The Crooked Vines, formerly the AmBrassadors, released their self-titled debut album with celebratory, funk-fueled jams at Prytania Bar this past Saturday, October 10th. Rhythm section Woody Hill (drums), Stephen Bohnstengel (bass), Nick Carlisi (guitar), Steve Schwartz (keys), and horns Lori LaPatka (alto sax) and James Keane (trombone) vamped on a soul/calypso beat before lead singer Mikayla Braun reeled in the first verse. Her sensitive yet compelling voice belted “Can’t you feel it’s time to make a move,” spinning the crowded venue into celebration. Keeping in the spirit of female vocal led soul repertoire, the band broke into a rendition of Estelle’s “American Boy” with Braun at the lead. Everyone had no choice but to sing along. For the rest of night, their heavy-hitting energy sustained and tastefully dipped into sultry/spacey pleasure when the crowd needed it. Nick Carlisi improvised gypsy-jazz meets Pink Floyd guitar solos while Lori LaPatka transported Cannonball Adderley to the funk-fest. Steve Schwartz could barely sit still in the excitement of his distorted organ that gives The Crooked Vines their gritty appeal. The amped show spokesman James Keane took James Brown’s lead and yelled to the band to lead into the next section as Woody Hill and Stephen Bohnstengel held down the groove, switching into poly-rhythmic fury on a whim. The band’s foundation spurred from Lori LaPatka, who quickly enlisted Steve Schwartz to form a high-quality party cover band. Over time, the current lineup formed and gained popularity at BMC, Verret’s Lounge, and Pryrtania Bar, where they would open for Rebirth Brass Band and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. Schwartz’s compositions became party staples and with Braun conducting the energy, The Crooked Vines couldn’t ignore the traction that lead them to create this first album.Check out the full gallery of images, courtesy of Katie Sikora Photography, below: Load remaining images
Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that Nationwide has agreed to a two-year extension with the organization, a deal which increases its primary sponsorship of Alex Bowman’s No. 88 Chevrolet to 20 races beginning with the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.Joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2014, Nationwide served as a primary sponsor for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 from 2015-2017. The Columbus, Ohio-based insurance and financial services company is in the middle of a 19-race majority sponsorship agreement with Bowman at the helm.RELATED: Memorable Nationwide paint schemes“It’s been great to work with Nationwide. It’s been so much fun,” Bowman told NASCAR.com following Thursday’s trip with Earnhardt and Xfinity Series driver Tyler Reddick to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. “Whether we’re doing stuff up at Children’s Hospital, or wherever we’re working together, it’s just been awesome. The program works really well for them and it’s been working really well for both sides.”“It definitely says a lot about the sport and where we’re at as a team and the confidence that Nationwide has to keep coming back on,” Bowman added.Bowman’s relationship with Nationwide dates back to before his Monster Energy Series career began. It’s a partnership he has developed into a personal connection over the years.RELATED: Dale Jr. glove auction supports Nationwide Children’s Hospital“It’s a very real relationship for me,” Bowman said. “I drove the first ever Nationwide Children’s Hospital car in 2013, back when it was the Nationwide Series (now Xfinity Series). It’s a relationship I’ve had with them for quite a while … Everyone on the Nationwide team is awesome to deal with and it’s a great family to be a part of.”In conjunction with the continued partnership, Hendrick also has signed Bowman to a one-year contract extension through 2020.In five of the past six races, Bowman has finished 11th or better, including a career-best third-place result in the Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway last week. Bowman currently holds the final spot for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs with five races remaining in the regular season. He is 56 points above the cutoff line.“It’s awesome to be able to extend the relationship and sync the two deals together,” Bowman said. “It’s been a great couple years driving for Hendrick Motorsports and a great couple months driving the 88 car full time. It gives me a lot of confidence going forward that they believe in me and everybody at HMS believes in me. It’s exciting for me and lets me focus on just going out and doing my job.”RELATED: Bowman’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital paint schemeHendrick Motorsports tabbed Bowman as a substitute driver in the No. 88 while Earnhardt Jr. recovered from a concussion in 2016. Bowman stuck with the company in 2017 working in the simulation department and was promoted to full-time driver of the No. 88 in 2018 following Earnhardt’s retirement.Bowman gave credit to Earnhardt for molding him into a driver that Nationwide could get behind for years to come.“For him to help me as much as he has through my career has been huge,” Bowman said. “Every little piece of advice that he gives … before I go and make mistakes on my own has been super helpful. I think that’s been great for the relationship. He’s still a huge partner of theirs, so getting to do some things with him has been really cool.”In his first full-time season with Hendrick, Bowman earned the Busch Pole Award for the 60th annual Daytona 500. He has eight top-10 finishes after 21 of 36 races.“We have such a strong partnership with Nationwide,” team owner Rick Hendrick said in a press release. “From doing great things in the community with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to driving significant value back to their business, it’s truly impressive to see how they consistently make the maximum impact with their racing program. We appreciate the incredible relationship with their whole team and look forward to more great things in the coming years.”
