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As I See It: From whom do we learn? – The Daily News of Newburyport01.12.22

From whom do we learn?

For the past 30 years, Ive occasionally asked that question of myself. Ive learned from my teachers, of course.

Also from my parents and politicians, mostly about what to believe. Because of the latter, I decided to become a pastor. My decision got my parents off my back (but my former school principal said I had made an inappropriate choice).

To become a pastor, even to a rural congregation, I needed to graduate from a theological school. Three years, no problem, I was given a salary and office at the neighboring university.

My classmates in the seminary came out of vastly different backgrounds: from Appalachia (coal mines) and Hawaii and Australia, the U.S. military and many other places.

It was a fascinating time for me. We got along, mostly. They introduced me to events Id hardly thought about in my sheltered existence.

Presbyterians tend to carry a bit of stubbornness. A military air transport pilot classmate opined about Swiss theologian Karl Barth (in flight) with other fleet pilots. Hawaiian John Kalilis church sold their building to finance his theology tuition, and classmates from Appalachia spoke of escaping the isolation of the hollers. I listened.

But when I arrived at my first parish, in a Massachusetts rural setting with a business college, and many technicians who commuted to jobs in dying industrial cities, I felt I had much to teach the congregants.

After one of my early sermons, a dairy farmer, Charlie Peckham, greeted me at the door, Ya, know, he began, I have a lot of hay in my loft. But I dont throw it down all at once on my cows.

And with that, he walked on. So, I decided to listen more attentively to my people, all my people.

They amazed me with the stories they told. The settings elicited these stories. I learned to fork down silage inside a silo, to serve chowder at the Putnam County Fair.

I drove to a family unknown to me when a woman called late at night, saying, My husbands got a gun and hes going to shoot my daughters boyfriend.

On a Sunday morning, I brought two Manhattan drug dealers to my pulpit to tell their stories. The night before he went to jail, I brought Bill Baird, a reproductive rights pioneer, to speak at my church.

I continued to listen to people of every condition and stripe. While visiting a man at the local hospital, a visitor to the person in the next bed asked to join in celebrating Christian Communion with my patient.

She then pulled up her sleeve to reveal her Holocaust tattoo number. I asked her to come to my high school religious education class, where she proceeded to challenge the students, every one of them.

Then, came the hippies and the union members at GEs destroyer turbine plant. Learning hasnt stopped. I know I still have much to learn.

Bob Brodsky lives in the once-rural town of Rowley.

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Dark past of Harmony Montgomerys father who was jailed for shooting man in head & has teardrop & P… – The US Sun01.12.22

HARMONY Montgomery's father was previously jailed for shooting a man in the head as his recent mugshot showed him with a teardrop and Pennywise neck tattoo.

Adam Montgomery, 31, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with felony second-degree assault stemming from an alleged attack against Harmony, 7, in 2019.

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Adam is also facing a misdemeanor charge of interference with custody and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

As Adam remained in police custody on Wednesday, his dark past has come to light after his young daughter was reported missing in December 2021 - two years after she was last seen.

During a Monday news conference, Manchesters police chief discussed how Harmony was involved with child welfare agencies in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families records obtained by Boston25News, Harmony was bounced between her mothers care and DCF for much of her young life.

The young girl was placed in the custody of her father Adam in 2019 when she was roughly five years old.

Custody of Harmony was returned to her father in February 2019. Once Harmony was returned to her fathers care/custody, her involvement with the Department ended as she does not live in Massachusetts, records obtained by the outlet reportedly state.

The records also state Adam was incarcerated during some of Harmonys life before that.

Dating back to 2007, Adam's charges in New Hampshire range from burglary, first-degree assault to stalking.

In January 2014, the 31-year-old was charged with armed robbery and assault with intent to murder in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Adam shot a man in the head during a drug deal, police records state.

A the time of his arraignment, a Haverhill District Court judge ordered Adam to be held without bail and considered him too much of a danger to the public if released.

