‘Christmas Story’ dad dies at 83

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Darren McGavin, the actor whose roles included the grouchy dad who famously ogled a leg-shaped lamp in “A Christmas Story,” died Saturday of natural causes, according to his son. He was 83. Though his role in the 1983 holiday comedy classic was memorable, McGavin’s contributions to the small screen were notable. He starred in five TV series, including “Mike Hammer,” “Riverboat” and cult favorite “Kolchak: The Night Stalker.” Among his memorable portrayals was Gen. George Patton in the 1979 TV biography “Ike.” Despite his busy career in television, McGavin was awarded only one Emmy: in 1990 for an appearance as Candice Bergen’s opinionated father in an episode of “Murphy Brown.” Born in Spokane, Wash., McGavin spent a year at College of the Pacific in Stockton before landing in Los Angeles, where he washed dishes and painted sets at the Columbia studio as a young hopeful actor. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant McGavin studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Studio and began working in live TV drama and on Broadway. He appeared with Charlton Heston in “Macbeth” on TV and played Happy in “Death of a Salesman” in New York and on the road. Though he lacked the prominence in films that he enjoyed in television, he registered strongly in featured roles such as the young artist in Venice in “Summertime,” David Lean’s 1955 film with Katharine Hepburn and Rosanno Brazzi; Frank Sinatra’s crafty drug supplier in “The Man with the Golden Arm” (1955); Jerry Lewis’s parole officer in “The Delicate Delinquent” (1957); and the gambler in 1984’s “The Natural.” He also starred alongside Don Knotts, who died Friday night, in the 1976 family comedy “No Deposit, No Return.”last_img read more

SA sommelier to take on world’s best

first_img3 October 2013 Xolani Mancotywa, sommelier at the Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg, has been named South Africa’s Best Young Sommelier 2013 and will be flying to Washington, DC to compete with 11 other national finalists in the International Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Sommelier Competition. The contest will take place at the Fairmont Washington, DC Hotel in Georgetown on 18 October, with the winner receiving the gold medal and trophy at a dinner at the French Embassy in Washington, DC on the same day. The national and international competitions are similar in format to those of the Court of Master Sommeliers, involving a day-long exam which tests the sommeliers on theory, practical skills and blind tasting. Originally from Cape Town, Mancotywa became sommelier at the Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg in November. He holds the rank of Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers in the United Kingdom. Mancotywa became interested in wine as a career when he attended a series of wine appreciation lectures at the Warwick’s Chef School near Hermanus in 2008. “I was intrigued by the other learners being able to associate freshly cut grass with Sauvignon Blanc,” he said. “In that moment I knew I had a lot to drink and subsequently learn. This was with the hope of also enlightening those that were as lost as I was when it came to wine.” On his work at the Saxon, where 60% of the clientele is international, he comments: “Pinotage and Chenin Blanc are favorite choices for travelling guests staying at the hotel. These are the bedrock of the South African wine industry. For an international traveler, it is always great to taste the local produce. Areas like Stellenbosch are producing phenomenal wines that have guests shipping cases back home.” Given his extensive experience and expertise, how did Mancotywa prepare for his South African exam and the international competition in Washington, DC? “Study, study, study. Taste, taste, taste. Do service training daily. Eat, live, and breathe it. “It is surreal to compete at this level,” he says. “As a lover of our beautiful country, it is with pride one can compete and expose the world to what we do.” The Chaine de Rotisseurs is the world’s oldest and largest gastronomic society, with 25 000 members in over 70 countries. Source: Wine.co.zalast_img read more

Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of September 30, 2018:Address: 23 Burt RoadPrice: $486,000Buyer: Melissa HebertSeller: Caitlin M. AhernDate: 10/3/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 26,136sfAddress: 5 Dexter StreetPrice: $385,000Buyer: Angely RiveraSeller: Anthony Lesperance & Susan A. LesperanceDate: 10/3/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 9,583sfAddress: 25 Dorchester StreetPrice: $470,000Buyer: Sadie Sherman & William ShermanSeller: Cheryl Cwiekowski & Daniel CwiekowskiDate: 10/5/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 20,038sfAddress: 14 King StreetPrice: $730,000Buyer: Nicole M. Boyer & Jeffrey T. BoyerSeller: 3 Holly Street LLCDate: 10/3/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 10,019sfAddress: 25 Lowell Street, Unit 2Price: $160,000Buyer: SST Unique Realty LLCSeller: Kenneth B. McCowanDate: 10/1/18Use: Office CondoLot Size: 0sfAddress: 45 Marcia RoadPrice: $525,000Buyer: Michael J. Silverstro & Greta SilverstroSeller: Frank MatareseDate: 10/4/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 23,522sfAddress: 39 Marion StreetPrice: $302,000Buyer: Elm Tree Development LLCSeller: Mararet Funk Est. & Robert G. Peterson Sr.Date: 10/4/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 19,166sfAddress: 16 Salem StreetPrice: $289,900Buyer: DSM Mangano Home BuildersSeller: Daniel J. Blackwell & Suzanne M. BlackwellDate: 10/1/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 9,148sfAddress: 5 West StreetPrice: $400,000Buyer: Joseph A. TrioSeller: Geraldine E. RossDate: 10/5/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 39,204sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

