Stone Hill Horse Trials Ends 20-Year Run

first_img SIGN UP Ocala, Florida – Peter Gray, co-organizer with Paul Delbrook of Ontario’s Stonehill Horse Trials for the past 20 years, has announced they will no longer be holding the annual event.Gray, the past National Coach (1995-2000) of Canada’s Three-Day Event Team, has competed in three Olympic Games; two World Equestrian games and was the individual bronze medallist at the 1987 Pam-Am Games. He sat on the High Performance Committee of Equine Canada as well as the FEI’s Three-Day Event Committee and is heavily involved in program development, coaching, fundraising and as a rider representative. He is presently a Canadian Team Selector for 2007.The Stonehill event has been one of the most popular competitions in Ontario, breaking attendance records nationwide and boasting the most prize money at the lower levels of competition. The event was a benefactor for a wide range of local charities including the Orangeville Hospital.Currently based in Ocala, Florida, Gray explains it’s simply a matter of commitments: “I love what I’m doing right now – coaching, training, riding, organizing and giving clinics and developing young horses and riders. I loved running my event as well – we had outstanding support from fantastic sponsors and competitors for which I am grateful. There is no denying the amount of time and energy required to put on an eventof that level, and now that energy will be re-directed.”Jorge and Mandy Bernhard purchased the most recent Stonehill event site in the Hockley Valley area. Gray will continue to coach, ride and develop horses at the international level from Ocala, until he decides where in Ontario he will come back to this summer for the competition season. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

‘Golden State Killer’ suspect allegedly killed his first victim in 1975, while he was a police officer

first_imgSacramento Police Department(SACRAMENTO) — The suspected “Golden State Killer” is now facing charges for his 13th alleged murder, and the earliest one yet — the killing of a college professor in central California in 1975.Joseph DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer, was arrested this April and charged with 12 killings, following decades in which California law enforcement officers were stumped by what became known as the “Golden State Killer” case.DeAngelo is now accused of shooting to death Claude Snelling while allegedly trying to kidnap Snelling’s daughter from the professor’s Visalia home on Sept. 11, 1975, Visalia Police Chief Jason Salazar said at a news conference Monday.DeAngelo was working as a police officer in Exeter, California, at the time of Snelling’s murder, Salazar said.While DNA was recovered from other of DeAngelo’s alleged crimes, no DNA was available from the Visalia killing, Salazar said.He now stands accused of 13 murders across five California counties.DeAngelo is also believed to be behind a string of burglaries that terrorized Visalia in Tulare County in the mid-1970s, Salazar said.A prowler would break into homes in the evening by prying open doors or windows, Salazar said. The intruder would rifle through belongings but rather than steal items of high value would instead take keepsake items, like pocketing one earring instead of a pair, Salazar said.The burglar was also known to eat or prepare food in victims’ homes, and some victims received strange phone calls after the robberies, Salazar said. These were practices common to the “Golden State Killer” after rapes and break-ins.The Visalia break-ins ended after an officer caught a suspect trying to enter a home, Salazar said. The suspect shot at the officer, injuring him, but the officer was able to provide a description of the suspect, Salazar said.Ballistic information allowed police to link a gun stolen in one of the break-ins to Snelling’s killing, Salazar said.DeAngelo is now facing a first-degree murder charge, Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward said Monday.The “Golden State Killer” was believed to have left a trail of murders, rapes and home burglaries throughout California in the 1970s and 1980s, with the last known crime in 1986.But no arrest was made for decades.In the early 2000s, investigators were able to obtain the killer’s DNA at one crime scene: The 1980 double murder of Lyman and Charlene Smith, who were bludgeoned to death at their Ventura County home.Investigators then started reviewing rape kits — which contained DNA samples from victims — in other jurisdictions, said Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.One of those counties was Contra Costa, where recently retired investigator Paul Holes led the charge to use genealogy to find the killer, said Schubert. Holes spent nearly 25 years on this case, she said.This year, investigators plugged the mystery killer’s DNA into a genealogy database.Based on the pool of people on the genealogy website, investigators were then able to build a family tree of the unknown killer’s relatives, who had submitted their DNA to the database on their own.Investigators narrowed the search based on age, location and other characteristics, leading them to DeAngelo.Authorities surveilled DeAngelo and collected his DNA from a tissue left in a trash. Investigators plugged his discarded DNA back into the genealogy database and found a match, linking DeAngelo’s DNA to that gathered at multiple crime scenes, Schubert said.DeAngelo is awaiting trial in Sacramento County. He has not entered a plea.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Divers pull 1,200 pounds of lead fishing weight out of the ocean on Florida beach