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver Chase Elliott sailed his No. 9 Chevrolet across the Phoenix Raceway finish line to capture his first NASCAR Cup Series championship, several more numbers came into focus, none more important than this one: 36.Together, the NASCAR industry accomplished the improbable, completing a full 36-race NASCAR Cup Series schedule, making it the only major sport to complete a full season in 2020. Not only did NASCAR run every race despite several challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR saw numerous positive trends both on and off the track.On the track, the sport enjoyed some of the most competitive racing in years, evidenced by an increased number of passes, both for the lead and throughout the field.The intense racing led to viewership on television remaining stable during the most competitive television landscape in history, while NASCAR’s social and digital metrics enjoyed several increases across its platforms.Finally, positive buzz around NASCAR’s brand is trending 25% higher than last year, a testament to the incredible strides the sport made to get back to racing under incredibly challenging circumstances.Below is a full “by the numbers” look at milestones from NASCAR’s 2020 season.Statistical Superlatives23.3 – Average age of NASCAR’s national series champions: Cup Series, Chase Elliott (24.11); Xfinity Series, Austin Cindric (22.1); Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, Sheldon Creed (23).1,190 – Green flag passes for the lead in the NASCAR Cup Series, second-most in the past 14 seasons.20.0 – The average number of lead changes per NASCAR Cup Series race, the most since 2014 (21.17).20 – Number of races with a margin of victory of less than a second, most since 2014.1988 – The last year that NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver won the championship (Bill Elliott).4 – NASCAR transitioned from a series entitlement model to a premier partner model that welcomed four global leading brands as premier partners – Busch Beer, Coca-Cola, Geico and Xfinity.3 – Three new teams have announced they will enter the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021, including 23XI Racing owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin.COVID-19 Protocols90,391 – Health questionnaires returned from essential personnel who enter the race track.102,347 – Documented temperatures taken from essential personnel.45,100 & 39,000 – Number of cloth and disposable masks purchased to help essential personnel combat the virus while in-venue.205 – Number of thermometers purchased for at-track health screenings.2 – Pulse oximeters purchased to be used at secondary screening locations.64 – Gallons of high-grade disinfectant solution purchased to disinfect the garage area.In-Venue94 – National Series races conducted in 2020, completing the entire schedule.5,000 – First responders and military personnel invited to attend the first sporting event with fans at Homestead-Miami Speedway on June 14.1969 – The last year NASCAR introduced three new venues to a NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule will introduce three new racetracks and two new layouts at iconic venues.Fan Engagement (Television & Digital)3.058M – Average viewers on television of the NASCAR Cup Series, off just -2% year-over-year during one of the most competitive television landscapes in history.+1% – NASCAR viewership was up across races 2 thru 36 (excluding a rain impacted DAYTONA 500) – consistently bringing a stable audience each weekend.+11 – On FS1, weekday editions of “NASCAR Race Hub” were up 11% this season compared to 2019 (show started back on Jan. 27).190+ – NASCAR content was distributed in over 190 countries and territories.+7% – Total visits to NASCAR’s digital platform rose +7% from 2019.+10% – Increase in the amount of time fans are spending on NASCAR’s digital platforms on race days.+56% – NASCAR social media engagements have increased significantly.18% – Increase in NASCAR Mobile App downloads year-over-year.30% – @NASCARonFOX recorded a +30% increase over 2019 with more than 431 million views across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.8.6M – Video of drivers pushing Bubba Wallace’s car to the front of the grid at Talladega is FOX Sports’ most-watched Twitter video of all time on any account with 8.6 million views.140+ – Live races aired in debut season of OTT platform TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.eNASCAR6 – eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series events on FOX and FS1 that rank as the highest-rated esports TV programs of all time.2M – New unique viewers (people who had not previously watched NASCAR in 2020) that tuned into the seven eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series events on FOX and FS1.Sports Betting3 – Deals brokered with sports-betting operators (Penn National Gaming, BetMGM, WynnBET).1st – NASCAR became the first league to join responsible betting campaigns with the American Gaming Association and National Center for Responsible Betting.Licensing10 – Chase Elliot’s first Cup Series title resulted in the most first-day merchandise sales of any NASCAR champion in the last 10 years.+78% – Overall NASCAR Shop Sales are significantly up year-over-year / since NASCAR’s return to racing in May, NASCAR Shop Sales are +147% year-over-year.Television Metrics Source: The Nielsen CompanyDigital Metrics Source: Adobe AnalyticsSocial Metrics Sources: Conviva and Meltwater
