Twiddle Teases Grateful Dead, X-Files Theme, Welcomes Horn Section At Sold Out Albany Show With Formula 5

first_imgTwiddle and Formula 5 brought a sold out dance party to the Upstate Concert Hall last night, Friday, February 26. The Capital Region’s own Formula 5 opened the evening, playing an hour long set with the hometown crowd in the palm of their hand. New member Matt Richards’ keyboard playing fit in perfectly with the band’s sound. Barely stopping between songs, the set was sandwiched at beginning and end by “Earthbound Tim”. Teases of Phish and Twiddle got the crowd going.Formula 5 will play Saratoga’s Putnam Den later this month, followed by a residency in Vermont every Wednesday of March.Twiddle brought along The Frendly Horns for the evening, with the brass section really filling out the band’s sound. They tore through “Gatsby The Great” to start the evening off, never taking their foot off the gas pedal. A brief “Shakedown Street” tease had the crowd going wild in the already impressive “Brick of Barley”. The band is locked in right now and can slip into any sort of jam at the drop of a dime. Whether it’s full on classic rock, outer space craziness, or murky funk, Twiddle is on fire at the moment. Ending the evening with The Samples’ “Did You Ever Look So Nice?” with special guest Lowell Wurster of Lucid on washboard sent everyone home with a smiling face.Twiddle continues their Plumperdump Winter Tour tonight at Irving Plaza in New York City.Setlist: Twiddle at Upstate Concert Hall 2/26/16Gatsby the Great, Honeyburste, Brick of Barley*, Polluted Beauty, Classical Gas**, Be There, Complacent Race, FrankenfooteEncore” Did You Ever Look So Nice?*”Shakedown Street” tease**”X-Files Theme” teaseWords and Photos by Bryan Lasky. Full gallery at the bottom. Load remaining imageslast_img

Cancer vaccine begins Phase I clinical trials

first_imgA cross-disciplinary team of Harvard scientists, engineers, and clinicians announced today that they have begun a Phase I clinical trial of an implantable vaccine to treat melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer.The effort is the fruit of a new model of translational research being pursued at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University that integrates the latest cancer research with bioinspired technology development. It was led by Wyss core faculty member David J. Mooney, who is also the Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and Wyss Institute associate faculty member Glenn Dranoff, who is co-leader of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Cancer Vaccine Center.Most therapeutic cancer vaccines available require doctors to first remove the patient’s immune cells, then reprogram them and reintroduce them back into the body. The new approach, which was first reported to eliminate tumors in mice in Science Translational Medicine in 2009, instead uses a disk-like sponge about the size of a fingernail that is made from FDA-approved polymers. The sponge is implanted under the skin, and is designed to recruit and reprogram a patient’s own immune cells “on site,” instructing them to travel through the body, home in on cancer cells, then kill them.The technology was initially designed to target cancerous cells in skin, but might have application to other cancers. In the preclinical study reported in Science Translational Medicine, 50 percent of mice treated with two doses of the vaccine — mice that would have otherwise died from melanoma within about 25 days — showed complete tumor regression.“Our vaccine was made possible by combining a wide range of biomedical expertise that thrives in Boston and Cambridge,” said Mooney, who specializes in the design of biomaterials for tissue engineering and drug delivery. “It reflects the bioinspired engineering savvy and technology development focus of engineers and scientists at the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS, as well as the immunological and clinical expertise of the researchers and clinicians at Dana-Farber and Harvard Medical School.”“This is expected to be the first of many new innovative therapies made possible by the Wyss Institute’s collaborative model of translational research that will enter human clinical trials,” said Wyss’ founding director, Don Ingber of Children’s Hospital Boston, who is also the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and a professor of bioengineering at SEAS. “It validates our approach, which strives to move technologies into the clinical space much faster than would be possible in a traditional academic environment. It’s enormously gratifying to see one of our first technologies take this giant leap forward.”The Wyss Institute comprises a consortium of researchers, engineers, clinicians, and staff with industrial and business development experience from the Wyss Institute and nine other collaborating institutions in Greater Boston.“It is rare to get a new technology tested in the laboratory and moved into human clinical trials so quickly,” said Dranoff, who is also a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and leader of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center program in cancer immunology. “We’re beyond thrilled with the momentum, and excited about its potential.”The goal of the Phase I study, which is expected to conclude in 2015, is to assess the safety of the vaccine in humans.The cancer vaccine work has received support from the Wyss Institute, Dana-Farber, and the National Institutes of Health. In addition to Mooney, Dranoff, and Hodi, other collaborators include Wyss senior staff scientist Edward Doherty, Wyss staff scientist Omar Ali, Jerry Ritz, director of the Cell Processing Laboratory at Dana-Farber, Sara Russell, and Charles Yoon, surgeons at Dana-Farber, and other clinical research team members based at Dana-Farber.To learn more.last_img