Charges were later reduced, but he served time in connection with the incident.

According to Boston25, Harmony's mother also has a criminal history in Massachusetts and DCF has been involved with her for many years.

However, it is unclear whether the mother had contact with Harmony since Adam was given custody.

Mystery shrouds the missing child case ofHarmony, whohasn't been seen since October 2019when cops were called to a home in Manchester,New Hampshire.

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But her disappearance wasn't reported until two years later - the last week of December 2021.

Harmony is described as being 4 feet tall and weighing around 50 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes and wears glasses and is blind in her right eye.

During a late Monday afternoon press conference, Manchester Police Chief Allen Aldenberg said detectives "are running on fumes but working around the clock" to find Harmony.

"I'm in rescue mode. We are not in a recovery operation," Aldenberg said.

"We're operating under the assumption shes alive and well, and that's how we'll operate until someone convinces me otherwise."

During the press conference, the chief announced more than $10,000 in rewards for information and said this tips hotline can be called or texted and will be manned 24/7:603-203-6060.

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A poets funny, poignant memories and a new book of Maine immigrant experiences – The Boston Globe01.12.22

Poetic memories

In the welcome re-issue of Old Poets: Reminiscences & Opinions (Godine), the late poet Donald Hall who died at his farm in New Hampshire in 2018 at age 89, recounts an astonishing array of encounters, observations, and exchanges with some titans of poetry: Robert Frost, T. S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Archibald MacLeish, Yvor Winters, Ezra Pound, and Marianne Moore. The collection is funny, poignant, desperate, as Hall, with his characteristic wisdom, enthusiasm, and smarts, makes portraits of these poets their triumphs, vanity, passion, despair and the act of making poems. Moments of would-you-listen-to-this gossip are balanced by insights into the creative life. He writes of the inglorious moments, and the conception that out of misery rises art: Arts triumph endures in a world separate from the mire and fury. Hall loved Pounds poetry, and reviled him as a traitor and Fascist sympathizer. Halls observations are shrewd and generous, a generosity not in the over-adoring way, but in the quality of his attention and the depth of his analysis both of the poets as people, and of the lines they wrote. Writing of Thomas and the glamorizing of the tragic drunken poet, Hall argues, and rightly: The poet who survives is the poet to celebrate; the human being who confronts darkness and defeats it is the one to admire.

Newcomers and neighbors

In Dear Maine: The Trials and Triumphs of Maines 21st Century Immigrants (Islandport), Morgan Rielly, a Maine state representative, and Reza Jalali, a former refugee and executive director of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, tell the stories of people who have arrived in Maine from eighteen countries across five continents. People struggle to preserve and re-form a sense of home, holding on to their histories as they learn a new language and new culture in a moment when racist attacks are on the rise and an atmosphere of intolerance and xenophobia pervades the country. The men and women profiled in the book lead non-profits, graduate from universities, run small businesses, have families. Some fled violence, war, political upheaval. Their experiences are varied, and all required courage. Each profile is accompanied by a photograph by Lilit Danielyan, an immigrant from Armenia. The book looks at the question author and tattoo artist Phuc Tran asks in his introduction: How do we explore and value the contours and fissures in our disagreements without breaking ourselves apart, cracking ourselves asunder? Telling stories is part of the answer.

Role models

Michael G. Lewis aims the spotlight on 25 female warriors in his new middle grade book Fight Like a Girl: Women Warriors Throughout History (Fitzroy). In lively prose, and beautifully illustrated by Hila Ronis, Lewis shows the courage, resourcefulness, and leadership of these remarkable women, including the one-eyed Queen Amanirenas, ruler of the Kushite people, who sat astride her large Nubian war stallion and studied the Egyptian valley below, and under whose policies and rule the Kushites lived in relative peace and prosperity for the next three hundred years. Deborah Sampson was an indentured servant in Massachusetts and taught herself to read and write, as well as skills carpentry and baking. She disguised herself as a man and joined George Washingtons army to fight in the Revolutionary War. After the war, her pal Paul Revere, urged her to give public speeches about her experiences, which she did. Ching Shih, whod been forced into prostitution as a child, wasnt just a pirate; she was the commander of the largest pirate fleet in history, and the most successful buccaneer the world would ever know.

