Orientation introduces transfer students to ND community

first_imgHearing “I have always wanted to go to Notre Dame” is not unusual on campus, but for senior Liz Hynes, who transferred to Notre Dame the fall of her sophomore year, this phrase has an entirely new meaning.“Coming to campus as a student for the first time is completely surreal,” Hynes said. “Among transfers, you’ve got a lot of lifelong dreamers who’ve had to wait for a second chance, so we’re doubly grateful.”Hynes said unlike typical undergraduate students, transfer students do not have the luxury of enjoying a full four years at Notre Dame. “Get out of bed every day. There will be days when you’re sick or exhausted, and you’ll be tempted to stay in bed for 12 to 24 hours,” she said. “Don’t do it.”Instead, Hynes said, she would advise new transfers to make the most of their time on campus.“We will never be this rich in time and opportunity again, where we can write for a newspaper and join student government and create art with our friends and study things we’ve always been curious about,” she said. “Life won’t always let us do all of these things at once. Life will make us choose. Don’t do that one second before you have to. Do everything. Get out of bed.”Junior Emily Schneider transferred last fall from Kansas State University, a school she said “could not have been more different than Notre Dame.”“I did not know what to expect from such a transition, but I immediately felt as if I belonged at Notre Dame and felt like a member of the Notre Dame family,” Schneider said.This year, Schneider, along with 24 other transfer students from previous years, will be leading the new transfers through their orientation process. “Transfer orientation helps so much and really helped me to feel like a second year student, instead of like a freshman again,” Schneider said. “It really helps students make strong friendships and bonds with other transfers in the same situation. I met some of my best friends during transfer orientation and could not be more grateful for the experience.”Instead of going through orientation with their respective dorms, transfers are divided up into small groups called “transfer families,” according to junior and transfer orientation leader Nick Olmanson. “The thing that I am most excited about is meeting all the new students in my transfer family. Leaders are grouped in twos and are combined with about six or seven new students to create a family,” Olmanson said. Olmanson said he hopes to be a good resource to his transfer family, even beyond orientation.“Last year my transfer family was pretty close. We organized dinners throughout the year and I hope to be able to build friendships like those,” he said. Transfer families tend to stay close, and Olmanson said several students from his transfer family went on to be co-rec flag football champions that year. “My transfer family was very influential for me and everyone I met got along great,” he said. “I remained close friends with them as the year went on. The leaders last year did a great job and my transfer parents specifically made me want to be a leader to give that great experience to the next transfer class.”Olmanson also said he encourages transfers to reach out to people in their dorms. “I am lucky to have a bunch of great guys living in my dorm as well.  I was able to meet them pretty early on in the year, so that made the transition easy,” Olmanson said. Hynes said the separation between the incoming freshmen and the transfer class is key. “While some other schools lump transfers in with incoming freshmen, Notre Dame keeps in mind that these students have already spent time in college and don’t need to start from square one,” Hynes said. “They’re already aces at college, otherwise they wouldn’t have been accepted as transfers. So we make sure they get an experience that assists specifically with their transition to Notre Dame.”Hynes described the welcome luncheon of transfer orientation as “the happiest room in the world.” “The energy that everyone’s sharing — the excitement, the anxiety, the relief at finally being here — it’s incredibly special,” Hynes said. Senior Jake Wagner, who transferred to Notre Dame for the 2014-2015 academic year, said he advises new transfer students not to get overwhelmed by the process. “I know I was very overwhelmed, and thought I wasn’t cut out for Notre Dame,” Wagner said. “Transferring to Notre Dame can be a very difficult transition for a lot of people, but things get better. Don’t forget that you have the transfer network here to help you.”Tags: Transfer, transfer orientation, Transfer-Olast_img read more

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The Today Show: The Musical?! Kathie Lee Gifford Will Write a Live Televised Daytime Tuner

first_img Take a look at the on-air announcement in the clip below. “When the producers came to me last January…I said ‘what?! It’s going to be a disaster!’” Gifford said. “They said, ‘That’s why we want you.’ I have a little experience in disasters on Broadway,” she joked, referencing the short-lived 2012 musical Scandalous, which she penned with Friedman and David Pomeranz. A regular segment on Today, Everyone Has a Story, features songs, inspired by the accounts of ordinary people, with lyrics by Gifford and music by Friedman. She also appeared in the Broadway revival of Putting It Together, stepping in for Carol Burnett at certain performances. Look out, Peter Pan. There’s another live musical coming to NBC before the end of the year. The Today Show Fourth Hour co-host and one-time Broadway lyricist Kathie Lee Gifford announced on air on August 1 that she has written an 18-minute musical, to be broadcast live and to feature Today’s anchors and crew.center_img The daytime extravaganza, titled Not Today and Tomorrow’s Not Looking Good Either, will feature music written by Gifford and her collaborator, Broadway composer and musical director David Friedman. Gifford also announced that her co-anchor for the day, Regis Philbin (who was in for Hoda Kotb), would make an appearance in the televised production. View Commentslast_img read more

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Kinky Boots, In the Heights, Mark Rylance Top Olivier Noms

