Memorial Church renovations achieve LEED Gold certification

first_img Read Full Story The green renovation of the programming spaces in Harvard’s historic Memorial Church has achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.MemChurch, as it’s affectionately called, serves as a “space of grace” for the University’s diverse and interfaith community. The 11,000-square-foot renovation sought to reorganize and update the lower level of the church, creating new programming spaces focused on well-being and efficiency, including a new Student Oasis, choir and meeting rooms, kitchen space, and offices.Professor Jonathan L. Walton, Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, said there is a moral commitment to sustainability.“The way I read the Garden of Eden narrative is that God created humanity and gave us the garden and said, ‘Till and tend it.’ This is what it means to be good stewards,” he said.For the new student spaces, the project team prioritized access to natural light and designed an open, comfortable, and inviting refuge where students needing a moment of pause from their hectic and fast-paced schedules can retreat.Additionally, new air handling units and temperature sensors were installed to heat, cool, and ventilate the sanctuary and basement spaces efficiently and to waste as little energy as possible. High-performance, healthier LEDs were installed throughout the space, and 91 percent of the lighting load is controlled by occupancy or daylight sensors, increasing the indoor environmental quality.Water use is expected to be reduced 31 percent thanks to the installation of low-flow fixtures and ENERGY STAR rated appliances. Water conservation efforts are also on display outside Memorial Church thanks to a new irrigation system that shuts off at the first sign of precipitation.last_img read more

Lynn Nottage & George C. Wolfe Board Broadway-Aimed Black Orpheus

first_img Black Orpheus won the Cannes Palme d’Or and the 1959 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and introduced the world to Bossa Nova. The stage adaptation of the classic film Black Orpheus, which was previously reported to be eyeing Broadway in the 2013-14 season, has announced that the musical will feature a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and be directed by Tony winner George C. Wolfe. The show is aiming to make its world premiere on the Great White Way. No word yet on theater, dates or cast. Check out the original trailer for Black Orpheus below. Originally based on the play Orfeu de Conceição by Moraes, Black Orpheus resets the classic Greek love story of Eurydice and Orfeu against the backdrop of a Rio de Janeiro favela during Carnival. The score will feature many of the Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfa, and Vinicius de Moraes themes from the movie. View Commentslast_img read more

