Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Maroon 5 World Tour Headed To Philly, 3/9

Multi platinum-selling and Grammy Award®-winning rock band Maroon 5 follow the ‘Map’ to Philadelphia as they bring The Maroon 5 World Tour 2015, produced by Live Nation, to Wells Fargo Center on Monday, March 9, 2015 in support of the band's fifth studio album, V.

Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, September 13 at 10 a.m. exclusively through ComcastTIX online at ComcastTIX.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 or in person at the Wells Fargo Center box office.

Special guest, MAGIC! and opener, Rozzi Crane will join Maroon 5 on the North American leg of the tour. MAGIC! released their hit, debut single, "Rude", in 2013 from their debut album Don't Kill the Magic. Rozzi Crane, new to the music scene, is known for her soulful fusion sound.

Maroon 5’s new album, V, featuring the Billboard Top 10 smash hit, "Maps," and their brand new single, "Animals," is out Tuesday, September 2, on 222 Records/Interscope Records. “Maps,” which Rolling Stone declares “a stomping, funk-soul-gospel breakdown,” quickly reinforced the group’s status as a powerhouse in popular music, setting a record for the highest debut by a group on Top 40 radio charts in 18 years.

Capturing their first of three Grammy Awards as “Best New Artist” of 2005 and going on to sell more than 17 million albums worldwide, Maroon 5’s releases have gone gold and platinum in over 35 countries. The band won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound they introduced on their debut album, Songs About Jane and their double platinum album, It Won't be Soon Before Long, which included hits like "Makes Me Wonder" and "If I Never See your Face Again." 

In 2010, the band released their third studio album, Hands All Over, which featured the group's anthemic chart-topping smash single “Moves Like Jagger.” The song has since gone on to become one of the best-selling singles of all time. Maroon 5’s most recent album Overexposed quickly reinforced the group’s status as a powerhouse in popular music with all of its singles rising to the top of the charts and setting an all-time record for the most #1s (six in total) by a group in the Top 40 chart’s 20-year history.

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Another American Beheaded.....Any US Strategy Yet?


Wells Fargo Center Becomes Dirt Pit, October 3, 4

Gigantic high flying, car crushing trucks roar into Wells Fargo Center for three Monster Jam® performances beginning on Friday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. and  Saturday, October 4 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $25 and are currently on sale exclusively through ComcastTIX online at ComcastTIX.com, by phone at 800-298-4200 or in person at Wells Fargo Center box office.

Monster Jam® is one of the most popular monster truck tours in the world, performing to over 4 million fans annually. Approximately 12-feet tall and about 12-feet wide, monster trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, monster trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster trucks can fly up to 130-feet in the air, a distance greater than 14 cars side-by-side.

For the second time in history, Wells Fargo Center will be transformed into a dirt pit on Thursday, October 2.  Over 50 truckloads of dirt will be dumped onto the Wells Fargo Center floor, filling the 200-feet by 85-feet hockey rink. 

This year’s show features first time appearances by the amazing Spiderman and world famous Monster Mutt Dalmatian trucks. Monster Jam events consist of two different forms of competition; racing and freestyle. Racing is traditional bracket racing, where the first truck to cross the finish line with the least number of penalties is the winner. The freestyle competition allows the trucks time on an open floor to show off their skills as they finesse the huge machines in a jaw dropping display of punishing stunts and amazing tricks.  

Headlining this year’s Monster Jam show is Philadelphia favorite and former United States Hot Rod Association (USHRA) world racing champion Grave Digger. Grave Digger, driven by Monster Jam legend Dennis Anderson came up with the concept for Grave Digger in 1981. He built the truck out of an old 1957 Chevy Panel Wagon using parts that he scrounged from junkyards. Grave Digger is one of the most decorated Monster Jam trucks in the world as he has won four Monster Jam World Finals Championships, capturing the racing title in 2004 and 2006, and the freestyle title in 2000 and 2010.

Spiderman, driven by Bari Musawwir will sling into Wells Fargo Center sporting its namesake’s classic red and blue color scheme, Spider-Man is a custom concept Monster Jam truck wrapped with painted on webs. Musawwir comes from the popular world of radio controlled trucks. After dominating in a radio controlled Monster Jam truck competition, Monster Jam officials decided to test his skills in a 10,000 pound machine, in which he had a pair of impressive test sessions behind the wheel of the big Monster Jam trucks. In March of 2012, Musawwir, and Spider-Man won the first ever Monster Jam World Finals Young Guns Championship. 

