Prep football: WHS has seven all-state honorees

With a state runner-up trophy in hand, Williamsburg was well-rewarded with seven players earning spots on the Iowa Newspaper Association’s all-state teams, announced Tuesday, Nov. 21.Highlighting the list was Gage Hazen-Fabor, the first-team Class 2A pick at running back. Hazen-Fabor is a junior and was the state’s leading running back of all 11-man teams, rolling up 2,403 yards in 13 games, including 113 in a 29-0 loss to Waukon in the state title game.Other Raiders honored on Class 2A’s first team were offensive lineman Clayton Thurm and defensive lineman Ben Subbert.The only other area first-team pick in any class was Chris Marlfese, a junior from Belle Plaine. He was 3-of-6 on field goals with a long of 36 yards, and of his 53 kickoffs averaged 48.4 yards with 12 touchbacks.Local honorees were as follows: Class 3AThird team: TE/WR – Darius Moore, senior, Clear Creek Amana. Class 2AFirst team: OL – Clayton Thurm, jr., Williamsburg; RB – Gage Hazen-Fabor, jr., Williamsburg. DL – Ben Subbert, sr., Williamsburg.Second team: LB – Tucker Stanerson, sr., Williamsburg.Third team: TE/WR – Brandon Blythe, sr., Williamsburg; LB – Sterling Greiner, sr., Williamsburg; DB – Mathyan Powell, jr., Williamsburg. Class AFirst team: K – Chris Marlfese, jr., Belle Plaine.Second team: RB – Isaac Brandt, sr., Belle Plaine.Third team: DB – Noah Beck, soph., BGM. 8-manSecond team: DL – Kody Timm, soph., HLV.Third team: LB – Brandon Schafbuch, sr., HLV. Continue Reading

Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan lead 2017 Kennedy Center honorees

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Veteran musician Lionel Richie, hip-hop star and actor LL Cool J and Cuban-American singer and actress Gloria Estefan will receive the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors this year, CBS network said Thursday.The 40th Kennedy Center Honors, to air on CBS on Dec. 26, is one of the highest awards in American culture, celebrating lifetime achievements through the performing arts. Other 2017 honorees are television writer-producer Norman Lear and dancer, choreographer and actress Carmen de Lavallade. “The Kennedy Center Honors spotlights the extraordinary careers of five artists whose talent and ingenuity have enriched and shaped cultural life in America,” David M. Rubenstein, chairman of the Kennedy Center, said in a statement. The awards will be presented at a gala at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center Opera House on Dec. 3, and is expected to be attended by President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump. (Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by James Dalgleish)(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2017. Click For Restrictions Continue Reading

2015 Kennedy Center honorees include George Lucas, Rita Moreno and the Eagles

The 2015 Kennedy Center honorees will be the Eagles, singer Carole King, “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, theater legend Rita Moreno, Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa and actress Cicely Tyson. This year's group was announced Wednesday by CBS, which telecasts a tape of the annual event. The ceremony, during which other artists pay tribute to the honorees, will be held Dec. 6 at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Other nominees include theater and film legend Rita Moreno and 'Star Wars' creator George Lucas.  The telecast will be aired on Dec. 29. The Kennedy Center honors have become the closest thing in America to national recognition of artists. Continue Reading

New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade honorees

Every year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade is an opportunity to celebrate the public figures that represent values that Nuyoricans consider their own — hard work, ingenuity, and the capacity to bring people together. On Sunday, this fresh crop of honorees, including Grand Marshal Chita Rivera, will embody Boricua pride on Fifth Ave. — but these honorary titles will be carried for a lifetime. Here are some of this year’s celebrity honorees: 1. Tony Orlando (International Ambassador) Famous for bubblegum-pop hits recorded during the 1970s with his trio Tony Orlando & Dawn — including “Knock Three Times” and “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ’Round the Ole Oak Tree” — Orlando is still recording, singing and acting at 69. 2. Julian Gil (International Godfather) The Argentine-born, Puerto Rico-raised actor and model is mostly known for being a judge on Univisión's beauty contest “Nuestra Belleza Latina.” But he has also gained fame through his performances on soap operas, such as the recent “¿Quién Eres Tú?” 3. Ambar (National Godmother) After 15 years of a recording career, singer Ambar received extra exposure with her seventh album, “Libre,” in 2012. The singles “Tengo Ganas” and “Mi Corazón No Se Compra” made it onto the Billboard charts, and were followed this year by the success of the Don Omar-produced dance single, “No Pares de Bailar.” 4. Johnny Lozada (Artistic Godfather) The artistic career of Univision’s “Despierta América” anchor began in the 1980s when he was part of the most successful lineup of boy-band Menudo. Besides his work as a TV host and soap actor, Lozada is still singing with Menudo alumni band, El Reencuentro. 5. Adamari Lopez (Artistic Godmother) Host of Telemundo’s morning Continue Reading

