Sad news has come out of the moe. camp today, with the recent announcement that the band would be going on an unplanned hiatus starting August 1st. After being diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer last week, Rob Derhak will be starting treatment in early August. moe.’s upcoming summer shows falling after August 1st will be canceled, though the group still plans to perform their two remaining shows in July (7/21 NYC, 7/28 Huckleberry Jam) as well as their appearance at Lockn’ Festival with Phil Lesh. More announcements about the group’s upcoming tour with Railroad Earth will be announced in the next few days as they continue to sort out logistics. You can read Rob’s letter to fans below, which was paired with the email announcement of the group’s hiatus. So much love and well wishes to Rob as he enters treatment. We love you!A letter from Rob:Early last week I was diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer. Although I’d known something wasn’t quite right for a while, I wasn’t expecting to get this news. The prognosis is good, and the survival rate is high. Unfortunately the treatment will be rough on my body, and my voice. I will be out of commission for the foreseeable future, which means, moe. will be going on an unplanned hiatus. My treatments will begin in early August, and I will not be available for our planned summer tour. I’m very happy that we, as a band and a fan base, were able to successfully bring moe.down back this Summer and I thank you all for your support. My love for our music, my band mates, our crew, and all of you continually grows and I hope to be back on stage doing what I love to do sometime soon. Until then, know that I’m in good hands, and I’m forever grateful for all of your support.Your Pal,Rob
Back in late 2016, Rich Robinson of the The Black Crowes announced a brand-new project called The Magpie Salute. Joining him for the new band, Robinson recruited former Black Crowes members, guitarist/vocalist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien in addition to Rich Robinson Band member Joe Magistro and The Magpie Salute’s lead vocalist, John Hogg.Today, The Magpie Salute has added a number of tour dates across 2018, detailing a number of headlining performances, festival sets, and supporting gigs for Gov’t Mule and The Avett Brothers. These performances come in addition to the band hitting the studio, where they’re currently working on their untitled debut album that is due out this year.The Magpie Salute’s upcoming summer tour kicks off on July 8th at Thunder Bay, Ontario’s Thunder Bay Blues Festival. From there, the group will support Gov’t Mule and The Avett Brothers for a number of dates in the Northeast before landing in Peekskill, New York’s Paramount Hudson Valley Theater for a headlining gig on July 17th. After headlining shows in Waterloo, New York, and Fairfield, Connecticut, The Magpie Salute will reconvene with Gov’t Mule and The Avett Brothers for three dates in late August. Closing out the recently announced dates, The Magpie Salute has five headlining performances in September, with the last of their announced dates falling at Bourbon & Beyond Festival in Louisville, Kentucky.You can check out The Magpie Salute’s upcoming tour dates below, and head over to their website for more information.MAGPIE SALUTE – 2018 TOUR DATES7/8 – Thunder Bay, ON – Thunder Bay Blues Festival7/12 – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach Theater^7/13 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center^7/14 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center^7/16 – Peekskill, NY – Paramount Hudson Valley Theater7/19 – Waterloo, NY – Del Lago Resort & Casino7/21 – Fairfield, CT – Warehouse8/23 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center^8/24 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre^8/25 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre^9/8 – Ardmore, PA – Armore Music Hall9/12 – Fredericton, CAN – Harvest Jazz & Blues Fest9/13 – Portland, ME – Aura9/15 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino9/23 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond Festival^ – With Gov. Mule & The Avett BrothersView All Tour Dates
