Camitria Thomas

first_img Funeral service will be Saturday, 10 a.m. Hannah Funeral Home, Chapel. Viewing will begin at 8 a.m. Services entrusted to Hannah Funeral Home, Inc. Camitria Thomas, 38, was called to eternal rest November 16, 2016 at Baytown, TX. Next Uplast_img

Pretty Woman Standout Tommy Bracco on Finding His Confidence to Step Into the Spotlight & More

first_imgTommy Bracco Photo Credits: Photographs by Matthew Murphy | Styling: David Withrow | Grooming: Morgan Mabry | Assistant: Evan Zimmerman & Sydney GoodwinVideo Credits: Directed by Kyle Gaskell | Produced by Paul Wontorek & Caitlin Moynihan | Additional camera: Alexander Goyco | Location: FD Studios View the Full Gallery Here View Comments Tommy Bracco may exert lovable confidence playing a bellop named Giulio in the Braodway hit Pretty Woman, but it wasn’t always easy for this native New Yorker to step into the spotlight. “I started out doing acrobatics because where I come from in Staten Island, it’s not common for guys to dance and I was very afraid of being different,” Bracco said. “I was hesitant to get into dance so I started with acrobatics, that’s very manly. After that, it was tap and jazz and then modern. That’s how it all happened.” Although he went on to attend the well-known Fiorello H. Laguardia High School Of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Bracco still wasn’t convinced performing was for him. “I wanted to be an architect in high school,” he said. “Then we did City of Angels and my teachers were like, ‘You can do this as a career.’ When Newsies happened, I realized this is what I’m meant to do. And now I’m here to stay.” After a long run as Brooklyn’s Spot Conlon in the Disney hit, Bracco is back at the Nederlander Theatre with Pretty Woman and he’s not taking a single performance for granted. “After Newsies, there were three years where I was working at LaGuardia,” he said. “I didn’t know if I would ever make it into another Broadway show ever again. Nothing is guaranteed in this business. I’m extremely grateful to be back at the Nederlander, doing what I love in a show that I love, playing a role that I am obsessed with eight times a week. It’s the best thing in the world.”Watch the video below to learn how Bracco overcame his fears and more!  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:15Loaded: 0.00%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -2:15 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Related Shows Tommy Bracco (Photos: Matthew Murphy for Pretty Woman: The Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 18, 2019last_img read more

City, Champlain announce local skill accelerator for Burlingtonians hit by COVID recession