Notre Dame Fire Department welcomes first full-time women firefighters

first_imgThe University announced in a press release Wednesday that the Notre Dame Fire Department (NDFD) recently welcomed its first full-time women firefighters: Christi Shibata and Michelle Woolverton.Shibata, 37, began her time with the department in July, according to the release. She is a native of Petoskey, Michigan, where she worked as a physical therapist assistant and personal trainer prior to joining the department. Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) chief Keri Kei Shibata is her sister.Woolverton, 42, started with the department in August, the release said. She is from South Bend and worked as a supervisor in Building Services at Notre Dame prior to joining NDFD.Shibata and Woolverton are both certified emergency medical technicians. Their duties will not be different from other firefighters on the force and will include “driving the [fire] engine and operating the engine pump,” the release said. Both women are graduates of Clay Fire Academy.Bruce Harrison, chief of NDFD, said in the release Shibata and Woolverton earned their opportunities and are both qualified for the job.“I’m very proud of Notre Dame Fire Department,” Harrison said. “I’m proud of its past, I’m very proud of the present, and I’m very optimistic about the future. It’s a good place. It’s a good service. And I think Christi and Michelle are going to be good representatives of this fire department as we move into the future.”Other women serve part-time on an on-call basis with NDFD, the release said, but Shibata and Woolverton are the first women to serve with the department full-time.“It’s been awesome,” Shibata said in the release. “I’m excited about the next steps. There’s so much more to learn and so much more you can do through the fire service other than the basic level training, so I’m excited about those opportunities.”Women now represent about 11% of the Department’s personnel, according to the release.“I’m 42 years old. I never thought my dream would come true, and it has,” Woolverton said.The NDFD is the oldest university fire department in the United States. The Department provides emergency fire and medical services, as well as public education and inspection and maintenance services. According to the NDFD website, they receive approximately 1,500 calls a year from the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross communities.Tags: Blue Mass, NDFD, University of Notre Dame Fire Departmentlast_img

Tuck Everlasting Opens on Broadway

first_img Related Shows Join the parade! The new Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting opens officially at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 26. The tuner, directed by Casey Nicholaw, features a folk score by Chis Miller and Nathan Tysen and a book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle. To celebrate the show’s big night, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the cast.The portrait features newcomer Sarah Charles Lewis front and center as Winnie Foster, as well as (clockwise from top left) Pippa Pearthree as Nana, Valerie Wright as Mother, Michael Wartella as Hugo, Fred Applegate as Constable Joe, Terrence Mann as the Man in the Yellow Suit and the four Tucks: Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Jesse, Robert Lenzi as Miles, Michael Park as Agnus and Carolee Carmello as wishes the cast of Tuck Everlasting a happy opening! May you cherish tonight forever and ever (and ever and ever…) View Comments © Justin “Squigs” Robertson Tuck Everlasting Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016 About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.last_img