The staff at UGArden, the University of Georgia’s student-run farm on the Athens Campus, received a federal-sized pat on the back this week when Kevin Concannon, U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, visited the farm and demonstration garden.Concannon, who was in Athens to discuss increasing access to local, healthy food for clients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), visited UGArden because of its dedication to providing fresh produce to limited-resource families. “We were really glad to show it off,” said JoHannah Biang, UGArden farm manager and founding member. “I know it’s a great place, but I’m kind of biased. So, it does mean a lot that people from outside think it’s cool, too.” Despite the 100-degree heat index on Wednesday, July 22, Concannon seemed genuinely interested in what they were doing on the farm, Biang said. It felt good to have his support. UGArden was founded in 2010 by UGA students who wanted to start a community garden on Athens Campus. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences gave them space for the garden on a parcel of land formerly used for livestock research. Today, it’s grown into a 4-acre, sustainably managed farm that provides agricultural experience to students and fresh produce to food-insecure seniors through UGA’s Campus Kitchen program and to local food banks. Concannon was pleased with the way UGArden serves as a venue for public service and for research into sustainable agriculture practices — including small-scale cover crop plots, a solar-powered farm building and organic production practices. “I was very pleased with the efforts on the part of the University of Georgia to implement sustainable practices,” Concannon said. “I heard throughout the day the use of the term sustainable — We don’t waste as much; we recycle, and we use the resources that we are given more prudently. — Yet, (sustainability) is an explosive term — just that word — in parts of Washington. It shouldn’t be, but it is.” In addition to produce that is donated and that goes home with student volunteers, UGArden hosts a weekly public produce sale to help support the farm’s operations. During his visit, Concannon asked why the farm stand does not accept SNAP benefits. It turns out that the students don’t have a card reader that can process SNAP cards. Concannon remedied the situation by offering to send the farm’s volunteer staff a card reader from the USDA’s office in Atlanta, Biang said. “I love getting out in the field,” Concannon told a reporter with WUGA, the university’s Georgia Public Broadcasting affiliate. “I go to a lot of schools, food banks, different places, and often we will hear something like (not having a SNAP card reader) just in casual conversation. And so, I encourage people who work within the USDA to get out into the fields because you’ll hear something, typically, and often it’s something you can do something about. I mean (providing a card reader) isn’t going to take a congressional order, that’s something we can fix pretty readily.” In addition to visiting UGArden, Concannon visited the Athens Farmers Market, which was one of the first farmers markets in the state to accept SNAP benefits. In Georgia, from 2008 to 2014, SNAP redemptions at farmers markets grew from more than $49,000 to nearly $384,000, providing an economic boost to local communities in the state. During that same time period, the number of farmers markets and direct marketing farmers increased from nine to 124. He also visited the Clarke Middle School Kitchen Garden Corps program, which is managed by Wick Prichard, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer under the supervision of David Berle, UGA CAES horticulture researcher and UGArden adviser, and Shannon Wilder, director of the UGA Office of Service Learning. The garden boasts a farm’s worth of vegetable crops, goats and a rooster named “Mittens.” During the summer, students team up with local chefs to make lunch from the garden. “We hope that kids who work with us here are going to go on to be leaders in urban agriculture — or even conventional agriculture — and in family and consumer sciences,” Prichard said. “We’re doing exciting stuff here. And it’s exciting that it’s happening in Athens and in Georgia, not in Berkley or Portland or somewhere that you automatically associated with urban agriculture or the local food movement.” Concannon rounded out his tour with a trip to the West Broad Farmers Market, a tour of the UGA Campus Kitchen facilities — where students turn locally grown food into meals for seniors — and with a talk at the UGA Miller Learning Center. For more information about the UGArden, visit ugarden.uga.edu. For more information about UGA Extension’s resources for community and school gardens, visit blog.extension.uga.edu/communitygardening.