Monster Mutt Dalmatian is similar to the average family dog only its legs are six foot tires and grew to almost twelve feet tall. Monster Mutt Dalmatian has massive floppy ears, a tongue and even a tail. Monster Mutt Dalmatian is driven by Candice Jolly one of the five outstanding female drivers competing in Monster Jam. Monster Mutt Dalmatian is a huge fan favorite and can be seen at Monster Jam World Finals.

Captain’s Curse, the pirate themed truck driven by Alex Blackwell, is one of the most popular trucks on the Monster Jam circuit. In 2007, Captain’s Curse made its debut in Las Vegas at the Monster Jam World Finals.  Blackwell has made this Monster Jam truck a star and was crowned the 2007 Monster Jam World Finals Freestyle Champion in its debut appearance.

El Toro Loco is one raging bull who can smell the fear of its competitors. In 2001, the custom built bull was introduced to a crowd in Lafayette, Louisiana and a few years later, shared the Freestyle Championship title at the 2004 Monster Jam World Finals. One of the most recognizable Monster Jam trucks in the sport, the crazy bull can be counted on to give its all in the ring.

Black Stallion should be known as the Monster Jam truck with the most “firsts.” It was the first Monster Jam truck to have shocks specifically made for the truck and driver, Mike Vaters.  Vaters was the first to design and build a Bypass Tube shock creating 36’ of travel, which allows the truck’s shock to travel further. Another first came in 1999, when Vaters and Black Stallion successfully jumped another Monster Jam truck while driving forward. Three years later, they jumped another Monster Jam truck, but this time in reverse.

Overkill Evolution represents the natural progression of Monster Jam truck technology by constantly adapting and staying relevant in today’s world of Monster Jam trucks.  Mike Vaters II, son of Mike Vaters driver of Black Stallion, made a huge impact with this newly designed truck by winning the 2014 Young Guns Shootout Championship and claimed the Monster Jam Rookie of the Year Award.      

Hot Wheels’ Firestorm truck driven by Scott Buetow is the first of its kind as it is constructed with state-of-the-art laminate technology. This truck is made of carbon fiber, Kevlar and E-glass; which are also used to make parts found on the International Space Station. The body weighs half that of a normal fiberglass body. This Monster Jam truck is 17 feet long and 11 feet high, weighs 10,000 lbs. and sports a 1,500 horsepower engine. Buetow started competing in the 2011 Monster Jam season driving Iron Man. He won the 2011 Monster Jam “Wow Factor of the Year” award and in 2013, took on the challenge of driving the Team Hot Wheels Firestorm Monster Jam truck.

The Party in the Pits, which gives fans of all ages the opportunity to meet the drivers of these massive monster trucks as well as get up close and personal to these enormous machines, will be on Saturday, October 3 at 11 a.m.  Fans interested in attending can purchase a pit pass exclusively through ComcastTIX online at ComcastTIX.com, by phone at 800-298-4200 or in person at Wells Fargo Center box office.

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Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy® Supercross, AMA Arenacross Series, Nuclear Cowboyz, and IHRA® Nitro Jam®.  Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment.  For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.

Christie Announces Mexico Trade Mission Members

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will travel to Mexico for a trade mission from September 3rd – 5th to promote increased relationship, job creation and higher education opportunities. While in Mexico Governor Christie will meet with foreign dignitaries and government officials, including Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, tour local companies and meet with Mexican business leaders and experience Mexican culture and community.

Governor Christie will be joined by a group of business and community leaders from New Jersey to Mexico. These individuals will be attending different components of the trip's itinerary. The members of the delegation are (with more in-depth bios below):

· Greg Brown, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Motorola Solutions Inc; Chair of Board of Governors, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

· Laurence M. Downes, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, New Jersey Resources; Director, Choose New Jersey, Inc. Board

· Ralph Izzo, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc.

· Clifford Sobel, Valor Capital Group

· Leo Cervantes, Owner, Chilango Restaurant

· Pedro Matar, Owner, El Aguila Restaurants in NY and NJ

· Al Zapanta, President & CEO, the United States–Mexico Chamber of Commerce

· Mauricio Doehner, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Enterprise Risk Management, CEMEX

· Rev. Fermin Garcia, President, NHCLC/CONELA Mexico

· Martin Perez, President, Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey

· Raul Rendon Ponce, Founder and Director of Bioplastic Solutions

· Rich Bagger, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Market Access, Celgene Corporation

· Robert Grady, Managing Director, Cheyenne Capital Fund

· Michele Brown, Chief Executive Officer, New Jersey Economic Development Authority

· Tracye McDaniel, President and CEO, Choose New Jersey, Inc.

Governor Christie will also be joined by Ambassador Sandra Fuentes and many of the events will be attended by U.S. Ambassador Tony Wayne.

