ADU Pilot Program Draws 34 Applicants

first_img Business News 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News center_img Community News Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe The Pasadena Housing Department has received 34 applications as part of its Second-Unit Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Program, a new city affordable housing initiative that provides incentives to homeowners who add an affordable rental unit onto their property.According to Housing Director William Huang, the city has received 20 applications for new ADUs, and 14 for existing unpermitted structures.The program provides homeowners financial assistance to build an ADU through new construction or convert their garage into a rental unit. Assistance is also available to rehabilitate and bring up to code an existing unpermitted “granny flat,” or illegal garage conversion.For new construction, the program can provide up to $150,000 in construction loans, payable in three years at one percent simple interest. The loan must be refinanced prior to the end of the deferred payment period.For work to bring an unpermitted rental unit up to code, the program can provide a maximum $75,000 20-year loan at one percent simple interest, with deferred payments for the first five years.The deadline has passed to participate in the program.The city has received $4,050,000 in funding requests, which far exceeds the $800,000 in available funding. Funds will be awarded in January.New laws allow owners of single-family homes to build two additional units on their lots, in some cases within four feet of the property line.Since April 2018, the city has received 142 applications for ADUs, with 35 permits being issued. Another 74 applications are currently being reviewed. Four additional applications have been approved and can advance after the applicants complete the permit process. In addition, 20 projects have been inspected and completed, and nine permits have been canceled.Construction of ADUs has increased significantly in California in recent years.From 2018 to 2019, permits skyrocketed from almost 6,000 to nearly 16,000, according to a study by the Terner Center for Housing Innovation.During that same period, ADU completions more than tripled from 2,000 to almost 7,000 in Los Angeles, San Diego, and the Bay Area. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News ADU Pilot Program Draws 34 Applicants Requests for funding far exceed available money By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | 5:39 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

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Investigation underway into wedged hydrant at Donegal house fire

first_img WhatsApp Previous articleNumber of people awaiting admission to LUH drops dramaticallyNext articleMan dies in house fire in Tyrone News Highland By News Highland – October 5, 2018 AudioHomepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Twitter An investigation is underway following claims that a wedged water hydrant delayed firemen in tackling a house fire in Killygordon last week. It’s understood that three appliances attended the scene on Tuesday September 25th last and when the firemen went refill their tenders, the hydrant cover wouldn’t open.As a result, firemen had to search for another supply from the next available hydrant.Cathaoirleach of the Stranorlar Municipal District Cllr. Patrick McGowan believes the issue lies with a lack of maintenance and that’s unacceptable when lives are on the line:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/pmhjhjhjhjhgfire.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Investigation underway into wedged hydrant at Donegal house fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+center_img Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more

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Transit worker stabbed on subway platform in New York City following random altercation

first_imgGoogle Maps Street View(NEW YORK) — A New York City transit worker is recovering after he was stabbed on a subway platform on Easter Sunday following an altercation.The Metropolitan Transportation Authority conductor was sitting on a bench at the southbound platform for No. 2, 4 and 5 trains at 149th Street and Grand Concourse in the Bronx when the suspect randomly approached him and slapped him in the face, MTA worker Tina Smith told ABC New York station WABC-TV.The pair then engaged in a physical fight, and the suspect stabbed the MTA worker several times in the shoulder and torso, WABC-TV reported. The 33-year-old conductor was able to hold the suspect, identified as 20-year-old Walter Rivera, down until police arrived and took him into custody.Rivera was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon, according to WABC-TV.The conductor was in uniform when he was attacked, photos posted by WABC-TV show.Smith said the suspect was “looking for trouble.”“Why would you have a knife if you weren’t looking for trouble?” Smith told WABC-TV.An image tweeted by WABC-TV reporter Kemberly Richardson shows the MTA worker being treated for a gaping gash on his upper back. Another photo shows a large knife lying on the platform ground. The conductor, who has been on the job for five years, was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries, according to WABC-TV.Additional details were not immediately available.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Mother does not bring 2 missing Idaho children to police by deadline

