Commercial Vehicle Training, Instructional Specialist I

first_imgSeek continuous improvement in teaching (classroom and on-line)methodology and student centered learning.Stay current in the operation of CDL vehicles and thecommercial transportation industry.Maintain scheduled availability to students.Develop an individual professional development plan.Assist other faculty in developing, managing courses, andcurricula in Continuing Education.Assist in student recruitment and selection.Maintain laboratories, supplies and equipment.Remain knowledgeable about the College, its structure, culture,policies, practices, and the Commercial Vehicle Trainingprogram.Serve as an advocate for the College and its students, asrequired. Position Specific Essential Duties Develop curriculum that meets the national core curriculum forlearning the safe operation of both Class A and Class B commercialvehicles.Teach assigned courses, including CDL Learner’s Permitpreparation classes as needed, utilizing strategies and activitiesto promote student engagement and enhanced student learning at avariety of locations including classroom, practice driving rangeand on local and county roads and highways.Follow established rules and guidelines of the FMCSA, USDOT,Maryland MVA and the college.Maintain a valid Maryland CDL with NXTP and, preferably, ‘S’endorsements.Maintain industry affiliations and develop new affiliations forstudent placement.Participate in administrative duties as required.Assist in the identification and scheduling of maintenance forthe program’s class A and B vehicles to ensure availability.Essential Job Duties are intended to be examples of duties and arenot intended to be all inclusive. There will be other duties asassigned.#monCCBC Full Time Benefits At A GlanceBENEFIT SUMMARYMedical Plan yearEmployees may select CIGNA, or Kaiser Permanente Select HMO. Nopreexisting condition exclusions. All plans have prescription drugcoverage and mental health and substance abuse benefits. All plansrequire the selection of a primary care physician, but allow theoption to change. Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November.Dental Plan yearEmployees may select Cigna DHMO, CareFirst Traditional Dental orCareFirst Preferred Dental. Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November.Vision Plan yearEmployees may select Carefirst Preferred or Traditional Plans.Coverage includes one eye exam and benefits for glasses, contacts,or bi/trifocals every 24 months. Administered by Davis Vision.Kaiser medical plans allow members to have one eye exam yearly(covers exam only). Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November.Employee Assistance Program (EAP)Employees have access to the EAP, which provides CCBC employees andtheir family member’s confidential 24-hour online and telephoneaccess for legal, financial, and personal issues. Provided for CCBCemployees at no cost. Administered by CIGNA behavioral.Flexible Spending Accounts(section 125)Employees may select the FSA, which allows employees to pay forout-of-pocket medical and dependent care expenses. Employees mayallocate a maximum of $5,000 per household, per plan year fordaycare related expenses, on a pre-tax basis. Employees mayallocate a maximum of $2,550 for medical related expenses. A debitcard is provided to simplify claims processing for health careexpenses. Annual Open Enrollment is in October and November.Administered by Benefit Strategies.Life InsuranceEligible employees receive one times their annual salary rounded upto the nearest $1,000. The minimum benefit amount is $50,000 andthe maximum benefit amount is $200,000. CCBC pays 90% of thepremium. Evidence of insurability is required if enrollment occurs31 days after hire date. Administered by The Standard InsuranceCompany.Long Term Disability (LTD)Employees may enroll in the LTD Plan. Benefits are effective after90 days of continuous total disability and pays 60% of the grossmonthly salary. Evidence of insurability is required if enrollmentoccurs 31 days after the employee’s hire date. Administered by TheStandard Insurance Company.Legal ServicesEmployees may enroll in the Legal Services benefit, which provideslegal advice, consultation, and courtroom representation forcommonly used legal services; plus will preparation, trafficviolations, credit issues, warranty disputes, medical durable powerof attorney and uncontested divorce. Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November. This plan is administered by LegalResources.Retirement PlansEmployees are eligible, based on position classification, to enrollin one of three retirement plans: (1) MD State Teachers PensionSystem, (2) MD State Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), or (3)Baltimore County Employees Retirement System. All plans requireemployee contributions except MD State ORP.403(b) Supplemental Retirement PlansFor the 2016 calendar year, if you are under age 50, you couldcontribute up to $18,000, and if you are age 50 or older, you couldcontribute up to $24,000 because of a $6,000 ‘catch upcontribution’.Vendors: AIG-VALIC, TIAA-CREF, T. Rowe Price, Fidelity, Lincoln andING.457(b) Deferred Compensation PlanFor 2016, if you are under the age of 50, you could contribute themaximum of $18,000 to your 457(b) plan. If you are age 50 or older,that maximum increases to $24,000 because of a $6,000 ‘catch upcontribution.’ Vendor: Voya Financial Advisors, Inc.Tuition Waiver/ReimbursementCCBC tuition is waived for benefit-eligible employees after aprobationary period, if applicable. Tuition reimbursement forcourses taken at other colleges and universities are availableafter one year of CCBC employment. Employees are reimbursed:$200/credit undergraduate; $260/credit graduate courses, up to amaximum of 18 credits per fiscal year.Financial ServicesEmployees have access to a free checking account, direct deposit,loans and other services at First Financial Federal Credit Unionand M&T Bank.Time Off (fiscal year)12-month employees accrue up to 12 days for sick and safeleave the first year of employment and 18 days per yearthereafter. 10-month employees accrue up to 10 sick days the firstyear and 15 days thereafter. All employees are granted 3personal business days per fiscal year. Employees areeligible based on position classification and years of service toaccrue a minimum of 10 days and a maximum of 20 days ofvacation per fiscal year.ParkingFree. Must obtain a parking permit from the Department of PublicSafety to use on all campuses.center_img Class DescriptionWorking under the guidance of the Coordinator, CDL Training,Instructional Specialist II or Senior Instructor, independentlyprovide instruction in entry-level or career improvementstopics.Compensation within the posted range is determined by a candidate’seducation level and/or years of experience in the field. Generally,employees are hired in the lower third of the scale.Minimum RequirementsHigh school diploma/GED and three years’ experience drivingvehicles requiring a CDL-A license; Associate’s Degree and/orinstructional experience preferred. A current, valid MarylandCommercial Driver’s License – Class A (CDL-A), with Air Brakecertification, plus N, T and P endorsements, is required; SchoolBus (S), Hazmat (H), Hazmat/Tanker (X) or All (TPXS) endorsementsare preferred. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software,especially Word, Excel and Power Point; knowledge of and experiencewith CDL industry driver log book software preferred. Must be ableto pass a USDOT Physical examination as required to maintain avalid Commercial Driver’s License.For best consideration please apply by November 29,2020.Class Specific Essential Dutieslast_img read more