Bios for the Delegation members:

Greg Brown, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Motorola Solutions Inc; Chair of Board of Governors, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Greg Brown is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Motorola Solutions, Inc. He joined Motorola in January 2003 and was elected to the company's Board of Directors in 2007. He became CEO of Motorola in January 2008 and led the successful spin-off of the consumer-focused Motorola Mobility in 2011. Prior to joining Motorola, he was Chairman and CEO of Micromuse Inc. from 1999 to 2003. Brown serves as Deputy Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Business Roundtable. Additionally, Brown is a board member of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Big Shoulders Fund, the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, World Business Chicago, the Economic Club of Chicago and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Rutgers University, and also serves as chair of the university’s Board of Governors.

Laurence M. Downes, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, New Jersey Resources; Director, Choose New Jersey, Inc. Board
Laurence M. Downes is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of New Jersey Resources (NJR), and its principal subsidiary, New Jersey Natural Gas Company (NJNG). Mr. Downes joined NJR in March 1985 and has served as CEO since July 1995. He is a director and past chairman of the American Gas Association and the Natural Gas Council, as well as a trustee of the American Gas Foundation. Mr. Downes also chairs the Finance Council of the Catholic Diocese of Trenton, and serves as a member of the boards of the new Jersey Economic Development Authority, Choose New Jersey and the Drumthwacket Foundation. Additionally, he is a member of the board of Questar Corporation. 
 A graduate of Iona College, Mr. Downes holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in finance and a master’s degree in business administration in financial management.

Ralph Izzo, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc.
Ralph Izzo was elected chairman and chief executive officer of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) in April 2007. He was named as the company’s president and chief operating officer and a member of the board of directors of PSEG in October 2006. Previously, Mr. Izzo was president and chief operating officer of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G).  
Since joining PSE&G in 1992 Mr. Izzo was elected to several executive positions within PSEG’s family of companies, including PSE&G senior vice president utility operations, PSE&G vice president - appliance service, PSEG vice president - corporate planning, and PSE&G vice president - electric ventures. In these capacities he broadened his experience in the areas of general management, strategic planning and finance. Mr. Izzo is a well-known leader within the utility industry, as well as the public policy arena. 
He is frequently asked to testify before Congress and speak to organizations on matters pertaining to national energy policy. Mr. Izzo serves as chair of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, and on the Rutgers University Board of Governors, the board of directors for The Williams Companies, the New Jersey Utilities Association, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA), and The Center for Energy Workforce Development. He is also a member of the Columbia University School of Engineering Board of Visitors and the Princeton University Adlinger Center for Energy and the Environment Advisory Council, as well as a member of the Visiting Committee for the Department of Nuclear Engineering at MIT.

Clifford Sobel, Valor Capital Group
Clifford Sobel is presently managing partner of Valor Capital Group, which is a diversified investment group investing in Brazil. He served as U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands from 2001 until 2005 and U.S. ambassador to Brazil from July 2006 until August 2009. Sobel serves on advisory boards to the American Military Commander of Europe and NATO, as well as the Command for American Forces for Central and South America. He has also joined the board of directors for Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) and serves on the board of Council of the Americas and Christie’s advisory board for the Americas. He also serves on the business advisory board to Fundacao Dom Cabral Brazil (FDC), which is a leading school for executive educational programs.

Leo Cervantes, Owner, Chilango Restaurant
Leo Cervantes is the owner of Chilango, an authentic Mexican restaurant and bar. He also joined the private company Seastreak boat to open a Tiki Bar that will give life to a part of the Beach Highlands, which seats 2,500 people. Cervantes has received recognition and full articles in major newspapers such as The New York Times and won the America's Most Prestigious Guide to Dinning ZAGAT SURVEY award for five consecutive years and the first prize of the 2nd annual Battle of the chefs Six Flags Great Adventure in 2011.

Pedro Matar, Owner, El Aguila Restaurants in NY and NJ
Pedro Matar is one of six co-owners of El Aguila and president of El Barrio Mexican Chamber of Commerce.

Al Zapanta, President & CEO, the United States–Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Al Zapanta was born in Los Angeles, Calif., and attended local schools and college in the Los Angeles area. He received an Associate of Arts from East Los Angeles College, a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Psychology, a Master of Arts in Public Administration and completed course work for his Ph.D. in International Political Economics from the University of Southern California. He graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and the Inter-American Defense College, the National War College, in Washington, D.C. He speaks Spanish fluently and has an elementary knowledge of French. In the private sector, he worked as an industrial engineer for Bethlehem Steel, and as Director of Governmental Affairs for ARCO until his retirement in 1993 after 18 years of service as a senior executive. 
During his time with ARCO, Al was responsible for negotiations with Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) on oil and gas matters and the copper mines owned by Anaconda, an acquisition of ARCO. He was also the company's representative to local, state and federal governments on oil and gas legislation, environmental regulation, transportation-related issues (pipelines, ocean tankers, tanker trucks and rail tank cars) and public affairs. Presently, Al is the President and CEO of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and is responsible for operations in eight regional offices in the United States and nine in Mexico.

