Dopapod dropped some surprise news this morning. With the announcement of their fifth studio album, MEGAGEM, due out October 27, which will be supported by a lengthy fall tour through New Year’s Eve, the band has also announced that they will take a year hiatus. “Following seven years of ceaseless touring, the sabbatical is a blueprint for wellness borne from love and mutual respect amongst old friends,” the press release explains. “It’s a pre-emptive move of self-preservation inspired by the TED Talk, ‘The Power of Time Off’.”“Every seven years this guy closes his design firm and everyone who works for the company works on their own projects for the year,” says keyboardist and singer/songwriter Eli Winderman. “When they come back, everyone is inspired and working with a newfound sense of excitement.”Fair enough, the band shows no immediate signs of slowing down. With today’s album announcement, Dopapod have also shared the first single “Plaese Haalp,” available as a ‘name your own price’ download on their Bandcamp page. MEGAGEM is available for pre-order at iTunes and you can watch the studio shot video for “Plaese Haalp” below.Choosing to record MEGAGEM’s instrumentals at the solar-powered Mountain Star Studios in Black Hawk, Colorado during the dead of winter, Dopapod found an optimal opportunity to unplug from all other noise. “The lack of oxygen led to some crazy ideas,” says guitarist Rob Compa. “When combined with the lack of phone service, human contact, or any other distractions, it allowed us to have the freedom to make a lot of that weird inspiration become reality.” Compa and Winderman knocked out the vocals soon after, in two days, at More Sound Recording Studios in Syracuse, NY.“A lot of these songs are also reactions to how the world is changing, about living your life in the present moment and the inner dialogues of the mind,” says Winderman. “MEGAGEM could be the brain, or it could also be a cell phone, controlling your subconscious thoughts and, thus, changing your habits. I think a lot of people are feeling this way because of the boost in technology, with everybody addicted and attached to their phones.”Being in that present moment took work, personal reflection and a new perspective on the power of silence. According to the press release, former drummer Neal “Fro” Evans reconnected with Dopapod after sharing his experience on a ten-day Vipassana silent meditation retreat that brought him great clarity. Inspired by this trip and the changes they brought him, Winderman followed suit and embarked on the sojourn himself. Evans rejoined Dopapod last year, following the band’s three-year stretch with drummer Scotty Zwang.When the band pushed on after parting ways with Neal the first time, Winderman says, they were operating out of fear. When they continued to tour past the point of good health, it was for fear that slowing down would render them irrelevant. Identifying the root emotion that drives big band decisions has been yet another fruit borne from meditation and self-improvement, and Winderman’s careful not to let fear drive any more big life decisions ever again. “The seed of the lyrics living in the present moment stemmed from this whole,” he says. “That’s what every meditation practice trains us to teach.”The fruits of this practice illuminate MEGAGEM’s joyous journey of self-understanding, as its buoyant compositions make space for lessons of personal growth and embracing the now.If there’s another benefit to the sabbatical, it’s an investment toward their faith in MEGAGEM. Being confident enough to let the songs seep into the world for a while, to let people chew on it, and not worry about being sustained by the visceral or immediate rush of seeing Dopapod live is an exercise in the confidence that comes with thoughtful decision making that ensures the creative juices will keep flowing for years to come.“MEGAGEM and the fall tour are our way of seeing everyone before we take some time to work on other parts of our lives,” says Winderman. “In doing so, we hope the progress we make in our personal lives will cross over into Dopapod. From all of the other bands who we’ve come up with, to all of the music fans that have shown us such incredible support over the years, we just want to say thank you. Dopapod would be nothing without you.”Dopapod // Tour DatesOct 26 — Philadelphia, PA — Theater of Living ArtsOct 27 — New York, NY — Irving PlazaOct 28 — New Haven, CT — College Street Music HallOct 29 — Burlington, VT — Higher Ground BallroomOct 31 — Saratoga Springs, NY — Putnam DenNov 01 — Buffalo, NY — Buffalo Iron WorksNov 02 — Ann Arbor, MI — The Blind PigNov 03 — Kalamazoo, MI — Bells Eccentric Cafe Back RoomNov 04 — Indianapolis, IN — The Vogue TheatreNov 07 — Iowa City, IA — Gabe’sNov 08 — Minneapolis, MN — Skyway TheatreNov 09 — Milwaukee, WI — Turner HallNov 10 — Chicago, IL — Park WestNov 11 — Cincinnati, OH — Bogart’sNov 12 — Morgantown, WV — 123 Pleasant StreetNov 15 — Richmond, VA — The NationalNov 16 — Raleigh, NC — Lincoln TheatreNov 17 — Asheville, NC — Salvage StationNov 18 — Atlanta, GA — Variety PlayhouseNov 19 — Charleston, SC — Charleston PourhouseNov 30 — Ft. Collins, CO — Aggie TheatreDec 01 — Denver, CO — Bluebird TheaterDec 02 — Denver, CO — Bluebird TheaterDec 05 — Fayetteville, AR — George’s Majestic LoungeDec 07 — Lexington, KY — Cosmic CharliesDec 08 — Columbus, OH — Woodlands TavernDec 09 — Columbus, OH — Woodlands TavernDec 10 — Columbus, OH — Woodlands TavernDec 13 — Pittsburgh, PA — Rex TheaterDec 14 — Washington, D.C. — Gypsy Sally’sDec 15 — Stroudsburg, PA — Sherman TheaterDec 16 — Syracuse, NY — The Wescott TheaterDec 30 — Providence, RI — Fete BallroomDec 31 — Boston, MA — ParadiseMEGAGEM Track Listing:1 – Plaese Haalp2 – Piazole3 – Zonk4 – Mucho5 – Confabulation6 – Turn by Turn7 – Buster Brown8 – StarfishFans of Rob Compa, Eli Winderman, and Chuck Jones can still catch them performing at Brooklyn Comes Alive in various supergroup formations later this month. