The best club in NYC to get your fix of all kinds of dirty, grimey dubstep once (or sometimes twice… three times if we’re lucky) a week is without-a-doubt Webster Hall. From the main stage where you can catch artists from all over the world like Feed Me, Skrillex, Caspa, Alvin Risk, Figure, Mt. Eden and Helicopter Showdown.. just to name a few.. right down to the basement where some of these artists actually started out! Every saturday since June 2011, weekly party BASSment Saturdays is thrown in the basement of Webster Hall. Started by Annie Rinsky, one of Webster’s infamous Bass Bunnies, BASSment Saturdays is a dope place to get down to some dubstep on the weekend. For a Basshead, like myself, it’s the greatest thing because barely any clubs ever play dubstep at all, let alone a whole night of it. For others it’s a cheap way to discover some new music, at like 10 bucks to get in and good drink deals. Annie, resident DJ Subset (Mark Martinez), and the rest of their crew throw some crazy parties and are always bringing in new artists that are still unheard of by most; artists that may still be dipping their toes into the fame of EDM. These are often local artists, more-so in the beginning than the last few months. Dubloadz from our New Jersey neighbors tore the BASSment up recently, and just a few weeks before Protohype from L.A. was on the same stage. From a land far, far, away DJ Zeratone became the first DJ from Singapore to play in the BASSment. What started out as a small, local gig with often many of the same DJs performing week after week is now bringing in artists from all over the world.The vibes at these parties are what make them unique and in some ways, better than going to see a bigger artist on the main stage, where sometimes *cough* Dillon Francis *cough* there are so many people you can barely move let alone dance. A few of the same faces are there week after week, devoted to the music, are there for that reason alone, and make you feel right at home. The stage is right in your face, with stairs on either side for people to get on the stage and dance. It’s a truly intimate community where the crowd can feel connected with the artists and people running the show. Instead of feeling like outsiders who pay to watch, it’s like you’re going to immerse yourself in a family of people who love bass music and having fun.DJ Subset, who’s DJ’ed from the U.S. to Dubai and places in between, definitely deserves props for keeping these nights fresh as hell. It’s gotta be hard work especially knowing the same people are coming out to every show, spending hours a week finding new music, weaving through the good tracks and the bad, and putting everything together for a set that could be as long as four hours, which has happened before! Mark says he “loves the challenge… it keeps me on my toes”. Keeping people interested is one of the biggest challenges but also the most rewarding parts of the job for him.Over the past year and a half BASSment saturdays has grown into something you really shouldn’t miss. It’s like doing your laundry… or paying the bills. Look out for new things from Subset in 2013, not just for the BASSment but for his producing career as well – including some original productions and collabs with artists such as AlienAudix, Notixx, Proper Villains, String Theory, and Trigon. As far as the BASSment goes, you never know when you’ll get a surprise down there! Secret sets from someone like Terravita or Alvin, or even random visits from artists like Datsik or Flosstradamus happen all the time! Expect the unexpected and beware…. “if you can’t take the bass.. get out of the BASSment!”facebook.com/djsubsetfacebook.com/bassmentsaturdays
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis year’s Medal of Freedom Ceremony continued to honor some of the nation’s greatest thinkers, artists, innovators, and athletes with the highest civilian award of the United States Feel Free To Share This Story With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The recipients included Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Ellen Degeneres, Elouise Cobell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Richard Garwin, Bill and Melinda Gates, Frank Gehry, Margaret H. Hamilton, Tom Hanks, Grace Hopper, Michael Jordan, Maya Lin, Lorne Michaels, Newt Minow, Eduardo Padrón, Diana Ross, Robert Redford, Vin Scully, and Cicely Tyson.Introductory comments were as cheeky as calling Jordan “that guy from Space Jam” to remarks as inspiring as “there is a place for everyone in Bruce Springsteen’s America.”WATCH: George Clooney And Julia Roberts on Carpool Karaoke w/ Gwen Stefani“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor – it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better,” said President Barack Obama. “From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.”(WATCH the video below)
The carrying case is then filled with water through a small hole; all the user has to do is place their finger over the hole, give the case a few shakes, and then dump out the water through the very same hole.LOOK: Rather Than Plastic or Bird Feathers, These Winter Coats Are Filled With Wildflowers to Help Butterfly HabitatsIf that isn’t enough, the case is also equipped with a UV light system that can reportedly sterilize 99% of the remaining bacteria.California-based tech company Elretron has been developing the straw for the last year prior to its launch on Kickstarter this week. Since the crowdfunding campaign was published, however, it has already surged past its original goal and raised more than $17,000 for manufacturing.The first of the Penna Straws are expected to be delivered in April 2020—and the developers hope to deliver thousands more during the year to come.(WATCH the explanatory video below)Clean Up Negativity By Sharing The Intriguing News With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSwapping out single-use plastic straws for a reusable alternative is an easy way to reduce your environmental impact—but reusable straws are notoriously hard to clean.That’s why innovators have developed the Penna Straw: a collapsible, self-cleaning reusable straw that could save hundreds—if not thousands—of disposable straws from ending up in a landfill every month.The straw is comprised of four separate stainless steel segments that can magnetically snap together when it’s time for the user to enjoy a tasty beverage. When it’s time to be cleaned, the pieces can be broken down and placed inside of a convenient carrying case equipped with four separate brushes to clean the straw segments.
