people to get involved with the local government by creating task forces that younger generations can be involved with.“A new generation of leadership isn’t just important — it is essential,” Horvath said. “It is essential for the way our society works. Our generation has so much to offer. I see the potential for this generational divide to tear us apart — that’s one of the reasons that I want to create age-friendly communities.”Horvath encouraged all students to follow their passions, attributing her current to success to the passions she discovered at Notre Dame.“Pursuing your passion is always worth it. I worked hard [at Notre Dame], and here is where I learned how to be myself and that’s exactly how I am able to do the things I do,” she said. “Letting people know who you are and what you’re about not only helps other people figure out who they are, but helps you better understand who you truly are.”Tags: Arts and Letters, city council, Hollywood, mayor, West Hollywood Notre Dame alumna Lindsey Horvath has been called to do many things since her graduation from the University in 2004. Horvath, who spoke at Geddes Hall on Monday, has been an activist, an advertising executive and, now, a mayor over the course of her professional career.“You never know when you’re going to be called up to do the thing you’re meant to do,” she said. “But trust me, you’re ready to do the thing you are meant to do, no matter when you’re called to do it.”
State Bicycle builds many no-nonsense city riding fixies & single speeds, and every so often drops a limited edition. To get in the spirit of the season – and add a bit more visibility this fall – the latest special run their top Black Label alloy fixed gear bike comes in Zombie Green. And to outfit you in style, State has also reworked their premium Black Label clothing line to create simple, solid color basic kit that won’t break the bank.State Bicycle limited edition Zombie Green Black Label v2 fixed gearGetting ready for the month’s battles of the undead, State Bicycle Co continues their “One-Run” super-limited edition paint project with the new Zombie Green Black Label v2. Build it out with a flat bar or compact road drops, and ride it as a fixed gear or singlespeed with its flip-flop rear wheel. State has only made a single run of the super bright green frames, but you still get to pick & choose how you want to build it up for your style of riding.State Zombie Green Black Label v2 – Tech DetailsThe Black Label v2 frame is built from double-butted 6061 aluminum tubing, with a tapered headtube & new full-carbon Essor fork.The new urban track style frame also adds a set of bottle cage bosses for a bit more real world usability.Complete builds include a lightweight mid-depth alloy wheelset, machined alloy track cranks with a 48t, 144BCD chainring, and pedals.Cockpit is all house brand alloy but offers the choice to go for a wide riser bar with Vans grips or a compact dropbar, with both including full brake sets that obviously they like to remove for the fixie-vibe photos. A complete drop bar build in a 55cm size has a claimed weight of 8.05kg/17.75lb.The Zombie Green Black Label v2 is available in six frame sizes (49-62cm). Get it as a frameset for $300 or complete bikes from $630 while the bright green lasts.State Black Label cycling kit basicsThe new riding gear is totally redesigned for the Black Label line with the idea of creating a high performance kit with a simple look that wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. The kit is made up of three pieces – a $80 jersey, $80 bib shorts & $13 socks.Jersey & socks come in three mix & match colors – light gray, blue & black – while the shorts stick with classic black. Tech features include laser cut ventilation, premium grippers, a water-resistant zip rear pocket on the jersey.Since getting the fit of new riding clothing online is always a little tricky, State is offering free exchanges including return shipping to make sure you get sizing perfect. Plus, if you but more than $50 of kit between now & Oct 10 you can save an extra $20 with code “newkitday20” at checkout.StateBicycle.com
How well do you know your state? If you’re in the hospitality industry, it pays to know everything you can about Vermont. The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing has created a new series of online classes for employees at Vermont lodgings and attractions. The online Ambassador Training program focuses on Vermont branding, state parks, history, heritage and more. Ambassador Training also offers valuable customer service tips, and insight into consumer trends such as agritourism and culinary travel. The training is free and geared specifically to Vermont’s travel and hospitality-related businesses.“Having well-informed employees can make a huge difference to a visitor’s experience,” said Megan Smith, Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. “We need to make sure hospitality employees can help travelers get the most out of their visit to Vermont, whether it’s directing them to the nearest farmer’s market, pointing out the latest art exhibit, or letting them in on the town’s secret swimming hole.”To encourage participation in the Ambassador Training, the tourism department will hold a drawing for a free ad in Vermont Life magazine. Businesses will get one entry for every employee who completes the training by March 1.Source: Dept of Tourism. 1.29.2015. For more information, go to http://accd.vermont.gov/tourism_and_marketing/hospitality/ambassador(link is external)
