Cuomo re-ups commercial eviction ban

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Email Address* Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Getty; iStock)Landlords hoping to rid themselves of non-paying commercial tenants will have to wait a little longer.In an executive order issued Dec. 11, Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended New York’s ban on commercial evictions and foreclosures through Jan. 31, 2021. The ban was set to expire at the end of this year. Cuomo has repeatedly extended the ban, but cannot do so for more than a month at a time.Read moreCRE lawyers: You’re stuck with that leaseLawmakers mull action on evictions as rent relief expansion stallsLandlords jarred by sudden drop in rent collection There are still some avenues for landlords stuck with non-paying tenants to seek recourse. As was the case with the previous bans, the restrictions apply only to foreclosures and evictions due to non-payment. Commercial evictions initiated before March 17 have been able to proceed since Sept. 4.The governor’s order made no mention of residential evictions, which are subject to limits through the end of the year. Currently, the Tenant Safe Harbor Act allows landlords to seek money judgments from residential tenants rather than an eviction, as long as the tenant can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the pandemic.The TSHA does not prevent the filing of residential evictions, however. Between June and November 2020, there have been 28,490 eviction filings in New York City — a little less than half the usual amount of eviction filings. Only a handful of evictions have been executed in New York City, although evictions are ramping up elsewhere in the state.Although the legislature has largely taken a subordinate role to Cuomo during the state’s response to the pandemic, Democratc lawmakers have signaled that could change.According to political sources, the state Senate intends to take action before the end of the year to extend limits on residential evictions. In order for the state legislature to do so before Christmas, a bill would need to be crafted and printed by the end of this week.Contact Georgia Kromreicenter_img Share via Shortlink Full Name* TagsAndrew CuomoCoronavirusEvictionslast_img read more

Being Jordan – Katie Price

first_imgNowadays, the innocent appreciation of the breast is a limited practice at best, excluded from popular culture and forcefully confined to pervy Scouse readers of Viz and a regiment of cropped-haired women belonging to a certain all-female college. Think about it: the emergence of feminism has made people feel guilty about the merits of the mammary. Even your average Essex girl in her white-stilletoed glory feels the burden. When accosted by the geezer-like cadences of “phwoar, look at them knockers” at the The Slug and Something-or-other pub, the Essex girl obligingly talks of objectification and sexism, despite the attention she gets from her 32DD jugs. Appreciating a breast’s circularity, its noble roundness, its pink, brown and olive warmthis invariably perversion to most people. Should we call the great breastobserver, the artist Poussin, a pervert? Should the genius of Virgil, who said, “can heavenly breasts such stormy passions feels”, be accused of voyeurism? In such an unjust world, figures like Jordan a.k.a. Katie Price only do the breast greater wrongs, with their own travestied aesthetic. Her long awaited autobiography Being Jordan is not a glimpse into the real identity behind Jordan, but a biased history of her failed performances. Anyone who was lucky enough to hear Jordan reading extracts from the book on Radio 1 will know that not only did she have no clue what was in the book, but when she came to read it aloud it contained some tricky words far beyond her comprehension. It is not unusual these days to intellectualise an odd phenomenon (Big Brother, Pop Idol, etc.) but let’s be honest, the only reason Jordan exists is because of her mammoth breasts and unnatural propensity to shed clothes in jungles. To be fair, one would find more interest in the medical records of a septuagenarian trying to rid himself of his leathery man-breasts than in this botched clap-trap; Jordan is the mere embodiment of plebeian culture obsessed with Footballer’s Wives, Heat and blondness, a cultural booby-trap, period. Now, back to the innocence of breasts.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img read more

