Eddie Perfect is working 9 to 5 and 5 to 9! The busy actor and songwriter, who made a double Broadway debut this past season with his scores to King Kong and Beetlejuice, will return to acting next month with a role in the hit musical 9 to 5. Perfect will play Franklin Hart Jr. in the musical’s upcoming Australian premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre beginning on April 19. He’ll continue in the role during the show’s Melbourne staging at Her Majesty’s Theatre starting on July 25.One of Australia’s most prolific writers and performers, Perfect is known on the acting front his turn as Mick Holland during six seasons of the hit series Offspring. On stage, he has performed in Keating! The Musical, Misanthropology, The Threepenny Opera and Shane Warne The Musical, the latter of which he also wrote. In 2019, Perfect wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway premiere of Beetlejuice, for which he was nominated for Best Original Score at the 2019 Tony Awards. In 2018, his score to the new musical King Kong was also heard on Broadway, marking his main-stem debut.Perfect will appear in 9 to 5 alongside the previously announced Caroline O’Connor as Roz Keith, Marina Prior as Violet Newstead, Samantha Dodemaide as Judy Bernly and Erin Clare as Doralee Rhodes. 9 to 5 features a Tony-nominated score by Parton and a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick. The production will be directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun.”I’m beyond excited to return to the Australian stage in Dolly Parton’s hilarious 9 to 5 The Musical,” said Perfect in a statement. “Having spent the last two years in New York City, the chance to return home and share a stage with my theatrical heroes Caroline O’Connor and Marina Prior (not to mention the sensational Erin Clare and Samantha Dodemaide) was just too good to pass up. 9 to 5 is a powerhouse comedy for four strong female leads that couldn’t come at a better time. The future is female, and I’m just thrilled to tag along for the ride.” View Comments Star Files Eddie Perfect(Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Caroline O’Connor
Last week the Vermont House unanimously approved H4, a bill to ban the manufacture and sale of harmful plastic microbeads from personal care products and over the counter drugs. These plastic beads are problematic because they wash down drains, slip through wastewater treatment plants and end up in our waterways. Fish feed on this plastic junk food, mistaking the tiny beads for fish eggs. The plastics attract waterborne toxins which can be passed up the food chain to fish, wildlife and ultimately humans. Scientists have found high concentrations of plastics in US waterbodies. In 2012 researchers found microbead densities of 466,00 pieces per square kilometer in a section of Lake Erie. Microbeads have been found on Lake Champlain beaches. Photo by Alliance for the Great Lakes.”We don’t need plastic microbeads to clean our faces, teeth or bodies,” stated Lake Champlain Committee(link is external) Executive Director Lori Fisher. “There are safer, bio-degradable and non-polluting products that do a fine job of keeping us clean without taxing our wastewater treatment systems, degrading our waterways, and confusing the fish. Microbeads can’t be removed from our waterways once they are there, we must keep them from getting into the water in the first place.””Responsible companies already use the many safe, cost-effective, and natural alternatives to plastic microbeads,” noted Martin Wolf, Director of Sustainability and Authenticity at Seventh Generation. “Why should Vermonters have to pay to clean-up after companies that aren’t responsible?”The Vermont House bill would ban the manufacture of microbeads by December 31, 2017 and the sale of personal care products and over-the-counter drugs containing them by the following year. It still needs Senate approval. LCC has been working in support of the legislation with colleagues at Rozalia Project, Seventh Generation, Vermont Conservation Voters, and Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Take ActionPlease help usher the bill forward to passage by contacting your senators(link is external) and urging them to support H.4 as it came over from the House. Click here for further background(link is external) on the issue. Additionally, be sure that you’re not inadvertently using personal care products with plastic microbeads. There are plenty of effective soaps, toothpastes and body scrubs already on the market that don’t use plastics as cleaning agents. Common natural alternatives for exfoliates and abrasives include ground nut shells, jojoba, oatmeal, sea salt and almond meal. Read product labels carefully and avoid anything with “polyethylene”, “polypropylene”, or “polyolefin” in the ingredients.Source: Lake Champlain Committee(link is external) 1.30.2015
Vermont Gas Systems Inc,Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Gas announced today that 507 families and businesses in Addison County have signed for service. Vermont Gas said these new customers will save money and reduce their carbon footprint by switching to natural gas service. The company has been installing service lines in Middlebury and Vergennes this summer since officially completing the Addison Natural Gas Project in April. Vermont Gas said will continue installing service lines into new communities in the coming years including Monkton, New Haven and Bristol.