Watch moe. Play “Comfortably Numb” In Buffalo Hometown Opener

first_imgmoe. has been on a tear during their recent fall tour run, playing night after night of power-packed jam performances. Riding the wave of musical energy, moe. took to their hometown of Buffalo, NY, playing the first of two sold-out shows at the Town Ballroom in style.Recently, moe. performed a full set tribute to Pink Floyd at the Peach Festival (listen here), and has since been working their songs into setlists throughout this fall tour. We’ve seen renditions of “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2” and “Fearless” thus far, but last night’s version of “Comfortably Numb” might take the cake. Chuck Garvey plays his heart out during the guitar solo, recreating the David Gilmour melody with a tenacity.Fortunately there’s full fan-shot video of the cover for us to enjoy. Check it out below, courtesy of Nathan Wiseman.Of course, “Comfortably Numb” was only one of many, many highlights from the whole show. It was one of only two covers last night, as moe. focused on their originals and the improvisation within them. With big versions of “Buster” and “meat.,” not to mention the encore of Frank Zappa’s “Cosmik Debris,” this night was loaded with high-energy grooves from moe.Check out the band’s full setlist, below.Setlist: moe. at Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY – 10/1/16I: Rainshine, Jazz Wank > Buster > Lazarus > George > Comfortably Numb > BusterII: Lost Along The Way, Blond Hair And Blue Eyes, meat. > Akimbo > Silver Sun > Seat Of My Pants > Meat.Encore: Cosmik Debris[Photo via Tara Gracer Photography from Chicago, IL]last_img read more

Annual College Rankings Recognize The Evergreen State College

first_imgFacebook31Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Evergreen State College The Evergreen State College is located in Olympia, Washington. Washington Monthly magazine has ranked The Evergreen State College #14 among nearly 700 master’s universities in the country.Posing a question unique among publications that produce college rankings, Washington Monthly asks, “What are colleges doing for the country?”  The answer for Evergreen is quite a lot.In its explanation of its latest rankings, Washington Monthly noted, “We all benefit when colleges produce groundbreaking research that drives economic growth, when they put students from lower-income families on the path to a better life, and when they shape the character of future leaders.”  With that in mind,Washington Monthly ranks schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).Evergreen received several prestigious accolades this year: the college ranked #4 among public regional universities in the West in US News & World Report. The magazine’s definition of the West reaches to Texas. US News ranked Evergreen #1 in the same category for best undergraduate teaching as well as #11 best for veterans. Evergreen was also listed in the publication as top 15 nationally for best first-year student experiences and top 12 best for “learning communities – engaging students in learning, including outside the classroom.”The Fiske Guide to Colleges praised Evergreen, notably, as the only public institution on the West Coast to be a “Best Buy” college. Evergreen has made that list every year since 2010.The Princeton Review ranked Evergreen as one of the Best 379 Colleges in America and Militaryfriendly.com lauds Evergreen as a friendly college for veterans and active duty military personnel.“Because no single ranking can paint the entire picture of an institution,” explained Evergreen spokesperson Todd Sprague, “it’s helpful to have a variety of measures to assess the value delivered to students and society.  Washington Monthly’s focus on social mobility, research and service provides a lens that’s different from most other rankings and a perspective that’s especially valuable for a public institution like Evergreen.”The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences college known for its distinctive interdisciplinary curriculum, high level of student-faculty engagement and strong emphasis on putting learning into action. www.evergreen.edulast_img read more

Widespread Flu Making Many Miserable

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnGot the flu? You aren’t alone.“Everybody’s been hit hard,” said Dr. Stephanie Reynolds, medical director at the Emergency Care Center at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. “We’re seeing 10 to 20 patients a day that are influenza positive with another 10 a day with the stomach, probable norovirus, and some poor souls are coming in with a combination of both … There’s really not a whole lot we can do for them.“The numbers in the emergency department are just unbelievable. They are higher numbers than we’ve seen in a decade,” she said.The flu bug that has hit the area hard reflects what is going on in much of the country. During the last week of December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 41 states had widespread flu activity with all states east of the Mississippi River being impacted.The flu is being seen in offices, large and small, area schools and anywhere people congregate.During the past two weeks hospitals in the Meridian Health System, including Riverview, Bayshore Com­munity Hospital in Holmdel and Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, have been using flu swabs – used to diagnose influenza – in record numbers. While Meridian hospitals began seeing the first influenza patients of the season in November, the numbers increased rapidly the week before Christmas and have continued at a high rate.“From the week before Christmas through New Year’s, we saw more flu than we did the entire last year’s season,” Reynolds said.Symptoms of influenza include generalized body aches, a fever of 101 or 102 degrees, a headache and chills. Some experience nausea (but not with vomiting and diarrhea), others develop upper respiratory congestion, a runny nose and watery eyes.The patients who are diagnosed within the first 24 to 48 hours of their symptoms appearing can be given Tamiflu which can shorten the course of the virus but “it isn’t a cure,” Reynolds said. “We find with some people that it upsets their stomach so it’s a lose-lose situation with those people.”If the flu is not diagnosed at the start, the symptoms themselves are treated. Body aches are treated with acetaminophen or ibuprofen, nausea with a bland or clear diet, coughing and runny nose with an antihistamine or decongestant. “Each symptom, you want to address,” Reynolds said.Those who are diagnosed with the flu and must be admitted to the hospital are put in “strict isolation” with staff getting fully gowned, masked and gloved when with the patient. “We shut the door, draw the curtains and put an isolation cart out in front of their room,” Reynolds said.Isolation is also recommended for patients at home “for a full five days,” the doctor said. Paper plates, disposable cups and plastic utensils should be used. “Don’t share anything.“For most of the population that comes in with the flu, we are able to rehydrate them in the emergency room – if they are severely dehydrated – give them some reassurance and send them on their way. Like I said, there’s not a whole lot we can do for them,” the doctor said. “The really sick ones, we admit to the hospital.“The average person is going to be sick for a week, sometimes 10 days.”About 75 percent of those who got a seasonal flu shot will be protected from the flu; the other 25 percent will get a less severe strain. “They aren’t as sick. Their temperature isn’t as high. It may not last a full 10 days,” Reynolds said. “It’s more like a bad cold, not like ‘I’ve been run over by the No. 7 train.’ ”While influenza is affecting everyone, it is most dangerous for infants, children, the elderly and pregnant women.Those who are trying to avoid getting the flu should wash their hands frequently, use antimicrobial hand sanitizers with a soap and water wash after them every five or six times. “Soap and water is hands down the best remedy. Keep your hands clean. Don’t touch anything,” Reynolds said.She also recommends when going to the supermarket shoppers continue to wear their winter gloves when pushing a grocery cart to avoid contact with germs left by previous users.Reynolds said Meridian Health was ready for the flu. Alerts were sent out and supplies were ordered. Staff members were given flu shots.While some people worry that changeable weather can impact flu, Reynolds said she believes the warmer weather the Two River area is now seeing is actually helpful.“The weather can actually work to our favor. People will go outside and not be trapped indoors. When you’re trapped indoors with people, there’s no circulation or getting away from people who are sick,” she said.As for whether antibiotics will work, Reynolds advises flu sufferers not to ask for them. “Don’t come looking for an antibiotic, they don’t work at all,” she said. “The flu is a virus, not a bacteria.”last_img read more

