Daniella Hankey Previous Post7-year-old boy gets police escort to final cancer treatment Mail Home NewsWatch Consumer Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt The company, which started out as a mail order catalog in the 1880s, has been on a slow march toward extinction as it lagged far behind its peers and has incurred massive losses over the years. The operator of Sears and Kmart stores joins a growing list of retailers that have filed for bankruptcy or liquidated in the last few years amid a fiercely competitive climate. Some like Payless ShoeSource have had success emerging from reorganization in bankruptcy court but plenty of others haven’t, like Toys R Us and Bon-Ton Stores Inc. Next PostOver 2 dozen injured as bus plows into car on Los Angeles freeway Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Facebook Google+ ConsumerNational NewsNewsWatch Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt By Daniella HankeyOct 15, 2018, 04:37 am 294 0 (AP)- Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses.Sears once dominated the American retail landscape. But the big question is whether the shrunken version of itself can be viable or will it be forced to go out of business, closing the final chapter for an iconic name that originated more than a century ago.Holdings will also close 142 unprofitable stores near the end of the year. Liquidation sales at these stores are expected to begin shortly. This is in addition to the previously announced closure of 46 unprofitable stores that is expected to be completed by November 2018. Both retailers were forced to shutter their operations this year soon after a Chapter 11 filing.“This is a company that in the 1950s stood like a colossus over the American retail landscape,” said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, a retail consultancy. “Hopefully, a smaller new Sears will be healthier.”Given its sheer size, Sears’ bankruptcy filing will have wide ripple effects on everything from already ailing landlords to its tens of thousands of workers.Edward S. Lampert has stepped down from his role as CEO of the company, effective immediately. He will remain chairman of the board. The company’s board has created an Office of the CEO, which will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations during this process.The filing, which is happening ahead of the crucial holiday shopping season, comes after rescue efforts engineered by Lampert have kept it outside of bankruptcy court — until now.Lampert, the largest shareholder, has been loaning out his own money for years and has put together deals to prop up the company, which in turn has benefited his own ESL hedge fund.Last year, Sears sold its famous Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker Inc., following its earlier moves to spin off pieces of its Sears Hometown and Outlet division and Lands’ End.In recent weeks, Lampert has been pushing for a debt restructuring and offering to buy some of Sears’ key assets like Kenmore through his hedge fund as a $134 million debt repayment comes due on Monday. Lampert personally owns 31 percent of the company’s shares. His hedge fund has an 18.5 percent stake, according to FactSet.“It is all well and good to undertake financial engineering, but the company is in the business of retailing and without a clear retail plan, the firm simply has no reason to exist,” said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, in a recent analyst note.Sears’ stock has fallen from about $6 over the past year to below the minimum $1 level that Nasdaq stocks are required to trade in order to remain on the stock index. In April 2007, shares were trading at around $141. The company, which once had 350,000 workers, has seen its workforce shrink to fewer than 90,000 people as of earlier this year.The company has racked up $6.26 billion in losses, excluding one-time events, since its last annual profit in 2010, according to Ken Perkins, who heads the research firm Retail Metrics LLC. It’s had 11 years of straight annual drops in revenue. In its last fiscal year, it generated $16.7 billion in sales, down from more than $50 billion in 2008.As of May, it had fewer than 900 stores, down from about 1,000 at the end of last year. The number of stores peaked in 2012 at 4,000, including its Sears Canada division that was later spun off.In a March 2017 government filing, Sears said there was “substantial doubt” it would be able to keep its doors open — but insisted its turnaround efforts would mitigate that risk.But its losses continued into this year. In the fiscal second quarter ended Aug. 4, net losses in the quarter swelled to $508 million, or $4.68 per share, compared with a loss of $250 million, or $2.33 cents per share in the same quarter a year ago.Such financial woes contrast with the promise that Lampert made when he combined Sears and Kmart in 2005, two years after he helped bring Kmart out of bankruptcy. Back then, it operated 2,200 stores in total.Lampert pledged to return Sears to greatness by leveraging its best-known brands and its vast holdings of land, and more recently planned to entice customers with a loyalty program. But it struggled to get more people through the doors or to shop online.Jennifer Roberts, 36 of Dayton, Ohio, had been a long-time fan of Sears and has fond memories of shopping there for clothes as a child. But in recent years, she’s been disappointed by the lack of customer service and outdated stores.