Rank Your Top 10 Fall Broadway Shows

first_img View Comments The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Whew! The Great White Way was in the thick of New York City’s heat wave this week, and autumn’s crunchy leaves, sensible cardigans and warm, pumpkin-spiced treats are starting to sound pretty great. While we enjoy summer’s last dog days (read: eat as much ice cream as humanly possible), we’re also getting so stoked for all Broadway has to bring this fall. Productions that garnered widespread off-Broadway buzz like Heisenberg, Dear Evan Hansen and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 will bow alongside highly anticipated limited engagements like The Front Page, Oh, Hello and The Cherry Orchard. The Great White Way will get particularly starry, with the debuts of Josh Groban and Cate Blanchett and the welcome returns of Christian Borle, Nathan Lane and many more stage faves. So which show are you most excited to see? Broadway.com Social Media Manager Caitlyn Gallip got us started with her top 10; let us know which ones you’re most excited for, and we’ll see you at the theater!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com!last_img read more

Dettori chasing double in Epsom Derby

first_imgFrankie Dettori’s chasing a double in racing’s Epsom Derby this afternoon.The jockey won The Oaks on Enable at the Surrey course yesterday – and rides Cracksman in the showpiece event later.It would be the third time he’s taken the title in his career – and they line-up as second-favourites behind Cliffs of Moher. That goes to post at 4.30.Meanwhile the Royal County Handicap at 25-to-four is the feature a seven-race flat card at Navan which begins at twenty-past-one.While there’s a seven-race jumps card from 6pm at Tramore. Stock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabaylast_img read more

US ambassador to Ukraine resigns as Dems attempt articles of impeachment by Thanksgiving

first_imgThe United States ambassador to Ukraine is resigning in the wake of the Trump whistleblower scandal.US Special Envoy Kurt Volker stepped down Friday after being named in a whistleblower complaint accusing the White House of a cover-up. President Trump and the president of Ukraine have admitted to talking about military aid from the US in a July phone call.But both leaders have denied an alleged quid-pro-quo in exchange for investigating Joe Biden and his son.Last week, an impeachment investigation of Trump was launched by Congressional Democrats following news of the whistleblower complaint.Democrat lawmakers conducting the impeachment inquiry have reportedly sought testimony from Volker.Unconfirmed reports say Volker’s sudden resignation is related to possible testimony before Congress about the Ukraine-Trump call.Furthermore, that Volker stepping down as a special representative would allow him to be “more open” with what he could say should he be called to testify.Top Democrats including Nancy Pelosi are moving quickly with the inquiry and are reportedly expected to have articles of impeachment written up by Thanksgiving.According to reports, they want to prepare articles of impeachment by Thanksgiving and send them to the full House of Representatives by December.The move would allow the House to hold a floor vote on impeaching the president before the new year.However, even if the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives were to impeach Trump, he would not be removed from office unless the Republican-controlled Senate found the president guilty.At this time, it is unclear whether Volker will testify before Congress or what role it would play in the impeachment inquiry.last_img read more