first_imgChamplain College,Champlain College to Offer a Tuition Reduction for City Residents in Online Undergraduate Certificate Programs; Designed to Help Those Out of Work or Considering a Career Transition to Get the Skills Necessary to Find a Rewarding New JobVermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger and Champlain College President Dr Benjamin Akande on Wednesday announced the Local Skill Accelerator Program, a partnership designed to leverage Champlain College’s extensive online education programs to allow Burlingtonians to access additional savings for undergraduate certificate programs and, ultimately, a full undergraduate degree. Champlain College’s online curriculum is nationally recognized, taught by expert-practitioner faculty, and well-suited to help residents seeking a new job or a career transition in an era when demonstrable skills in information technology, cybersecurity, project management, or human resources can be a huge advantage in securing new employment opportunities.“In a time of sudden and unprecedented economic disruption, and severe restrictions on many fronts, the Local Skill Accelerator Program creates new opportunities for Burlingtonians to grow and develop skills needed in a quickly changing world,” said Mayor Weinberger. “Champlain College has long been a tremendous partner for the City of Burlington, and I am grateful that one of Dr. Akande’s first acts as President is to continue this partnership by making the College’s high-quality and practical online curriculum even more accessible to Burlington residents.”“Two months ago, in my first conversation with the Mayor, we discussed this partnership, and our teams went to work to create this opportunity for citizens of Burlington who are seeking to gain new skillsets in the wake of shifting employment challenges – both today and in the post COVID-19 era,” said Dr. Akande. “This is a pioneering moment for Champlain College Online and the City of Burlington, and I expect it to be one of many more to come.” Local Skills Accelerator OverviewChamplain College’s online programs are consistently rated among the best online bachelor’s programs by U.S. News and World Report(link is external). Two years ago, the College cut the cost of its online undergraduate programs in half – making it one of the most accessible online institutions in the country, and putting it at the leading edge of evolving online education options in the United States. The further 17 percent offered today drops the cost for Burlington residents to $265 per credit hour. Champlain College has further committed that the preferred rate will hold for residents completing a certificate program who then wish to continue on toward a full undergraduate degree. Residents must complete the certificate first before proceeding on to an undergraduate degree.Further details on the Local Skill Accelerator program are available at is external), including a full list of available online undergraduate certificates. These career-focused certificate programs allow students to build applicable knowledge and credentials in a short timeframe, with most programs consisting of between 16 and 18 credit hours and take from six to nine months to complete. For many looking for new work or considering a career change, an undergraduate certificate is one of the most efficient ways to jumpstart that process, allowing students to develop in-demand, industry-relevant skills and better positioning them to find work in their field upon program completion.If a resident has a GED or a high school transcript, they are also eligible to apply for Federal financial aid to further defray the cost of education, in addition to the tuition reduction being offered through this program. No SAT or ACT scores are required for admission to Champlain College Online; however, all Burlingtonians must complete an application for the program to which they are applying, which will be reviewed by the College in considering admission.Mayor Weinberger and President Akande were joined at the announcement by the City’s Chief Innovation Officer, Brian Lowe, and Champlain College Online Associate Vice President, Melissa Marcello.“The completion of a career-focused undergraduate certificate from Champlain College Online offers the opportunity for Burlington residents to pivot to a new career or advance into a more specialized role at their current employer in less than six months,” said Vice President Marcello. As part of the contract signed between the City and Champlain College, the City will cover the expected additional cost for the implementation of the new program, expected to be $5,000 or less. These costs primarily involve resetting tuition at the lower rate for those residents currently enrolled in undergraduate certificate programs. Applicants will be required to self-certify their status as residents of Burlington, and the College reserves the right to seek additional information (such as utility bill payments or current lease agreements) should the need arise.“This program creates a new opportunity for Burlington residents who may have lost their job or are looking for a new one, and it also creates a new way for Champlain College to relate to and support the community,” said Brian Lowe, the City’s Chief Innovation Officer. “If the program generates interest, we are hopeful that Champlain will be able to expand it to other Vermont cities and towns in the coming months and years to increase access to skills that give people a leg up in the 21st century workforce.”Applications must be submitted by July 31, 2020 for the Fall A term beginning on August 31, 2020. The application deadline for the Fall B term is September 25, 2020, with classes starting on October 26, 2020.Source: Burlington, VT – Mayor 7.8.2020last_img read more

City Paper: How Spanish-Language Media Is Covering the Pandemic for the Latinx Community

