Housewives’ Teresa Giudice Has a Ball with NeNe Leakes at Cinderella

first_img Related Shows View Comments Cinderella had five guests of honor in the kingdom on December 10: The Real Housewives of New Jersey favorite Teresa Giudice and her adorable daughters! The reality star paid a visit to her fellow housewife NeNe Leakes, who is currently playing not-so-sweet stepmother Madame in the hit Rodgers and Hammerstein musical alongside Keke Palmer as Ella. Check out these shots of the gal from New Jersey and her pal from Atlanta hanging out in New York City, then see Cinderella at the Broadway Theatre through January 3, 2015! Cinderella Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img

Jan. 22 Ag Forecast Canceled

first_imgThe University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Georgia Ag Forecast seminar at Unicoi State Park has been canceled due to potentially hazardous winter conditions in White County and north Georgia. It is the policy of the Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series to cancel events for weather reasons only when the local school systems have canceled classes. As of 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, White County Schools have canceled class for Friday, Jan. 22. The Georgia Ag Forecast staff will work to reschedule the seminar in the coming weeks. All of those who registered for the Jan. 22 seminar at Unicoi State Park in White County will be notified by email of the rescheduled date as soon as it’s available. If the staff is not able to reschedule the seminar or if participants cannot attend the reschedule date, refunds will be issued. As of Thursday evening, the four remaining sessions will still be held as planned: Bainbridge on Monday, Jan. 25; Tifton on Tuesday, Jan. 26; Alma on Wednesday, Jan. 27; and Macon on Friday, January 29. At Georgia Ag Forecast, economists from the university’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development (CAED) and from the college’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics deliver an economic outlook focusing on Georgia’s major commodities and the way that global markets, weather patterns and historical trends will affect those commodities. In addition to the annual economic outlook, CAED Director Kent Wolfe and fellow UGA agricultural economist Sharon P. Kane will give a briefing on the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption, often referred to as “GATE,” and how it is reflected in county sales tax revenue. For information, visit read more

Vermont counties receive another $1.2 million in energy efficiency grants

first_imgSeven more Vermont counties have been awarded economic stimulus funding for energy efficiency and conservation projects through a block grant program created in legislation authored by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). County-specific block grants were awarded to Windham County for $130,800, Orange County for $115,800, Windsor County for $193,300, Washington County for $254,600, Chittenden County for $195,400, Rutland County for  $189,700, and Addison County for $153,700.  Block grants were awarded in September to Caledonia, Franklin, and Orleans Counties. The State of Vermont and its cities and towns also were awarded $10.3 million in March under the same program.Sanders, chairman of the Senate environment committee’s Green Jobs and New Economy Subcommittee, authored legislation that established the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. The grants may be used to update building codes to require construction of energy-efficient homes and businesses, retrofit old buildings with newer technology, utilize alternative energy, and create incentives for residents to car pool or ride buses. “The block grant program recognizes the importance of local efforts to create good-paying jobs in developing sustainable energy and promoting energy efficiency,” Sanders said. “What I particularly like about this approach is that it relies on local initiatives and grassroots participation.” Sanders, along with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.), wrote a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu asking him to reverse a regulatory decision that initially excluded counties in New England states.  In response, the department established a process for counties and “county equivalent” bodies, such as regional planning commissions in Vermont, to seek these funds. Vermont counties, through regional planning commissions, appealed to the Department of Energy for block grant funding.  The funding formula excludes the populations of cities and large towns which were eligible for their own grants. Source: Senator Sanders’ office. WASHINGTON, October 8, 2009 –last_img read more

One attorney on a child safety crusade

first_imgOne attorney on a child safety crusade Three-year-old Adam was playing with his grandfather’s heart medication and the bottle was open. His mother, Debra Smiley Holtzman, called the poison-control center and was told to rush him to the emergency room. Hooked up to a heart monitor, little Adam was given ipecac syrup to induce vomiting. Six hours later, doctors confirmed he had not swallowed any of grandpa’s pills. If he had, Holtzman was shaken to learn, he could have died. That life-changing close call propelled Hollywood lawyer Holtzman into her role of child safety crusader. She volunteers as a poison prevention specialist with the Broward County chapter of the National Safe Kids Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based safety advocacy group, as well as the Florida Poison Control Center and the Sierra Club. Holtzman, who holds a master’s degree in occupational safety from New York University and a law degree from St. Johns University, is married to Robert, a trauma surgeon, and they have two children Adam, now 13, and Laura, 9. Her latest achievement is writing “The Panic-Proof Parent: Creating a Safe Lifestyle for Your Family,” (a 299-page paperback, $12.95, published in August by Contemporary Books), that Publishers Weekly called “a book no parent should be without.” Holtzman said her stint as Mrs. Florida 1995 helped spark her success at being invited to speak at schools to teach children about environmental issues. She brings her eyecatching prop, the “Safe House,” constructed like a doll house, where each door opens to reveal common poisons in each room. The door to the bedroom, for example, listed cosmetics and jewelry cleaner. “Although my title as a former Mrs. Florida opened many doors for me, I believe my role as a poison and injury specialist with the Broward Safe Kids Coalition has been much more rewarding,” Holtzman said. She takes her show on the road to fifth-graders, demonstrating how much alike Pine-Sol and apple juice look in identical glasses, how Sweet-Tarts look like Tums, how Tic Tacs look like Motrin tablets and how Hershey’s chocolate looks like Ex-Lax. “While volunteering, however, I noticed a huge gap when it came to finding one book that was couched in phrases all parents could understand and that covered everything. It took me three years to remedy that situation.” The September 2000 edition of Reader’s Digest named Holtzman an “Everyday Hero,” for her contributions in the field of child safety. And singer Olivia Newton-John, national spokesperson for the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, has heartily endorsed Holtzman’s book. “It’s common sense to avoid exposing children to pesticides and other toxins found in the home environment,” Newton-John said. “‘The Panic-Proof Parent’ provides many preventive steps every parent can take to safeguard children’s health.” In her book, Holtzman exhaustively covers it all in detail — from good habits that protect the unborn to 10 ways to calm a crying baby to insisting your child’s school be tested for radon. She begins each chapter with a homespun quote from her mother. The chapter on “Taking Care with Pesticides” begins: “Mother used to say, `If it can kill a bug, it can make you sick.’” This mother sees the world from a child’s perspective, curious and down on her knees. Holtzman’s advice includes: “Install a toilet lid lock on all toilets.” “Magnetic fields can penetrate walls, so don’t, for example, place your television set against a wall that backs to where your child’s bed is located.” “Guns kept in the home for self-protection are 22 times more likely to be used to kill a family member or friend than to kill in self-defense.” Holtzman likes to say that she didn’t find this line of work — it found her. And if it seems that she finds a hidden danger lurking in every corner like a poisonous philodendron plant, her philosophy on child-rearing is more word-to-the-wise than worrywart. “You can’t be so crazy that you would never let any of your kids out,” she said. “Things are going to happen. But what you have control over, you can do something about.” Holtzman can be contacted at [email protected] One attorney on a child safety crusade October 15, 2000 Regular Newslast_img