Friday, April 28, 2017

A Light That Creates Incredible Color, Vibrancy!





As we journey along California's treasured central coast we find a clear, pristine light this spring -- a buoyant, all-enhancing light that creates the most vivid and vibrant colors. It literally paints the surroundings in a high-definition glow.
You'll find this light practically nowhere else.
Now, overlooking Monterey, we share it with you! Enjoy!
Photos copyright 2017 by Dan Cirucci.



'They Want A Piece Of The Action!' Oohh, Yeah!

Crisis? No, Not Here And Not Now . . .

A very special message from The Cardinal Newman Society:

Vocations crisis?

Not at the Newman Guide colleges! It's one of the many signs of a faithful Catholic college that so many graduates are discerning vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

But even so... how many priests go on to become recording stars!

The priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter are releasing a new album of chant, and as we report this week, it's very much a natural progression from their outstanding Catholic education that included immersion in Catholic culture and liturgy.

Of course, we at The Cardinal Newman Society are especially proud of Father Zachary Akers, a former intern with the Society and an outstanding priest.

This week we also report on the hunger conference at Walsh University, another Newman Guide college putting its faith into action.

And see Matt Archbold's column, including the sad news that Boston College will be honoring dissident Sen. Bob Casey.

If you know anyone looking for a truly faithful college that inspires students to love God and serve Him, know that we have released the 10th anniversary edition of The Newman Guide. To order or learn more, please click here


 In Christ,
 

 Patrick Reilly
 President
The Cardinal Newman Society

In The Footsteps Of An Esteemed American Giant!

We are traveling through California's gorgeous central coast and central valley and today we had the chance to visit the National Steinbeck Center in John Steinbeck's hometown of Salinas, set amidst the picturesque valley that this Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author used as the setting for so many of his novels, short stories, screenplays and plays.
The National Steinbeck Center is a museum and 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that honors Steinbeck and perpetuates his legacy. The National Steinbeck Center houses a variety of artifacts, first edition Steinbeck books, newspapers, and interviews pertaining to John Steinbeck in its archives.
In addition, the Center holds a variety of educational and public programs throughout the year which aim to expand the public’s knowledge about John Steinbeck and the themes he explored in his books.
Drawing from the works of John Steinbeck, the National Steinbeck Center is dedicated to Steinbeck’s creative legacy: to participate, to inspire, to educate, and to understand one another.
Two blocks from the center you can also visit Steinbeck's birthplace (second photo from top) and you can also walk along the classic main street of Salinas.
We hope you enjoy the photos from this memorable visit!









A Place Where Miracles Really DO Happen!



New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: 
In the facilities that are helping people push back this disease and give them the path to recovery, you see God’s hand at work every day, every day. And there is something special about participating in a place where miracles happen on earth. 
I spend most of my days in the State House in Trenton. Let me guarantee you, very few miracles happen in there every day, very few. But one of the great moments I get as Governor is to leave that building and come and visit the extraordinary people and facilities that we have in this state, that are growing every day that are making those miracles happen with the men and women who they take into their care. 
See, I’m pro-life but I think being pro-life means being pro-life for the whole life, not just for the nine months in the womb. Now listen, this comes from a man’s perspective I am sure, but it seems to that those nine months in the womb are the easiest time to pro-life, they’ve done nothing yet to disappoint us. When that life comes into our possession, it becomes much harder to be pro-life because challenges and disappointments come and face all of us. 
But I’m pro-life not just for the child in the womb, I’m pro-life for the 16 year old young woman on the floor of the county lock up. That life has value. I’m pro-life for the lawyer in his mid-40s who’s addicted to pain killers and alcohol and is throwing his life out the window because he can’t deal with his disease. He is not disposable. That life has value also. And I am pro-life for the person who is dealing with chronic pain and who’s physicians take the easy way out and get them addicted to drugs. That life has value too. 
The great thing about this fight is we’re fighting for every life, for every life. 
And the one in the womb is not spared either because I’ve spent more time in pediatric ICUs watching babies who were born addicted because their mother was addicted and thinking about the challenges that that baby faces for the rest of his or her life. We need to stop this scourge in our society. 
This is the challenge of our time or we are going to lose hundreds of thousands of lives if we don’t step up and work together.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

You Won't Believe What Happened Last Night! OMG!



'A Victory For The Law-Abiding People Of NJ!'

New Jersey State Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) applauded a settlement to a federal legal challenge of state law brought by the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) that would bring to an end the state’s outright ban on the civilian ownership of stun guns.

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Sen. Anthony Bucco applauded a federal court settlement that would bring to an end New Jersey’s outright ban on the civilian ownership of stun guns. (Wikimedia Commons)
“This is a victory for the law-abiding people of New Jersey who want the non-lethal capability to protect themselves with a stun gun,” said Bucco. “This federal court order sends the message that the State of New Jersey has gone too far in interfering with the Second Amendment rights of New Jerseyans to protect themselves and their families.”