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive is set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others! ***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.
Report says corporate America wields too much power over the economy and politics at the expense of workers Why U.S. labor laws need to be revamped New interactive website helps chart paths for economic growth Has Trump remade the presidency? Those feeling bullish about the U.S. economy have lots to justify their optimism. The stock market and job creation are high, and unemployment and interest rates are low. The nation has logged more than a decade of aggregate growth since the 2008 Great Recession, with January marking 127 straight months of expansion, a historic milestone.But new research from Harvard Business School sees trouble ahead. Unlike in past periods of sustained growth, America has “squandered” the opportunity presented by the recovery to address structural shortcomings in the economy and inequities in the culture ahead of the inevitable cyclical downturn, said Jan W. Rivkin, C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration at HBS.A survey of HBS alumni found many “quite worried” about the country’s future and its continued ability to compete in the global marketplace. Nearly half (48 percent) expected the trajectory for American firms and workers to decline over the next three years, according to the latest findings from the U.S. Competitiveness Project. Fewer than a third (31 percent) believe things will improve for either firms or workers. “Most disturbing” is that much like the political divisions within society overall, the partisanship and “deep dysfunction” of our political system are distorting how the world appears to people. — U.S. Competitiveness Project Several factors contribute to this pessimism. In past expansions, leaders worked to reduce debt and increase financial stability. They placed a premium on enhancing the business environment through investing in public-good projects — education, infrastructure, and health care — and creating policies to enhance productivity. And they took steps to make the nation more compassionate and just. Today’s leaders, by comparison, “have done nothing” about these issues, according to the report.Since 2011, the U.S. Competitiveness Project has surveyed HBS alumni every few years to better understand how business leaders see the trendlines of American competitiveness in the global marketplace in an effort to shore up its perceived strengths and weaknesses.The real underlying problem, the latest report found, is a political one, which will not be resolved simply by electing new leaders. Partisan gridlock has indeed worsened in recent years, but it has been with us over several administrations, hampering the nation’s ability to craft solutions to complex economic and cultural problems at home and abroad.“Most disturbing” is that much like the political divisions within society overall, the partisanship and “deep dysfunction” of our political system are distorting how the world appears to people. HBS alumni don’t just disagree about where the country is headed anymore, they lack “a shared reality,” the report found.Perceptions of the nation’s economic strengths and weaknesses closely align not with the sector they work in or where they live or even their age, but with which political party they support, a major shift since the project’s last survey in 2016. Republicans (51 percent) were far more optimistic about the nation’s competitive outlook in the next three years than were Democrats (24 percent).,“Our Republican alums feel that the weaknesses have gotten better, and our Democratic alums feel the weaknesses have gotten worse,” said Rivkin, the project’s co-founder. “And they feel that even in areas where the objective data suggests there’s been no real change” since 2016, when alumni were last surveyed.That disconnect doesn’t bode well for developing consensus around setting priorities or finding solutions for the nation’s problems, he warned.