After coaching the Irish for 33 seasons, winning two National Championships and earning her place in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, former Notre Dame women’s basketball head coach Muffet McGraw is setting her sights on a new opponent — hunger.In partnership with the Alumni Association, Bread of Life Food Drive and Holtz’s Heroes, McGraw is launching Meals with Muffet, a nationwide food drive geared toward alumni, clubs, families and members of the Notre Dame community. Courtesy of Muffet McGraw Former women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw is welcomed at a house to pick up food as a part of her “Meals with Muffet” initiative.Throughout September, which is National Hunger Awareness Month, Meals with Muffet aims to collect over 100,000 pounds of food. Thanks to the support of the Notre Dame community, McGraw is well on her way to achieving that goal with 52,000 pounds of food and $27,000 already donated.Meals with Muffet encourages any member of the Notre Dame community to set up a food drive to benefit a local food bank. Participants simply coordinate with a local food bank, spread the word about the food drive and log the donation through the Meals with Muffet website.Everyone who participates and submits a donation will have a chance to win a signed basketball from Coach McGraw or a signed football from a member of Holtz’s Heroes.This nationwide effort began with a simple idea — safely helping those in need during the pandemic. McGraw frequently volunteered at the food bank over the summer or during coaching breaks, so starting her own food drive seemed like a natural step amidst the pandemic.As more people lost their jobs due to the pandemic, food security took on a new level of importance for McGraw. Like many others in the community, she searched for a way to help others through these uncertain times.“My first thought was school kids. What about their lunches?” McGraw said. “They’re not in school, how are they going to get their lunches?”This simple question became the starting point for McGraw’s efforts, and she began driving around collecting food for local food banks, setting a personal goal to collect 20,000 pounds of food.“I thought, here’s something I can do,” McGraw said. “I just started stuffing mailboxes and picking neighborhoods and having food drives.”Supporters in the community would place their food donations near their mailboxes and wave from the front door as McGraw collected food items to deliver to local food banks. Donning her mask and gloves, McGraw ensured safe and contactless pickup.As the coronavirus continued to spread, McGraw began to think beyond her local community. After talking with Dolly Duffy, executive director in the Alumni Association, McGraw wanted to find a way to encourage the various clubs associated with Notre Dame to host their own food drives.Inspired by her personal commitment to helping others while in retirement, the Alumni Association partnered with McGraw to take the food drive to the national level through Meals with Muffet. By leveraging their vast alumni network and teaming up with Holtz’s Heroes and Bread of Life Food Drive, the Alumni Association helped McGraw spread the word and encourage participation across the country.According to Dan Allen, associate director of spirituality and service at the Alumni Association, the circumstances of the pandemic have intensified the need for food security.“Hunger is a constant issue in our country and world, but the challenges related to the pandemic have made the need more acute,” Allen said in an email. “Things such as unexpected deaths or prolonged illnesses, job losses and reduction and uncertainty about the future have made the need for food assistance increase substantially.”McGraw emphasized similar concerns about the need for food.“We probably all know somebody who just got furloughed … They’re not getting paychecks, and they’re living in your community, and you don’t even know it,” McGraw said.Increasing awareness about hunger in local communities is another one of McGraw’s goals through this initiative. McGraw said it can be hard to get started or hard to know what steps to take, but Meals with Muffet makes fighting hunger simple.“This is so easy,” McGraw said. “All you have to do is get something going in your own neighborhood.”The threat of the coronavirus adds another layer of challenge to helping the community, but Meals with Muffet provides people with an opportunity to help others even in today’s unique circumstances.“We are trying to highlight the opportunities that this is presenting. We would likely not have thought to do this if it were not for the pandemic,” Allen said. “Instead of lamenting the challenges, we want to encourage one another to reach out in service.”Tags: Alumni Association, food drive, holtz’s heroes, meals with muffet, Muffet McGraw
Initial results of the Energy and Environment Management Project with Vermont Public Television indicates that Vermont Public Television’s energy consumption was reduced by 20 percent in the first six months of this year as compared to last, according to Kilawatt Technologies of Shelburne. During this same period, the unit price of energy increased 11.5 percent. Vermont Public Television retained Kilawatt Technologies in 2011 to review their energy footprint and evaluation options for the renovation of their existing HVAC system. Kilawatt Technologies’Energy Assessment provided visibility to the energy consumption on specific circuits and identified the most inefficient consumption items that had the greatest economic benefit. Based on this analysis, Kilawatt Technologies proposed some immediate repair issues that were implemented via Vermont Public Television’s own engineering staff. Kilawatt Technologies has twenty-three (23) new tasks to be implemented, each with a payback of less than a year, which will further conserve energy at their station. Background Vermont Public Television (VPT) is Vermont’s statewide public television network, serving the region on the air, online at VPT.org and in the community. VPT’s signal covers Vermont, as well as bordering regions of New York, New Hampshire and southern Quebec, including Montreal. A member station of PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, VPT’s mission is to educate, inform, entertain and inspire Vermonters to be lifelong learners and to be engaged in their community. Kilawatt Technologies, founded in 2008, provides a data-centric, statistically-based, energy and environment management program. The methods involve continuous trending and analysis of energy and interior environmental data for commercial, multi-family and industrial buildings. Source: Kilawatt Technologies, Inc, 7.25.2012