first_img View Comments Matt Henry in ‘Kinky Boots'(Photo: Matt Crocket) Less than 12 hours after taking home an Oscar for Bridge of Spies, three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance earned an Olivier Award nomination for his leading performance in Farinelli and the King; the production is eyeing a New York bow later this year. Other Olivier nominees include Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh for The Winter’s Tale, Benedict Cumberbatch for Hamlet, Imelda Staunton for Gypsy (the production leads the nominations with a whopping eight), Nicole Kidman for Photograph 51 and Janet McTeer for Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The Father, which will return to Broadway this spring with Frank Langella, is up for Best New Play, alongside Farinelli and the King, Hangmen and People, Places and Things. Two Tony-winning Best Musicals are up for Best New Musical for the London bow: In the Heights and Kinky Boots. Joining them in the category are Bend It Like Beckham and Mrs. Henderson Presents. The Olivier Awards ceremony will take place on April 3 at the Royal Opera House.Best New MusicalBend It Like Beckham In the Heights Kinky Boots Mrs. Henderson Presents Best Musical RevivalBugsy Malone Guys and Dolls Seven Brides For Seven Brothers GypsyBest New PlayFarinelli and the KingThe FatherHangmenPeople, Places and Things Best RevivalHamlet Les Liaisons Dangereuses Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom The Winter’s Tale Best New ComedyA Christmas Carol Hand To God at Vaudeville TheatreNell Gwynn at Apollo TheatrePeter Pan Goes Wrong at Apollo TheatreBest Actor in a MusicalIan Bartholomew for Mrs Henderson Presents Killian Donnelly for Kinky Boots David Haig for Guys and Dolls Matt Henry for Kinky Boots Jamie Parker for Guys And Dolls Best Actress in a MusicalTracie Bennett for Mrs Henderson Presents Natalie Dew for Bend It Like Beckham Laura Pitt-Pulford for Seven Brides For Seven Brothers Imelda Staunton for Gypsy Sophie Thompson for Guys and DollsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a MusicalDavid Bedella for In the HeightsDan Burton for GypsyPeter Davison for GypsyGavin Spokes for Guys and DollsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a MusicalPreeya Kalidas for Bend It Like BeckhamAmy Lennox for Kinky Boots Lara Pulver for Gypsy Emma Williams for Mrs. Henderson Presents at Noël Coward Best ActorKenneth Branagh for The Winter’s Tale Kenneth Cranham for The Father Benedict Cumberbatch for Hamlet Adrian Lester for Red Velvet Mark Rylance for Farinelli and the King Best ActressGemma Arterton for Nell Gwynn Denise Gough for People, Places and Things Nicole Kidman for Photograph 51 Janet McTeer for Les Liaisons Lia Williams for Oresteia Best Actor in a Supporting RoleMark Gatiss for Three Days in the CountryMichael Pennington for The Winter’s Tale Tom Sturridge for American Buffalo David Suchet for The Importance of Being Earnest Best Actress in a Supporting RoleJudi Dench for The Winter’s Tale Michele Dotrice for Nell Gwynn Melody Grove for Farinelli and the King Catherine Steadman for Oppenheimer Best DirectorRob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh for The Winter’s TaleMatthew Dunster for HangmenRobert Icke for Oresteia Jonathan Kent for Gypsy Best Theatre ChoreographerCarlos Acosta and Andrew Wright for Guys and DollsDrew McOnie for In the HeightsStephen Mear for GypsyJerry Mitchell for Kinky BootsBest Costume DesignGregg Barnes for Kinky BootsHugh Durrant for Nell GwynnJonathan Fensom for Farinelli and the KingKatrina Lindsay for Bend It Like BeckhamBest Set DesignHildegard Bechtler for OresteiaEs Devlin for Hamlet Jonathan Fensom for Farinelli and the King Anna Fleischle for Hangmen Best Lighting DesignNeil Austin for The Winter’s Tale Natasha Chivers for Oresteia James Farncombe for People, Places and Things Mark Henderson for Gypsy Best Sound DesignGeorge Dennis for The Homecoming Tom Gibbons for People, Places and Things Christopher Shutt for The Father Christopher Shutt for Hamlet Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in MusicBend It Like Beckham—music by Howard Goodall, lyrics by Charles Hart, orchestrations by Howard Goodall and Kuljit BhamraFarinelli and the King—Claire van Kampen for musical arrangements, the musicians and Iestyn Davies and the singers who alternated the singing role of FarinelliIn The Heights—music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel MirandaKinky Boots—music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Stephen OremusOutstanding Achievement in an Affiliate TheatreBarbarians at The ClarePhil Dunster for his role in Pink Mist Pat Kinevane and Fishamble for Silent Violence and Son Best Entertainment and FamilyAlice’s Adventures UndergroundDr. Seuss’ The LoraxI Want My Hat Back Peter Pan Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Best New Opera ProductionCavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci The Force of Destiny Morgen Und Abend Outstanding Achievement in OperaEnglish National Opera Chorus and Orchestra for The Force of Destiny, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and The Queen of SpadesFelicity Palmer for The Queen of SpadesSir Antonio Pappano for his conducting of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Guillaume Telland Król Roger Tamara Wilson for The Force of DestinyBest New Dance ProductionHe Who Falls (Celui Qui Tombe) by Compagnie Yoann BourgeoisRomeo et Juliette by Les Ballets de Monte CarloWoolf Works by Wayne McGregorOutstanding Achievement in DanceAlessandra Ferri for her performances in Chéri and Woolf WorksJavier De Frutos for his choreography of Anatomy of a Passing CloudSasha Waltz for her choreography of Sacrelast_img read more

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Washington state moves step closer to adopting coal-free legislation with 2025 deadline

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Seattle Post-Intelligencer:The state House of Representatives, on a largely partisan 56-42 vote, passed a bill Thursday that moves Washington’s electrical utilities off coal by 2025, and to a complete “clean energy” grid by 2045.The bill goes back to the Senate to clear up small changes, and then on to Gov. Jay Inslee for signature. Already, supporters are celebrating what they predict will be a “fossil free future” for the state.The legislation is a likely stake through the heart of Montana’s big, coal-fired Colstrip power plant, about 100 miles southeast of Billings. Two of Colstrip’s four units are scheduled for closure, the other two are on the ropes. Puget Sound Energy is a major owner of the project.The bill includes resources for workers to assist in the transition to a clean energy economy.“I know in my heart and soul this will be one of the most important moves I will ever take,” said State Rep. Gael Tarleton, D-Seattle, a backer of the bill. It will be, she added, “the chance to build a 21st century economy beyond coal.”More: Legislature’s energy plan: A coal-free Washington by 2025 Washington state moves step closer to adopting coal-free legislation with 2025 deadlinelast_img read more