Vermont to get $400,000 for unemployment insurance system upgrade

first_img Unemployment Insurance Technology Infrastructure Grants ———————————————– State Grant Amount —– ———— Alabama $926,714 ——- ——– Alaska $1,900,000 —— ———- Arizona $6,778,673 ——- ———- Arkansas $261,244 ——– ——– California $4,439,602 ———- ———- Colorado $3,453,055 ——– ———- Connecticut $5,189,407 ———– ———- District of Colombia $134,714 ——————– ——– Florida $1,573,298 ——- ———- Georgia $8,850,630 ——- ———- Hawaii $820,620 —— ——– Idaho $6,093,305 —– ———- Illinois $5,910,249 ——– ———- Indiana $182,332 ——- ——– Iowa $2,693,354 —- ———- Kansas $3,415,913 —— ———- Kentucky $3,457,695 ——– ———- Louisiana $907,730 ——— ——– Maine $341,290 —– ——– Maryland $5,362,230 ——– ———- Massachusetts $2,533,150 ————- ———- Michigan $3,908,500 ——– ———- Minnesota $2,047,838 ——— ———- Mississippi $3,804,924 ———– ———- Missouri $2,032,503 ——– ———- Montana $23,005 ——- ——- Nebraska $777,307 ——– ——– Nevada $4,188,165 —— ———- New Hampshire $73,275 ————- ——- New Jersey $798,689 ———- ——– New Mexico $1,666,539 ———- ———- New York $5,354,950 ——– ———- North Carolina $5,625,765 ————– ———- North Dakota read more

Vermont near bottom in most cost-effective roads ranking

first_imgOver the last two years New Jersey has moved up from last to 45th in the overall rankings, but still spends dramatically more than every other state. New Jersey spends $1.1 million per mile on state roads. The second biggest spender, Florida, spends$671,000 per mile and California spends $545,000 per mile. South Carolina had the lowest expenses, spending just $34,000per mile.California also squanders a massive amount of transportation money that never makes it onto roads, spending $93,464 in administrative costs for every mile of state road. New York ($89,194 per mile), Massachusetts ($71,982), and New Jersey($62,748) also compare poorly to states like Texas ($6,529) and Virginia ($6,370) that spend dramatically less on administrative costs.‘We’re seeing several factors combine to produce significant improvement in highway conditions,’ said David T. Hartgen, author of the report and emeritus professor of transportation studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. ‘Over the last several years, states invested a lot more money to improve pavement and bridges. Spending increased 8 percent from 2007 to 2008, and per-mile spending on state roads has almost tripled since 1984, so you’d hope and expect to see improved performance. As pavement gets better, roads are widened and bridges get repaired, you’d also expect safety to improve. And the significant reduction in vehicle miles traveled during the recession has also played a role in slowing system decay. But as the states deal with large budget deficits and the recession continues, we’ll have to wait and see if this progress can be continued.’Full Report OnlineThe full Annual Highway Report with detailed state-by-state analysis is online here: is external).About Reason FoundationReason Foundation is a nonprofit think tank dedicated to advancing free minds and free markets. Reason Foundation produces respected public policy research on a variety of issues and publishes the critically acclaimed Reason magazine and its website, For more information, please visit State highway conditions are the best they’ve been in 19 years, according to Reason Foundation’s 19th Annual Highway Report. Unfortunately, the recession is partly responsible for the improvement in road conditions: people are driving less, which has helped slow pavement deterioration and reduced traffic congestion and fatalities. The annual Reason Foundation study measures the condition and cost-effectiveness of state-owned roads in 11 categories, including deficient bridges, urban traffic congestion, fatality rates, pavement condition on urban and rural Interstates and on major rural roads, and the number of unsafe narrow rural lanes. National performance in all of those key areas improved in 2008, the most recent year with complete data available.Overall, North Dakota, Montana and Kansas have the most cost-effective state highway systems. Rhode Island, Alaska,California, Hawaii and New York have the least cost-effective road systems.Drivers in California, Minnesota, Maryland, Michigan and Connecticut are stuck in the worst traffic. Over 65 percent of all urban Interstates are congested in each of those five states. But nationally, the percentage of urban Interstates that are congested fell below 50 percent for the first time since 2000, when congestion standards were revised.Motorists in California and Hawaii have to look out for the most potholes on urban Interstates. In those two states, approximately 25 percent of urban Interstate pavement is in poor condition. Alaska and Rhode Island have the bumpiest rural roads. Nationally, pavement conditions on urban Interstates are the best they’ve been since 1993, and rural primary roads are the smoothest they’ve been since 1993 also.Rhode Island has the most troubled bridges in the country, with over 53 percent of bridges deficient or functionally obsolete. For comparison, just 10 percent of top-ranked Nevada’s bridges are rated deficient. Across the country, 23.7 percent of America’s bridges were structurally deficient or functionally obsolete in 2008, the lowest percentage since 1984.With the recession reducing driving, and engineering improving road design and car safety features, traffic fatalities have steadily fallen to the lowest levels since the 1960s. Massachusetts has the safest roads with just 0.67 fatalities per 100 million miles driven. Montana and Louisiana have the highest fatality rates, at 2.12 and 2.02 fatalities per 100 million miles driven. The full Annual Highway Report rankings are:North DakotaMontanaKansasNew MexicoNebraskaSouth CarolinaWyomingMissouriGeorgiaOregonDelawareSouth DakotaTexasKentuckyNevadaMississippiIdahoVirginiaTennesseeAlabamaNorth CarolinaUtahIndianaOhioMinnesotaArizonaNew HampshireWisconsinArkansasWest VirginiaIowaMaineWashingtonColoradoMichiganLouisianaOklahomaPennsylvaniaFloridaIllinoisConnecticutVermontMarylandMassachusettsNew read more

