State Thruway Leaders Hope To Have Cashless Tolling Installed By Months End

first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.ALBANY – The New York State Thruway will soon be going cashless; however, the state’s Thruway Authority still doesn’t have a specific date for when the rollout will be complete.Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the project in 2018, with hopes it would reduce congestion along the state’s 570-mile transportation system.Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew Driscoll is urging anyone who does not yet have an E-ZPass to get one soon to save time and money.“It’ll afford you the ability to not receive a bill in the mail. And again, it’s just really the most efficient, effective and cost-effective way to travel, so I would really urge motorists to get an E-ZPass,” Driscoll said. “As far as the Thruway Authority and our ability to take pictures of any plates, including those that are peeling, these cameras on this new system have the highest and best resolution anywhere. We don’t see that as an issue. We’ve been testing already. We’ve not spotted any issue, so I don’t think it’s an issue at all for the Thruway Authority.” Driscoll says a lot of work to get all of the cashless toll lanes installed continues, however, he hopes to have everything complete by the end of the month.“We’re in the midst of testing each and every one of those sites specifically, as well as the system as a whole,” explained Driscoll.He says so far 70 gantries have been installed at 58 locations across the state.“On those gantries are a series of equipment, cameras, laser beams, treadles embedded in the road. All of those have a separate function in terms of measuring the height of a vehicle counting the axles of a vehicle, taking pictures of the license plates, and so forth, so each element of those gantries is tested individually, and then as a whole,” Driscoll said.After cashless tolling goes live, the toll booths will begin to be removed.However, Driscoll says that’s not expected to be completed until late summer of 2021. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hike! NFL Pros Randall Cobb, Joique Bell & Ahman Green to Make Broadway Debuts in Rock of Ages

first_img Directed by Kristin Hanggi and featuring a book by Chris D’Arienzo, Rock of Ages borrows rock hits of the 1980s to tell the story of showbiz lovers in L.A. The score includes “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “I Wanna Know What Love Is,” “Here I Go Again,” “Don’t Stop Believin'” and more. View Comments Rock of Ages Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015 Related Shows The jocks are playing with the theater kids. Current and former football greats are celebrating Super Bowl week with Rock of Ages on the Main Stem. Randall Cobb, Joique Bell and Ahman Green will make their Broadway debuts with more names to be announced soon as part of Rock of Ages’ week-long celebration of the football championship dubbed #BroadwayBlitz. Kickoff is January 28 when Green Bay Packer wide receiver Randall Cobb will make his Broadway bow. Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell will stride onto the Great White Way on January 29, followed by four-time Pro-Bowl running back Ahman Green at the matinee performance on February 1.last_img read more

New Expose: Salesman Run ‘Tortured’ Philip Seymour Hoffman

first_img Ethan Hawke, who starred with Hoffman in the movie Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead said he never saw Hoffman drink until A Death of a Salesman. According to the article, Hoffman told a friend that after 23 years sober, he felt he could risk drinking “in moderation.” Dying eight times a week as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman on Broadway took its toll on Philip Seymour Hoffman, according to Rolling Stone. In David Browne’s obit of the late, great actor, friends said Hoffman was never the same after his acclaimed run in the classic Arthur Miller play in 2012. “That play tortured him,” David Katz, the Broadway director and playwright (John Leguizamo’s Freak) who found Hoffman dead in his West Village apartment, told the magazine. “He was miserable through that entire run. No matter what he was doing, he knew that at 8:00 that night he’d do that to himself again.” Katz added that Hoffman confided to him that he didn’t want to act in theater again after the three-month run “for a while.” Three-time Tony nominee Hoffman was found dead of a heroin overdose on February 2014. A longtime supporter of the theater scene, his will stated that he preferred that his son Cooper live in Manhattan, Chicago or San Francisco, so that he “will be exposed to the culture, arts and architecture that such cities offer.” View Commentslast_img read more

Sneak Peek! Darren Criss & Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Backstage with Disney

first_img Star Files Glee favorite Darren Criss and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson have two things in common: One, they’re both Broadway vets. Two, they’re both appearing on the one-hour special Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years! The ABC special will spotlight all of Disney’s Broadway musicals, from current hits The Lion King and Aladdin to past favorites Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Hosted by Ferguson, the evening will feature appearances by Criss, Toni Braxton, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Elton John and more. Check it out on ABC December 14! Darren Criss View Comments Jesse Tyler Fergusonlast_img