Coming out

Manifesto by Bernadine Evaristo (Grove)

Authority and Freedom by Jed Perl (Knopf)

Lacuna by Fiona Snyckers (Europa)

Pick of the week

Gillian Kohli at Wellesley Books recommends How to Catch a Mole: Wisdom From a Life Lived in Nature by Marc Hamer (Greystone): In this charming and lyrical little book, a Welsh gardener eloquently juxtaposes the grim reality of authentic mole-catching with a celebration of the natural world and all its creatures. As he perfects the craft of ridding farmers of a destructive nuisance, he poetically contemplates the role of humanity in taming the world around us. He also teaches us a lot about moles!

Nina MacLaughlin is the author of Wake, Siren. She can be reached at nmaclaughlin@gmail.com.

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Debate on bike lanes is delayed into the new year – Cambridge Day12.28.21

The aftermath of a collision Friday on Massachusetts Avenue in North Cambridge was shared by Cynthia Hughes, a nearby business owner.

More than 40 people who spoke Monday to city councillors about the installation of bike and bus lanes may be queuing up to do it all over again in January. Orders about the lanes were bumped to a Jan. 10 meeting by councillor Quinton Zondervans use of the charter right.

I do appreciate the spirit of these orders before us, but Im not prepared to vote on them tonight, Zondervan said, before using the charter right to end discussion until the next regular meeting.

While speakers might assume councillors remember their comments from week to week, in practice public commenters seize every chance to get their stories, statistics, outrage and pleas freshly in legislators ears before they debate and vote. There were more than 60 people signed up to speak Monday, about two-thirds of them about bike lanes and most expressing opposition to the process or lack of it that saw the lanes installed and parking spaces taken away. When the number of speakers grows to more than 20, the allotted time to speak shrinks to two minutes from three per person, yet that still made for nearly two hours of public comment.

The orders from councillors E. Denise Simmons and the retiring Tim Toomey call to convene meetings to improve the lane-installation process in the already impacted areas of the city and all new areas going forward and to appoint a Cycling Safety Ordinance Implementation Advisory Committee of as many as 25 people. One order said pointedly that residents are asking that the city abandon the break it now/fix it later approach that appears to have been taken, especially on Massachusetts Avenue in North Cambridge where businesses are citing rapid and devastating losses of customers and even of employees who can no longer find places to park.

I dont believe theres anyone on this council who is not in favor of establishing bicycle lanes. Its beyond question that riding in Cambridge should not make a person feel that theyre taking their lives in their own hands with every trip. The City Council made the right call in voting in favor of a cycling ordinance in 2019, Simmons said. Where I think we erred was in what came next. The city dove in head-first, placing such an emphasis on We need the separated lanes and we need them yesterday that it forgot about our obligation to ensure that we did this in a thoughtful, holistic way designed to minimize unintended consequences. And were learning more and more that there have been unintended consequences.

While staff at Kaleidoscope Tattoo & Art Gallery at 2374 Massachusetts Ave. said theyd seen clientele drop by half since the lanes were installed in North Cambridge, Harvard Square Business Association executive director Denise Jillson said she knew of businesses where bike lanes had cut off 70 percent of customers. The absence of engagement, the lack of communication, the complete disregard for our seniors and the dearth of respect for our struggling businesses is appalling, Jillson said. Businesses that were holding on by the tiniest of threads are slipping away.