Florida’s newest attorneys take the oath of admission

first_img November 1, 2003 Daniel Staesser Assistant Editor Regular News Florida’s newest attorneys take the oath of admission Florida’s newest attorneys take the oath of admission Assistant EditorAddie P. Asay never thought she would stand in front of the Florida Supreme Court, much less be honored by the high court’s justices.Yet October 7 she took the podium on behalf of her colleagues, the newest inductees to The Florida Bar, and spoke to a receptive gathering at the venue.The hour-long Bar admission induction ceremony, which attracted the attendance of Tallahassee Mayor John Marks and former Chief Justice Joseph Boyd, brought laughter, tears, and an onslaught of flash photography.“We are truly blessed to be here,” said an enthusiastic Asay, who praised the accomplishments of her peers and challenged them to carry out with dignity the principles that earmark the profession.Florida Bar President Miles McGrane spoke of these principles and how they have stayed with the profession over the years. Talking of the recent death of actor Gregory Peck, who played lawyer Atticus Finch in the classic film To Kill a Mockingbird, McGrane invoked the legacy of the character, whom the week before Peck died, had been voted by the American Film Industry as the number one hero in the history of American films.“That’s right, the number one hero is a lawyer,” McGrane said. “A trial lawyer.”Though lawyers are often portrayed as scapegoats for all that is wrong with the country, McGrane said that the legal profession “guarantees liberty and equal justice for all.”Quoting Peck’s character from the 1962 film, McGrane gave his message of motivation: “There is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court.”Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead encouraged the young practitioners to “not only stay true to the tenants of the legal profession, but also stay true to yourselves.”Tallahassee Bar President Dean Leboeuf shared some of the same wisdom, cautioning the state’s newest lawyers that there would be times when their moral standards and professional ethics would be tested.“If you compromise values, I promise the victory won’t be as sweet,” said Leboeuf, who roused laughter when he continued on to say “make decisions that make your mama proud.”Chief Justice Anstead created a sense of pride in everyone in the standing-room-only crowd when he spoke of U.S. soldiers upholding the principles of American law on foreign soil, suggesting that “if they [the soldiers] can go to a foreign land and uphold the law, then we can uphold those principles here.”McGrane said those principles, once referred to as the “ethical duty and professional obligation” of lawyers, by the late great Chesterfield Smith, are perhaps best summed up by constitutional lawyer John W. Davis, who said of the profession:“We build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures. But, we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men’s burdens by our efforts; we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”last_img

HBO Dominates Emmy Awards as ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep’ Take Top Honors

