Facebook Twitter TAGShudson county prosecutor’s officepennsylvania state policewest new york police SHARE A missing Pennsylvania teen that state police believed “may be at risk of harm or injury” was found in West New York late last night, along with her potential kidnapper, sources told Hudson County View.Â By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewIn a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Pennsylvania State Police said Alex Reyes, 14, “may be at risk for harm or injury” and was last seen in Wilkes-Barre with Reynaldo Mercado, 31, on Friday.According to The Times Leader, a publication that hones in on Wilkes-Barre, Reyes was found safely last night.Sources, who spoke under the condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to speak on the matter, said that West New York police found Reyes and Mercado late last night.The teen was returned safely to her family, while Mercado is being held at the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny, sources said.The Times Leader also reported that Wilkes-Barre police are investigating a homicide that occurred early Friday. Bayonne Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By John Heinis – September 16, 2018 12:17 pm 0 Sources: Missing Pennsylvania teen, potential kidnapper, found in West New York Bayonne Bayonne Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say CrimeWest New York Previous articleProsecutor’s office investigating fatal shooting at main intersection in HarrisonNext articleHudson County judge tosses former Hoboken police chief’s political retaliation suit John Heinis Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Police: Queens man impersonates NYPD officer, assaults and bites Bayonne cops over towed car
Preferred Experience:Experience in building construction, mechanical utilities, ormaintenance trades, including grounds and custodialmaintenance. Description of Duties:• Performs routine generalist’s duties in the building, grounds,custodial and maintenance departments of the physical plant.• May also include assisting skilled trades in largerprojects• Assignments may include duties associated with, but not limitedto, basic electrical/electronic, plumbing, HVAC, painting,carpentry, masonry, utility, air conditioning, grounds keeping,custodial, and manual and general labor assignments andduties.• May perform custodial level cleaning as needed.• May be regularly switched from job assignments on an as neededbasis that require basic skill levels and physical requirementsconsistent with the trade, skill, and or duty beingperformed.• May require irregular working hours / split shift and “on call”basis.• Performs other duties as assigned. 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Approved drivers rating as establishedby the UT System.Required Experience:None. MAINTENANCE WORKER IPosting Number: SRGV4969Number of Vacancies: 2Location: Edinburg, TexasDepartment: Campus Facilities OperationsFLSA: Non-ExemptScope of Job:To provide entry level skills in the performance of a variety oftrades required for the maintenance, repair, and operation ofUniversity facilities and equipment. Responsible for the assistingin the installation, operation, and the routine repair ofUniversity facilities and grounds. To apply, visit https://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/27857 Physical Capabilities: N/AEmployment Category: Full-TimeMinimum Salary: Commensurate with ExperiencePosted Salary: Commensurate with ExperiencePosition Available Date: 03/29/2021Grant Funded Position: NoIf Yes, Provide Grant Expiration Date:EEO Statement:It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley topromote and ensure equal employment opportunities for allindividuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex,age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, genetic information or protected veteran status. 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Some work inrestricted spaces, exposure to dust, extreme heat, and hot, dry,wet, cold conditions. Some duties and working conditions may createbodily strain and discomfort. May be required to carry a two-wayradio and/or pager and must be available on an “on call” basis.Must have a flexible work schedule for evenings, weekends, holidaysand overtime. Must be physically able to perform all essentialfunctions and duties of the job. Requires stooping, bending,kneeling, walking, lifting, and carrying of heavy objects toperform job duties. Requires moving, lifting, carrying, pushing,and pulling of heavy furniture, equipment, trash cans, boxes,files, filing cabinets, and other objects weighing up to 50 lbs.when working alone and 100 lbs. with help. Must be able to climbstep ladders and maintain balance to clean and wash windows andlighting. Danger of falls, electrical shock and burns, chemicalhazards, and other hazards and conditions inherent to the trade andor duty assigned. 