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThanks to an online campaign created by comedian and talk show host Stephen Colbert, social media was flooded with awkward photos of celebrities in their teen years – and the pictures managed to raise $1 million.During a segment on The Late Show, Colbert and television actor Nick Kroll called on their fellow stars to post pre-pubescent pictures of themselves to social media under the hashtag #PuberMe.Colbert and Kroll both agreed that for every celebrity who posted an embarrassing teen photo, they would donate $1,000 to Hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico.CHECK OUT: Shakira Built 7 Schools in the Poorest Areas of South AmericaA whopping 233 celebrities ended up sharing their embarrassing photos to Twitter, resulting in an initial donation from Colbert of $233,000. The host then pledged another $266,000 for the 75,000 awkward photos that were shared by the show’s viewers. After tallying up additional donations from CBS, Nick Kroll, and Colbert’s Americone Dream Fund, the fundraiser was at $999,000.Lamenting over how they had come up short of $1 million, Colbert remarked: “We came so close, but what can we do? If only we had one more awkward celebrity puberty photo, but we just don’t.”Then, Broadway heartthrob Lin-Manuel Miranda of the hit musical “Hamilton” leaped onto the stage.MORE: Remember Britney Spears? She Just Donated Heaps of Cash to Child Cancer TreatmentIn order to contribute to the campaign, the musician played a video of himself as a young teenager making up a song about Puerto Rico. Colbert was so delighted by the clip, he agreed to contribute the final $1,000.“That video was absolutely worth $1,000, which means our new grand total is a whopping $1 million,” said Colbert.(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The News With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – The Lamar Cardinals welcome the Houston Cougars to the LU Softball Complex for a doubleheader at 4 p.m. today in LU’s last non-conference home date this season. Both games will be streamed on Facebook Live, with Harold Mann providing the play-by-play.The Cardinals (22-18) took two of three at Sam Houston State over the weekend in Southland Conference action, while Houston (24-14) dropped two of three at South Florida in American Athletic Conference play. Senior right-hander Laura Napoli (10-9, 3.11) and freshman righty Taylor Gruell (7-6, 3.91) are LU’s probable starters. Gruell is looking for her first win since March 23.“We need Taylor to get on track,” Bruder said. “We definitely need her down the stretch for conference.”Napoli picked up her 49th career win in Friday’s opener at Sam Houston State. She looks to become the first pitcher in program history to collect 50 career wins.PROMOTIONS “Houston has traditionally been a strong opponent, and this might be one of the best Houston teams we have faced,” LU coach Holly Bruder said. “I love that they are willing to come here. We love to be challenged by good teams. These are the games that make us better.”The Cougars are batting .291 as a team. Arielle James leads Houston with a .403 batting average, while Sarah Queen is batting .364 to go along with team-leading figures of six home runs and 25 RBIs. The Houston pitching staff, which is 16th in the nation with a 1.78 ERA, is led by junior right-hander Savannah Heebner (16-5, 0.98).LU shortstop Savana Guidry is batting .346 for the Cardinals, who have a .274 team batting average. Guidry had her 13-game hitting streak, the third longest in program history, snapped at Sam Houston State on Saturday. Kelly Meeuwsen is batting. 341, while leading the team with seven home runs. Meeuwsen’s 26 RBIs are second on the team, one behind Shelby Henderson’s 27. Meeuwsen enters the week with 98 career RBIs, second all-time at LU, behind only Ashley McDowell’s 107. Today is LU’s annual Mean Girls Game, with various contests based upon the movie throughout the game. In addition, fans will receive free pizza and a free pink cowbell while supplies last.FORECASTThe doubleheader is expected to start under a sunny sky, with a temperature of 79 degrees and the wind out of the southeast at 9 mph. By the time the twin bill ends, the temperature will be in the 60s.ON DECKLU travels to Central Arkansas for a three-game Southland Conference series. The teams will play a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Friday and a single game at 1 p.m. Saturday. It’s a crucial series for the Cardinals, who are in seventh place in the conference with an 8-7 record. Central Arkansas is one of three teams tied for fourth place in the conference with 9-6 records. LU returns home to host McNeese in a three-game SLC series set for April 20-21.