Soundgarden To Perform ‘Superunknown’ In Its Entirety at Webster Hall

first_imgSoundgarden to perform their 1994 album Superunknown in its entirety on June 2nd at Webster Hall New York City! Tickets for the special Soundgarden club show at Webster Hall go on sale on May 21 at 10am ET only to Citi credit or debit card holders. The price is also a nod to the album’s 20th anniversary: each ticket is $19.94. Ticket purchasing information will be listed at citiprivatepass.com. If you’re a fan of the band they’ve only played the album live in full only once before so ask a friend with Citi bank.Soundgarden / Nine Inch Nails 2014 Tour Dates:July 18-20 Pemberton, BC—Pemberton Music FestivalJuly 19 Las Vegas, NV—Planet HollywoodJuly 21 Morrison, CO—Red Rocks AmphitheatreJuly 22 Morrison, CO—Red Rocks AmphitheatreJuly 24 Tinley Park, IL—First Midwest Bank AmphitheatreJuly 26 Clarkston, MI—DTE Energy Music TheatreJuly 27 Toronto, ON—Molson Canadian AmphitheatreJuly 29 Mansfield, MA—Xfinity CenterJuly 30 Camden, NJ—Susquehanna Bank CenterAugust 1 Wantagh, NY—Nikon at Jones Beach TheatreAugust 2 Holmdel, NJ—PNC Bank Arts CenterAugust 4 Bristow, VA—Jiffy Lube LiveAugust 5 Virginia Beach, VA—Farm Bureau Live at Virginia BeachAugust 7 Charlotte, NC—PNC Music PavilionAugust 8 Atlanta, GA—Aaron’s Amphitheater at LakewoodAugust 10 West Palm Beach, FL—Cruzan AmphitheatreAugust 11 Tampa, FL—MidFlorida Credit Union AmphitheatreAugust 14 Austin, TX—Austin360 AmphitheatreAugust 16 Woodlands, TX—Cynthia Woods Mitchell PavilionAugust 17 Dallas, TX—Gexa Energy PavilionAugust 19 Aluquerque, NM—Isleta AmphitheaterAugust 21 Chula Vista, CA—Sleep Train AmphitheatreAugust 22 Irvine, CA—Verizon Wireless AmphitheatreAugust 24 Mountain View, CA—Shoreline AmphitheaterAugust 25 Hollywood, CA—Hollywood BowlAugust 27 Sacramento, CA—Sleep Train AmphitheaterAugust 29 Portland, OR—Sleep Country AmphitheaterAugust 30 Seattle, WA—White River Amphitheaterlast_img read more

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Stunning Photos Of Dominican Holidaze Day One, Starring Umphrey’s McGee And Disco Biscuits

first_imgSetlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Breathless Resort & Spa, Dominican Holidaze, Punta Canta, Dominican Republic –  12/3/15Set I: Goonville > 1348, Bad Friday, The Linear > Educated Guess, Make it Right, 40’s ThemeSet II: JaJunk > Puppet String, Believe The Lie, Day Nurse, Ringo, Miami Virtue > JaJunkEncore: The Triple WideSetlist: The Disco Biscuits at Breathless Resort & Spa, Dominican Holidaze, Punta Canta, Dominican Republic –  12/3/15Set I: Kamaole Sands-> Run Like Hell (fakeout)-> Pygmy Twylyte-> Minions-> Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy-> Kamaole Sands, Portal to an Empty Head, House Dog Party FavorSet II: Strobelights & Martinis-> Abraxas-> Strobelights & Martinis-> And The Ladies Were The Rest of The Night-> Gangster-> And The Ladies Were The Rest of The Night, Rockafella Dominican Holidaze got underway last night! Held at the beautiful Breathless Resort & Spa, the festival in Punta Cana, DR features an incredible lineup with artists like Umphrey’s McGee, Disco Biscuits, STS9, Lettuce and more! Last night, Umphrey’s McGee and The Disco Biscuits got things started with back-to-back, rip-roaring sets. Check out photos from Josh Timmermans of Noble Visions, and the full setlists below:last_img read more