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David Cameron’s decision to promise to hold an in-out-referendum on Britain’s EU membership in 2017 should the Conservatives win the upcoming general election lies at the heart of all the critiques of the coalition government’s foreign policy. Ed Miliband argued at Chatham House last week that, by doing so, Mr. Cameron has reduced British influence both in EU capitals and in Washington. David Cameron’s absence from the negotiations in Minsk in early February between Angela Merkel, François Hollande and Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine conflict is presented as proof positive of the UK’s growing isolation.There is no doubt that David Cameron’s unprompted commitment in 2013 to hold an EU referendum has weakened the British voice in Brussels. He gives the impression that Britain permanently has “one hand on the door” and that he is desperate to win back the Conservative Party’s most fervently anti-EU elements. The result is that EU leaders often shy away from engaging with their UK counterparts.Two flawed assumptions have emerged from this critique. First, that it is in the power of a future British government to regain the same level of influence it enjoyed in Europe in the past. Second, that this will be easier if Labour leads the next government, because of Ed Miliband’s refusal to countenance a referendum unless the EU adopts a new treaty that significantly cedes more UK sovereignty to Brussels — a highly unlikely eventuality for at least the next five years. The flaw in the first assumption is clear. The eurozone crisis has focused the attention of most EU leaders on the political compromises necessary to build a sustainable single currency. The eurozone, rather than the single market, is now the EU’s core. So long as British governments rule out joining the single currency or ceding sovereign power to its growing set of rules and institutions, the UK will be excluded from a large percentage of the EU’s work and negotiations, whether the next government is led by Ed Miliband or David Cameron. And it is inevitable that US administrations will see Berlin as their first port of call to discuss the future of Europe’s economy and the policies that flow from it, including sanctions and trade.Second, the Labour Party’s position on an EU referendum has merely postponed the day of reckoning. Although a treaty change is unlikely in the next five years, it may emerge within the following British parliament, given the deepening levels of economic coordination euro members will need to undertake in order to ensure a sustainable future for the single currency. The problem is that the British context for an in-out referendum after 2020 will be as unpredictable as in 2017, when the leaders of all the main parties have at least said they would campaign to stay in the EU, providing the compromises that British officials have largely sketched out already could be cemented — from capping migrant benefits to cutting back on areas of past EU regulatory excess.If the Labour Party takes power in 2015, Ed Miliband would come under immediate political pressure from their Conservative opponents and from the Euroskeptic press to demonstrate that his policy of being more open to new EU policy initiatives was not chipping away at UK sovereignty through the back door. Miliband could claim that he will abide by the European Union Act of 2011, which requires that a referendum be held on any amendment to the existing EU treaties that would transfer further competence to EU institutions. But, having in the end denied the British people the opportunity to vote on the Lisbon Treaty, the Labour Party would be vulnerable to accusations that it sought to use the Act to avoid the “Treaty” benchmark it has set itself for an in-out referendum.If it were to win the election, Labour will also be forced to deliver the country another five years of economic austerity, leaving it in a much weaker position after 2020 from which to argue the EU case in the event of a referendum. For their part, if they lose power on May 8, the Conservative Party will most likely tilt towards its activist, Euroskeptic grassroots and choose new leaders who are more open to a policy of Brexit and who would demand a set of concessions that may prove unacceptable to their EU counterparts.The risks to Britain’s position in Europe and, therefore, to its international influence are inescapable in the next parliament, irrespective of who wins the election. Either David Cameron will undertake two years of intense negotiation and then seek a resolution in 2017 to the UK’s position in the EU through an in-out referendum. Or Miliband will seek to put off the fateful decision as far as possible into the future, while the Conservatives become more Euroskeptic. Either way, the UK is about to enter a period of great uncertainty about its European future.Robin Niblett is the director of Chatham House.
