Signature Plays Extends Off-Broadway Run

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Signature Plays April Matthis January LaVoy in ‘Signature Plays'(Photo: Monique Carboni) View Commentscenter_img Star Files Related Shows Signature Theatre’s Signature Plays, which opened officially on May 22, has extended its off-Broadway run. The three one-act plays will now play their final performances on June 19 (instead of the previously scheduled June 12) at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre.Lila Neugebauer directs the production, which showcases three plays that were produced during their respective author’s Playwright-in-Residence season at the company: Edward Albee’s The Sandbox, María Irene Fornés’ Drowning and Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro.The cast of Signature Plays features Tony winner Frank Wood, Tony nominees Alison Fraser and Sahr Ngaujah, Phillis Somerville, Nicholas Bruder, Crystal Dickinson, Melody Giron, Pia Glenn, Ryan-James Hatanaka, Mikéah Ernest Jennings, January LaVoy and April Matthis.last_img read more

Green Mountain Economic Development Corp gets $43,000 in grants for local business

first_imgAs the economic downturn continues to take its toll on entrepreneurs nationwide, six small businesses in the Upper Valley region of Vermont are pushing ahead with plans to expand their business prospects using technical assistance grants secured by the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation (GMEDC).The six businesses, located in five towns of the GMEDC’s 30-town region, are leveraging the money to explore new markets, focus on financial controls, enhance visibility, and ultimately to expand and add jobs.‘One of the things we have found is that there is a lot of demand for these kinds of services, especially for small businesses,’ said GMEDC Executive Director Joan Goldstein. ‘Most entrepreneurs are focused on their core business, and doing it really well. What these grants help them do is to work on aspects of their enterprises that are not core, but could allow them to expand into new markets, offer new products and services, and really sharpen their business models.’GMEDC worked with the six businesses to secure the grant funding, which totalled $43,000. The businesses have used ‘ and in some cases are still using ‘ the funds for studies and consulting services to help them find ways to expand and add jobs. The funds were made available by the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development and the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency.‘We are able to leverage these types of grants to do a tremendous amount of good for local businesses,’ said Goldstein. ‘The amount of potential that this grant has already unlocked makes the return on investment extremely high, on the order of several hundred percent so far, and the positive impact is still unfolding.’ The six businesses benefitting from the technical assistance grants include:Sound Innovations (White River Junction)In business since 2004, Sound Innovations is a six-employee firm that develops innovative in-ear communication and hearing protection products for military, industrial, and consumer applications. CEO Chris Pearson says the technical assistance grant allowed the firm to retain the services of a consultant who significantly expanded their future prospects, and is positioning them for future growth.Sound Innovations was contracted by the U.S. Army to develop and prototype technology for helicopter air crews to protect their hearing and clarify communications, but felt that the technology could also be applied in many other areas of the military, Pearson said. In order to receive funding for that extension of the technology, they needed the support of a major defense contractor that could help transition the technology.‘This grant enabled us to hire a consultant who had the right contacts at major defense contractors, and he was able to help us establish a relationship with one of the biggest,’ said Pearson. ‘With a strong letter of support from the defense contractor, we were able to win the $600,000 extension support program funding, and now the consultant is generating more business development opportunities for us.’Bread & Chocolate (Newbury)Employing 20 people during the July-to-December high season, this 22 year-old business retails Vermontbased and Vermont-branded specialty foods. Bread & Chocolate is using the technical assistance grant money to enhance its food-safety practices to meet third-party audit requirements, which will allow them to expand business to larger vendors, like specialty foods giant Harry & David.‘We had robust policies in place before, but increasingly, vendors are requiring a more formalized set of policies and practices,’ said Jonathon Rutstein, President of Bread & Chocolate. ‘This grant is allowing us to take these critical steps that we hope will ultimately expand our business and increase employment.’ShackletonThomas Furniture (Bridgewater)A maker of high-quality handmade furniture, pottery and accessories, ShackletonThomas is using the technical assistance grant money for two primary purposes: to refine its budget process, and to focus its branding. ‘In this economy when you see lots of businesses failing, these are the kinds of services that are really important,’ said Charles Shackleton, founder and creative director of the company. ‘The consultants we were able to hire were extremely helpful and gave us great tools.’Shackleton said the financial consultant not only allowed the company to establish and implement a robust set of financial controls, but also assisted in refining its strategic focus. And the branding work, he added, was equally helpful in zeroing in on the company’s core message and how to convey it to customers. The objective of both efforts, Shackleton noted, is to expand the customer base ShackletonThomas has been in business for 22 years, and employs 15 to 20 people.Bradford Veneer & Panel (Bradford)This 106 year-old wood products company is well-established in its market, but President and Owner Richard Parkin wants to position it for future growth by using the GMEDC-facilitated grant to develop a website. ‘Initially it will be about greater visibility,’ he said, ‘but as the market’s needs change and we offer new products, down the road we want to be able to offer them online, too.’Parkin said he anticipates the company’s website will be a critical tool in maintaining or growing sales volumes and retaining jobs, as well as preparing for future growth that he hopes will result in expansion beyond the company’s current head-count of eight.Parkin lauded the role of GMEDC in facilitating the grant for Bradford Veneer and Panel, but says he’s grateful for more than just the grant money. ‘I can’t stress enough how important the GMEDC is to businesses like ours,’ he said. ‘It’s the contacts that are so crucial. Small businesses need somewhere to get direction about where these kinds of resources are available, and that’s where GMEDC is instrumental.’Stephens Precision (Bradford)In business since 1981, Stephens Precision is a 16-employee, AS 9100-registered company that specializes in the machining of precision parts, gauges, and mechanical assemblies for aerospace and commercial industries. Ann Stephens, CEO of Stephens Precision, says the technical assistance grant money obtained through GMEDC is enabling the company to research potential new markets, both domestically and internationally, with the ultimate goal of expanding or retaining jobs.Vermont Verde Antique (Rochester/Hancock)As a company that quarries, handles, markets and sells a unique, dark green serpentine marble, Vermont Verde Antique is well-placed to do the same with other types of valuable stone.Tom Fabbioli, owner of Vermont Verde, says the company is leveraging the technical assistance grant money to explore just such a move. ‘We’re working on a feasibility study for the quarrying and marketing of another type of stone called schist,’ Fabbioli said. ‘It’s the state stone of Vermont, and it’s primarily what the Green Mountains are made of.’Vermont Verde, which recently purchased the former Vermont Plywood plant in Hancock, will use the grant money to see what type of markets might exist for the schist, and whether it would be a candidate for expanding the company’s offerings. ‘This could lead to a possible expansion and jobs,’ Fabbioli said, depending on the feasibility study’s results.Source: GMEDC. 8.20.2010last_img read more