The consent order issued by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey declared unconstitutional the state’s outright ban in N.J.S.2C:39-3(h), the section of state law stating that “any person who knowingly has in his possession any stun gun is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.”

Bucco is the sponsor of legislation, S-1106, that would have repealed that section of state law.

According to published reports, New Jersey was one of just five states that prohibited its residents from owning stun guns.

Under the consent order, the State has been given 180 days to institute new laws, rules, or regulations “that will impose reasonable limitations, consistent with public safety and the Second Amendment,” on the possession and/or carrying of electronic arms or “stun guns.”

“Stun guns represent a non-lethal alternative to conventional firearms that many people around the country have chosen as a safe choice to enhance their personal safety,” added Bucco. “I’ve long said that New Jersey residents deserve the choice and opportunity to recognize the benefits that stun guns provide. I’m glad that New Jersey families are one step closer to realizing the full protections afforded by the Second Amendment.”

You Won't Find A More Inspiring Program Anywhere!

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Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO) members, ages 12 to 18, will present its 22nd Annual Festival Concert on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia. Conducted by Maestra Rosalind Erwin, the musical program will include Lee Hoiby’s Overture to a Farce; Claude Debussy’s Nuages et Fêtes from Noctunes; and George Gershwin’s An American in Paris. 

The concert will feature the Young Artists Solo Competition winner -- cellist, Danny Bishop, who will perform Camille Saint-Saëns Concerto for Violoncello in A minor.

Maestra Rosalind Erwin, who also conducts the Drexel University Orchestra, is proud of the accomplishments of the members of PYAO. She said, “The Festival Concert is an important performance for our students, culminating a year’s study and rehearsal. We are proud to showcase their talent at this annual concert in the Kimmel Center.”

Tickets to this event are $10-$20. For tickets, please call Ticket Philadelphia at (215) 893-1999.

About the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra
The Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra prepares students through a sophisticated repertoire and rigorous intellectual and musical discipline. PYAO further provides the opportunity to work with a highly experienced professional conductor, musicians, and teachers; to rehearse a standard orchestral repertoire at a professional level; and to perform in high-profile professional venues throughout the greater Philadelphia region.

About the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra:
Now in its 77th year, training tomorrow’s leaders, the renowned Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization, led by President and Music Director, Maestro Louis Scaglione, is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected community music education and youth orchestra performance programs, providing talented young musicians from across the tri-state area with exceptional musical training. Students go on to excel in many diverse fields, and it is with pride that Philadelphia Youth Orchestra notes that many members of the prestigious Philadelphia Orchestra are alumni. 
 The organization is comprised of six program ensembles designed to meet specific needs and experience levels of students selected through a competitive audition process. 
The anchor group is the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), conducted by President and Music Director Louis Scaglione, featuring 120 gifted instrumentalists who range in age from 14-21. 
Young musicians 12-18 years old are featured in PYO’s companion ensemble, the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, which is led by Director and Conductor Maestra Rosalind Erwin, who is Music Director and Conductor of Drexel University Orchestra. 
Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO), directed by Maestro Kenneth Bean, is a beginning to intermediate-level full symphonic orchestra that provides most students with their first introduction to large orchestral playing featuring students age 10-17 years old. 
Bravo Brass, directed by Curtis Institute Dean of Faculty and Students, Paul Bryan, is an all brass ensemble for promising middle and high-school instrumentalists. 
PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) and PRYSM Young Artists ensembles provide string large ensemble and sectional master class instruction for beginning and intermediate musicians ages 6-14. The director and conductor of PRYSM is Gloria DePasquale, cellist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and conductor of PRYSM Young Artists is Andrea Weber. 
Tune Up Philly (TUP) is PYO’s engagement program, directed by Paul Smith, that focuses on creating and inspiring true community by providing children in under-resourced communities with invaluable opportunities to learn and perform a differentiated orchestral music curriculum.www.pyos.org.

Don't Tell Us It's Worth It, Cause It's NOT!

So, the NFL Draft has come to Philly.
Did you hear me? HellOOOOH?
The NFL Draft has come to Philly -- to the iconic Art Museum steps. It's here, on the famous "Rocky Steps," hon! It's right here, ya know, where da Pope was!
And, guess what?
Not everybody's excited about it or happy with the prospect of it being here, including us!
That's right [Insert Big Yawn HERE] because we couldn't care less about the effing NFL Draft!
But let's put it sucinctly and excerpt from one of our favorite Philly scribes, Victor Fiorillo at Philadelphia Magazine who has expressed it much better than we could:
So why on earth should the city be in lockdown mode for a bunch of future rapists, domestic-assault suspects, and drunk drivers who just happen to be able to catch a ball? And why are we taxpayers forced to fork over $500,000 (oh, you had better believe it will be more) toward the cost of what might just be the world’s most boring and overhyped event?
I just can’t figure it out.
Read more from Victor at http://www.phillymag.com/news/2017/04/27/nfl-draft-philadelphia/#GD3KS8Jreociq17t.99

We're Hoping She Gets The Chance To Do It!