“My mom had always bought her appliances from Sears. That’s where my dad got his tools,” she said. “But they don’t care about their customers anymore.”She said a refrigerator her mother bought at Sears broke after two years and it still hasn’t been fixed for almost a month with no help from the retailer.“If they don’t value a customer, then they don’t need my money,” said Roberts, who voiced her complaints on Sears’ Facebook page.Sales at the company’s established locations tumbled nearly 4 percent during its fiscal second quarter. Still, that was an improvement from the same period a year ago when it fell 11.5 percent. Total revenue dropped 30 percent in the most recent quarter, hurt by continued store closings.The bleak figures are an outlier to chains like Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Macy’s, which have been enjoying stronger sales as they benefit from a robust economy and efforts to make the shopping experience more inviting by investing heavily on remodeling and de-cluttering their stores.For decades, Sears was king of the American shopping landscape. Sears, Roebuck and Co.’s iconic catalog featured items from bicycles to sewing machines to houses, and could generate excitement throughout a household when it arrived. The company began opening retail locations in 1925 and expanded swiftly in suburban malls from the 1950s to 1970s. But the onset of discounters like Walmart created challenges for Sears that have only grown. Sears faced even more competition from online sellers and appliance retailers like Lowe’s and Home Depot. Its stores became an albatross.Store shelves have been left bare as many vendors have demanded more stringent payment terms, says Mark Cohen, a professor of retailing at Columbia University and a former Sears executive.Meanwhile, Sears workers are nervous about what kind of severance they’ll receive if their store closes.John Germann, 46, works full-time and makes $14 per hour as the lead worker unloading merchandise from trucks at the Chicago Ridge, Illinois store, which has been drastically reducing its staff since he started nine years ago. Germann now has only 11 people on his team, compared with about 30 a few years ago.“We’re doing the job of two to three people. It’s not safe,” he said. “We’re lifting treadmills and refrigerators.”Real estate experts believe that Sears’ move to further shutter stores as part of its restructuring would be a mixed blessing for landlords. For the healthy malls, landlords would welcome a Sears departure, allowing them to cut up the space and fill it with several smaller successful stores that combined would bring in higher revenue.But for the struggling malls, Cohen says it will be a “death knell” since it will be harder for them to bring in new tenants. Many of these malls already have had difficulty filling in the void from J.C. Penney and Macy’s closures.Saunders of GlobalData Retail spared no criticism of Sears in his analyst note, listing failing after failing of the company.“The problem in Sears case is that it is a poor retailer,” he wrote. “Put bluntly, it has failed on every facet of retailing from assortment to service to merchandise to basic shop keeping standards. Under benign conditions, this would be problematic enough but in today’s hyper-competitive retail environment it is a recipe for failure on a grand scale.” Tumblr
SMITHERS (WOAY)- A structure fire in Fayette County sends several to the hospital, including some firefighters.Fayette County Dispatch tells Newswatch that four local fire departments arrived at the scene around Noon Sunday. The structure fire occurred on Billy Hobbs Avenue in Smithers. The cause of the fire is still unknown.The extent of the injuries are also unknown, but the people involved were sent to a local hospital for treatment.Stick with Newswatch for this developing story. FeaturedLocal NewsNewsWatch Smithers Structure Fire Leaves Several Injured By Tyler BarkerOct 21, 2018, 23:47 pm 576 0 Next PostPETA says cow’s milk is symbol of white supremacists Mail Google+ Tumblr Facebook Pinterest Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at email@example.com Twitter Linkedin Previous PostVice President Pence, Morrisey urge West Virginians to vote Home NewsWatch Featured Smithers Structure Fire Leaves Several Injured
Pinterest Home Sports News Sports Lady Warriors, Lady Pirates Advance to States WOAY – Two area softball teams are headed to the high school state tournament after regional wins on Tuesday.Wyoming East overcame an early deficit at Shady Spring, scoring twice in the fourth inning to win 2-1 and clinch a first state berth in school history. Brooke Clark opened the scoring for the Lady Tigers with an RBI double in the first, but Kari Walker had the game-tying RBI and game-winning run for the Lady Warriors. Holly Brehm recorded 17 strikeouts, while Maranda Allen countered with seven strikeouts.Fayetteville won 4-1 at Greenbrier West to advance to the Class A state tournament. Ashley Fridley was the winning pitcher for the Lady Pirates. It will be their sixth trip to states in 10 years.The high school softball state tournament will be held next Wednesday & Thursday in Vienna. Tumblr Facebook Google+ Twitter Previous PostC. Adam Toney Athlete of the Week – Markus Guy Next PostMidland Trail Duo Signs With Glenville State Mail SportsSports News Lady Warriors, Lady Pirates Advance to States By Matt DigbyMay 17, 2017, 00:11 am 949 0 Linkedin Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More
