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Portland journalist Telly Halkias now Maine's sole ATCA member

Portland Sun national award-winning columnist Telly Halkias has attained membership in the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA). Halkias becomes the only ATCA critic in Maine.
Halkias, an independent journalist who writes and splits his time between homes in Portland's West End and Vermont, has reviewed Equity stages in western New England for the past decade for several regional publications.12-23-14-oped-halkias
Halkias is also known for his arts and feature reporting, as well as the human interest column, "From The Stacks," which has run in the Portland Sun for the past three years. In 2013, it was honored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Halkias also blogs for the Bangor Daily News, and he has appeared as a guest columnist in the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram's "Maine Voices" segment.
The American Theatre Critics Association, Inc., with approximately 230 members, is the only national association of professional theatre critics. Its members work for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and on-line services across the United States. ATCA members review theatre professionally, regularly and with substance for print, electronic or digital media, and are also granted membership in the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 01:52

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Bowdoin provides financial aid to son of slain NYPD officer

Bowdoin College in Brunswick reported that it will provide full financial aid to the son of one of the New York Police Department officers killed in an ambush-style execution Saturday.
President Barry Mills wrote on Sunday, "To the Bowdoin Community, We learned last night that one of the New York City police officers killed Saturday in Brooklyn is the father of our student Justin Ramos '17, who is now with his family in New York. This is an unspeakable tragedy, and our hearts go out to Justin and his family. We are a close community, and we share in Justin's pain and anguish. I know you join me in offering heartfelt condolences to Justin and the entire Ramos family, and I am sure you will respect their privacy as they and we support one another in the days and weeks ahead."
On Monday, the college issued a press release, which read, "As President Mills wrote Sunday in an email to the Bowdoin community, this is an unspeakable tragedy. We are a very close college community, and our hearts go out to our student Justin Ramos and to his entire family. We are eager to welcome Justin back to campus for the start of our second semester in January, or whenever he is ready to return, and we will do everything we can to support him through this period. In the meantime, we will respect his privacy and that of his family as they deal with this terrible loss. At President Mills's direction, Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster informed Justin early Sunday morning that the College will provide full financial aid to enable him to complete his Bowdoin education. This is in keeping with Bowdoin's practice of meeting the full financial need of each of our students for all four years. We are grateful for the Yankee Silver Shield Foundation's offer to assist, but Bowdoin has it covered."
The New York Post reported, "Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill in Bedford-Stuyvesant just before 3 p.m. when they were shot point-blank in the head by lone gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, who had addresses in Georgia, Maryland and Brooklyn. Moments after killing the two officers, Brinsley, too, was dead, having turned his gun on himself on a nearby subway platform as cops closed in. Liu, 32, a newlywed of only two months, had seven years on the force; Ramos, 40, dad to two sons, had two years on the job."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:06

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Memorial fund to aid family of victim of Noyes St. fire

Ashley Summers and family are the beneficiaries of a memorial fund set up in the aftermath of the death of Steven Summers, who died as a result of injuries sustained in an apartment fire which erupted at 20-24 Noyes St., a two-unit, three-story building.12-23-14-memorial-fund-summers

Steven Summers, 29, of Rockland, was severely burned and ultimately died from his injuries suffered in the Nov. 1 fire that killed six people, officials reported.
Hallett Whipple Law Firm of Portland is facilitating the Steven Summers' Children Memorial Fund (see http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/steven-summers-children-memorial-fund-/275898).
"This fund is set up for Steven Summers' two young daughters Audryn (aged 5) and Maliyah (aged 3)," the site explains. "We are heartbroken to share with you that Steven died as a result of a tragic house fire in Portland, Maine. This horrific fire occurred on November 1, 2014 and claimed the lives of six young people. Steven adored his children and his wife. His life and dreams for his family were senselessly destroyed. His children and wife have been robbed of his emotional and financial support, forever. In memory of Steven Summers, this fund is set up to help pay for his daughter's educational and living expenses over the coming years. Steven was a proud father, U.S. Navy veteran, musician, and family man who loved life, family and music. Contributions can be made either online or directly to the memorial fund at Key bank as 1. By Mail or Hand Delivery: Please mail private donations directly to: Steven Summers' Children Memorial Fund c/o Key Bank, 400 Forest Ave., Portland, ME 04101, www.youcaring.com/stevensummers or go to www.youcaring.com and search for 'Steven Summers' Children Memorial Fund.'"

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 01:52

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Two Maine natives featured in Portland Ovations tours

Portland Ovations, with four top National Broadway tours coming to Merrill Auditorium in the winter and spring, will feature two Maine natives in starring roles, an Ovations press release noted.
Portland Ovations presents: "Sister Act" — Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; "Million Dollar Quartet" — Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; the 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical "Memphis" — March 14 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and — back by popular demand — "Mamma Mia!" — right after Mother's Day on May 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. All performances are at Merrill Auditorium in Portland.
"Million Dollar Quartet," the Tony-award-winning musical inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed and historic recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, stars Scott Moreau from Litchfield as Johnny Cash.
Chelsea Williams, a Maine native and 2008 Windham High School graduate, is now playing the role of Sophie in the "Mamma Mia!" National Tour. After high school, she moved to Boston where she earned a BFA from Emerson College, worked with the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, the Gloucester Stage Company, the Berkshire Theatre Group, and collaborated with the SITI Company on Café Variations, directed by Anne Bogart.
Tickets for all four National Broadway Tours are now on sale, online at www.portlandovations.org, by phone at 842-0800 or in person at PortTIX, the box office at Merrill Auditorium. Ticket prices range from $40 to $63 for Portland Ovations Members and $45 to $70 for the general public.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 01:12

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Memorial fund established for victim of Noyes St. fire

Ashley Summers and family are the beneficiaries of a memorial fund set up in the aftermath of the death of Steven Summers, who died as a result of injuries sustained in an apartment fire erupted at 20-24 Noyes St., a two-unit, three-story building, according to an announcement about the fund. Summers, 29, of Rockland, was severely burned and ultimately died from his injuries in the Nov. 1 fire that killed six people, officials reported.
Hallett Whipple Law Firm of Portland is facilitating the Steven Summers' Children Memorial Fund (see http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/steven-summers-children-memorial-fund-/275898).
"This fund is set up for Steven Summers' two young daughters Audryn (aged 5) and Maliyah (aged 3)," the site explains. "We are heartbroken to share with you that Steven died as a result of a tragic house fire in Portland, Maine. This horrific fire occurred on November 1, 2014 and claimed the lives of six young people. Steven adored his children and his wife. His life and dreams for his family were senselessly destroyed. His children and wife have been robbed of his emotional and financial support, forever. In memory of Steven Summers, this fund is set up to help pay for his daughter's educational and living expenses over the coming years. Steven was a proud father, U.S. Navy veteran, musician, and family man who loved life, family and music. Contributions can be made either online or directly to the memorial fund at Key bank as 1. By Mail or Hand Delivery: Please mail private donations directly to: Steven Summers' Children Memorial Fund c/o Key Bank, 400 Forest Ave., Portland, ME 04101, www.youcaring.com/stevensummers or go to www.youcaring.com and search for 'Steven Summers' Children Memorial Fund.'"

Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 00:57

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