Whistle Stop Depot http://whistlestopdepot.com/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 10:32:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://whistlestopdepot.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2.png Whistle Stop Depot http://whistlestopdepot.com/ 32 32 Hyundai Venue N Line launch is imminent: what to expect? https://whistlestopdepot.com/hyundai-venue-n-line-launch-is-imminent-what-to-expect/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 10:11:48 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/hyundai-venue-n-line-launch-is-imminent-what-to-expect/

Hyundai Venue N Line would come in two flavors and offer better handling. It would also receive cosmetic updates to set it apart from the regular model.

Just this month we saw Hyundai roll out the 2022 facelift of its compact SUV Venue. With the update, the Venue got a new look and some more features inside. However, Hyundai doesn’t plan on stopping just yet as they plan to launch the N-Line avatar of the venue in the coming months. Prices for the 2022 Hyundai Venue start at Rs 7.53 lakh and go up to Rs 12.57 lakh. The N Line avatar could be north of Rs 11 lakh (all prices are ex showroom).

The N-Line recipe

Hyundai cars with the N-Line badge are geared for performance and the first N-Line vehicle we got in India was the i20 N-Line in September 2021. Just last month we also saw how the Creta N-Line appeared on the international market. While it may be a while before we get this vehicle, the launch of the Venue N Line is much closer. We believe the Venue N Line will be offered in two trim levels. The i20 N Line is available in N6 and N8 configurations and the same will most likely be the case for the Venue N Line. Of course, there could be single and two-tone options for both variants, giving customers even more choices.

Exterior changes to the Hyundai Venue N Line

As for the exterior changes, the car keeps the same overall design but could increase the amount of black finishes to make it look sportier. The N-Line badging would be visible on the grille, sides and tailgate. We also expect Hyundai to spray paint the lower part of the front bumper and the sides with a splash of red. Other changes would include a redesigned front bumper and a stylish dual-tipped exhaust.

Changes inside the Hyundai Venue N Line

On the inside, the cabin retains the same features and layout as the regular Venue, but comes with an all-black color scheme with red accents on the seats and certain parts of the door and dashboard. N-Line insignia will also appear on the inside. Apart from that, there will also be features of the regular Venue like the 8-inch infotainment system, connected car features, power driver seats and more.

Hyundai Venue N Line powertrain

Venue N Line comes only with the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 118 peak horsepower and 172 Nm peak torque. As for transmission options, the regular Venue is offered with either a 6-speed iMT or a 7-speed DCT. It looks like Hyundai will skip the iMT gearbox for the N-Line models and only offer it with a DCT. Just like the i20 N Line, the Venue N Line could be treated with a retuning of the suspension and steering to deliver more feel and feedback, which in turn makes it safer at higher speeds. The regular Venue only gets disc brakes up front, but the N Line would have disc brakes on all four wheels.

Community meal welcomes Ukrainian refugee families fleeing war https://whistlestopdepot.com/community-meal-welcomes-ukrainian-refugee-families-fleeing-war/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 02:27:01 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/community-meal-welcomes-ukrainian-refugee-families-fleeing-war/

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After traveling thousands of miles after escaping the war in Ukraine, Nataliia Aykul and her family adjust to life at Fort McMurray.

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The family has been in the region for almost two weeks. Aykul said her family was fortunate to have accommodation and friends in the region who prepared everything for her arrival.

Aykul, her husband and their two children, aged 13 and 5, were living in Kyiv when the Russian military invaded Ukraine at the end of February. The family spent the first days of the war in a Kiev subway station that doubled as an air raid shelter.

“We slept on the floor and it was really, really scary,” she said. “We heard the sound of bombs… I still remember those sounds and sometimes I wake up from horror dreams.”

Aykul and her family are four of 35 Ukrainian refugees who have come to Fort McMurray. A potluck dinner was held for the newcomers last Friday. At least 42 more Ukrainians are expected in the region from Friday.

Liubov Kuzmyk and her husband and four children arrived at Fort McMurray in early May. Kuzmyk has learned English and is in a pre-employment program. She hopes to raise funds to help relatives in Ukraine once she starts working, although speaking English is her top priority.