Now, 'Pressing Forward With A Lawsuit' . . . .

Here is an important statement from Young America's Foundation about the current imbroglio at Berkeley surrounding the planned speaking engagement of Ann Coulter.
This statement was issued on Tuesday:

When Young America’s Foundation confirmed Ann Coulter would speak at UC-Berkeley as part of YAF’s nationwide campus lecture program on April 27, we assumed UC Berkeley would take all steps necessary to ensure the safety of students attending the educational event.

In the meantime we discovered that the University of California Police Department at Berkeley has an official “stand-down” policy for any situation that develops on campus as long as the situation doesn’t involve the imminent loss of life, allowing the leftist thugs who have terrorized Berkeley’s campus to do so without consequence.

In order to ensure safety of those involved and for the lecture to go forward, Young America’s Foundation requested that Berkeley adhere to the following equal access terms for the event:
  • Central location on the main campus
  • Room holding hundreds of participants
  • Afternoon/early evening timing
  • Ability to publicize event
  • University to announce that there will be zero tolerance at the event itself for masked agitators, disruption of the event; and sufficient security to ensure the safety of attendees; space for protest to be cordoned a reasonable and constitutionally permissible distance from event
  • University to confirm that it has communicated the event details to Berkeley City Police, and are coordinating security with them to ensure that any rioters/violent protestors/masked disruptors are appropriately contained and dealt with
As of 4:00 p.m. today, UC-Berkeley failed to meet our demands, after refusing to provide a proper venue for six weeks. Berkeley made it impossible to hold a lecture due to the lack of assurances for protections from foreseeable violence from unrestrained leftist agitators.

Berkeley should be ashamed for creating this hostile atmosphere.

“As a parent and a taxpayer, I want the next generation to learn in an educational environment, not a circus,” said Ron Robinson, President of Young America’s Foundation to the Washington Examiner. “I had the misfortune of being in a leftist riot as a student, and I wouldn’t want to put my children or anyone else’s children into that situation without assurances that law enforcement would protect them.”

YAF is pressing forward with its lawsuit against UC-Berkeley, and looks forward to the day when First Amendment freedoms are enjoyed by conservative students.

Ms. Coulter may still choose to speak in some form on campus, but Young America’s Foundation will not jeopardize the safety of its staff or students. For information on Ms. Coulter’s plans, please contact her directly.

Signed:
Young America’s Foundation
Executive Board of the Berkeley College Republicans

Clearly, Time For A New Look At This . . . .




THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Mike. He’s been a great Vice President, a great help. And everybody loves Mike Pence. I just want to thank you for your service. Been incredible. (Applause.)

It’s a real pleasure to be at the Department of Interior, where you help preserve the splendor and the beauty of America’s natural resources. And I can tell you the group that's in here right now, they really do the job. Right, Lisa? They’re doing a good job. We're going to take care of Alaska, too. Don't worry about it. (Laughter.) And they protect the ability of the people to access and utilize the land which truly belongs to them and belongs to all of us.

Secretary Ryan Zinke is doing an incredible job -- and he never overlooks the details. He’s a detail person. Soon after he was confirmed, we had a snowstorm, big one, and he was out there on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial shoveling the snow all by himself. And he’s a strong guy. He did a good job. (Laughter.) He did a very, very good job. But we're proud of him.

In the first 100 days, we have taken historic action to eliminate wasteful regulations. They're being eliminated like nobody has ever seen before. There has never been anything like it. Sometimes I look at some of the things I’m signing I say maybe people won’t like it, but I’m doing the right thing. And no regular politician is going do it. (Laughter.) I don't know if you folks would do -- I will tell you literally some politicians have said, you're doing the right thing. I don't know if I would have had the courage to do some of these things. But we're doing them because it’s the right thing to do. And it’s for the good of the nation.

We're returning power back to the people. We’ve eliminated job-destroying regulations on farmers, ranchers, and coal miners, on autoworkers, and so many other American workers and businesses.

Today, I am signing a new executive order to end another egregious abuse of federal power, and to give that power back to the states and to the people, where it belongs.

The previous administration used a 100-year-old law known as the Antiquities Act to unilaterally put millions of acres of land and water under strict federal control -- have you heard about that? -- eliminating the ability of the people who actually live in those states to decide how best to use that land.

Today, we are putting the states back in charge. It’s a big thing.

I am pleased to be joined by so many members of Congress and governors who have been waiting for this moment, including Governor Herbert of Utah. Thank you, thank you, Governor. Governor LePage of Maine, who, by the way, has lost a lot of weight. (Laughter.) I knew him when he was heavy, and now I know him when he’s thin, and I like him both ways, okay? (Laughter.) Done a great job. Governor Calvo of Guam. Thank you. Governor Torres from the Northern Mariana Islands. Thank you, thank you, Governor.

I also want to recognize Senator Orrin Hatch, who -- believe me, he’s tough. He would call me and call me and say, you got to do this. Is that right, Orrin?

SENATOR HATCH: That's right.