Mauricio Doehner, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Enterprise Risk Management, CEMEX
Mauricio Doehner joined CEMEX in 1996 and has held several executive positions in areas such as Strategic Planning and Enterprise Risk Management for Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America and Mexico. He is currently in charge of Corporate Affairs and Enterprise Risk Management. Mauricio has also worked in the public sector within the Mexican Presidency. Mauricio earned his BA in Economics from Tecnologico de Monterrey and has an MBA from IESE/IPADE. He also has a Professional Certification in Competitive Intelligence from the FULD Academy of Competitive Intelligence in Boston, Massachusetts.

Rev. Fermin Garcia, President, NHCLC/CONELA Mexico
Fermin Garcia is pastor at Unity Church Group in Tijuana, in Mexico; NHCLC director; activist; entrepreneur; and director of INSTE Mexico. Garcia has had tremendous Christian ministry success in Mexico. 
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Garcia is an activist against pornography and has served as the senior pastor of Grupo Unidad Cristiana de Mexico (Christian Unity Group of Mexico) since 2006. With an active membership of 7,000-plus, Grupo Unidad has become one of the most influential representations of the evangelical movement in North West Mexico. Garcia has been also instrumental in promoting the first anti-porn law in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico and is now working at the federal level to make it nationwide. He also serves as national director of INSTE Bible College, a distance education program.

Martin Perez, President, Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey
Martin Perez currently serves as the President of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, a statewide umbrella Latino advocacy organization. In May 2011, he was appointed by Governor Christie to the Rutgers University Board of Governors, the first Hispanic appointment by a governor. He previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (HCREO) and Excellent Education for Everyone. Perez graduated from Seton Hall University with a masters degree in secondary education and Rutgers University Law School with a juris doctor degree.

Raul Rendon Ponce, Founder and Director of Bioplastic Solutions
Raul Rendon Ponce is the Founder and Director of Bioplastic Solutions. He received his MBA on International Executive Management at Universidad Iberoamericana. He also earned his General Management Certificate at Harvard Business School and is an active member of the National Committee of Grupo Unidad Cristiana, in Tijuana Mexico. Ponce also serves as a member of the NHCLC Mexico and Administrative External Consultant of the Orphanage “Casa de la Esperanza” in Tijuana, Mexico.

Rich Bagger, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Market Access, Celgene Corporation
Rich Bagger is senior vice president of corporate affairs and market access for Celgene Corporation, a multinational biopharmaceutical company focusing on the discovery, development and commercialization of treatments for cancer and severe, immune-inflammatory conditions. A member of Celgene’s management committee, Rich is responsible for advancing patient access to Celgene therapies and driving recognition of the value of Celgene innovation through government relations, public policy, communications, patient advocacy and market access activities around the world. 
Rich most recently served for two years as chief of staff for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, responsible for managing implementation of the governor’s policy agenda and priorities. After leaving state government, Rich was appointed by Governor Christie to be a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee. Previously, Rich was employed by Pfizer Inc. From 2006 to 2009, he served on Pfizer’s senior most management team as Senior Vice President, worldwide public affairs and policy. He received an A.B. degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a J.D. degree from Rutgers University Law School.

Robert Grady, Managing Director, Cheyenne Capital Fund
Robert Grady joined Cheyenne Capital in 2009. He is based in Jackson, Wyoming. Mr. Grady also serves as Chairman of the New Jersey State Investment Council, which oversees the state's $73 billion pension system. Prior to joining Cheyenne Capital, Mr. Grady was a Partner and member of the Management Committee at The Carlyle Group for nine years. 
At Carlyle, he served as the global coordinator of venture and growth capital (which had $5 billion in assets under management), Chairman and Fund Head of Carlyle Venture Partners I, II, and III; on the investment committees of Carlyle Venture Partners, Carlyle Asia Growth Partners, and Carlyle Europe Technology Partners; and as a Director of multiple Carlyle portfolio companies. Mr. Grady also served as a Director and was Chairman in 2006-2007 of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Mr. Grady received an A.B. from Harvard College, and a M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he later served on the faculty from 1993-2004 as a Lecturer in Public Management.