“Ukrainians themselves got used to a lot of things that are not normal and not right,” she said through a translator. “Feels like a situation where there’s almost no way out for people to learn to live with the new reality, but it’s a very harsh reality.”

Aykul said her family is adjusting to the different customs, foods and habits in Canada. But they were overwhelmed by the kindness as people they had never met volunteered to help them.

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“Everything is very different from Ukraine… But it’s very comfortable,” said Aykul. “We are very surprised by the friendliness of Canadians.”

Lee-Anne Kumka, president of the Fort McMurray Cultural Society of Ukraine (FMUCS), said there was a lot of bureaucracy to deal with. Eligibility for some programs and services changes frequently. People also need to get Canadian bank accounts, addresses and health cards.

For the Ukrainian community there is concern for friends, family and people who are still in Ukraine.

“Now a family from Mariupol is here. They don’t have anything, so they only deal with what they knew wasn’t there anymore,” Kumka said.

FMUCS has been conducting refugee fundraisers and humanitarian efforts since the beginning of the war. With the Wood Buffalo Community Foundation (WBCF), they created a fund to help Ukrainians get to Fort McMurray. Donations can be made via WBCF website.

“The community immediately responded with generosity and compassion, so we never had to buy anything. Everything we needed was miraculously provided,” said event organizer Alexandra Tarasenco.

“I really hope that you feel welcome, that you feel at home and that you feel like you belong here,” she said. “This is a great community and we will do our best to support you in any way we can.”


Lee-Anne Kumka, President of the Fort McMurray Cultural Society of Ukraine, (left) and Liubov Kuzmyk at a potluck dinner at the Unifor Building in downtown Fort McMurray on Friday, June 24, 2022. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia network
A Canadian flag and a Ukrainian flag at a potluck and community recognition dinner welcoming newly arrived Ukrainian families on Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Unifor Building in downtown Fort McMurray.  Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A Canadian flag and a Ukrainian flag at a potluck and community recognition dinner welcoming newly arrived Ukrainian families on Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Unifor Building in downtown Fort McMurray. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
On Friday, June 24, 2022, people fill their plates with food at a potluck and community recognition dinner welcoming newly arrived Ukrainian families at the Unifor Building in downtown Fort McMurray.  Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
On Friday, June 24, 2022, people fill their plates with food at a potluck and community recognition dinner welcoming newly arrived Ukrainian families at the Unifor Building in downtown Fort McMurray. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
On Friday, June 24, 2022, newly arrived Ukrainian families will be welcomed to the Unifor Building in downtown Fort McMurray with a Potluck and Community Recognition Dinner.  Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
On Friday, June 24, 2022, newly arrived Ukrainian families will be welcomed to the Unifor Building in downtown Fort McMurray with a Potluck and Community Recognition Dinner. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network

Lissy Lakshmi and other friends throw a party for Kerala State Film Award-winning Best Actress Revathy | Malayalam Movie News https://whistlestopdepot.com/lissy-lakshmi-and-other-friends-throw-a-party-for-kerala-state-film-award-winning-best-actress-revathy-malayalam-movie-news/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 07:36:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/lissy-lakshmi-and-other-friends-throw-a-party-for-kerala-state-film-award-winning-best-actress-revathy-malayalam-movie-news/ Veteran actress Revathy, who has won three National Film Awards in different categories, won her first Kerala State Film Award this year at the 52nd edition of the awards. Revathy received the Best Actress award for her performance in the recently released horror thriller Bhoothakaalam. She won the award for her role as Asha, a single mother who must face unprecedented incidents with her son. Revathy’s industry friends, including Lissy Lakshmi, Khushbu Sundar, Suhasini and Ambika, threw a party for her.