Summer Snacks

first_imgBy April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaSummer is the season for swimsuits and snacky treats. But to stay feeling and looking good, remember to watch what you eat, says a University of Georgia nutritionist. While a cool smoothie sounds refreshing on a hot day, be careful. These berry beverages pack quite a caloric punch, said Connie Crawley, a nutritionist with UGA Cooperative Extension. For example, strawberries and bananas are a healthy snack; but when they are mixed in a blender with yogurt and sugary flavorings, they can add up to massive calories. Some concoctions can be as much as 700 calories per serving.The human body is trained to drink as much as it needs to stay hydrated. For it to recognize calories as nourishment, however, the calories must be chewed, not chugged. So instead of sipping it through a straw, eat your fruit and yogurt with a spoon. The brain will accept the calories as a source of food and not think it is a drink. When traveling this summer visiting theme parks and ballparks, watch your calories by avoiding high-fat, high-sugar foods. “If you can bring food or plan to eat before you get to the park, do that,” Crawley said. “Or plan one thing to eat. Don’t eat the whole time you are there.” A small bag of popcorn is a better choice at the ballpark than a soft pretzel, which is loaded with carbohydrates and salt. At theme parks or festivals, opt for a candied apple instead of a funnel cake or fried Oreos. And never eat an onion flower. Once this vegetable is covered in batter and deep fried, it blossoms into more than 1,000 calories and 70 grams of fat. A few more healthy alternatives are: • Watermelon and cantaloupe. Melons are packed with beta-carotene and vitamins A and C, all of which are good for your skin and immune system. Watermelon is more than 90 percent water and loaded with lycopene, an antioxidant that helps prevent cancer. Wash the melon before cutting to keep the knife from carrying containments from the rind to the flesh. • Cucumbers, which are 96 percent water and have almost no calories. Add a little vinegar, onions, water and sugar to make a salad. • Peanuts. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are safe to pack for summer camps or picnics where refrigeration isn’t available. They and other nuts like pecans, cashews and walnuts are packed with protein. But don’t eat a whole jar at one sitting because they contain oil. Add a few to a salad or cereal. • Fish and chicken, which are good choices for grilling. Salmon, mackerel and tuna are sources of omega-3 fatty acids, something most people don’t get enough of. Consider cooking with garlic or onions and cutting back on salt.• Whole-grain breads and breakfast cereals. The coarser the grain, the better. Oatmeal, brown rice, oat bran or cooked cereals are less processed than boxed cold cereals and contain less sugar and salt. Look at the labels when choosing a cold cereal. You may be surprised at the amount of fat, sugar, carbohydrates and salt some cereals contain. • Cooked dry or canned beans and peas. They can help you cut back on saturated fats. Popular in vegetarian, Mediterranean, Mexican and Chinese cuisine, they can top salads or rice for a protein-packed meal. • Tomatoes. Rich in vitamin C and lycopene, they are an excellent summer choice. • Green, yellow or red bell peppers. They are non-fat, low-calorie and filled with beta-carotene and vitamin C. Kids will eat strips as a snack or tossed in salads. Try adding a few to an omelet. • Iced tea. Antioxidants in tea have been shown to help prevent cancer. Cut calories by reducing the amount of sugar. Remember to drink at least eight, eight-ounce glasses of water, tea, non-fat milk or other low-calorie fluids every day. (April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Leahy brings Senate panel to Vermont to focus on crime solutions

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will chair a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, March 22, in Barre, Vermont. The hearing will examine the effective efforts of Barre and surrounding communities in fighting drug-related crime. Leahy has invited the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, R. Gil Kerlikowske the nation s drug czar to testify at the hearing. Kerlikowske is the former police chief in Seattle, and has almost 40 years of law enforcement experience. Judiciary Committee Member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a former prosecutor, will also attend.Leahy chairs the Senate panel, and noticed the hearing on Effective Community Efforts to Counter Drug-Related Crime in Rural America on Friday. Leahy has been a long-time leader in Congress on efforts to assist state and local law enforcement, as well as community-based efforts to prevent and address crime. This is the third in a series of hearings on drug crime that Leahy has brought to Vermont. He has twice brought the Judiciary Committee to Vermont to hear firsthand about the successful efforts communities have made to address drug-related crime. The hearings, which were held in Rutland and St. Albans, helped to strengthen community resolve to address the problem of drug-related crime, and highlighted successful community-wide efforts to take on this difficult issue. In Vermont, we have felt the presence of drug abuse and drug-related crimes in our communities. The myth persists that these are only big-city problems, but rural America is also coping with these issues, said Leahy. As we learned in Rutland and St. Albans, communities are developing innovative and effective ways to combat crime, and communities across the country can learn from their successes. Vermonters in Barre and the surrounding communities have similarly pulled together to face this serious problem, and I believe this hearing will help other small towns across the country learn from their successes.Leahy has advocated a three-pronged approach to combating rising crime levels in America prevention, treatment and enforcement. He has invited local and state officials to testify, as well as community leaders and advocates. Barre Mayor Tom Lauzon will offer testimony at the hearing.Witnesses who will testify with Director Kerlikowske at the March 22 hearing include:* Col. Tom L Esperance, Vermont State Police Commander* Barbara Floersch, Associate Director of the Washington County Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls Club* *Susan, Graduate of the Vermont Works for Women s Modular Home Construction Program at Northwest State Correctional Facility* Damartin Quadros, Community business ownerThe hearing will be held Monday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m., at the Barre City Auditorium, 20 Auditorium Hill, Barre, Vermont.# # # # #**Name has been changed to protect witness identityNOTICE OF COMMITTEE FIELD HEARINGThe Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on Effective Community Efforts to Counter Drug-Related Crime in Rural America for Monday, March 22, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. in the Barre City Auditorium in Barre, Vermont.By order of the Chairman.# # # # #Source: Leahy’s office. 3.12.2010last_img read more