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Breaks Radio Silence With First Of Six ‘Fireside Sessions’ [Watch]

first_imgAfter a year long, pandemic-induced hiatus, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to the digital stage last night from the comfort of their living room. When the behemoths of jam-rock stepped off the stage on February 29th at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, nobody could have predicted that the band wouldn’t play together again until almost a full year later.The road warriors have carved their niche into the music world with intimate live shows and rowdy, multi-night residencies. When the band announced their return to the stage with the six-part Fireside Sessions, eager fans were flooded with relief. The massive band was cut down to a core four with the husband and wife tandem of lead guitarist Derek Trucks and divine vocalist/guitarist Susan Tedeschi leading the charge alongside bassist Brandon Boone and drummer Tyler ‘Falcon’ Greenwell.To kick off the series, the core of Tedeschi Trucks Band welcomed the digital fanbase into their home for a stripped-down performance of some of their beloved tunes. Cozy vibes emanated from the glowing embers of the fireplace to the warm, wooden finish of their den. Paying homage to Butch Trucks and their roots in the Allman Brothers Band, the rare TTB quartet formation launched into Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues” before getting back to the basics with Derek Trucks’ slide guitar introducing “Simple Things”. The rendition featured Trucks’ characteristic guitar wail and Falcon wielding mallets instead of drumsticks. The fan-favorite cut off their 2011 debut album, Revelator, epitomized the overall message of the band, which has only been reinforced by the pandemic and subsequent quarantine. The lockdown forcibly reminded the citizens of the world to try to be happy and to be grateful for our health, and the health of our friends and family (“Simple things / Make life worth living”).Tedeschi Trucks Band – 2/18/21 – “Statesboro Blues”, “Simple Things” – Fireside Sessions[Video: Tedeschi Trucks Band]Keeping the musical medicine flowing, “Misunderstood”, off 2013’s Made Up Mind, cemented the front and back lines with Derek Trucks and Susan exchanging scorching guitar licks while Falcon and Boone maintained a tight-knit rhythmic pocket. Susan’s well-rested vocals shined with glorious light as Derek’s furious finger work wove intricate melodies around her. Their call-and-response evolved into a straight shred-off, with the duo exchanging scorching solos and slathering hot sauce all over the jam.Staying on the same album, Susan’s powerful vocals revived a soulful take on “It’s So Heavy” as she switched guitars in favor of her trusted Telecaster. After the music ended, Susan voiced an inspiring message to “stay positive and keep trying our best” as she introduced the band—and the engagement’s titular fireplace—while Derek slugged some amber potable. The heartwarming relationship between Derek and Susan was on full display as they exchanged loving smiles and sheepish grins during a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever”’.Before delving into Elmore James’ “The Sky is Crying”, Susan recounted a story that she heard from Duane Allman’s wife about a night that Duane took her to see “the greatest guitarist,” Albert King, and Duane was blown away, noting that she now thinks about Duane every time she plays the tune.As the song broke down, Susan Tedeschi brought home the bacon with a bluesy and soulful solo before passing the baton back to Derek to whoop up a furious cauldron of home cookin’ with his glass slide. Boone and Trucks shared a laugh after the music ended, indicative of the good feelings of the entire night—smiles and laughs all around.Next, Susan picked up her beautiful, autographed turquoise guitar for a bone-chilling performance of “Don’t Drift Away”. Although this is one of the band’s lesser-played tunes, they did play it at their last show before the shutdown at the Ryman Auditorium on 2/29/20.After dedicating a short tribute to all the people who were taken from us by the coronavirus, Susan led the quartet through a take on the crowd-favorite, “Angel from Montgomery.” The composition was written by John Prine, who unfortunately was just one of the many musical legends that was taken from us during this terrible pandemic. As the tune wound down, Susan transitioned into its frequent TTB partner, “Sugaree’”, a joint composition written by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia. Susan returned to “Angel from Montgomery” to close out the performance with the lyrics “To believe in this livin’ / Is just a hard way to go.”The intensity culminated with “That Did It”, a powerful vortex surrounding Susan’s vocals. At one point, Derek Trucks, who has heard his wife sing thousands of times, couldn’t keep the pleasant surprise off his face as Susan belted out the lyrics. It seemed that Derek, just like anyone who was ever heard Susan sing, was amazed that that thunderous voice could emerge from Tedeschi’s slight frame.To close out the first edition of the Tedeschi Trucks Band Fireside Sessions, the quartet laid into an impactful ‘I Want More” that drifted into improvisational territory as Boone, Tedeschi, and Trucks exchanged sizzling solos. The interplay eventually evolved into the song structure of Carlos Santana’s “Soul Sacrifice” for a heated conclusion.Susan thanked the audience, expressed her desire to play live music again soon, and wished everybody well before signing off as the credits rolled, accompanied by Leon Russell’s “A Song to You”.With great relief and anticipation, Tedeschi Trucks Band welcomed their musically famished audience into their warm and cozy home to perform a purposeful selection from their repertoire with a slimmed down unit. Susan’s voice seemed well-rested from the long hiatus-—more powerful than ever, even—and Derek’s well-practiced fingers had no problem finding the melodic grooves of yesteryear. Boone and Falcon were an unstoppable force in the backline. Thursday nights at the Tedeschi/Trucks house will be a refreshing change of pace in this music-less world and have already become the best day of the week.The pandemic has presented challenges for musicians as well as the audience of devotees. Reach out to an old friend. Check on one another. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it is my most sincere hope that we can make it to the other side to dance and laugh in the sunshine while stomping our feet in the muddy lawns of our favorite venues. Until next week, stay healthy and well.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Fireside Sessions | 2/18/21Set: Statesboro Blues, Simple Things, Misunderstood, Lovin’ You is Sweeter Than Ever, The Sky is Crying, Don’t Drift Away, Angel from Montgomery > Sugaree, That Did It, I Want More > Soul Sacrificelast_img read more

