Lessons of the Week! Kelli O’Hara, Lin-Manuel Miranda & More

first_imgHappy Friday the 13th! While you’re off avoiding black cats, broken mirrors and ladders, take some time to catch up on the wackiest news from this week on the Great White Way. It’s been a wild ride for the past seven days, so there’s a lot to take in. From a forgetful genius to a totally committed lion, we’ve got you covered with the Lessons of the Week!Kelli O’Hara is Her Own PercussionThe Worm is so last season. While taking a seat on the Broadway.com couch with her King and I co-star Hoon Lee, Tony winner Kelli O’Hara revealed that whenever she feels afraid she clacks her teeth in lieu of whistling a happy tune. Think the entire ensemble of Stomp, but it’s Kelli O’Hara’s mouth. It’s very impressive…and cringe-worthy to those with gum sensitivity.Lin-Manuel Has Too Much On His MindWe know, we know. Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius. He can make U.S. history cool. He can rhyme “askance” with “pants.” He can rattle off Camelot for Charlie Rose. However, the man behind Hamilton doesn’t know his Social Security Number. We totally understand. Nine digits is a lot to handle when entire scores are floating around in your head. At least he knows his name. What’s your name, man?David Alan Grier Is a Method LionThe Wiz Live! is just weeks away from easing on down the road to NBC, and Tony nominee David Alan Grier is already in costume. And, uh, we don’t think he’s taking it off any time soon. “I actually went to the Central Park Zoo and I was put in a cage with lions, just to get their movements,” he said recently. That seems like a good way to get in character as a lion, but not exactly cowardly.LuPone & Ebersole Will Make UpPatti LuPone’s been Christian Dior-ed from her head to her toes, and Christine Ebersole knows that the best kind of clothes for a protest pose is this ensemble of pantyhose. Now, after teaching us all about fashion on the Broadway stage, the Tony-winning duo will explore the world of cosmetics in War Paint, premiering in Chicago in June 2016. On that note, we’ll be in Chicago in June if you need us.Sierra Boggess Loved Being MiserableSome say Fantine’s life is miserables (you know, the job, the haircut, the prostitution, the death, etc.) But not Sierra! According to the School of Rock darling, that Les Miz role was “the greatest, most fun time” of her life. Well sure—you have all that downtime backstage between dying and coming back as a ghost! Just be careful; that mid-show break got a certain cosmetic stalwart in trouble.Matt Ryan Also Loved Being MiserableMove over, Sierra. You’re not the only one who enjoys singing and dying in a three-hour French epic. Before Thérèse Raquin star/heartthrob Matt Ryan was jumping into onstage rivers, he was slumming in Saint Michele, living on crumbs of humble piety in the West End around the age of 10. We’re thrilled he’s back on stage a couple decades later, looking dapper as ever.Jay Kuo Needs to Aim “Higher”Someone needs to update his vision board. At the opening night of his new musical Allegiance, composer Jay Kuo told us that when he was a kid, he’d listen to the Miss Saigon album constantly, hoping to one day meet Lea Salonga. Now, he’s writing songs about swinging higher for her. It’s like The Secret on steroids!Nina Arianda Is a Red Sock ThiefWhen we asked you to submit questions for Fool for Love stars Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell’s visit to Broadway.com HQ, we inadvertently got involved in some unexpected family drama. Arianda’s dad got in on the action by getting Rockwell to ask her if she stole his red socks. She did, and she’s not giving them back. Sorry, Nina’s dad. Will you settle for some red kinky boots instead?We’re on a Cake!Oh my gaw. BROADWAY.COM. WE’RE ON A CAKE! Lesli Margherita’s Looks Not Books spinoff Dames at Sea vlog has sailed away for good, but not before giving us a glimpse of the oh-so-nautical opening night party at Sardi’s (Lesli was even permitted inside!) And Ship Happens (and, by proxy, us) have officially made it by making an appearance at the base of the cake! Fame tastes so sweet.There’s a Psycho B’way Family ReunionThey don’t need a life that’s normal; that’s way too far away. And it’s probably better that way, because a life with investment bankers with serial killer tendencies is definitely not normal. Alice Ripley and Jennifer Damiano, after playing mother and daughter in Next to Normal, will appear in American Psycho on Broadway this spring. And no, Jenn, we don’t know who’s going to vlog for us yet 😉 View Comments Star Filescenter_img Sierra Boggesslast_img read more