Photo: The view from Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park just after the sun went down. Courtesy of Getty Images by RichardBarrow Hilton Head, SC considers ordinance to protect sea turtles A hiker in the mountains of north Georgia was found dead after setting off to seek help for her injured boyfriend, ABC News reports. The pair were hiking at Cochrans Falls last Friday when the man injured himself, Dawson County Fire Chief Danny Thompson told reporters. Rescuers located the man, who was taken to the hospital with head, back and knee injuries. He told officials that his girlfriend had gone for help. The ordinance would require beachside homeowners to install tinted windows, solar screens or light-blocking measures. Property owners could also commit to turning off lights from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the May-to-October nesting season. Town council will consider the ordinance in October. The Hilton Head Island Town Council will consider an ordinance banning beachside homes from disturbing sea turtles by casting light from their properties onto the beach, E&E News reports. Sea turtle hatchlings find the ocean by looking for the brightest light. When the homes shine light onto the beach, the turtles can become disoriented. Backpackers in Great Smoky Mountain National Park found an unoccupied tent on Friday, Sept. 11 and, nearby, discovered what appeared to be human remains with a bear scavenging the area. Law enforcement and wildlife officials responded to the scene and identified the body as an out-of-state adult male. Park officials say they saw the bear “actively scavenging on the remains” and euthanized the animal. The cause of death of the camper is currently unknown and under investigation. Campsite 82, the location of the incident, and Hazel Creek Trail will remain closed until further notice between the juncture with Cold Springs Gap Trail and Welch Ridge Trail, the park service said. Hiker seeking help for injured boyfriend found dead A short time later, search and rescue crews found the woman’s body near the bottom of the falls. Authorities have not shared how she died and have not identified the couple, other than to say that they were in their 20s. Body found at GSMNP campsite; Bear scavenging on remains
Bill to double GAL budget down but, maybe, not out According to supporters from both parties Bill to double GAL budget down but, maybe, not out Associate EditorA bill that would have provided attorneys for abused and neglected children in dependency cases, with the promise that no child go unrepresented in court, was pulled from the House special calendar before it was scheduled to be heard.And the person behind the demise of SB 686, said Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, was Kathleen Kearney, secretary of the Department of Children and Families, a former judge, and a member of the Bar’s Commission on the Legal Needs of Children that supported the bill.“The Governor’s Office killed it because Kate Kearney didn’t want it,” said Campbell, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that sponsored the bill that promised to double the GAL Program budget with an additional $12 million.“She is of the opinion there are too many lawyers in the courtroom right now. My opinion is these are probably the most vulnerable kids we have in society. Without having someone there to protect their interest, they are the ones who suffer. You see it day in and day out. For someone to say children’s rights should not be protected is the anthesis of that department,” Campbell said.“The Lt. Governor [Frank Brogan] walked around and told everyone in the House not to vote for it and convinced everyone over there not to vote for it.”Kearney responded: “It’s interesting that Skip Campbell thinks I have that kind of power.. . the ability to kill this bill.”Kearney did strongly oppose the bill for several reasons. She said she is concerned that the bill’s emphasis on providing attorneys for children in dependency cases would fuel an adversarial environment instead of fostering the therapeutic justice atmosphere she favors.When she was a judge and appointed attorneys for children in certain difficult cases, she said, “it was not to make it more contested, but to ensure the best interests of the children were protected and it was not a free-for-all.“There are some areas of the country where every child gets an attorney and in the fight in court, the child’s well-being, safety, and permanency get lost. It ends up not being about the child, but about who wins,” Kearney said. “Whatever model is ultimately adopted, we cannot allow it to become an adversarial model, but it must be one where the child is the focus.”Her philosophy on how best to represent children in dependency court, she said, mirrors that of Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge Daniel Dawson, also a member of the Bar’s commission. Dawson believes his pilot project is the best way to represent children: with guardians ad litem and only appoint attorneys at the discretion of the judge in special cases. Kearney said she would like to see the Ninth Circuit pilot project replicated statewide.SB 686, Kearney said, is another episode in the what she calls the “raging national debate” about best interests of the child (GAL model) vs. child’s wishes (attorney model). The bill, she said, “creates confusion where none currently exists” about the role of the GAL and attorneys.