The quick-build approach to installation had worsened traffic considerably, public commenters said, shrinking North Massachusetts Avenue to single lanes clogged with cars while a bus lane went unused and creating a slalom that was confusing to bicyclists, bus and car drivers alike. It even led to a Friday collision that left the front of a $34,000 Volvo XC40 flattened and slowed traffic behind it even further, speakers said. A police report posted on Cambridge Bikes! social media didnt show that the bike and bus lanes were involved in the crash, but involved a car merging onto Massachusetts Avenue from Cottage Park Avenue.

Some remained in support of the lanes and urged councillors to take a thoughtful approach in orders that could change how the citys Cycling Safety Ordinance and its 2020 amendments were acted on by the Traffic, Parking & Transportation Department.

The indoor smoking ban of 2003 was an interesting historical parallel, said Itamar Turner-Trauring, recalling how councillors talked about how business had dried up in cities that had banned smoking and people were laying off staff And as it turns out, bars and restaurants can do just fine without smoking.

While the ban saves lives of people who might die of heart attacks, lung cancer and asthma, today we have people getting injured and dying in our streets, Turner-Trauring said. Protected bike lanes are an important part of solving this. He urged councillors to take into account people with disabilities and the needs of businesses, but without undoing steps to reduce injuries and deaths. Sometimes you physically cannot fit everything you want on a street, he said.

This post was updated Dec. 27, 2021, to add police report information about a crash.

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Chicopee man with an extensive criminal record, including more than 40 felony charges, is in custody after North Adams shooting – Berkshire Eagle11.02.21

NORTH ADAMS A Chicopee man remains in custody after a weekend shooting scattered 9 mm rounds into a State Street building south of downtown. He faces a dangerousness hearing Monday.

Police believe that the man, Isaiah J. Calderon, became enraged after a former girlfriend called authorities late Saturday to say he was trying to break into her apartment.

This isn't Calderon's first run-in with police in North Adams. Last year, while wanted in the killing of a Springfield man, Calderon was arrested in the city after being found hiding in the closet of a home on Blackinton Street.

Late Saturday just before midnight, North Adams police responded to a report of gunshots outside 145 State St. Officers found evidence that bullets had penetrated the walls of an upstairs apartment.

Just before midnight, North Adams Police responded to a 911 call at 145 State St. and were told by the victim that Calderon, who is 25 and goes by the nickname "Peanut," had tried to break down the door of her third-floor apartment after the two argued she from an upper-floor balcony and he upon leaving the Key West bar with a girlfriend.

The victim said Calderon pounded on her door, action that was captured on surveillance video, according to the North Adams Police Department's probable cause report, written by Det. Joshua Zustra. The victim said Calderon yelled that she was a "snitch."

NORTH ADAMS A man wanted in the killing of a Springfield man was arrested Thursday in North Adams, after being found hiding in a closet. Isaiah Calderon, 23, of Chicopee, is charged with

At that point, police say, Calderon shot six times into a second-floor apartment, which happened to be vacant, shattering a sliding glass door. No one was injured in the shooting, according to Police Chief Jason Wood.

Witnesses gave police on the scene, including Officer Trevor Manning and Sgt. Mark Bailey, enough information to compile a description of the vehicle involved, a white SUV registered to Calderon's current girlfriend, allowing authorities to issue a bulletin, according to North Adams Police.

Less than two hours later, a police officer in Adams, Kevin Stant, identified a vehicle matching the description and stopped it early Sunday morning on Upton Street.

Calderon, who lives in Chicopee, was held as a result of that stop and faced arraignment Monday in Northern Berkshire District Court on charges including the discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a building, attempt to commit a crime (breaking and entering), and assault with a dangerous weapon. No weapon was found during the Adams Police stop, according to Zustra's report.

"There is clear and convincing evidence that no condition of release will reasonably assure the safety of the named victim(s) and the community," Kelly K. Samuels, an assistant district attorney, said in a court filing seeking the dangerousness hearing.