THE PRESIDENT: You didn't stop. He doesn't give up. And he’s shocked that I’m doing it, but I’m doing it because it’s the right thing to do. But I really have to point you out, you didn't stop.

And, Mike, the same thing. So many people feel -- Mike Lee -- so many people feel so strongly about this, and so I appreciate your support and your prodding, and your never-ending prodding, I should say, because we're now getting something done that many people thought would never ever get done, and I’m very proud to be doing it in honor of you guys, okay? Thank you. (Applause.)

Altogether, the previous administration bypassed the states to place over 265 million acres -- that's a lot of land, million acres. Think of it -- 265 million acres of land and water under federal control through the abuse of the monuments designation. That’s larger than the entire state of Texas.

In December of last year alone, the federal government asserted this power over 1.35 million acres of land in Utah, known as Bears Ears -- I’ve heard a lot about Bears Ears, and I hear it’s beautiful -- over the profound objections of the citizens of Utah. The Antiquities Act does not give the federal government unlimited power to lock up millions of acres of land and water, and it’s time we ended this abusive practice.

I’ve spoken with many state and local leaders -- a number of them here today -- who care very much about preserving our land, and who are gravely concerned about this massive federal land grab. And it’s gotten worse and worse and worse, and now we're going to free it up, which is what should have happened in the first place. This should never have happened.

That’s why today I am signing this order and directing Secretary Zinke to end these abuses and return control to the people -- the people of Utah, the people of all of the states, the people of the United States.

Every day, we are going to continue pushing ahead with our reform agenda to put the American people back in charge of their government and their lives.

And again, I want to congratulate the Secretary. I want to congratulate Orrin and Mike and all of the people that worked so hard on bringing it to this point. And tremendously positive things are going to happen on that incredible land, the likes of which there is nothing more beautiful anywhere in the world. But now tremendously positive things will happen.

So I want to thank you. I want to thank everybody for being here. God bless you all and God bless America. Thank you. Thank you very much. So I’ll sign.

(The executive order is signed.) (Applause.)

Q Are you surprised about this 9th Circuit ruling?

THE PRESIDENT: I’m never surprised by the 9th Circuit. (Laughter.) As I said, we’ll see them in the Supreme Court. (Laughter and applause.)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

One Of The Most Beautiful Places On Earth








We've been touring California's beautiful Monterey peninsula and we've come to the conclusion that this is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth.
We think you'll agree and we are happy to share these photos with you!
Photos copyright 2017 by Dan Cirucci




Extraordinary First US Showing! Don't Miss This!

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is pleased to announce the presentation of the relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of his birth. The Saint Pio Foundation, in collaboration with the Capuchin Friars of Pietrelcina, has organized the first ever exhibition tour of his relics in the United States of America. 

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be the first stop on this tour.

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul will present the relics of Saint Pio during the weekend of May 6 – 8 with opportunities for prayer, veneration of the relics. Opportunities for the Sacrament of Penance and Mass will also be available.

Saturday, May 6, 2017
4:15 p.m. Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
5:15 p.m. Anticipated Mass for Fourth Sunday of Easter (Wedding Anniversary Mass)
6:15 p.m. Public veneration of the relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
10:00 p.m. Night prayer and blessing with the relics

Sunday, May 7, 2017
9:00 a.m. Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
2:00 p.m. Archdiocesan May Procession
3:00 p.m. Public veneration of relics
5:30 p.m. Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
6:30 p.m. Sunday Mass
8:00 p.m. Public veneration of relics
10:00 p.m. Night prayer and blessing with relics

Monday, May 8, 2017
9:00 a.m. Public veneration of the relics
11:30 a.m. Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
7:30 p.m. Mass of Saint Pio
Conclusion of the Presentation of the relics

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, also known as Padre Pio, was an Italian priest and friar of the Capuchin Order of the Friars Minor. Known for his piety and humility, Padre Pio received the marks of the stigmata after praying before a crucifix, becoming the first stigmatized priest in the history of the Church. He was beautified in 1999 and canonized in 2002 by Pope Saint John Paul II. 

He is the patron saint of civil defense volunteers, adolescents, and the village of Pietrelcina. His feast day is September 23rd.

Note: Books and other information on Saint Pio will be available for purchase through the Saint Pio Foundation during the exhibition of the relics in Philadelphia. For additional information on the Saint Pio Foundation, please visit http://www.saintpiofoundation.org/.

Unbelievable Lunch Value Plus Fun 'n Games!





A Special Day For A VERY Special Lady . . .



Happy Birthday
to our wonderful
First Lady
Melania Trump.
We love you, Melania!

WOW! This Is A Great Deal. Don't Miss It!




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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Rare Find - And Now It Can Be YOURS!