Carson’s Brewery Is Partnering With It Takes A Village Canine Rescue

first_imgchannel 44 news: New Branded Beer Launched to Raise Awareness For Abused, Neglected AnimalsNOVEMBER 17TH, 2017  TYRONE MORRIS INDIANA Carson’s Brewery is partnering with It Takes a Village Canine Rescue for a specially brewed and branded beer.It’s called the Fur-Ever Home Tropical Ale. It was a way for ITV Board Member and Volunteer Brian Buxton to support local business, and bring awareness to the needs of homeless, abused and neglected animals.Initial production is set for 32,000 cans and there will also be kegs shipped to local restaurants.You can sample the Fur-Ever Home Tropical Ale for yourself starting in early December.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Press release: Thousands benefit from A14 community fund

first_img Our A14 Writer in Residence, Daisy Johnson, has done a wonderful job of taking ideas about travel to many corners of the community. She has been particularly successful at engaging youngsters who see travel in a completely different way – you’re stuck in a traffic jam? Luckily, you’re wearing your edible outfit that will stop you from becoming peckish. Or wait till it’s dark to see the dragon races along the A14. Daisy has also been active on Facebook where the A14 Stories site has persuaded people to think about their local community and to write something creative – often for the first time or after a very long gap. And we’ve been thrilled by the response from the diverse group of students (and one lovely hearing dog) who have turned up to our three, free creative writing courses. Roads take us to school, on holiday, to hospital, to a wedding or a funeral. We’ve all got a story about a special journey. I look forward to seeing which stories make it into the A14 writing anthology! Case study 2: Cambridge Science Centre, On the Road school workshopsThe Cambridge Science Centre successfully bid early last year for funding to create a new cross-disciplinary workshop for schools, aimed at years 6 to 10 (10 to 15 year olds), that ties in the environmental theme of their ‘LifeWorks!’ exhibition with engineering, using the A14 as a case study.The team developed a workshop called ‘On the Road’, which investigates the materials used in road construction and looks at the environmental considerations to take into account in road building.To date, the workshop has been delivered to more than 700 students living near the A14 (and some further afield), mainly in secondary schools (key stage 3) but also in a number of primary schools.The workshops were tailored to the local environment and needs of the schools, with some interested in bridge construction while others looked at general construction skills, engineering or environmental science.Helen Slaski, CEO of the Cambridge Science Centre, said:“This funding has enabled Cambridge Science Centre to develop an exciting, hands-on workshop entitled ‘On the Road’ for the A14 project. Nearly 1,000 students throughout the East of England, particularly in areas impacted by the construction, have benefitted from this outreach programme which fulfils Cambridge Science Centre’s objectives of enhancing education and inspiring young people to think about STEM that is all around them in their daily lives. Thank you for the funding, it has made a real difference and inspired youngsters to get involved with STEM related activities.”A14 Community FundMore than £110,000 out of the £400,000 fund has been allocated and 16 local projects have been granted funding under the A14 Community Fund.More funding rounds are planned between now and when the project completes, with applications accepted until the fund runs out.More than 2,000 people are estimated to benefit at some point from the approved projectsOther examples of funded projects include: Gerard added: Some 16 local projects have been funded by the A14 Community Fund since it launched in July 2016. The initiative was launched by Highways England to fund projects connecting local communities with the A14 upgrade, and it has already been making a difference within the communities living along the road in Cambridgeshire.The £400,000 funding pot was launched in July 2016 and £110,000 of it has already been allocated to projects ranging from education and environment, to encouraging cycling and walking.Gerard Smith, legacy lead for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon project at Highways England, said: The Countryside Restoration Trust: received £9,005 to support water voles in the area of the A14 improvements Great Paxton Community Village Shop Ltd: received £9,965 to provide a convenience shop for the local community including volunteering and work experience opportunities The Offords Recreation Hut (Offord Village Hall): received £2,160 to provide a secure bicycle parking facility for village hall users Histon & Impington Community Orchard Project: received £1,752 to complete and help maintain the orchard by providing a motorised brush cutter & hedge trimmer and an information sign Groundwork East: received £10,000 to improve confidence and employability of people furthest from employment by growing wildflower plugs for use