REMINDER After Monday New Years Week Trash Recycling Collection Is Delayed By

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an important reminder from the Town of Wilmington:Trash and recycling collection on Monday, December 31, 2018 will be picked up as regularly scheduled. Tuesday through Friday pickup will be delayed one day due to the New Year Holiday.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: Due To Memorial Day, Trash & Recycling Collection Is Delayed By One Day This WeekIn “Government”REMINDER: After Monday, Christmas Week Trash & Recycling Collection Is Delayed By One DayIn “Government”REMINDER: Due To Presidents’ Day, Trash & Recycling Collection Is Delayed By One Day This WeekIn “Government”last_img read more

Greece wildfires death toll hits 50

first_imgA wildfire rages in the town of Rafina, near Athens, Greece on 23 July. Photo: ReutersFifty people have died and 170 have been injured in wildfires ravaging woodland and villages in the Athens region, as Greek authorities rush to evacuate residents and tourists stranded on beaches along the coast on Tuesday.The death toll soared with a Red Cross official reporting the discovery of 26 bodies in the courtyard of a villa at the seaside resort of Mati.The bodies were entwined and severely burnt, an AFP photographer at the scene said. They appeared to have been caught by the flames trying to reach the sea.The authorities had previously announced 24 deaths and scores of injuries with the majority of casualties found in their homes or cars in Mati, 40 kilometres (25 miles) northeast of the capital.Of the injured, 11 people were in serious condition.Port authorities told AFP they had found four bodies in the sea, including three women and a child who had apparently tried to escape the flames.There were fears the toll may rise further, as people remained unaccounted for.- ‘National tragedy’ -Interior Minister Panos Skourletis said rescue workers were “still searching if there are more missing”.”It’s a national tragedy,” civil protection agency official Ioanna Tsoupra told public broadcaster ERT.By dawn Tuesday, fires were still burning around the capital, while others broke out elsewhere during the night.Authorities were trying to evacuate inhabitants, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said.”Fifteen fires had started simultaneously on three different fronts in Athens”, he said, prompting Greece to request drones from the United States, “to observe and detect any suspicious activity”.Nine coastal patrol boats, two military vessels and “dozens of private boats” assisted by army helicopters were mobilised to help those stuck in the harbour in Rafina, one of the worst affected areas close to Mati.Evacuees were transferred to hotels and military camps, while worried relatives flocked to the area.Police in the town said they found two Danish tourists out of a group of 10 in a boat at sea off the town and were trying to locate the others.Civil protection chief Yannis Kapakis said he had told Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who cut short a visit to Bosnia to return home, that winds up to 100 kilometres (60 miles) an hour were creating “an extreme situation”.Forecasters said conditions would remain challenging on Tuesday, although showers and falling temperatures were expected in Athens.In the north, more than 300 firefighters, five aircraft and two helicopters were mobilised to tackle the “extremely difficult” situation, Athens fire chief Achille Tzouvaras said.- Children evacuated -Video footage showed inhabitants fleeing the fires by car, with several buildings and homes damaged, as the region of Attica — which includes Athens — declared a state of emergency.”If I hadn’t left, I’d have been burned,” a 67-year-old resident named Maria told AFP.Near the town of Marathon, residents fled to safety along the beach, while 600 children were evacuated from holiday camps in the area.Tsipras said “all emergency forces have been mobilised” to battle fires along at least three fronts.”I am really concerned by the parallel outbreak of these fires,” he said, with officials raising the possibility they could have been started deliberately by criminals out to ransack abandoned homes.Fires are a common problem in Greece during the summer and can be major killers.Fires in 2007 on the southern island of Evia claimed 77 lives.- Sweden battles 27 fires -The Greek government has asked the European Union for help fighting the fires.In recent days, wildfires have also caused widespread damage in northern Europe.Sweden is experiencing an unprecedented drought and the highest temperatures in a century.On Monday, the Nordic nation’s civil protection agency MSB said there were 27 active fires across the country, as temperatures were expected to soar as high as 35 Celsius this week.Several European countries including France, Italy and Germany have sent planes, trucks and firefighters to help tackle the blazes in Sweden, where usual summer temperatures are closer to 23 Celsius.Some 25,000 hectares (62,000 acres) of land has already gone up in smoke or continues to burn — an area twice the size of the city of Paris.At least four of the fires had not been brought under control, MSB said, and weather conditions were unfavourable.- No rain since May -There has been practically no rain since the beginning of May in Sweden.The Forestry Bureau said Monday put the value of the destroyed forests at 900 million kronor (87 million euros, $102 million).Meanwhile in Finland’s northernmost Lapland province, fires have ravaged woods and grassland close to the border with Russia.Norway, which experienced its hottest May temperatures on record, has also seen several small fires, and one firefighter was killed on July 15 trying to contain a blaze.Fires have raged for five days in Latvia, destroying more than 800 hectares in the Baltic state’s western regions.last_img read more