first_imgfelixmizioznikov/iStock(NEW YORK) — A team of hundreds of divers has beaten the Guinness World Record for the largest underwater cleanup worldwide off a South Florida beach over the weekend.Arilton Pavan, owner of diving store Dixie Divers in Deerfield Beach, Florida, has been organizing an annual cleanup for the past 15 years to obtain the lead weights used by fishermen off the city’s pier, he told ABC News.This year, Pavan decided to raise the stakes, aiming for a Guinness World Record to entice divers far and wide to attend the event. The rules dictated that each person had to be a certified diver in full scuba gear and had to spend more than 15 minutes underwater looking for trash, Pavan said. Participants also had to sign a liability release before entering the water, Pavan said.Guinness World Record Judge Michael Empric, who personally counted each diver as he or she went into the water, announced Saturday that 633 people participated in the underwater event. The previous record-holding underwater cleanup was in Egypt, where 614 divers took part in 2015, Empric said, before handing Pavan the plaque acknowledging the new record.In just three hours, divers plucked more than 1,200 pounds of lead fishing weights from the bottom of the ocean floor, Pavan said.Pavan said the event brought diving enthusiasts from all over the country to his small town, where he has owned and operated his shop for more than 22 years. Not only did the quest bring a sense of community and comradery to the group, but it also boosted the local economy by filling up hotel rooms and restaurants, Pavan said.About 80 snorkelers and 150 beach volunteers also participated — all united with a single goal of helping the environment, he said.“I think everybody was happy,” said Pavan. “There was a sense of friendship, helping each other.”While the volunteers didn’t find much plastic garbage during the cleanup, Pavan said the number one item he sees littering the coral reefs when he takes people out on dives are plastic shopping bags.The marine enthusiast said he is “slowly” trying to educate the community to be more conscious and more aware of conservaton.In the future, Pavan said he hopes to organize multiple cleanup events throughout the year.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Azerbaijan Hopes to Minimize Ramifications of Coronavirus Crisis