Taking to her social media address to share insights into the celebration, Lissy Lakshmi wrote: ‘Celebrating Revathy winning the Best Actress award for Bhoothakalam!! It’s an amazing performance from my dear friend!! Revathy is one of the greatest actors in Indian films. Paraphrasing the words of Prabhu Sir “athu oru abhinaya pisasu”. State prize and many other higher awards were long overdue for an actress who has captivated us with many versatile performances over the years! To win a state award at this point in her career after having to compete with younger actors is a really great achievement! We are very proud of them!!”

The horror thriller “Bhoothakaalam” was directed by Rahul Sadasivan. Meanwhile, the 52nd Kerala State Film Awards were announced in the last week of May. This year’s Best Actor award was shared by two actors – Biju Menon and Joju George.

Meanwhile, Revathy Asha has recently been busy working on her next directorial film, Last Hurrah, starring Kajol. Announcing the project earlier this year, Revathy said, “I’m thrilled to announce my next film as a director – Last Hooray, starring my favorite charming actor, ‘Kajol.’ I look forward to shaping a character that I have carried within me for more than 7 years. God bless 🙏🏾.”

InterFace Phoenix Retail 2022 – REBusinessOnline https://whistlestopdepot.com/interface-phoenix-retail-2022-rebusinessonline/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 22:33:36 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/interface-phoenix-retail-2022-rebusinessonline/

Western Real Estate Business Magazine, Mall Business Magazine and the InterFace Conference Group are pleased to announce the InterFace Phoenix Retail Conference takes place in person September 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m In the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas.

Hear from leading owners/investors/developers, brokers and lenders/financial intermediaries on how the Phoenix retail market is recovering after the pandemic. Learn how retail has changed due to COVID, gain insight into market opportunities and network with industry decision makers.

The event will attract those who are Purchase, sale, financing and brokerage of retail stores as well as development/rehabilitation and leasing of retail properties in Arizona.

Panel discussions deal with the Economic prospects and challenges overlooking Phoenix’s retail environment; what retailers, restaurants and mall owners/developers need to know about changing consumer preferences; and which sub-markets have the greatest potential.

Topics to discuss:

  • What is the economic outlook and what impact will it have on the Phoenix retail market?
  • Where are the current retail occupancy rates? How are rents developing?
  • Where are reviews? Who buys? What types of retail properties attract investors?
  • Which retailers are looking for space in the market?
  • How is the tenant mix changing after the pandemic? How big is the demand for experiential retail and entertainment? How important is food in today’s urban centers? What role does pop-up retail play?
  • What are predictions for the future?
  • How has consumer behavior changed after the pandemic? How are retailers/malls adapting?
  • How do you differentiate your center from the competition?
  • What opportunities do tenants, developers and investors see in a post-pandemic market?
  • Which Phoenix submarkets offer the greatest potential for short-term retail real estate?

Who plans to attend:

  • Owners/Developers/Investors
  • Debt and equity providers and financial intermediaries
  • Retailers & Restaurants
  • Property managers, asset managers and operators
  • Institutional investors and fund managers
  • Special service providers and recipients
  • Leasing and marketing specialists
  • Investment Sales Broker
  • title insurer
  • General contractors, architects and engineers
  • real estate accountants and lawyers
  • retail service provider



For information on speaking and sponsorship opportunities, contact Scott France at 404-832-8262 x108.

The InterFace Conference Group will also host InterFace Phoenix multi-family conference on the afternoon of September 13 and InterFace Phoenix Industrial Conference on the morning of September 14th

Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines:

The InterFace Conference Group strongly recommends that attendees be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to the event. The InterFace Conference Group will comply with all safety regulations in force at the time of the event.

France Media Inc. is the publisher of Shopping Center Business, California Centers, Retail & Restaurant Facility Business, Seniors Housing Business, Student Housing Business, Southeast Real Estate Business, Texas Real Estate Business, Northeast Real Estate Business, Western Real Estate Business, Heartland Real Real estate companies, multifamily and affordable housing companies in the Southeast, multifamily and affordable housing companies in Texas, multifamily and affordable housing companies in the West, multifamily and affordable housing companies in the Midwest, and multifamily and affordable housing companies in the Northeast.