“We now believe … that our political system is the biggest barrier to competitiveness,” said Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at HBS and the project’s co-founder. “We have a lot of strengths, but we’re neutralizing all of those by this political system that’s not designed right now to move the country forward and serve the public interest — and the business community is playing into that.”Business spends an estimated $6 billion per year on lobbying, with countless more shelled out on elections and ballot initiatives, contributions to PACs, pass-through trade groups or “dark money” operations, or the “revolving door” hiring of ex-government insiders to help firms maneuver across Capitol Hill.In a survey of HBS alumni, Jan W. Rivkin (pictured) found many “quite worried” about the country’s future and its continued ability to compete in the global marketplace. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard file photoCorporate America has been bankrolling “the party game the way it’s played today” but seeing little for its investment except stalled legislation, more extreme politicians, and fattened fund-raising coffers.“It’s not helping us in business; it’s not helping our neighbors; it’s not making our communities better; it’s not making our quality of life better; it’s just a game that the parties taught us to play,” said Porter.Good government groups, think tanks, and other nongovernmental organizations have long sought to change our two-party-dominated political system, but without much success. Since the spigot of cash from business sustains the swampy system, the report’s authors believe business needs to step into the breach.“The discussion on politics in America has not made business a central actor in either the problem or the solution,” said Porter. “We believe it’s a pretty important actor. [It] makes the problem worse, but it could be a big actor in the solution.”The slow dance between business and politics is not new, but many surveyed “seem not to be fully aware” of the extent to which the companies they worked for were involved in politics, the report found.Only 25 percent of respondents thought their firms engaged in lobbying. Few believed their companies tried to influence elections and just 12 percent believed their firm contributed to political action committees.While most said they thought mixing politics and business as a whole did not help the country over the long haul, few believed that whatever their firm was up to politically undermined democracy or harmed society’s trust in business.Porter said he was “not shocked” most respondents weren’t well-informed about their own company’s political activities. Few firms volunteer the information even to their directors and shareholders, much less employees. And what “toothless” legislation does exist to compel such admissions is “highly imperfect.”“There’s massive, complex gaming going on, so that’s an area where I think the tide is turning,” Porter said. Companies are just starting to realize that “doing what the parties want them to do, lobbying for them, electing the crazy people … that’s not actually good for us. And we’re not making progress, our business environment is not improving, we’re not getting the kind of support from our government to drive the economy we really need.”Despite political differences, one area of common ground is the view that American politics has become corrosive and our political system is broken, which has led to widespread frustration and deep distrust in politics, government, and for some, in capitalism itself.Two-thirds (67 percent) of HBS alumni said the primary cause of the dysfunction was a failure to elect “the right people,” while nearly three-quarters (74 percent) pointed to factors like the rules for elections, campaign finance, and governing as the main culprits.Though it’s tempting to think that a “throw the bums out” approach would unclog our gridlocked political system, partisanship will remain central as long as the electoral system is controlled by the two major parties, according to the report.“We now believe … that our political system is the biggest barrier to competitiveness,” said Professor Michael E. Porter, the project’s co-founder. Rose Lincoln/Harvard file photo“The system is what elects the people,” said Porter. “We have to change the structure of our elections in order for the people to be different. Right now, the people are just an outcome of the way the system is designed.”While the vast majority favor changing the political system, the most popular ideas among alumni, campaign finance (76 percent) and gerrymandering reforms (84 percent), would do little to dismantle the party-controlled system, the report said.Rather, two less-familiar reforms, nonpartisan primaries and ranked-choice voting, would be the most effective solutions, reducing the current advantage partisan candidates have over moderates.In nonpartisan primaries, candidates run in a single race with the top five vote-getters —regardless of party — advancing to the general election. Then, instead of selecting a single candidate, voters rank their choices in order of preference. If a candidate gets more than 50 percent of the No. 1 rankings, he or she wins. If not, the last-place candidate is cut, and his or her supporters get their second choice counted instead. That continues until someone emerges with a majority. Because it’s possible to win without being everyone’s first choice, the format encourages candidates to appeal to a broad coalition.“That would change everything,” said Porter. