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Section 2, part 2

(1) Can running make you smarter?

(2) Why Jet Lag Can Feel Worse When You Travel West to East

(3) Repeat After Me: Cold Does Not Increase Odds of Catching Cold
(4) Ed H. in NC: I actually met this fellow, Bob Mazur [the real-life guy that THE INFILTRAOR was based on],  a couple of years ago in Tampa. He owns an investigation firm there employing ex IRS, FBI etc. His firm helped me verify certain financial transactions where I was mediating a dispute among two 50% family business owners.
I head some stories about his exploits and intestinal fortitude in trapping some very bad people. I will say as I remember. he looks nothing like Bryan Cranston. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie.
(5) What Google learned from its quest to build the perfect team
(6) The incalculable value of finding a job you love
(7) Jean B. in PA: Blaine,  You are quite a remarkable guy!  I’m sorry I did not get to know you while you lived in Bucks County!


Section 12A, NC events


August 4-14 at The Magnetic Theatre

A “funny, sweet tempered musical” (Washington Post) from the best selling book. When a band of comical pirates come ashore looking for an expert digger to join their crew, they enlist young Jeremy Jacob and hilarity and delight ensue!

book, music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman
based upon the book my Melinda Long with illustrations by David Shannon
directed and choreographed by Robbie Jaeger

Starring: Reed Atherton, Tiffany Renee Bear, Tristan Cameron, Rock Eblen, and Kelsey Sewell

Tickets: $12 (students and groups) | $23 (adults)
plus special performances for camp and homeschool groups weekdays (more info at or 914/830-3000)

Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Katie Jones
Musical Director: Kylie Brown

Costumes: Caroline Bower
Props: Chifferobe Home and Garden
Sound: Jonesalee
Sets: Ryan Maloney
Lights: Eric Winkenwerder and Barbara Berry

(2)  Deputy Sheriff, Crime Prevention & Community Relations Unit Larry Pierson from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office

Photo from Larry Pierson

How do we keep improving our communities?
One of our driving phrases, “The Co-active partnership between law enforcement and the community” now presents another chance for Buncombe county residents and the Sheriff’s office to join together in education and information sharing.
This is an incredible opportunity to learn more about law enforcement straight from experts in each division.
We have
20 new slots to fill for the fall academy while reserving some spaces for extra from our spring academy which filled up quickly.
Presentations include informative, interactive sessions and exciting hands on experiences.
Communications (Hands on*)
Patrol (Hands on*)
Criminal Investigations (Detectives),
Property Crimes &
Major Case (Hands on*)
Detention (Hands on*)
Courts – Civil Process
Animal Control, Property & Evidence
(Vehicle tour*)
Special Enforcement Division (K9 Demo*)
Crisis Negotiation Team
Special Response Team (SRT)(Bearcat vehicle, tactical gear*)
Training & Facilities tour (Demos)
School Resource Officers
Sheriff’s Executive Resource Volunteers (SERV)
Internal Affairs

If anyone is interested just follow the link for an online application.
Call 250-4427 with questions

The Academy begins on Sept. 20th and runs every Tuesday night from 6:30pm-8:30pm through Dec.6th 2016.
Held at the Buncombe County Emergency Services Training Facility, 24 Canoe Ln. in Woodfin.
Deadline to apply is Aug.8th ,2016.
We look forward to hearing from you.

(3)   Brevard Little Theatre proudly presents the musical Godspell, on the last weekend of July and first weekend of August!

A contemporary musical based on the Gospel according to Matthew: A comedic troupe of eccentric players teams up with Jesus to teach his lessons in a new age, through parables, games, and tomfoolery. Even after the haunting crucifixion scene, Jesus’ message of kindness, tolerance and love lives vibrantly on.

In a time where there is so much divisive rhetoric and conflict, what could be better than a musical about love and community? Come sing about love!

Co-producers Mark and Sandi Thompson and director Heather Fender Denton have assembled an experienced cast:

  • Andy Thompson plays Jesus while Colby Coren doubles the roles of John the Baptist and Judas.
  • The eight other players are Christine Johnson, Lauren Howell, Karen Covington-Yow, Brandon Gash, Mark Thompson, Beth Norris, Elly Leidner, and Bob Pompeo.

Sarah Fowler is musical director and pianist. She also leads the rock band that accompanies the players. It includes Will Springer on guitar, Sandy Boone on bass guitar, and Jon Lauterer on drums. Sandi Thompson is the stage manager.

  • Performances:
  • Thursdays-Saturdays, July 28-30 and August 4-6: 7:30 PM
  • Sunday matinees, July 31 and August 7:                  3:00 PM
  • Reservations (encouraged–our musicals are usually very popular): Call (828) 884-BLTR [2587] and leave message
  • Tickets at the Box Office:
  • Thursdays (July 28 & August 4):    11 AM – 1 PM
  • Fridays (July 29 & August 5):          11 AM – 1 PM
  • All performances:                            One hour before curtain time
  • Prices:
  • Adults $20
  • Students (full-time, any age) & Youths (under 12) $12
  • Season subscribers are entitled to one admission per season ticket

(4)  David Joe Miller presents: A Celebration of Spoken Word

WHERE: The Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St., 28801
WHEN: Saturday July 30, 2016
DOORS: 6pm | SHOW: 7pm
GENRE: storytelling
AGES: all ages
TICKETS: $12 adv. / $15 d.o.s.
SEATING: seated general admission

Honoring Gwenda Ledbetter, “Asheville’s Storylady” who recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Storytelling Network. She began her career in Asheville over 50 years ago.

*Also featuring Dr. Joseph Sobol, head of the storytelling masters degree program at East Tennessee State University
Raymond Christian, four time The Moth Story Slam Champion recently featured on NPR‘s “Snap Judgment.”