first_imgThanks to having quickly adopted strict countermeasures, Azerbaijan, so far, appears to have succeeded in flattening the curve of new COVID-19 infections and slowing the domestic spread of the novel coronavirus responsible for this disease. As of April 14, 1,197 persons tested positive, 351 persons had recovered, 13 persons died, and officials carried out a total of 71,736 tests (, April 15). The record number of daily increases in cases was recorded on April 8, with 105 new infections; but the rate has sharply decreased since then (on April 11, there were 67 cases; on April 12, officials marked 40 cases; on April 13, 50 cases were recorded; April 14—49 cases) (, April 14). Tellingly, the number of recovered patients exceeded daily new infections on April 14 (62 versus 49, respectively). With restrictions on the movement of people in force since early March, it is believed that the peak of infection had already been reached.Azerbaijan began imposing progressively strict constraints on its citizens’ normal activities immediately following February 28, when the first case of coronavirus infection was confirmed in the country (APA, February 28). On March 2, the government announced that educational institutions were to be closed until March 9, later pushing the date to March 27, eventually postponing it again, to April 20 (Azernews, March 8). Azerbaijan felt itself particularly insecure as the COVID-19 outbreak in neighboring Iran already seemed be spiraling out of control. Consequently, Baku closed its borders with the Islamic Republic on February 29, for a period originally planned to last until April 20 (BBC News—Azerbaijani service, March 25). Both the first infected case and the first death (recorded on March 12) were people who had recently returned from Iran (Azertag, March 12).Over the following days, the state-imposed restrictions were expanded: starting on March 14, the government announced specific “social isolation” measures, including the cancelation of weddings, funerals, gatherings and large-scale events, the closure of cultural facilities such as cinemas, museums and theaters, as well as mandatory 9:00 P.M. closures of restaurants and cafes (, March 13). On March 17, the authorities added a new clause to the criminal code, declaring punitive measures (fines of up to 5,000 manat, or $2,941, three years custodial restraint, or up to three years in prison) for those who violate the sanitary, hygiene and quarantine regimes (, March 19). Two days later, the government also set up a Fund to Support the Fight Against the Coronavirus, which, to date, has collected around 112 million manat ($65.88 million) (, April 15).Since the last week of March, more preventive measures were announced by the government’s special task force charged with responding to the COVID-19 threat. These included inter alia suspending the operation of large shopping centers (excluding grocery stores and pharmacies) for one month; prohibiting people over 65 to leave their homes; forbidding gatherings of more than ten people; banning inter-city and inter-district transportations (Jam-news, March 23); setting up a free messaging service that requires people to ask permission to leave their home via a cellular text message, for now in place only until April 20 (Trend, April 3); opening a new hospital with 70 intensive care units and, initially, 100 beds for coronavirus patients (Azernews, March 28); and suspending entry into and exit from Azerbaijan, via air and road transport, except for cargo transportation, during April 5–20 (Trend, April 4).Azerbaijan adopted two social and economic packages, collectively totaling 2.5 billion manat ($1.47 billion) from the state budget, to mitigate the difficulties caused by the pandemic and sharp decline in the global energy prices. The packages will address the negative consequences of the coronavirus outbreak as well as the impact of volatility in the world energy and stock markets on Azerbaijan’s economy, macroeconomic stability, employment and businesses (, March 19; Report, April 6).Besides adopting these domestic measures, the government of Azerbaijan has also taken the initiative to try to organize a multilateral response to the pandemic together with its international partners. On March 6, when the coronavirus had yet to hit Azerbaijan, Baku declared it would donate $5 million in voluntary financial aid to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, administered as part of the Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP) of the World Health Organization (WHO) (Azertag, March 6). Notably, this pledge surpassed donations made by numerous much larger economies than Azerbaijan (e.g., Canada—$729,903, Czech Republic—$258,176, France—$1,098,901) (, April 14).Moreover, as the current chairperson of both the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Turkic Council, Baku is uniquely empowered to utilize these international forums to call for cross-border crisis responses and undertake important multilateral initiatives on fighting COVID-19. For instance, under Azerbaijan’s guidance, the Coordinating Bureau of the NAM adopted two Communiques regarding the pandemic, on March 25 and April 10. The documents recognized the importance of all forms of international cooperation against the disease, emphasized the need for preserving and strengthening the values of multilateralism as well as of the spirit of solidarity in the face of this global emergency, and declared support for the WHO and its leadership (, April 6, 10).Additionally, together with other participating governments, Baku has mobilized the resources of the Turkic Council, which brings together Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan as well as observer state Hungary. On April 10, at the initiative of the Azerbaijani president, the Council’s members convened a virtual summit to discuss the theme of “Solidarity and Cooperation in the Fight Against the COVID-19 Pandemic” (Azertag, April 10). Importantly, apart from the leaders of each member state, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Turkmenistani President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov as well as WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus joined the event.The virtual Turkic Council summit highlighted the necessity for global solidarity and multilateralism to save lives and to minimize the negative social, economic, moral and psychological consequences of the pandemic. The participating states’ leaders reached an agreement for their respective ministers of health to exchange information, discuss national pandemic action plans, share expertise and treatment methods. Moreover, the Council members emphasized the need to sustain their economic and trade cooperation, and they promised to take all necessary measures to facilitate the passage of freight vehicles across their borders (, April 10). Indeed, the governments agreed that ensuring food security and stable supplies of essential goods was no less important than tamping down the trans-border spread of COVID-19—a highly notable joint stance in light of the widespread internal and inter-state travel shutdowns that were compelled and necessitated by this global pandemic.last_img read more