You Got Folly-ed.

first_img“You got Folly-ed!”Sarah laughs, giving me a high five.Erin, my partner-in-crime for the week, and I look at each other, eyes barely open, our noses red from the past five days of bluebird skies. We’re tired, our brains barely able to string a sentence together from the gallons of saltwater that float around in our buckets. Every time I bend over, the Atlantic Ocean comes surging through my right nostril like an open faucet. My hair is sticky, my skin a leathery reddish brown. Once a fair and delicate pinkish hue, the soles of my feet are dark now, tough from running across the scorching hot sand that cooks along the shore. My internal alarm clock has finally adjusted to rising before the sun, sleeping in the heat of the day, and rallying at night when the temperature cools. Finally, finally, I’ve grown accustomed to beach life. The only problem? It’s time to hit the road again, back to the cool mountain air and the tropical humidity.That was three days ago. The Folly Effect has finally subsided and now that I’m back in Blue Ridge proper, I can finally dive into the photos I shot and relish in those glory days of salt, sand, surf (attempts), and sun.Day one.Lots of driving (I think close to 12 hours total, from northern Virginia, through Asheville, Greenville, Columbia, and finally to James Island where we stayed the first two nights at the campground there). We arrived shortly past sunset and decided we couldn’t wait to get salty. We celebrated our arrival with a quick night dip in the ocean and margaritas from Taco Boy where the waiter complimented me on my dress. I use the word “compliment” loosely. His exact words (and what would become our go-to phrase for the week) were, “I like you’re dress. It’s confusing.”Hey. It’s the thought that counts.Nighttime at the pier. Nighttime at the pier.Day two.I’m a light hound. I’ll admit it. It makes me a bit of a grandma sometimes too, going to bed before 10pm, skipping out on the group beverage so I can get up at 5am to shoot the sunrise… It’s hard to get a lot of my friends pumped to get up before the sun, but Erin happened to appreciate that special hour of the day just as much as I, and so, we began our weeklong crusade to chase the rays on day two. We were a little slow moving due to the previous day’s extensive traveling, but we managed to get to the beach right on time.Erin walking along the beach, first sunrise of the trip.Erin walking along the beach, first sunrise of the trip.Reflecting on island life.Reflecting on island life.Found this little guy. First time ever seeing a starfish in real life.Found this little guy. First time ever seeing a starfish in real life.After our walk, we headed over to the Lost Dog Café for breakfast and a cup of coffee before parting ways, Erin to the beach to check out the waves and I to the computer screen to do some much-needed catching up on emails and writing. My office for the day was, fortunately or unfortunately, located outside on a partially shaded deck. By the time midday rolled around, my keyboard was saturated in sweat and I was borderline cranky from the suffocating heat and the onslaught of smart-ass comments from folks passing by – “Aren’t you on vacation?” “You know there’s a beach down that way, right?”Finally I slammed the laptop shut, shed my dress for the much more comfortable (and Folly-Beach-standard) bikini, and practically ran into the ocean, from the sand frying my feet or the anticipation of submerging my head beneath the water I can’t be sure. My irritation immediately floated away as I dove headfirst into wave after wave, which is surprising considering I’ve never been much of a beach person. Growing up, my parents took us to maybe a handful of beaches, and never at opportune times…like the summer…when everyone else goes… Instead, we’d go in early March for a “spring” break or the middle of December, when both the air and water temperatures were too cold and the wind would violently lash at our clothing. The most I ever got out of my early exposure to beaches were two things: 1) a bathtub full of seashells. 