Beach Replenishment Update: Pumping Stalled for Dredge Repair

first_imgDATE: Tuesday, May 5PROGRESS: The hopper dredge Liberty Island has been inactive due to repairs, and the south end beach replenishment project has been stalled at 44th Street since Saturday. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Richard Pearsall said that repairs were expected to be complete Tuesday, and the ship was seen on the horizon at the borrow area. But as of late Tuesday afternoon, it had not returned to pump new sand onto the beach.From a feeder pipeline that lands just south of 42nd Street, the pipeline now extends southward, and beaches at 43rd and 44th Streets are closed. The work area extends to 44th Street.WHAT’S NEXT: The project will proceed to 49th Street (anticipated to be complete by mid-May), 55th to 49th (mid-May to mid-June), 55th to 59th (mid-June to mid-July).READ MORE: Ocean City NJ Beach Replenishment 2015 Daily UpdateFOR DAILY UPDATES by E-MAIL: Sign up for free Check OCNJ Daily for updates and photos of the progress of work of the Ocean City beach replenishment project for 2015 in the south end of Ocean City between 36th and 59th Streets. Beachfill operations are stalled at 44th Street as of Tuesday, May 5. Repairs to the hopper dredge are supposed to be complete, allowing work to resume.last_img read more

Julien Piveteau wins Young Pastry Chef of the Year

first_imgJulien Piveteau of the London Hilton on Park Lane has been named Young Pastry Chef of the Year 2019 in the Master Chefs of Great Britain competition.Piveteau, a demi chef de partie at the Hilton, was credited by judges for “delivering clean, visually stunning and creative plates with lots of flavour, achieving wonderful shine and adding his own twist”.During the final at the Claire Clark Academy at Milton Keynes College, contestants were judged on flavour, presentation, innovation, hygiene and working method.Piveteau’s winning entry included a chocolate Easter egg, using Felchlin chocolate set with a chocolate ribbon and garnish, presented with a moulded praline flavoured ganache, petits fours and a pâte de fruit.His prize includes a visit to the Felchlin Condirama in Switzerland to attend its training course, as well as a £250 cash prize and engraved silver salver.Anthony Marshall, executive chef at London Hilton on Park Lane, said: “It is a marvellous achievement for Julien at this early age in his life to have won such a prestigious award. I cannot put into words how excited we were when we found out the result.“I think it is very important that young people enter competitions because you learn so much from others and it is a wonderful way of networking as pastry chefs are a dying breed in this country. We are very proud at the London Hilton that we have so many talented people working for the company.”Piveteau added: “I am really honoured to have won this prestigious award. I am looking forward to going to Switzerland and working with the talented chocolatiers of Felchlin.”The latest win for London Hilton on Park Lane follows its pastry chefs Emmanuel Bonneau and Sam Leatherby being crowned champions of last year’s series of Bake Off: The Professionals.last_img read more

Oteil Burbridge Pens Touching Tribute To His Musical Mentor, The Late Col. Bruce Hampton