Calderon also was booked on two outstanding warrants, both from Pittsfield District Court. In November 2018, Calderon pleaded not guilty to drug and weapons charges after a traffic stop in Pittsfield with three other people.

PITTSFIELD Four Hampden County residents have pleaded not guilty to drug and weapons charges in connection with a weekend traffic stop in the city.Ana M. Figueroa, 19, and Jezenia N.

At the time, Calderon had two previous violent or drug crimes on his record from convictions in Hampden County, one for illegal firearm possession, and another for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to Eagle archives. The paper reported that Calderon had an extensive criminal record that includes more than 40 felony charges.

In a court filing, North Adams Police say Calderon can be seen on the surveillance video walking up stairs to the victim's apartment. At the woman's door, he also can be seen "kicking at the door violently," the report says, at 11:54 p.m. A distinctive tattoo on his left hand is visible.

"Approximately 10 seconds later what sounds like a round being chambered into a semi-automatic firearm can be heard on the video," the report says. "A total of six shots being fired can be heard within the next five seconds."

A Massachusetts State Police crime unit arrived at the State Street scene at 2:45 a.m. and recovered six 9 mm shell casings from a second-floor hall. The team also found a projectile intact inside the vacant second-floor apartment. The sweatshirt Calderon was wearing was sent to a lab to be tested for gunshot residue, with results pending.

Calderon also was charged with carrying a firearm without a license, second offense, and carrying a loaded firearm.

North Adams Police said they later obtained and executed a search warrant for a home in the city.

A second person, Aaron Chappell, of North Adams, was taken into custody Wednesday as a result of that search, police said. He was expected to be arraigned Friday on six firearms-related violations. They include possession of a loaded firearm without a license, possession of a large-capacity feeding device for a firearm and possession of a firearm without a required ID card.

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Changing of the Guard at Williamstown Theater Festival – The New York Times11.02.21

The artistic director of the prestigious Williamstown Theater Festival has stepped down after complaints by some employees about working conditions there.

The festival said Monday that Mandy Greenfield, who has been the artistic director since 2014, had resigned late last month. Jenny Gersten, who had led the festival from 2010 to 2014, will return as interim artistic director during the search for a new leader.

The summer festival, which runs in the Berkshires region of Western Massachusetts and has traditionally relied in part on a pool of young seasonal workers, did not offer a reason for the change of leadership. But it follows a pair of reports in The Los Angeles Times detailing concerns by employees sound crew members who objected to working outdoors, on a show set in a reflecting pool, during rainy weather, and former employees, many of them onetime interns, who expressed other safety concerns.

The festival said in a news release that the leadership change will ensure a future vision that not only expands on the Festivals well-respected legacy, but one that is accountable, safe and equitable for all.

In a statement, Greenfield said that her goal as artistic director was to swing for the fences, make art and try to improve and evolve every day.

In 2019, I declined to renew a multiyear contract offered to me by the Festival; while flattered to be asked to continue, I agreed instead to stay on for two years, on a year-to-year basis, she said. I also publicly committed to leadership transition as I deeply believe, influenced by the British tradition, that theatrical institutions must empower new, diverse leaders in regular, shorter intervals than is the custom in the United States.

Greenfields tenure featured a notable number of artistic successes, including Broadway transfers for Grand Horizons, The Sound Inside, The Rose Tattoo, Fool for Love and Living on Love, as well as multiple Off Broadway transfers.

Gersten has held a variety of positions in the theater world. Currently, she is producer of musical theater at New York City Center, and is a line producer of Beetlejuice, which is returning to Broadway next spring. She plans to continue in both of those roles.

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Matt Damon or Ben Affleck: Which Star of ‘The Last Duel’ Has More Tattoos? – Showbiz Cheat Sheet10.20.21

Finally, celebrity best friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are back on the big screen together. Theyre starring in Ridley Scotts medieval drama The Last Duel alongside Adam Driver and Killing Eves Jodie Comer. Wearing period clothing in their respective roles as a knight and a count, both Damon and Afflecks tattoos will be hidden in the feature film. So how many tattoos do Damon and Affleck actually have?