first_imgRexburg Police Department(REXBURG, Idaho) — Fugitive parents found in Hawaii ordered to produce missing kidsLori Vallow was given a deadline to “physically produce” her missing kids to authorities by Thursday morning after she was last seen in Hawaii by police. Rexburg Police DepartmentThe mother of two missing children failed to bring the kids to authorities in Idaho by the court-ordered deadline on Thursday.Lori Vallow, 46, may now be subject to civil or criminal contempt of court, according to the Rexburg Police Department. The penalties that would follow are not immediately clear.At a press conference Thursday, after Lori failed to appear with the kids, JJ’s grandmother, Kay Woodcock, said she did not know what punishment Vallow deserved, and did not know what would happen next.“What exactly that is, I don’t know; I can’t guess on it, I can’t say for sure whats going to happen next. … I’d love to know where those kids are and I think all of America wants to know where they are,” Kay Woodcock said. “I think all of this is beyond crazy. … How do you not know where your child is? How do you not have them for four months?”Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, have not been seen since September 2019, but police have said they believe Vallow knows either where they are or what has happened to them.Vallow, who lived in Rexburg, Idaho, up until November 2019, was found over the weekend in Princeville, Hawaii, on the island of Kauai, with her new husband, Chad Daybell. The two were still in Princeville as of Wednesday afternoon local time.Larry Woodcock, the biological grandfather of JJ, told ABC News’ Amy Robach earlier Thursday that he did not think Vallow would show up with the children.“Nothing with Lori right now makes sense,” Woodcock added, noting that the Vallow he knew for the last 12 years “is not the same person that is here on Earth today.”Kay Woodcock said Thursday evening she was not surprised Lori did not appear with the children.“I am not at all surprised of that. Lori’s not gonna make this easy,” Kay Woodcock said. “She’s got an end game in her head, even though this is not a game.”Vallow and Daybell are still in Hawaii, Kay Woodcock said, “probably sitting on the beach somewhere while we’re here wondering where the kids are.”The couple was served with a search warrant Sunday for a vehicle they were in when officers with the Kauai Police Department pulled them over.The police statement does not say that Daybell would be held in contempt of court. A lawyer for the couple didn’t respond to ABC News for comment.The children were not with Vallow or Daybell, and police said there’s no evidence they ever were in Hawaii. Authorities have said they think the children’s “lives are in danger.”Assistant Police Chief Gary Hagen told ABC News that he could not detail exactly what penalties Vallow would face if she’s held in contempt of court, citing the child protection act.The Madison County prosecutor in Rexburg similarly said in a statement that child protection cases are “sealed and confidential.”“While the Court did allow us to announce the existence of the case and the order that Lori Vallow produce her children, any and all other documents, hearings, and court filings are sealed and confidential by law,” according to the statement.The bewildering case made national headlines in December, after police announced the children’s disappearance.Yet concerns for the safety of JJ and Tylee arose well before.Lori Vallow’s former husband, Charles Vallow, who is the adopted father and biological granduncle of JJ, filed for divorce from Lori Vallow in February 2019, court records from Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona show.He expressed a “genuine fear for his life” and wanted to ensure that JJ was safe and cared for, according to a statement from his attorney Steven Ellsworth that was sent to ABC News.In July 2019, Charles Vallow was shot and killed by Lori Vallow’s brother, Alex Cox, in a case police are looking at as self-defense after an altercation occurred between the two inside Lori Vallow’s then-Chandler, Arizona, home.Cox was then found unresponsive in his Gilbert, Arizona, home in December 2019. He was later pronounced dead, and a spokesperson for Gilbert police previously told ABC News the department still was waiting for autopsy results to determine the cause.In between Vallow and Cox’s death, Chad Daybell’s wife also died under circumstances now believed to be suspicious, authorities said.The remains of Tamara “Tammy” Daybell’s, who died on Oct. 19, 2019, were exhumed in late December, police said. Authorities are looking into whether or not she was poisoned.In November 2019, extended family requested a welfare check for JJ at Vallow and Daybell’s Rexburg home.Vallow falsely told police the children were staying with a relative in Arizona, and the next day when police returned to the home with a warrant, both Vallow and Daybell had “abruptly” left the city.Rexburg police have lambasted Vallow, saying she “has completely refused” to help in the investigation and instead chose “to leave the state with her new husband.”Rumors that Vallow and Daybell are part of a cult have also stirred since the children’s disappearance.The rumors appeared to stem from their involvement in Preparing a People, an organization that preaches about preparing citizens “of this Earth for the second coming of Jesus Christ.”Preparing a People issued a stark and lengthy denial.“It is not a ‘group’ and is not a ‘Cult’ or something people join, but has educational lecture events that can be attended or watched on video,” their statement reads. “We also do not share any of Chad Daybell’s or Lori Vallow’s beliefs if they are contrary to Christian principles of honesty, integrity and truth.”Woodcock told ABC News that while he has ideas about why Vallow isn’t helping authorities, he does not have a truthful answer. He thinks that she changed after becoming involved in the so-called cult.“Ever since she’s been involved in this doomsday cult, that is not the same Lori that we knew for 13 years,” Woodcock said. “And the last year has just been not understandable. We just don’t understand how any mother can walk away from her children for months now …, so I don’t know who that person is anymore.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Environmental Sustainability, Assistant Professor in Environmental Policy – Tenure Track