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Mountain Mama: Training While Traveling

first_img Connect: Before visiting a new destination, research running groups and stores online. See if they have runs or even local races during the dates of your visit. If you’re attending a conference, consider tweeting your running plans with the conferences’ hashtag to see if other attendees want to join. There’s no better way to network than sharing a good run.Road Warrior, share your own running-while-traveling stories when you get a chance. I’d love to hear about your own experiences running on the road.Trotting Along,Mountain Mama Dear Mountain Mama,Work takes me on the road a lot. Any tips on how to stick to my training schedule when out of town?Thanks,Road WarriorDear Road Warrior,A colleague recently told me about her best run ever. One morning before the temperatures settled in the triple digits, she ran out of her grandma’s front door two miles to the cemetery where she buried her mom, who was in her in early 40s when she passed. She’s a 30-something working mom who drove 16 hours with two children under ten to visit her grandma in the Midwest.My friend touched her mom’s tombstone before trotting back to her grandma and daughters. Endorphins mixed with tears. For the first time instead of feeling sad about visiting the cemetery, she felt grateful to be connected to her mom, to share one of the routine aspects of her life like running. She’s missed that the most, being able to pick up the phone and call her mom to tell her about her daughter’s first day of kindergarten or to relay how her race training was going. That day on the run to the cemetery where her mom is buried, she felt like her mom knew about it all.When my colleague told me about her cemetery run, it changed the way I thought about running on my then upcoming trip to Santa Cruz. Sometimes I can be the kind of person I don’t like to be – I see the hole instead of the donut. I was thinking about jet lag and all the friends I wanted to visit and the all-day sailing classes. My mental to-do list had me exhausted before even stepping off the plane. Fitting in training runs seemed daunting. But after hearing her story, I thought about all the times my friends and I had sea kayaked, surfed, and swam along the same stretch of the Pacific where I planned to run. Each step would connect me to half marathons I’d run along the very same road, and closer to the person I’d been back in my carefree days before becoming a working single mom living on the east coast.And that’s exactly what happened. Running by all those surfers made me smile as an impossibly blue sky shone down not on me, but through me, until I become as bright as the California sun. And that’s why I run, at home or on the road, to remember the person I have been and to pave the way to the person I’m becoming.For those of you looking for a little motivation during the next family vacation or work trip, here are three tips that have helped me look forward to running on the road:Attitude: Attitude makes or breaks a run. Remembering the reasons why we run in the first place makes it easy to lace up our shoes and head out the door. When we view running as a treat instead of a task, we are open to the endorphins, seeing new sites, making new friends, processing thoughts, and unwinding. Each stride because something positive, and that reinforces our motivation, bolstering our energy run after run. Prepare: Always carry wipes, baby or otherwise and a few of your favorite bars. Too often I find myself making the excuse that I don’t have enough time to go for a run because I have to go somewhere and look presentable. But it’s amazing what a good cool down and a few wipes will do for my redness. Or I let myself get too hungry to run – amazing how a few energy bars eliminates that excuse. Being prepared helps me use breaks during conferences efficiently and I hit the pavement instead of holing up behind my laptop. Not only do I log my miles, but I feel more energized to tackle the rest of the conference.last_img read more

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Local and Voluntary Bar News, September 1, 2002