Skylar Astin Cheers on His Girlfriend Anna Camp on Verite’s Opening Night

first_imgAnna Camp had an aca-awesome guy cheering from the audience on opening night of her new off-Broadway show Verite on February 18: Skylar Astin! Her boyfriend and Pitch Perfect co-star stopped by (in the midst of some exciting news about his new TV gig) to cheer her on and hang out at the post-show party. Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel and written by Nick Jones, Verite tells the story of Jo (Camp), a stay-at-home mom and struggling writer who tries to make her life exciting enough to publish a memoir. Check out these shots by Jenny Anderson of Camp celebrating with Astin and her co-stars Jeanine Serralles, Matt McGrath,  Danny Wolohan, Oliver Hollman, Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Robert Sella, then see the new Lincoln Center Theater production at the Claire Tow Theatre. View Comments Verite Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2015last_img read more

Odds & Ends: ‘S Wonderful News for Robert Fairchild, Daniel Radcliffe’s a Receptionist & More

first_img View Comments Daniel Radcliffe Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 Star Files An American in Paris Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. ‘S Wonderful News for Robert FairchildRobert Fairchild, who garnered a Tony nod for An American in Paris, has received another prestigious accolade. He’s been honored with a Bessie Award nomination for outstanding performer for his work in the tuner. The 2015 Bessies, the dance world’s version of the Tonys, will take place on October 19 at the Apollo Theater. Congratulations from us all at!Karen Olivo & SNL’s Taran Killam Will Lead The OdysseyTony winner Karen Olivo, SNL’s Taran Killam and current The Wild Party star Brandon Victor Dixon have been tapped for the Public’s musical adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey. The previously reported production, conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet, with music, lyrics and book by Todd Almond, will run September 4 through September 7 at the Delacorte Theater. Joining Olivo as Penelope, Killam as Cyclops and Dixon as Odysseus will be Lucas Caleb Rooney as Antinous, Almond as a singer and cameo group performances by The Bobby Lewis Ensemble, The D.R.E.A.M. Ring, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II, The Marching Cobras, The New York Youth Symphony and TADA! Youth Theater.Aladdin Prequel In The WorksAladdin, the stage adaptation of which is currently playing on Broadway, is getting a live-action prequel! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is developing Genies, which will follow the story of how the Genie ended up in the lamp. No word yet on timing, but the comedy adventure is being penned by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. The role of the Genie was of course played by the legendary Robin Williams in the 1992 animated classic; James Monroe Iglehart won the Tony for his performance in the role on the Great White Way. And we now have “Friend Like Me” on the brain…Watch Daniel Radcliffe Be an Inept ReceptionistFive-time Audience Choice Award winner Daniel Radcliffe recently stopped by the NYLON offices and sat at the front desk, unbeknownst to staffers and office visitors. He wasn’t the best receptionist (although he did at least keep track of the bathroom key). Check out the hysterical video below (one visitor loved him in “the horse play”), and make sure you keep watching until the surprise guest makes his entrance at the end…last_img read more

Everybody Rejoice…and Join Our The Wiz Live! Scavenger Hunt!

first_img View Comments CLICK HERE TO PRINT! So you wanted to meet the Wizard? Good, because The Wiz Live! is just hours away! While your heart’s singing joyfully and your fingers are doing some pre-live-tweeting stretches, we have just the thing to make any viewing party real, real, reaaaal to us:’s The Wiz Live! Scavenger Hunt! When you see one of the 12 items in the sheet below pop up during the NBC telecast, tweet it with a photo of your screen and the hashtag #WizHunt. If Dorothy does the Nae Nae, snap a pic! If Queen Latifah serves up some Wizard realness, snap a pic! We’ll retweet the silliest, wackiest, and most Oztastic shots throughout the night, and post our favorites here on! Click below to print out your own Scavenger Hunt list, pass them out to your friends—however brainless, heartless or cowardly they may be—and play along!last_img read more

