Bill Ackman, LeBron James, and Arnold Schwarzenegger with 787 11th Avenue (Credit: Google Maps and Getty Images)A Manhattan building that counts LeBron James and Arnold Schwarzenegger among its investors is now the subject of a messy and expensive construction dispute.Georgetown Company has been renovating the building at 787 11th Avenue in recent years, according to Crain’s — a plan that involved erecting two new floors and an outdoor tennis court.But things got messy when the operator of two car dealerships on the ground floor filed for bankruptcy in 2017. The move led to litigation between contractors and the ownership group, which also includes hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, according to the report.The contractors reportedly placed $11 million of mechanic’s liens against the building in an effort to recover money they claimed to be owed for the construction of the dealerships.ADVERTISEMENTIn countersuits, Georgetown and Nissan — the leaseholder of the dealerships — said the contractors were “engaged in a coordinated scheme to execute a fraudulent lien waiver to obtain millions of dollars.”Manhattan Mechanical Contractors, which installs heating and air conditioning services, renewed its lien in court on Dec. 30.Manhattan Mechanical’s attorney, Manny Frade, said Georgetown and Nissan had “tried to get the case dismissed, but those motions were denied, and this case appears to be heading to trial.”Mechanic’s liens have been on the uptick in New York City in recent years, attorney Stuart Zisholtz told Crain’s, and owners are often caught in the middle.“Sometimes the landlord might not be directly at fault, but the contractor has to file a mechanic’s lien anyway because that’s their only legal recourse,” he said.A spokesperson from Georgetown later contacted TRD with a statement that said the dispute was “between a former tenant and its contractor, with no direct relationship to the landlord”.“Ownership will continue to defend its interests as a third party to this dispute,” they said. [Crain’s] — Sylvia Varnham O’Regan This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
A minibus driver has been sacked for gross misconduct, after he left a four-year-old boy alone on a minibus at a yard in Inverness.John Robertson was travelling on a D&E Coaches’ minibus when the driver apparently missed his stop on the way home from school in Inverness and drove over Kessock Bridge, before heading back to the depot.John Robertson was travelling on a D&E Coaches’ minibusThe boy was thought to have waited on the vehicle for about an hour before he got off and started walking along the road near to Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s stadium.He was spotted by two women, who phoned the police, which had also been contacted by his parents.D&E Coaches says: “We are extremely disappointed at the circumstances.“Relying on an assurance from another pupil that this child was not on the bus is unacceptable. All drivers are expected to check their buses at the end of the journey but this clearly did not occur.”As a result of the incident, the firm is introducing a new Driver CPC course on Driver Awareness on School Contracts.
Load remaining images The Everyone Orchestra is one of the most unique concepts in live music, proving just how remarkable improvisation can be at its core. Conductor Matt Butler leads a rotating cast of talented musicians through a series of jams completely made up on the spot. Second set, each member has the opportunity to take the lead, allowing for a range of styles and resulting in a truly once-in-a-lifetime show.Matt Butler Describes The Challenge Of Conducting A Jam BandOn Thursday, September 3rd, Cervantes in Denver, CO boasted one of the best EO lineups we’ve ever seen. Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Robert Mercurio (Galactic), Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd) shared the stage for the incredible throwdown. Check out photos from the killer show, courtesy of photographer Bill McAlaine (full gallery at the bottom).Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds):Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Rob Mercurio (Galactic), Eddie Roberts, Matt Butler:Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Jennifer Hartswick (TAB), Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass):Durga McBroom, Natalie Cressman, Jennifer Hartswick, Paul Hoffman, Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Vernon Reid, Matt Butler:Robert Mercurio, Eddie Roberts, Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits):Aron Magner:Durga McBroom, Natalie Cressman, Jennifer Hartswick:Paul Hoffman, Vernon Reid:Photos by Bill McAlaine. Full Gallery:
SALT LAKE CITY – “It’s just great to be alive,” Brody Young said at the state Capitol Thursday. Young, a Utah State Parks ranger, was shot nine times in November during a routine traffic stop near Moab.Three of the shots were stopped by his bulletproof vest or items in his pocket. The other six entered his body. Thursday, the Grand County Emergency Medical Service personnel who came to Young’s aid that night were honored by The Utah Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness as part of National EMS Week. “Good morning. It’s great to say that,” Young said addressing those who saved him at the awards ceremony. Young teared up as he expressed his gratitude to them. After he was shot, Young said he laid on the ground with his eyes closed, afraid to move for fear of causing more damage. But then he heard familiar voices – EMTs whom he worked with everyday were on the police radio coming to help him. Hearing their voices comforted him, he said. “This group of people that are being recognized were really on their game that night,” he said. “I guess I’m the trophy of what’s come about. I’m grateful I’m still here and for their hard work.” It’s the job of EMTs to help everybody, Young said. But on that night, he said the emergency responders saved his life. “As insignificant as that life is in the big picture, they saved my life and I’m really grateful.” Young was shot while patrolling the Poison Spider Mesa, a place Young said was hard to get immediate help because of how rural it is. The man wanted in the shooting, Lance Leeroy Arellano, has not been found. Young said he was improving every day. He was able to play basketball again and could almost run. His goal is to return to work by the fall.