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I’m a dog guy. I had one growing up. We got one for the family almost four years ago. Since then Mazy has been a big part of our lives. She’s a happy dog, always wants to play, is willing to fetch a tennis ball for as long as my arm holds out throwing it and has been a blessing to our family since we got her as a puppy. She looks like a lab, but is a pure mutt.In my pursuit of interesting blog topics, I started thinking about how a mortgage loan originator could be memberlicious by acting like a dog. Here’s what I came up with…..Mazy is excited every time I come home whether I’ve been gone 30 minutes or 3 days. She jumps on me and wants to give me kisses. Now I’m not suggesting you kiss your borrowers, but be excited every time your borrower contacts you. Never miss the opportunity to show the borrower that you are excited they choose you to help them with their home ownership needs.Mazy is loyal. She follows us around the house and likes to be in the room where we are at. She wants to be a part of the family and her loyalty shows. Be loyal to your borrowers. By this I mean follow up with them promptly, help them understand the process and be helpful along the way. All signs of great loyalty.Mazy is protective. She makes sure our family is safe by barking at strangers, especially ones who walk by the front of the house when she is sunning herself in the front window. Or when she sees a fly in the house she goes crazy, barking until we get rid of the pest. Make sure your borrower is safe during the mortgage process. We do mortgage loans everyday. Your borrower doesn’t. It probably causes them some anxiety. You can be there for them by making them feel comfortable and safe. You don’t need to bark, but make sure you get them a good appraisal, a good inspection and they don’t get taken advantage of during the process. continue reading »
The New York Times:The mental fallout from the Sept. 11 attacks has taught psychologists far more about their field’s limitations than about their potential to shape and predict behavior, a wide-ranging review has found.The report, a collection of articles due to be published next month in a special issue of the journal American Psychologist, relates a succession of humbling missteps after the attacks.Experts greatly overestimated the number of people in New York who would suffer lasting emotional distress. Therapists rushed in to soothe victims using methods that later proved to be harmful to some.And they fell to arguing over whether watching an event on television could produce the same kind of traumatic reaction as actually being there.These and other stumbles have changed the way mental health workers respond to traumatic events, said Roxane Cohen Silver, a psychologist at the University of California, Irvine, who oversaw the special issue along with editors at the journal.“You have to understand,” she said, “that before 9/11 we didn’t have any good way to estimate the response to something like this other than — well, estimates” based on earthquakes and other trauma.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
Pinterest Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter The present study was based on a psychoanalytic theory, known as self psychology, developed by Heinz Kohut.“In Kohut’s formulation, caregivers are experienced as ‘selfobjects,’ or emerging parts of one’s sense of self,” the researchers explained. “When needs are unmet, the infant is left with impaired abilities to regulate self-esteem and may defensively avoid and disavow them. The end result of disavowed needs may therefore be the phenomenon now known as narcissistic vulnerability.”The study of 129 undergraduate students found emotional, physical neglect and abuse, and sexual abuse in childhood was associated with vulnerable narcissism. The researchers found two factors underlied the link between childhood maltreatment and narcissistic vulnerability: proneness to shame and the avoidance of selfobject needs.The avoidance of selfobject needs refers to the disavowal of the need to maintain self-cohesion by incorporating others (the selfobject) into the sense of oneself. Those who score high on measures of “avoidance of selfobject needs” are more likely to say that they don’t need positive feedback from others because they already know they are successful. They are also more likely to find it difficult to accept guidance, even from someone they respect. And they are less likely to feel successful because they are part of a successful group.“[O]ur data provide preliminary support for the roles of shame-proneness and selfobject need avoidance as individual and joint mechanisms through which exposure to [childhood maltreatment] leads to narcissistic vulnerability,” the researchers concluded. Email New preliminary research published in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association suggests that maltreatment during childhood can lead to narcissistic vulnerability in adulthood by increasing a person’s sense of shame and constricting their sense of self.Previous research has found that narcissists can be divided into a “vulnerable” subtype and a “grandiose” subtype.Grandiose narcissists tend to be aggressive, domineering and immodest. They view themselves as superior to others and have an over-inflated self-esteem. Vulnerable narcissists — the lesser known subtype — tend to be defensive, insecure and inhibited. They are bitter that others do not treat them with the respect and admiration they think they deserve. Vulnerable narcissism is “marked by self-consciousness, shame, and helplessness,” the researchers said. LinkedIn