first_imgOrganizational LocationPROVOST The School of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola UniversityChicago seeks qualified candidates for a 9-month, tenure-trackAssistant Professor position in environmental policy. Preferencewill be given to candidates who specialize in policy as it relatesto the intersection of social equity and environmentalsustainability, particularly in the areas of our research affinitygroups: climate change, water, environmental health, food systems,and/or biodiversity. The SES seeks to diversify its faculty andencourages underrepresented minorities, women, and people withdisabilities to apply. This position builds on the School’sinterdisciplinary strengths in addressing society’s vexingenvironmental challenges through research, teaching, andservice.Loyola University Chicago is committed to environmentalsustainability, having transformed its campuses to meet energy,water, and waste efficiencies that have consistently ranked theUniversity in the top 5% of green campuses nationally. The newSchool of Environmental Sustainability ( SES ) is growing quicklyand currently serves 380 undergraduate and 70 graduate students,and is housed within a state-of-the-art geo-thermally heated/cooledbuilding complex containing a 3,100 sq ft greenhouse, aquaponicsfacilities, a biodiesel production facility, teaching &research labs, environmental analytical lab, ecotoxicology lab, anda ‘green’ dormitory. The campus prioritizes sustainability with 13energy efficient LEED certified buildings, permeable pavement,green roof installations, and student-run urban gardens supplyingthe LUC Farmer’s Market. The Loyola University Retreat &Ecology Campus ( LUREC ) has a wetland restoration project in a20-acre wetland, a 5-acre organic farm, and is a venue forthree-week summer field courses and for faculty and studentresearch in sustainable agriculture, ecology, and wetlandrestoration. For more information about SES, please see ourwebsite.The development of a nationally recognized research program inenvironmental policy that leads to high quality publications;teaching an existing course on environmental policy; developing newcourses in the candidate’s area of policy expertise that supportSES’s Environmental Policy major and graduate certificate inEnvironmental Law and Policy; pursuing extramural funding;supporting partnerships with the Department of Political Science,the School of Law, and Masters of Urban Affairs and Public PolicyProgram; and, as appropriate to the successful candidate’s researchagenda, building collaborative research partnerships within the SESand with other academic units of the University, governmentalagencies, non-profit organizations, and/or community-basedorganizations. Open Until FilledYes Applicants should submit a current Curriculum Vitae; a letter ofinterest; a teaching statement with materials demonstratingteaching expertise, a research statement; and the names and contactinformation for three references to www.careers.luc.edu. Referenceswill not be contacted immediately but may be at subsequent pointsin the review process.Please address questions to:Professor Benjamin H. Johnson, Search Committee ChairSchool of Environmental SustainabilityLoyola University [email protected] of applications will begin January 15, 2021 and continueuntil the position is filled.LUC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with astrong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying ourfaculty. As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, weseek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan todeliver a transformative education in the Jesuit tradition. Inorder to gain a clearer understanding of LUC’s mission, candidatesshould consult our website athttp://www.luc.edu/mission/missionandidentity.shtml. Forinformation about the university’s focus on transformativeeducation, please consult our website athttp://www.luc.edu/transformativeed. Applications from women,minorities, Indigenous People, People of Color, veterans, andpersons with disabilities are especially encouraged. FLSA StatusExempt Physical DemandsNone Position End Date Position Details Location CodeSCH OF ENVIRO SUSTAINABILITY (03250A) Job CategoryUniversity Faculty Position TitleEnvironmental Sustainability, Assistant Professor inEnvironmental Policy – Tenure Track Open Date12/11/2020 Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationCurriculum VitaeResearch StatementTeaching StatementOptional DocumentsOther DocumentSupplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Qualifications Working ConditionsNone Posting Details The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong record of, orpotential for, scholarly research and teaching excellence at boththe undergraduate and graduate level; a willingness to workcollaboratively with faculty in other disciplines; and demonstratedability to serve students from diverse backgrounds. Applicants musthold an earned doctorate in environmental policy, public policy,political science, environmental studies, public administration,environmental law, or an affiliated field at the time ofappointment. We welcome applicants who possess relevantprofessional experience and can support students in building theirprofessional networks within environmental policy. The candidatemust share Loyola University Chicago’s Jesuit commitment to socialjustice, care for our common home, and walking with the excluded,ideally evidenced through their research, teaching and/or service.Candidates for the position should have a record of or clearpotential for distinguished scholarship, external research funding,and student mentorship.center_img Minimum Education and/or Work Experience Job TitleEnvironmental Sustainability, Assistant Professor inEnvironmental Policy – Tenure Track Job TypeFull-Time Department NameSCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong record of, orpotential for, scholarly research and teaching excellence at boththe undergraduate and graduate level; a willingness to workcollaboratively with faculty in other disciplines; and demonstratedability to serve students from diverse backgrounds. Applicants musthold an earned doctorate in environmental policy, public policy,political science, environmental studies, public administration,environmental law, or an affiliated field at the time ofappointment. We welcome applicants who possess relevantprofessional experience and can support students in building theirprofessional networks within environmental policy. The candidatemust share Loyola University Chicago’s Jesuit commitment to socialjustice, care for our common home, and walking with the excluded,ideally evidenced through their research, teaching and/or service.Candidates for the position should have a record of or clearpotential for distinguished scholarship, external research funding,and student mentorship. Position Number Job Number85TBD CampusRogers Park-Lake Shore Campus Quick Link for Postinghttps://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/14709 Desired Start Date08/09/2021 Number of Vacancies1 Duties and Responsibilities Is this split and/or fully grant funded?No Close Date Special Instructions to Applicantslast_img read more