“We are thrilled to play an important role in the Addison County community and offer an energy choice that’s cleaner and more affordable than other alternatives,” said Don Rendall, President and CEO of Vermont Gas. “We are so glad the project is complete so that we can focus on what we do best: delivering great service to our customers, including energy efficiency, to help them reduce their energy needs and save even more.”Natural gas is a great energy option for families and businesses that want to save money and increase reliability, the company said in a press release. Customers who choose natural gas today can see savings in their heating bills – almost $1,000 per year just by making the switch, VGS said. Customers who participate in the company’s award-winning efficiency programs will also see additional monthly savings, with no worry about running out of fuel or scheduling a delivery.“I’m extremely pleased to have finally converted my home from oil to natural gas. In addition to the fuel cost savings, I anticipate savings from reduced boiler maintenance and increased heating reliability,” said Nick Artim, of Middlebury. “The conversion process was easy and the Vermont Gas crews were extremely professional. Now I’m ready for the winter.”Converting to natural gas is easy and affordable. Vermont Gas will guide new customers every step of the way and provide access to the company’s energy efficiency program that offer incentives and rebates on equipment, appliances, and upgrades.“We’re just getting started with service to Addison County and look forward to serving many more in the community in the coming years,” Rendall said.Vermont Gas had suffered through cost hikes, protests and construction delays before completing the pipeline. Former Governor Shumlin was a strong supporter of the pipeline, which he saw as an economic and environmental opportunity. The project, which envisioned going to the International Paper plant in Ticonderoga, NY, and perhaps even to Rutland, was truncated at Middlebury as costs rose here and across the nation. The IP contract was cancelled in February 2015 and there are no plans to extend the pipeline to Rutland.Virulent opposition came from groups as diverse as landowners, fracking opponents and the AARP. It also fired its first contractor. The original cost of the project was $86 million, it then went to $121.6 million and $153.6 million. Vermont Gas has agreed to cap the ratepayer cost at $134 million regardless of the ultimate cost and absorb the rest.VGS’ Certificate of Public Good was issued by the PSB (now PUC) on December 13, 2013. The 41-mile Addison Natural Gas Project began construction in July 2014.About Vermont GasVermont Gas Systems is a leader in energy efficiency and innovation, offering a clean, safe, affordable choice for over 50,000 homes, businesses, and institutions in Franklin, Chittenden and Addison counties. The company plays an important role in Vermont’s clean energy future by displacing higher-emitting fuels and with its award-winning energy efficiency programs. For more information about Vermont Gas visit www.VermontGas.com(link is external).RELATED: Vermont Gas completes 41-mile expansion, begins serving customers in MiddleburySource: Vermont Gas. 8.23.2017VBM vermontbiz.com
EDF Renewables,groSolar’s Town of Ontario Solar Project. (Photo: Business Wire)Vermont Business Magazine groSolar, a renewable energy company(link is external) based in White River Junction, Vermont, and the Town of Ontario, New York, have completed the Town of Ontario Solar Project(link is external), located on land shared with the town’s wastewater treatment facility. The project will be dedicated today. It was to have gone online last January, but a winter storm the previous November damaged some of the panels and structure delaying the timeline.“Ontario further solidifies our commitment to sustainable growth, smart government, and diversity of energy resources,” said John Smith, Town of Ontario, Town Supervisor.“The project is an excellent example of how municipalities, state agencies, and private companies are collaborating to bring new sources of distributed power generation to communities across the country,” said Timothy Heinle, groSolar Vice President.The project will generate approximately 3,500,000 kilowatt-hours of clean renewable energy in its first full year of operation; enough electricity to power more than 250 homes and offset nearly 2,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide produced by more traditional energy generation sources. The project further provides power at a fixed price to the Town of Ontario for the next 25 years; offering the town substantial savings and insulation from volatile energy prices.Local news reports(link is external) say the town expects to save upwards of $4 million over the next 25 years.The project was made possible by the leadership of the Town of Ontario, Town Supervisor John Smith and funding through Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative which is building a self-sustaining solar industry in New York. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) administers NY-Sun.“Under Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy(link is external), solar power is integral to driving the state’s clean energy economy while reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions,” said Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “The Town of Ontario Solar Project serves as a model for other communities across the state that want to reduce energy costs and create a clean, sustainable future.”On Wednesday, September 20th, the Town of Ontario and groSolar will welcome project stakeholders and community members to celebrate the completion of construction. “groSolar is excited to continue its work with communities across New York and support the state’s renewable energy goals with our industry leading solar solutions,” said Heinle.About groSolargroSolar is an industry-leading large commercial and utility-scale solar engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firm serving the 500 kw to 50 MW market. For 20 years, groSolar has been dedicated to high quality, on time, and on budget project performance. With over 2,200 installations across North America, groSolar’s experience spans a broad spectrum of applications. These include design and build applications atop brownfields/landfills, commercial, educational, municipal facilities, and manufacturing plants. groSolar provides a one stop source for all your solar project needs including on-going operations and maintenance. groSolar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF Renewable Energy(link is external). Learn more at www.grosolar.com(link is external).Source: WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. & COLUMBIA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE(link is external))–groSolar(link is external)