2) a fear of oceans.I can spend all day on a river kayaking, tubing, swimming, whatever. I love the water. But there’s something vastly overwhelming and unknown to me about oceans and I blame it largely on the fact that it wasn’t until I was 18 years old that I really remember having the quintessential beach experience. Even then, I don’t remember getting into the water all that much, but rather tactfully tanning (and by tanning I mean burning) and swimming in the pool of the house I was staying in. So. Maybe that wasn’t a quintessential beach experience.But I digress. My opinion on beaches and oceans has changed for the most part, although the thought of getting chundered and hitting reef or getting sucked away in a rip tide or torn apart by sharks still keeps me up at night. Folly Beach isn’t like that nightmare-ish version of beaches I have filed away in my brain though, and so, as I floated on my back and let the waves crash over me, I thought for the first time ever, “I like the beach.”The Cherokee getting a little tan.The Cherokee getting a little tan (thanks Brown!).That afternoon, we were set to partner with Jon Ory, owner of Charleston SUP Safaris, to host a stand up paddleboard meet-up on the Folly River. As Erin and I made our way back to the car, we met two out-of-towners who kindly offered us a cold beer. We both agreed that nothing sounded better at 1 o’clock in the afternoon than a covered front porch and an ice cold beverage, so we followed the couple up the stairs of their rental beach home and met the entire extended family (wonderful folks – thanks so much for the hospitality!). Of that family, we were able to convince Bob and Connor that they should join us on the river later to stand up paddleboard, an activity Bob had placed on his adventure bucket list years ago.Bob standing on the low tide sand bar.Bob in his rad shirt, standing on the low tide sand bar.The great thing about Folly Island is that, it’s not just a beach. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Folly River, Folly Beach has the best of both worlds. Waves for surfing, flatwater for exploring. It’s a brackish water wonderland. From marshes to sand dunes, the diversity of wildlife in and around Folly Beach is remarkable. What’s more, it’s a great place for people to learn. A South Carolina native, Jon was very in tune with more than just the stand up paddleboarding. As we paddled, the “Folly Green Giant” (as Jon is fondly referred to as) talked on the ecosystem, the wildlife, and the issues with beach erosion. We pulled off onto a low tide sand bar and took a break, soaking in the remarkable views, the dolphins surfacing from time to time in search of food, pelicans diving headfirst into the water, and a horseshoe crab burying itself beneath the sand right at our feet. Magical, mysterious, memorable. This place is that and more.Jon (left) showing Bob (right) the basics of stand up paddleboarding.Jon (left) showing Bob (right) the basics of stand up paddleboarding.IMG_1216Along the banks of the Folly River.The whole gang. From left to right: Erin, Connor, Jon, Bob, and me…being me.Day three.Erin and I again rallied before the sun to explore the northeast end of the island where you can view the historic Morris Island Lighthouse. We were greeted with yet another spectacular sunrise and stayed to relish in its beauty for well over an hour.IMG_1318Did I mention Erin is a yogi master?Did I mention Erin is a yogi master?IMG_1469From there we cruised over to Bert’s Market, which is hands down one of the neatest grocers I’ve ever been to. Local, organic, healthy food sold 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with bangin’ complimentary coffee available all day. It doesn’t get much better than that. We snagged a cup of joe and some stickers to represent Bert’s before returning back to our campsite on James Island. We took down the Go and packed our things to move onto Folly Island itself.Sarah, who I quoted at the beginning of this post, is a full-time Folly Beach resident. She and her roomie Annie were gracious