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Major Upset in Nathan’s Dog Eating Contest

Jul 05, 15 Major Upset in Nathan’s Dog Eating Contest

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After eight years of bringing home the championship, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut had to concede this year’s first place title to long-time rival Matt “Megatoad” Stonie, in the 99th edition of the famous Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Stonie only won by two dogs, but he still had to devour an unbelievable 62 hot dogs with their buns in a lightning time of only ten minutes. To think second place went to someone that could actually eat 60 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes is mind-boggling. The contest was first established on July 4, 1916 by Nathan’s one of America’s most well-known seller of hot dogs. Back then the winner only had to consume 13 dogs in ten minutes. The contest was always held in Coney Island, one of the world’s most famous locales for amusement parks, one hundred years ago, and today as well. Today the contest has elements of a sporting event, with live coverage on television, and a female division as well. Miki Sudo, the women’s division champion, wolfed down 38 hot dogs. The second place female contest winner, Sonya Thomas, a former champion who is an eating-contest veteran, only managed to swallow 31 hot dogs in the same amount of time. Aside from the ESPN broadcast, thousands of spectators came to observe the contest in person. Stonie was crowned the hot dog eating champion, and also receives a generous $10,000 cash prize. “I trained hard for this,” Stonie explained. “We don’t just go up there and eat hot dogs. We practice for this. We prepare our bodies.” Anyone who regurgitates is automatically...

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Despite Odds Girl with CP Graduates Top in Class, Inspires Classmates

Jun 28, 15 Despite Odds Girl with CP Graduates Top in Class, Inspires Classmates

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One young woman from Brooklyn showed her classmates, and the world, that no matter the challenges, with enough hard work and will power, success is still attainable. Johileny Meran delivered the Valedictorian speech on Friday at the Juan Morel Campos Secondary School in Brooklyn. She graduated the top of her class and received a full scholarship to study at New York University despite the fact that she has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheel chair. Her accomplishment is even more remarkable since her mother died five years ago from cancer, and she grew up in a homeless shelter. “I made it through. I was able to overcome many of the things that stood in my way,” she said. Her remarks brought many present at the graduation ceremony to tears. Her obviously proud uncle said, “It’s a good feeling when somebody have the power, the inspiration to keep going, working for something she believed in.” Her school counselor Mariela Regaldo stated, “The best thing about her, she doesn’t give up.” Meran is planning to study neuroscience at NYU. She says she would like to help find a cure for cancer, an illness that took her mother, taught her about loss, and how to overcome hardships. “It inspired, she inspired me to keep going and that’s why I’m here today,” Meran said about cancer and her...

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Newest Oldest Person is Brooklyn Resident Miss Susie

Jun 19, 15 Newest Oldest Person is Brooklyn Resident Miss Susie

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When the world’s oldest person, 116-year-old Jeralean Talley of suburban Detroit died this past Wednesday, the baton was handed to Brooklyn resident Susannah Mushatt Jones, the new world champion for longevity. Born in Alabama in 1899, Jones, or “Miss Susie” as most of her acquaintances call her, moved to New York when she was 24 during the mayorship of John Hylan and riding the subway cost just 5 cents. Jones was married, but the marriage was short-lived and she never had children. She does have more than 100 nephews and nieces, who lavish love on their aunt. Until 1965 when she retired, Jones worked as a child-care provider. Reigning as the world’s oldest person is generally not a long-term honor. A Japanese woman, Misao was the world’s oldest person until her death in April at the age of 117. Then came Gertrude Weaver, who held the title in Arkansas for four days until she died at age 116. Next up was Talley, who turned 116 in May, but was forced to relinquish his position when he died last week. The second oldest person in the world is now Emma Morano-Martinuzzi of Italy, who is about 150 days younger than Miss Susie. Jones attributes her long and relatively healthy life to refraining from smoking and drinking, although she does eat bacon and eggs for breakfast every day. About 15 years ago she lost her eyesight, and her hearing is less (quite a bit) than perfect. She also uses a wheelchair to get around. But until she turned 100 she was able to cook for herself, and let a relatively independent...

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Ads and Commercial Arm Added to Nancy Glass Productions

Jun 15, 15 Ads and Commercial Arm Added to Nancy Glass Productions

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Nancy Glass Productions, a Philadelphia-based full service production company, recently expanded their already comprehensive list of services by adding a new division to their repertoire. Headed by Ben Fetterman, the director of business development at Nancy Glass, the Advertising & Commercial Division will meet what has been a growing demand for traditional for-broadcast commercial work. The new division will also offer support for the production of promotional videos and integrated marketing content, which will include, short form digital videos and content for social media. Also specializing in the production of cutting-edge original content for the major cable company networks, Nancy Glass Productions has been recognized as a leader in its field. Glass has received six Emmy awards for her work as a television host, producer and writer. Fetterman, with a background in business, has consistently brought his managerial and financial perspective to the world of film and television production.  He joined NGP in February 2013 where he worked as an assistant production manager until February 2014 when he became the director of business development. “Our team is looking…to identify the best solutions to take a concept from script to screen, no matter how large or small the display,” Fetterman said. “Featuring a full-service production studio with state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technology, as well as an experienced creative team, we collaborate with our partners to bring their creative ideas to...