In its 37 years of existence, Hendrick Motorsports has only had six seasons without a NASCAR Cup Series champion on its team.Jimmie Johnson is the current resident champ. But “Seven-Time” is retiring from full-time NASCAR competition at the end of 2020. And title-less Kyle Larson – 28 years old compared to Johnson’s 45 – is filling the void in team owner Rick Hendrick’s garage next season, taking over his No. 5 Chevrolet as Alex Bowman moves to the No. 48.“I’m super excited about it,” Hendrick said. “I like the way Kyle drives the car. Didn’t like to race against him, but always took a little pride in the motor was ours. I’m feeling real good about it.”RELATED: Kyle Larson reinstated | Kyle Larson signs with Hendrick MotorsportsLarson used to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing in its No. 42 Chevrolet, which did feature a Hendrick Motorsports engine. He was released by the team and suspended by NASCAR back in April, however, after his use of a racial slur on an iRacing live stream. The sanctioning body reinstated Larson after evaluation on Oct. 19, and Hendrick Motorsports announced it had signed him to a multi-year deal on Oct. 28.With the addition of Larson and loss of Johnson, the average age of Hendrick Motorsports drivers drops from 29.50 to 25.25. Alex Bowman is 27, Chase Elliott is 24 and William Byron is 22.“It’s weird to be 28 years old and be the oldest guy on the team,” Larson said. “I was looking yesterday, I think Jamie McMurray is 16 years older than I am and Kurt (Busch) is 14 years older than me. Those are the last teammates I’ve had. They were both teenagers before I was born.”Based on driver age in the Daytona 500, the 2021 crop will be Hendrick Motorsports’ youngest since 2005. Larson and Bowman will be the same age as they are now, while Elliott and Byron will be a year older. That’ll make their average 25.75. The 2005 bunch had Johnson (29), Jeff Gordon (33), Brian Vickers (21) and Kyle Busch (19). They averaged out to 25.50.A major difference between those two groups: The 2005 team had a four-time champion in Gordon (Johnson’s first came in 2006).There have only been two periods in Hendrick Motorsports history with no champions – from 1984-86 and 1991-93. The organization was founded in 1984, and then Benny Parsons was added in 1987. He joined already a champion (1973) and stayed at Hendrick for just the one season. Darrell Waltrip really held down the fort from 1987-90 thanks to his three previous titles. There was then a gap until Terry Labonte came around in 1994. He had his prior 1984 championship and then added another one in 1996 with Hendrick. Jeff Gordon showed up in 1993, won his first of four titles in 1995 and overlapped until 2015 with Johnson, who started his championship bonanza in 2006 and still carries the torch.RELATED: All of Hendrick Motorsports’ wins by driverThere’s still a chance the streak continues. Elliott and Bowman are active in the 2020 NASCAR Playoffs, as the Round of 8 concludes Sunday at Martinsville Speedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and the Championship 4 is set for the Nov. 8 finale at Phoenix Raceway. Both are currently below the elimination cutline, though, with three spots remaining. They’re tied at a 25-point disadvantage.So, as of right now, the 2021 Hendrick Motorsports stable looks like it’ll be the first in 28 years without a crown-holder. But it may not be that way for long.“We don’t have a champion,” Hendrick said. “But I think these guys are going to be champions.”