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Related Kennedy School’s Growth Lab tool to aid planners in identifying economic growth strategies Authors Wittes and Hennessey say he’s bucked norms and expanded power, but whether others will follow his lead is unclear Ranked-choice voting, used by the state of Maine, is already under consideration in a number of states, including Massachusetts, which will put the question before voters in November. Getting state legislators across the country to give up rules they know and have benefitted from, however, will be “complicated,” Porter admitted.“The parties have bitterly fought any of these reforms. They want to keep those rules [because they’re] designed to preserve the parties” and “not allow any competition,” he said.But with their enormous clout, especially at the state level, business leaders may be the most effective catalysts for change.“Every CEO of any major company who wants to talk to the governor of their state, they get an appointment right away,” said Porter. So if they use their voices in a concerted way, “business can be a true game-changer in the whole effort to reform the system.”Since late December, the authors have been sharing their findings with corporate leaders and talking about why business needs to step in and lead the way forward. With a movement in the business community to embrace greater social responsibility well underway and an “overwhelmingly” positive reception from alumni and others so far, Porter said business may finally be receptive to their message.“People in business are starting to understand that we just can’t punt and leave it to government because government isn’t doing it and NGOs don’t have the resources to deal with it … we need to take this on,” said Porter. “That’s a very, very strong shift in business thinking from even five years ago, eight years ago.”Though reforming the political system won’t be easy and the country has not made hay while the sun shone, the authors say the U.S. remains a global leader in higher education, entrepreneurship and innovation, research and development, capital markets, and firm management. There’s still time to get things right.“I would hate for [people] to take the title ‘The Recovery Squandered’ as an indication all is lost,” said Rivkin. “I think it means that we’ve missed an opportunity. America’s got great strengths; it’s by no means our last opportunity. I think we should use [this information] as a reminder that it’s time to get moving.”
There was a lot of talk around the lack of representation of women directors, producers and writers at Sundance this year. Following the Women’s Rally with Jane Fonda, Gloria Allred and Common, we held a panel discussion in the Dell Den with female filmmakers to talk about where we are today, where we are going and how we’ll get there.Maybe the Academy Awards heard our roar given they nominated three women for Best Original Screenplay. If one of them wins, it will be the first time in 10 years.But diversity and inclusion isn’t just a Hollywood and film industry conversation. It’s a big conversation in the tech industry, too. So I want to share a few calls to action from the panel and audience discussion with you that I think we can all act on starting today – #FemaleFilmmakerFriday.Our panelists included filmmakers and media powerhouses Ondi Timoner (Director, Dig! and We Live in Public; two-time Sundance Grand Jury Winner), Robyn Moreno (Co-President, Latina Media Ventures) and Robin Houser (Director and Producer, Bias and CODE). We discussed how they’re using film to impact society and what their experiences are like in today’s world; as well as the underrepresentation for women and people of color on camera and in film.Take a few minutes to watch it now, or skip past the video to see key takeaways about how we can drive change.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVjpIODz0PwTakeaways for women in film, tech and everywhere:Make unconscious bias conscious – this is the only way to change it.Apply for those jobs and go for it. Robin Hauser shared a study on how women will not apply for jobs if they do not feel 90 or 100 percent confident they qualify.If you have a child, go speak at their school. Young women need role models.If you’re in a position to do so, hire more women and people of color. You can accomplish this by broadening your selection pool.Be bold. We have more power than we think and we need to use it.Acting agents need to help female actresses land the next film.Include programs in schools to get young women and minorities interested in film.Support Latin films and filmmakers by going to watch their films. Vote with your wallet.Be loud and own your voice. We can’t stay quiet.One thing we are doing at Dell is investing in women and film. Dell is a sponsor of Robin Hauser’s Bias documentary, which she made on our technology. Super proud of that and of her amazing work and accomplishments.Panelist and director, Ondi Timoner concluded the panel by challenging us to collaborate and not to compete with one another. She also encouraged us to challenge others and spread the conversation. I want to do that here. What calls to action would you add? What do you want to see change for women in film or the industry you are in?