first_imgIn April, Milagros Meléndez heard that a friend had come down with COVID-19, as had her friend’s 83-year-old mother and the rest of their immediate family.Within a week, the woman’s mother had died from the virus. The rest of the family experienced little to no symptoms and recovered quickly, but Meléndez’s friend was heartbroken. A long-time journalist for El Tiempo Latino, D.C.’s largest Spanish-language newspaper, Meléndez knew that she had to write about what had happened. “It was a huge effort at a local level, also at the level of general knowledge of the virus. People were really leaning on our outlet,” he says. Ulloa says within days of D.C.’s public health emergency declaration on March 11, they were getting countless calls asking questions ranging from where to get a COVID-19 test to who they should ask if they needed assistance making their rent payments. Roncal was told El Pregonero’s budget for next year will be cut, although he isn’t sure what changes they will have to make in order to continue reporting and publishing with diminished funds. Get the COVID-19 news you need Aside from acting as key players in disseminating information about pandemic safety and economic aid, El Tiempo Latino and its peers have uplifted the efforts of Latinx people and others during this crisis. Nelly Carrión, the director and owner of the Washington Hispanic, estimates that 75 percent of the paper’s coverage is now related to the pandemic. “We feel proud of what we did,” says Ulloa. “It’s a reality that everyone is going through this and we have to tighten our belts. But here we are. We’re still going,” Roncal says. “Now, what will happen in the future? I don’t know, just as probably nobody knows exactly. The only thing we know for certain is that nothing will be the same as before.” At the same time, she was having to cover more stories about the pandemic’s effect on the Latinx community as a part of her job. Latinx people have been hit hard by the pandemic, both in the D.C. region and across the U.S. Nationally, they have been more than twice as likely to contract the virus than their white counterparts and more than four times as likely to be hospitalized for complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meléndez interviewed her friend for the story “When COVID-19 Attacks an Entire Family.” “COVID-19 came into our house and I don’t know how it happened,” Alma Choto, Meléndez’s friend, says in the story. “A lot of our community uses the internet primarily through the phone, not a desktop or laptop,” Nuñez says. “But in the pandemic, a lot of members of our community have lost the ability to have even a cellphone. Our community has been hit hard economically.”While maintaining their print circulation, El Tiempo Latino has begun streaming daily Facebook Live broadcasts where Ulloa or another reporter, Ricardo Sánchez-Silva, interview a local official or doctor or share crucial information. Prior to the pandemic, they did one or two broadcasts per week. The goal was to get accurate information online as quickly as possible, according to Rafael Ulloa, executive vice president of content for El Tiempo Latino and its parent company, Planeta Media. More than six months into the pandemic, D.C.’s Spanish-language newspapers are fully devoting themselves to distributing information about the pandemic, with what in many cases are limited resources. They’ve gone from biweekly to monthly distribution, and their only method for distributing the paper is through newspaper boxes, although they used to distribute them at parishes as well. During his reporting about the pandemic, Roncal has been most struck by the resilience and strength of the Latinx community in the D.C. area. “It moves me, and sometimes when I talk about these things, I get emotional,” he says. “Because you can see it, how, darn it, they’ve kept working without complaint.” I’m already a member! Meléndez was seeing the number of coronavirus cases start to shoot up in the area as she was writing the story. “By the end of April, the cases I was hearing about, they were close,” Meléndez says. She heard of family members contracting the virus, as well as people she knew through her church. The local media and print journalism industries have been struggling since well before the pandemic, and those economic threats remain top of mind for these outlets. Local Spanish-language papers in other cities have been disappearing in recent years, including Hoy in Chicago and Ahora Sí in Austin. El Tiempo Latino had to lay off two employees at the start of the pandemic, when their ad sales took a serious dip. Their advertising has since recovered to about 75 percent of their pre-pandemic levels, according to Ulloa. “Our duty now has transformed into a social responsibility to inform people about this [pandemic],” says Carrión, who founded the paper with her son, Johnny Yataco, in 1994. Washington Hispanic, like El Tiempo Latino, has received an influx of calls from readers asking for help finding assistance during the pandemic. “The work tripled, especially during the [initial] spikes of the pandemic in Virginia and Maryland,” Ulloa says. Support independent journalism Our daily newsletter brings you the news you need about the pandemic and all things D.C. Delivered to your inbox every day around noon. “El Tiempo Latino became, as well as a news outlet, a kind of guide to direct members of the Latino community toward whatever resources were available in the different cities and places [in our region],” he says. According to Ulloa, local officials and community organizations have also contacted the outlet during the pandemic to ask them to help get the word out about food pantries and other services. We started the year with 302 members. When the pandemic came, our readers stepped up. Our goal is to end the year with 1,800. Will you join them? Locally, Latinx people make up less than 12 percent of D.C’s population, but represent 25 percent of the District’s coronavirus cases. Early on, the CDC, the World Health Organization, and other health authorities said masks wouldn’t help prevent the spread of COVID-19. They changed their guidance later on, but the onset of the pandemic was an information maelstrom—an amplified danger for communities that already have diminished access to information. El Tiempo Latino has also published an ongoing series of COVID-19 Hispanic Heroes, recognizing people who are working for the well-being of the Latinx community during the pandemic, regardless of their background. Among those they have recognized are Lupi Quinteros-Grady, president and CEO of the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), Sasha Ledesma, the community school coordinator at Beacon Heights Elementary School in Riverdale, and John Falcicchio, chief of staff to Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C.’s deputy mayor for planning and economic development. “There are many people who don’t have a facility with English, who either don’t know English or, if they do know it, know very little,” Carrión says. “In that case, the only source they have to find things out, to be able to know [things], is a newspaper like the Washington Hispanic, a Spanish-language outlet.” The inherent difference Carrión sees between her paper and an English-language paper is the Washington Hispanic’s role as one of the few sources of information for immigrants who speak Spanish. Roncal says his main concern for the future is to keep getting out information about services and opportunities for the younger generations. “I think our greatest responsibility is to see how we can best guide younger people to a safe harbor. They’re going to need a lot of support, because they have an incredible challenge in front of them, and they’ll have to rebuild everything practically from zero,” he says. Many journalists at these papers are veteran regional reporters. With less than 10 journalists on each team, these newsrooms, like many local and hyperlocal outlets, are used to multitasking and maximizing efficiency. But a stagnating economy brought on by the pandemic is forcing them to ramp up their reporting while their resources are shrinking.Finances at El Pregonero have already been hit by the pandemic. “[It] affected us a lot since they closed the parishes [to comply with] social distancing,” says Rafael Roncal, an editor and reporter at the paper since 1998. He hopes they will be back to 100 percent soon, since he sees no end in sight for the need for more accurate information about the virus. “I think the newspapers themselves have really responded to provide good information about what are best practices around COVID,” says Abel Nuñez, executive director at the Central American Resource Center.Print newspapers—especially free ones like El Pregonero, El Tiempo Latino, and the Washington Hispanic—continue to be vital during this time of economic hardship. Outlets like these have long played a public service role in their communities. Their online editions don’t have a paywall and free print copies are stationed in newspaper boxes around the city, particularly in neighborhoods where more Latinx people live. They focus on communicating directly with their readers and providing answers to basic questions on subjects like voting and the census. Sharing information is a key part of what they do—and at the start of the pandemic, reliable information was hard to come by. The pandemic in D.C. today: El Pregonero, a local newspaper published by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., has reported on the residents of Langley Park, throughout the pandemic. The health emergency and its economic impact have hit the majority Latinx neighborhood hard. In October, the outlet published a feature about Langley Park residents selling goods from their cars as a way to make ends meet after losing their jobs. Earlier on in the pandemic, they covered the final major free meal distribution in the neighborhood for the foreseeable future. Get the free newsletter 1,472 paying members.last_img read more