first_imgComedian Andy Samberg enjoys watching television like the rest of us. But on Sunday night, when Andy strutted on stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the eyes behind the biggest TV shows in the country were watching him. Maybe not him, exactly. They were focused on that winged statue painted in gold, the iconic image representing the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.The majority of the awards went to three victors.Olive Kitteridge, the HBO miniseries that paired Bill Murray with Frances McDormand in a poignant comedic courtship set in Maine, won all the limited movie/series categories except Best Supporting Actress, a win scored by Regina King for her performance in American Crime on ABC, who was apparently overcome with emotion as she accepted the award because it was her first Emmy.The political satire Veep won Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Supporting Actor (Tony Hale, who plays her hard-pressed top aide), and Best Comedy Series. So they’re the clear winners of a cynical show that makes fun of an American political system that plays the voters for chumps.To a standing ovation, Tracy Morgan made a triumphant return to the stage following his near-fatal car accident more than a year ago that had left him in a coma for eight days. He crowned Game of Thrones as Outstanding Drama Series. In the scheme of things, it was an odd choice to have this talented comedian deliver the award for best drama, but it made for a compelling moment on TV. The fantasy show also won Best Writing in a Drama Series and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage, who plays the tenacious Tyrion Lannister). The tally scored the series a record-breaking 12 Emmy wins in a single year. Even Stewart’s old Republican and conservative pals received recognition last night, by which they were the butts of several one-liners, but not by him.Andy Samberg kicked it off early on. “But I’ve got to say, sure, Donald Trump seems racist … what else?” he said to big laughs from an audience that relished that punchline.“What a great honor it must be for you to honor me tonight,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus said as she received her Emmy. “I’m so sorry! Donald Trump said that. It’s getting trickier and trickier to satirize this stuff.”When Key and Peele, from the satirical Comedy Central show of the same name, were handing out awards for “reality competition shows,” the comedians described the genre as “a strange reality.”Key said it was “where people can’t seem to say two words without throwing each other under the bus.” Peele said it was where “a panel of millionaires fight like sharks to be chosen by average middle class Americans.”“And where nobody is there for the right reasons,” Key added.“But enough about the Republican national debate,” concluded Peele. This partisan crowd ate it up.To be fair, Bernie Sanders also got poked fun at. Samberg said the Vermont Senator running to be the Democratic presidential nominee “always looks like his plane is delayed.” The crowd chuckled. If there was a Hillary Clinton joke in his opening monologue, it didn’t make it to the TelePrompter.There were other notable wins. Viola Davis won Best Actress in a Drama for her role as Annalise Keating in How to Get Away With Murder on ABC, making her the first African American woman to win that award. Jeffrey Tambor won for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Transparent). It was the 71-year-old actor’s first Emmy, which he dedicated to the transgender community. After seven previous nominations without a win, Jon Hamm finally took home an Emmy for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Don Draper on Mad Men. He sealed the deal at last.Now we can catch up on all the popular shows we’ve missed—or now heard of—before the next Emmy Awards airs. We have a year. So the real winner of the night was HBO, the actual One True Network, which produces all three programs.Another champion was The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which won in three competitive categories for Best Variety Series: Writing, Directing, and Talk Series. The honors felt like an appropriately heartfelt farewell to the dearly missed satirist of late night TV. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York View image | gettyimages.comlast_img

Chasing 100% member satisfaction

first_imgTwo months after deploying HappyOrNot Customer Satisfaction kiosks at each of its four branch locations, $182 million/18,700-member First Financial Federal Credit Union, Wall Township, N.J., is sharing its member ratings both online and at each branch location.The credit union displays its HappyOrNot “Customer Interaction Report,” which consists of a large smiley face with summary results of positive vs. negative member feedback to a question posed at each kiosk.First Financial FCU decided to go public with a monthly summary of its member satisfaction ratings to demonstrate to members that their feedback is very important to the credit union. The credit union anticipates that its positive member satisfaction ratings will grow from its initial January rating of 94 percent by up to five percent over the next several months as a result of using the HappyOrNot kiosks and reporting system.During the second month of its HappyOrNot deployment in February, the CU had already increased its positive member satisfaction rating to 97 percent. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Angelino claims victory with lead in race for 122nd Assembly District

first_img“I’m honored to have earned the trust of the Republican voters in the122nd Assembly District with an overwhelming victory in today’s PrimaryElection. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. Republicans Victor Furman, Nicholas R. Libous and James P. Powers are also in the running. As we head toward the General Election in November, I will continueworking as hard as I can to speak with every voter in the District tolearn their concerns and to share my ideas for getting New York Stateback on track.” (WBNG) — Republican Joe Angelino leads the race for 122nd Assembly District with 72 percent of the total number of counted votes in the New York State Primary.center_img In a statement sent to 12 News, Angelino said: As of 10:55 p.m., Angelino has 2,554 votes, according to the state election website.last_img