enough to let Erin and I pitch the Go in their backyard for the remainder of the week and give us the locals’ perspective of life on Folly Island. Just a quick walk from the beach, their house sits a couple streets back from the main tourist strip, nestled among a row of idyllic beach houses, some of which date back to the early 1940s and ’50s.Tucked away on the outside of their house is an outdoor rainwater shower, walled in with dark wooden slats. It’s simple, and there’s no option of hot or cold, but to me, it’s a mini-paradise. Standing upright, barefoot, and totally naked in a shower is something I didn’t think I would miss, but after a number of swimsuit-flip-flop-Roadshower-rinse-offs, their barebones shower was more than a nice recess from the road life routine.Because of the problems with beach erosion and the attempts at shore renourishment, Sarah told us the waves were unpredictable and not nearly as high quality as they were prior to the hurricane. So what is there to do when you’re at a beach and you want to surf but the waves aren’t in? You make your own with a little help from a boat.Our captain for the evening, Sarah's beau Matt.Our captain for the evening, Sarah’s beau Matt.Sarah showing us how it's done.Sarah showing us how it’s done.Erin (right) and I, loving the Folly Beach life.Erin (right) and I, loving the Folly Beach life.Sunset on the Folly River.Sunset on the Folly River.Annie tearing it up!Annie tearing it up!The boat crew.The boat crew. From left to right: me, Erin, Matt, Sarah, and Annie.Day four.On our final day in town, Erin and I cruised into the nearby city of Charleston where Sarah works in the Groundswell PR office. We caught up on work for a few hours before heading to King Street for a quick walk and some amazing Thai food for lunch, but our minds were elsewhere, back on the beach and in the water. We hustled back to Folly Island to squeeze in as much surfing as we could (I eventually stood up for my first time, ever) before a yoga session and a night on the town with Jon (side note, if you’re ever on the island, grab some dinner at the recently opened, Asian-inspired tapas bar, Jack of Cups Saloon… killer food for an insanely cheap price).Scenes from Folly Island.Scenes from Folly Island.The Edge of America is bound to be a little off-kilter.The Edge of America is bound to be a little off-kilter.Day five.Reluctantly, Erin and I awoke on day five, forgoing the sunrise for an extra few hours of sleep. We would need it for our long hauls on the road, Erin back to her home in West Virginia and I back to the mountains, this time for a little off-the-grid time in Pisgah National Forest.“I don’t want to leave,” Erin said as we stared out at the ocean.“Me either,” I said, looking down at the water lapping over my sandy toes. Folly Island and the community here had grown on me. Sure, there’s a definite tourist scene during the summer. And yes, my skin is not ideal for tanning. And yes, I really am not very good at surfing at all. But there’s an air of relative ease here, of letting the little stuff wash over you like the waves that crash on and recede from the shore.Erin and I bid our farewells before indulging in the local eats one last time (lunch at The ‘Wich Doctor – definitely recommend topping it all off with a key lime pie ice cream sandwich and some watermelon agua fresca). We were relatively quiet on the drive back to Erin’s car in Columbia. After all, what is there to say after spending a week on one of the most beautiful beaches on the coast with some of the friendliest people I’ve met? Instead of pining for our lost days of paradise, we sat there in silence, letting the images of sparkling waves and palm trees and spectacular sunrises settle in our minds like the grains of sand that have inevitably settled in every crack and on every surface of my car…Until next time Folly…I look forward  to getting Folly-ed again soon.Live oaks draped in Spanish moss line a neighborhood street on James Island. Live oaks draped in Spanish moss line a neighborhood street on James Island.last_img read more