Hoping to create ‘relaxed summer evening vibe,’ Mission moving farmers market to Thursdays

first_imgIn Mission, organizers of the city’s farmers market are hoping Thursday will become the new Saturday on Johnson Drive.After a months-long analysis of the Mission Farm and Flower Market’s first three seasons, the city council agreed last month to move the market day from Saturday mornings to Thursday evenings for the 2018 season. The market will also be rebranded the Mission Market to reflect that many of the vendors are makers selling items that aren’t food or flowers.Emily Randel, Mission’s public information officer, said based on input from vendors and shoppers, the city believes the Thursday evening timing will give both residents and workers who spend their days in Mission the chance to take advantage of the market.“We’re excited to make the market convenient for Mission’s daytime office population – people who may not be back in Mission over the weekend,” Randel said. “We hope to play off the success of the fun and relaxed summer evening vibe we’ve seen at our food truck events in the past. Live music, a chance to grab dinner at one of our food trucks that will be there each week. At least once a month we’ll have a beer and wine garden.”The research city staff conducted on the first few seasons of the market found that the Saturday timing proved to be one of the biggest barriers to participation, with competition from neighboring cities’ farmers markets as well as busy weekend schedules.“This way, we’re not competing with the larger markets right in our area, or with other activities on Saturdays, like travel, soccer games, etc…,” Randel said.The market will make its 2018 debut in June, running every Thursday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. through September.“We’ll have a mix of returning and new vendors with produce, specialty baked goods, cheese, specialty foods, art and more,” Randel said. “We’re accepting new vendors and anyone interested in being a vendor, a volunteer, playing music or becoming a sponsor can write us at”last_img read more