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birthday on April 25, 2017, Dot Time Records Legend Series marks the milestone by making available never-before released music of Ella Fitzgerald. 
“Live at Chautauqua -Volume 2” is the second half of her sold-out concert that took place at the historic Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater in Western New York near Lake Erie. It features Tee Carson and his trio consisting of Keter Betts on bass and Joe Harris on drums.
Jerry Roche, who heads the Legend Series of Dot Time Records, said, “With these previously unreleased recordings we are blessed to hear her again in great voice while handling a fine set of standards and new material”.
Ella-Fitzgerald-Libe-At-Chautauqua-Vol-2-1200x1200-72dpiThese previously unreleased recordings have quite a history. Gina Alley-Crook, who inherited the recording from her father-in-law stated: “I first came across this recording when my husband brought it back from his father’s collection of things from his early years as a musician. 
"Having been a child of the late 60’s and early 70’s,  I was thrilled to hold the reel to reel recording of Ella Fitzgerald. The Chautauqua Institute did not usually record their musical events but Ella gave permission to record that evening’s performance. Later that year, my father-in-law who volunteered at the Institute from time to time, was gifted the reel to reel. It has been in my family for more than four decades. One of my greatest passions is preserving history. I knew someday that someone would hear how special this recording was.”
This May, Dot Time Records will release the 1st edition (“The Standard Oil Sessions”) of their Louis Armstrong Legacy Series comprising four albums of previously unreleased recordings from Louis Armstrong’s personal collection arranged through a licensing agreement with the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.
What more could the jazz lover want, previously unheard recordings from Ella and Louis – A match made in heaven. 

Hard Work Pays Off For Fortunate Duo . . .

A. Christou (002)          Peirce Ellis 2      
      Antonis Chirstou                                                   Peirce Ellis


Two Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization musicians have been selected for the three-week summer program known as NYO2, an extension of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra (NYO) of the USA. They are Antonis Christou, 16, double bass student musician who lives in Mooretown, NJ and a member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), and Peirce Ellis, 14, viola student musician from Philadelphia who is a member of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO).

The intensive summer program for outstanding American instrumentalists ages 14–17 was launched in the summer of 2016 to expand the pool of young musicians across the country equipped with the tools to succeed at the highest level. NYO2 is free to all participants and offers promising, young musicians the unique opportunity to play alongside talented peers, learn from a world-class faculty, and perform with special guest artists on the stages of some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls.

Following an intensive residency at Purchase College, State University of New York (SUNY) in conjunction with NYO-USA, the musicians of NYO2 will make their Carnegie Hall debut on Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. with conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, who will be returning to lead the orchestra for the second straight season. The program will include Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (1919 version) in a side-by-side performance with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and a set with special guest vocalist and bassist Esperanza Spalding. The orchestra will also perform in Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall two days prior, on Tuesday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m., in a concert that will feature Falla’s “The Three-Cornered Hat” Suite No. 2, performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra, in addition to the pieces listed above. Over the course of three days in Philadelphia, the NYO2 members will also have opportunities to interact with local young musicians.

“We are thrilled to build on the success of NYO2’s inaugural season, and present these extraordinary young players on the Carnegie Hall stage for the very first time” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director. “The opportunity to work with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero, and Esperanza Spalding will be life-changing for these students, and we hope they will return home to their communities inspired to further develop their musicianship and use music to connect with audiences and people everywhere.”

Louis Scaglione, President and Music Director of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is thrilled for his students and smiles when he talks about the NYO2’s relationship with the Philadelphia Orchestra. “Antonis and Peirce are outstanding members of PYO, and we are very proud of this great honor to be selected to participate in NYO2. They will feel right at home in Verizon Hall when they perform as this is PYO’s performance hall. I congratulate them and their families for their commitment to classical music.”

Tickets for the Carnegie Hall performance, priced at $20–$50, are on sale now at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue), by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or at carnegiehall.org. NYO2’s concert in Philadelphia is free and open to the public, with reservations available in mid-June.

For more information, please visit www.pyos.org or call (215) 545-0502.

A Truly Historic, Breathtaking Record: The Facts!

GETTING GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE WAY: President Donald J. Trump has done more to stop the Government from interfering in the lives of Americans in his first 100 days than any other President in history.
  • President Trump has signed 13 Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions in his first 100 days, more than any other President. These resolutions nullified unnecessary regulations and block agencies from reissuing them.
    • Since CRA resolutions were introduced under President Clinton, they’ve been used only once, under President George W. Bush.
  • The Wall Street Journal editorial: “So far the Trump Administration is a welcome improvement, rolling back more regulations than any President in history.”
TAKING EXECUTIVE ACTION: In office, President Trump has accomplished more in his first 100 days than any other President since Franklin Roosevelt.
  • President Trump will have signed 30 executive orders during his first 100 days.
    • President Obama signed 19 executive orders during his first 100 days.
    • President George W. Bush signed 11 executive orders during his first 100 days.
    • President Clinton signed 13 executive orders during his first 100 days.
    • President George H.W. Bush signed 11 executive orders during his first 100 days.
    • President Reagan signed 18 executive orders during his first 100 days.
    • President Carter signed 16 executive orders during his first 100 days.
    • President Nixon signed 15 executive orders during his first 100 days.
    • President Johnson signed 26 executive orders during his first 100 days.
    • President Kennedy signed 23 executive orders during his first 100 days.
    • President Eisenhower signed 20 executive orders during his first 100 days.
    • President Truman signed 25 executive orders during his first 100 days.
    • President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed 9 executive orders during his first 100 days.
A SLEW OF LEGISLATION SIGNED: Despite historic Democrat obstructionism, President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any President since Truman.
  • President Trump has worked with Congress to enact 28 laws during the first 100 days of his Administration.
    • President Obama enacted 11 laws during his first 100 days.
    • President George W. Bush enacted 7 laws during his first 100 days.
    • President Clinton enacted 24 laws during his first 100 days.
    • President George H.W. Bush enacted 18 laws during his first 100 days.
    • President Reagan enacted 9 laws during his first 100 days.
    • President Carter enacted 22 laws during his first 100 days.
    • President Nixon enacted 9 laws during his first 100 days.
    • President Johnson enacted 10 laws during his first 100 days.
    • President Kennedy enacted 26 laws during his first 100 days.
    • President Eisenhower enacted 22 laws during his first 100 days.
    • President Truman enacted 55 bills laws during his first 100 days.