Celebrity ink isnt uncommon in Hollywood and Damon and Affleck are just two of many A-listers with tattoos. Friends since childhood the Oscar winners grew up down the street from each other in Massachusetts they have some discrete and not-so-discrete tattoos.

While its difficult to determine exactly how many tattoos the Good Will Hunting stars currently have on their bodies theyve showcased their ink on a number of occasions. So, at the time of publication, Damon has a minimum of six tattoos while Affleck has, according to Cosmopolitan, at least four.

Affleck, 49, has a variety of tattoos. But the most well-known has to be none other than his giant phoenix back tattoo. The Argo star debuted it shortly after his divorce from Jennifer Garner went public. Affleck claimed the ink depicting a phoenix rising from ashes wasnt real before later admitting to Ellen DeGeneres it was indeed permanent and something really important to him.

Before Afflecks phoenix tattoo concealed it, the Gone Girl actor had OV inked on his shoulder blade. Above it was the phrase MOH NON TE and below it TA OR. This remains a bit of a mystery. Some interest sleuths, according to Gawker, worked out that MOH NON TE is an anagram for one month but the rest is unknown.

Next, Affleck has a small dolphin tattoo on his hip. Some reports say the actor got the tattoo to cover up a previous tattoo hed gotten in high school of a girlfriends name. Lastly, he has a tattoo of a cross on his left bicep.

The Martian star told GQ all about his tattoos in a cover interview for the publications October 2021 issue. He has six tattoos in all. Five of them are family-oriented while one has a connection to the late actor Heath Ledger. The names of Damons children Alexia, Isabella, Gia, and Stella are inked on his right arm. Prior to that Damon got a tattoo in 2013. His wife, Luciana Barroso, whom he met while filming 2003s Stuck on You, announced they were getting tattoos. Scott Campbell, the tattoo artist who did all of Ledgers ink, biked to the couples New York City apartment and inked Lucy on Damons arm. Lastly, Damon has a tattoo designed by Ledger which he refers to as a creative little blessing on his right arm.

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Long-delayed latest album from Round Lake’s Sean Rowe’s to be released Friday – The Daily Gazette10.08.21

With deep vocals and deeper lyrics, singer/songwriter Sean Rowes latest album cuts to the core.

The Darkness Dressed in Colored Lights, set to be released on Friday, is an introspective record that touches on the rawness, as well as the freedom, that comes with heartbreak. Over the course of 11 songs, it travels across several sonic landscapes and moods, from delicate folk to rock.

Rowe, who lives in Round Lake, recorded it in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, before the pandemic was even on anyones mind, working with producer and longtime Capital Region collaborator Troy Pohl, as well as Grammy-winning engineer Brian Joseph, who has worked with Bon Iver.

He also worked with a host of other musicians, including drummer/percussionist Shane Leonard, bassist Jeremy Boetcher and pianist Ben Lester, among others. Beyond Pohl, Rowe didnt know any of the musicians before recording with them; hed sought them out because of their work, particularly on Anna Tivels album The Question.

It was really a blind kind of experience where you just hope everything goes all right, Rowe said.

Judging from the finished album, it seems to have gone that way.

From the opening track, Where Are We Now,mellow guitar accompanies the mournful lyrics:

love dont feel as lightas it did the day before.

Following that, To Make it Real opens with delicate strings and at once upbeat and melancholy vocals. Rowe sings:

All this skyall this musicfloating byOne day it will be The last timeYou wont get it back again

The album title is tucked away in the bridge of that song:

All this darknessdressed in colored lightsEverything is wrong But you look so damn beautiful tonight

When it comes to the songs sound, Rowe channeled Radioheads In Rainbows.