Historic UES mansion hits market for $52M

first_imgA spokesperson for the organization told the Journal they had decided to sell the property at 991 Fifth Avenue “in order to best enable the Society to pursue its cultural and scholarly mission in a sustainable manner.”ADVERTISEMENTThe mansion features wooden floors, interior columns and a terrace overlooking Central Park. It is one of the few Upper East Side homes from the Gilded Age still in existence, and it underwent a renovation beginning in 2006.“The materials with which it’s made are basically no longer available,” said listing broker Paula Del Nunzio, of Brown Harris Stevens.Mary A. King, the home’s original owner, was the daughter of New York governor John A. King.The property was later owned by Carnegie Steel president William Ellis Crey, who left it to his son after he died in 1934.Manhattan’s high-end market has struggled as a result of the pandemic, but the final quarter of 2020 saw the return of buyers. However, price discounts have reached their highest level in a decade, according to a recent report.In October 2020, billionaire Ron Perelman listed two connected townhouses on East 63rd Street for $75 million.[WSJ] — Sylvia Varnham O’Regan This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now 991 5th Avenue (Photos via Gryffindor/Wikipedia Commons and the American Irish Historical Society)A Fifth Avenue mansion built around 1900 is set to hit the market for $52 million.The five-story, 25-foot-wide property is owned by the American Irish Historical Society, which purchased it in 1936, according to the Wall Street Journal.Read moreBillionaire’s townhouse sale is a window into pandemic-era luxury dealsRon Perelman shopping side-by-side Upper East Side homes for $75MVince Viola’s $25.5M mansion sale breaks Brooklyn recordlast_img read more

Darrell Wallace Jr. embraces new opportunity in the famed No. 43

first_imgRELATED: Wallace among 10 Daytona 500 dark horsesDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – New motor coach. Friends and family tickets to the Daytona 500. Lively media mixer at local go-kart track. Motivational call from Dale Earnhardt Jr.Check, check, check and CHECK. Darrell Wallace Jr. figures he’s pretty set for his debut driving Richard Petty’s No. 43 Click n’ Close Chevrolet in NASCAR’s biggest race, the Feb. 18 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway (FOX, 2:30 p.m.).MORE: Win a garage makeover from Bubba, The KingThe popular driver known by friends and fans simply as “Bubba” showed up to participate in the “NASCAR Road To Daytona 500 Tour” in Orlando fresh off an unexpected cell phone call from the sport’s longtime Most Popular Driver, the recently retired Dale Earnhardt Jr. “Twenty minutes before we walked in the door, Dale Junior called me and he said, ‘You have the potential of doing things outside of the box, which means outside the sport, that a lot of people don’t have,’” Wallace said.“I’m excited to see what those things are. As long as I keep hitting every note right, we’ll see what happens. But it was encouraging to hear from him.”Earnhardt’s sentiment is shared by many. Wallace, 24, is the first African-American full-time competitor in NASCAR’s premier Monster Energy Cup Series since Wendell Scott in 1971.It’s a distinction that Wallace recognizes and embraces. However, it doesn’t affect his already highly motivated will to win.“It means a lot to be here,” Wallace acknowledged to reporters.“To be here in front of you guys talking today about my first full-time rookie season, going for the Daytona 500 is all surreal. To look back where I was say six years ago in the Truck Series, just thinking ‘maybe one day I’ll get there.’“Well, I’m here and it’s fun to talk about and be a part of and let it all sink in. To enjoy the moment.”There have already been plenty of big moments. But Wallace knows that first Cup win, that first Cup pole position – qualifying for the Daytona 500 pole position is Sunday – wouldn’t just be a historic moment for the sport, it would be a life-changing moment for himself.Wallace has always been a bright star shining in the stock car world.He won a pair of pole positions and collected three top-10 finishes in four starts as an 18-year old in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2012.He won six times in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series including a dramatic victory in his only 2017 truck start at Michigan.After driving full time in the Xfinity Series from 2015-16, Wallace’s team disbanded in early 2017 after the 12th race of the season leaving one of the sport’s great talents looking for his next opportunity.When Petty’s driver Aric Almirola was sidelined with an injury last summer, Wallace got “the call” from the team to make a handful of starts.He improved in each of his four starts in the Richard Petty Motorsport’s car, culminating with an 11th place at Kentucky Speedway. He finished a highly respectable 15th in a summer start here at Daytona.“That by far exceeded my expectations and I think we can build off that, granted this is totally different, but the attitude we have and the confidence we have, definitely built up from Kentucky is going carry us through the season,” Wallace said. “We kind of set our mark where we want to be.“I have so much faith in my guys,” Wallace continued. “It’s a new team for me but we worked together for my debut for my first four races in the 43 car. Same group of guys and the same amount of energy coming from them if not more.“They are all excited I think we’ll have a really fast Camaro.”Listening to Wallace speak and seeing the genuine excitement in his smile, it’s easy to see the importance of this career move to him. He is taking in all the trappings of finally having achieved the job he wants.It’s actually a lesson in living in the moment – albeit with an eye on a hugely promising future.“There’s still a lot [going on] in between now and next Sunday and I’ve got to get through from practice to qualifying to the Duels,” Wallace said. “I’ve got my mind full of a lot of things. I’m pretty sure next Sunday morning when I wake up and doing those couple appearances and time starting clocking down and it’s go time, I’m sure the nerves will start flowing.“Right now, just good to get back to the race track. It’s been since September for me.“It hasn’t hit me yet,” Wallace conceded with a smile.“I think about it constantly and think about how the race will shake out watching past races. Watching what guys did and how aggressive they were, the biggest thing for me is paying attention to little details like that.“It doesn’t matter how much you practice. You could have a week of practice and be taken out on Lap 1 and be done. The alliances you build up on the track during practice, they’ll go out the window because by the end of it, there’s only one trophy,” said Wallace. “If two guys work together, only one’s getting it. I’ll leave that guy hanging to get it, just to get that trophy.”“NASCAR’s back. It’s a new season, 2018. A lot of exciting things happening for the sport.”last_img read more