Prestonsburg, Ky.

first_imgPopulation: 3,255Public lands: Dewey Lake Recreation Area, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Levisa Fork River Park, Minnie ParkOutdoor Highlights: Dawkins Line Rail Trail, paddling on Dewey Lakelast_img

Wading River Crash Leaves Driver Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 62-year-old man was killed when her truck crashed into an illegally parked tractor trailer in Wading River early Friday morning.Riverhead Town Police said Daniel Kiernan was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck eastbound on Route 25A when his truck veered from the lane and hit the back of the tractor trailer that was stopped with its hazard lights flashing on the side of the road at 6:20 a.m.The Selden man was pronounced dead at the scene.The other driver, 26-year-old DuWayne Tirado of Connecticut, was not injured. He was summonsed for a parking violation.The truck was making a delivery to a landscaping company at the time. It is registered to Toria Truck Rental, Inc. based in Windsor Locks, Conn.last_img read more

FCC call-blocking proposal will include ‘safety valve’ for legit callers

first_imgAs the Federal Communications Commission prepares to vote Thursday on a default call blocking proposal, CUNA’s concerns have been part of the media coverage of the proposal, and many of the hundreds of comments generated by CUNA’s action alert appear to have spurred the agency to provide a relief mechanism for legitimate callers.The FCC’s proposal would allow voice providers to block certain calls by default and consumers would have to specifically opt in to receive them. CUNA is concerned that the proposal will lead to blocking and mislabeling of calls, meaning credit union members cannot be contacted with important information.Credit union concerns were also specifically cited on Fox News Channel’s The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino Wednesday. Host and 2019 GAC Keynote speaker Perino interviewed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on the ruling.During the interview, Pai said the ruling would contain a “safety valve” to allow to allow legitimate callers to file complaints with voice carriers over erroneously blocked calls. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

UK roundup: FCA, PLSA, trustees, TPR

first_imgThe UK’s financial regulator must not neglect the role of trustees in securing retirement income for pension fund members as it sets out its new approach in the wake of freedoms to draw down savings from 55.The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) warned the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) against too narrow a focus on products when deciding on reforms to help the new pensions freedoms bed in.In a letter to the regulator by head of policy Jackie Wells, the former National Association of Pension Funds insisted it would be important to understand the interaction between trust-based pension funds and contract-based arrangements.“While traditionally the movement of funds has tended to be one-way at retirement, from trust-based schemes to insurers and providers of income drawdown,” Wells said, “the new market may be more complex, with some savers relying on their trust-based DC schemes to deliver their retirement income, and even some moving funds from contract-based to trust-based.” In comments building on a previous submission to the FCA’s retirement income market study from March, Wells added that any “protection or relaxation” considered by the FCA, responsible only for the regulation of contract-based arrangements, must be appropriate for both types of funds.Wells said the FCA should ensure that, in considering changes to retirement products and advice offered to savers, it worked with the Pensions Regulator (TPR) – in charge of regulation for trust-based funds – and the PLSA to understand the changes underway in the trust-based sector.In other news, research by TPR has found that funds with only professional trustees on their boards are more likely to have better governance procedures.The research found that 46% of boards with only professionals spent 10 or more days a year focused on their responsibilities, compared with only one-third of non-professional trustees.Surveying more than 800 trustees, it found that one-quarter of trustee boards never disagreed with the advisers it employed, and a further 58% said they “rarely” were in disagreement.Lesley Titcomb, TPR’s chief executive, previously noted that boards chaired by a professional trustee were better administered, and questioned whether the matter warranted closer inspection.But she defended the current system of trustee qualifications, warning that funds would struggle to attract new lay trustees if qualifications were more onerous.last_img read more

Orion Group Holdings Bags Corpus Christi Contract

first_imgImage source: Orion Group HoldingsOrion Group Holdings’ Marine Segment has won a $18 million contract from the Port of Corpus Christi for the design, construction and dredging of a new cement unloading dock, set to be located on the Corpus Christi ship channel.  Commenting the latest contract, Port of Corpus Christi CEO, Sean Strawbridge, said: “The P3 paradigm (Public Private Partnerships) is a proven model for success as we continue to invest our capital, alongside our customers, in large industrial projects for the region.”“By using a design-build procurement process, Port Corpus Christi selected Orion to deliver our customer, GCCM Holdings (Gulf Coast Construction Materials), a world class cement handling terminal on Port property with a throughput in excess of 300,000 tons per year. “This P3 project is further example of the Port of Corpus Christi’s continued focus on cargo diversification while providing South Texas with much needed construction materials as we continue our epic industrial job-creating growth.”The project is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018 with a duration of approximately one year.last_img read more