Mail Google+ Next PostWeek 4 Highlights: Wyoming East @ Oak Hill Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More Facebook Pinterest Twitter Tumblr SportsSports NewsWVU WVU vs. Delaware State Highlights By Matt DigbySep 16, 2017, 20:22 pm 1244 0 Home Sports News Sports WVU vs. Delaware State Highlights Previous PostVirginia Tech @ East Carolina Recap Morgantown, WV (WOAY) – West Virginia is coming off a huge home win against East Carolina last weekend (56 -20) which gave the Mountaineers momentum to do it again this weekend as they played back-to-back home games in their schedule. A slow start in the first half as WVU and Delaware State were close in the 1st quarter (24 -10) WVU with the lead, but by halftime the Mountaineers took control of the game 45 to 10.Quarterback Will Grier, completed 19 of 27 passes for 304 yards and had three touchdowns today. Justin Crawford had a good running game today finishing with 103 yards and three touchdowns. Tevin Bush and Martell Pettaway finished the game with a combined 80 yards.The Mountaineers improved to 2-1 as the Hornets fell to 0-3. WVU will play on the road next weekend at Kansas. Kickoff is set for 12:00 p.m Linkedin
One should be on red alert for an engineered price declineIt was a zero day in gold on Friday, as the metal traded within a five dollar price range for the entire session, with a tiny rally into the close of electronic trading. Gold closed on its ‘high’ of the day, such as it was.The low and high ticks aren’t worth the effort of looking up.Gold closed on Friday at $1,339.00 spot, up $3.70 from Thursday. Net volume was almost invisible at 67,000 contracts.The same can be said for silver, as it traded in about a 10 cent range all day long. The highs and lows weren’t worth looking up, either.Silver closed yesterday at $21.445 spot, up 3 cents from Thursday. Volume, net of July and August, was a pretty beefy 32,000 contracts, which is almost half of gold’s net volume. Something under 20,000 contracts would have been closer to normal.As I’ve mentioned a few time over the last few months, silver’s net volume is now substantially larger that it ever used to be—and I’m wondering why that’s the case, especially relative to gold.Platinum traded flat as well, but palladium had a down/up rally that started at 10 a.m. in Zurich—bottomed shortly after the Comex open—and was back to a few bucks above unchanged shortly after 12 o’clock noon in New York. Platinum closed unchanged—and palladium closed up two bucks. Here are the charts. The overbought conditions in both metals has grown more extreme in the last couple of days.I’d like to point out one more time that the Commercial net short in silver is at, or very close to, it’s extreme all-time high of the last five years—and one should be on red alert for an engineered price decline at some point in the not-to-distant future. My great concern, as I mentioned in the discussion regarding the COT Report, is that with silver is currently sitting at $21.45 spot—and only up about $2.75 from its $18.75 low of the first week of June—one has to wonder how low will JPMorgan et al be able to drive the price if they really put their shoulders into it as, once again, they ring the cash register on the technical funds for fun, profit and price management.I know it hasn’t happened yet—and it’s entirely possible that we could move higher from here for a while—but the COT numbers, using past as prologue, indicate otherwise. All we can do is wait it out.That’s all I have for today. Enjoy what’s left of your weekend—and I’ll see you here on Tuesday. The dollar index closed in New York late on Thursday afternoon at 80.12—and didn’t do much until 9 a.m. BST in London. At that point it dipped down to 80.04 before being rescued up to the 80.23 level at 9 a.m. in New York. It faded a small handful of basis points into the close, finishing he Friday session at 80.19—up 7 basis points from Thursday.I was happy to see the gold stocks bounce back, but they looked like they rallied strongly for the same reason that they got sold off on Thursday—and that was no reason that I could see. The HUI closed up 2.35%.Ditto for the silver equities, as they gained back everything they lost on Thursday, plus a hair more—as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 3.07%.Here’s the long-term Silver 7 Index to show how little ground we’ve actually gained during the current rally.The CME Daily Delivery Report drew a blank yesterday, as no gold or silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday.There were no reported changes in GLD on Friday—and as of 6:01 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either.There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint on Friday.There a little bit of movement in gold