At just 15, Shawnee native Tyler Freeman is the second-youngest player to sign with Sporting Kansas City.Sporting Kansas City has signed 15-year-old Shawnee resident Tyler Freeman as the newest addition to the club.By signing with the club, he became the second-youngest player to sign in club history and the ninth-youngest to sign with a Major League Soccer club at 15 years and 266 days old.“That itself has always been a dream of mine, to play in the stadium at Children’s Mercy Park every weekend, to have that opportunity,” Freeman said, “something I’m really looking forward to and really starting to just get out there and play.”The young forward player, who signed his contract, which extends through 2022, last week, has been part of Sporting KC’s Homegrown Player initiative, which trains local talent to eventually play for the club professionally.“This is an exciting day for Tyler Freeman, his family and for Sporting Kansas City,” said Peter Vermes, Sporting KC manager. “Our decision to sign Tyler demonstrates the investment we have made in our professional pathway, and it’s great to see a young attacking player take a big step forward at our club.”Freeman said his family was “really excited” for his new contract with Sporting KC.“They know how much work I’ve put in, how much, obviously, they’ve done for me,” he said. “And to see me finally succeed, (and take) this first step to the goals I want to accomplish, they’re really proud of me.”A homegrown player from the Sporting KC AcademyFreeman was a member of Sporting KC Academy before he signed his contract. Photo by Sporting Kansas CityFreeman entered the Sporting KC Academy in 2014 at age 11 and has represented his hometown club at the U-12 through U-19 levels, according to Sporting KC records.“I never really looked back since,” Freeman said.He is also competes with the United States youth national program, having competed for the U-14, U-16 and U-17 national teams over the past two years.Freeman has been playing soccer since he was 5 years old and has watched Sporting KC matches as a spectator for years.“It’s your hometown team, so you pretty much grow up watching them on TV, watching all the players that have come through,” he said. “Wanting to be in their shoes one day is every kid’s dream.”In his decade-long career to date, Freeman also played in several local leagues, including the Heartland and Kansas Youth Soccer leagues.“Everything you could play in, I pretty much played in,” Freeman said. “The OP soccer complex, at Swope, everywhere really. I grew up all in the system.”Freeman is in his sophomore year in K12, an online education system. The club expects him to join the Sporting KC roster ahead of the 2019 season.
The New York Times: Like many women these days, Aran Hissam, 35, of Melbourne, Fla., posted the news that she was pregnant on Facebook. On the morning of an ultrasound last year, she debated on the site whether to learn the baby’s sex, musing “to peek or not to peek?”When she failed to post an update later that day, friends started to contact her. Ms. Hissam decided to return to Facebook to share the news that her unborn baby, a girl, had been found to have fetal hydrops and given no chance of survival.“I wanted to communicate the news to get people off my back,” Ms. Hissam said in a telephone interview recently. Although her husband was at first surprised that she would share such emotional news publicly, she said, Facebook seemed like one of the least difficult ways to get the word out.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
Discovery News:Find yourself heading to the fridge after your favorite NFL team suffers an overtime defeat to a rival?You’re not alone: Researchers found that fans in cities whose teams had lost games on Sunday ate 10 percent more calories the next day, including 16 percent more saturated fat. Fans in cities with a team that won actually ate less than usual: 5 percent fewer calories, and 9 percent less saturated fat, according to a study published in the journal Psychological Science.Read the whole story: Discovery News More of our Members in the Media >
NPR:This week on Hidden Brain, we take on cheating.Lying and deception are part of being human. And it begins from a very young age. In fact, YouTube is filled with videos of imaginative children trying out little lies, usually to get out of trouble. We at Hidden Brain were taken with this brother/sister duo, Jackson and Reagan, as their mom interrogated them to find out who marked up the wall.…Professor Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School has found in her research that people tend to be more forgiving of unethical behavior if it is creative (or in this case, cute). This is something she’s also found in her own life as the mother of a 3-year-old.“I find myself looking at my son sometimes deceiving me, telling me the light on his alarm clock is on when I know that it’s not,” she says. “And I want to reward the creative excuses and descriptions of his behavior. But at the same time I feel like it’s deception and it should be punished.”Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >
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