Billy Strings continued his String The Halls: Home For The Holidays Edition video series on Sunday with “These Old Blues”. The cover of the Larry Sparks original, first released in 1974, marks the seventh installment of the digital series.The latest Billy Strings “12 Days of Bluegrass” video follows performances of “The Likes Of Me” by Jerry Reed, “Tipper” by Tony Rice, “Stone Walls And Steel Bars” and “Think Of What You’ve Done” by The Stanley Brothers, “Unwanted Love” by Reno & Smiley, and “Y’all Come” by Arlie Duff.Related: Watch Sam Bush and Billy Strings Cover Doc Watson’s “Walk On Boy” [Video]For this edition of String The Halls, Strings is back to a color television set after reverting to black-and-white on Saturday. With yet another episode Strings and company continue their deep dive into vintage bluegrass music, providing a veritable history lesson with each passing day. As with several of the past releases, Saturday’s installment finds Strings ceding center stage to his highly-qualified backing band. Between banjo player Billy Failing and mandolinist Jarrod Walker, there isn’t much room for Strings’ already-legendary picking to shine through. Yet toward the end of the 3:33 minute video, Strings finds a place to insert some brief-but-potent playing.Watch Billy Strings perform “These Old Blues” for String The Halls. The poster code for Sunday is TINFOIL.Billy Strings – “These Old Blues” (Larry Sparks)[Video: Billy Strings]On Saturday, December 26th, Billy Strings will perform alongside 40+ other artists as part of Georgia Comes Alive, a one-day virtual music festival aimed at promoting voter participation in the upcoming Georgia runoff elections by supporting local grassroots organizations, Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and CivicGeorgia. Donate any amount to the cause GeorgiaComesAlive.com to receive a stream link on the day of the show (12/26). You can also enter to win exclusive prizes from GCA artists like a guitar signed and played by Bob Weir here. See below for a full list of performers.
When senior Mitch Gainer began interviewing for a position with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), he expected most of his peers to have studied business during their undergraduate careers. But as he progressed through the interview process, Gainer, an economics major, said he noticed a majority of the interviewees had educational backgrounds grounded in the liberal arts. “The majority of the top-20 schools in the country don’t have undergraduate business programs, so I found myself competing against history and medieval studies majors,” he said. Like most graduating seniors entering the job market, Gainer said he was worried about employment prospects. But after securing a job in the business world with a liberal arts degree, he said he investigated the statistics on post-graduate plans of students in the College of Arts and Letters. “A lot of Arts and Letters students worry about getting a job after graduation, but that worry wasn’t reflective of what I saw [during interviews] at all,” Gainer said. “So I went to [assistant dean] Joe Stanfiel and the Career Center, and looked closer at the statistics.” When Gainer was offered a position at BCG, Stanfiel said he and Gainer began analyzing 2010 data from the Office of Institutional Research for a different perspective on the post-graduation employment climate for Notre Dame students. “[The interviews] got Mitch thinking about the generalized claims about who gets jobs after graduation and that the sorts of jobs people get would be something to look into as well,” Stanfiel said. “After looking at the data, we found that Arts and Letters students were getting competitive jobs in the business world in roughly equal number with business students.” According to the data, 48 percent of 2010 Notre Dame graduates working in the business world hailed from the College of Arts and Letters, versus 46 percent from programs in the Mendoza College of Business, Gainer said. 17 percent of graduates working in business had degrees from both colleges. Of the graduates working in the top-six consulting firms in the country, Gainer said 43 percent had Arts and Letters degrees, compared to the 40 percent who were business majors. Additionally, every Notre Dame student offered a position at BCG was from either Arts and Letters or the College of Engineering, Gainer said. Since some of the country’s most elite institutions do not offer undergraduate business programs, Stanfiel said the notion that a business degree is necessary for success in the business world does not carry much weight. “It would be very odd to tell someone at Harvard, Princeton, Yale or Stanford that you have to have a business degree to get a good job,” he said. “Notre Dame is an elite university in the company of those places, and the sort of person that comes here is coming from the top one percent of students.” Stanfiel said Notre Dame students have a unique advantage in the pool of newly-graduated job applicants due to the resources available through the Career Center and Arts and Letters. This contributes to the low unemployment rate of Arts and Letters graduates: two percent. “Practical experience would be favorable to have going into a job, so we promote internships and provide funding for students who take unpaid internships,” he said. “Between the outstanding education of Arts and Letters and other opportunities, graduates are going to find themselves very well prepared.” According to the data, Arts and Letters graduates have also been successful in securing jobs in the public sector. 