Governor Douglas Expands Food Assistance Eligibility

first_imgGovernor Douglas Expands Food Assistance EligibilityUp to 30,000 More Vermont Households May be Eligible for BenefitsBurlington, Vt. (September 10, 2008) – To help struggling households and seniors on fixed incomes address rising fuel and food costs, Governor Jim Douglas and Lt. Governor Brian Dubie today unveiled a new initiative to expand Food Stamp Program (FSP) eligibility to as many as 30,000 additional households in Vermont.The plan is the most recent addition to the Governor’s Fuel and Food Partnership-a collaboration of public and private partners charged by the Governor with marshaling every available resource to help Vermonters address the rising cost of fuel and food. The partnership is co-chaired by Lt. Governor Dubie.”Vermonters are feeling the pressures of the national economic slowdown in many ways, and low-income Vermonters and seniors on a fixed income are particularly stressed by the high costs of transportation, home heating fuel, and food,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Through the efforts of my Fuel and Food Partnership, my administration, the Legislature and our community partners are dedicated to ensuring that no Vermonter goes cold or hungry this winter, or any winter. This expansion of the Food Stamp Program will assure that more Vermont children and families receive financial assistance to purchase high quality, nutritious food during this challenging time.”Governor Douglas said the expansion of the FSP eligibility includes two key provisions: (1) raising the current household income limit of 130% of the federal poverty level (FPL) up to 185% FPL; and (2) eliminating the current asset test to determine eligibility for affected households. The current asset rules limit eligibility by imposing resource limits which serve as a disincentive for lower income households to build savings for emergencies, home improvements, or vehicle repairs – all of which support self-sufficiency.The federal income limit of 130 percent FPL makes many low-income Vermonters ineligible for food assistance, even though they may have high expenses. Raising the income test to 185 percent of FPL aligns the food stamp program gross income test with that of many other benefits programs such as Farm to Family, Reduced School Meals, Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children, and VHAP for parents and caretaker relatives with dependent children in their households.”We’re very excited about this proposal, which gives thousands more Vermont families access to food assistance,” said Department of Children and Families Commissioner Steve Dale. “At present, there are over 28,000 households with over 57,000 individuals receiving food stamps in Vermont. This expansion could allow up to 30,000 more households to access food stamps, or ancillary benefits such as telephone Lifeline and Link Up credits, and free school meals for their children.”During state fiscal year 2008, Vermont households received nearly $60 million in food stamp program benefits. The new program expansion could mean up to an additional $12 million per year in direct food assistance to low-income Vermont families, with an average benefit in the region of $90 per month.”This expansion is extremely important for the 19,000 children in Vermont who are hungry right now,” added Dorigen Keeney, Director of Public Policy and Research for the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, an organization which has advocated for this eligibility expansion. “Further, this expansion of the food stamp program will help alleviate the food crisis that many more children may otherwise face this winter.”The Governor and key Fuel and Food Partnership stakeholders will collaborate to create an outreach plan to connect with Vermonters who may be eligible for this expanded program and to work out details necessary to ensure the program’s success. The Department for Children and Families, which administers the federal FSP, plans to put the expanded program eligibility into effect on January 1, 2009.ABOUT THE FUEL AND FOOD PARTNERSHIPEvery Vermont family is facing the realities of soaring fuel costs-but Vermont is fighting back. That is why I launched a comprehensive and collaborative program-the Vermont Fuel and Food Partnership-to help Vermonters address increasing home heating, gasoline and food costs by marshalling every available resource in our state,” said Governor Douglas. “Solving these problems requires an effort that goes beyond government alone and we’re fortunate to have a strong network of community-based organizations and programs to help Vermonters when times get tough. Coupled with the programs and service available from local, state and federal governments and our other private and non-profit partners, we can address this challenge and succeed.”The Fuel and Food Partnership brings together all of the creativity, compassion, information and resources in Vermont to ensure that we make the most of every dollar and that no Vermonter is left in the cold. It will provide Vermonters, through a single entry, access to every available option and empowers them with the knowledge they need to lower their energy bills and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.”I established this task force, co-chaired by Lt. Governor Brian Dubie, to focus every effort and every resource Vermont can bring to bear to help manage the effects of higher energy costs on Vermont families,” the Governor added. “These are difficult times for working families, but Vermont has faced these kinds of challenges before, and is a national example of how deep community roots and a strong commitment to seeking new solutions can resolve even the most difficult challenges. I know that the strength and determination of Vermonters will lead us past these difficult times and leave us with a state that is stronger and more energy independent than ever before.”For more information, visit: http://helpforvt.org/(link is external)last_img read more