Isabella wins English crown by 11 strokes

first_img Tags: Coventry Golf Club, Open Amateur, Womens 23 Aug 2018 Isabella wins English crown by 11 strokes Austria’s Isabella Holpfer completed a remarkable wire-to-wire victory in the English women’s open amateur championship when she finished 11 shots clear of the field at Coventry Golf Club.The 17-year-old was 13-under par and dominated the championship from the word go. In the first round she shot seven-under 66 and was six clear of the field – and sending a very loud message to her rivals.She marked time in round two, with a level par score, but her challengers stayed five behind her. Then, in today’s final 36 holes she put her foot down, with a plan “to make as many birdies as I could.”She was five-under this morning and opened up a 10 shot lead and she followed up with a triumphant procession around the course this afternoon, signing off with one-under par 72.“This is pretty good!” she said. “This is my last tournament of the season and I’ve had a pretty good season so it’s nice to finish off with a win.”Holpfer arrived at Coventry straight from the British girls’ championship, where she was runner-up, and the experience had both honed her and made her hungry for a win.“I was in pretty good mood from the British girls. I was playing good and I came here prepared, already warmed up,” she commented.This is one of her biggest wins and she adds it to the Irish women’s open, which she won as a 14-year-old, and the Slovenian ladies championship, earlier this season.It is also helping her season’s ambition of improving her world ranking. “I had a bad season two years ago and I fell back in the world rankings to around 700th from the 200s.” This week she discovered she had reached a personal high of 226th – and it will improve further after this win.Her performance at Coventry won her many, admiring friends who marvelled at her prowess. Holpfer rarely made mistakes, but if she did find trouble she generally had the answer.This morning she holed out of a bunker. This afternoon, when blocked out by trees, she played the most imaginative shot to the ninth green, threading the ball between bunkers and around the contours of a bank. And then she almost holed the birdie putt!“My long game was good, I was pretty confident with my driver and didn’t make too many mistakes – and most of the time I was putting pretty well,” she said.Now Holpfer heads off on holiday with her parents – father Gunter was on the bag this week – and then it’s back to school.The runner-up on two-under par was Pasqualle Coffa of the Netherlands, followed by Ireland’s Jessica Ross, who took third place on level.The leading English players, all scoring one-over, were Georgia Price (Bude & North Cornwall), Cara Gainer (Castle Royle) and Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland).Full scores can be found herelast_img read more

Opinion: Atlantic Highlands Waterfront Property Battle Continues

first_imgNeighbors for Waterfront Preservation will appeal thissubdivision approval and in so doing, hopes set an important precedent forfuture developments.  As a community, wehave a choice.  Will we allow newdevelopments in flood zones, thereby endangering existing residents in theneighborhood?  Or, will we preserve theseareas for open space, public access, and a buffer for rising seas? Some members of the planning board felt otherwise, however: twomembers voted no and one abstained. Unfortunately, approval required only asimple majority, and now the developer has cleared his first hurdle.  This decision undermines efforts by thecommunity to preserve some or all of this property as open space, especially onthe waterfront, and it risks contributing to over-development on the JerseyShore. Now the fate of this unique property will be decided by the NJ DEP, thecourts, and, potentially, the Borough Council.  The Two River Times recently reported the Atlantic Highlands Planning Board approved a large subdivision plan for luxury waterfront homes on the 7-acre waterfront McConnell Property.  The developer, Steven Denholtz, and his attorney John Giunco, argued that the development was “variance and waiver free,” and that the hands of the Planning Board were tied, making approval fait accompli.  But apparently the developer has a shorter memory than therest of us. Mr. Denholtz’s professionals said that this waiver did not apply tohis application because the waterfront was already “developed.”  While it is true that the property onceserved as an oil transfer station with minimal infrastructure built toaccommodate the now defunct business, it was never subdivided or “developed”for residential use as the zone requires. The Borough Council’s obvious intent was to prevent new development inflood-prone areas, not to stop existing homeowners from rebuilding their flood-damaged homes. This stretch of waterfront has been abandoned for decades, andthe sea is taking back the old wooden bulkhead. Clearly, the developer should have requested a waiver to subdivide andbuild homes on this site.  The Boroughengineer neglected to address this issue in his original review letter, but inthe end sided with Denholtz, setting the stage for this potentially disastrous decision.  Local residents have numerous concerns about this project, including:the toxic legacy of the property; the failure of the developer and the planningboard to provide public access; the disregard for the historical significanceof the site; and the exclusion of the objector’s legal counsel in the planningprocess. One of the most substantial and immediate questions posed by thisdecision is: should new developments be allowed in flood zones?center_img This letter was first published in the Commentary section of the May 23-29, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. Contributed by Benson Chiles, Neighbors for Waterfront Preservation A year after Super Storm Sandy when the borough sufferedmillions of dollars in damage to homes and property, the Atlantic HighlandsBorough Council updated its zoning ordinance design standards to require thatall new subdivision plans preserve all areas in the flood zone as openspace.  This action was a logical andmeaningful response to a devastating storm that no one in the Two River area issoon to forget.  last_img read more