on the borrow pit nature reserves created by the A14 Alconbury C of E Primary School: received £5,000 for an artist to work with the whole community to update 5 murals in the school hall Great Paxton Parish Council: received £3,000 to conduct a feasibility study into options to provide a safe alternative to the hazardous B1043 for cyclists Case study 1: University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education A14 Writer in ResidenceThe University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), successfully bid for funding last year for a post of A14 Writer in Residence based at Madingley Hall, a stone’s throw from the A14 in Cambridgeshire.The post was taken up by Daisy Johnson, a librarian, children’s writer and blogger from York, from 6 September. Since then, Daisy has been encouraging people living and travelling along the A14 in Cambridgeshire to reflect on roads and the nature of travel via a series of free creative writing initiatives including face to face courses, pop up sessions, visits to schools and a Facebook page where she has been offering regular writing prompts to followers.The hope is for local people from all walks of life to re-discover their love of stories, and the ultimate outcome will be for all involved to contribute to an anthology to be launched at a free event held at Madingley Hall this March.Midge Gillies, Academic Director, Creative Writing, University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, said: We realise it can be daunting for small organisations to write a grant application for the first time. Initially, we noticed people found it hard to demonstrate how their project linked to the A14 road improvement project. We have now put in place a two-stage process which encourages applicants to talk to our team so we can help them frame their project to give it the best chances. Most of the best projects we’ve seen are the ones where the bidders have worked closely with our team at design stage to understand the wider impacts. We’ve had some great bids so far and I am sure there are more to come. What we’d really like to see are bids that build on the positive legacy we are leaving with the road improvement scheme: a much improved network of cycling and walking routes that communities can link into or capitalising on improved access to areas which didn’t have it before for instance. I look forward to seeing the bids we get for this and future rounds! Grants of up to a maximum value of £10,000 are available to people living along the A14 in Cambridgeshire in a series of quarterly grant rounds until the end of the project in December 2020 or when all the money has been allocated – whichever comes soonest.There have been five rounds so far, with more opportunities coming up to bid for grants to support projects across a wide range of areas including the environment, health and well-being, heritage, arts, skills, and culture.As examples, projects could: focus on the new leisure opportunities opened up by the scheme chronicle changes to the local area over time complement the environmental measures being put in place revisit how public spaces are used This different approach to community engagement is a first for Highways England. We care about the impact our road improvement projects have on people’s lives and at the same time, we understand the critically important role that communities play in shaping our schemes as well as the economic, social and physical landscape around them. An initiative like the A14 Community Fund makes it possible for us to support community-led projects that will leave a positive legacy for the local area long after we have finished our construction work and the new road is open to traffic. And I’m delighted to say it’s been very successful in supporting great projects so far. For more information about the A14 Community Fund, which is administered by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, and to apply, visit the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website.Highways England is upgrading a 21-mile stretch of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon to three lanes in each direction including a brand new 17-mile bypass south of Huntingdon, with four lanes in each direction between Bar Hill and Girton. The project will add additional capacity, boost the local and national economy and cut up to 20 minutes off journeys.The 2,200 strong construction team is keeping to the project’s challenging timetable, with the improvements on track to open to traffic by the end of 2020.You can see a new fly-through simulation of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme below.A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme fly-throughFor the latest information about the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme, including job and training opportunities, visit follow @A14C2H on Twitter and like our Facebook pageTo book the A14 Cambridge to Huntington mobile visitor centre to attend a public event for free, call 0800 270 0114 or email [email protected] the A14 communications team what you think, complete the annual communications survey.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