Vermont Business Magazine A Prevention Network Grant of $450,000 has been awarded to Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) from the Vermont Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs. MAHHC is the sole recipient of the grant, whose goals include reducing the prevalence of substance misuse by all ages through building regional prevention infrastructure and capacity.State Opioid Response (SOR) funding is backing the Prevention Network Grant, whose $450,000 award includes sub-awards–$200,000 of which will be sub-granted to the community. A request for proposals was released October 7 and applications are due November 5. Community agencies that impact populations across Vermont’s Windsor and Orange counties may apply for funds to implement Primary and Secondary prevention strategies. Primary strategies are universal and address large groups or populations, whereby secondary strategies are selective and address individuals, families, or small groups.The Prevention Network Grant’s primary focus area is substance misuse prevention. The grant includes the development of a Substance Misuse Prevention Policy Institute, as well as prevention professional and workforce development. In addition, the grant will serve as a “data hub” for organizations that may need information related to substance misuse for the purpose of grant writing or other needs.Dr. Joseph Perras, CEO and Chief Medical Officer at MAHHC, expressed the Hospital’s gratitude at being awarded the grant. “We are profoundly grateful to the VT Department of Health for recognizing our capacity to effectively address substance misuse through prevention strategy and policy. Mt. Ascutney is deeply committed to improving community health and promoting wellness. This grant will allow us to make significant investments in prevention at the community level.”Executive Director Maryann Morris of the Collaborative is co-managing the initiative with Regional Prevention Program Manager Melanie Sheehan of MAHHC under a consortium agreement. Sheehan: “For the last few years, communities have been focused and concerned about the impact of opioids in our communities; however, the landscape around other addictive substances, such as cannabis is changing very rapidly. In addition, the use of vaping as a delivery device for multiple addictive substances is becoming an urgent public health issue. We cannot lose sight of alcohol which remains the most prevalent of misused substances.” Sheehan adds that through the Prevention Network Grant, the team wants to be innovative on how they look at prevention best practices, talk about what works in a way that resonates with everyone, and roll out strategies at the community level in the most efficient and effective way. “I believe great strides can be made if we work to weave the work of Prevention Coalitions into larger systems, such as the health system, early childhood education, recovery networks, and institutes of education,” she says.Morris: “The Prevention Network Grant provides a great opportunity to rethink how we work and talk about substance misuse prevention. We are striving to support prevention ideas and strategies through innovative partners and projects. I want to bring substance misuse prevention tenets to the table for our partners who are already doing similar or complementary work and advance their ability to make lasting change.”Parties that impact populations across Vermont’s Windsor and Orange counties may apply for funds. Those interested in seeking sub-awards should email: [email protected](link sends e-mail). A PDF of the Request for Application can be found here: http://mtascutneyhospital.org/MAH2020_RequestForSubawardApplications.pdf(link is external)About Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health CenterFounded in 1933, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is a not-for-profit community hospital network in Vermont including the critical access-designated Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Historic Homes of Runnemede, a senior residential care campus, in Windsor, as well as the Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock. A member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system, MAHHC provides primary care and a comprehensive suite of specialty services, along with 25 inpatient beds, a therapeutic pool and an acclaimed, fully modernized 10-bed Acute Rehabilitation Center. Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is dedicated to improving the lives of those it serves and is at the hub of a wide network of community resources that have partnered to cover gaps in services, and improve overall population health. One of the largest employers in the area, MAHHC acknowledges its employees as its greatest asset and has been recognized by the Governor’s Office with an Excellence in Worksite Wellness award.Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), is a recent recipient of Best Practice recognition by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) for health care quality, and is recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals for integration of technology to boost clinical performance. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded MAHHC with Level 3 status, the highest level of medical home designation.Source: Windsor, VT—Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