first_imgThe legendary bassist, Oteil Burbridge, just released a touching tribute to the late Col. Bruce Hampton, who passed away at the beginning of the month during his 70th birthday tribute show, Hampton 70. In 1991, Oteil Burbridge was a founding member of Aquarium Rescue Unit along with Col. Bruce Hampton, kick starting Burbridge’s career which later saw him join the Allman Brothers Band and most recently Dead & Co. Oteil’s written tribute to his late bandmate is titled “The Colonel Has A Master Plan,” and is a heartfelt read that outlines the impact that the Colonel had on the bassist from a young age on, both personally and musically. You can read his full tribute below or on Oteil’s website here. THE COLONEL HAS A MASTER PLAN– Oteil Burbridge“It is no measure of mental health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”– Jiddu Krishnamurti“Be in the world but not of it.”-Yeshua Ben Joseph“You’ve gotta get your butt outta your face.”-Chant by Colonel Bruce HamptonAs a young adult living in Atlanta, I was scared and bewildered by the world. It was during this difficult time that I met the Colonel and he played me his song “Basically Frightened.” He helped me realize that there was nothing wrong with me for feeling that way.  It was my response to that fear that was not healthy, but the fear was justified. Then he pointed out a whole world of wonder that is bigger than fear, as surely as love is.He showed me that life is motion. Vibration. We can destroy with thought, word or deed. But we can also create and heal in those exact same ways. Our intention tunes our vibration. Creating and destroying, healing and hurting, loving, and hating are merely different tunings. In my new tuning, my response manifested as a celebration, an exorcism, a healing, a naked rebellion against a sick society, a perpetual last ditch effort at happiness.Bruce showed me that WE are the instruments. So I allowed Bruce to retune me. And then I saw and heard things that were right under my nose but never perceived. He was constantly pointing out extra terrestrials sitting at a restaurant or bus stop. How did I not see it before? How did all these people around us not see it? Or he would laugh at something and I would look in the direction he was looking and at that exact moment witness something totally crazy happen. How did he know it was going to happen? Every time?(By the way, he insisted that he himself was not an alien but an extra terrestrial. He corrected me after my very first Instagram post. These things matter… to me anyway.)Colonel Bruce helped me view music in a different way too. Music is the one thing that can simultaneously be a religion and a science. Unfortunately, religion and science are both out of tune in our hands. They have even teamed up in some cases and are bringing us to the brink of physical destruction.Bruce showed me that while our weapons were not ones of war, they could still be used effectively in the war to wage peace. He taught me how to get rid of the preconceptions my mind was holding onto and access powers I didn’t know I had. Bruce called it “getting our own butts out of our faces.” He also showed me the consequences of misusing them.  I still had to learn that lesson the hard way even though he warned me. Bruce said the best way to get your butt out of your face was to embrace the Mirror Of Embarrassment. He insisted countless times that I had to be absolutely naked on stage. He once asked me to play exactly the way I did the first time I picked up an instrument. Bruce could do it easy as pie but I couldn’t do it to save my life. Then I had an idea. I turned the bass around left handed and attempted to play then. It sounded TERRIBLE. The worst I’ve ever sounded since that very first time. Bruce roared with laughter, “that’s it, that’s it!!! You’ve got it Oto!!!”I knew that I had to learn something from this lesson. Later I realized that it was this. He wanted to hear ALL of my story. Not just the one that was washed, perfumed, adorned with makeup, fancy clothes and beautiful shoes. He wanted to hear when my dog died. Or when I embarrassed myself, or made someone laugh, or was naked on the bathroom floor vomiting. He wanted me to play all of life’s facets. He did it at will. He made me laugh, cry, feel every emotion I’ve ever felt and some that were totally alien to me.The first thing that I realized was that there could be no “mistakes” if I was being honest. Every time I scat sing with my bass solo I cringe. I never listen back to it more than once. I hate it. I don’t have control of my voice. It will be out of tune, and strained past its limit. It is indeed my Mirror Of Embarrassment. But I will always do it when asked. If your parent or child died you wouldn’t be crying “in tune.” Same for if you reconnected with a long lost friend or if someone made you laugh really hard. Scat singing was never my idea anyway. It was Bruce’s. The biggest lesson he taught me was that “to lose is to gain.” When we were playing gigs for no money but having the time of our lives, that was a period of giving, not receiving. Like farmers we were tilling, planting, watering, and waiting in faith for the expected miracle. But the one thing we were NOT doing was harvesting. It wasn’t the season for that yet. And there is the great lesson that runs through all holy writings. We were “losing” but only in the sense that the harvest hadn’t come yet in the material sense. For me, that started in ’97 when I joined the Allman Brothers Band. There is another kind of gain that comes to those who never reap the material harvest. Especially if they choose to forgo it of their own free will as Bruce did. He watered the plants of many souls. He inspired them, fed them and helped them grow to great heights like a cosmic gardener. His harvest was all the beautiful blossoming sounds of his students. And more. He touched many lives on non musical levels as well.Make no mistake, I truly believe Bruce knew he was going to die this way. No one will ever convince me otherwise. By now you’ve probably seen his quote from the ’60’s about man’s highest ambition being to die onstage. Come on folks! He’s been spoon feeding us all along. But it was never about him. He was always about helping others to see their own power and magic, and pranking those who didn’t see it yet for whatever reason. I watched him freak out so many people over the years in so many different crazy, unpredictable, cosmic ways. Like some sort of spiritual hit man, he got one person after another with such glee and playfulness. And in his very last second on earth he got the most people at one time that he ever did.If I told you the story of how Colonel Bruce died you would insist that I was exaggerating… Died the day after he was born.In front of a sold out show at the Fox in his hometown. The most tickets he ever sold on his own. His 70th birthday. Surrounded by musicians that he touched and inspired, all coming to pay tribute so he wouldn’t be yet another that died not getting his due honor.During the encore.Which was his favorite song: Lovelight. Which is also the first song he ever performed live.And everyone thought he was joking them. Who would believe me?But there were so many witnesses this time. More than ever before. There’s proof. He got us all in such a big way that it “made the papers.” Just in case you doubted the first 70 years worth of legends, he saved his most spectacular one for last. He made such a Classical Hamptonian exit that there is no room for those doubts to live on.I’m gonna miss you Colonel Bruce. I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there with you on your biggest day. The day you finally “gained” on earth. I guess it might have been too much for me. I’ll know why down the road I suppose. I promise to tell the stories as best I can and muster all the magic and love light that I can when I play music so that they will believe.last_img read more