Michele Brown, Chief Executive Officer, New Jersey Economic Development Authority
Michele Brown was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) in October 2012 following a distinguished legal career as a federal prosecutor and as Acting First Assistant US Attorney, District of New Jersey. During her tenure as a prosecutor, she specialized in white collar crimes and as Acting First Assistant US Attorney she was responsible for the management and operation of a 300 employee office and at different times, held direct supervisory responsibility for each of the major prosecuting divisions. 
Prior to becoming the CEO of the EDA, Ms. Brown served as Appointments Counsel for Governor Christie. In this senior staff position, she provided strategic and legal guidance to the Governor and Cabinet and worked closely with the Legislature to fill key posts, including Cabinet level, senior executives, judicial and prosecutorial nominees, and volunteer board, commission and authority members. Ms. Brown, a native of Trenton, N.J., earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. She received a B.A. degree, also magna cum laude, from Drew University. Her outstanding contributions in the legal arena were recognized by the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Tracye McDaniel, President and CEO, Choose New Jersey, Inc.
Tracye McDaniel is the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Choose New Jersey, Inc., an independently funded and operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose mission is to encourage and nurture economic growth throughout the state of New Jersey – including a focus on making New Jersey's most distressed cities engines for growth and opportunity. Choose New Jersey leads global promotion, lead generation and project management for economic growth and job creation in the Garden State and is part of the state’s award-winning economic development organization: The New Jersey Partnership for Action (PFA). 
Ms. McDaniel has more than 29 years of state and regional level experience as a widely recognized strategist in all facets of economic development, including public relations, tourism and international business development. She has led successful economic development organizations in Texas. In 2007, Ms. McDaniel served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), Houston, TX, regarded as a top global location for business. McDaniel has been appointed by Governor Chris Christie to both the Council on Innovation and the New Jersey Military installation Growth and Development Task Force. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Ms. McDaniel is also a Ford Foundation Regional Sustainable Development (RSD) Fellow, a program of American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

Usher In Philly Nov. 11, Tickets On Sale 9/8

Global megastar Usher returns to Philadelphia with his first headlining tour in three years as he brings The UR Experience to Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets will go on sale on Monday, September 8 at 10 a.m. exclusively through ComcastTIX online at ComcastTIX.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200 or in person at the Wells Fargo Center box office.

Packed with an impressive repertoire of smash hits spanning his 20-year career, the critically-acclaimed showman will give his fans a unique experience that only the multi-talented Usher can deliver. His show will include a fresh take on early and recent songs as well as new music from his anticipated forthcoming eighth studio album.

“With The UR Experience, I want to give my fans an ever-changing live show full of surprises and special guests,” says Usher. “I am really excited to be with my fans and give them an Usher experience like they’ve never seen or heard before.”

Challenging himself creatively and testing musical boundaries are characteristics that have defined Usher's career since he was first discovered twenty years ago on Star Search.  Usher has been ranked by the Recording Industry Assn. of America as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 50 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards including eight Grammys and was named the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, with his career-propelling 2004 album “Confessions” being ranked as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 #1 hits (all as a lead artist) and 18 Hot 100 top-10 singles.

Usher is currently working on his forthcoming 8th studio album and preparing for his North American Tour. Earlier this year he completed filming his role as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film  “Hands of Stone,” a biopic of champion boxer Roberto Duran which co-stars Robert De Niro and is due in theaters early 2015. In addition, Usher recently completed his second season as a coach on NBC's Emmy award winning hit TV show "The Voice" where he proved his top-notch coaching capability by mentoring Josh Kaufman who became the champion of season 6.

Usher last performed at the Wells Fargo Center as a part of the lineup for the Power 99 Powerhouse concert on Friday, October 26, 2012.

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An Ode To Summer, As The Season Continues.....

Savor The Moments While While Summer Lingers

They say that summer's over;
Don't believe them, just remember,
Summer doesn't really end till the 22nd of September.
Summer's glow will linger with sea breezes and warm days;
As summer's spirit follows you in a million different ways.
Don't let them lull you into disbelief in nature's natural plan;
You've still got time to catch the sun and deepen that fine tan.
Labor Day is artificial but the calendar doesn't lie.
Fall may be upon us, but summer will not die!