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The Premier Convention and Trade Show for electrical contractors travels to Austin in October https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-premier-convention-and-trade-show-for-electrical-contractors-travels-to-austin-in-october/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-premier-convention-and-trade-show-for-electrical-contractors-travels-to-austin-in-october/

NECA 2022 Austin will feature a virtual option making each training session available to all registrants. Whether in person or virtually, all attendees will have access to on-demand content after the convention.

“All of us at NECA are incredibly excited to welcome the entire industry together to another memorable congress and exhibition,” said the CEO of NECA David Lang said. “NECA 2022 Austin is set to be the largest event in our association’s history, connecting attendees with more products and services, more education and more opportunities to meet with industry peers than ever before. This year is going beyond imagination, building anything to support the electrics and taking our contractors to unprecedented heights in a city we’ve never hosted before.”

Attractive speakers and networking

Attendees can hear directly from world-renowned speakers including retired US Army employee Sargent Travis Mills, Hall of Fame NFL running back Emmit Smithand 60 minutes Correspondent and former CBS evening news anchor Scott Pelley. The event will include an interactive opening reception in the famous Austin City Limits Live Concert Hall at the Moody Theatre. Finally, the convention concludes at the Palmer Events Center with Carly Pearce, 2022 Country Music Awards Singer of the Year.

Electrical apprentices light up the show

Apprentices, training managers and trainers are invited to take part in the NECA Apprentice Appreciation Day. We have planned a special program for trainees at all levels of electrical design. After the program, all participants visit the NECA Show free of charge.

Industry-leading training and exhibitors

NECA provides world-class, timely educational offerings with dynamic speakers and educators from around the world. Experience more than 300 exhibitors on the exhibition area, who make the NECA Show the leading event for electricity, light, energy and communication technology.

Visit necaconvention.org for full details on NECA 2022 Austin, including a schedule and registration details.


NECA is the voice of the $202 billion electrical construction industry, bringing power, light and communications technology to buildings and communities around the world United States. NECA’s national office and 118 chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research and standards development. Visit www.necanet.org for more information.

SOURCE National Association of Electrical Contractors

Ryan Tubridy reveals his ‘unusual’ party trick to get the crowd going https://whistlestopdepot.com/ryan-tubridy-reveals-his-unusual-party-trick-to-get-the-crowd-going/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 17:23:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/ryan-tubridy-reveals-his-unusual-party-trick-to-get-the-crowd-going/

Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy has revealed his party trick that will get the crowd going at any event.

Ryan spoke to vocal coach Michelle O’Rourke about the Cork event Sing Your Failures. Taking place this weekend at Fitzgerald Park, Michelle will help people gain a singing experience that embraces imperfection in a fun way.

After much pressure from his audience, Ryan revealed at the end of his RTE Radio One show which songs he sings when it’s time to bring some life to the party.

Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy has revealed his party trick that will get the crowd going at any event. Photo: RTE.

“Look, it’s unusual, it’s Frank Sinatra. I’m a Sinatra guy, it’s “I Got You Under My Skin”…the karaoke is Sinatra too, it’s “That’s Life”. It has a little bit more confidence because people can get involved…you can really go with it.

“I like it when he growls, talks and sings at the same time. It’s kinda nice. “Moon River” is in there, “Fly Me To The Moon” is in there somewhere. As you can see, there’s a bit of an issue, but it’s all late at night after hours,’ he said.

Although he loves to sing, Ryan admitted that he feels like “Shallow Hal on the voice” when he hears videos of himself singing played to him. Despite asking people to turn off the videos, Ryan still participates in a sing-along or two.

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Ryan Tubridy is a Sinatra fanatic, judging by the tunes he belts out at karaoke. Photo: RTE.

He explained: “I’m going to sing like a madman in my car. I love music and I will harmonize and I will do anything. When I’m out with some close friends, when we’re eating “bags of cans” and the guitar comes out, I don’t go near a song. They can sing and they sing beautiful music that we associate with our friendships, it’s beautiful.