Did You Know? There's A 'New' Gal In Town!



Hello Dolly with Bette Midler opened on Broadway last week and it has taken the town by storm.
Every reviewer has lavished praise on this new production of the classic 1964 musical -- a 53-year-old gem with a 70+ year-old star.
Forget the rap or hip hop (or whatever it is) around the corner or that millennial musical homage to social media, because Dolly is back in town and she's the new toast of Broadway.

Here's a sampling of the reviews:

Ben Brantley - New York Times:
The pinnacle of fine dining in New York these days can’t be found in a Michelin-starred restaurant, though it will probably cost you just as much. No, you’ll have to get yourself and your wide-open wallet to the Shubert Theater, where the savory spectacle of Bette Midler eating turns out to be the culinary event of the year.

Marilyn Stasio - Variety:
The audience claps at the overture and whistles at the set; and when Bette Midler makes her entrance, everyone falls into a dead swoon. “Hello, Dolly!” is back on Broadway, and it looks so fresh, you want to pinch its cheek.

Maya Stanton - Entertainment Weekly:
How to describe a force of nature? A blockbuster success even before the curtain went up on opening night, the new revival of Hello, Dolly! marks legendary performer Bette Midler’s highly anticipated return to Broadway, and thanks to a top-notch cast and an award-laden production team, it more than justifies the hype.

Charles McNulty - LA Times:
Rarely has an exclamation point in a title been earned as thoroughly as the one in the new Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!” starring Bette Midler.

Joe Dziemanowicz - NY Daily News:
Hello, blockbuster!
They don’t make ’em like they used to — and that goes double for Broadway’s dazzling revival of “Hello, Dolly!” thanks to the show itself and its above-the-title supernova, Bette Midler.
Frankly, there ought to be another exclamation point.

Robert Kahn, NBC, New York:
Hearing Midler sing “Hello, Dolly!” is such a tingly experience that you eventually sit back down and wonder: Is this what it was like when Carol Channing debuted “Dolly!” on Broadway half a century ago? And, was Midler put on Earth to carry forth that legacy? It sure feels that way. This “Hello, Dolly!” is as blissful an escape as anyone could want.

Linda Winer - Newsday:
If there were such a thing as a happiness meter at the Shubert Theatre these days, where, oh, where would that be placed? The obvious position is in the audience, where fans of “Hello, Dolly!” and fans of Bette Midler — which may well add up to just about everyone — have come together in a palpable bonding festival of hot-ticket excitement, contentment and raucous joy.

Jesse Green - New York magazine:
Suffice it to say that in the long line of memorable Dollys I’ve seen or heard — from the alienoid Carol Channing to the louche Pearl Bailey to the enameled Barbra Streisand — Midler is by far the most natural and inviting.

Chris Jones - Chicago Tribune:
With a grinning Midler coming down the staircase — and Zaks not only gives her a descent to remember but even her own little runway out in front of the orchestra and closer to her fans — that contrived chaos, choreographed throughout with a terrific sense of humor by Warren Carlyle, all makes sense.

David Rooney - The Hollywood Reporter:
I can't recall the last time I felt a crowd so frothed up with excitement at a Broadway show, and certainly in those terms, no production currently playing in New York can touch this perfectly upholstered revival of the indestructible 1964 musical chestnut. What's more astonishing is that the enthusiasm never wanes, sending wave upon wave of love across the footlights for two and a half vigorously entertaining hours. And in a testament to the spirit of the veteran showbiz troupers who are now a vanishing breed, Midler soaks it up like a heat-seeking beacon and then beams it right back out into the house.



The BIGGEST Failure? It Might Really Surprise You!


The biggest failure of Obamacare is that it did not reduce the cost of Health Care.
In fact, it significantly increased the cost of our health care.

Has It Really Now Gotten THIS Bad? Has It?


A very special message from CatholicVote.org:

The Democratic Party charade on abortion is finally over.