 




Photos and original poem, Savor The Moments, copyright 2012, 2014 by Dan Cirucci.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Star-Studded You Can't Take It With You On Bway


Playwrights. Ballet dancers. Snake charmers.  Fireworks makers. Budding artists. Revolutionaries. Drunken thespians. Xylophone players. Wall Street tycoons. G-men, starry-eyed young lovers, cuddly kittens and Russian royalty. George Kauffman and Moss Hart's classic You Can't Take It With you has them all.
All together.
All in one house.
All on one stage.
And with a star-studded cast including James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne, Mark Linn-Baker, Kristine Nielsen and Elizabeth Ashley, among others.
Directed by Scott Ellis, this is a big, old-fashioned, fast-paced, madcap comedy with new twists and wrinkles that make it surprisingly relevant right now.
The story revolves around the zany Sycamore family headed by grandpop Martin Vanderhof (Jones) Penelope Sycamore (Nielsen) and Paul Sycamore (Linn-Baker).
They all live with various other family members and assorted "guests" who drop in and frequently hang around for days. months or even years. And they inhabit a wonderful revolving set designed by David Rockwell.
To call this family "eccentric" would be an understatement. And yet, are they really any different from any other family? And what makes a family "normal" anyway?
You Can't Take It With You is still in previews and doesn't officially open till September 28 but form what we saw of the show yesterday, it's almost ready for its Big Night.
Jones underplays the role of the wise old sage somewhat, holding back until his big moment in the play's closing scene. Nielsen is spot-on as the family's distracted matriarch and Linn-Baker is almost her equal as her husband. Ashley may still be getting comfortable in her role as a transplanted member of the Russian royal family but the essence of the performance is already there. Of particular note: Annaleigh Ashford as Essie; Byron Jennings as Mr. Kirby; Reg Rogers as Boris Kolenkhov and Fran Kranz as Tony Kirby. They are all excellent.
This play won the Pulitzer Prize, and with good reason. It leads you along on a crazy, laugh-filled roller coaster journey as you are lulled into thinking that it's simply all about a good time. Well, it is a jolly good time in the theater, no question about that. And much of this is do to the fine acting and pinpoint timing.
But this show is about so much more than its fine craftsmanship or the notion of a a couple of hours pleasantly spent. And by the time the show is over, you realize the real meaning of the play's title.
Yes, you'll laugh a lot at the lives depicted in this crazy, patchwork clan - we guarantee it. But you'll also find yourself thinking about your own life.
You Can't Take It With You: When it comes to Big Name Broadway Theater, this is about as good as it gets. 



Revealed: The 'Fruits' Of Obama's Jobs Program


Pope: Don't Become A 'Watered Down' Christian

At midday the Holy Father appeared at the window of his study to pray the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, and commented on the day's Gospel reading in which Jesus, “after having confirmed that Peter and the other eleven believed in Him as the Messiah and the Son of God, began to explain to them that He had to go to Jerusalem where He would suffer greatly, be killed, and rise again on the third day”. He remarked, “It is a critical moment in which Jesus' and the disciples' method of thinking emerges”.

Jesus reproaches Peter – He puts him “back in line” because he does not think “as God does, but as human beings do”, and without realising that he is assuming the role of Satan, the tempter.

The Apostle Paul also insists upon this theme in this Sunday's liturgy in his Letter to the Romans, when he affirms that Christians must not conform to this world without transforming it to discern the will of God.

“In effect”, he continued, “we Christians live in the world, fully integrated in the social and cultural reality of our time, and it is right that it is so; however, this carries the risk that we become 'worldly', that the salt loses its flavour, as Jesus would say; that is, that the Christian is 'watered down', losing the inspiration of newness that comes from the Lord and the Holy Spirit. Instead, they should be the opposite: when the strength of the Gospel remains alive in Christians, they can transform “mankind’s criteria of judgement, determining values, points of interest, lines of thought, sources of inspiration and models of life”, emphasised the Pope, quoting Paul VI.

“It is sad to meet Christians who are watered down, like wine; you cannot tell whether they are Christians or worldly, like watered wine; it is impossible to tell whether it is wine or water. It is sad to meet Christians who are no longer the salt of the earth … because they have committed themselves to the spirit of this world, that is, they have become worldly. Therefore, it is necessary to renew oneself continuously, to draw lymph from the Gospel … by reading and meditating the Gospel every day, so the word of Jesus may always be present in our life”, emphasised the Pontiff, reminding those present always to carry a copy of the Gospel with their pockets or handbags, and to read a passage every day.

Renewal also comes from participation in Sunday Mass, “where we find the Lord in the community, listening to His Word and receiving the Eucharist which unites us to Him and one another”, as well as in days of retreat and spiritual exercises.

He concluded, “Thanks to these gifts from the Lord, we can conform not to the world, but to Christ, and to follow Him on His path, the path of 'losing one’s own life' in order to find it. offering it for love and in love – and this involves sacrifice, even unto the cross – to receive it again purified, freed of selfishness and from the debt of death, full of eternity”.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Video: WOW! 'First Look At iPhone 6'



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And Now, 18 Big Reasons To Hold Onto Summer!