Board studies campus mental health concerns

first_imgThe Campus Life Council (CLC) has focused on student mental health issues on campus, according to student body president Lauren Vidal, chair of the CLC.“There is a national upward trend in student stress, and we have seen this spike mirrored in the lives of Notre Dame students,” Vidal said. “We began the year with a preliminary report to the Board of Trustees on student stress, and we decided, through our findings, that Notre Dame was in fact a unique environment, with a more unique structure that we can capitalize on to become a university with an exceptional level of wellness resources and support.”The CLC, a forum for students, faculty and administrators to discuss student affairs, created three task forces to dive more in-depth into student stress and mental health, Vidal said. Each task force focuses on academic climate, social climate or benchmarking.“The academic task force has looked at specifically what our learning environment looks like and how our curriculum affects our students,” Vidal said. “This force has spent time speaking with students and faculty about the in-classroom and out of classroom demands, and they have also decided to look at if and why students overload on credits [or] pick up double majors.“This force has also looked at the idea of excellence as an ND student and how a perception of perfection takes a toll on student stress levels.”The social climate task force, consisting of rectors, Student Union Board leaders and student senators, has looked at the larger picture of a student through the lens of their social environment, Vidal said. The group concentrated on extracurricular activities and other free-time pursuits but also considered ways that the residence life system could impact social climate.“[The social climate task force] has looked into the benefits of a no-program time bracket, which some universities have adopted,” Vidal said. “This policy essentially eliminates the option to program any organized event during a certain block of time, with the intended purpose to provide students with legitimate free time for personal purpose.The third task force is benchmarking, which Vidal said is essential to the functioning of the other two task forces.“It serves the purpose of using comparative data to strengthen the research and the findings of our other forces,” she said. “Benchmarking is looking into everything from ​academic statistics to data on how many of our students pick up double and triple majors, in comparison to our peer institutions.”CLC’s goals for next semester involve more action on the data they have collected within the task forces, Chris Tarnacki, rector of O’Neill Hall, said.“Our goal is to thoroughly understand and potentially provide recommendation on policies or services that might be put in place to better serve students,” Tarnacki said.Sophomore Helen Hathaway, Badin Hall senator, said CLC is tackling the issue of mental health on campus in response to a widespread awareness that students are feeling increasingly stressed and anxious. She said the number of different perspectives from diverse members of CLC has helped discussion of the issue.“Students, rectors and faculty are all able to offer their two cents,” Hathaway said. “So far in the year it is very evident from the richness of our discussions that each member is passionate about addressing mental health.”Vidal said next semester CLC will put their work into action.“We will hold meetings with the new team from the McDonald Center [for Student Well-Being] in an attempt to craft a Center that serves as an ideal addition to Notre Dame, and one that is centered specifically around enhancing the Notre Dame experience,” Vidal said. “We will also be making recommendations for the new First Year of Studies course, backed by our deep dive into ND culture and student climate.”With regards to their goals next semester, Hathaway said the CLC has established a timeline of points to accomplish.“We have devoted this school year to discussing and researching mental health so that we can present a report at the end of the year that will be useful to the University as its health and wellness programs grow and develop,” Hathaway said. “We will continue discussing and gathering evidence — be it data or anecdotes — so that we can use the second half of the second semester to construct a comprehensive and telling report.”Tags: Campus Life Council, CLC, Lauren Vidal, Mental health, mental health awareness, mental health issues, mental illness, Student governmentlast_img read more

UAE’s Masdar buys big stake in EDF Renewables’ U.S. renewable energy pipeline

first_imgUAE’s Masdar buys big stake in EDF Renewables’ U.S. renewable energy pipeline FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:In one of the U.S. renewable energy market’s biggest deals in a challenging year, Masdar is set to acquire a 50 percent stake in a 1.6-gigawatt portfolio of advanced wind, solar and energy storage projects from EDF Renewables North America.The deal, expected to close later this year, represents a new front in the global renewables collaboration between EDF and Masdar, which to date has largely focused on the Middle East and North Africa.Last year, state-owned Masdar, part of the United Arab Emirates’ Mubadala Investment Corp., made its first foray into the U.S. renewables market, buying stakes in two smaller wind farms from the U.K.-based John Laing Group. Mubadala is one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds. The latest eight-project deal with EDF is a big step up. Masdar will buy half-stakes in three wind farms in Nebraska and Texas totaling 815 megawatts, as well as five solar projects in California — two with batteries — totaling 689 megawatts of PV and 75 megawatts of storage. All but one of the projects are due for completion in 2020, with one of the solar plants expected online next year. The financial terms of the deal have not been revealed.Aside from its sheer size, the deal is important for having come together during the COVID-19 pandemic, Raphael Declercq, executive vice president for portfolio strategy at EDF Renewables North America, said in an interview.“There was strong interest in this portfolio, which I think really contrasts with the…[2008 Great Recession when] renewables were still on the fringe,” Declercq said. “The capital markets were unsure if they were going to invest in renewables at that time. This time around, I think capital is still there for renewables, and [it is] here to stay,” he said. “We’re in a crisis, yet we’re finding ways to raise money.”EDF, which is currently building the Middle East’s largest wind farm in Saudi Arabia in partnership with Masdar, may work with Masdar further in the U.S., though there’s no formal framework in place, Declercq said. EDF Renewables North America often brings investors onto its projects, which it continues to co-own and operate.[Karl-Erik Stromsta]More: Masdar buys into 1.6GW EDF Renewables pipeline in one of the year’s biggest dealslast_img read more