Farmington man injured in motorcycle crash on Wilton Road

first_imgFARMINGTON – A local man is in critical condition this morning after his motorcycle left the roadway and struck a fire hydrant on the Wilton Road Monday afternoon.According to information released by the Farmington Police Department, a 2014 Harley Davidson operated by Brandon Bard, 21 of Farmington, was westbound on the Wilton Road Monday afternoon. Police say that Bard’s motorcycle had made a lane change after crossing Center Bridge when it lost control as it rounded the corner. The vehicle skidded on the ground toward the sidewalk, striking a fire hydrant and coming to rest on the sidewalk in front of Tire Warehouse.Bard became separated from his motorcycle and received facial injuries during the crash. Police reported that he was not wearing a helmet.Farmington police responded to the crash at approximately 4:26 p.m., with Officer Ryan Rosie acting as the lead officer. In addition to Farmington Fire Rescue, a number of bystanders assisted at the scene. Bard was transported to Franklin Memorial Hospital, prior to his transfer via LifeFlight to Central Maine Medical Center. A spokesperson for CMMC said Tuesday morning that Bard was in critical condition.According to police, the cause of the crash was Bard’s motorcycle traveling too fast for the conditions.The motorcycle was removed from the scene by a family friend, utilizing a trailer.last_img read more

Listen To Charles Bradley’s Powerful New Album ‘Changes,’ Streaming In Full

first_imgThere’s no denying the raw soul power of singer Charles Bradley. The “Screaming Eagle” will release his third album next week, and his first since 2013’s Victim Of Love. Considering Bradley is 67 years old, his story is one that inspires us all.While Changes is due out next week, the incredible effort sees Bradley coming out with a more upbeat release. The title track is a cover of the Black Sabbath classic, bringing an air of excitement through his honest and soulful approach.Thanks to NPR’s First Listen, we can share a full stream of the new release. It’s a great listen; tune in below:last_img

Pearl Jam Welcomes Brandi Carlile, Covers Neil Young, The White Stripes, & More In Seattle [Videos]

first_imgOn Wednesday night, the iconic ’90s rock act Pearl Jam began their brief U.S. run of “Home” and “Away” shows, which will see the band mount a brief run of stadium shows in different cities in the wake of their first pair of performances in their native Seattle, WA in five years. The “Home” portion of Pearl Jam’s U.S. summer swing kicked off last night with their first of two “Home” performances at Seattle’s Safeco Field. Given the weight of the performances—the fact that it took place in the band’s hometown, that the show marks the first stop of a highly anticipated tour—Pearl Jam pulled out all the stops, with a number of special surprises planned for the capacity crowd.For night one in Seattle, Pearl Jam offered up an expansive 33-song setlist, split across one main set and a customary double encore. With the proclamation that “We are Pearl Jam. We are from Seattle, Washington. I guess that must mean that we’re home” early in the evening, the band continued to focus on the salient theme of “home,” giving particular attention to Seattle’s issue with homelessness, notes Rolling Stone. As the band explained when the announced these hometown performances, they have pledged to donate at least $1M worth of proceeds from the shows to aid the area’s homeless population. Frontman Eddie Vedder offered an anecdote about meeting a homeless vet in Seattle before launching into the band’s classic hit “Even Flow”, which was followed up with a cover of The Beatles’ “Help!” and the group’s similarly named original, “Help, Help”. He also imparted some ispirational sentiments to the crowd, noting “We can solve this issue together. This city can prove to the rest of the nation that if it can happen here, it can anywhere.”Pearl Jam – “Help” [The Beatles cover], “Help, Help” [Video: mfc172]After the band’s main set, which featured take after take on fan-favorite Pearl Jam classics in addition to covers of Neil Young‘s “Throw Your Hatred Down” and Little Steven‘s “I Am A Patriot”, the group performed a heavy-hitting encore. First, Pearl Jam opened with their debut cover of The White Stripes‘ beloved hit “We’re Going To Be Friends”, a tune which was dedicated to teachers and the band members’ children, with Vedder’s daughters joining the band on stage along with two of their teachers who wore Seattle Mariners jerseys with the name “VEDDER” emblazoned on the back.Pearl Jam – “We’re Going To Be Friends” [The White Stripes cover] [Video: mfc172]Later in the first encore, Pearl Jam welcomed out a “great friend of the band… and also one of Barack Obama‘s favorites in the world”, famed singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, for a rendition of her own “Again Today”, a tune off Carlile’s 2003 We’re Growing Up. For their second encore, the band pulled heavily from other rock greats in addition to their own material. After opening with “Wasted Reprise” and “Better Man”, the group offered a cover of Pink Floyd‘s “Comfortably Numb” ahead of their own “Alive”. Drawing from The Beatles and Neil Young’s catalogs for the second time in the night, Pearl Jam ran through The Beatles’ “I’ve Got A Feeling” and Young’s “Rockin’ The Free World” before ending the night in full with “Yellow Ledbetter”.Pearl Jam w/ Brandi Carlile – “Again Today”[Video: mfc172]Pearl Jam wraps up their two-night stint at Safeco Field with another sold-out show on Friday, August 10th. For more information on Pearl Jam’s upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Pearl Jam | Safeco Field | Seattle, WA | 8/8/2018Set: Long Road, Release, Low Light, Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town, Corduroy, Go, Do the Evolution, Mind Your Manners, Throw Your Hatred Down [Neil Young cover], Lightning Bolt, Given to Fly, All Those Yesterdays, Even Flow, Help! [The Beatles], Help Help, Black, Setting Forth, I Am a Patriot [Little Steven], PorchEncore One: We’re Going to Be Friends [White Stripes cover, debut], Nothing as It Seems, Let Me Sleep, Breath, Again Today [Brandi Carlile cover with Brandie Carlile], State of Love and Trust, RearviewmirrorEncore Two: Wasted Reprise, Better Man, Comfortably Numb [Pink Floyd cover], Alive, I’ve Got A Feeling [Beatles cover], Rockin’ The Free World [Neil Young cover], Yellow Ledbetter[H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