The perpetuation of the ridiculous myth that summer ends on Labor Day must stop. This nonsense must end.
We ask you: Does winter end as soon as the calendar says it's March? We like to think that it does, but we know it does not.
And we all know that winter doesn't begin on December 1, even though by that date we're already overwhelmed by the senseless rush toward (and commercialization of) Christmas.
So, summer doesn't start at the end of May (Memorial Day) and it doesn't end at the beginning of September (Labor Day). Those artificial bookends of summer are bogus.
Summer doesn't end till September 22nd.
Which means we still have nearly three weeks of summer left to enjoy. And these 20 days are among the best in the year.
With that in mind (and in no particular order) here are 18 big reasons to hold onto summer:

1) The beach. You can really enjoy it now since the kids are gone and it's blessedly uncrowded.

2) The sun. It bathes you at a beautiful angle this time of year.

3) The evenings. Just a bit cooler and more refreshing now than at the middle of the season.

4) Tennis. The US Open provides high drama, excitement and the Big Prize.

5) Lazy afternoons. You can still sneak away for some fishin, walkin, sky-gazing or whatever.

6) Fairs and carnivals. Some of the best ones are held now.

7) Late summer blooms. These include coneflower, asters, mums, Russian sage and heliotrope.

9) Travel bargains. At many locations the cost of lodging and dining is slashed as summer winds down.

10) The ocean water temperature. It's generally warmer now and much more enjoyable.

11) Late summer vegetables: corn, tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, melons (even some peaches) and plums, all still available.

12) Baseball. The grand finale as we run up to the playoffs and World Series. Exciting!

13) Quietness. Most of your favorite open-air spots are quieter now so you can really listen to the sound of nature.

14) Fewer bugs buzzing. Except for those damned yellow jacks, you won't have to worry as much about insects.

15) Energy savings. Go ahead, open the window.

16) Al fresco dining. As nice this time of year as it's ever gonna be.

17) That deep, deep, green. Catch it before the trees begin to turn.

18) Summer's endless spirit. That spirit is still here and the moments and memories your savor during these final days of summer will warm you all the way through till next year.

How Democrats, Big Labor Forgot About Jobs

I’ve always loved parades.
And I’ve attended many of them in my time.
But one parade above all others stands out in my memory.
I was just a kid at the time but I’ll never forget the big parade in my hometown to celebrate jobs. Sponsored by organized labor, the parade marched down Broadway in Camden (NJ) to herald the construction of the NS Savannah at Camden’s 273-acre New York Shipbuilding Corporation.
Above all, Camden was a blue-collar town. And it was solidly Democrat and pro-labor.
Employment was always the defining “bread and butter” issue for Democrats. And keeping people working and creating new jobs – good jobs – was the essential mission of the Democratic Party. Indeed, “jobs” was the party’s mantra and Democrats rarely spoke on any issue without mentioning jobs.
As Labor Day approaches once again, I think of that day in Camden so many years ago.
What happened?
What went wrong?
When did the Democratic Party lose sight of its core responsibility? When did it stop caring about jobs?
Recent jobs reports may seem to be improved but the simple fact is this: Long-term joblessness remains much higher than when Obama first took office. Also, under Obama workers’ wages remain stagnant and the home ownership rate continues to decline. And participation in the labor force has reached a new low.
The consumer price index is up 12% but real weekly earnings are up by a measly three-tenths of one percent. The number of food stamp recipients has jumped 44% under Obama.
If the Obama economic "recovery" was a real recovery it would have created 14 million new jobs. That's what previous post-recession recoveries created, on average. But Obama has barely created less than half of that -- six million. And the jobless rate still hovers over six percent. But the "real unemployment" rate is estimated to be double that at 12.6%. This number accounts for the full unemployment picture including those “marginally attached to the labor force,” plus those “employed part time for economic reasons.” Yes,  more than 20 million Americans remain unemployed or underemployed.
Indeed, many of the jobs created under Obama are part-time. Consider the three most common jobs in America right now: Retail salespersons, cashiers and office clerks. None of these are high-paying and all frequently involve part-time work. It's estimated that more than a quarter of all new jobs created are actually part-time.
Also, 50 years after Dr. King's famous I Have A Dream speech the Black unemployment rate has not improved under President Barack Obama. The Pew Center recently reported that Black unemployment rate has returned to double that of the White unemployment rate.
But nobody on the left seems to want to talk about these failures – not the liberal establishment, not the Democratic leadership and certainly not the labor movement.
President Obama argues that the economy was in a ditch and now “we’ve gotten it out of the ditch and want to put it in drive.” But the car still doesn’t seem to be moving -- not the way it should be; not the way Reagan got it moving ion the 1980s; not nearly that well. Sometimes, Obama simply says we've hit some "bumps in the road." That's small consolation. And enough with the car metaphors already!
Instead, Democrats and Big Labor seem to want to talk about wedge issues such as the trumped-up "war on women" as they immerse themselves in the popular culture -- and this even as Big Labor gets a pass on Obamacare. There's an inherent phoniness about it all.
There was a time when labor leaders were close to the people. There was a time when they actually worked alongside the people that they represented. Those days seem long gone.
And all of this has been happening as union membership has steadily dwindled. When the Savannah was built in Camden, labor unions represented a third of all workers. By 1983 the number had fallen to 20 percent. And by 2008 it was down to 12 percent. What’s more, the average age of union members seems to be getting older. The largest unionized age group is workers aged 55 to 64.
Why can’t the Democrats turn any of these numbers around?
What happened to one of the central promises of traditional liberalism – jobs?
These are questions worth pondering this Labor Day.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Jackie Mason: Media Have 'Sadistic' Death Wish For Rivers