They are soldiers, and they are prepared to defend themselves. But a special team of the Georgia National Guard’s 265th Unit out of Metter, Ga., will soon deploy to Afghanistan to help the war-torn country’s farmers. The team recently got the training it will need to complete that mission from University of Georgia agriculture experts in Tifton, Ga.“Their primary mission is help stabilize that country, and they want to do that by helping the Afghan government be better prepared to help farmers,” said Steve Brown, UGA Cooperative Extension assistant dean who helped organize the guard team’s agriculture training.Eighty percent of Afghans work in agriculture, the primary economic driver in the country. But farming practices there are a century behind farming practices in developed countries.Georgia National Guard has sent soldiers to Afghanistan for a decade. Georgia is one of several states now preparing Agribusiness Development Teams to deploy to the country. The first ADT from Georgia deployed earlier this year. Augusta’s 201st Regional Support Group received agricultural training from UGA this past spring. Brad Haire, news director with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, speaks with Brown about these special agriculture teams and the training they received in Tifton.Watch UGA readies Ga. National Guard ag team for Afghanistan.
Dear EarthTalk: I’m looking for the best places to search for green jobs but am having trouble locating them on traditional job search sites. Where should I look? — H. Jenkins, Biloxi, MS With the environment now high atop the public agenda, green jobs are more popular than ever. Defined by eco.org (a leading green jobs website) as any job in any company where the primary focus is on reducing the impacts of our activities or products on the environment, green jobs serve to maximize efficient use of resources while minimizing degradation of the planet from pollution and waste. “Eco-jobs can range from engineering a photovoltaic solar cell to designing a building for more energy efficiency to landscaping a yard to minimize erosion to finding more sustainable forestry techniques,” reports eco.org.While you may be hard pressed to find environmental job opportunities on general employment search websites, sites like eco.org that specialize in green job listings can make your search easy. Also, many general environmental sites have employment sub-sections. Green job seekers and employers alike use these websites to find each other and get their work done, whether in the non-profit or for-profit worlds.Eco.org prides itself on hosting a wide range of listings from colleges, environmental and other nonprofit groups, media outlets and government agencies. With Google and Bing listing the site first for the search term “eco,” the website generates hundreds of thousands of page visits per month from thousands of green job seekers and employers, and also keeps its audience engaged through social networking.Another leader in the field is the nonprofit Green Jobs Network, which provides online services including a green job board and a 20,000 member group on the professional networking site LinkedIn. The group also uses its GreenJobs.net website as a platform for webinars, and is the home of the frequently updated Green Collar Blog, which provides career resources and information on the green jobs sector.Environmental Career Opportunities (ecojobs.com) is another tried and true source for green job listings. Some 50,000 targeted job seekers subscribe to the company’s bi-weekly newsletter that contains unique green job opportunities. Still other places to look for green jobs include EcoEmploy.com and the Environmental Career Center.Another site, Greenjobs.com, focuses on job opportunities specifically in the renewable energy sector. Jobseekers can use the website to apply for jobs, post their resume, obtain guidance on finding and applying for jobs, gain background information on the renewable energy sector, and access a directory of relevant companies and organizations. Employers can take advantage of the firm’s recruitment services. 1 2
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One hundred and sixty-five years ago today, on Oct. 7, 1849, Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore under mysterious circumstances.The author, essayist, editor, poet and literary critic—perhaps best known for such works as “The Raven,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “Annabel Lee” and “The Cask of Amontillado,” among others—was 40 years old.As legend goes, Poe was discovered four days before his passing, deliriously roaming the streets of Baltimore in someone else’s clothes, repeatedly crying out the name “Reynolds” from his deathbed. His medical records and even his death certificate are said to have disappeared. Just as mysterious is the legend of the “Poe Toaster,” who saluted Poe’s grave with cognac on the writer’s birthday each January 19 for more than 60 years, beginning in 1949, until his bicentennial in 2009. The unknown visitor would always leave behind three roses.Poe’s mysterious demise haunts his writings, best known for their macabre, dark themes often concerning death, physical decomposition, premature burial and mourning. He is thus an influential pioneer in the detective, mystery and science fiction genres. Edgar Allan Poe’s wife Virginia Clemm is