By BERNADETTE LAURITZENExecutive DirectorLos Alamos Retired & Senior OrganizationAlong with your monthly additions to the senior center calendars – please look for those at the bottom, I wanted to reflect on the much-discussed Coronavirus as it relates to our work at your senior centers. The first four cases of Coronavirus have been reported. Please make sure your only news source is a reputable one. www.cdc.gov is best.We’re strongly encouraging members to wash their hands, stay home if they are sick and refrain from shaking hands or hugging when possible. It takes practice, but a variety of greetings, like putting your hand over your heart, or just a kind word, are making their way into every day practice. Staff, have an abundance of caution and we remain vigilant with wiping down hard surfaces and paying extra attention to often handled items and locations. You will notice a few tables at lunch with less chairs for those who are trying to be conscious of proximity.We are in discussions with the county and the state for pro-active plans, in many, many areas. You’ll hear a lot soon, as we talk about emergency planning and fire season. We’ll update you as soon as we know more, and you are always welcome to call or email us. Please don’t contact staff if they are not working, if it can wait until the next business day.Common sense and kindness must prevail in our community. Here are simple things YOU can do to help. Make sure your paperwork, often called an assessment is up to date. That way, if you need a service from the center like transportation, etc., we are ready to serve on a moment’s notice. Unless you have a religious or medical reason not to get a flu shot, get one right away. The difference between the Coronavirus and the flu, is that you can be proactive.As the Director, you may still see me give someone a hug. It has always been my philosophy that you never know what is going on in someone’s day. I encourage you not to approach someone with open arms, because that might make someone feel awkward to decline. When in doubt, ask first, because it is better to be safe than sorry.Upcoming events:We will still hold regular activities until data tells us otherwise. This Friday, both centers will celebrate Pi(e) Day. If you’d like to bring a pie for our contest, contact the director of each site. Those attending lunch will get a free ticket to vote for their favorite.Emergency ManagementBeverly Simpson, the Los Alamos County Emergency Manager, will make presentations at both the BE and WR senior centers. Betty will host April 1 and White Rock April 2, both at 12:30 p.m. We will discuss the Emergency Registry, Code Red, wildfire season and perhaps entertain some Coronavirus questions. Her background and knowledge are astounding, so consider attending the talk.Imagination LibraryAt 12:30 p.m., April 2, we’ll be showing Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library with the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Adults play a huge role in encouraging children to read, come learn how. We will also hold a small raffle to win some books, so consider bringing a dollar to participate.I thank you for your time. My staff works very hard and cares deeply for their seniors. We also could not exist without our wonderful volunteers and incredible volunteer program.
Albert James Catozzi, a resident of Springs, died at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital on Monday, July 8, of complications from multiple myeloma. He was 71.Mr. Catozzi retired after 37 years working as a U.S. Postal Clerk at the East Hampton Post Office, and subsequently retired from Pierson School District in 2010. He was commander of the American Legion Post 419 in Amagansett from 1979 to 1982. He was a parishioner of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton, where he served as a vestry member and was on the outreach committee, where he became known for his famous spaghetti and meatballs. He was also a longtime member of the Maidstone Gun Club and the Disabled American Veterans.Mr. Catozzi was born in Brooklyn on February 14, 1948, one of three children of Albert Catozzi and Thelma Thornton Catozzi. After graduating from New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn in 1966, he served a six-year tour with the United States Coast Guard. A brother, Keith Catozzi, of Manalapan, NJ survives him. Both of his parents and his other brother, Paul Catozzi, predeceased him.Albert married Dianna Lester, of the Round Swamp Lesters, on March 7, 1970. Dianna survives him, as do the couple’s two daughters, Christine Hawkins of East Hampton and Jeanne Maya of Hampton Bays. He is also survived by grandchildren, Joseph Hawkins and Glenn Kittren of East Hampton, and Allison Maya of Hampton Bays, and a great-grandson, Mason Gonzalez, also of East Hampton. He was a good husband and father who loved his family very much. Mr. Catozzi was cremated. A graveside service officiated by the Rev. Denis Brunelle of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church was held on July 12 at the family’s Round Swamp Cemetery on Three Mile Harbor Road. Share