Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Get Even More Excited for Beauty and the BeastNot that we’re counting down or anything, but there are 70 days left until Disney’s Beauty and the Beast live-action remake hits theaters. The latest TV spot includes new footage from the film, including one of Emma Watson’s glorious up-dos and some light flirting between Belle and the Beast (“Thanks for not letting me get eaten by wolves.”). Unfortunately, there’s still no sign of Audra McDonald as Garderobe, but that’ll make seeing the actual film that much more magical on March 17. Check out the sneak peek below! Kevin Kline & Emma Watson in ‘Beauty and the Beast'(Photo: Disney) View Comments Frenchie Davis & More Set for The View UpStairsA musical about a ‘70s gay bar in New Orleans starring Frenchie Davis? We’re there. Max Vernon’s new musical The View UpStairs will begin performances at off-Broadway’s Lynn Redgrave Theater on February 15. The show centers on a young fashion designer who begins a journey of self-exploration when he buys an abandoned space that was the site of an attack on the LGBTQ community in 1973. Scott Ebersold directs the cast, which also includes Michael Longoria, Jeremy Pope, Nathan Lee Graham, Benjamin Howes, Ben Mayne, Doreen Montalvo, Randy Redd and Anthony Alfaro. The production, which opens February 26, features choreography by Al Blackstone. The limited engagement will run through May 21.Yen’s Lucas Hedges Among BAFTA NomineesManchester by the Sea standout and star of off-Broadway’s Yen Lucas Hedges is nominated for a BAFTA (think an Oscar, but in the U.K.) for Rising Star. Joining him in the category is Tom Holland, who you may know as Marvel’s next on-screen Spider-Man or as the adorable title star in Billy Elliot at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre. Ruth Negga, Anya Taylor-Joy and Laia Costa round out the Rising Star Award nominees. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards will take place on February 12.Michele Pawk & More to Present William Inge WorksThe Transport Group will present two plays performed in repertory from Pulitzer Prize winner William Inge. Helmed by Artistic Director Jack Cummings III, Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba are set to begin performances on February 23 at the Gym at Judson. The ensemble cast features Tony winner Michele Pawk, Tony nominees John Cariani and Emily Skinner, Hannah Elless, David Greenspan, Joseph Kolinski, Ginna Le Vine, Heather Mac Rae, David T. Patterson, Jennifer Piech, Krystal Rowley, Jay Russell and Rowan Vickers. Opening night is scheduled for March 26 and the engagement will run through April 16.Allegiance Will Return to the ScreenThere’s still a chance to catch Allegiance, which shuttered on Broadway last year. The musical’s screen stint nabbed an encore presentation, scheduled for February 19. The production, starring George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung, was filmed and initially presented by Fathom Events at movie theaters nationwide on December 13, 2016. The new date coincides with the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, known as the Day of Remembrance, which marked the beginning of the forced relocation and internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII.P.S. The Humans (set to close on January 15) finished the year off strong as the top-grossing play of 2016; the Tony-winning drama garnered over $23 million in ticket sales. The last week of the year was the show’s best yet at $814,555. With this and a whopping 24 productions grossing over $1 million, Broadway celebrated its highest attended and highest grossing week in recorded history.
Green Mountain Power (GMP), headquartered in Colchester, Vermont, has added farm methane to its portfolio of renewable energy sources, which includes hydro, wind, landfill methane and a planned solar plant, with the commissioning of the Westminster Farms plant. About 1,200 cows will provide enough manure to produce about 225 kw of electricity. That’s enough electricity to power about 250 homes.”This arrangement is a winner for all involved. I want to congratulate Green Mountain Power and Westminster Farms for working together to make this project possible,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Not only does this allow Green Mountain Power to provide low cost alternative energy to their customers, but it also gives the farm a much needed revenue boost.”While generating power from manure is not a new concept in Vermont, the arrangement represents an important step toward creating a sustainable model for farmers. The farm will receive a fixed price per kilowatthour generated that will ensure that it gets enough money to keep the project profitable.”This kind of pricing arrangement makes it possible for the farmers to count on this revenue for their operations,” said Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power president and chief executive officer. “Our customers are choosing to buy renewable energy for a lot of reasons, but we often hear that helping preserve the local economy and way of life is an important factor. With so many Vermont farms closing shop, diversifying with the addition of electrical generation will help increase their chances of survival.”An added benefit, according to Shawn Goodell, one of the owners of Westminster Farms, “is the $80,000 per year savings in operation costs that we’ll have. That’s the amount of money we spend on bedding for the cows. The revenue stream from producing milk, electricity and offsets for operational cost will help ensure the viability for the farm for future generations of our family.”The project is the result of collaboration between Green Mountain Power, Westminster Farms and a number of State and Federal agencies. Westminster Farms made a significant investment of nearly $700,000 in the project. The U.S. Department of Agriculture provided $358,993 in rural development grants and $348,268 in loan guarantees. The Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund of $250,000 was also crucial to the undertaking. GMP committed $175,000. The Vermont Department of Agriculture provided a $50,000 grant as well as $10,000 from the Renewable Energy for America Program.The Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), the agricultural financing program of the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA), approved $348,268 to support the digester project. “We were very pleased to help the Westminster Energy Group bring this project to fruition,” said Jo Bradley, VEDA’s Chief Executive Officer. “VACC has supported several anaerobic digester projects in recent years, helping Vermont farmers realize their renewable energy goals.”Green Mountain Power customers will also help with the ongoing payment to Westminster Farms. Green Mountain Power customers have the option of choosing to purchase renewable energy through GreenerGMP. Customers opting to pay an additional 3 cents per kwh support projects like Westminster Farms, as well as power from the Moretown Landfill methane plant. In the near future solar will be added to the list as Green Mountain Power is in the permitting process for a 200 kw solar plant.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont’s population. It serves more than 200,000 people and businesses.Source: GMP. COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – October 20, 2009) –
Bay of Plenty Times 28 Feb 20121/2. The Tauranga parents of a young woman strangled to death in January 2005 joined hundreds of other families at a protest march in Auckland yesterday. Brian and Lynette Brown’s 24-year-old daughter Natasha Hayden was slain by Tauranga man Michael Curran at McLaren Falls on January 10, 2005. Curran was granted bail by a High Court judge on July 7, 2005 after four unsuccessful bail applications and while awaiting trial he murdered 2-year-old Tauranga toddler Aaliyah Morrissey on September 13, 2005.http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/tauranga-couple-join-bail-bill-protest-march/1287332/Borrell’s father backs Christies lawAuckland Now 28 Feb 20123. 17-year-old Augustine Borrell was stabbed to death at a party in the Auckland suburb of Herne Bay in September 2007. Murderer Haiden Davis was on bail for another violent crime when he killed Augustine…4. Robyn Hanson spoke of her relative Vanessa Pickering, who was murdered by Malcolm Chaston while he was on bail. She described Chaston as a ”ticking time bomb” who should never have been granted bail. ”Urgent changes need to happen so no other families have to suffer such an unnecessary tragedy.” Pickering’s body was found on a hill near Godley Head in Christchurch in February 2010. Chaston, a 41-year-old with a violent criminal history, was jailed indefinitely for her murder.5. The Sensible Sentencing Trust-led campaign wants judges to be subjected to annual performance reviews and the right of serious offenders to apply for bail removed. It was sparked by the fatal stabbing of Auckland teenager Christie Marceau. The man accused of Marceau’s murder was on bail at the time of the alleged murder.http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/6488179/Borrells-father-backs-Christies-Law