CEO confronts gender in global consumer economy

first_imgThe Mendoza College of Business and the University’s gender studies program hosted Bridget Brennan, CEO of Female Factor and author of “Why She Buys,” on Thursday to discuss women’s role in business.Brennan’s lecture, “Top Trends in Marketing and Selling to Women,” began by explaining the growth trends in the marketplace. She addressed the fact that nations like Brazil, China and India tend to be labeled as the greatest growth markets, but she emphasized that the commonly unmentioned female market is especially large.“Women are now considered to be one of the world’s largest emerging growth markets because of women’s increased economic participation, educational levels and political participation,” Brennan said.This increased female presence in the market has resulted in the creation of programs targeting women by major companies, she said. Brennan said companies like Under Armour, Levi’s and Harley-Davidson are developing these types of programs with the hope of increasing their brand by including women.“Women are the engine of the consumer economy, driving between 70 and 80 percent of all consumer purchases,” she said.The domination of women in the marketplace can attributed to two factors: buying power and influence, Brennan said. An increased percentage of women with a higher education has increased their earning power and contributes to their buying power, she said.“Influence means that even when a woman isn’t paying for something with her own money … she is typically the influencer or veto vote behind somebody else’s purchase,” Brennan said.Additionally, Brennan aimed to counter the stereotypes surrounding women and shopping. As opposed to the misconceptions that women only care about shopping for shoes or handbags, she explained that women’s spending habits serve a greater purpose.“The reason women are so responsible for consumer spending is because, in virtually every society in the world, women have primary caregiving responsibilities for both children and the elderly — and just about everyone in between,” Brennan said.Such a culture has led to a “multiplier effect,” Brennan said. Because women tend to be responsible for purchasing things for the important people in their lives, they influence the market for even items like men’s athletic apparel, she said.As a result, Brennan’s work at Female Factor has focused on identifying and monitoring women’s trends in the market. The first major trend Brennan said she saw was the large percentage of women in today’s labor force.Because 70 percent of women with children under the age of 18 are a part of the labor force, today’s business must accommodate for time limitations on women’s shopping, Brennan said. Operational hour changes and convenience-focused business models are ways in which companies can address time needs.“With less time, there’s a demand for services, not just products,” Brennan said.Similarly, Brennan has also observed trends relating to the delayed marriages of today’s women. Because women tend to wait until the age of 27 to get married and because they are more active in the labor force, they are more likely to have the desire and means to purchase things before marriage.Brennan said the delayed marriages also have an effect on family formation that influences the market. For example, women married later in life tend to have kids at a later time, and because they are older, they are more entrenched in their personal brand and impose this brand on their kids.“Many brands are finding that they have an opportunity to either age up or age down the spectrum because there is a broader embracing of brands across the age spectrum,” Brennan said.A variety of additional trends led by the female market, such as social media and fitness trends, have highlighted the increased role of female empowerment in advertising, Brennan said.“It is positive to see that strength and femininity is being positioned as something powerful in the marketplace,” she said.Tags: business, gender, market, women, women in the labor forcelast_img read more