What I think Thom Yorke is really famous for is capturing this mood that really draws you in and really transports you. So a song like To Make it Real I wanted it to be like that. Even though I care deeply about the words and about whats actually being said with language, but for that kind of song, its really about transporting the listener with the mood of it, Rowe said.

Later on, the mood picks up with danceable tracks like Squid Tattoo. Through romping electric guitar and saxophone, Rowe sings:

Ive been up too late in this dive bar I dipped the wrong song into alcoholNow I love youBut I cant believe youre from Ohio

During the recording and editing process, the song presented some challenges.

Some of them were logistical. But some of them were stylistically, like we were trying some stuff and on a personal level, I thought this is too close to my influences, Rowe said. I didnt know if it was going to make it on there and we rerecorded some of it. Then it worked.

While there were a few other songs that proved tricky to get just right, they all made it onto the album which is kind of rare for me; theres always something that gets left out, Rowe said.

The albums release was delayed because of the pandemic, during which time Rowe played weekly virtual shows to stay afloat.

It was just crazy. I was going through a personal breakup and I was also trying to figure out what I was going to do to generate some income, like everybody else on the planet, Rowe said.

I think fans appreciated something coming out of performing, even if it wasnt completely ideal. It was something.

More recently, hes gotten back to playing live and hes got a few tour dates on the schedule for later this month and next in Syracuse, Northampton, Massachusetts, Brooklyn and other cities.

The Darkness Dressed in Colored Lights is out on Friday via Fluff & Gravy Records. For more information on the album and upcoming shows (virtual and in-person), visit seanrowe.net.

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9 Good News Stories: Boy, 7, Pitches To White Sox; Ink The Prez – Patch.com10.08.21

ACROSS AMERICA It's been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and when a 7-year-old Tinley Park, Illinois, mimicked the Chicago White Sox again and again, the club took notice.

Brooks Johnson is "obsessed" with the White Sox and has mimicked almost every member of the team in one way or another, his mother says. The second-grader got so good at mimicking pitcher Liam Hendriks that his mom thinks it improved his game.

"Mommy," he told her, "I throw a bunch of strikes when I imitate Liam Hendricks when I pitch, so I'm gonna kept doing it.' "

Brooks did his best Liam Hendriks for a video posted o social media, and the Australia-born pitcher saw it and commented. It didn't end with the social media exchange, though. Before he knew it, Brooks was on the home turf of the White Sox pitcher, asking a question of Hendriks that puzzled him "Why do you scream like crazy when you pitch?" as they played catch in the Major League Baseball stadium. By Yasmeen Sheikah for Tinley Park, Illinois, Patch

Theresa Maughan, New Jersey's 2021 "teacher of the year," has never forgotten what it was like to almost be deported. Her parents' visas expired when Maughan was in seventh grade. Her social studies teacher stepped in to prevent her from being sent back to Belize, providing a real-life civics lesson that inspired her own career as a history teacher. By Eric Kiefer for West Orange, New Jersey, Patch

For his Eagle Scout project, Vikram Ravi is setting out to correct a grave injustice at the Alamo-Lafayette Veterans Cemetery. Many of the 200 graves lack markers, "and the ones who do only have tiny and improper pointers not fit to represent those who died for our country," he said. He's raising money for proper grave markers, and also is building an interactive online map so visitors can easily find the veterans who are buried there. By Bea Karnes for Lamorinda, California, Patch

This year's Boston Marathon is intensely personal for Lisa Raeke. She plans to run for her friend's son, Greyson Beauregard, who was paralyzed from the waist down in an accident last fall two weeks before his 13th birthday. But she abandoned the official Boston Marathon course and created her own through her town of Walpole, where she aims to raise awareness of the Goals for Greyson charity. "We really want to encourage the community to participate in any way that they can," she said. "If you would like to walk or jog a bit of the way for me, that's great. To me, this is not about a race. It's about a community effort." By Mary Ellen Gambon for Walpole, Massachusetts, Patch