over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, as 3,000 troy ounces were reported received—and 225.4 troy ounces were shipped out.However, it was a monster day in silver, as 336,763 troy ounces were reported received—and a whopping 1,942,290 troy ounces were shipped out the door. The link to that activity is here.And now for yesterday’s Commitment of Traders Report. I said in The Wrap in Friday’s column—“Eye-balling the above charts its a tough call on both metals, but basically unchanged wouldn’t surprise me.”I wasn’t even close.In silver, the Commercial net short position blew out by an astonishing 6,063 contracts, or 30.3 million ounces. The Commercial net short position is now up to 290 million troy ounces, a position we haven’t been at since December 2012 when silver was $34 the ounce. Now we’re back at an almost 5-year high in the Commercial net short position—and silver is only $21 the ounce. One wonders how low JPMorgan et al will drive the price when they pull the pin on the technical funds this time around?Ted said that this reporting week’s action was, once again, the technical funds buying back short positions and going long—and in the face of that, the raptors sold another 2,800 long contracts, the Big 4 [read JPMorgan] increased their short position by 2,500 contracts—and the 5 through 8 largest traders added about 800 contracts to their short position. Ted pegs JPMorgan’s short side corner in the Comex silver market at 17,500 Comex contracts, or 87.5 million troy ounces.Here’s a chart that Nick Laird sent my way yesterday evening. It shows the long and short positions of all three groups of traders in the COT Report. Looking only at the center chart, you can see the the Non-Commercial/technical funds in red—and the the Commercials in blue—and the thin black line is the positions of the Nonreportable contract holders that’s visible behind the red bars.Just looking at the Non-Commercial category, in five weeks they’ve gone from a net long position of about 1,000 contracts all the way to a new record high of 48,000 contracts—and for what, dear reader? A lousy two dollar plus move in the price of silver on the chart directly above it.If you look at the top price chart, we had a similar two dollar move in February and March on much smaller trading action between the technical funds and the Commercials. And if you go back to August 2012, the price of silver rallied to $34 from $27 by the first week of October—a seven dollar move. This time—and in a much shorter time period, only five weeks—and on bigger buying volume by the technical funds, silver is only up two bucks and change.In his weekly review on Saturday, July 5, silver analyst Ted Butler had this to say about the above situation: “I have come to believe that the main cause behind the diminishing nature of progressive silver rallies is a willful intent on the part of the regulators and key commercials on the COMEX to snuff out any silver rally before it generates sufficient investment demand that could lead to a physical shortage. More than any alternative explanation that possibly comes to mind, I believe there is a conspiracy between the CFTC and other parts of the U.S. Government, along with crooked private interests on the COMEX, to not let silver go too far on the upside. Further, while this may also be true to some extent in gold, it is in silver where the situation is most critical.”By the way, Ted’s essay “The Silver Conspiracy” will be posted in the clear sometime next week—and you can rest assured that it will appear in this column the moment it shows up in the public domain.There was also deterioration in gold in the COT Report as well, as the Commercial net short position increased by 5,548 contracts, or 554,800 troy ounces. The Commercial net short position now stands at 16.60 million troy ounces. Once again it was the technical funds/Non-commercial traders that covered shorts and went long—and the Commercials of all stripes sold longs, or went short against them. Ted said the JPMorgan sold another 1,000 contracts of its long-side corner in the Comex futures market—and is now down to 2.5 million troy ounces.You’d have to go back to March of 2013 to see the Commercials holding this big a net short position in gold. It was from that point in March of last year where gold got clocked for $400 the ounce by the end of July. One wonders what fate “da boyz” have in store for us in gold going forward? One would have to presume that it would be similar to the fate that awaits silver.By the way, the small traders in the Nonreportable category never have any influence over the price. It’s the interplay between the mechanically-driven technical funds and the Commercials that drives the price up and down as moving averages are broken in either direction.Here’s the equivalent chart for gold that I posted just above for silver.And, without doubt, that big out-of-the-blue rally in both gold and silver in London trading on their Thursday morning will have driven the Commercial net short positions in both these metals to new extremes, but we’ll have to wait until next Friday to find out just how bad it was.I have a decent number of stories for you today—and I hope you can find time in what’s left of your weekend to read