first_imgParalegal Association sets its 26th Annual Seminar September 1, 2002 Regular News The Manatee County Bar Association recently honored two of its members for their record of service to the community.Gregory J. Porges received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Edwin T. Mulock received the Community Service Leader Award.Porges’ numerous volunteer roles in support of education and a variety of local charitable organizations earned him the Lifetime Achievement Award. They include service as founder and director of the Manatee Community College Foundation, founder and director of the Gulf Coast Marine Institute, director and past president of The Library Foundation, vice-president and trustee of the Manatee Community Foundation, and 30 years of volunteer commitment to St. Stephen’s Episcopal School.When asked to comment on his most significant contribution, Porges stated, “Education has always been a passion, and my most rewarding efforts have been in that arena.” Specifically, he chaired the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Public School Education Committee in 1989, which he believes was the catalyst for the chamber’s beginning and continuing involvement in public school matters.Practicing law in Manatee County since 1970, Porges is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law. He is the senior partner of Porges, Hamlin, Knowles and Prouty, and his areas of practice include corporate and business law, estate planning and probate, and administrative law.Judge Peter Dubensky made the presentation at the association’s annual meeting.In addition to his numerous affiliations and contributions in both the civic and legal sector, Mulock received the Community Service Leader Award for his creation of the Foundation for Dreams, a nonprofit foundation which established a local summer camp for children who are terminally ill or disabled (mentally or physically).“I am proud to be a lawyer and a part of this great community,” Mulock said in accepting the award.Mulock’s volunteer efforts have focused in the areas of children and youth, including service as chair of the Manatee County Children’s Service Advisory Board and as a charter member of the Police Athletic League organization. Mulock served on The Florida Bar Board of Governors representing the 12th Judicial Circuit from 1987 to 1995. (Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the August 15 News . Unfortunately, Mr. Porges’ name was misspelled. The News regrets the error.) Local and Voluntary Bar News, September 1, 2002 Dade Trial Lawyers host Reno, King The Citrus-Hernando Inn of Court was recently awarded the Ninth Annual Florida Bar Professionalism Award, which included a $1,000 cash prize, at the Bar’s Annual Meeting.The inn was formed by members of the bar associations of two small counties on the West Coast of Florida, each wanting to form an inn but not having enough members to do so. Under the leadership of Judge Patricia Thomas and Judge Richard Tombrink, Jr., and with the assistance of several attorneys from both counties, an effort was put forth to combine the resources of the two counties to form the inn of court. Although there were problems with selecting a location for meetings that was not too inconvenient for attorneys residing and working over such a large two-county area, over a period of several months, the problems were resolved, and 65 members joined the inn in its initial year, with 70 members in the second year.The inn of court program provides an opportunity for judges, attorneys, and law students to meet together to “break bread” in a relaxed, social atmosphere, where young attorneys can draw on the wisdom and experience of older attorneys, and where a program is presented at each meeting to educate, reinforce, and inform members on various issues of the law, particularly as to ethics and professionalism. Such activities serve to enhance and improve the abilities of lawyers as counselors and advocates, and of judges as adjudicators and judicial administrators.The Citrus-Hernando Inn of Court is currently in the middle of extending invitations to attorneys for the coming year and has decided that in keeping with the Dignity in Law theme being promoted by Bar President Tod Aronovitz, all the inn’s programs will be based on that theme in the coming year.Collaborative lawyers meet Gov. Jeb Bush issued a proclamation designating September 15 – 21 as Paralegal Week, and the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., will hold its 26th Annual Seminar and Membership Meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in West Palm Beach September 20-21.In designating Paralegal Week, Gov. Bush said in a “time of escalating fees for legal services, the employment of paralegals has assisted in the effort to keep these costs down” and noted “paralegals work to maintain integrity and a high degree of competence throughout the legal profession, while striving for professional enhancement through education to facilitate the availability of legal services.”The Paralegal Association of Florida’s meeting will feature general and double-track seminars in a wide range of substantive areas. General sessions include D. Culver Smith III speaking on “Ethics and Unauthorized Practice of Law: How Paralegals are Affected,” Bard D. Rockenbach speaking on “Technology Timesavers,” Eric Romano, Gary Beard, and Judge Barry Cohen participating in a criminal law panel titled “Speaking From All Sides,” and L. Martin Reeder speaking on “Entertainment and Media Law.”Double-track sessions offer a choice of a litigation session featuring Dr. Melissa Pigott speaking on “Psychological Science in the Litigation Process” or an advanced estate planning session featuring Ellen L. Regnery speaking on “The Alphabet Soup of Estate Planning.” A second double-track session offers a choice of a real estate session featuring Katherine Kilcullen speaking on “Title and Marketability Issues” and an elder law session featuring Joseph Karp speaking on “Social Security and Medicaid Planning.”The event also offers for its Certified Legal Assistant participants a “CLA Breakfast” with Stephen J. Budd presenting a professional development session titled “The Seven Life Principles.” Participants may also enjoy a buffet dinner at the Blue Martini at CityPlace on Friday evening.Association members may also attend the membership meeting, during which the 2002-03 Board of Directors will be elected. Judge Robert M. Gross will install the new directors at an installation dinner Saturday evening.Seminar rates are $140 for members and $155 for nonmembers, and include educational sessions, handouts, two continental breakfasts, and one luncheon.For more information, call the Paralegal Association of Florida at (800)433-4352 or visit its Web site at www.pafinc.org. The Association of Marital Based Collaborative Lawyers met for the first time recently to discuss the formation of a collaborative-based family law group in central and north Palm Beach County.All of the members believe that a change in the resolution of family law matters from the traditional litigation process to a collaborative approach will not only benefit the parties and their children, but attorneys as well.“A collaborative approach to family law matters will minimize the devastating effects caused by costly and acrimonious litigation,” according to the AMBCL, which added that the members of the group are committed to improving the process of divorce for clients and their families.The initial officers for the group include: Chair Charles D. Jamieson, Vice Chair Marina Petillo, Secretary Kathy Beamer, Treasurer Kyle Caparosa, Web page administrator Kevin McNamara, and Bar liaison Jaana T. Moisio.The AMBCL is in the process of producing its first brochure and Web page and also is planning on conducting short training seminars.For more information contact Jamieson at CJamieson@gwmj.law.com or at (561) 478-1111. SHARON LANGER, a member of the Bar’s Board of Governors, was recently awarded Miami-Dade FAWL’s Judge Mattie Belle Davis Award for 2001-02 at the Miami-Dade FAWL Installation Dinner Dance. Also at the event, Sarah “Shelley” Zabel was installed as president of the Miami-Dade FAWL chapter. Pictured from the left are Langer, Zabel, and Judge Jacqueline Scola. The Dade County Trial Lawyers Association recently hosted gubernatorial candidate Janet Reno and incoming Florida Senate President Jim King, R-Jacksonville.Reno spoke on, among other things, challenges facing the state on several fronts and the urgent need for a spirit of constructive dialogue to overcome the spirit of conflict in Florida politics. Three weeks later, Sen. King told the group the cooperative spirit was particularly vital in the months ahead, as Florida, which heavily depends on tourism, faces a $1.3-billion budget shortfall — the worst in recent history. Sen. King said his top three priorities for 2003 are attacking the medical malpractice issue, the nursing home crisis, and workers’ compensation reform.Both Reno and King emphasized that the trial lawyers would be a part of the solution to major problems facing the state.Citrus-Hernando Inn wins Bar Professionalism Award Manatee Bar honors Porges, Mulock for community service Jeffrey Levenson will serve as the 2002-03 president of the Broward County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.Other officers include Daniel Levine, president-elect; Eric Lee, vice president; Peter Herman, treasurer; Kim Gilmour, secretary; and Bonnie Satterfield, immediate past president.Members of the board of directors include Alex Arreazza, Tom Aubin, Martin Bidwill, Ace Blackburn, Monique Brochu, Adam Chotiner, Fred Haddad, Dora Kaufman, David Keller, Deborah Poore Knight, George Lane, Pete Mavrick, Robin Rosenbaum, Mimi Sall, Leonard Samuels, Judge Barry S. Seltzer, Christopher Sharp, Candice Tobin, Bruce Udolf, Levi G. Williams, Jr., and Don Yarbrough. A TEAM OF LAWYERS and judges recently competed in an extreme adventure challenge at Oleta State Park. Judge Beth Bloom, attorney Richard Dunberg, Judge Carol Kelly, and Judge Alex Ferrer took second place in their division. The event included running, canoeing, wall climbing, disassembling and reassembling and riding bikes, obstacle courses, and memory tests. The race took nearly six hours to complete. Levenson to lead Broward Chapter of the Federal Bar THE PALM BEACH COUNTY BAR recently raised more than $5,300 during a membership happy hour to benefit the Rainbows Program, a peer support program for school-age children facing divorce or death issues in their lives. “The bar association’s Special Needs of Children Committee has worked hard to implement the program in Palm Beach County Schools,” said Greg Coleman, president of the association. “The committee has successfully operated several Rainbows sites through the assistance of trained volunteer facilitators.” Pictured from the left are lawyer/bartender David Prather accepting a tip from Joe Ackerman, chair of the Special Needs of Children Committee, while Margherita Downey looks on. For additional information about Rainbows, log onto www.Rainbows.com. last_img read more