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The League Of Extraordinary Women: 60 Influencers Are Changing The World for Girls

The previously untold story of how an unprecedented network of high-achieving women from the world’s largest companies, innovative startups, philanthropic organizations, government, and the arts combined forces to change the lives of girls and women everywhere.Eight years ago Maria Eitel, CEO of the Nike Foundation, began connecting a group of executives, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, artists, government officials, and academics to formulate groundbreaking initiatives investing in girls and women and creating economic benefits for all.(READ the story from Fast Company)

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Disney Will Launch a New North American Tour of Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida in 2021

first_img Disney Theatrical Productions announced that a new North American tour of Elton John and Tim Rice’s beloved Broadway musical Aida will launch in early 2021. The new tour will premiere at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse beginning February 4 to March 7, 2021. Schele Williams, who was a member of the original Broadway cast, will direct this new production of Aida, which will be choreographed by Tony nominee Camille A. Brown (Choir Boy, Once on This Island). The production will play Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Worth, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Nashville, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., among other cities to be announced. Casting for the tour will be revealed later this year.The new production, updated and re-imagined, retains the Tony- and Grammy-winning score and features a book revised by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, who co-authored the original production with Linda Woolverton and Robert Falls. A passionate and timeless story for today’s audiences, Aida is the compelling tale of star-crossed lovers belonging to feuding nations, torn between their conflicted loyalties to their countries and to each other. With its stirring contemporary score and its powerful love story, Aida reveals that we have the power to change history, but only when we make brave choices and embrace our destiny.Disney Theatrical Productions President Thomas Schumacher, who recently appeared on an episode of #LiveatFive, said, “Schele Williams, David Henry Hwang and the team have cracked the show open in new ways to bring the story into today’s world while honoring what fans have cherished for 20 years: rich characters, gorgeous designs and those extraordinary songs.”“Aida is in my DNA in ways I had never imagined until I began the journey for this production,” said Schele Williams, in a statement. “I have a rich history with the show that I am very proud of, but when I recently made some discoveries about the history of its time period, the show broke open for me. It truly is the butterfly effect; subtle shifts have taken a story I love and turned it into an adventure I can’t wait for audiences to discover. David Henry Hwang has crafted a book that truly shapes this journey and Elton John and Tim Rice’s score is the glorious foundation we have built upon.”Aida, which opened at the Palace Theatre in March 2000, went on to become one of the biggest hits of its decade, closing on Broadway in September 2004 after nearly 2000 performances. It received five Tony nominations, winning for Best Original Musical Score, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Actress in a Musical for Heather Headley. A tour played 53 North American cities from 2001 to 2003.The new Aida will feature sets and costumes by seven-time Tony winner Bob Crowley, lighting by six-time Tony winner Natasha Katz, musical supervision by Tony Award winner Jason Michael Webb, vocal arrangements by Michael McElroy, orchestrations by Jim Abbott and dance arrangements by Tony winner Zane Mark.To stay up-to-date on when Aida might be headed to your city, visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com! “Aida”(Logo provided by Disney Theatrical Productions) View Commentslast_img read more