though to have been his inspiration and muse for the dark, haunting poem “Annabel Lee.”Love was also a theme, though typically drenched in shadows—both in words and life.The last complete poem by Poe was “Annabel Lee,” a beautiful woman and object of the narrator’s undying affection whose love for each other is so strong that it causes heaven’s angels to claim her out of envy. Poe’s muse for the poem is thought to have been his beloved wife Virginia Clemm, who died of tuberculosis two years before his own death. Yet as Poe writes, their love transcends even death.But our love it was stronger by far than the love Of those who were older than we— Of many far wiser than we—And neither the angels in Heaven above Nor the demons down under the seaCan ever dissever my soul from the soul Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride, In her sepulchre there by the sea— In her tomb by the sounding sea.And so does Poe’s legacy.Edgar Allan Poe and his literary works comprise the underbelly of the horrifyingly fantastic TV drama series The Following.A few recent & upcoming Edgar Allan Poe events & pop culture nods:A brass, life-size statue of Poe—running, with a briefcase overflowing with a giant raven and human heart—was unveiled in Boston October 4. Visit the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston for more information and details at bostonpoe.org.Poe and his writings are also a central theme of the hit Fox TV drama series The Following—a serial killer often staging mass slayings based upon his works. Check out The Squawkler or fox.com/the-following to watch a few episodes and fall in love with Max Hardy, Ryan Hardy’s (Kevin Bacon’s) niece, played by Jessica Stroup.Riverhead is hosting an Edgar Allan Poe Festival on Halloween and continuing through November 2, replete with readings of selected works, costumed actors and trick-or-treaters, a “Poe” parade, zombie attack, ghost story readings, puppet shows, vintage cars, flash mobs, games, music, ballet, dancing, theatrical performances and more. Check it out at facebook.com/riverheadpoefest and riverheadbid.com/docs/EdgarAllanPoe_Schedule_Book.pdf.The Suffolk County Historical Society is also hosting an “Edgar Allan Poe Exhibit” on display from October 10 through November 8. The collection is on loan from the official Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia. Learn more at the Suffolk County Historical Society at suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org.Guided tours are also available throughout the year at The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage in the Bronx, where Poe spent the final years of his life and his beloved Virginia died. Check out The Bronx County Historical Society at bronxhistoricalsociety.org and bronxhistoricalsociety.org/poecottage.html for more information.The 2012 mystery thriller The Raven is a fictionalized account of Poe’s mysterious final days and stars John Cusack (as Poe) and Alice Eve (as his love Emily Hamilton). It’s pretty damn bad-ass.Check out more fall festivals and celebrations taking place across Long Island HERE Alice Eve and John Cusack star in 2012’s The Raven, a fictionalized account of the poet’s mysterious final days.For more Edgar Allan Poe-related events, poems and factoids, check out:Poe MuseumPoeStories.comThe Edgar Allan Poe Society of BaltimorePoe’s Poetry Lovers pagePoe’s Poetry Foundation pagePoe’s Academy of American Poets pagePoe’s PoemHunter.com pagePoe’s Internal.org page
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged drunken driver has been accused of causing a head-on crash that killed a 34-year-old man in the suspect’s hometown of Greenport over the weekend.Southold Town police arrested 71-year-old John Costello on a charge of driving while intoxicated.Police said Costello was driving his Chevrolet pickup truck eastbound on Route 25 when he veered into the opposite lane of traffic and collided with a westbound Honda at 7 p.m. Saturday.The other driver, 22-year-old Oseas Ramirez, and his passenger, Miguel Bartolone, were each taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital, where Bartolone died of his injuries, police said.Costello was taken to the same hospital before being transferred to Stony Brook University Medical Center.Authorities are continuing the investigation and additional charges are expected.
continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr No one can question Bonnette Dawson’s commitment and leadership—or time-management skills.In the eighth episode of the CUNA News Podcast, the trailblazer from Tennessee explains how she manages to wear the hats of CEO of $228 million asset Old Hickory Credit Union while serving as mayor of her hometown, Greenbrier.“Some people will say to me, ‘How do you do this? Are you the Energizer Bunny?’ Not really,” Dawson says. “I love what I do in both the mayor position and CEO, and I think I’ve got strong support in both places. The people who work for me are great, and I think that makes all the difference.”Dawson says she didn’t intend to become the first woman to hold either of those titles. She took over at Old Hickory when the board of directors dismissed her predecessor, and ran for mayor when the incumbent got ousted after a scandal.But throughout her 41-year credit union career, Dawson’s desire to make an impact on everything she touches is abundantly evident.