These are the Gold Coast’s top 10 highest performing suburbs

first_imgMermaid Beach and Broadbeach Waters topped the Coast’s list of highest performing suburbs.THE prices of homes in two of the city’s most sought-after areas have ballooned more than 50 per cent in the past five years.REA Group data shows houses in Mermaid Beach and Broadbeach Waters are worth on average $1.4 million and $1.2 million, respectively.Ray White Broadbeach principal Mitch Palmer said there was nothing Gold Coaster’s loved more than spending a day at the beach or on a boat.“The reason why (those suburbs) have always done well is just because the lifestyle they provide,” he said. Broadbeach Waters followed closely behind.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Both these suburbs are highly desirable and attract interest not just from locals but also people from interstate, Sydney in particular, as well as overseas,” she said.“This means there is more money being directed to them, pushing up prices.”Lower Beechmont and Hollywell surprising made the top 10 list. Mrs Conisbee said their “unique” features made them appealing.“Hollywell is very unique from a national perspective, many homes are on the water and it is still possible to buy a property for well under $1 million,” she said. “Big homes on big blocks close to employment priced at under $500,000 are rare to find in most capital cities but in Lower Beechmont you can find exactly that.” Mermaid Beach was number one.The proximity to fine-dining cafes and restaurants, The Star Gold Coast and Pacific Fair were features that also made the suburbs appealing, Mr Palmer said.Kollosche Prestige Agents director Michael Kollosche said all suburbs went through peaks and falls but Mermaid Beach and Broadbeach Waters would always be in high demand.“Everything is in (good) proximity and you’re on the right side of the Coast for the airport,” he said.MORE NEWS: Gold Coast home most viewed in the state 1. Mermaid Beach — 11.6 per cent annual increase past five years to $1.4 million.2. Broadbeach Waters — 10.8 per cent each year to $1.2 million.3. Lower Beechmont — 10.7 per cent each year to $520,000.4. Burleigh Heads — 10.4 per cent each year to $877,500.5. Palm Beach — 10.1 per cent each year to $847,500.6. Miami — 8.8 per cent each year to $780,000.7. Biggera Waters — 8.4 per cent each year to $700,000.8. Burleigh Waters — 8.3 per cent each year to $807,000.9. Hollywell — 8.1 per cent each year to $776,000.10. Bundall — 7.4 per cent each year to $963,000. Source: REA Group November 2018 “A lot of the other (neighbouring) areas … all have high-rise zoning around them except for a couple of little pockets.”REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the two suburbs attracted lots of interstate buyers.center_img MORE NEWS: First look at ‘new’ Nobby’s Outlook TOP 10 BEST PERFORMING SUBURBS (houses, average annual growth over five years, median price) Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59last_img read more