“There is a particular denim injustice in Connemara that I go to. It’s called Abbey Glenn. Brian is at the piano and everyone stands up. People you wouldn’t expect to get up, get up, and people you wouldn’t expect to get up, get up. Inevitably he’ll say ‘get up and sing your song’ and I do, but I try to get that far away from the piano then because, oddly enough, as I said, I don’t have the same confidence, I’d rather tell a story.’

Michelle, who believes that “anyone can sing,” said Ryan the key to gaining confidence in singing is to sing songs that relate to your life and not compare yourself to the stars.

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A vocal coach gave Ryan advice on how to gain confidence behind the mic. Photo: Getty.

“Maybe you need to pick a different song and pick a song that you think tells a story that you want to tell. Maybe you have to pick a song that you identify with and that is emotional to you, then it might feel different. That’s one thing I do a lot in the classroom, we pick a song together and I say “Tell me four songs you like,” then you pick a song that has some sympathy with them so they get as much juice as possible can get.

“Then their voices open up because it’s story and emotional for them. It’s connected for her. We are so excited to bring this work to people this weekend to have a positive signing experience because I think they are few and far between and we are so intrigued by the genuine singing experience.

“What we are used to are voices on the radio, I like hearing that. I know the pop production that’s in it… it’s a produced voice… We have this idea that when we start singing, that’s what our voice should sound like, it’s not. We just need to do a little work and allow for more group singing,” she said.

Anurag Thakur – Punekar News https://whistlestopdepot.com/anurag-thakur-punekar-news/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 09:20:59 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/anurag-thakur-punekar-news/

Pune, June 26, 2022: Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur said that the rapidly expanding digital infrastructure in the country and the ongoing advances in the AVGC (animation, visual effects, games and comics) sector have the potential to Promoting India as the preferred post-production center of the media and entertainment industry.

Shri Thakur delivered the keynote speech at the National Conference on ‘Changing Landscape of Media & Entertainment 2022’ organized by Symbiosis Skill & Professional University in Pune, saying: “Across the country and in the US, a solid digital foundation for the AVGC sector is emerging The government has established an AVGC sector task force to develop world-class creative talent to meet national and global demand.”

The minister said the media and entertainment ecosystem is a future sector which is expected to generate Rs. 4 crore annually by 2025 and reach a $100 billion or Rs. 7.5 crore industry by 2030. He further said that the Indian government has designated audiovisual services as one of the 12 champion service sectors and announced important policies aimed at fostering sustainable growth.

The minister said the radio, film and entertainment industries have a huge job opportunity as we leap into the digital age of creating quality content. “Many job roles have emerged in this field – video editing, color correction, visual effects (VFX), sound design, rotoscopy, 3D modeling, etc. “Each job role in this sector requires specific skills and competencies. It is imperative that industry and academia come together and develop programs relevant to the needs of this sector,” he said. Thakur said the government is also exploring new partnerships with the private sector to ensure Indian students keep up with upcoming technology trends in the sector.

Thakur said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s enthusiasm for technology has created an oasis of opportunity to give wings to youth’s ambitions, and the prime minister’s ambition to empower youth has been realized through the Skill India Mission, which aims to do so , train 40 million young people in market – relevant skills .

Speaking about the 75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow project carried out during the International Film Festival of India 2021, Thakur said that several of these talents contributed creatively to the media and entertainment sector and founded some successful start-ups.

Speaking about the growing startup ecosystem in India, Thakur said even during the Covid pandemic, India is adding up to 50 unicorn startups, which speaks volumes about India’s entrepreneurial spirit. The minister said he hoped that more and more start-ups would also emerge from the talent pool of leading film schools such as FTII and SRFTI.

India as a global content hub

Thakur said that the content creation industry in India has experienced a massive boost with Digital India, saying, “With quality content, easy access and an eager audience, India is poised to tell its own success story and become a hub for the creation of.” to become content”. Thakur went on to say that going beyond our current focus on main characters, the behind-the-scenes technicians’ efforts should be properly recognized and rewarded.

Oscar- and BAFTA-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty was the guest of honor at the National Conference. He said educational institutions should revitalize the ancient Indian tradition of instilling wisdom in students so they can face the outside world, in addition to developing skills.