Newly-elected Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has declared that every Democrat must be 100% pro-abortion. And according to an official statement: “that is not negotiable.”

What does this mean?

Tolerance, diversity, and ‘choice’ be damned. Every Democrat must now support the party platform which includes abortion on demand, for any reason, during any month of pregnancy, up to and including partial-birth abortion. And of course, taxpayers must pay for it.

The game is up: Fall in line, or get out.

The Democratic Party has told Catholics who believe in the sanctity of life that they are no longer welcome inside their party. Sure, they’ll take your votes. But when it comes to Catholics and our belief in the dignity of unborn children and the rights of mothers -- get lost!

But did you know that 23% of Democrats are pro-life?

Democratic candidates that claim to be pro-life now face a dilemma. Will they challenge their own party leadership? Or will they wimp out, and continue to take millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood and the DNC, and hope to fool voters once again?

Senators Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Joe Donnelly (D-IN), all face re-election next year. All three ran as ‘pro-life Democrats’ despite their mixed records.

Will they campaign with their party’s chairman?

Will they use DNC staff, and take campaign money from the national party?

And if so, what will they owe Chairman Perez?

If you are a Democrat, you can disagree with your party on health care, religious liberty, taxes, climate change… you name it. But if you are not 100% on board with abortion, then you are dead to them. 

It’s tragic. And I wish it wasn’t so.

In some ways the clarity is refreshing. We've endured the phony double-speak long enough.

Now it’s up to us to call them out. Shame them for their intolerance.

And make sure every Catholic voter knows the truth.

 

Brian Burch
CatholicVote.org

Monday, April 24, 2017

Keep An Eye On This Guy In 2018 . . .

Today the Scott Wagner for Governor campaign committee released findings from a recent internal poll conducted by the campaign on the state of the 2018 Pennsylvania GOP Gubernatorial Primary.

The poll, conducted by McLaughlin and Associates, confirmed what the campaign has been hearing and seeing on the ground since Senator Wagner announced his candidacy.

Republican voters across the state are lining up in support of Scott Wagner’s candidacy.

“Scott Wagner is the clear front-runner in the 2018 GOP Gubernatorial Primary. He holds sizable leads among all opponents in different matchup tests and has a solid base of support across the Commonwealth that no other candidate can lay credit to,” explains Campaign strategist Ryan Shafik.

The exact findings can be found in the pollster memo below or by clicking here -
http://wagnerforgov.com/gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/PA-Statewide-GOP-Wagner-4-24-17-Executive-Summary_V4-3.pdf

Why Are They Receiving Even One Cent?


Maybe the time has come to shut down their funding!

Nearly Ready For College? You'd Better Have THIS!

Today, The Cardinal Newman Society releases the 2017-18 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, which is available for purchase here, and celebrates 10 years of connecting families with faithful Catholic education through the Guide!

The late Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR, who wrote the preface to the firstNewman Guide a decade ago, said it was the Newman Society’s “most important contribution to Catholic higher education ever.”

In the last 10 years, we’ve greatly expanded upon our work with The Newman Guide, and the colleges that we recommend have experienced remarkable success while remaining committed to a strong Catholic identity. You canread more about that here.

Share a copy of the 10th Anniversary Edition of The Newman Guide with a family member, friend, pastor, principal, high school guidance counselor, or teacher today.

We are so grateful for your partnership with us for faithful Catholic education! 


 
 
 Kelly Salomon
 Editor of The Newman Guide

By Their Numbers, You Shall Know Them . . .

It Was True Then; Even More True NOW . . .

Fighting The Right Fight For All The Best Reasons!

New Jersey State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) was joined at a press conference today by superintendents and parents representing ten school districts that are among the most underfunded in the state to push for fair funding for their children’s education. The press conference was held outside the Assembly Budget Committee’s hearing with the Department of Education on their portion of the FY18 state budget.

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Sen. Jennifer Beck was joined by superintendents and parents representing ten school districts that are among the most underfunded in the state to push for fair funding for their children’s education at a State House press conference on April 24, 2017. (SenateNJ.com)
“We’re fighting for funds in this budget cycle for underfunded districts. Reworking the school funding formula is a complex undertaking and no legislator will want to move funds if it makes the property tax crisis in their towns worse. That said, the underfunded districts cannot wait for another state budget cycle or another school year passing without getting relief,” said Beck. “At the very least, I’m asking my colleagues on the Senate and Assembly budget committees to provide our most underfunded and overlooked school districts with additional resources in the upcoming FY18 state budget. As for more comprehensive reform, I welcome a substantive discussion.”

Joining Beck today at the press conference and Assembly Budget Committee hearing were representatives from Freehold Borough, Red Bank, Monroe Twp., Kingsway Regional, Chesterfield, Robbinsville, Delran, Paulsboro, Rahway, and Swedesboro-Woolwich.