Buried Child to Transfer to West End

first_img View Comments Ed Harris and Paul Sparks in ‘Buried Child'(Photo by Monique Carboni) After extending its engagement on multiple occasions off-Broadway last season, Buried Child is heading to the West End! Led by Oscar nominees and real-life husband and wife Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, the production will play November 14 through February 18 at Trafalgar Studios.Directed by Scott Elliott, the company of the New Group revival of Sam Shepard’s play also included Taissa Farmiga, Larry Pine, Rich Sommer, Paul Sparks and Nat Wolff. No word yet on whether they’ll be transferring with the production.Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows Dodge (Harris) and Halie (Madigan), who are barely hanging on to their farmland and their sanity while looking after their two wayward grown sons Tilden and Bradley. When their grandson Vince arrives with his girlfriend Shelly, no one seems to recognize him, and confusion abounds. As Vince tries to make sense of the chaos, the rest of the family dances around a deep, dark secret. Pine plays Father Dewis. Star Files Ed Harrislast_img read more

Fighting Hunger Together

first_imgNationally, the gleaning program gathered more than 1,000 tons of food. That became 1.3million meals for hungry people. It won’t feed everybody. But it’s a start. Today, hunger is closer to home. Every day, chronic hunger and malnutrition stalk 30 million Americans, including far toomany Georgians. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) puts theglobal figure at 800 million people. That’s one person in seven. “About 70 percent of Georgians don’t believe there has been progress on the hungerchallenge,” Andress said. “Two in five think hunger problems are about the same as in 1991.One in four believes they’ve gotten more serious.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering $1 million in grants to help communities getbetter at doing just that. On the other hand, one Georgian in five feels hunger isn’t a serious problem at all. It’s part of a growing focus on hunger. University of Georgia food and nutrition experts are helping study hunger in Georgia. Theyjust finished a telephone survey of 400 adults to learn how Georgians view hunger. DougBachtel, a rural sociologist, leads the effort. In Georgia, teachers and food providers are helping each other battle the problem locally. Aprogram called Fighting Hunger in Georgia helps link food providers with other resources andwith each other. Projects include setting up partnerships between farmers and low-income communities,training community gardeners and using donated lands to expand a food bank’s farmingcapacity. On World Food Day Oct. 16, the world joined in a live broadcast to highlight the role ofpeople to assure food security for poor communities. On Nov. 13-17 in Rome, political leaderswill come together for the FAO-sponsored World Food Summit. When you didn’t clean your plate as a child, what did your mother say? “Think of the starvingchildren in Africa or India.” Yet farmers produce bumper crops. Stores stock shelves overflowing with food. Andrestaurants throw away food every day. The dilemma is how to get food to the hungry. Even though people acknowledge the problem, few know it personally. “Only one in four Georgians knows someone who has skipped a meal due to a lack of money,”Andress said. “Younger women and working women are more likely to know someone whohas forgone a meal. And one in three Georgians making $40,000-$60,000 knows someonewho has gone hungry.” Only 10 percent of Georgians are very familiar with their communities’ programs to aid thehungry. During the summer Olympic Games, the world heard about the USDA AmeriCorps gleaningprogram. During the two weeks of the Games, volunteers gleaned 174 tons of excess foods. Elizabeth Andress, a food and nutrition expert with the UGA Extension Service, called theearly findings encouraging. The Fighting Hunger in Georgia program will now ask focus groups of providers andrecipients to look at services for the hungry. They’ll ask about improvements being made andbarriers to success. Women seem more sympathetic than men, especially women between 18 and 44. BlackGeorgians are more likely than whites to report hunger as a serious problem. “Although hunger wasn’t the first issue to come to mind for Georgians, almost half of adultsthink it’s a serious problem here,” Andress said. “In fact, almost one in three says hunger issomewhat of a serious problem in their communities.”last_img read more

Children’s Garden.

first_imgTracy Barlow will tell how to plant a children’s garden in a May 25 seminar at theGeorgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga.Barlow, youth programs coordinator for the Atlanta Botanical Gardens’ newly establishedChildren’s Garden, will alsodiscuss how to introduce children to the natural world through gardening.The creative speaker provides wonderful ideas on elements to work into a children’sgarden and the plants to use.Barlow conducts school and weekend programs for children and families. She alsodevelops curricula for the summer day camp and plans exhibits for the Children’s Garden.The seminar will start at 7 p.m. in the Stuckey Auditorium of the Georgia Experiment Stationin Griffin. It is sponsored by the Georgia Station Research & Education Garden. Andit’s free.Refreshments will be served and handouts provided. For more information or directions, call (770) 229-3367.last_img read more