the article that interest you the most.With silver prices so low—and at or below the primary cost of production, there has rarely been a more inopportune time for any producer to be hedging and locking in current prices. This is confirmed by the fact that silver (and gold) miner hedging is at multi-decade lows. Yet the concentrated silver short position of the eight largest traders (all commercials) on the COMEX is near its highest level in years, meaning that the concentrated short position is not legitimate since it doesn’t involve bona fide hedging.At the same time, the concentrated short position of the 8 largest COMEX shorts is near record highs, JPMorgan’s share has rarely been lower, according to the COTs. The only explanation that makes sense is that those involved in the conspiracy are trying to take the attention and heat off of the crooks at JPMorgan by shifting some of the short position from JPMorgan and placing it in other large short accounts. There is no legitimate reason why the 5 thru 8 largest traders on the COMEX hold an all-time record short position at a time of record low miner hedging. As distasteful as I’ve always found the word “conspiracy” to be, I can’t find a more apt description for what has transpired on the COMEX. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 09 July 2014Today’s pop “blast from the past” dates from this American Rock Band‘s 1981 triple platinum album “Paradise Theatre”. The group—and the tune—are instantly recognizable—and the link is here.Today’s classical blast from the past is courtesy of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. For me, my two favourite instruments are the piano and violin—and the vast majority of the well-known concerto repertoire of the last two hundred years or so, was written for these two instruments. If those two instruments, along with all their associated music vanished from the face of the earth overnight, my next favourite instrument is the oboe. Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C major, K314 is probably the most well known.It was originally composed in spring or summer of 1777 for oboist Giuseppe Ferlendis (1755–1802) from Bergamo, then reworked by the composer as a concerto for flute in D major in 1778. The concerto is a widely-studied piece for both instruments—and is one of the more important concerti for the oboe.There are no credits given in this youtube.com clip, but it’s quite good. It’s the only complete performance I could find—and the link is here.There’s nothing to discuss regarding yesterday’s price action in either gold or silver. The only thing that I continue to note is that the high trading volume in silver continues unabated, regardless of the price action.Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver updated with yesterday’s price and volume data.
Two people were injured this morning in a fire the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit has deemed suspicious.The blaze started around 4 a.m. at a home on Sipsey Valley Road North in Buhl. When the Sipsey Valley Volunteer Fire Department arrived, they found two 18-year-old males suffering from burns.Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit investigators said they became suspicious of the blaze while gathering statements from neighbors and the victims. An Etowah County arson dog was brought in to test if an accelerant was used, but they have not yet revealed the results of their search.Both teens were taken to UAB Hospital for treatment. One of those teens is in critical condition.The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit said more information will be released when it’s available.
UPDATE: Two more men were put behind bars in relation to the human trafficking arrests reported Monday.Devonte Kwame Spencer, 27, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, and Darryl Donnal Stone, 29, was arrested on a felony probation violation stemming from Montgomery.Both men were taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail.An undercover operation over the weekend by the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force may have saved several victims from being trafficked.Yusef Muhammad, 63, is facing human trafficking charges and Bradford Simmons, 30, is facing a charge of promoting prostitution in the wake of the bust.Task force officials said they’d learned about Muhammad about a month ago, along with a tip from a family who noticed unusual behavior happening at the hotel they were staying in. The name of the hotel has not been released, but it is on Highway 82 just south of the intersection of McFarland and Skyland Boulevards.Lt. Darren Beams said they stopped a vehicle near the hotel and found probable cause to arrest both men.“Last year in 2017, of the 31 human trafficking cases reported to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, eight of them were ours,” Beams said. “I don’t think it’s any more prevalent here than it is anywhere else, it’s just that we’ve taken a more aggressive approach to it here. We must go after the supply and the demand to suppress this in our area.”If you have any information about potential human trafficking in the Tuscaloosa area, call the Tuscaloosa Police Department at 205-349-2121.
The Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons office building in downtown Milwaukee.The Northwestern Mutual Foundation recently awarded $3.4 million in grants to Milwaukee area nonprofit organizations focused on community outreach and education improvement.The Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons office building in downtown Milwaukee.The grants will support initiatives in Milwaukee’s Amani, Metcalfe Park and Muskego Way neighborhoods, which the foundation has been investing in since 2013. “For our city to thrive, it’s so vital to provide the opportunities for our children and youth to be successful,” said Eric Christophersen, president of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “It’s essential that we help support our communities with the means to achieve their dreams, and it starts with access to valuable community resources and foundational education.” 2018 Education Grant Recipients include: Alverno College Arts @ Large Auer Avenue Community School (United Way) Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater MilwaukeeCarmen High School of Science & Technology Center for Urban Teaching City Year Milwaukee COA Youth & Family Centers College Possible Cristo Rey Jesuit School First Stage Golda Meir High School Kingdom Prep Lutheran High School Messmer High School Milwaukee Academy of Science Milwaukee College Prep Milwaukee Excellence Milwaukee Public Library Foundation Milwaukee Public Schools Milwaukee Succeeds Next Door Foundation Notre Dame Primary School Sixteenth Street Community Health Center Pathways High PAVE (Partners Advancing Values in Education) Rocketship Education Wisconsin Ronald Reagan High School Schools That Can MilwaukeeSHARP LiteracySt. Joan Antida High SchoolTeach for America Unity in Motion YMCA of Metro Milwaukee2018 Neighborhood Grant Recipients: ACTS Community Development Corporation Artists Working in Education COA Youth & Family Centers Data You Can Use Dominican Center for Women Feeding America Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community CenterInstitute for Community PeaceJourney House Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee Metcalfe Park Community Bridges Milwaukee Christian Center Milwaukee Repertory Theater Operation DREAM PathfindersPearls for Teen Girls Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation Safe & Sound Sojourner Family Peace Center The Parenting Network Urban Economic Development Association of MilwaukeeWe Grow GreensWisconsin Black Historical Society Wisconsin Voices Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
The evening will include a three-course dinner paired with songs, duets and trios about love from various musicals, operas and standards. You will enjoy your favorite melodies such as Quando Me’n Vo (La Bohème) | Qui la Voce (I Puritani) | Martin’s Aria (The Tender Land) | Un Aura Amorosa (Cosi) | The Vagabond (Songs of Travel) | Come un’ape (La Cenerentola) | Vanilla Ice Cream (She Loves Me) | The Light in the Piazza | That’s Amore.We will be featuring artists from the NEMPAC Opera Project: Lindsay Conrad, soprano; Tim Gorka, baritone; Joel Edwards, tenor; Jennifer Jaroslavsky, soprano; Melanie Rucinski, accompanist; and Rebecca Miller, artistic director.Ticket includes three-course dinner, soup or salad, entree and dessert & coffee (and all taxes & gratuity). Cash bar or wine menu will be available. Valet parking will be available. To purchase tickets, click here.For reservations of tables of 4 or more, please contact NEMPAC directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-227-2270.Click here for more information and follow the event on Facebook.Rebecca Miller is a Boston-based theater artist and the Artistic Director of the NEMPAC Opera Project. She is committed to producing high-quality opera in urban spaces. With the NEMPAC Opera Project, Ms. Miller produced and stage directed Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio (June 2017), and La Cenerentola (June 2016) in Faneuil Hall’s Great Hall. Previously with NEMPAC, she assistant stage directed and fight choreographed La Bohème, and served as the program and stage director for NEMPAC’s Summer Children’s Musical Theater (Summer 2014). She is looking forward to also producing and stage directing NEMPAC Opera Project’s 2018 production.ABOUT NEMPAC: The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) enriches Boston’s North End Waterfront and surrounding neighborhoods through affordable, quality music education and performing arts programs. A group of North End mothers founded NEMPAC in 2001 in an effort to create musical programming for their children. In 2004, the Robert White Foundation donated to NEMPAC their city-operated space located off the Prado (The Paul Revere Mall) In the North End. This space, consisting of 4 private music studios, a storage basement and an office, is where NEMPAC began to flourish. Today, we are serving over 900 students a week through our education programs and partnerships including the Eliot BPS Innovation School, Charlestown Working Theater, and the St. John Catholic School. Our concerts are making the North End of Boston a destination for arts and culture. As we continue to grow as a Performing Arts Center, we continue to ensure we are engaging our audiences with creative, quality, and innovative programming.ABOUT NEMPAC’S OPERA PROJECT: The NEMPAC Opera Project was founded in 2012 with a mission to serve Boston’s artistic community of singers, instrumentalists and artistic staff, as well as the general public by providing affordable opera in urban Boston. This initiative produces operas that excite audiences, artists, and the greater community of Boston.UPCOMING EVENT: 2018 Opera Project: Don GiovanniJune 21st and June 23rd at 7:30 pm at Faneuil Hall’s Great Hall. Tickets go on sale starting March 1st. Click here for more information. VALENTINE’S “AMORE” OPERA DINNER & CONCERTby North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC)Date/Time: Sunday, February 11, 5 pm to 7 pmLocation/Venue: Lucia Ristorante, 415 Hanover St, North End, Boston, MA 02113Always a NEMPAC favorite, we invite you to join us for our 7th annual love-themed ‘Amore’ opera dinner and concert.*Advertisement*