66 percent of 2010 graduates working for the Central Intelligence Agency came from Arts and Letters backgrounds, and 55 percent of students working in other federal government positions were Arts and Letters majors. Just under half of those Arts and Letters graduates working for the federal government were political science majors. Additionally, 95 percent of Notre Dame students who obtain prestigious fellowships, such as the Fulbright and Rhodes scholarships, hail from Arts and Letters. Gainer and other students said a liberal arts education at Notre Dame provides students with critical thinking and communication skills valued in almost every work environment. “Arts and Letters was huge in the interview process, because I was able to take non-business experiences and show their value in business situations,” Gainer said. “My experience working to help establish farming cooperatives in rural India was probably the biggest reason I got a job.” Senior Graham Thomas said his experience as a Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) major prepared him well for past internships, and helped him secure a job with BCG following graduation. “The practice in oral communication provided by discussion-based seminars and oral final exams, a staple of the PLS Great Books seminars, sharpens a student’s ability to think quickly on the spot and to eloquently articulate ideas,” he said. “This skill has made me more effective in my internships when working on teams and attending business meetings, and it was crucial to my success when interviewing for jobs this past fall.” Senior Christine Fagan, a double major in English and Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) who will be working as a project manager for the healthcare software company Epic Systems after graduation, said her undergraduate experience provided her with the skills necessary for success in any job. “My role as a student worker in two FTT jobs helped me work with other people to achieve goals and manage projects and my time,” she said. “My English major has helped me organize my thoughts before beginning a project, so I think having a liberal arts double major has led me to be more well-rounded and learn a lot of business-related skills in an environment I enjoyed more ⎯ in theater and in writing.” The success of liberal arts students in the business world speaks to the type of student Notre Dame attracts and the core identity of the University, Stanfiel said. “If you take a group of incredibly talented people and give them a Notre Dame liberal arts education, we in the College of Arts and Letters feel like that’s the best type of education to have,” he said. “Specific technological knowledge can be learned on the job, but learning how to think and write takes an investment of years and can’t be learned on the job.”
Chris Collins | The Observer Sophomore Neil Lewis speaks at “In Our Own Words” in the LaFortune Student Center Ballroom as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.Senior Haley Hoyle reflected on her brother’s struggle with depression and his suicide in May. “My brother never graduated. He never got his degree. He never even came close to living a joyful life. He never got a good job; he was never able to follow his passion for playing guitar. He never got married, never had kids,” she said. “There was a lot my brother was never able to do, and above all, the thing he was not able to do was live past the age of 23.” Living with mental illness is become increasingly difficult, Hoyle said, because of the seeming lack of physical symptoms“The stigma associated with mental illness is absolutely disgusting to me. When my brother was still alive, many people were afraid to go near him — they just thought he was crazy,” she said. “Mental illness is a mystery, it is invisible, it is hidden from view, and it is only apparent to those who really have eyes to see.“So here is my plea to you: Have eyes to see the pain of the mentally ill and work with me to fight the stigma. Let’s work tirelessly together to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness, anxiety, depression and anything else that may lead to suicide. Let’s work together to prevent any more brothers, sisters, parents, aunts, uncles or friends from taking their own lives. Let’s work together so that each person will plan to be here tomorrow, and each person will always believe that there is still hope.” Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of a five-day series discussing mental health at Notre Dame in recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week.Ten students shared stories of the impact mental illness has had on their lives Tuesday night in the LaFortune Student Center Ballroom. “In Our Own Words” was part of the programming for Mental Illness Awareness Week 2015, sponsored by the Notre Dame chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-ND). Chris Collins | The Observer Sophomore Brendan Coughlan discusses the devastating consequences of mental illness and possible solutions to alleviate the stigma surrounding it at “In Our Own Words” for Mental Illness Awareness Week.Senior Desiree San Martin said her depression and anxiety has made typical student life difficult.