Band on the Border

first_imgdynamic duo: david wax and suz slezakDavid Wax Museum’s multicultural strings David Wax Museum has taken the sounds of Southern Appalachia on a journey south of the border. Delivering a sonic style the band members have self-branded “Mexo-Americana,” the dynamic duo combines various elements of American roots music with a traditional style of Mexican folk called Son Jarocho to create an aggressive hybrid of acoustic rock.Fiddler Suz Slezak grew up on a family farm in central Virginia, where she immersed herself in old-time mountain sounds and learned Irish fiddle tunes. She headed north to Wellesley College in Boston and in 2007 formed the band with partner David Wax, who took a year off from his time at Harvard to study old folk sounds in Mexico. Together they’ve created a high-energy string fusion that blends quick-paced Latin rhythms and soaring, harmony-driven call-and-response vocals with an indie edge. It’s garnered the band a loyal following across the country and landed the group some big gigs with the Avett Brothers and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.On stage, Wax furiously strums his jarana—an eight-string traditional Mexican guitar—while Slezak switches between her native fiddle, accordion, keys, and the primal percussion of a donkey jawbone. The two core members are now augmented by Greg Glassman on bass and Phillip Mayer on drums. They also add the loud brass accents of a horn section during bigger shows.“We use traditional Mexican instruments, so that will always be part of our sound,” says Slezak. “But with guitar, bass, and drums we’re definitely finding a rock sound on stage.”That’s evident on the band’s latest album, Knock Knock Get Up, which was released last fall. While the effort contains plenty of the band’s now-trademark energetic global rhythms (“Harder Before It Gets Easier” and “Vivian”), the album’s lead track, “Will You Be Sleeping?,” gives its cross-cultural groove the melodic flair of keyboard flourishes and a tuneful hook that could easily reach beyond the underground. On “A Dog in This Fight” the band lets an acoustic punk stomp swirl into some experimental weirdness.The album incubated with some songwriting sessions in sunny Southern Mexico last winter. In a twist of contrast, the band members then flew to rural western Maine and recorded in an old farmhouse with producer Sam Kassirer.“We spent three weeks living there in the dead of winter, so we took our time and added plenty of layers,” Slezak explains. “When you’re in close quarters cooking three meals a day for each other and discussing what’s happening with the music at every step, you can flesh things out on a conceptual level.“A lot people have told me they feel like this is a rock record. We are continuing to incorporate more electric sounds and new ideas. We still have our own sound, but to me it’s encouraging that we’re doing some growing.”While Wax handles most of the band’s singing, Slezak takes a turn at lead on the delicate ballad “Wondrous Love.” It’s the one song on Knock Knock Get Up that’s firmly planted in American soil, and a reminder that, much like her fiddle playing, the band’s world explorations have the Blue Ridge in their DNA.“We all come from different backgrounds in music,” she adds. “When I pick up a fiddle, I think you can definitely hear the roots of where I’m from. I still bring a style that I learned from playing with people around Charlottesville. That’s still an important part of me and what I bring to the band.”This month the band will open for alt-country songstress Tift Merritt on a run of dates through the South in Knoxville, Tenn., (2/21), Asheville, N.C., (2/22), and Atlanta (2/23). •Bluegrass History RevisitedThe Bluegrass Album Band was a beloved supergroup of picking legends that got together 30 years ago with the intention of making one album. The band was assembled by guitar master Tony Rice back in 1980 and featured banjo legend J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson on mandolin, fiddler Bobby Hicks, and bassist Todd Phillips. The band’s debut was so successful that tour dates and five more albums followed. While members eventually went back to successful solo careers and onto other projects, the band will take the stage together for the first time since 1990 this month. The Bluegrass Album Band will be the Saturday headliners at Bluegrass First Class, a two-day winter festival that’s taking place February 15-17 at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, N.C. In its 18th straight year, the fest will feature a stacked line-up of picking heroes including Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, the Grascals, the Lonesome River Band, and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper. bluegrassfirstclass.comlast_img read more