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Bosma Announces Retirement As Teachers Rally For More Funding

first_imgBy Brandon BargerTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—House Speaker Brian Bosma told the thousands of teachers who traveled to the Statehouse to rally for better pay and improved funding that lawmakers “get it” and will address some of their issues when they return in January.If the Indianapolis Republican succeeds, it will be among his last acts as the longest-serving speaker of the Indiana House. Tuesday, as lawmakers convened for one day to organize for the 2020 session, Bosma announced that he will step down as speaker in March and will not seek re-election next year.As many as five thousand teachers and their supporters flooded the Statehouse and filled the corridor outside the House chamber where Bosma, 62, delivered his address. Outside the Statehouse, thousands more rallied, carrying signs that delivered their messages such as “enough is enough” and “less money on testing, more money on schools.”Against the backdrop of chanting educators, including some boos, Bosma recited how education funding has increased and said that if teachers aren’t getting more in their paychecks it might be because so much is going to administration.“In short, we get it,” Bosma said. “We get that you are frustrated. We get that you are concerned about issues.”Bosma said lawmakers will pass legislation when they return in January to protect teachers and schools from being penalized for low ILEARN test scores. Teacher appreciation grants will be awarded based on last year’s test scores, he added.Addressing a related issue, he said, “We also need to take a hard look, if we can do it this session, on separating teacher assessments from testing.”School districts across Indiana closed for the Red for Ed rally and more than 14,000 had signed up to attend. Earlier in the morning, bus after the bus pulled in from the Statehouse and unloaded another group of teachers, parents, and supporters.Concerns about the ILEARN test brought Soo Sup Cha, 25, a kindergarten teacher in the Monroe County School Corporation, to join the march.“We have so much testing going on,” Cha said. “And for kindergartners, they’re only five years old. There are a lot of expectations for the kids.”Jennifer Crossley, 36, came with her children, Kendall, Mason, and Sydney from Bloomington. “Our school system is still open, but we decided that we were going to come out and support teachers,” she said.The president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, Keith Gambill, a middle school music and drama teacher in Evansville since 1987, spoke to the assembled crowd from the south steps of the Statehouse about how teachers are coming together to voice their concerns.“Today, you say enough is enough,” Gambill said as cheers from the sea of red erupted.Audrey Gower, a fifth-grade reading teacher from Hebron Elementary School in Evansville, made the long trek to the Statehouse not just for herself, but for her two daughters, who are first-year teachers.“They will never make a decent living wage and that is important to me,” Gower said as she stood in the cold near the steps of the Statehouse surrounded by hundreds of other teachers.Fourth-grade teachers Savannah Goss and Hannah Merk of Greater Clark County Schools in Jeffersonville both said they were at the rally because of their students and their co-workers.“We need more funding, especially for school counselors,” Merk, who has been teaching for three years, said. She and Goss were up at 4:30 a.m. to make it to the Red for Ed rally.Gov. Eric Holcomb, in Florida for a Republican Governors Association meeting, issued a statement applauding teachers for rallying and said, “I remain committed to finding long-term sustainable solutions to increase teacher compensation. That’s why I created the Next Level Teacher Compensation Commission and signed our recent two-year budget that included historic levels of increased funding for K-12.”The compensation commission isn’t expected to complete its work and make recommendations for another year.As teachers and their supporters rallied, advocates for redistricting reform held a press conference to discuss how gerrymandered legislative districts hurt schools. Many legislative districts in Indiana are either overwhelming Republican or Democrat, which leaves little competition for many seats.“We all understand how gerrymandering is hurting our schools, it is hurting our educators. We need to get redistricting reform if we are ever going to get education reform,” said Julia Vaughn, policy director for Common Cause.Rep. Tonya Pfaff, D-Terre Haute, who is also a teacher, said that if the problem of gerrymandered doesn’t get fixed, then the education problems would not get fixed either.Both the House and the Senate return to the Statehouse on Jan. 6.FOOTNOTE: Brandon Barger is a reporter with TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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We’re Giving Away A Pair Of Tickets To Your Phish Show Of Choice + L4LM Late Night Of Choice!