Homelessness also disproportionately affects older Americans, with 45% of seniors nationwide economically vulnerable and at risk of homelessness. Anxiety and depression are on the rise among the elderly, especially during this time of the pandemic.While most physicians recognize that the health of our patients depends on addressing these “social determinants of health,” many are unable to do so. There is no prescription we can write to alleviate hunger or provide secure housing, and few doctors have time in their day for the in-depth conversations needed to uncover these problems or the resources available to help address them.Doctors can’t do it alone. What’s needed is a team of health professionals, including social workers who can secure basic needs and social services for patients, and mental health experts who can provide counseling. I know what a difference it can make because I practice here in Houston at Partners in Primary Care, a senior-focused primary care center that uses this “whole-person” approach. The needs of seniors are a little different from other age groups, so we make a conscious effort to address all the factors that can affect their health. Less emphasis on procedure X or cure Y. More emphasis on prevention and living their best life. As a physician on a care team, I spend about 45 minutes with each patient during their visit – much more than the average 17 minutes doctors usually get to spend with their patients. Having the time to go beyond the usual questions and really get to know my patient helps build a bond and trust between us.Most patients are hesitant to speak about their non-medical challenges, often out of a sense of pride or shame. Forming that strong relationship with a patient is critical to getting them to open up about these issues. If our discussion reveals a need for food or housing, the social worker on our team can help connect them to low-income housing and food stamps or food pantries, and other required supports. If the patient is struggling emotionally and in need of mental health services, we can call on our behavioral specialist to help.My goal as a physician is to improve my patients’ health, but unless I can also help fill the gaps in their daily needs, there’s far less chance of realizing those good outcomes. Fortunately, this holistic approach to senior care is gaining ground. Partners in Primary Care has opened four centers in the Houston area in recent weeks, with four more to go by January, including one opening at 8555 Memorial Blvd. in Port Arthur in October.All our centers are open for in-person visits and have implemented rigorous safety measures in accordance with CDC guidance to protect our patients during the pandemic. However, we also offer telehealth options that provides access to our full care team. While not every visit requires these added services, the fact that they’re available when needed is a great benefit to my patients. As a physician I know that it takes far more than my time and expertise to care for the health of seniors. It takes a team.Brienne Loy, MD, is a family physician and Partners in Primary Care regional medical director for the Houston area. I am a family physician who cares for older adults in the Houston area. During office visits, I’ll take my patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, listen to their breathing and do a blood draw, among other physical tests.While these exams are important indicators of health, what they can’t tell me are the struggles my patient may be facing in their daily life that directly impacts their health.Not having enough or the right kinds of food to eat, being isolated and lonely, not living in decent housing or having adequate transportation – these are all common contributors to poor health. One in five seniors in Texas is at risk of hunger, among the highest rates of all states in the nation. In Houston, 20% of those served at the Food Bank are age 60 or older.
View Comments Johanna Day The Nap playwright Richard Bean also penned One Man, Two Guvnors. Ben Schnetzer(Photos: Caitlin McNaney) John Ellison Conlee Alexandra Billings Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 11, 2018 Related Shows Heather Lind plays Eleanor. John Ellison Conlee plays Bobby Spokes. Alexandra Billings makes her Broadway debut as Waxy Bush. The Nap opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on September 27. Richard Bean’s farce focuses on snooker prodigy Dylan Spokes, played by Broadway newcomer Ben Schnetzer. Bean, Schnetzer, Alexandra Billings, John Ellison Conlee, Johanna Day, Heather Lind and the rest of the hilarious cast celebrated the play’s opening at The Copacabana in NYC where Broadway.com photographer Caitlin McNaney shot these exclusive pics of the stars. Check out all of these hot shots and catch The Nap through November 11! The Nap Johanna Day plays Stella Spokes. Star Files View the Gallery Here Ben Schnetzer Daniel Sullivan is the director of The Nap. Max Gordon Moore plays Tony Danlino and the hilarious MC. View All (4)
Burlington Electric Department,Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Electric Department today launched its new Defeat the Peak program, encouraging members of the Burlington community to reduce their energy usage on the hottest – or peak – days of summer 2017. Defeat the Peak is a unique approach to demand reduction that uses the following “triple bottom line” strategy to get customers engaged in the effort:Cost Cutting: Reducing energy usage during peak times cuts utility costs and is part of Burlington Electric’s strategy to keep rates low and stable for its customers.Environmental Benefit: When Burlington lowers its peak energy needs, the regional grid requires less energy, which, on hot days, usually comes from polluting oil or natural gas generators in New England.Community Reward: Engaging customers by offering a community dividend is a unique feature of Defeat the Peak. When a “peak day” is announced and Burlington Electric customers hit the targeted amount of load reduction, Burlington Electric will make a $1,000 donation to a local nonprofit serving the greater Burlington community, such as the Humane Society of Chittenden County(link is external) and Steps to End Domestic Violence(link is external). This element of Defeat the Peak makes reducing demand real and tangible for customers – their efforts on peak days provide immediate support back to the community.