Emerging Opportunities in Animation, VFX, Gaming and Comics, Opportunities in OTT, TV and Film Production, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Immersive Media Skills, etc. were the main themes of the National Conference. Among those in attendance were the who’s who of the media and entertainment industry, Dr. SB Majumdar, Chancellor of Symbiosis Skills and Professional University, Pro-Chancellor Dr. Swati Majumdar, Vice Chancellor Dr. Gauri Shiurkar.

Britton Wilson, Shamier Little advance to World Championships in the 400m hurdles https://whistlestopdepot.com/britton-wilson-shamier-little-advance-to-world-championships-in-the-400m-hurdles/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 02:29:16 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/britton-wilson-shamier-little-advance-to-world-championships-in-the-400m-hurdles/

EUGEN – Training partners Britton Wilson and Shamier Little qualified second and third for Saturday’s World 400m hurdles championships at Hayward Field, while Sydney McLaughlin improved on her world record with the win.

Wilson improved her Arkansas school record to a 53.09 as a runner-up to a 53.75 she set while winning the SEC title. Wilson moves up to #10 on the US all-time list and is #3 on the all-dates-all-time college list.

Ahead of Wilson on the all-date college list are McLaughlin, with a college-record 52.75 in 2018, and UCLA’s Sheena Johnson (52.95) in 2004.

“I’m super happy and excited,” Wilson said. “I’m glad I did PR and I was so close to 52 seconds.”

Little, a volunteer assistant with the Razorbacks, posted a season-best 53.92 to become their second world team. McLaughlin, the world record holder in 51.46 from the Tokyo Olympics, won the race in 51.41.

All three will return to Eugene and Hayward Field for the World Championships, which take place July 15-24.

“Shamier was a great mentor and a great friend,” said Wilson. “I’m just so happy that I made it to the World Championships with her. I knew it would be the two of us and I’m just so happy with the result.”

Little added, “I’m just so grateful and excited to have made this team. I look forward to coming back and having more success in this place. My first reaction was to see where I finished. Place counted as long as I finished in the top three. I knew the time would come with the effort.

“It is very special to go to the World Championships with Britton. This is my baby, I’m so happy for her. Having her as a training partner, seeing her make this team and everything she’s achieved this season has really inspired me. I look forward to seeing her on this journey.”

At the start of the meet, Arkansas graduate Kiara Parker competed in the 200m and placed fifth and 14th in her run with a time of 11:00 p.mth move into the semi-finals on time.

The 1,500m final featured current razorback Lauren Gregory and Arkansas graduate Nikki Hiltz. graduation 10th and 11th In the race, Hiltz clocked 4:10.97 while Gregory clocked 4:12.04.

Heidi Nielson, who rode in the 3,000m final of the USATF U20 Championships, finished third with a time of 9:52.98 while temperatures in Eugene hit 91 degrees. Half of the Hayward Field track was shaded during the race.

Nielson has already qualified for the U20 World Championships with a silver medal performance in the 5,000m. There may be an opportunity for them to attend both events in Cali, Colombia.

Shafiqua Maloney, who competed at the Jamaica Championships, ran 52.29 in the 400 meter heats.

USATF Schedule (PT) | 23-26 June | Live Results: https://results.usatf.org/2022Outdoors/

Sunday | June 26th

10:30 am W5000 FINAL Lauren Gregory, Katie Izzo
11:15 a.m W steeple FINAL Logan Jolly

The Bristol Press – Pinewood Derby helps with medical costs for Boy Scouts with brain cancer https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-bristol-press-pinewood-derby-helps-with-medical-costs-for-boy-scouts-with-brain-cancer/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 15:43:42 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-bristol-press-pinewood-derby-helps-with-medical-costs-for-boy-scouts-with-brain-cancer/ BRISTOL – At the ‘Nick’s Epic Race’ Pinewood Derby, dozens of community volunteers turned out to help with medical expenses for Nick Parenti, a local Boy Scout who was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

The Derby was sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 209 on behalf of Cub Scout Pack 425 and the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Nick Parenti, 7, was out of state for a medical consultation on Saturday. Parenti’s older brother Alex, 11, was present at the event along with his father Rob Parenti.

