Lehigh Publick Theatre, a new non-profit organization, will hold general auditions for actors teens and up, and non-acting personnel, for its premier production in 2015. Auditions will be held at the East County Regional Library, 881 Gunnery Rd., Lehigh Acres, Saturday March 21, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Actors should bring a photo and resume and be ready to perform a prepared piece of no more than a minute in length, or will be asked to read. Non-actors should bring a resume of theatre experience, if any, and will be asked to fill out a questionnaire.
Founder and producer-director Donato Colucci brings to the table 45 years of experience in Chicago, Boston, New York and most recently Naples. He has worked at every level of theatre from academic to Broadway. He is a director by trade, with over 60 productions to his credit.
For those who cannot attend the audition, Mr. Colucci can be contacted at email@example.com.
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A certain Lee County commissioner is right in his NP opinion that there is misinformation about impact fees. He is either ignorant of its sources or willfully misleading. Builders and developers have always told the lie that impact fees hurt the building economy. Every study I have ever seen that wasn’t paid for by a builder/developer group disputes that. The factor that controls new home pricing is profit. Period. Spend as little as possible to build the house and sell it for all the market will bear. Only a complete lack of media institutional memory and understanding allows those lies to carry weight.
The commissioner says impact fees were used to push the city south and the gated communities east. The decisions that allowed the sprawl we have seen were not caused by impact fees. The decisions were made by county commissioners – commissioners who, now more than at any time since the 1980’s, were selected by builder/developer money. Including the one making the false statements to the NP.
by Wayne Daltry (Used with Permission – Published in the Banana Peel – Deborah M Maclean Publisher)
“What is Truth” asks the philosophers. “It is what can be reasoned through the mind and experience” states the scientists. “It is what compels you through the heart,” state the poets. The rest of us have to look at the record.
The record states that unincorporated Lee County lagged behind the cities in the recovery resulting from new construction and increased values of existing property, from the time of the impact fee reduction until…well, now.
And the cities kept the fees. Go figure.
The record states that prior to 1987, Lee County citizens imposed upon themselves a one cent gas tax, and didn’t lynch the Commissioners who passed 4 cent gas taxes, in order to relieve congestion. This was also the time the State passed the 6th penny sales tax, and passed half to local governments for infrastructure. This was also the time that congestion continued to grow. Not enough money? So the Commission then passed the impact fee.
According to GasBuddy; The transition from ‘winter blend’ to ‘summer blend’ gasoline always brings increases in retail gasoline prices, but nothing you’ve seen over the past year is likely to match what GasBuddy anticipates over the next two to three weeks.
“Wednesday brought a big price rally in gasoline markets and gasoline wholesalers are seeing huge increases,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. “Wholesale prices today alone have increased coast to coast from 10 to 27 cents per gallon; and when you add that on top of the increases that occurred earlier this month, it’s inevitable that retail prices will climb aggressively in weeks ahead.”
“Just since Monday, Feb. 2, wholesale prices nationwide have increased by an average of 54 cents per gallon,” DeHaan added. “And the west coast, by far, has seen the steepest increases, with Los Angeles wholesale pricing up $0.96/gal., San Francisco up $0.84 and the Pacific Northwest up by $0.73.”
Nearly two and a half decades after his death, a “new” book by Ted Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is all set for publication, says the Association of Mature American Citizens. It’s called “What Pet should I Get?” and the famed author of books for children of all ages wrote it more than a half century ago.
Sometime after the good word-doctor’s passing, his wife set out to do a little remodeling in their La Jolla, CA home. She put a few of her husband’s possessions-including the manuscript- in a box and set it aside so that workers could go about their chores.
Random House, which plans to release the book this summer, said: “This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure!”
All most 4,000 fans filed through the renewed CenturyLink Sports Complex gates, up the steps and through Hammond Stadium’s grand new entrance during an open house.
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At noon, baseball Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven, former Twins pitcher, emceed the ribbon-cutting ceremony that included new manager Paul Molitor and commemorated a two-year, $48.5 million project. It was funded by the state of Florida ($15 million), the Twins (at least $6 million) and hotel bed taxes collected over the next 30 years in Lee County ($27.5 million).
The overhaul brought the Twins’ facilities up to par with those of the Boston Red Sox, who moved into the $80 million JetBlue Park and Fenway South complex three years ago.
The falling unemployment numbers should be cause for merriment but it’s hard to find enough people who are happily employed these days, at least not enough to put together a decent celebration, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
Weber said “that’s because, as Jim Clifton, chairman of the respected Gallup polling organization, painfully pointed out in an opinion article recently: the weekly Department of Labor unemployment statistics are ‘a big lie’.”
The latest rate of unemployment is reportedly hovering around 5.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and “that’s no lie,” Weber added. “But it is deceiving. It makes it sound as if the country is getting back to normal when, in fact, the Obama Recession has established a new normal, one in which part time jobs take the place of real jobs. If they had used the real unemployment rate, it would be more like 11.3%”
Weber said “Clifton’s statistics-scandal expose revealed that the government has also been committing a grievous sin of omission in its employment reports: they don’t count those poor souls who have stopped looking for work because there are no decent jobs to be found.”
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CNN is reporting that; the popular TurboTax software has temporarily stopped processing state tax refund filings in all states after reports of fraud increased.
Reports of an increase in suspicious filings came from a “small handful of states” this week, including Minnesota. The company has stopped processing the forms in all states as it investigates the problem, said Julie Miller, a spokeswoman from TurboTax owner Intuit.
Intuit systems have not been breached, according to a preliminary investigation from third-party security expert Palantir.
Instead, criminals may be using identity information (like Social Security numbers) that were stolen from somewhere else to file fake returns and collect refunds. (more…)
SW Florida hosts garden diseases and pests that love our warm climate as much as we do. Learn how to use organic controls to control them in your home garden. Workshop is Saturday, February 28, 2014 from 1–4 pm inside Veterans Park located at 55 Homestead Road South in Lehigh Acres. The featured speaker is Karen Harty, Volunteer Agriculture Program Coordinator with the UF/IFAS Lee County Extension.
There are two options for the workshop: for $25 you will receive all of the handouts, laminated chart, and sticky traps; for $100 you will be provided all of the above PLUS an additional seven organic controls, 1-gallon sprayer, and crate to hold everything.
To use a credit card, register online at Eventbrite.com. Checks, made out to “LCEOAB”, can be mailed or dropped off. Address envelope to: Organic Controls Workshop, UF/IFAS Lee County Extension, 3410 Palm Beach Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33916. Registrations received by 2/24/15 will receive controls at workshop. For additional questions, contact Karen Harty at 610.530.8883.