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Spa Week Offers Soothing Savings April 17 to 23 Across Long Island & Nationwide

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Spas and salons across Long Island and nationwide are offering steep discounts on select treatments for Spa Week—a national initiative equating into seven days of amazing savings at participating businesses, including $50 treatments—running from April 17 to 23.In anticipation of this extraordinary beautification celebration, some of the Morey Publishing staff were assigned the very tough job of experiencing spa treatments so we could report back to readers what to expect.Ali Magno enjoyed a rejuvenating facial at the Center for Pain Relief and Wellness in Babylon, Marisa Giannico received a soothing microdermabrasion facial at Blue Salon and Spa in Stony Brook, Danielle Esposito was treated to a luxurious hydrafacial at Buglino Plastic and Reconsructive Surgery in Woodbury, and Jaime Franchi was spoiled rotten at Fantastic Spa and Nails in Bethpage, with a facial, massage, VIP pedicure and body scrub. Although the treatments all differed, they were all equally relaxing and enjoyable. If you’re in the market for luxurious pampering, Spa Week offers discounted treatments so you can spoil yourself.Go ahead. You deserve it!Ali:The Center for Pain Relief and Wellness is nestled in the heart of beautiful Babylon village. This Long Island spa offers an array of treatments from massage therapy to body and skin care treatments. I was lucky enough to receive their one-hour deep cleansing European facial, and wow, was it amazing!I was greeted upon arrival with the relaxing sound of birds chirping, scent of lavender, and a wonderful receptionist, Carrie Ann. I filled out a form that asked various questions about my skin, what kind of skin I have (dry; is winter over yet?!) where my problem areas were, if I had any allergies, and more. After a very brief visit to a warm and comfy waiting area, Kim, my facialist, came out to greet me. She was welcoming, friendly, and immediately made me feel comfortable and relaxed.Once in the treatment room, Kim asked a few more questions about my skin to ensure she gave me the best treatment for my particular skin type. (We even swapped our favorite DIY treatments—she advised that I use brown sugar and olive oil to treat my dry hands!) The room was equipped with spa essentials to help me relax: dim lights, relaxing music, and a comfy heated blanket to lie under.After a long winter, this facial was everything my skin wanted (needed), and more. This treatment consisted of various steps, including steam, exfoliation, extraction, and brightening.The amazing exfoliator Kim used removed the top layer of skin that had braved the cold weather, leaving me with a smooth-to-touch complexion. Kim massaged a mango papaya lotion (which smelled good enough to eat) into my face to brighten my skin and break up any dirt that was in my pores. She also used pumpkin papaya face mask which, on top of smelling like a tropical oasis, helped my skin soak up much-needed moisture. In addition to all of this, I was treated to amazing shoulder, head, and hand massages.This experience was the epitome of relaxation. After my treatment, my skin felt fresh, clean, refreshed, bright, and incredibly soft and smooth for days afterwards. It was like months of harsh winter weather and stress were erased. I can’t wait to go back to the Babylon Wellness Center and see Kim for another facial, something I’ve promised to treat myself to every time the seasons change.Danielle:Tucked in to the winding industrial park roads of Woodbury’s Crossways Park Drive, Buglino Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a much-welcomed oasis of spa treatments and cosmetic surgical procedures that will rejuvenate you from the inside out.Headed by Dr. Anthony Buglino, this newly renovated location is clean and warm, with modern artwork, comfy furniture, and a pristine VIP room stocked with Keurig coffee and snacks.The happy, welcoming receptionist greeted me and gave me a short questionnaire to fill out before getting my first Hydrafacial, MD treatment. Before long, I was whisked away by Dana Minkin, an esthetician, who gave me a tour of the spa and explained what every room was used for. Whether a patient is looking for a medical spa treatment, injections, or cosmetic surgery, Buglino Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery can accommodate them comfortably (and privately!).Settled in to my leather reclining chair, Dana prepped my face for this one-two punch of a facial. Where other facials only do one thing or another, the hydrafacial is like the one-stop-shop of beauty treatments. This non-invasive procedure packs a scientific combination of hydradermabrasion, a chemical peel, extractions, and nourishing antioxidants into one quick session that leaves you glowing almost instantly. In just one session, your skin reaps tons of benefits, including: reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, increased elasticity and improved firmness, balanced skin tone and evenness, vibrancy, a smoother texture, a reduction of oil and congestion in the skin, minimization of enlarged pores and the diminishment of advanced signs of aging.Once the hydrafacial began, I was in total relaxation mode, listening to the serene drumbeats on the speakers mixed with Dana’s soft step-by-step explanations of what she was doing. Not at all painful, the hydrafacial felt like an in-depth cleaning from beginning to end, like cool water massaged over my face. Finishing off with red and blue light therapy followed by a leave-on mask, I left the office, glowing.If you’re looking to hydrate and rejuvenate your skin, clean out your pores and reveal a fresher you, stop on by Buglino Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for their phenomenal hydrafacial. This is one spa treatment that you’ll be going back for, again and again!Marisa:When I walked into the Blue Salon & Spa in Stony Brook, I instantly knew I was going to enjoy my visit. The atmosphere was calming and the people were friendly. It was amazing how relaxed I felt before my appointment even started!The receptionist Victoria couldn’t have been nicer, greeting me with a big smile and a warm welcome. My esthetician, Billie, who was equally as welcoming, came over to introduce herself shortly after. I couldn’t wait to get started.Billie referred to the sheet I had filled out when I first arrived—in which I shared information, such as the different skin care products I use, and any allergies I may have—as she asked me questions to learn more about my skin.Although I’ve had several facials before, I had never experienced microdermabrasion. Having acne-prone skin, I cannot tell you the amount of time I have spent at my dermatologist’s office over the years, and all the different medications I have tried to get my acne under control. And not only must I deal with breakouts, but I also cannot escape the scars that serve as daily reminders of past breakouts whenever I look in the mirror.As a result, I was curious to see if this treatment would help my skin look and feel better—and I was not disappointed.Since Billie knew that I had never had this done before, she explained that the microdermabrasion would feel kind of like a “cat’s tongue” on my face, helping get rid of dead skin cells. This can fade the look of scars and age lines, as well as even out your skin tone.I’m not sure how long the microdermabrasion lasted, as I was way too relaxed to check the time. In fact, it was so relaxing that I almost fell asleep as I was lying there. From the comfortable bed I was in to the tranquil music in the background, I now know what being in heaven feels like!Steam gently hit my skin as the facial began. This helped cleanse and hydrate, in order to ensure that it would be left looking brighter and feeling smoother afterwards—which it did. Next, were the extractions, which are not my favorite part of the process, but I knew they had to be done. And Billie checked in with me throughout the entire session to ensure I was comfortable and relaxed.My appointment finished with a hand and arm massage. I had the choice of a blueberry, cranberry or coconut scrub. (I chose blueberry!) My hands are always dry, so to say I appreciated this is an understatement. The scrub felt amazing on my skin and smelled fantastic!Before I left, Billie was extremely informative and kind as she spoke to