Congrats to APP Sports Awards honoree Jaden Rhoden of Toms River North!

Congratulations to Asbury Park Press Sports Awards honoree Jaden Rhoden of Toms River High School North boys basketball!Jaden averaged 15.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.9 steals for the Mariners, and will be one of the 300-plus students honored at our second APP Sports Awards, featuring ESPN's Dick Vitale, at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank June 14!Join us for the awards to celebrate the awesome achievements of the student-athletes of the Shore Conference.Show your support for your town, your school and these amazing student-athletes.Get your tickets now: student-athlete of the Jersey Shore will you see featured on next? Check back daily to find out! Continue Reading

Catholic school fundraiser aims for $1 million, names CNBC journalist Maria Bartiromo as honoree

A fund-raiser for Brooklyn and Queens Catholic schoolchildren whose families are struggling to make tuition is set to kick off Wednesday. The 2011 Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria is one of the biggest money makers for the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. "I'm hoping to raise as much money as we can so we can give out more scholarships to children who are in need," said Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello, head fund-raiser for the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. The dinner is part of the Futures in Education Scholarship Program, a nonprofit group that helps struggling parents pay hefty tuition bills so their children can stay in Catholic school. Individual tickets for Wednesday's dinner are going for $750. Last year, the fund-raiser netted just over $850,000. So far, they've sold close to 700 tickets and have matched last year's number. They're hoping to draw in over a million dollars from the dinner, Gigantiello said. "If we can get that, it's going to feel very good - especially in this economy," he said. "The more money we raise, the more scholarships we can give out." This year's honoree will be CNBC financial journalist Maria Bartiromo. Her alma mater - St. Bernadette in Bensonhurst - and two other Brooklyn and Queens Catholic schools will entertain the audience with songs. Gigantiello said there are more than 12,000 schoolchildren whose families need help closing the tuition gap. And while he wants to do more, the diocese only has enough money to give partial scholarships to half the students who need them. "It's frustrating that you can help some kids and you can't help others," said Gigantiello. "The money is out there. We just have to get it and make people aware of the need." For more information about the dinner or to make other donations, call (718) 965-7308. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

2010 Kennedy Center Honorees include Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey is giving up control over one show she'll be in this fall: the Kennedy Center Honors. The 56-year-old TV host and actress will be honored at the 33rd annual event in Washington on Dec. 5, along with musician and former Beatles member Paul McCartney, dancer, choreographer and director Bill T. Jones; country singer-songwriter Merle Haggard; and Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman. The honorees were announced Tuesday. "I love surprising people, I don't like being surprised," Winfrey told The Associated Press. "Releasing any kind of control over a show and allowing myself to sit there and be surprised is not going to be easy but I'm willing to do that." The Kennedy Center Honors recognize performing artists for their contributions to American culture. Winners are selected by the Kennedy Center's Board of Trustees. In addition to her award-winning TV show, Winfrey earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her work in the film adaptation of Alice Walker's novel "The Color Purple." Winfrey is used to celebrating others, both on her popular television show and at previous Kennedy Center Honors programs, but she said she's looking forward to being celebrated this time around. "When I've done them in the past for people, it has always felt a little bit like being bombarded with a love festival that is about you, and you know that's gotta feel good," Winfrey said during a phone interview in between filming for her show's 25th and final season. The man who is responsible for the event, creator and producer George Stevens Jr., said being a spectator is part of the fun for attendees. "We don't put much of a burden on them," Stevens said. "You don't sing for your supper. They are not asked to speak or perform. They simply receive the tribute of their colleagues and peers, which really makes it very different for them, and is part of what makes it so special." Country star Haggard, perhaps best known for his Continue Reading