Slippery Rock University President William Behre wants nothing more than to get a tattoo though it's hardly been his lifelong desire. Whether he gets inked depends on students at the Pennsylvania: If 75 percent of them get their COVID-19 vaccinations by Dec. 1, Behre will get a Slippery Rock-themed tattoo on his bicep in a campus event. By Eric Heyl for Pittsburgh Patch

Well, who doesn't want a wedding with dolphins whistling and leaping nearby? Catarina Salvador Esprito Santo Cristovo Neto, 31, and Zeal Barclay Levin, 30, exchanged wedding vows while sitting atop their surf boards and a pod of dolphins just happened to be swimming in the area. By Alexis Tarrazi for Bridgewater, New Jersey, Patch

The run-up to his wedding was fraught with worry for Joseph McCloud. He was fretting about how to pay for the wedding, postponed by COVID-19, while also worrying about his fiancee, Emilia Gonzalez, a nurse working on the front lines of the pandemic. He won a $30,000 wedding at a Napa, California, resort in a contest for front-line workers. "I swear, I swear," he said, "this is the most touching thing that has ever happened to me in my entire life." By Jeff Arnold for Castro Valley, California, Patch

Blair Watts has had a rough go of it. He's the man behind Birdie's Kitchen, known around Spring City, Pennsylvania, for making the best wings, collard greens and soul food in the borough. The pandemic put him in arrears on his utility bill, but he figured to make what he owed and more at a weekend festival. The utility shut off power to his restaurant when he missed a payment, putting the future of his entire operation on the line. But backed by the power of his community, a crowdfunding campaign raised enough money to pay the bill in full. By Marlene Lang for Limerick-Royersford-Spring City, Pennsylvania, Patch

A Frankfort, Illinois, woman has come up with a way to help her neighbors cope with the loss of a pet before the animal crosses what's commonly known as "the rainbow bridge." Victoria Vazquez is offering free "Rainbow Sessions" end-of-life photography shoots. "My whole life is about dogs," Vazquez said. "So, I figured why not help out the community and people in need, especially with something so tough." By TJ Kremer III for Frankfort, Illinois, Patch

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Ireland Baldwin responds to rumours she has a Kendall Jenner tattoo – The Independent08.23.21

Ireland Baldwin has responded to fans who thought shed got a tattoo of the model Kendall Jenner on her arm.

Baldwin, who is the daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, shared a picture of a tattoo that showed a naked woman.

Writing on Instagram, Baldwin wrote Thank you @parkermidnight for bringing her to life.

Later, fans started to wonder why Baldwin had seemingly had a tattoo of Jenner on her arm, with many commenting on the resemblance between the two.

Baldwin then took to social media to clarify that it was not in fact a tattoo of Jenner.

Writing on her Instagram Stories, Baldwin said: My tattoo isnt Kendall Jenner. Shes beautiful though so Ill take it... but its actually an illustration that was done in the 60s

Back in December, Baldwin defended her stepmother Hilaria Baldwin after the yoga teachers Spanish heritage was publicly questioned.

Rumours began circulating on social media that Hilaria had been faking her Spanish accent, with some suggesting that the 36-year-old, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, had lied and said her birthplace was Spain.

Hilaria addressed the rumours on Instagram at the time, where she clarified that she was born in Boston and grew up spending time with my family between Massachusetts and Spain.

My parents and siblings live in Spain and I chose to live here, in the USA, she said, adding that she and her husband Alec celebrate both cultures in our home and that they are raising the five children they share to be bilingual.

Shortly after sharing the video, Baldwin also used the platform to defend her stepmother with a series of Instagram Stories.

In one, she wrote: Its so pathetic that anyone would want to play detective and dig that deep into someones life that they dont know, dont know anything about, dont know how they were raised, who they were actually raised by.

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