first_imgThe Phish Baker’s Dozen run is rapidly approaching, and if you’re anything like us, it’s the only thing on your mind these days. 13 nights of Phish at MSG, surrounded by 20+ pre- and post-shows from Turkuaz, The Motet, Spafford, Circles Around the Sun, Twiddle, Greensky Bluegrass, and so many more, make NYC the music mecca this summer.Our Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late NightsWith just a couple of weeks to go, we wanted to give our readers the chance to win:-Two (2) Tickets to the Phish Baker’s Dozen show of choice-Two (2) Tickets to the L4LM Late Night show of choice (from the list below)Enter below, then follow the instructions for sharing to increase your chances of winning. Good luck!last_img read more

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Watch This Elaborate Holiday Light Show Set To Phish’s “Llama” [Video]

first_imgOne of the best parts about the holiday season is the lights. Houses and trees all over are adorned with colorful bulbs and decorative ornamentation. It’s part of what gives this time of year an air of magic. Of course, some people take their home light displays to much more intricate levels than others, programming sophisticated spectacles synced to music for their communities to enjoy.One such display, Lights on Suter, run by John Tomasi and his family, has been mounting increasingly elaborate holiday light shows at their North Haledon, NJ home since 2012. While the show is geared toward the holidays, Tomasi often throws non-seasonal themes and songs into the 10-20 number mix, like his 2015 edition based around Star Wars: The Force Awakens.Last year, the Tomasi family included Phish favorite “Llama” as a featured number in their annual show, and the results were spectacular—and rockin’, taboot. As Tomasi explains to Live For Live Music, “I am a huge Phish fan and have always wanted to add a Phish song aptly placed in my holiday show. [Last year,] my buddy Moose decided to come down to spend the holidays with our family. Moose and I are fraternity brothers and have been to countless shows together. … We were at The Great Went together. … Since he was coming down, I said ‘this is the year.’” Check out a video of the “Llama” display below: 2017 Lights on Suter Holiday Show – Phish – “Llama”Continues Tomasi, “A lot of my inspiration for what I do with lights comes from Phish shows. Someday I would love to sit in the corner of the soundboard area at a show and just watch them conduct the show. And share in the groove.”The process of setting up the elaborate annual audiovisual spectacle is unsurprisingly elaborate and requires help from his wife and three children to come together each year—as well as many hours of work from Tomasi himself. “It’s a year-long journey. I have to figure out what new lights I am going to add to the show. Then I have to order the pixels. … Don’t get them until June. Then I have to assemble the props. I program the songs for the show throughout the year—or at least try to. … It’s a labor of love. Takes 40-50 hours just to set up. Programming is in the hundreds of hours. Prop planning, building, testing… You get the point.” He also notes that he often listens to JEMP Radio while he works on the show.On the topic of this year’s Lights on Suter show, Tomasi notes “I might do a new Phish song to appear as an ‘encore,’ but I have not figured it out yet.” Whatever songs the Tomasi family includes in their 2018 display, we’re sure it will be as incredible as ever.The Tomasi family uses Lights on Suter as a way to collect donations for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. If you liked the Phish “Llama” light show, you can donate to MS research on their behalf here.For more information about how to catch the Tomasi family’s 2018 display this holiday season, head here.last_img read more