CLF, a leading UK wholesaler of sports nutrition and health foods, has condemned an EU decision that leaves the business facing an import duty bill of nearly £150,000. This is ‘despite the test that determined the bill being exposed as flawed.’CLF Distribution has been informed that the EU’s Director General for Enterprise and Industry will not intervene to amend an EU regulation on the testing of whey protein products that is used to determine duty levels.Repeated scientific analyses have found the testing processes to be flawed, with ‘CLF liable for back import duty and facing further incorrectly calculated duty if the company imports some of its whey protein products.’The Director General had been expected to approve a short-term fix to the testing process while longer-term scientific analysis was carried out. He is understood to have rejected the short-term measure after EU member states claimed other affected businesses might try to claim for overpaid duty.CLF has claimed that the HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) decision to enforce the duty bill despite the testing being proven flawed represents an unfair penalty on responsible trading, and has also forced the company to suspend imports to avoid further incorrect duty bills.CLF has also noted that its chocolate-flavoured whey protein products are not affected by the incorrectly calculated duty payments because they are subject to a different commodity code.The HMRC has claimed it is obligated to demand payment of the import duty unless the EU changes the law.Testing of whey protein productsUnder EU Commission Regulation No 900/2008, processed agricultural products are subject to testing to determine their import arrangements, including how much import duty they should be subject to. Whey protein is subject to testing to calculate milk fat content. This is done by testing for butyric acid as a ‘marker’ of milk fat.CLF notes that the test is inaccurate in the case of whey protein products. This is due to the depletion of the butyric acid marker in the milk ingredient of whey protein that comes about as a result of manufacturing processes.Robin Holliday, Managing Director of CLF Distribution, said “The situation is nothing short of a travesty. It’s taken four years, but everyone from the HMRC to MEPs and officials in Brussels have accepted that the way in which import duty has been calculated in this instance was completely wrong. There was a straightforward solution on the table, and it is both disappointing and unacceptable that the Director General has turned it down.”He continued, “The EU might revise its testing and legislation but this could take years. We’re expected to pay the HMRC now and have suspended imports of some of our products because the duty on them would also be calculated incorrectly. Not only is this unfair to us and our customers, it sets a terrible example and says to businesses that even if they’re in the right and are adhering to EU law, they can’t expect the EU to stand up for them.”CLF Distribution is the leading UK wholesaler of premium sports nutrition, organic and health food products, vitamin and mineral supplements, personal care and household products.www.clfdistribution.com Related
September 15, 2012 Regular News THE VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM at the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law has been recognized with the National Achievement Award from the ABA Law Student Division. The award was announced in August at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago. It is the sixth consecutive year that Barry Law’s VITA program earned the honor. Barry Law’s VITA program provides free tax help for low- to moderate-income citizens and assists them in completing their tax returns. Students who volunteered in the program assisted more than 500 citizens with their returns this year. The program provided tax assistance at five locations in Central Florida: the Barry Law School campus, the VA Medical Center, Orlando’s Coalition for the Homeless, Walt Disney World, and Barry University’s site on Alafaya Trail. In a letter recommending Barry Law’s VITA program for the award, Nilda Cruz, a tax specialist with the Internal Revenue Service, wrote, “We at the IRS are privileged and honored to call Barry University Law School our distinguished partner for their outstanding dedication and service to the Volunteer lncome Tax Assistance program and to the community.” Chris Reed, site coordinator for Barry Law’s VITA program, holds the National Achievement Award with fellow students (from the left) Chris Bailey, Daniel Berger, Michele Lebron, Lucie Robinson, and Danielle Baron. Barry University recognized with the National Achievement Award
MARY FRANCIS LEE Sept. 8, 1932–Sept. 2, 2020On 2 September 2020, Mary Francis Lee loving wife and mother of two, passed from this world at the age of 87 in Ocala, Florida.Mary Francis Kelley was born on 8 September 1932 to Fannie Elizabeth (nee Neff) and Arthur Joseph Kelley in Willimantic, Connecticut.They moved to South Coventry, CT where Mary attended Windham High School.On 20 March 1954 she married her sweetheart, Jesse Richard Lee, and together they raised two children, Deborah and James in Los Alamos, NM where they lived for 36 years.In 1998 Mary and Jesse moved to Ocala, Florida where they lived the last 22 years.Mary was preceded in death by her mother, Fannie Elizabeth Kelley; her father, Arthur Joseph Kelley; her brother Arthur Joseph Kelley Jr.; and her daughter Deborah Ann Lee-Weeks.She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Jesse Lee of Ocala, FL; son, James Lee of Harvest, AL: grandsons Shaun Lee (Jennifer) of Huntsville, AL; Mark Regan; granddaughter, Jennifer Regan of Albuquerque; and several great-grandchildren. Mary always had a smile and was a gracious and selfless wife, mother, and friend who touched many, many lives. She will be missed.
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