“I tried to fit in and be the normal Notre Dame student. I’m involved in extracurriculars, I have a work-study job, I got myself an internship. But my illness kept getting the best of me,” she said. “On the outside, it seemed that I was just plain lazy. My inability to get out of bed some days was seen as being lazy and wanting to sleep.”San Martin said the Notre Dame community reached out and supported her in her struggles with her illness. “Multiple professors contacted my rector after I hadn’t been to their classes in three weeks, and all my professors contacted my adviser to express concern. They had all also contacted me, asking what was wrong and where I had been,” she said. “At a larger school, students fall by the wayside all the time.”San Martin said she has made it a point this year to take advantage of all of the University’s resources in dealing with her mental illness. “In previous years, I would avoid the Counseling Center because of the stigma behind counseling,” she said. Sophomore Ally Zimmer, spiritual coordinator for NAMI-ND, said therapy significantly helped her deal with depression after graduating from high school. “Although it took several weeks before I started seeing improvement, my therapist was great and really helped me sort through my issues. She wasn’t afraid to give me the messages that I needed to hear,” she said. “After about a month and a half of weekly appointments, I finally started to smile again.” Zimmer said she experienced a second episode of depression after her first semester at Notre Dame but was able to return to campus after winter break and get counseling. “Slowly but surely, I once again crawled out from the hole that is mental illness,” she said. “Now I’m healthy, my self-worth is where is should be, and I am as much as a goofball as I ever was.”Although mental illness is often treated as the “elephant in the room,” Zimmer said, taking ownership of her depression has been important to her. “That elephant doesn’t have to be hidden, and it doesn’t have to be an elephant at all,” she said. Tags: Mental Illness Awareness Week, NAMI
Berkholtz also finished seventh for the Gophers last year at the NCAA championships and competed for the team at the NCAA Midwest Regional and Big Ten championships.Dyson was an alternate for the three meets. “My class got to see two of their grade make it on to that next level,” Berkholtz said. “I could just see the fire in their eyes that they wanted that same thing too.”Aside from its top performers, there are still more runners in the class who haven’t asserted themselves yet, said Hopkins.“They have all the tools they need at this point,” Hopkins said. “Now the hardest part is seeing themselves as Big Ten-caliber, national-caliber athletes. And it’s really hard to see yourself that way if you haven’t done it yet.”For now, the class is learning what it can from the fifth-year seniors while they’re still around.Kaila Urick, a redshirt sophomore, said the seniors are really smart about working out and knowing when to push themselves. She said the senior class has also taught the athletes that they’re not always going to have a perfect day.Even with a talented, veteran senior class, redshirt sophomore Kate Bucknam said her class needs to start taking a more active leadership role on the team.“It’s easy to be overlooked right now just because [the seniors] are really good, but next year they are going to be gone,” she said. “It’s going to be us, so we really need to start mentally, physically and emotionally preparing for that.” Gophers develop redshirt sophomore classPhoto courtesy of Christopher Mitchell2012 Griak Cross Country Race Betsy HelfandSeptember 17, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintA common saying among athletes is “take it one day at a time.”And while the Gophers women’s cross country squad is sticking with that adage and focusing on short-term success, it’s also taking steps to secure its future.The current senior class has 12 runners — including many of the team’s top finishers — and there are only six juniors on the roster.That has left the deep redshirt sophomore class aware of the need to step into a leadership role moving forward.“I told them it’s going to be up to them if this team continues to be a national-caliber team … or if we miss a beat,” head coach Sarah Hopkins said of the 13 runners in her redshirt sophomore class.Sophomore Becca Dyson was one of those runners.“That’s obviously the intimidation factor — the thing that’s hanging over us for next year [is] knowing that we’re losing a lot of people,” she said.Dyson said Hopkins encouraged the redshirt sophomores to consider themselves “future leaders-in-training.”Hopkins said three or four runners have already started to assert themselves in the top group.In the team’s first two meets of the season — the Intrasquad 5K Meet and the Oz Memorial — redshirt sophomores Liz Berkholtz and Dyson each posted a fourth- and fifth-place finish.