“We’ve long pushed for a fair share of state aid for school districts like Red Bank and Freehold Borough that have been massively underfunded year after year,” said Beck. “Today isn’t the first time we’ve brought parents, superintendents, and teachers from underfunded districts to Trenton to ask for fair funding, but it’s certainly the biggest. It should be noted that there are 46 districts that receive state aid in excess of what the School Funding Reform Act says they should get at a cost of more than $10 million,” Beck said. “At a minimum, it makes sense to look at re-distributing this $10 million.”

“That said, it’s not clear, that redistributing adjustment aid is going to be as uncomplicated as some have suggested since 97 of the 181 school Adjustment Aid Districts currently overpay in local property taxes for their schools, and 157 of those districts are also underfunded relative to what SFRA says they should get in state aid,” Beck added.

While changes are necessary to the School Funding Reform Act of 2008 (SFRA), the state’s school funding formula, Beck said that immediate relief in the upcoming state budget is critically needed for underfunded districts if wholesale school funding reform cannot be accomplished prior to the budget’s adoption.

Included below are the full press conference remarks as prepared for delivery by Superintendent Rocco Tomazic (Freehold Borough), Superintendent James Lavender (Kingsway Regional), Superintendent Brian Brotschul (Delran Township), and Superintendent Jared Rumage (Red Bank Borough):

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Superintendent Rocco Tomazic (Freehold Borough) speaking at the press conference with Senator Jennifer Beck on April 24, 2017. (SenateNJ.com)
Tomazic: “Thank you Senator Beck for calling this press conference to highlight these very serious concerns. Our Freehold Boro parents are here today because they are being done a great injustice by the state. Our schools are over 50 teachers short with many critical educational programs not being run, all because the state has chosen to distribute state aid in a way that some districts are flush with extra cash and others are struggling to provide the basics. Our Freehold community members are here because they have seen their tax levy contribution soar as they try to keep the district afloat in the face of year after year of flat funding. They have come to hear the Commissioner of Education justify this approach. But mostly they have come to express their displeasure to their elected officials. This is not just a Freehold Boro problem. It manifests all around the state.”

Lavender: “Thank you Senator Beck for having the courage to address the inequity in school funding allocations. Kingsway’s story is similar to the hundreds of underfunded districts throughout this state… We get 43% of what we are entitled; our student body has grown by 44% since the adoption of SFRA without corresponding increases in state aid; we are short dozens of teachers; and our residents are overtaxed. We are tired of the excuses and demand that every member of the legislature act now by eliminating the hold harmless adjustment aid used to punish the close to 400 public schools and lift the enrollment caps preventing state aid increases to the 100 school districts who have grown since the adoption of SFRA. These outdated and arbitrary budgetary measures, intended to be temporary in 2008, are now crippling the majority of our public schools. We call on the members of the legislature to put fairness before politics and fix this school funding fiasco before summer recess.”

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Superintendent Brian Brotschul (Delran Township) speaking at the press conference with Senator Jennifer Beck on April 24, 2017. (SenateNJ.com)
Brotschul: “Delran Township too thanks Senator Beck for proactively supporting the underfunded and overlooked districts in our great state. A poorly executed school funding plan that overtaxes the residents of Delran and requires dismantling of programs and opportunities for our students has prompted the founders of Our Fair Share NJ – Delran residents- to join us in Trenton today. Delran township public schools facilitates an efficient operation and, if the matter of school funding remains status quo, the district will be faced with cutting personnel and human capital that directly impacts students, their achievement and preparation for the colleges and careers that are supported so specifically by the most aggressive learning standards in the country. While there is no greater influence on student achievement than a qualified teacher, in Delran we have nothing left to cut in order to remain operationally solvent. Sadly, it will be those that immediately impact children. With critical educational programs not being run for our youngest and most at risk learners we serve I can only point to the state for knowingly and improperly executing a school funding plan since its inception that creates far more losers that winners. Residents are trying to make sense of the decisions that the state administration has recommended that asks the legislature to create losers in funding and tax relief. To date they have received little explanation outside of the reality that the executive branch and two arms of the legislative branch have not made adequate progress. The formula for executing education funding requires immediate change and support from both sides of the aisle and all areas of the state.”

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Superintendent Jared Rumage (Red Bank Borough) speaking at the press conference with Senator Jennifer Beck on April 24, 2017. (SenateNJ.com)
Rumage: “I am here today with members from the Red Bank school community because we are facing a crisis. We have seen a 40% increase in enrollment since 2008 which means flat funding actually represents a significant reduction. In Red Bank, this problem is exacerbated by the existence of a held harmless charter school, which ironically, spends $2000.00 more per pupil annually than the Borough Schools. We cannot provide the educational environment our students deserve and are entitled to, when our talented and passionate educators are at such a clear disadvantage. The playing field is not level – it is like we are competing with two hands tied behind our back. Our children, their families, and our community deserve more – and the more is needed now. Senator Beck, on behalf of my colleagues and all of our supporters here today, thank you for helping us showcase our concerns. We need our fair share of funding in the 2017-2018 budget. We hope that you and others in the legislature can provide this help and we thank you for your continued support.”