Principal John Bartel shows off one of the lower grade classrooms.By the time the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Crestview Elementary was held in September of 2015, the old building was nearly to the ground and its students were off to Arrowhead for nearly two years.This week those Crestview students finally got to come back home to a new school in Merriam just off Shawnee Mission Parkway on Craig – the site of the old building.Principal John Bartel said the design is a departure from the other two new elementary schools that opened in January. From just outside the office there is a view down both classroom hallways and two support hallways. The school now has 350 students and will add pre-K students next year.Students were able to start back to class in the new building on Tuesday after a slightly extended spring break. The building has a number of specialty areas, including a maker space and music rooms.Lots of natural light pours into the new library.The gym with hardwood floors has access for outside groups to use it without coming through the school hallways.Collaborative spaces and spots along the halls outside of the classrooms provide nooks for team work and individual support instruction.On its first day open, the walls – and teachers -were ready to welcome students.The exterior of the building provides a safe spot for buses to unload and has better traffic flow, according to staff.
Equal Opportunies Law Section advocates rules change Courthouses should be more accessible to the disabled April 1, 2007 Regular News Courthouses should be more accessible to the disabled Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Florida should go the way of California when it comes to a rule for accommodating people with disabilities in courthouses.So said George C. Richards, chief assistant statewide prosecutor in Ft. Myers, who uses a wheelchair to get around since a spinal cord injury playing rugby in 1984.And so said the Equal Opportunities Law Section at a recent meeting in Miami, when Richards presented a proposed change for Rule of Judicial Administration 2.540 (recently renumbered from the former Rule 2.065) Notice to Persons with Disabilities, modeled on California’s Rule of Court 989.3.Section members voted unanimously to alter the rule so that it comports with the California rule and the Americans with Disabilities Act.Richards rolled out of the meeting feeling “very encouraged.”“Three years ago, candidly, I was cynical that changes wouldn’t be made,” Richards said after the meeting. “I had been apathetic and accepted the status quo.“The Equal Opportunities Law Section and The Florida Bar, I truly believe, are now focused on the issues of lawyers with disabilities, and, excuse the pun, are accommodating.”At the meeting, Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince, a member of the section, said: “It’s an important issue and important this goes through the proper channels, that you have something to present and not just a concept. I encourage you to do that and take the next step you need to take.”The section plans to refer the proposed rule change to the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee.Section Chair Reginald Clyne said, “The current rule is inadequate. It doesn’t require the court system to make access for lawyers with disabilities, which California does and the federal rule requires. I want us to push to change the rule.”The vagueness of Florida’s rule came to light, Richards said, through his work with the Florida Disability Independence Group. He serves on the committee looking at courthouse access and how persons with disabilities operate within courthouses.“I kept hearing from attorneys, when they requested accommodations, that it was so loose and there were no standard procedures from one courthouse to another or when accommodations are denied,” Richards said.Someone in the group mentioned California does it better.“Once we looked at their rule, we went, ‘Wow!’ It’s a lot more encompassing and clearly defined. That’s what triggered this. If we had a rule like California’s, it would be a uniform process across the state and everyone would know what to do. It addresses the confidentiality of requests for accommodations. It addressed a lot of concerns in one fell swoop.”Richards outlined one shortcoming of Florida’s current rule: Accommodations will be paid for “only if persons are compelled to attend court.”What about witnesses or interested parties with disabilities who may not be under subpoena to attend court, he asked.In California, applicants who may request accommodations in court include “any lawyer, party, witness, juror, or other person with an interest in attending any proceeding before any court in this state.”He also pointed with concern to an August 25, 2006, letter to Bradenton lawyer Edward Lopacki, Jr., from Debra Howells, statewide court ADA coordinator at the Office of the State Courts Administrator.Regarding accommodations for attorneys with disabilities, Howells wrote: “It has long been the position of the Florida State Courts System that accommodations for individuals who appear in the courtroom as part of their employment duties or professional practice are the responsibility of the employer or the professional under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.. . . [I]t is our position that the State Courts System bears no financial responsibility for a sign language interpreter, real-time transcription service, or any other Title I accommodation for an attorney with a disability who is participating in a courtroom proceeding as an integral part of his/her employment relationship with another public or private entity or as part of his/her professional practice. Furthermore, we have no authority to expend taxpayer dollars for ADA accommodations that are the legal obligation of another entity or individual.”So unless the lawyer is an employee of the court, the lawyer or the lawyer’s boss must pay for the accommodation, Richards concluded.At the meeting, Richards said: “We did contact California and they indicated their rule seems to work very well. We questioned California on how much it costs. California said they don’t track it. Cost is not an issue. We looked at the numbers applying for accommodation, and anecdotally it is very small. My position is if we have to comply, it doesn’t matter what the cost is.”Matt Dietz, a Miami civil rights lawyer, chair of the Florida Disability Independence Group, and member of the Equal Opportunities Law Section, called the section’s action, “a basic access to courts issue. The issue is that persons with disabilities should have the same access to courts — whether it’s as a spectator, a lawyer, a litigant, a witness — as any able-bodied person.”And they shouldn’t have to pay for those accommodations out of their own pocket, he said.“Also, for lawyers with disabilities, it makes them more unemployable, because it makes it more expensive if their firms have to pay for basic accommodations that the court should be providing,” he said.California, with disability rights legislation since the early ’70s, was 20 years ahead of the ADA, Dietz said.“California has always been in the vanguard on disability rights, and Florida has not been,” Dietz said. “For example, we spoke about the Department of Justice settlement [a 1996 settlement dealing with the deaf and hard of hearing in the 20th Judicial Circuit], when they weren’t providing effective communication to litigants in the court system. That is something that should have been adopted throughout the court system for all accommodation. It only makes sense.“This goes hand-in-hand with Chief Justice Lewis’ initiative to remove barriers in courthouses and barriers to court services themselves,” Dietz said.Danielle Strickman, project director of the Florida Disability Independence Group, told section members: “This is really significant at a national level.. . . All sorts of state and local entities struggle with the issue of what does it mean to have access to programs and services. It is very, very important, and I applaud you for that support.”
The New York Times:There are two types of people in the world, a wit once said: The type who likes to divide people into two types, and the type who doesn’t.Brian R. Little, author of “Me, Myself, and Us,” is a two-typer. But — and this is at the heart of his endeavor — he believes there are many ways in which people can be divided. So his readers learn that there are “person specialists” and “thing specialists”; “high self-monitors” and “low self-monitors”; “internals” and “externals” (that is, people who locate a sense of control within themselves versus those who follow an outside authority). Little, a researcher and lecturer on personality and motivational psychology, even goes beyond familiar classifications like “introvert” and “extrovert” (although he prefers the spelling favored mostly by psychologists, “extravert”) to insist that there are “pseudo-introverts” and “pseudo-extroverts.” His aim is to go beyond our often one-dimensional thinking about personality. “I am resolutely opposed,” he insists, “to putting people in pigeonholes.” Yet at times it can seem as if he’s simply designing a more elaborate birdhouse.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
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