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Nicole Miller is a globally recognized fashion designer, known for her colorful prints and patterns and designs that are bold, yet classic. The latest additions to the Sag Harbor resident’s resume include rosé creator, and a sunglass line for Optyx in East Hampton. Miller will also serve as the fashion honoree at this summer’s Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s 15th annual Hamptons Happening on Saturday, July 13, starting at 6:30 PM.“I did a fashion show benefit for Samuel Waxman several years back and I knew about all the good work they do supporting cutting-edge research and technology. I was happy to help such a great organization,” said Miller.SWCRF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes the disease. The theme of this year’s event is Tour de Cuisine, so that guests can savor the flavors of the world without leaving the East End.“I have known many people the disease has affected, and we desperately need better solutions to fight it. I like the work that Samuel Waxman does because they are funding innovation and breakthrough technology,” Miller continued.Since its inception in 1976, the SWCRF has awarded approximately $100 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe. The research the foundation conducts is the basis for developing minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through its collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, researchers share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research.This summer’s event will also include honorees Chef Lidia Bastianich; Ian Duke, local restaurant owner of Southampton Social Club, Union Cantina, and Union Burger Bar; and Antonella Bertello, the owner of the Baker House 1650 in East Hampton. Guests will enjoy food tastings by restaurants like Bastianich’s Becco, Felidia, and Del Posto; bites by Indian chef Palak Patel; along with samplings from Centro Trattoria & Bar, Sydney’s “Taylor” Made Cuisine, Saaz Restaurant, South Fork Bakery, among many others. There will also be live music from Pat Farrell and the Cold Spring Harbor Band — “The Billy Joel Tribute Show.”As a designer, Miller has always been on the cutting edge of latest trends. What she’s most enjoying this summer? “I am loving all the vintage crepe dresses that are so similar to my dresses from the ’80s which everyone wears with sneakers today!” stated Miller.Earlier this season, she launched a namesake rosé, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc grapes from Bordeaux, created at Château Auguste and vinified by Damien Landouar. “Being half French, I always grew up with wine,” said Miller. “When I entertain, I love to serve wine, and especially rosé during the summer. When the opportunity arose, I jumped at it. I was excited to have a wine from Bordeaux, where I have been many times.”“What is unique about my rosé is that it’s made in Bordeaux while most are made in Provence,” she continued. “As a Francophile and wine-lover, I fell in love with the area years ago. I was impressed to learn how the great Châteaux from Bordeaux were able to produce such incredible rosés. I’ve traveled around Provence as well and visited many vineyards and I found this rosé far superior.”The rosé is available at Cavaniola’s Market in Sag Harbor, as well as restaurants like Dopo La Spiaggia and Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor. “This rosé is elegant and perfectly balanced with aromas of fresh raspberries and strawberries. It is dry and aromatic, luscious but light,” said Miller.When asked how being a fashion designer has helped inspire some of the other projects she’s involved in, she described, “The process is always a bit similar. I try to do lots of research so I can understand whatever product I am working on. And then I filter everything until it feels right.”As for her line of glasses for Optyx in East Hampton that launched this summer: “So many sunglasses look alike that I wanted to do something special. I started with a vintage movie star idea and went from there. I think they are reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe in ‘How to Marry a Millionaire,’” said the designer.Miller is a strong businesswoman, who opened her first boutique on Madison Avenue in 1986. She cites her mother as an influence. “She was French and always had very strong opinions and great style,” said the designer. Miller’s brand has grown to include boutiques in major cities across the United States and is sold in a number of high-end department stores.On the East End, she enjoys spending her time at farm stands and farmers markets. “I always buy far more than I can consume,” said Miller. “I love making rhubarb pies and I love all the fresh produce, from the corn to the tomatoes.”As for favorite spots in Sag Harbor, she said, “I love Dopo La Spiaggia, Baron’s Cove, and Le Bilboquet. I love Cavaniola’s Cheese Shop, Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee, and Sag Harbor Bakery. I stay local as much as I can.”For tickets to the Hamptons Happening event on July 13, visit [email protected] Share