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The handblown Vermont Cocktail/Whiskey Glass has arrived on the market

first_imgAO Glass,Vermont Business Magazine AO Glass operates on 416 Pine Street in the heart of Burlington, Vermont and has been in business since 2007. The glass team is now back in the studio, following all the recommended safety precautions.After a pause in time created by the COVID-19 Virus, the creative, skilled, and seasoned, team at AO Glass is presenting a whole new in-house collection. First out in the Vermont Strong Collection of 2020 is the Cocktail/Whiskey Glass.Rich Arentzen, Co-Owner of AO Glass, “As a company, we have resources to create functional objects that reflect a sense of our community as we reenvision how we interact with our environments and each other”. “If you can’t visit Vermont this summer, you could at least sip some drinks out of this glass as you plan your next trip.”Tove Ohlander, Co-Owner of AO Glass, “With the direct sales to customers online, it gives us an opportunity to keep our prices low. These handblown glasses are landing at $45-50 and that is important during times when people want to buy gifts but can’t spend a fortune. Another feature that’s unique for AO Glass is that we offer hand engraved custom names or quotes on our products, and customers really appreciate to add that kind of value to a gift.”The original handblown AO-VERMONT cocktail/whiskey glass is a versatile go-to glass to have around the home that you can be proud to own or to give as a gift. These are perfect for savoring some of your favorite liquids, whether you’re in the Green Mountain State or far from home. Pair these with a bottle of spirits from one of our fantastic Vermont-based distilleries. And share the warmth.Next one up in the VT series is a bowl followed by a decanter. Sign up to the AO newsletter to follow the progress of the ancient art of glassblowing at a handmade-in-America creative hub.AO Glass is a leading producer of Hand Blown Glass in North America, supplying iconic lighting companies with high-quality glass components including Hubbardton Forge and Allied Maker among many others. Last year AO Glass collaborated with Whistle Pig in to produce the collectible bottle stopper for their 18-year-old Rye.Find the Vermont Strong Glass at www.aoglass.com(link is external). For inquiries email [email protected](link sends e-mail) or call 802.488.4455. We ship all over the country.AO Glass is located at 416 Pine St. in Burlington, VT. Open for appointment only and requires all visitors to wear a mask.”Source: May 27.2020. Burlington VT. AO Glass. Photo by Brian MacDonald.last_img read more

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New Challenge branded apparel from C4

first_imgSpecializing in long distance multisport apparel – C4 has presented the new Challenge Family winter apparel line. As the company notes, ‘We don’t stop training in the winter and we know you don’t either.’ Helping athletes get ready for their next Challenge event or just helping getting the Challenge brand out on the road and trail, the winter line is designed to ensure that athletes can handle all the cold and wet weather that comes with dedicated training off-season training.C4’s technical gear also aims to function indoors ‘at the high levels needed by serious racers to stay cool and manage internal body temperature.’ The company added, ‘You can work the trainer or crush a spin class in confidence in our jerseys and cycling shorts and still be capable of going another round.’C4 and Challenge Family are launching the new apparel range just in time for Christmas.Athletes can visit the Challenge Family apparel store and ‘no matter where you are in the world’, all orders placed before 1 December will be delivered in time for Christmas. The new Challenge branded C4 range includes apparel, from tri suits to cycling gear, and accessories through to Challenge Family knitted beanies, plus gift certificates for US$50, US$75 or US$100.C4 began in 1999 and started ‘making a few outfits for friends’, then expanded into producing custom items for events. The first was the legendary Laguna Phuket Triathlon in 2000 and ‘we’ve come a long way since then.’As C4 grew, customers around the globe chose the company to design, produce and sell merchandise and outfit teams. The company cites its clients as: international events like the Boston Marathon, The New York Marathon, Bike New York, Chicago’s Boulevard Lakefront Tour, Ironman Asia, Ironman Japan, the ITU World Championships, and Irongirl.’www.c4sports.cawww.challenge-family.com Relatedlast_img read more