me about things I can do to keep my skin looking great. I felt as if I was talking to an old friend rather than someone I had just met.Blue Salon and Spa is definitely a place to visit during Spa Week. The hospitality, accommodations, and services are like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. And your skin will surely thank you for giving it a much-needed day of pampering.Jaime:Fantastic Spa in Bellmore is nestled in a shopping center on Jerusalem Road. Once inside, half of the space is used as a bustling nail salon, while the other is a gorgeous day spa. Together, they become a rejuvenating, relaxing place to get luxuriously pampered.Upon my arrival, Rachel, the manager, led me from the nail salon through the frosted glass doors to the private day spa, where the gentle sounds of flowing water and soft music greet each guest. The colors are subdued grays and browns, and automatically, I felt my shoulders relax. The friendly staff knows their stuff. Fantastic Spa has been thriving in two locations for more than 10 years—and it shows.Rachel introduced me to Sophia, who was going to give me a Swedish massage and deep-cleansing facial. As I later discovered, she’s earned a well-deserved loyal following since she started a decade ago. I began by lying face-down on the heated table, covered with a light sheet. Sophia’s skilled hands took long sweeps down my entire body before working each muscle area with concentrated pressure to relieve all of my built-up tension with a sweet-smelling organic lotion. She spent long periods focusing on the crunchiness in my shoulders and neck, before soothing my lower back with her experienced hands. From there, she massaged my legs, ankles, and even my feet before she gently asked me to turn over. With my eyes closed, I drifted off as she massaged my shoulders and neck, then my arms and hands, working each finger and the pressure points in the palm of my hand.I may have snored. If so, Sophia was kind enough not to mention it.My facial was a 60-minute relax-fest, as Sophia deeply and methodically cleansed my skin. With a warm towel placed over my eyes, Sophia opened my pores with hot aromatic steam. She exfoliated my skin and carefully extracted any unwelcome blackheads that have made themselves known on my face. According to Rachel, the next step, which is so crucial, is often not included by less-professional salons. Sophia carefully covered my face in a rich anti-bacterial gel, meant to soothe the sites where blackheads have been extracted and protect against infection. With all my pores open and my face feeling so fresh and clean, my skin has no protection against irritants like dirt or make-up. The antibacterial gel is an important step, letting me know I’m in the hands of real pros.Next, Sophia covered my face with a mask customized to my skin type. As it set, I may have dozed off for a minute or more! When all was said and done, I felt refreshed, with a smooth, dewy complexion that my husband later praised the moment I walked in the door of our house.But that’s hours later. I wasn’t done yet at Fantastic Spa.After she worked her magic on me, Sophia introduced me to Chelsea, who served hot green tea and a snack of sliced apples and trail mix in the VIP pedicure room, a private area with only two reclining chairs and a lovely, peaceful decor in soft browns and golds with gentle music playing in the background.Leah was on hand to treat me to the spa’s special pedicure, a deliciously chamomile-scented treatment that fills the room with a soothing aroma. This therapy helped me relax in my soft leather chair as Leah soothed my feet and legs with what seems like endless packets of different lotions. First, she soaked my aching feet in a chamomile bath, then rubbed my dry winter legs with a soothing scrub that sloughed away the dead skin cells. Next, Leah covered my legs with hot towels moistened with a chamomile mixture and filed my toenails.Then, it was time for my favorite part of the experience. She lowered the lights, instructed me to relax, reclined my chair, and treated me to a 20-minute foot massage with an aromatic lotion. She coated my heels with a chamomile balm that made my winter feet almost unrecognizable. Finally, she painted my toes with a pretty blue polish that I can’t wait to show off once the weather finally warms up and I can put my boots away!Because I love everything they gave me, I plan to go back to Fantastic Spa for the fourth part of its special offer for Spa Week: its white sugar honey polish, a soothing treatment that exfoliates, nourishes and rejuvenates the entire body in a relaxing experience. It’s the perfect way to wash away the dreary winter and step into spring. I can’t wait!Here is a list of Long Island spas that are participating in Spa Week. Check out www.SpaWeek.com for full details. All treatments are $50 from April 17 to 23.Blue Salon and SpaSweet Almond MassageNourishing Blueberry Detox FacialPineapple Enzyme Peel FacialBuglino Plastic SurgeryThe Real Housewives HydraFacialOne Area of Xeomin (Filler)Medical Grade Chemical PeelButterfly Garden SpaSwedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu or Sports MassageCustom Facial or Korean Body ScrubHoney, Oatmeal, or Fruit Infusion Body WrapCenter For Pain Relief & WellnessSwedish Massage with Lavender AromatherapyDeep Cleansing European FacialLavender and Vanilla Body ScrubDeep Blue Med Spa at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group – BabylonSpa Week Facial Customized to Skin TypeSpa Week Microdermabrasion TreatmentVisia Skin Analysis and Chemical PeelDeep Blue Med Spa at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group – East HillsSpa Week Facial Customized to Skin TypeSpa Week Microdermabrasion TreatmentVisia Skin Analysis and Chemical PeelDeep Blue Med Spa at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group – Garden CitySpa Week Facial Customized to Skin TypeSpa Week Microdermabrasion TreatmentVisia Skin Analysis and Chemical PeelEastern Breeze Nail & SpaSwedish MassageFoot ReflexologyEBJ Skin Care CenterSignature EBJ MassageSkin Specific Facial Custom to Skin NeedMicrodermabrasion TreatmentFantastic Spa – FarmingdaleSwedish Massage with Certified Organic OilDetox Deep Cleansing FacialChamomile Aroma Spa PedicureFantastic Spa – BellmoreSwedish Massage with Certified Organic OilDetox Deep Cleansing FacialChamomile Aroma Spa PedicureJoseph Christopher For Beauty & WellnessTulasra Balancing FacialAveda Body Polish TreatmentAveda Aroma WrapLaser Plus Spa – BellmoreMicrofacial, Radiance or Gentleman’s FacialSwedish Massage or Aromatherapy Body WrapTeeth Whitening or PhotorejuvenationLord & Taylor Salon & SpaBioelements or Gentleman’s FacialBack Treatment or MicrodermabrasionSingle Process Color and Stylenu glo medi-spaLunchtime Facelift with LEDCavi Lip Treatment with RF Skin Tightening30% or 40% Chemical PeelNuZen SpaSignature Swedish MassageDeep Cleansing Facial with High Frequency TreatmentOrganic ‘Milk + Honey’ Sugar Body ScrubO SpaAromatherapy MassageSeaweed Deep Pore Cleansing FacialAnti-Cellulite Slimming TreatmentOrange Skye Body & Beauty BarRelaxation Swedish MassageSpring Clean Customized FacialBeautiful Eyes: Eyelash Extensions and ColorRed Door Spa – BellmoreSpa Week Massage with Shea Butter CreamSpa Week Signature FacialSpa Week Pedicure with Choice of Gel PolishRed Door Spa – Garden CitySpa Week Massage with Shea Butter CreamSpa Week Signature FacialSpa Week Pedicure with Choice of Gel PolishRed Door Spa – WoodburySpa Week Massage with Shea Butter CreamSpa Week Signature FacialSpa Week Pedicure with Choice of Gel PolishRed Door Spa at The Garden City HotelSpa Week Massage with Shea Butter CreamSpa Week Signature FacialSpa Week Pedicure with Choice of Gel PolishSmooth Generation Skin Rejuvenation SpaPore Cleanse Facial Customized to Skin TypeAnti-Oxidant Hydrating FacialOrganic Pumpkin Enzyme Exfoliating FacialSomatic Massage TherapyRejuvenating Facial with radio FrequencyEnzymatic Peel with LED TherapyTension Melt Massage SessionSpa L’acQuaL’acQua Signature MassageCustom Deep Cleanse FacialSugar Scrub with Vichy Shower TreatmentViana Hotel & SpaSwedish Relaxation MassageViana Signature FacialImage Ormedic Organc Facial by VianaVita Ageless Medical AestheticsMicrodermabrasion with Custom MaskPineapple and Papaya Gentle FacialLaser Hair Removal Session for UnderarmExperience the soothing, cleansing power of all that these health and beauty spas have to offer at Spa Week!last_img read more

