All-Star Musicians Assemble To Honor Peter Shapiro At BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Gala

first_imgAt opening night of Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park this past Wednesday night, event organizer BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, honored independent club owner, concert promoter, publisher, and overall good guy Peter Shapiro. The man behind Brooklyn Bowl, The Capitol Theatre, Relix, Lockn’ Festival, Jazz & Colors, the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well performances, and a myriad of other ventures was being celebrated for all of these accomplishments, but more importantly for his commitment to the arts, culture, and community in continuously working to make such events, initiatives and programs accessible to everyone.Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings had the honors of headlining the first concert at the Bandshell this summer. It was the groups first time back at the park since 2010, and they did not disappoint. Even at 60 years old and two bouts with cancer under her belt, Jones has more energy than most people in their twenties. Watching her dance around the stage and take command of the entire ensemble, she is like the female version of James Brown, as that uptempo soul-funk just begs for you to get up and dance. After the main stage performance in the Gala Tent, the festivities continued with a special disco-funk dj set from WFUV‘s Rita Houston that kept the evening rolling along in fine fashion.Prior to the performances, the Opening Night Gala to kick off the 38th season of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival saw presenters Leslie G. Schultz and Jack Walsh (President and Vice President of BRIC, respectively) along with artists and long-time friends such as Soulive/Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead/Benevento-Russo Duo drummer and namesake Joe Russo deliver a few words about “Shappy” (as his friends call him), to an audience consisting of musicians Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits, Almost Dead/American Babies Tom Hamilton, Scott Metzger, moe.’s Al Schnier, Mississippi Allstars’ Luther Dickinson, Jackie Greene, Michael Franti, Lettuce/Soulive’s Neal Evans, Blues Travelers John Popper, DJ Logic, HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein (Shapiro is a founding board member), along with collaborators from Madison House, Shore Fire Media, and more. Krasno discussed Shapiro’s uncanny ability to make things happen, “Peter is never afraid to take a chance. He is a master connector, and always puts the best people together to make the best events”.As Shapiro spoke, you couldn’t help but notice the humble spirit and obvious super fan come out in the way he talks about music and these epic events that he has spearheaded over the years. After thanking his wife, Shore Fire Media Vice President Rebecca Shapiro, his two children Roxy and Simon, his supportive mother and two brothers, as well as his entire team at Dayglo Ventures he took time to recognize two people in his life that were responsible for all of this: his father and lawyer David Shapiro and Wetlands Preserve founder Larry Bloch, both of whom have since passed. Without Bloch’s willingness to hand over the club to a gung-ho 23-year old in 1996, along with his belief in Shapiro’s vision, as well as the support and both life and legal advice from his father, we may have not had those last five years (from 1996-2001) of one of the best clubs New York City has ever seen, and who knows if Brooklyn Bowl ever comes into fruition. He did sneak in a third person very important figure, just for the record. You guessed it….Jerry Garcia.Shapiro went on to discuss the importance of having spaces and events in which people can create, celebrate, and mourn. There are three staples that need to happen for this type of intrinsic success:1. Good weather2. Focusing on net worth doesn’t create a good vibe. Make people happy first and foremost, then worry about making a few dollars for yourself.3. Create magic and memoriesPeople’s memories of you last forever, and going that extra step to achieve the best possible vibe is the “X” factor that Peter Shapiro has accounted for in all of his ventures, and the reason why he is such a successful businessman, organizer, and community leader. Having served on the Board of Directors of the City Parks Foundation Arts Committee for several years, being a founding board member of HeadCount, and his involvement in other non-profit organizations, Shapiro is an example of how you can be a success in business while still doing incredible philanthropic deeds and leaving a positive impact on the community. He left us with a quote that he and his daughter came up with, “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe the possible, and to do it with others”. Keep on believing, Peter, because we most certainly believe in you.[all photos courtesy Marc Millman Photography] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Itaipú Hydroelectric Power Plant Gambles on “Green” Vehicles