Hosted by David Joe Miller and co hosted by Jimmy Neil Smith, the founder of the National Storytelling Festival and the International Storytelling Center.

(5) Barbara Brady talk:
Spiritual Wisdom Applied to World Events: For Ourselves, Our Loved Ones and Communiteis

Sunday, August 14 at 11 AM – 12 PM
Creative Thought Center

449 Pigeon St, Waynesville, North Carolina 28786
~ How do each of us maintain our center, and stand in love, peace, and the light, in the midst of suffering and violence in the world, including Dallas, Nice, Istanbul and Orlando?

~ How do we nurture our spirits and be a healing, loving presence for others without being pulled into a downward spiral of blame, judgment, and negativity?

~ Finally, how do we take a painful event and turn it into something meaningful and positive for ourselves and others?

On Sunday, I will speak about how each of us can address the challenges and opportunities inherent in these questions, so that instead of being pulled off center, we can experience a deeper, more consistent connection with our divinity and all that is.


Section 12B, PA/NJ events


EVENT: DANCING AT LUGHNASA.  Brian Friel’s deeply moving story of five impoverished Irish sisters fighting for survival and love in their simple cottage.  And just occasionally, the music from their radio sets them a-dancing!   Directed by Jarad Benn.  Starring Giz Coughlin, Hannah Rappaport-Stein, Victoria Benn, Marcie Bramucci, Charlotte Kirkby, Eddie Honan, Ray Proietti, and Tristan Takacs.  Produced by Victoria Benn.  Susan Blair, Assistant Director.  Lauren Walton, Stage Manager.  Joy Woffindin, Choreographer.  Lighting Design by Andrena Wishnie.  Sound Design by Scott Karlin.  Set Design/Construction by Jerry Smith.  Production Assistant, Rosie Karlin.   Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.


SHOW DATES:  Weekends, July 15 – 31, 2016.  (Nine performances only)


TIMES: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. 

PLACE: The Heritage Center Theatre, 635 North Delmorr Avenue (Route 32), Morrisville, PA – near the Calhoun Street Bridge. 


ADMISSION:  $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (62+), $15 for WHYY cardholders and students $10 for children.  Parental discretion advised.  Group rates available for ten or more. 


TO RESERVE:  Call the nonprofit ActorsNET at 215-295-3694 or email   On-line tickets can be purchased


ON THE INTERNET:  The company’s website is  Social networking includes Facebook page — “ActorsNET, AKA Actors’ NET of Bucks County” (– and Twitter name @actorsnet. 

COMING NEXT:  ActorsNET’s launches its 21st Season with an area premiere of the exciting stage western, THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE.  A timid Easterner tries to get a Western town to stand up to a vicious gunslinger and his gang.  Playwright Jethro Compton has adapted this play from the original short story by Dorothy M. Johnson, which inspired the film classic of the same title.  ActorsNET Co-Founder Joe Doyle directs a superb cast, including C. Jameson Bradley, Tammy Goldberg, Marco Newton, and Barry Abramowitz as “Liberty Valance.”  Performance dates are September 16 – Oct. 2; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

(2) Board a Ship to Romance and Mischief in ‘Anything Goes’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre July 29 to Aug. 7

West Windsor, N.J. – Hop on board the S.S. American and get ready for music and romance on the high seas as M&M Stage Productions presents “Anything Goes” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times for this dazzling musical featuring Cole Porter classics are: Fridays, July 29 and Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, July 30 and Aug. 6 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, July 31 and Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on July 29.

“Anything Goes” is a classic boy-meets-girl story – with lots of hilarious complications thrown into the mix before all the romances get sorted out and disaster is averted!  The show stars nightclub singer Reno Sweeney, who is traveling by luxury liner from New York to England.  Her pal, Billy Crocker, has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.  Joining this on-board love triangle are Public Enemy Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors, and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.  And it’s all set to a magical musical score by the legendary Cole Porter.

The cast stars Evan Bilinski of Hamilton as Billy Crocker; Clare Harkins of Lawrenceville as Hope Harcourt; Jennifer Fischer of Hamilton as Reno Sweeney; Kurt Penney of Pennington as Moonface Martin; Reise Bridgers of Hamilton as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh; Peter Sauer of Yardley, Pa., as Elisha Whitney; Liz Wurtz of Levittown, Pa., as Evangeline Harcourt; Erin Wurtz of Levittown, Pa., as Erma; William Walters of Columbus as Ship’s Captain; Dan Mucha of Hamilton as Ship’s Purser; Michael Marrero of Hamilton as Luke; Michael Chell of Hamilton as John; and Kevin Hallam of Hamilton as Rev. Henry Dobson.

The ship’s “angels” include Alison Coombs of Lambertville, Ashley DeAntonio of Hamilton, Lauren Donahoe of Bensalem, Amanda Peterson of Lawrenceville, Tara Wagner of Hamilton, and Sarah Webster of Edison.

The ship’s crew features Michael Chell of Hamilton, Matt Keelan of Hamilton, Nicholas Kianka of Hamilton, Michael Marrero of Hamilton, Connor McDowell of Levittown, Pa., and Ray Weems-Pickens of Trenton. (Kianka, Marrero, Weems-Pickens and Keelan are all featured in the quartet.)

The production team includes Producers Mike Almstedt and Mike DiIorio, Director Mike DiIorio, Assistant Director Carolyn Anzuini, Musical Director Pam Sharples, Choreographer Laura Murey Ghaffoor, Stage Manager Angela Fasanella, Lighting Designer Chris Ghaffoor, and Sound Designers Eric Collins and Frank MacDuff.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens, and $16 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

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