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Chef Catherine Schimenti Opening Baked By The Ocean

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Upscale pastry chef Catherine Schimenti left home on Long Island at 17, only to return 20 years later to open her new bakery, Baked by the Ocean, in Long Beach.Admitting that “cooking has always been in my blood,” the down-to earth Schimenti, with her signature red-frame glasses and long braids, says she was encouraged by her parents as well as a teacher at Lynbrook High School to make her living in the kitchen.“I always helped my mom do the baking, cooking at home,” she recalls. “It’s always been natural for me to make food for people.”Schimenti, now 38, got an early start in the restaurant business working in a local pizzeria before scoring her first cooking gig as a teen at the now-defunct Porthole restaurant in East Rockaway. She did her culinary training at Johnson & Wales University in Providence before switching in her final year to focus on pastry arts exclusively.“As opposed to traditional cooking, which is more like just turning a raw product into something,” says Schimenti, “there’s a real science to pastry, the blending of ingredients.”Schimenti’s career took her to some of the finest restaurants, from Balthazar and Gramercy Tavern to Per Se in New York City, before being tapped to oversee pastry at Craft Steak in the Meatpacking District. Her pastry menu was so well received that Schimenti was summoned to Los Angeles to assist with Craft Steak’s LA debut.“Moving to California was a big deal for me,” recalls Schimenti, who prides herself on being an LI girl.Following Craft, she moved to San Francisco and joined the fourstar Michael Mina Restaurant as executive pastry chef and later helped to launch Mina’s Bourbon Steak. After arriving back in NY in 2016, Schimenti pursued her long-standing goal of opening her own bakery. She snagged an apartment in trendy SOHO and was “fully committed to looking for bakery space in NYC.”While looking for real estate in the city, Schimenti consulted for Gelso & Grand in Little Italy, where she worked for a year, helping to revamp the restaurant’s pastry menu. She oversaw the creation of a nearly foot-long cannoli, which gave the venue some buzz.“I continued to scout potential bakery spots on the Lower East Side, Tribeca, and even NOLITA,” she recalls, but prices were steep, often upwards of $20,000 rent per month. “I couldn’t find anything and that’s when I started coming out to LI every weekend, tovisit friends and family in Lynbrook and Long Beach.”Schimenti eventually found her bakery location with a little help from her friend.“I went to dinner and a friend ended up parking in front of a bakery with a for-lease sign,” she recalls. “That didn’t work out, but it led me to my current spot.”Now that she’s set, Schimenti says her philosophy on pastry is simple.“I’m going to focus on accessible desserts such as fruit tarts, salted peanut butter tarts, lemon and lime meringue tarts, specialty cakes and even some soft-serve ice cream, sure to be a summer favorite,” she says. “Traditional things with a twist.”Also, she’ll serve up favorites like black and white and rainbow cookies, macaroons, homemade chocolate boxes, freshly baked cinnamon rolls, and donuts. But the cozy space with seating for 12 won’t be all desserts.“Savory foods will also be served, such as salads of the day, toasts of the day, Quinoa bowls with veggies and brunch items on weekends,” she says.And while many chefs are drawn to the glamour of TV, Schimenti eschews show biz.“I was approached by producers who wanted me for a few cooking shows due to my ‘polished yet approachable,’ attitude, but my focus is on the bakery, not TV,” she adds. “I want my food to speak for itself.”Baked by the Ocean, scheduled to open in late May, is located at 919 West Beech St. in Long Beach. They can be reached at 516-889-BAKEor bakedbytheocean.com.last_img read more

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Is the selfie going to change credit union card security?

first_img 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Selfie lovers rejoice! It’s the dawn of a new day, at least technologically speaking. Today MasterCard announced it is set to begin testing a verification method that would allow card holders to verify online purchases with a selfie.The app will require card holders to take a picture of themselves each time they make a purchase. Additionally, MasterCard is also testing fingerprint and voice recognition methods for verification. This new method of payment follows what MasterCard has developed for card holders in the past. Just last year MasterCard rolled out contactless technology, which we are all very familiar with, enabling card holders to activate cards through their smartphones and make purchases using contactless (NFC) point-of-sale terminals.This is another sign that the card brand is trying to get ahead of Apple, who added hardened security to their offerings by adding a fingerprint scanner to passbook back in 2013. MasterCard employees will roll out the technology for testing through October of this year and it is compatible with every major smartphone brand. MasterCard’s thinking? Taking a selfie is easier than remembering a password… continue reading »last_img read more

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