Where to find the best savings account rates (the answer may surprise you)

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Rob BergerPaul Sullivan of the New York Times recently reported that investors of all wealth levels are hoarding cash. Some have even missed the bull market of the last five years.  I guess some never learn.If you’re going to hold a lot of cash, however, you should get the best interest rates available.  Finding these deals proves to be a bit of challenge for several reasons.First, most brink and mortar banks offer dismal yields on FDIC insured accounts.  Second, some of the best rates come from more obscure online banks or credit unions that many consumers have never considered. And finally, for those willing to do a bit work, high yield savings accounts can be found in some unlikely places, namely with prepaid debit cards.Here’s the rundown.Online BanksThe top yields on savings accounts generally available nationwide can be found at online banks.  These banks do not have the expense of managing a network of branches, and they pass this savings on to customers in the form of higher rates and often lower costs.  Many of these institutions have become household names, such as Ally Bank and Capital One 360 (formerly ING Direct).  Others are perhaps less known, such as Synchrony Bank and FNBO Direct. continue reading »last_img read more

Leeds’ six appeal

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Two quit Knight Frank’s Manc industrial team

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No fears over Halton second crossing

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USACE Continues Joint Efforts Four Years after Sandy

first_imgSince Hurricane Sandy pounded the Northeast on Oct. 29, 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has worked diligently, together with its federal, state, local and industry partners, to complete construction on more than 106 authorized and funded coastal storm damage risk reduction projects.    Extending from Maine to Virginia, the efforts of the Army Corps’ North Atlantic Division (NAD) have been laser focused on reducing coastline community vulnerability through repairing, restoring and constructing regional storm risk management projects authorized and funded by Public Law 113-2, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013.In addition to repairing and restoring all 25 of the Corps’ previously constructed beach nourishment projects under the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies program, the Corps has finished repair work on 90 percent (77 of 86 projects) of navigation channels and structures impacted by Sandy under NAD’s Operations and Maintenance (O&M) program.Of the remaining nine projects, four are expected to be completed this year, with the last five wrapping up the O&M program by next summer.“I am immensely proud of the outstanding effort of our entire team,” Brig. Gen. William Graham, NAD commander, said. “For decades, the Army Corps of Engineers has been known as one of the largest and most respected engineering and construction organizations in the world. That reputation is based on the selfless dedication and professionalism of its workforce. Many years ago, the Corps had a motto, ‘The Corps Cares.’ Its efforts surrounding the recovery from Super Storm Sandy certainly prove that!”To restore engineered dunes and berms to their authorized specifications, the Corps has placed more than 50.1 million cubic yards of sand, enough to fill MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, more than 25 times, on coastlines from New York to Virginia since federal funds were appropriated 45 months ago.Feasibility cost-sharing agreements have been executed for all 17 federally-funded coastal storm risk management studies – one of which transitioned last year from a study to a construction project. Nine of 10 additional studies are projected to transition to construction projects by next summer.At the request of the non-Federal sponsor or, per Corps policy, the remaining six have transitioned, or will transition, out of the Sandy Recovery Program.The Corps has completed four “authorized but unconstructed” (ABU) projects.ABU projects constitute the bulk of the recovery program and include beach nourishment projects which had been designed and congressionally authorized prior to Sandy but had not been built or were only partially built when the hurricane struck.Seven more ABU projects are now in construction, and the remaining eight will be ready to build pending coordination with state and local officials.Since the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy (October 29, 2015), the Corps has completed 19 projects including 16 O&M and 3 ABU projects.last_img read more