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Miami Beach leads 2020 North America World Travel Awards winners | News

first_imgAnother rising luxury hospitality star, the Florida Keys oceanfront destination, Isla Bella Beach Resort, was voted ‘North America’s Leading New Resort’. And Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York scooped ‘North America’s Leading Green Hotel’.The unrivalled dedication to sustainable tourism of Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association was acknowledged with ‘North America’s Responsible Tourism Award’. – Advertisement – Nestled in an idyllic corner of British Columbia, the Thompson Okanagan region is blessed with untapped natural beauty, a rich indigenous culture and a thriving culinary scene.In the aviation sector, Delta Air Lines dug deep in a year of unprecedented global challenges to win ‘North America’s Leading Airline’, while John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York took ‘North America’s Leading Airport’.The results follow a year-long search for the world’s top travel, tourism and hospitality brands. Votes were cast by travel industry professionals and the public, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner.Graham Cooke, founder of World Travel Awards, said: “Our winners represent the very best of Latin America’s travel and tourism sector and my congratulations to each of them. “They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges.”He added: “The World Travel Awards 2020 programme received a record number of votes cast by the public. “This shows that the appetite for travel and tourism has never been stronger and bodes well for the industry’s future as the global recovery begins.”Other winners include Maui, Hawaii (‘North America’s Leading Honeymoon Destination’); Norwegian Cruise Line (‘North America’s Leading Cruise Line’); Avis (‘North America’s Leading Car Rental Company’); TravelClick (‘North America’s Leading Hotel CRM Technology Provider); and Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York (‘North America’s Leading Boutique Hotel’).WinnersFor a full list of winners take a look here. More InformationWorld Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.For more information about World Travel Awards visit the official website.Image: TNS/SIPA USA/PA Images Winners include Miami Beach – with its dazzling array of art deco delights, sweeping beaches and sizzling entertainment – voted ‘North America’s Leading Destination’. Los Angeles was named ‘North America’s Leading City Break Destination’, and Grand Canyon National Park the recipient of ‘North America’s Leading Tourist Attraction’.Newcomer Conrad New York Downtown has swiftly stamped its mark on the luxury hospitality scene by picking up ‘North America’s Leading Hotel’. – Advertisement – World Travel Awards – the global initiative to recognise and reward excellence in travel and tourism – has unveiled its North America 2020 winners.The release coincides with its inaugural North America Winners Day.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – OlderFood District to open at the Pointe next weeklast_img read more