New Nassau Coliseum Proposals Unveiled

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A satellite view of Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale.Hip hop mogul Jay-Z was among four teams of companies that pitched their visions Thursday for the aging Nassau Coliseum property to a committee that will later pick the winning proposal.The four ideas were split in two camps: Three groups that suggested refurbishing the 40-year-old arena versus one that wants to demolish it and build anew. All the plans reduce the number of seats from the current 16,800, which Nassau County suggested in its latest request for proposals for the infamously difficult-to-redevelop prime real estate.“Long a victim of the Long Island ‘no,’ we are encouraged that one of the proposals today holds the key,” County Executive Ed Mangano said during the presentation hosted by his Business Advisory Council, which will decide the winner this summer.Proposing a new arena is the Blumenfeld Development Group, which made its fourth pitch for the land since the 1970s. Refurbished coliseum plans were unveiled by New York Sports & Entertainment LLC, the Madison Square GardenJay-Z, right, shares a laugh with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano on Thursday, May 2, 2013.Company and Jay-Z’s group, led by the Forest City Ratner Companies, which built the new Barclay’s Center and lured the Islanders from the coliseum.“We need to create a new identity for Nassau—one that’s bold and new and fresh,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of the Barclay’s Center and the Brooklyn Nets. The surrounding property would feature a movie theater, restaurants, an exhibition hall and an outdoor amphitheater.“Programming is really the fuel for this engine,” he said, pointing to plans to host upward of 300 events annually, including six Islanders games, 38 minor-league hockey games and 54 family events among the line up.MSG, which was spun off from Bethpage-based Cablevision Systems Corp. in 2010, likewise rolled out plans that included creating an “entertainment district” surrounding a refurbished arena.“We don’t have time to pick a plan that doesn’t work,” said RXR Reality CEO Scott Rechler, who joined the MSG pitch team. He was alluding to his prior plans to redevelop the coliseum in the ambitious Lighthouse project with Islanders’ owner Charles Wang.Wang has also reportedly been considering moving the Islanders to Brooklyn before their lease is up on their original Uniondale home in 2015—adding even more urgency to the proposal process.Jim Johnson, who made the presentation for Bernard Shereck, CEO of New York & Sports Entertainment LLC, emphasized their Long Island roots and joked that “the Bernie’s our biggest celebrity” compared to the competition.“Nobody can ever dispute that Long Island is a hotbed for lacrosse,” Johnson said while touting plans to bring a lacrosse team to the arena and create more space within the existing facility for an exhibition hall.Starting off their presentation with a video of a Nassau Coliseum lookalike being demolished was Ed Blumenfeld, whose firm joined with SMG, the current Nassau Coliseum management company.“We think we have something that will be difference and iconic to Long Island,” he said, adding that the company would buy a minor-league hockey team if it won the bid.Jerry Goldman, the current general manager of the coliseum, expressed his support. “Long Island deserves a brand new arena, not a refurbished arena,” he said.last_img read more

Bay Shore Crash Leaves Bicyclist Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 54-year-old bicyclist was fatally hit by an SUV in his hometown of Bay Shore early Monday morning.Suffolk County police said Edgar Cosico was traveling northbound on Fifth Avenue when he was hit from behind by a Jeep Cherokee at the corner of Dowsing Avenue at 5:30 a.m.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead. The driver was not injured.Third Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-854-8352.last_img

Hewlett Crash Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Wounded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 20-year-old driver was killed and his three passengers were injured when the driver crashed his vehicle in Hewlett on Sunday night.Nassau County police said Carlos Salazar of Far Rockaway was driving a Honda northbound on Peninsula Boulevard when it left the roadway and struck a tree at the corner of Avon Road at 9:52 p.m.Salazar was pronounced dead at the scene and his three passengers were taken to a local hospital for treatment.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the vehicle and are continuing the investigation.last_img