Dorothy Ann Daigle

first_img Dorothy was a member of the:Hotel & Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union, Long Beach, CACulinary Alliance & Hotel Workers Union, Long Beach, CA. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers of Los Angeles, CA.International Association of Machinists, San Diego, CA.When Dorothy’s husband got out of the Navy and he joined the US Air Force Dorothy became a full time stay at home mom dedicating her life to her family. Dorothy could not swim so she set her sights on learning to swim and went all the way to become a certified Swim Instructor at Naha AFB, Okinawa, Japan and she loved to swim, she also made sure her son’s learned to swim and follow in her footsteps, and she taught her granddaughters to swim. Dorothy and E.J Daigle, Sr. were very active and supportive in all their son’s activities, Boy Scouts, sports like, Judo, baseball, basketball, golf, swimming.Education was very important to Dorothy due to the fact she did not complete school, having to drop out in the 6th grade to help in her families restaurant. Dorothy pushed herself to learn and better herself, she loved to read and encouraged her children to excel in education. As a result of Dorothy’s emphasis on getting a good education both son’s have earned college degrees. Dorothy Ann Daigle age 83 was born 12/4/1932 in Port Arthur, Texas passed away Monday morning 6/6/2016 in Beaumont, Texas. Dorothy married Emile J. Daigle, Sr. on August 11, 1951 at the age of 19 in Port Arthur, Texas. She has two son’s Emile J. Daigle, Jr. and Odee Paul Daigle both born at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.Dorothy enjoyed traveling since E.J. Daigle, Sr. was in the military beginning his service career by joining the Navy at age 17, then later joining the US Air Force serving at total of 22 years. After E.J. Daigle, Sr. retirement from the military they returned home to the Port Arthur- Beaumont, Texas area where they settled and built a new home.The early years of marriage while her husband was deployed at sea, Dorothy worked at different jobs depending on where her husband’s duty station was located.center_img Dorothy and E.J. Daigle, Sr. gave freely of their time and financially to support their church Little Flower Catholic Church in Port Acres, Texas. If there was a project to be done Dorothy was right next to E.J. helping to complete the task at hand whether it was at church or at home.Dorothy’s hobbies included knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, refinishing wooden furniture, reupholster of furniture and taking care of her plants. Dorothy would make baby blankets as gifts for family, friends, neighbors and those who could not afford these items. Dorothy also enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes from different cultures.Dorothy was preceded in death by her younger brother Jimmy Norris, grandparents Paul and Laura Norris, father Polite Norris, her husband Emile J. Daigle, Jr. Dorothy is survived by her son’s EJ Daigle, Jr. of Taylor Landing, Texas and Odee Paul Daigle and wife Shirley Daigle of Sachse, Texas. Her two granddaughters Britney Leigh Keller of Taylor Landing, Texas and Beth Danielle Bergeron and her husband Aaron Bergeron of Port Acres, Texas. Also survived by great granddaughters Savannah Leigh Keller of Corinth, Texas, and Taylor Bergeron of Port Acres, Texas.A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6:00 p.m. at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, Port Arthur. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 10, 2016 at Little Flower Catholic Church, Port Acres with burial to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves. Services will be officiated by Rev. Rejimon E. George, C.M.I.Condolences may be expressed at: www.grammier-Oberle.comlast_img read more