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Ken Schrader returns to RPM, Murray is Modified winner

first_imgBy Mike HughesHAYS, Kan. (June 7) – NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader returned to RPM Speedway Saturday night, June 7 to compete in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified division. Twenty-four cars started the 20-lap S & W Supply main event with outside polesitter Tim Watts jumping out to an early lead, trailed by Jesse Richter, Corey Lagroon, Brian Calhoon and Kevin Gray. Lagroon took over the top spot on lap three and held on to that position through lap 12. Then Da­vid Murray Jr. got under Lagroon in turns three and four on lap 13 and assumed command.The man on the move, however, was Kyle Rohleder. Rohleder reeled in Murray and was about to make a pass when the final caution waved on lap 18. Murray was able to hold on after the restart for his third feature win at Hays this season. Rohleder finished second, followed by Lagroon, Dylan Sherfick and Watts. Schrader finished sixth.After his hometown track Lincoln County Raceway rained out, Casey Werkmeister made the long haul to Hays worthwhile as he won the 20-lap Advantage Glass Plus IMCA Stock Car main event. Werkmeister took the lead from Scot Granzella on lap seven and led the remaining distance to the checkers. Michael Pepper finished second, trailed by Tyler Tipton, Granzella and Nolan Re­mus. More than 30 Golden Plains Trucking IMCA Northern SportMods checked in with 24 cars qualify­ing for the main event. Kaid Calhoon jumped to the early lead, but gave it up to Kurtis Pihl on lap three. Pihl continued to lead at the halfway mark, followed by Blaine Walt and Tyler Frye. On lap 11, Frye took the high groove to drive by both Walt and Pihl to take the lead. But as the field came to the white flag, Walt drove by Frye and held on to make his way to the winner’s cir­cle. Daniel Gottschalk finished third, followed by Trenton Kleweno and Pihl.The 20-lap Rebel Tank Service IMCA Hobby Stock A-feature saw its share of caution flags. Ja­cob Olmstead led the first three laps before Trevor Schmidt took command. Schmidt continued to lead through several caution periods and led the field at the halfway mark.Then Garrett Hager took the lead and drove on to his second main event win in a row at his hometown track. Schmidt held on for second, with Adam Armstrong, Ron Wehling and Cody Gra­ham rounding out the top five.Kiowa Higdon appeared to have won his fourth Tom’s Machine & Welding IMCA Sport Compact feature in a row.Higdon took the lead from Amber Bird on lap two of the 12-lap race and was first to the checkers, followed by Smith, Art Herzog, Bird and Madison Reed. But Higdon was disquali­fied as he did not pass post-race tech, giving Smith his second win of the year at Hays. Kirk Pfannen­stiel won the other heat race.The evening’s race sponsor was Federated Auto Parts/S & W Supply.last_img read more

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Bent: Fulham was only place for me

first_img The 29-year-old arrived at Aston Villa in January 2011 to much fanfare, joining in an £18million deal that could have reached as high as £24million. However, Bent’s successful start to life in the West Midlands turned sour following the appointment of Paul Lambert. “It was a flitter but it wasn’t anything major,” he said. “When I was up there now, everything has changed from the chairman, to the manager, to the backroom staff. “It is a completely different club. There were flitters but my only destination was Fulham.” Bent has impressed since arriving in south-west London, netting the winner against Stoke before the international break. It was a victory that helped alleviate the pressure on manager Martin Jol, who would ideally like Bent to play in tandem with Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian limped off in the second-half against Stoke but is fit to feature against Crystal Palace, leaving the Whites boss with an attacking conundrum. “I’ve got very good strikers so there’s always a choice to make,” the Dutchman said. “When I took Bent, for example, I told him he had to play with Berbatov, and that didn’t happen. “It happened once, against Newcastle United away, but in the second half against Everton when we beat them they played together. “Against Stoke, Berba had to come off to bring on Bent and he scored. “We haven’t really played in the formation I had in mind but I won’t tell you which formation that was.” Darren Bent always knew Fulham was the right place for him, despite coming close to joining Monday’s opponents Crystal Palace. Unwanted at Villa Park, a summer departure always looked inevitable even if Fulham did not always look like his final destination. Newly promoted Palace had been confident of bringing in the England international, only for manager Ian Holloway to be gazumped at the last minute. The Eagles boss said “there are bigger sharks than us”, but Bent insists he could not turn down the chance to move to Craven Cottage. “There was a lot of talk (about Palace),” Bent said. “I spoke to Ian Holloway but I always knew Fulham was the place for me. “I am here now and I am delighted to be here. “No disrespect to Crystal Palace or Ian Holloway, it is a fantastic football club and he is a fantastic manager. I could only ever see myself coming to Fulham.” Bent was linked with a number of clubs during the summer, with Newcastle and Stoke potential suitors. Sunderland, the club he left to join Aston Villa, were another interested in his services, although it was a move that Bent did not feel comfortable with. Press Associationlast_img read more

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