Real Estate Market in ‘Wait-and-See’ Mode in Sandy-Hit Towns

first_imgBy John BurtonAs far as real estate is concerned in these post-Sandy days, it appears to be a waiting game for buyers, sellers and those brokering deals in communities still rebounding.“People are up in the air,” said James Giannell, president of New Markets Realty in Red Bank, about buying or selling in towns hit by the late October storm – and in other communities that may not have experienced as much destruction.Giannell referred to the industry’s Multiple Listing Service, which shows since Nov. 1 in Sea Bright – one of the communities hardest hit by the storm – just two homes and two condominiums are under contract. One condo has closed during that time frame. Highlands has 10 properties under contract and has had 13 closings; and Monmouth Beach, surprising to Giannell, has had 24 closings since Nov. 1 and another eight properties are under contract with most being sales of condos.If not for the storm, the numbers would be considered relatively low for that time frame, given the overall recovering real estate market and continuing low-interest rates, Giannell said.“We are seeing some panic selling” on the part of homeowners, said Carolynn Ozar-Diakon, owner and broker of Resources Real Estate. “There are sellers out there, selling-wise who do not have the resources to do anything else.”But for the most part, “potential sellers are taking a wait-and-see attitude to determine what they’re going to do – to redo their homes or sell their house,” Ozar-Diakon said. “It’s a bit of a waiting game.”Ozar-Diakon, whose Mon­mouth Beach office was destroyed by the storm and has since been rebuilt, agreed with others who said the delay is largely because the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has not yet completed its official flood maps and building elevation requirements for property owners to qualify for federally underwritten flood insurance.State Department of Environmental Commis­sion­er Bob Martin said this week that FEMA’s Advisory Based Flood Elevation Maps will likely be finalized by late summer. Those standards will “provide consistency and predictability for residents doing rebuilding and protect lives and property” in case of another storm, Martin said.The commissioner recommended that people wait until that information is released before raising their structures.Owners are delaying any action because many continue to wait for insurance payments before making any decisions, area Realtors said.“You really have to wait because FEMA and the insurance companies are going to be the ones to set the rules,” Giannell said.“For sure they’ll be fewer summer rentals available in the Monmouth/Ocean area,” said Peter Reinhart, director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University, West Long Branch.“My feeling is that people who would traditionally be booking their summer rentals are waiting,” he said. Those bookings are down, “because of the uncertainty,” of what the Shore will look like this summer, he said.“Uncertainty is paralyzing the market,” and could begin to affect prices of home sales, Reinhart said. “It’ll be resolved but certainly not by the summer.“I think for some people, they won’t have a choice, they’ll have to sell,” Reinhart said.But prices, by and large continue to remain constant, Ozar-Diakon said. “I’m not seeing a lot of price dipping to sell it fast,” with the exception of some owners who find themselves in a financial bind.For those looking for a home on the shore as a vacation home or as an investment, now could be a good time to buy, she said.Ozar-Diakon noted she has been seeing people of means, whose homes were substantially damaged, who have bought another home in the interim while theirs’ is being repaired. “It is creating real opportunities for people fortunate enough to buy another home to live in while they’re deciding what they’re going to do,” she said.“If you have cash, it’ll be a good opportunity for someone who always wanted a shore home,” Reinhart said. “This could be the time.”Toni Pecoraro, owner and broker for Century 21 Real Estate Homes of Distinction in Sea Bright said, “Agents are showing, people are looking.”There hasn’t been much of signing on dotted lines yet, as Sea Bright continues to rebound from the storm, said Pecoraro, who only recently was able to reopen her Ocean Avenue office. “But they’re interested, they drive by,” believing things will become more active on the real estate front when the warm weather gets here.“Once it’s all cleaned up and it’s the summer, they’ll forget all about the storm,” she said of tourists and potential buyers.Ozar-Diakon said her office now is seeing a lot of people coming in with questions, wanting to know what the future may hold and what FEMA will require. She said she and her staff have been painstakingly detailing information from FEMA to disseminate to those inquiring.“Ultimately, people have short memories when it comes to living close to the shore,” and will continue to want to live here, she said.last_img read more