Elderly woman electrocuted

first_imgMap of SatkhiraAn elderly woman has died from electrocution in Patkekghata upazila of Satkhira.The deceased was Aaijan Bibi, 60, lived in Toilkupi village in the upazila.Locals said Ayjan Bibi was cutting mango tree branches on Monday noon with a heaver when it suddenly came in contact with a live electric wire and got electrified.The incident left the woman dead on the spot, said officer-in-charge of Patkelghata police station Rezaul Islam.last_img

Sculpting tradition in modernity

first_imgHis inspirations from his predecessors have kindled in him the spark of creativity, where rootedness to living tradition acted as a point of departure, which has ultimately brought him to the creation of a series of sculptures under the title ‘The Babu, the Nayika and the Cat’ based on the urban-folk forms of the paintings famously known as ‘Kalighat Pat’developed in 19th century Calcutta around the temple of Kalighat. This series was first exhibited at the Indian Art Fair 2012 held in Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The bronze and fibre-glass sculptures displayed in the present show posit all the characteristic and visual philosophy of his works mentioned above.The lyrical lines, the rhythmic volume, the concentrated mass emerging out towards the dynamic outward surface from the still central core, creating the negative space through synchronization of positive volume, the rhythmic distortion of mythical figures from naturalistic conventions – all these aesthetic attributes of his works postulate his position as a modern and modernist sculptor emanating traditionally oriented contemporary values. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixApart from the bronzes of mythical and humanist subjects of his well known genre in this show there are six pieces of his Kalighat Pat based works, four of which are in coloured fibre glass and two in bronze.In developing these witty, humorous, lyrically rhythmic yet socially critical forms he has displayed a kind of post-modern values in the evaluation of a defunct tradition and using it to transpire some of the intrinsic features of contemporary life.last_img read more

IT policy looks to transform Bengal into techproficient welfare society

first_imgKolkata: The Information Technology (IT) policy of the Mamata Banerjee government is aimed at transforming Bengal into a knowledge driven, technologically enabled welfare society, with extensive use of IT for increasing employment opportunities and promoting the state as a preferred investment destination.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had formally unveiled the IT policy of the state government on Monday, from the venue of the foundation stone laying ceremony of Silicon Valley IT hub at New Town, which was made available on the website of the state IT&E department on Tuesday.”Our emphasis will be on harnessing emerging technologies to be amongst the top global performers in IT and to spread relevant skillsets in expanding the workplace to areas such as digital marketing, 3D printing, animation, gaming, data analysis, big data and contributing to the electronic value chain. We will forge partnerships for promoting emerging technologies and PPP will be encouraged,” a senior official of the state IT department said.In a significant step to attract the IT companies in the state, the IT department will offer specific fiscal incentives that include 50 percent waiver of property tax for a period of 12 years (as per section 102B of West Bengal Municipal Act 1993) and extra 15 percent Floor Area Ratio (FAR) for IT buildings.”The Incentive Policies offered by the state department of Commerce and Industry and MSME department will be followed mutatis mutandis,” the official maintained.The fiscal incentives assume significance with the Mamata Banerjee government averse to special economic zone (SEZ) status for land to the IT players.”There will be an innovation platform to highlight the achievement of local companies and their cutting-edge research in the field of IT&E will be recognised. We are also coming up with a Centre for Innovation at Bantala, known as Sector VI in the administrative parlance,” the official added.The government is already focusing on creating clusters and hubs on analytics, fintech, animation, hardware etc.last_img read more