Obama shows who real ‘Boss’ is in meeting with Kennedy Center honoree Bruce Springsteen

He's the President, but Barack Obama lauded Bruce Springsteen Sunday night as "the Boss."The New Jersey rocker joined actor Robert De Niro, comic legend Mel Brooks, jazz great Dave Brubeck and opera singer Grace Bumbry as this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center honors for contributions to the arts. Obama told the star-studded crowd of 300 in Washington that the honorees were "living reminders of a single truth - and I'm going to steal a line from Michelle [Obama] here - the arts are not somehow apart from our national life, the arts are the heart of our national life. "On a day like this, I remember I'm the President, but he's the Boss," Obama said of Springsteen. He described Bumbry as "a divine voice worthy of the Heavens," and praised De Niro's "emotional audacity." "Wow!" said Brooks, 83 - not in response to the First Lady's strapless purple gown, but to the announcement that Vice President Biden was in the house. Obama joked that he had to get a fake ID to get into "Blazing Saddles" in 1974. "The statute of limitations has passed," he said. The President saved his most personal story for Brubeck, 89. "In the few weeks that I spent with my father as a of the things he did was to take me to my first jazz concert, in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1971. And it was a Dave Brubeck concert," Obama said. "The world he opened up to a 10-year-old boy was spectacular." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Longtime investigator Cook among honorees at Detective Investigators’ Association banquet

NYPD investigator Sgt. William Cook retired in 1989 - but never stopped working. The master sleuth went over to the city Office of Special Narcotics to untangle sophisticated criminal webs. "His compassion and dedication to the job are second to none," said John Fleming, president of the Detective Investigators' Association, which represents investigators for the city's five district attorney's offices, as well as the Office of Special Narcotics. Cook, a 41-year law enforcement veteran, is among some three dozen investigators who will be honored today at a Detective Investigators' Association banquet at Russo's On The Bay. Cook is receiving a career achievement award. Another honoree, Jeremy Rosenberg, retired from the NYPD two years ago and is a senior investigator with the Manhattan district attorney's office. He's getting a commendation for one of his first cases - a 100-count indictment against upper East Side gallery owner Lawrence Salander, accused of stealing $88 million from artists, collectors and investors, including tennis great John McEnroe. The other honorees include: - The Brooklyn DA's major narcotics unit, for saving two gunshot victims and making five arrests after learning of the hit while monitoring a wiretap. - Detective Jan Crosas-Median, who with the Bronx DA's office busted a real estate fraud case. - Manhattan DA senior investigators Jeremiah Harrington and Barry Anfang, who helped talk a distraught man out of jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Trump, first lady pull out of Kennedy Center Honors ceremony to avoid ‘distraction’ for honorees

The White House, already facing a growing boycott by several honorees, announced Saturday that President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not participate in this year's annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony to avoid any "political distraction" for the recipients of the prestigious award.The 40-year-old arts and humanities award, presented every December in a ceremony at the Kennedy Center, recognizes honorees for their lifetime contributions in the arts and the positive change they have made in the world.Past presidents and first ladies have hosted a reception for the honorees at the White House before the Kennedy Center gala and sat with them at the televised event.This year's ceremony will be held Dec. 3 and broadcast on Dec. 26."The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year's activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction," the White House press office said in a statement.The White House said the Trumps "extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year's award recipients for their many accomplishments."Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein and President Deborah F. Rutter said they respect Trump’s decision.“In choosing not to participate in this year’s Honors activities, the administration has graciously signaled its respect for the Kennedy Center and ensures the Honors gala remains a deservingly special moment for the honorees. We are grateful for this gesture” they said in a joint statement.Two honorees for this year, TV writer and producer Norman Lear and dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, had already announced plans to boycott a White House reception that normally takes place the night before the awards ceremony.Lear, 95-year-old creator of such iconic TV programs as All in the Family, has been an outspoken critic of Trump, particularly the administration's policies toward Continue Reading