23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Welcome to episode 29 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder, and publisher of CUInsight.com. Today’s guest is Charlie Amato. Charlie is the chairman and co-founder of SWBC, a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and one of the owners of the San Antonio Spurs. His bio is long and his contacts are big names, but service is one of the pillars of his character. Gary Dudley and Charlie have created a culture of service and charity within SWBC and credit that culture for maintaining their beliefs through numerous changes in the business over the years. Charlie reveals their strategy for attracting and retaining their workforce, why technology is so important in today’s market, and why service has been a mainstay in his life. If you don’t have a pen and paper handy, press pause and get them. Charlie shares so many great nuggets of information, you won’t want to miss them. Let Randy know your thoughts on his intriguing conversation with Charlie. Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher How to find Charlie:Charlie Amato, Chairman and Co-founder of SWBCwww.swbc.comLinkedInShow notes from this episode:Shout out: Ray HuntHospital mentioned: CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s HospitalShout out: Marie Osmond and Tommy SargentProgram mentioned: Credit Union For KidsShout out: Jerry Jones, Jamie DimonShout out: Herb KelleherAlbum mentioned: The Four Seasons (band)Book mentioned: Grit: The Power of Passion and PerseveranceShout out: Warren Buffett and Charlie MungerPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Chuck FaganYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.In This Episode:[00:29] – Welcome back! Randy introduces today’s guest, Charlie Amato.[02:10] – The conversation starts off diving into Charlie and Gary’s belief in customer service first.[03:23] – The culture of their company maintains the beliefs that Charlie and Gary have.[04:20] – Charlie shares what good customer service looks like to him.[05:02] – What kinds of changes has Charlie seen in his 43 years of being in business.[06:44] – Charlie chats about the labor shortage in Texas and what SWBC is doing to attract and retain their labor force.[08:05] – Adapting to technology is one of the most important things businesses can do today.[10:26] – What advice does Charlie have for burgeoning entrepreneurs?[11:04] – How did the concern for community grow and mature for Charlie?[13:05] – Does Charlie wear all the NBA Championship rings?[15:33] – The inspiration Charlie and Gary had for starting their company has not faded.[17:00] – Charlie leads by example but works to maintain his health as well.[18:14] – The team would describe Charlie as a team player, a builder, a people person, and a member of the family.[19:40] – Understanding the complexities of SWBC is a strength of the leadership team.[21:17] – Don’t be afraid to make a mistake, the advice Charlie would give his younger self.[24:55] – Repetition in their statements and consistency keeps their message fresh.[25:37] – Charlie has an exotic game ranch that he retreats to when he needs to recharge.[26:33] – Charlie recounts getting in trouble after a football game when emotions got heated.[28:03] – Working out in the morning is necessary.[28:34] – The Four Seasons is Charlie’s favorite band.[28:29] – You should read Grit, it speaks to work ethic![30:16] – Time and quality of life are more important as he gets older.[32:11] – Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger come to mind when Charlie hears the word success.[32:44] – Go to work every day, maintain your health, enjoy your families, and continue to enjoy your careers!
The Norwich City School District will close on Monday, March 23 to Monday, April 13. For more coverage of the coronavirus, click here. Schools will be in session from Tuesday, March 17 to Friday, March 20. While Chenango County is not in a state of emergency, the Norwich City School District says on their website that they are closing their schools to take precautions. NORWICH, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Norwich City School District made the decision to close their schools due to coronavirus concerns on Saturday night. There are activities that have been postponed and canceled: Spring Concert – March 17 (Postponed)ACAMT All County – March 20 to 21 (Canceled)Broome All County – March 20 to 21 (Canceled)Mock Trial Team Events (Postponed Indefinitely)NHS Musical (Postponed)Musical Trip to NYC (Canceled) Schools will be closed Monday. March 16 for a School Conference Day (no students).