Visitors who stopped by to donate could race around racetracks in pinewood cars or flat out down a 100-foot ski slope. They could use simple, pre-cut cars themselves, cut their own cars, or race their own cars.

Rob Parenti said Nick Parenti was happy to hear how many people came out to support him.

“I spoke to him via video chat this morning and he’s very happy,” said Rob Parenti. “He built his own green pine derby car, which he called The Hulk. He told me to let him know how it works.”

Alex Parenti said that two years ago, before the pandemic, he finished second in a Pinewood derby and his brother Nick finished first.

“I’m so happy we’re here to help my brother,” he said.

Brian Brady, Nick Parentis cave leader, said he was “a good boy”.

“He has a very polite attitude and is very competitive,” Brady said. “He loves the Pinewood Derby, is very close to nature and is a big sports fan. He is very good with the other scouts.”

Jen Capitao, organizer of the event, said she has known the family since Nick Parenti joined and wanted to help.

“The Boy Scouts are a big family on their own,” she said. “We are happy to make our contribution.”

Zoey Rupert, 13, another Troop 425 scout, distributed cars to participants in the Pinewood Derby. She said the Pinewood Derby was “a really good project to help a local family in a bad situation”.

“It’s about raising awareness and raising funds,” she said. “I heard Nick is a sweet kid and very nice.”

Rob Parenti said the family created a Gofundme page to help with medical expenses. Thanks to community support, they’ve raised $55,000 so far. Her goal is to raise as much money as possible – at least $100,000.

“We are very grateful to everyone who has supported us,” he said.

Anyone wishing to support the Parenti family can do so at gofund.me/c989f5a0.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Saturday 25 June 2022 11:27 am. Updated: Saturday 25 June 2022 11:30 am.
Madonna’s Star-studded Release Party Performances Are the Fun We Need Today / Queerty https://whistlestopdepot.com/madonnas-star-studded-release-party-performances-are-the-fun-we-need-today-queerty/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 18:00:12 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/madonnas-star-studded-release-party-performances-are-the-fun-we-need-today-queerty/

Madonnas Finally Enough Love: 50 Number One Release show last night in NYC was a party for the ages.

The singer’s new 16-track remix compilation album is finally out today (with a stunning 50-track version soon to be on the way), and she’s brought out an obnoxious array of queer artists to celebrate the release start – and the NYC Pride weekend – the absolutely right way.

Madge sure got us all in the mood Rupaul’s Drag Race Alum performances, a sassy surprise collaboration, and the dancefloor queen herself.

A few stunning queens came out to lend their talent to this celebration, and we’re all a little bit better for it:

Drag Race Season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen kept the crowd warm with her signature wit.

Meanwhile, Season 6 contestant Laganja Estranja stepped in to perform in a way only one of the best lip syncs in the show’s history could.

Season 7 winner Violet Chachki gagged the audience with her flying skills.

Violet also lip-synced to “B*tch, I’m Madonna” – before being stormed by Bob for Nicki-Verse.

Then came a surprise guest appearance with the collab we didn’t know we wanted and desperately needed:

Aspiring female rapper Saucy Santana stopped by for a performance of “Material Girl” – by both Madonna and Santana. The two disparate “Material Girl” singles have been mixed together in a remix that we can’t wait to hear hit streams on.

Santana also featured in his new song “Booty” alongside super talented dancers (referred to here as Sasha Mallory and Sohey Sugihara from Legendary Star Dashaun Wesley’s Insta Story).

Finally, the woman of the night, the Madame X, the confessor of the dance floor, is Madonna:

Fans got a video clip megamix showing just a fraction of their long career.

This video of her iconic talent needs no explanation:

Madonna shared a sweet one-on-one moment as she banda danced with her son David.

And the entire cast ended the show, stars and all, with one final powerful number.