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Athletes get behind #TriMixedRelays bid

first_img Related Last week, Gwen Jorgensen, the Olympic triathlon gold medallist in Rio 2016, was the first triathlete backing International Triathlon Union’s (ITU) proposal of including the Mixed Relays on the Olympic Programme for Tokyo 2020. “It will be amazing if we could have two opportunities to get a medal at the Olympic Games,” said the American elite triathlete.Hundreds of triathletes around the world, alongside national federations and organizers of events have also joined the #TriMixedRelays campaign.“Relays are unity in sport, an accomplishment bigger than the individual. Isn’t that what the Olympics is all about?” asked American triathlete Renée Tomlin. “Its my favourite event in the calendar,” replied British triathlon star Non Stanford, while her compatriot Helen Jenkins asked her followers to help to “get more triathlon on the Olympics.”“The Olympics is about athleticism, patriotism and awe. The Triathlon Mixed Relays massively fulfils this criteria and should be in Tokyo 2020,” added American Tommy Zaferes. “I support getting the Mixed Relays in Tokyo 2020,” said South African Richard Murray, a Relays bronze medallist himself at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.Athletes around the world have argued that the Mixed Relay format is loved by the whole triathlon family. From Lisa Norden (SWE) to Jodie Stimpson (GBR); from Fernando Alarza (ESP) to Ashleigh Gentle (AUS); from Aileen Reid (IRL) to Dominika Jamnicky (CAN) or Ben Kanute (USA), all were asking their teammates to push and try to get another chance at an Olympic medal.Flora Duffy, current ITU World Champion, from Bermuda said, “Even though I won’t be able to race, as I’m the only triathlete from Bermuda racing at WTS level, I’d still love to see the #TriMixedRelays at the next Olympics.”The push to have the event included on the Olympic programme is coming not only from the athletes but also from the national federations. “What a spectacle it would be for the Triathlon Mixed Relays at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” said the British Triathlon Federation. According to ITU the call for the addition of #TriMixedRelays at Tokyo 2020 is also coming from ‘USA, Australia, Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, Italy, Mexico, France… the number of federations asking for it keeps growing day by day, with the total support of the athletes.’With no extra athletes needed to be added to the Olympics programme, and lots of extra excitement for spectators, the Mixed Relays are also backed by triathlon fans and event organizers around the world. The Major League Triathlon team also supports the bid, as does Chris McCormack, co-founder of the SuperLeague.“We love mixed events. Young men and women should be inspired to enjoy sports together. Sports should unite genders as well,” said Yiannis Exharchos, OBS CEO.“I really think we have all the ingredients,” said Marisol Casado, ITU’s President and IOC Member. “It is something that athletes like and it is adding the team values to a very individual sport, which they really like and appreciate. It’s thrilling, exciting and engages with spectators, both on-site and on television. We already have Mixed Relays at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games… We really think it will be a great value to include the Triathlon Mixed Relays to the Olympic programme.”ITU has presented a formal bid for Mixed Relays to the IOC, which will make a final decision at the Executive Board meeting to be held on 9-10 July 2017.www.triathlon.orglast_img read more

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Briefly noted: Buffett announces new GEICO service center, 500 jobs coming to Lenexa; Apartment fire in Shawnee

first_imgWaren Buffett and Gov. Jeff Colyer helped cut the ribbon at the announcement of a new GEICO service center in Lenexa. Photo credit office of Gov. Jeff Colyer.Buffett announces new GEICO center, 500 jobs coming to Lenexa. Investor Warren Buffett was in Lenexa with GEICO CEO Tony Nicely to announce a $10 million investment in a service center in Lenexa that will bring 500 jobs with it. The 55,000 square foot facility is located at 11214 Renner Road. It’s expected to be fully operational by August. [GEICO announces new service center in KC Region — Kansas City Area Development Council]Fire displaces 20 from Shawnee apartments. A two-alarm blaze at the Hampton Woods Apartment Homes in Shawnee damaged 20 apartment units and displaced 14 adults and six kids overnight. [20 apartments damaged by early morning fire, displacing 14 adults and 6 children — Shawnee Dispatch]Arts Council of Johnson County gets $5,000 grant from Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission for veterans program. The Arts Council of Johnson County was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission for smART Exchange: Veterans and the Arts. The 15-year program, smART Exchange, is a partnership among the council, After Action Network and Johnson County Park & Recreation District, to explore the mashup of the arts with other professions. The program focuses on how the arts can be a creative outlet for veterans as well as a tool for healing and a viable post-service career option. These pilot workshops will teach digital photography techniques, color theory and mixed media. Select artwork created in the workshops will be exhibited next spring.last_img read more