Marine Biology class travels to Belize over Spring Break

first_imgA Saint Mary’s marine biology class took in-depth learning to a whole new meaning. The class spent spring break in Belize at South Water Caye applying what it learned in the classroom life to the natural world.Saint Mary’s assistant biology professor Laura Kloepper said marine biology had not been taught in years, but the department now plans on regularly running the class.“For the past few years no one has been teaching that class,” Kloepper said. “So we’ve resurrected the marine biology class and we plan on teaching this every two years. This trip to Belize was part of the lab component for our marine biology class that we offer here for majors.”Kloepper said studying Belize was an obvious choice because of its diverse environment. She said it provided a unique opportunity to learn more about a field that is not as prominent in a landlocked state like Indiana.“If you’re teaching marine biology in Indiana doing a lab is a little difficult. So we decided to make our lab one big field trip to Belize where it is a very diverse coral reef ecosystem that’s pretty easy to get to,” Kloepper said. “It’s also one of the few coral reefs that is still fairly unaffected by coral bleaching.”The class went boating in the morning and worked on their individual projects in the afternoon. Kloepper said the students would also go to the reefs in the morning together.“As a class we were doing a marine life census,” Kloepper said. “We are [going to] be sharing those data with an organization in Belize that tracks the organisms across the reefs.”Kloepper said the class spent the afternoon independently studying topics such as coral bleaching, species composition in sea grass beds and hermit crab competition. Senior biology major Casey Moorhead said during the trip the students saw what they learned in the classroom come to life by actually seeing the fish and algae of Belize.“We’ve been learning about fish identification, algae [identification] and we were able to apply what we learned in the class in the field over break,” Moorhead said. “It was nice being able to actually see certain fish and actually say ‘oh that’s a Blue Tang.’”Senior biology major Ally Pudlo said in an email that the class learned about how different organisms interact as well as their roles in the environment.“We learned about the different interactions that occur at the reefs between fish and the corals,” Pudlo said. “We also learned about how vital the mangroves are to the environment and what they provide for the fish and the people.”Moorhead said the main purpose of the trip was for the class to learn first-hand about coral reefs.“Mostly this trip was going out in the field and learning about different composition of the different reefs around there,” Moorhead said.Among the coral reefs they saw, students saw colorful reef fish and larger predators in them, Pudlo said.“We also saw larger fish, like barracudas, and large predators along the reef, like nurse sharks,” Pudlo said.Kloepper said the best way her biology students can learn is by experiencing and dealing with a situation when nothing is going according to plan.“When you’re out in the field doing field work nothing ever goes according to plan,” Kloepper said. “So it was really good for the students to be able to … learn how to adapt their experiments according to these real world scenarios.”Kloepper said her students adapted to field research quickly while facing challenges.“The students became very good field biologists overnight,” Kloepper said. “There was a lot of frustration, but a really important part of science is understanding that those frustrations are natural and learning how to change your experiment based on any challenges that come up.”While there were some frustrations, the students said overall they had a good time. Moorhead said she enjoyed the class’ night snorkel where it saw animals that were only out at night.“We did a night snorkel one night … we were all with our dive lights swimming around the reef and you would look to your left or right and it would just be complete darkness,” Moorhead said. “So we saw an eel, stingrays and then a sea star that opens up at night which was really cool.”A favorite memory for Pudlo was when the class took their last snorkeling class at the Angel Reef.“We enjoyed the beautiful coral reefs, and afterwards we got to swim around in the water and take pictures of each other swimming in the water,” Pudlo said. “This was an incredible trip, and I had a wonderful time with everyone who went on it.” Tags: Belize, coral reefs, lab, saint mary’s, Spring Break, triplast_img read more