Liverpool can claim title with help from Man City’s opponents

first_imgLiverpool can still wrap up the Premier League title this week despite a 0-0 setback against Everton on Sunday, but they need other results to help them.Jurgen Klopp’s red men need just five points to secure their first league title since 1990, having built a 25-point lead ahead of Manchester City before the coronavirus-enforced suspension. Should City fail to beat Burnley on Monday, a win at their Anfield home against Crystal Palace on Wednesday would confirm Liverpool’s status as England’s new Premier League kings.Pep Guardiola’s side also travels to fourth-placed Chelsea on Thursday and any dropped points at Stamford Bridge could also hand Liverpool the title.Defender Trent Alexander-Arnold says the long break has been “frustrating” but he remains upbeat that the reigning European champions will eventually receive their much-anticipated reward.“If you can imagine your ultimate dream and be so, so close to it – two steps away from it really – and someone saying, ‘you need to wait over 100 days then you might get it’. It was quite frustrating,” said Alexander-Arnold.“But the league position hasn’t changed, our mentality hasn’t changed and that is to win every game, push boundaries, break records, win the league and be remembered.” At the bottom of the table, it is much tighter with West Ham United sitting equal to 18th-placed Bournemouth’s 27 points on the edge of the relegation zone.The Hammers were beaten 2-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers in their restart fixture on Saturday and French defender, Issa Diop, says they are feeling pressured ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur.“We have to find a level and win games quickly,” Drop said.“I think it’s easy to say but it’s hard to do it, but we have to do it and we’re going to give everything to do it.“I hope we’re going to do it in the next game. We have no choice.” Brighton travel to third-placed Leicester in Tuesday’s other game full of confidence after a last gasp 2-1 win over Arsenal helped them earn a five-point gap from the drop zone.“It feels amazing, a big three points for us,” said Brighton boss, Graham Potter.“We know where we are at, we know the margins are small in the Premier League and you have to turn them in your favour and that’s what we have tried to do.“Regardless of the table, we have to keep fighting.”RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel On Wednesday, Manchester United and Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves are neck and neck in a battle for a Champions League spot, which could be the fifth-place if Manchester City’s two-year UEFA ban is upheld.United and Wolves both have 46 points in fifth and sixth as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side host Sheffield United while Wolves are visited by Bournemouth.Solskjaer’s attacking options have been boosted by the return of French midfielder Paul Pogba, who played well alongside Portuguese January signing Bruno Fernandes on Friday against Spurs.“We’re a club that wants the best players in the world playing together,” said Solskjaer after the 1-1 draw.“I think Paul showed he can play with Bruno.“Paul got a penalty for us and Bruno scored the goal.”In Wednesday’s other matches, Aston Villa travels to Newcastle United and bottom club Norwich City host Everton.Then, on Thursday before City play Chelsea, Arsenal visit Southampton and Burnley face Watford.dpa/NAN.Tags: Burnley FCChelsea FCEnglish Premier LeagueEPL titleLiverpoolManchester Citylast_img read more