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Lawyer fights to keep a single, working mother in her home

first_imgLawyer fights to keep a single, working mother in her home August 1, 2010 Annie Butterworth Jones Associate editor Regular News Lawyer fights to keep a single, working mother in her home Associate editor S tephanie Land knows just how quickly life can change. When her job with Tallahassee Community College was terminated in 2008, Land went nine months before finding work at the Department of Juvenile Justice. The weeks of unemployment took their toll, and Land felt helpless as she fell behind on the mortgage payments for her home.“I was going crazy,” said Land. “I kept thinking, ‘I’m going to lose my house. I can’t feed my children.’ I was just praying someone would help me.”Through a friend working at The Florida Bar, Land heard about the Florida Attorneys Saving Homes program, a Bar initiative originally created to help distressed Florida homeowners behind on their mortgage payments. The program now primarily utilizes attorneys and local circuit mediation programs to represent eligible homeowners in foreclosure mediation.Just one week after applying for FASH, Land heard from Carol Grondzik, an attorney with Lutz, Bobo, Telfair, Eastman, Gabel & Lee in Tallahassee. For months, Grondzik worked with Land, filling out paperwork and placing calls to Land’s mortgage company. Nothing seemed to be working.“The day we thought we had come to a verbal agreement, Stephanie was served with foreclosure papers,” said Grondzik. “That’s when it became a nightmare.”Although Grondzik’s commitment through FASH had ended with Land’s foreclosure papers (under FASH, attorneys are not obligated to handle foreclosures), the attorney chose to remain on Land’s case pro bono, despite never having worked on a foreclosure case before.“Carol was the cornerstone of everything,” said Land. “If she weren’t so committed, there’s no telling where I’d be sleeping tonight.”Grondzik worked tirelessly to help Land navigate lenders, but it wasn’t easy.“They wouldn’t give us exact numbers,” recalled Grondzik. “Stephanie mailed her payment, and they mailed it back, saying they didn’t know who she was. It was a complete disaster. Everything was so circular; people didn’t have their processes straight.”Grondzik believes things have changed since the beginning of Land’s case, especially as the FASH program has evolved, but she doesn’t deny that these cases each come with their own challenges.“This was a very early case, and FASH didn’t have the information they have now,” said Grondzik. “[Communication between] attorneys and lenders was difficult. I don’t think this is the program for the faint of heart.”Grondzik herself has worked on only one other FASH case. Other referrals were sent to her through the FASH program, but not all applicants choose to continue through the process.“One of the major problems that I encounter talking with other folks is just getting them to accept the reality of their situation,” Grondzik said. “They are desperately looking for advice, and they have friends and family and other attorneys offering conflicting advice.“Stephanie had very good circumstances. She had some resources and employment, and so for someone who has no resources, you know, it’s even more difficult.”There were times, though, Land says, when she thought she would not be able to make it.“I was making myself sick. I couldn’t enjoy the extra time I had with my children. I couldn’t even enjoy breathing without this heavy fog over me.”Then, in June, after months of paperwork and hours spent speaking with banks and mortgage companies, Land received the news she and Grondzik been waiting for: Her home was out of foreclosure.Land says she can’t thank Grondzik enough.“She never once complained. Even when she was on vacation, she’d return my calls,” said Land. “I tell people that the attorneys who volunteer to give their time, energy, and effort to people who have come into economic hardship — and not due to their own incompetence — are willing to do anything to help you stay in your home without making you feel like you’re a charity case and it’s your fault. They do what they do with sincere compassion.”The FASH program provides attorneys like Grondzik with an unusual opportunity for pro bono work outside of litigation, and help is still needed for attorneys willing to work pro bono with local mediation programs.Grondzik, whose own volunteer experience with FASH sprung out of her involvement with the RPPTL Section, believes the cases are worth the time and effort required.“I really had to debate whether to take another case,” said Grondzik, particularly after the difficulty she encountered during Land’s. “But, I felt like I should. I thought volunteering with FASH would be a good way to provide pro bono service without entering the more common world of family law where I feel incompetent. I thought it would be a worthwhile venture.”If Land’s closed foreclosure is any indication, FASH is more than just a worthwhile venture; it’s a life-changing one.“If I lost my home, I would have lost everything I had worked for. I would have lost the only thing I ever owned,” said Land. “Now, I’m like a whole new me. The cloud has been lifted!”last_img read more

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