first_imgBy Dialogo August 04, 2009 The Itaipú hydroelectric power plant, the world’s largest generating plant currently in operation, is working on the development of an electric bus that it hopes to start testing this year and that will join other “green” vehicles produced by the same firm. The bus represents a new phase in Itaipú’s project, in association with car-manufacturing firm Fiat, to develop a family of electric vehicles with “zero emission” of greenhouse gases. As part of this project by Itaipú, a binational Brazilian-Paraguayan firm, twenty-five cars and the prototype of an electric truck have already been manufactured. “Since we were already producing four electric vehicles a month, we decided to open new fronts in our work and develop heavy and mid-weight electric vehicles,” said the Brazilian general coordinator of the Electric Vehicle Project, Celso Novais, speaking to EFE in Foz de Iguazú, where the hydroelectric plant is located. The bus is currently in a design phase, and “the expectation is that we’ll start to assemble the first prototype on 5 September in order to start test-driving it within Itaipú on 15 November,” he explained. According to Novais, the bus is a project by Itaipú in association with Iveco, Fiat’s subsidiary for cargo vehicles, and the Brazilian autobody manufacturer Mascarello. The Swiss firm KWO, which developed the electrical system, also participated in manufacturing the cars. Itaipú has already mastered the technology needed to manufacture electric cars, and after having developed and won approval for the Palio Weekend (Fiat), with a range of 120 kilometers, the firm is working on projects to improve its efficiency and reduce its price. “As far as the truck is concerned, we’ve already been successful in around 70% of our tests of the first prototype,” Novais affirmed. The truck, a double-cab model, has a five-ton capacity (2.5 tons of its own weight and 2.5 tons of cargo), a range of one hundred kilometers, and a top speed of one hundred kilometers per hour. According to the engineers, it uses three batteries, due to the fact that it has a forty-kilowatt motor, almost three times more powerful than the motor used in the cars, which run on fifteen kilowatts. “We designed it to meet the needs of cooperatives that produce energy from biomass and want to use their excess for transport, as a way of saving fuel,” the engineer explained. “In Paraná (the southern Brazilian state in which Itaipú is located) there are a number of agricultural producers and pig farmers who have a surplus of biomass and use it to run their own electrical generators. They asked us for help because they produce more energy than they can consume,” he added. According to Novais, the electric truck costs more than a vehicle that runs on conventional fuels, but for the farmers it is more economical, because they do not pay for fuel. The engineer admitted that even though they are ecological models that do not cause pollution and are about as efficient as conventional vehicles, the great problem for electric vehicles is their price, practically double that of comparable gasoline-powered vehicles. “Since they use a special battery and components that aren’t yet mass-produced, their cost goes up a lot,” he added, explaining that the sodium battery represents almost 50% of the vehicle’s price. Nevertheless, Novais indicated that electric vehicles compensate over the long run from the financial perspective, because the cost per kilometer traveled is four times less than for gasoline-powered vehicles. According to his explanation, with 3.6 dollars’ worth of charge in the battery, at Brazilian residential utility rates, it is possible to travel 120 kilometers. “To go the same distance with a conventional vehicle, you’d have to pay four times as much,” he said. In order to reduce production costs, Itaipú is working on two strategies, developing a less-expensive battery and reducing the vehicle’s weight in order to increase its range, Novais said. A lighter-weight prototype made with carbon fiber had twice the range (220 kilometers), but its cost also went up due to the price of the material.last_img read more

Wellington City Council will be voting on proposed electric rate changes tonight

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council will be discussing and voting on an ordinance that will restructure the electrical rates for city electric customers. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Wellington Council Chambers.According to tonight’s agenda, the ordinance will be “fixing charges and rates for services of the electrical system of the city of Wellington, repealing Ordinance No. 4055 and Sections 38-453 and 38-454 of article VI of the code of the city of Wellington.”If passed the new electric rates will go into effect in January, 2016.The chart below shows how the effects will be made for city residential.The full chart including city commercial, city industrial, not-for-profit, public building and city commercial can be found here. The legal notice for this ordinance is as follows: SECTION I Section 38-453 of Article VI of Chapter 38 of the Code of the City of Wellington, Kansas is amended to read as follows: SAME; RATES AND CHARGES. Customers taking electric service from the City of Wellington shall be charged for such service in accordance with the below rate schedule. The current rate being charged to Customers for electric service shall remain in effect but commencing for all bills for electric service with a beginning billing cycle date on or after January 1, 2016, the following service types and rates are effective. Rate Schedule:A. Base Rates Service Type1. Residential Service City Residential-Single Phase City Residential-Three Phase Rural Residential-Single Phase Rural Residential-Three Phase Meter Charge $17.75/meter $22.50/meter $22.50/meter $27.50/meter Rate $0.058/kWh $0.058/kWh $0.068/kWh $0.068/kWh. Residential Service shall be defined as service to a private house, apartment, flat, or other living quarters occupied by persons constituting a distinct household. It shall include any private garage adjacent to or connected with the residence and used exclusively by the resident. City Residential Service shall include any customers residing within the city limits. Rural Residential Service shall include customers residing outside the corporate limits of the city. 2. Commercial Service City Commercial-Single Phase City Commercial-Three Phase Rural Commercial-Single Phase Rural Commercial-Three Phase Meter Charge $30.00/meter $35.00/meter $35.00/meter $40.00 meter Rate $0.044/kWh $0.044/kWh $0.053/kWh $0.053/kWh City Commercial Service shall include any business operating within the city limits. Rural Commercial Service shall include any business operating outside the corporate limits of the city. Notwithstanding the provisions of ordinances and codes of the city relating to electric rates for commercial electric service within the city, any business or commercial enterprise not having had a place of business in the city before October 15, 2002, or any business or commercial enterprise relocating from one site to another site within the city and/or expanding the square footage of its business property by more than 25 percent that is eligible for electric service at the commercial rate shall be given a credit on its billings in the amount below. Thereafter, no further credits shall be given the business. Commercial customers will be authorized a $.01 discount from the above rates during the first year that the customer takes service and $.005 from the above rates during the second year the customer takes service. 3. Industrial Service Meter Charge City Industrial $50.00/meter Rural Industrial $55.00/meter Rate $0.024/kWh $0.027/kWh Industrial Service shall be defined as service to any customer engaged in manufacturing that entails producing or processing products that are not normally sold to an end user. An Industrial Service customer must have an estimated average monthly peak of 500 kW, and employ at least 50 people at their facilities, which shall be reviewed annually. Qualification for the Industrial Service rate shall be approved by the City Manager contingent upon the estimated average peak monthly demand. The City may require direct reimbursement of any improvements installed if warranted by special circumstances or unusually large investments by the City. 4. Interdepartmental/Other Service Meter Charge Rate $20.00/meter $0.024/kWh Interdepartmental/Other Service shall be defined as service to any institution or organization as directed by the City Council of the City of Wellington. 5. Economic Development Service Economic Development Service may be available for use by customers with an estimated monthly peak demand of at least 1000 kW. Rates and other terms and conditions of this service will be negotiated between the City and the customer and shall be memorialized in a written contract. B. Power Supply Monthly Cost Adjustment An electrical power supply monthly cost adjustment, PSMCA shall be charged to our customers for the fluctuating cost of generating and purchasing electric energy. The power supply monthly cost adjustment shall be computed based on the formula: PSMCA = (A/B) x 1.15 (dollars per kilowatt hour) Where:A = Total purchased energy costs and generated energy fuel costs for the preceding 3 months.B = Total kilowatts-hours generated and purchased for the preceding 3 months.1.15 = A factor applied to compensate for transmission, distribution line losses and interdepartmental usage. The City Manager shall have the authority to adjust the power supply monthly cost adjustment, if needed. SECTION II Section 38-453 and Section 38-454 of Article VI of Chapter 38 and any amendments or revisions thereto of the Code of Wellington, Kansas are hereby repealed in their entirety. SECTION III For all bills for electric service with a beginning billing cycle date on or after January 1, 2017, and annually thereafter, a standard escalator of 2.25% will take effect on the existing rates. The governing body may take action, by resolution, to adjust or eliminate the escalator for that particular year. SECTION IV This ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and approval and after its publication in the official city newspaper as provided by law. PASSED by the Governing Body this sixth day of October 2015. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 253 weeks ago For this story, we will only accept comments containing legitimate e-mails and one surname. Please read comment policy above before commenting. Report Reply 0 replies · active 253 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down jeff · 253 weeks ago The citizens of Wellington need third-party intervention/legal help with this runaway train. This is “beyond beyond.” Report Reply 0 replies · active 253 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down big D · 253 weeks ago It doesn’t look like this rate is significantly different than REC or Centel Report Reply 1 reply · active 253 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Cletas Rains · 253 weeks ago Big D, you cannot compare the City’s electric rate to the “REC’s” rate because you are not comparing apples to apples. There are many differences in our rate structures; such as taxes. We at Sumner-Cowley Electric Cooperative (REC) pay not only property taxes but all taxes except income taxes because we are a not for profit electric cooperative. We pay over $250,000 in property taxes to Sumner County and an additional $60,000 directly to the City of Wellington. The City does not pay taxes. We only have one source of revenue and that is through our electric rates, therefore our rate is approximately $0.01 per kWh higher in comparison so we can collect the revenue necessary to pay our property taxes. This is but one example why you cannot adequately compare our rates to those of the City. I have several more differences that have an impact on our rates that do not apply to the City’s electric rates, but I do not have the space in this forum to identify all. Report Reply +7 Vote up Vote down Wes · 253 weeks ago Personally I’m at a loss for words concerning this. The mismanagement of the past falls upon the citizens to make up the mistake. Granted we may have been at the proposed rates if things were done correctly in the past a with gradual increase in rates but the proposed hike is very hard and large pill to swallow. I do fear for those on a fixed income or with little income to overcome these utility increases. Even at my house we will evaluate our standard of living, you look at what you have for expenses and like any business, where can the fat be trimmed? I can see these rate increases rippling through our community…families moving…discontinuing services (cable and or internet)…cutting back with dining out. Unlike your cell phone provider, cable provider or who you purchase automotive gas from…we don’t have a choice on electric provider. Report Reply 0 replies · active 253 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down vicky · 253 weeks ago Is this meeting open to the residents of Wellington? Report Reply 0 replies · active 253 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ray · 253 weeks ago A mill levy increase, water increase, waste water increase and I believe sanitation went up laat year. Looking at the charts above the meters alone will cost me $34.00 more a month by phase 3 because I was required to have a meter for the garage. I really don’t have an issue with paying a little more as we are all in this together but all at once? Seems the council is in get all you can get mode. But yet spending still continues at city hall. We haven’t heard a resolution to the fire dept overtime and bonus program. City hall continues to hire people despite a wage freeze and the residents are left paying more and more. The council needs to open their eyes. They can’t see the forest because if the trees. Report Reply 0 replies · active 253 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 253 weeks ago “Council” and “What a joke” you must have a valid e-mail address and one surname for this story in order to have your comment posted. Report Reply 0 replies · active 253 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Senior Flyers keep rolling with 5-2 win over Manning

first_imgThe Flyers got off to a great start in the first period as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the frame was half old. Manning found their way onto the scoreboard with 9:30 left in the period.Fort St. John continued to build their lead in the second as they made the game 4-1. They controlled the play throughout as well as they had a large advantage in the shots at 20-12.Both teams traded goals in the third period to close out the scoring. The Flyers also held the edge in shots at 46-36.- Advertisement -Scoring in order for the Flyers were Kyle Leahy, Adam Horst, Kyle Leahy, Rick Cleaver, and Adam Horst.Dillion Maier got the start between the pipes.Fort St. John’s next game will come on home ice on Friday night as they take on the Spirit River Rangers at 8:30 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more