PAPD: Woman sustains “serious” injuries; husband arrested

first_img The Port Arthur Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is working the case. “When they arrived, they discovered that a 34-year-old female had been assaulted by her estranged husband,” a police release said. “The victim sustained serious injuries, however they were not life-threatening.”Meaux said officers located a suspect, a 37-year-old male from Port Arthur, who was taken to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility and charged with aggravated assaulted family violence. Police did not release the suspect’s name.center_img A domestic dispute that turned violent left a woman in the hospital and her husband behind bars, authorities said.Port Arthur Police Sgt. Shannon Meaux said officers responded to Christus St. Mary Outpatient Center at 2:56 p.m. Sunday in reference to an assault victim.last_img read more

Peaty’s x Chris King Tubeless Valves are a match made in anodization heaven

first_imgDid you get excited when The Robert Axle Project announced their Chris King color matched axles? Well, if you’re the type to stress over having the perfect pentanes for your anodized accessories, there’s another way to add some Chris King color to your bikes. This time it comes in the form of tubeless tire valves from Peaty’s. Who else?Steve Peat and Chris King have a long standing relationship thanks to King’s Buzz Works program, so it makes sense that the two have partnered up for some matching valves. The light weight aluminum valve stems are available in either 42 or 60mm lengths, and include an integrated valve core remover in the matching valve cap.The valves are now available in 10 matching colors for Chris King anodized products. That should be perfect for adding a pop of color to your bike – matching or otherwise. Priced at $32 for a set, the valves also have the advantage of Peaty’s Valves for Life program – “If you manage to break, snap, bend or crack Peaty’s valves they’ll fix or replace them free of charge! [Terms and Conditions apply].”chrisking.comlast_img read more

Jane Krakowski, Maury Yeston, Brent Barrett & More Toast the Stars of Grand Hotel at Encores!

first_imgJane Krakowski & Maury Yeston (Photos: Beowulf Sheehan) On the final night of the Encores! presentation of Grand Hotel at New York City Center, the stars and notable guests celebrated the gem of a musical. Tony winner Jane Krakowski, who played Flaemmchen in the original 1989 Broadway production, cozied up to composer-lyricist Maury Yeston, who wrote the musical along with Robert Wright, George Forrest and bookwriter Luther Davis. Original Broadway cast member Brent Barrett was also in attendance. Meanwhile, the new production’s stars, including the richly talented Brandon Uranowitz and James Snyder, beamed at their successful run, which was directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes and featured music direction from Rob Berman. We’ll take a glass together with these amazing folks anytime! Hats off to Music Director Rob Berman and director-choreographer Josh Rhodes on a wonderful production! The dashing James Snyder, who played Baron Felix Von Gaigern, takes a photo with Brent Barrett, who played the role on the Great White Way.center_img Two-time Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz played the heartbreaking Otto Kringelein. View Commentslast_img read more