Construction found at 244 Hanover Street. Photo taken in August 2018.For over a decade, there has been a large gap at 244 Hanover Street between Spagnuolo’s and Ristorante Fiore. Though it has been repeatedly designated for development, projects kept falling through at the location in the center of Boston’s North End. Finally, it seems, a permanent development is taking place.Panther Residential is well underway with construction toward 16 new units and an underground garage to fill the space. However, neither the design details nor floor plans have been made available despite repeated attempts to make contact with the developer.244 Hanover Street design presented in 2013.Five years ago, a modern design was presented by a developer named Silverline Development Company. It is not clear whether those plans have changed. At the time, the Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) supported the proposal while the Residents Association (NEWRA) opposed it. In May of 2013, NEWRA sent two letters in opposition to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Boston Board of Appeals.*Advertisement* The new banner by Panther Residential Management on the front of the construction fence lists 28 new luxury apartments, although 12 of those likely include the finished project at 20 Parmenter Street called “Teatro.”The two companies involved in the project at 244 HanoverThe developer has created a website for the new building, although there is little information available about the units. Here’s a quote from the website describing the units to be found at 244 Hanover Street.“Situated in downtown Boston, MA, our apartments have everything you are looking for to make your life easier and more beautiful. Whether you want a 1 & 2 bedroom apartment, all of our floor plans include elegant finishes and essential appliances. Wood-plank vinyl flooring, upgraded fixtures, and a new LED lighting package make your home shine at every turn. Stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, and custom cabinetry are some of the features that will make the kitchen the heart of your new home. Delight guests with exquisite meals or make your everyday breakfast in a beautiful and easy-to-clean kitchen.”From Panther Residential Management.The new development is connected with 20 Parmenter Street, called “Teatro.” That part of the project is largely completed with an entrance on Parmenter Street. It is anticipated that both buildings will have access to the garage found beneath 244 Hanover Street, including 25 spaces.There was no response to our efforts to contact Panther Residential Management and the architects at Choo & Company.Photo taken from Google Street View. This photo, from 2014, shows a different developer than the current one.While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron*
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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Brooks Koepka has displayed an uncanny knack for playing well in the most high-pressure situations, on the toughest tests in golf. He’s won two different majors back-t0-back since since 2017 and claimed another two top 10s in majors along the way. It’s a level of performance we haven’t seen in majors since Tiger’s prime.But according to the bettors, his time may be running out.Betfair’s betting exchange works a little like the stock market for sports. Bettors can both make bets and offer people bets, similarly to how people can both buy stocks and sell stocks. That means golf fans get a level of transparency into the betting markets that they don’t usually get to see, because you can see whom golf fans are betting on (players the public expects to contend) and whom they’re offering bets for (players the public doesn’t expect to contend).What is that betting public is telling us ahead of the 2019 U.S. Open? That people were not comfortable with Koepka being the overwhelming favorite. Here’s his chart since the start of the season. As you can see, ever since the Masters and continuing after his PGA Championship win, less people have been betting on Brooks Koepka to win.It’s still high, of course, but it’s been trending down, likely due to a market correction for Koepka’s odds shooting up after his PGA Championship win and bettors being less-willing to bet for a lesser gain on the back end.Interestingly, even Koepka’s perceived chance of finishing in the top 10 are trending slowly downward. Buyers and sellers seemingly aren’t convinced he will keep playing this well in majors.
UPDATE (10:15 a.m. ET): Tiger Woods finished bogey-bogey to shoot 70 and finish six over for the week, which will miss the cut. The cut remains at one over but could still change.—-Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are just a couple of the big names who need to go low at Royal Portrush on Friday to avoid the British Open cut line.Woods shot 78 in the first round and McIlroy signed for a 79. While it’s a long shot for both to tee it up on Saturday, there’s still a chance.British Open cut ruleThe Open’s cut line is the low 70 players plus ties, although there is no 10-stroke rule for players within that margin of the lead. There’s also no 54-hole cut at The Open.NewsBritish Open 2019: 5 things you missed while you were sleeping on Friday