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Children Discover Nature at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Jun 14, 15 Children Discover Nature at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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The beautiful environment of the famed Brooklyn Botanic Garden just got even more child-friendly. The recently opened Discovery Garden, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, maintains the authentic feel of being surrounded by nature, while at the same time opens up the mind of children of all ages to the surprises and excitement of the natural world. The more cerebral among us will love the informative signs explaining the whys and wherefores of the trees, plants, insects and animals who inhabit the gardens. For example, one sign posted near a venerable cork tree explained the mystery of the burls, or bumps so prominently visible on the bark: “The female (insect) lays her eggs under the bark. Inside, the young fatten up on wood, then eat their way out.” Not everyone feels a need to read signs, and Discovery Garden is wonderfully conducive to the experience of nature. In the marsh children can jump across rocks; play with mud and water from the pool; examine the mysteries of vegetable plants such as tomatoes, peppers and basil growing on raised beds. In another place children (and there parents) can grab an available trowel and start digging in the dirt. Digging is a great way to catch site of a magical earthworm or centipede. Those wanting a bit more elucidation can read a nearby explanatory sign and discover that, “soil isn’t just dirt” and that even just one small spoonful of earth “can be the home to one billion tiny living things.” Discovery Garden is open every day but Monday. March-October: Tuesday-Friday from 8am-6pm and Saturday/Sunday 10am-6pm. Closed on Labor Day but Open on Memorial Day and Columbus Day. For more information go to Brooklyn Botanic Garden...

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Robert Simons & Bill McGlashan in Final Negotiations with Jackie Chan

In exciting news for STX Entertainment with Robert Simons and Bill McGlashan, they are in final negotiations with Jackie Chan to star in the action thriller “The Foreigner.” Shooting is expected to start in October and the script is supposed to be based on Stephen Leather’s novel “The Chinaman,” published in 1992. The story focuses on a restaurant owner in London’s Chinatown who wants to hunt down a group of Irish terrorists that killed his daughter. STX was launched last year by film producer Robert Simonds and TPG managing partner Bill McGlashan with the goal of producing projects in the $10-80 million range. This area is virtually vacant in the studios, as they favor making massive superhero movies. STX hopes to release as many as 15 films each year by 2017. They have already lined up projects that include Matthew McConaughey (“The Free State of Jones”) and Julia Roberts (“The Secret in Their Eyes”). For this venture with Jackie Chan, David Marconi wrote the adaptation. Chan, of course, brings a slew of credits with him including being in more than 150 films since the 1960s. STX Entertainment with Robert Simons and Bill McGlashan has already lined up financial backing from venture capital firm and co-founder TPG, Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital and investors Gigo Pritzker and Beau Wrigley. They also have backing from China’s Huayi...

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Cannabis Will Grow in Brooklyn?

Jun 07, 15 Cannabis Will Grow in Brooklyn?

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A spokesperson for the New York State Department of Health did not say how many companies are applying for licenses to dispense medical marijuana, but he did say five licenses will be issued. Each license will allow each vendor the rights to establish four dispensaries throughout New York. One company, PalliaTech, signed a lease on a 3,000-square-foot space in downtown Brooklyn. The lease however is contingent on the company winning one of the five coveted licenses. The licensing competition is a result to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signing of the Compassionate Care Act in 2014, legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. However, unlike in California and other states with liberal medical marijuana regulations, New York State will have the country’s strictest regulations. The fact there will only be 20 dispensaries in a state as large as New York with a population of 20 million people, will make it not as ubiquitous as some might like. In addition, cannabis will not be available at all in plant form, so it cannot be smoked by users. Instead, users will need to ingest a highly refined version of the drug using vaporized oils, gel caps, nebulizers or other ways to achieve its medicinal effects. One other limiting factor is that only 10 illnesses will allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. “We believe that New York has set a national standard,” said Andrei Bogolubov, the executive vice president of PalliaTech. “It will give doctors a tool so that they can finally unlock the therapeutic potential of cannabis, which is vast for patients in New York, and ultimately that will benefit people who suffer from...

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Celebrity Chef Buys Fort Greene Townhouse for $2.4 Million

Jun 03, 15 Celebrity Chef Buys Fort Greene Townhouse for $2.4 Million

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Tom Colicchio, “Top Chef” judge and owner of Craft Restaurants and high-end Chelsea eatery Colicchio & Sons, just purchased a townhouse in the Brooklyn up-and-coming neighborhood of Fort Greene. Property records show that Colicchio bought the three-floor building at 366 Adelphi Street, which is divided into 7 separate dwellings, from Derek Cox, who himself purchased it in 1982. Colicchio’s intentions for the property are not immediately known. The eminent chef now lives in a duplex in the Meatpacking District with his wife Lori...

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