“Defeat the Peak serves as another example of Burlington Electric’s ongoing commitment to build a sustainable energy future that supports a growing economy and a thriving community,” stated Neale Lunderville, Burlington Electric General Manager. “As Burlington Electric continues to lead through energy innovation, this program is an important component of our efforts to make Burlington a net zero energy city. We are excited to provide this opportunity to further educate our customers about efficiency gains that help keep money in the Burlington community’s pocket, while providing a meaningful benefit for local nonprofits.”Customers have told Burlington Electric that community-based incentives, such as protecting the environment and assisting worthwhile local nonprofit efforts, would have a meaningful impact on their energy behavior – even without direct financial benefit. This is a break from the more traditional cost-based approach to changing behavior in the energy sector and has led Burlington Electric to include nonprofit donations as an incentivizing component of Defeat the Peak. The utility will contribute to local nonprofits only when Burlington is successful in achieving its demand reduction targets on peak days.Nancy Cathcart, President and CEO of the Humane Society of Chittenden County, said: “We offer our sincere thanks to Burlington Electric for incorporating charitable giving into its new energy efficiency program. We hope Burlingtonians are even more inclined to reduce their energy usage and protect our planet by knowing that, at the same time, they would be providing much-needed funding to help foster compassionate treatment of animals and prevent animal suffering.”Reducing energy usage during the peak hour this summer will result in utility savings as 2018 expenses are set based upon the prior year’s peak hour. Typically, the peak hour occurs during a weekday afternoon on a hot, humid summer day and is preceded by consecutive days of high temperatures and humidity. A great deal of this peak is driven by air conditioning being used in homes, workplaces, schools, and other facilities. While predicting the peak is challenging due to the variable nature of the weather, Burlington Electric has a track record of successfully targeting the peak hour through the use of load forecasting tools and will broadcast electricity usage requests to its customers the day before and during predicted peak days.Burlington Electric will be using social media and print communications channels to inform its customers of upcoming peak days and to engage as many Defeat the Peak participants as possible. The utility also is inviting its customers to sign up to receive email notifications the night before expected peak load events. Customers can sign up for these notifications, view a video explaining Defeat the Peak, and learn more about the program by visiting www.burlingtonelectric.com/peak(link is external).Specific steps Burlington Electric customers may take to reduce electricity consumption during peak days include:Raising the thermostat or turning off their air conditioners, especially when not inside the building being cooled;Waiting until the late evening hours to run their dishwashers and washing machines;Turning off non-essential lights; andChanging light bulbs to LEDs, powering off computers and other devices when not using them, using power strips, and unplugging unused chargers (all steps that will reduce energy consumption and save money all year long).Burlington Electric is part of the much larger electrical grid that is orchestrated by Independent System Operator of New England (ISO-NE). ISO-NE manages the electric grid with a goal of ensuring resiliency, even under extreme conditions. As part of this process, ISO-NE sets energy prices in an equitable manner by assigning costs based on the share of each utility’s contribution to the previous year’s highest hour of electricity consumed on the New England system. With approximately 15 percent of its annual power supply expenses allocated toward the peak hour, Burlington Electric has a great opportunity to save resources by reducing peak hour electricity usage.“I appreciate the innovative programs Burlington Electric continues to bring to our community,” said Jennifer Green, Burlington’s Sustainability Coordinator and City resident. “I look forward to making a focused effort to reduce my electricity usage this summer when I get the go-ahead from BED that a peak day is coming. We all must do our part to make Burlington, the State of Vermont, and our world a greener, better place for future generations.” VBM vermontbiz.comSource: BED 6.22.2017
Rep. Sharice DavidsRep. Sharice Davids’s staff to offer first pop up office of 2020 in Prairie Village. The office staff of Rep. Sharice Davids will host their first pop up office of 2020 on Friday in Prairie Village. Davids’s staff will be available to help people who are having issues with the federal government, such as stalled tax refunds, backlogged veterans’ benefits and issues with Social Security and Medicare. RSVP is available on an Eventbrite page for the office hours.Roeland Park changes dates for nominating, electing council president. The Roeland Park city council on Monday evening adopted an amendment that allows the nomination and election of a council president by the first meeting in January. The proposed amendment did not include the duties of a council president, which had been a subsection in the existing ordinance. City council chose to include those duties, such as sitting in for the mayor when he or she is absent during a city council meeting, in the amendment. Councilmember Tom Madigan suggested the council revisit the ordinance in the near future because the policy entails more than how and when a council president is elected, he said.Confluence acquires Fargo and Chicago firms. Confluence, a landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm that does a good deal of work for Shawnee Mission area cities, recently announced two simultaneous acquisitions of firms, including Land Elements in downtown Fargo, North Dakota and Wolff Landscape Architecture in downtown Chicago, Illinois. “Increasing our office locations and capabilities is a natural next step in Confluence’s planned growth,” said Chris Della Vedova, president and chief executive officer of Confluence. “We’re excited to integrate the talent and expertise in Fargo and Chicago to help our clients and projects achieve their potential.”