“It appoints the guardian ad litem, but the guardian ad litem also has to be represented by an attorney or appoint an attorney ad litem,” Kearney said. “Is the client the guardian ad litem or is the client the child? It’s very nebulous. You end up saying, ‘Who is representing the child? Who speaks for the child?’”Secondly, Kearney opposes moving the GAL Program from the Office of State Courts Administrator to the Department of Elder Affairs. She agrees that there are conflicts in keeping the GAL Program in the courts, because the very judges who supervise the 20 circuit’s GAL programs make adjudicatory decisions about the fate of children in cases that come before them.There is also the question of whether the GAL Program is an “essential court function,” an issue driven by the funding shift with constitutional Amendment 7, passed by voters in 1998, that mandates the state pick up a larger portion of trial courts’ expenses. The Florida Supreme Court has said the GAL Program, which uses 4,500 volunteers to help carry out its duties statewide, needs to be moved from the trial courts to somewhere else, but it hasn’t take a position on where that new home should be. Currently, the GAL Program has no statewide director.The Senate Judiciary Committee wrestled with where that new home should be, blocked by conflicts of interest with proposals to move it to the offices of the Public Defenders or Attorney General.Finally, it was decided that the new home for the GAL Program, including additional lawyers, would be the executive branch in Elder Affairs, where a new executive director would be appointed by the governor. That executive director, who would serve for three years, would supervise a separate Statewide Public Guardianship deputy director and a separate Children’s Representation deputy director.Kearney said she was greatly concerned that there is no infrastructure in place at Elder Affairs to monitor the GAL program and no fiscal support staff.“I think in everyone’s rush to get it out of the courts, no one looked at what it needs to run it,” Kearney said.She realizes that the GAL Program has never been fully funded. Despite statutory mandates and judges’ orders, only half of Florida’s children in need receive guardians ad litem. But, she said, without more thoughtful debate, the additional $12 million for the legal representation of children would be meaningless.Kearney’s opposition to new money for legal representation for children perplexed many children’s advocates grateful for a statutory mechanism to appoint attorneys for children and new money to ensure children have a voice in dependency court.Eleventh Circuit Judge Sandy Karlan, chair of the Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, stressed that members identified representation for children as the “number one priority” out of many pressing needs of children in the legal system.“In fact, Secretary Kearney was an early advocate of lawyers for children when she was assigned to juvenile court and continued so on our commission,” Karlan said.“The members of The Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children found that children have legal, constitutional, and statutory rights that are not always protected. The available research that we considered and the experts who addressed the commissioners suggested that children must have strong advocates,” Karlan continued.“Our only real debate was the form of representation — that is, guardian ad litem or attorney or both.”Karlan called SB 686 “a great first step to providing needed representation for children. It was the result of a tremendous amount of work by children’s advocates from the entire state. It is unfortunate that we will not have the opportunity to try this comprehensive approach.”Sen. Locke Burt, R-Ormond Beach, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said during debate on the Senate floor, where the bill easily passed, “In fact, this doubles the funding so there will be no child in Florida unrepresented.”Burt said the bill clarifies when the guardian ad litem or an attorney is appointed in dependency proceedings and gives the court flexibility to adjust the representation based on the child’s age and level of understanding.And Burt said he hasn’t stopped fighting for the bill, and will argue for it in the special session on the budget.“We’re going to have to address SB 686 again, because it’s $12 million in the [Senate] budget,” Burt said.“My position is that since the money is in the Senate budget, if the governor calls a special session on the budget, it will be addressed. Hopefully, this time around, we’ll have a conference committee and work it all out.”But Campbell was not as optimistic.“I do intend to ask for it to be considered in the special session, the one where we do the budget,” Campbell said. But he does not think there is a chance it will pass.And Kearney said the issue is too important and too complicated to rush through the special session.“I’d like to consider myself a passionate voice for children,” Kearney said. “Would this legislation advocate the best interests of our children within the dependency system or would it bring additional barriers and challenges to the point of will they be represented at all? There are just too many flaws and problems.” April 15, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News
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by: Anthony Demangone continue reading » A lot has been written about change. Change management. The pace of change. My friend John Spence wrote a nice piece about how one must deal with change in today’s marketplace.We are entering a new era in the business world, what many people are calling the Second Machine Age, marked by mind-boggling advances in technology, computer learning, robotics, medicine and many other fields that will fundamentally change business on a global scale. As I see it, you really only have two choices: drive the change or be run over.That’s heavy stuff. But I can’t disagree. Please read John’s article. He gives a road map on how to address change.Change can be tiring. It would be wonderful be in an industry that moves along calmly. But as I look around, I can’t say that I see one that exists. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 30-year-old woman was killed while crossing a road in her hometown of Shirley on Friday morning.Suffolk County police said Jessica Chaimowitz was trying to cross William Floyd Parkway at the intersection of Roberts Road when she was hit by a northbound pickup truck at 9:10 a.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.The driver was not injured.Seventh Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash is asked to call them at 631-852-8752.
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