You can herb the complete Jackie Mason interview on Sunday evening, August 31 at 7 p. m. on Aaron Klein Investigative Radio. Don't miss it!

Michael Sam Released By Rams - Quest Ends

Multiple sources are now reporting that the St. Louis Rams have released defensive end Michael Sam this afternoon. To put it bluntly,  Sam has been cut from the team.

Word is that Sam's efforts to become the first openly gay player in NFL history came up just short in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks.

Westbrooks wins the competition by becoming one of nine defensive linemen to land a spot on the roster.

Sam officially hit waivers Saturday at 4 p.m. when all NFL teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players.

Now, the other 31 teams in the NFL will have 24 hours to put in a claim for Sam. That's considered to be unlikely.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Newman Society Fights To Uphold Religious Freedom

A very special message from the Cardinal Newman Society:

August 29, 2014
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Dear friends,

We're in a high-stakes standoff with California!

Professors at two Jesuit universities have complained to California officials about the lack of abortion coverage in their employee health plans—coverage that was dropped last year when The Cardinal Newman Society investigated.

Now Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has ruled that state-regulated employers, including many private Catholic schools and colleges,must provide insurance for elective abortion!

We've teamed up with two legal groups to fight this.

It comes just as the Obama administration releases yet another version of the HHS Mandate accommodation.  In our public statement released yesterday, we said:
The Obama administration's latest attempt to force morally objectionable employee benefits upon America's religious organizations—including the most faithful Catholic schools and colleges—in no way diminishes The Cardinal Newman Society's strenuous opposition to this extreme violation of religious freedom. We continue to depend on the courts to protect this freedom that is fundamental to all freedoms and cannot be justly violated by any government, no matter how zealous in its pursuit of other goals.
We're so thankful for the many bishops and organizations that are standing up to the HHS mandate, but we're continually faced with more threats against Catholic schools and colleges!

The California threat is huge. This is a mandate for elective abortion, which is labeled "medically necessary." Will the Obama administration keep its promise to enforce the Weldon Amendment, which prohibits federal funds to states that mandate insurance for abortion? Will California slide toward mandatory abortions in Catholic hospitals?

Meanwhile, New York Catholic schools are required to hide their Catholic identity while providing state-funded pre-K classes. Catholic educators must navigate federal law concerning "transgendered" students. And Canada's courts have ruled that aCatholic school must exempt a high school student from liturgies and retreats.

Please keep The Cardinal Newman Society in your prayers as we work on the "front lines," and stay up to date on new developments at CatholicEducationDaily.com.

May God bless you,

Patrick J. Reilly
President

Budweiser Clydesdales Arrive In West Chester



The Budweiser Clydesdales were first introduced to the public on April 7, 1933, to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition. August A. Busch, Jr. presented the hitch as a gift to his father, August Anheuser Busch, Sr., who was guided outside the brewery by the ruse of being told his son had purchased him a new car, but instead was greeted by the horses, pulling a red, white and gold beer wagon. The hitch proceeded to carry the first case of post-Prohibition beer from the St. Louis brewery in a special journey down Pestalozzi Street in St. Louis.

Tonight, just a short while ago, the Budweiser Clydesdales came to West Chester, Pennsylvania. A big crowd turned out for these majestic equines as they delivered commemorative cases of beer to select, certified downtown pubs and restaurants.