Matthew James Thomas Looks Back on His Pippin Journey

first_imgIn the corporate world, employees leaving a job are asked to sit through an “exit interview” with HR about their time at the company. Although that concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, we think it’s fun to check in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Matthew James Thomas will say farewell to his corner of the sky on March 30, when he departs the Tony-winning, circus-inspired revival of Pippin. As he leaves the big top behind, Thomas reflects on his “transformative, isolating and inspiring” year on Broadway. Star Files Pippin How do you feel now that you’re leaving? Excited, sad (of course) and like I’ve grown a few extra backbones. What will you miss most about the job? This life, so far, has left me with rather severe nostalgia. That feeling of the deep bone grind, that impossible last performance of the week when you already gave everything you had at the matinee performance and somehow you know you will find it again, from absolutely nowhere, because you have to…it’s the rules…your rules. I will deeply miss the audience as I have never really felt such a deep and intuitive connection with them. I’m the luckiest guy alive to share in the responsibility of a production. It is what I live for. I hope to “find it” again someday, and of course have no certainty. Pippin is an incredibly smart piece of work, and this version of the show, in particular, truly serves to carve out the most important statements that it makes. It will hurt to be away from such a profound piece of theater made up of such an inspirational, superhuman cast and crew. What advice would you give to future employees in your job position? Eat lots of protein… Love and listen as hard as you can. What was the hardest thing? The physical and mental exhaustion—and always being the guy saying, “Sorry, I can’t come out tonight.” What was the easiest thing about the job? Listening to it and working with some truly incredible people. I’d start naming names but I’d be here forever. Falling into the show in ways I would have never predicted. Every day was a new challenge. View Comments What was the highlight of your time at this job? Those moments in live theater when everything comes into alignment and when every element (including the audience) comes into an effortless being with each other. What skills do you think are required for future job applicants? One of the hardest things I’ve encountered whilst working on Pippin is the consistent irony, as a reflection from the core material of the show, within my own life. However, I learned a lot along the way, so I would say whatever you have to offer, whoever you are… Yeah, do that.center_img How do you think you’ve grown during your time at this job? Like a beanstalk—well at least it feels that way. I’m grateful most of all for the experience, the everyday and the accumulation of it all. To me it feels like the greatest gift of living. Why are you leaving? It’s just time. I need to regroup with my family and I sure would like to see my girlfriend [fellow Spider-Man alum Jennifer Damiano] some more. Also, I can’t live with the idea of the experience or my performance getting stale. I feel like I have given everything I had, to every single show, and I wouldn’t want it to be any other way. So I try to trust my instincts—I always find myself wanting to take risks and make myself available for new challenges and to give everything I have to the work that I’m doing, when I’m doing it. Job You’re Leaving: Pippin in Pippin Related Shows Employee name: Matthew James Thomas What are three words you would use to describe your experience at the job? Transformative. Isolating. Inspiring. How did you feel when you first got the job? Thrilled, nervous and ready. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Matthew James Thomaslast_img read more