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NEW YORK (AP) Stocks turned higher Wednesday, reversing earlier losses, as rising oil prices offset worries about the global economic recovery.

Europe’s debt crisis and weak Japanese exports raised concerns that the world’s major economies were flagging. Oil rose nearly $2 to settle at $101.32 per barrel, helping to push energy stocks higher.

Energy companies in the S 500 rose 1.6 percent. Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. led the S 500 higher, rising 7 percent. Higher prices for other commodities including copper and silver helped lift material company stocks. Freeport McMoRan Copper Gold Inc. gained 3 percent.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 37 points, or 0.3 percent, to 12,393, in late afternoon trading. The Standard Poor’s 500 index rose 4, or 0.3 percent, to 1,320. The Nasdaq composite rose 16, or 0.6 percent, to 2,762.

Greece’s government and opposition party failed late Tuesday to reach agreement on how to pare the country’s debts, adding to the uncertainty around Greece’s financial future. Many analysts believe Greece will eventually have to restructure its debt,
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possibly by extending interest payments or lowering interest rates.

Without that restructuring, if Greece defaults on its debt it could have a domino effect, raising borrowing rates for larger European countries and hampering the world economy.

Japan’s government reported that the country’s exports fell by 12.5 percent in April after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami shuttered factories and forced manufacturers to stop production. Japan’s auto shipments were particularly hurt, dropping 67 percent. The report added to concerns that the global economy is a long way from returning to health. Companies ordered fewer computers, heavy machines, cars and airplanes from factories in April. business investment.

Stocks had been on a steady climb since last August before dropping steeply in March when the Japanese catastrophe shook global financial markets. Strong corporate earnings sent stocks back up in April, but markets have stalled in the past three weeks. The S 500 closed at 1,363 on April 29, its highest level of the year, and has drifted lower ever since. Treasurys have risen as traders avoid a stock market they see as volatile. The S 500 index has closed higher on only three of the last 10 days.

Some analysts say the market may have been rising too far, too fast since the beginning of the year, making stocks seem expensive. The Dow is still up 7 percent for the year. The S 500 is up 5 percent.

“A pullback in the market is probably healthy,” said Michael Sansoterra, portfolio manager at Silvant Capital Management.

Fertilizer company CF Industries rose 4 percent a day after a JPMorgan upgraded the stock, citing the company’s good cash flow and positive predictions for the agriculture industry.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia jumped 19 percent. The company announced that it had hired the Blackstone Group as an advisor, triggering speculation the whole company will be put up for sale.

Retail stocks are struggling. Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. sank 8 percent after reporting that higher costs pushed profit down 36 percent. Discount retailer Costco Wholesale Corp. slipped 1 percent after reporting earnings that missed analysts’ estimates.
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Contact Us,Oddly enough, in an area known as one of the winter vegetable baskets of the nation, it’s slim pickings for farmers’ markets in Miami Dade County. Basically there seems to be two options: Pinecrest or Coral Gables. Located in the parking lot of Gardner’s Market, the Pinecrest operation offers a feast for the taste buds and a greater selection than its Coral Gables equivalent. If you don’t believe us, just compare; you can hit both in the same weekend: Pinecrest is held on Sunday, the Gables on Saturday. In addition to plentiful citrus and vegetables, a variety of orchids and plants can be found. Other vendors sell homemade oils, jams, salsas, and baked goods. Unfortunately Pinecrest, like Coral Gables, is seasonal. It only runs from January to mid April.

“If you could call this place something, it would be tantamount, in Spanish, to that sitcom in English where everybody knows your name Cheers,” says Miami Dade Fire Rescue’s Lt. Eddie Ballester. The firefighter and paramedic, stationed five blocks away, is a regular at this window. Over the years Brothers to the Rescue leader Jos Basulto has scarfed not a few pastelitos at this locale while pondering his next move. Miami Dade County Manager Merrett Stierheim also has been spotted here, along with several of his assistants. Univision’s answer to Walter Cronkite, newsman Guillermo Benitez, is another familiar face. Policemen, businessmen, plumbers, retirees, and Harley Davidson aficionados all make this their chitchat haven. On a recent Saturday, while waiting for his coffee and Danish, Ballester talked about saving lives with Retavase, a new clot busting medication for heart attack victims currently being tested at his station. You never know what new things you’ll learn at the Universidad de la Carreta.

“If you could call this place something, it would be tantamount, in Spanish, to that sitcom in English where everybody knows your name Cheers,” says Miami Dade Fire Rescue’s Lt. Eddie Ballester. The firefighter and paramedic, stationed five blocks away, is a regular at this window. Over the years Brothers to the Rescue leader Jos Basulto has scarfed not a few pastelitos at this locale while pondering his next move. Miami Dade County Manager Merrett Stierheim also has been spotted here, along with several of his assistants. Univision’s answer to Walter Cronkite, newsman Guillermo Benitez, is another familiar face. Policemen, businessmen, plumbers, retirees, and Harley Davidson aficionados all make this their chitchat haven. On a recent Saturday, while waiting for his coffee and Danish, Ballester talked about saving lives with Retavase, a new clot busting medication for heart attack victims currently being tested at his station. You never know what new things you’ll learn at the Universidad de la Carreta.

There was much trepidation about the coming of this monster movie theater to our much treasured Road. Would this cold and corporate megaplex shoveling out Hollywood hits put an end to any remaining pretense of funkiness that the mall had? Surprise: The Regal on South Beach has fit in more snug than many thought. First, it lived up to its promise to show alternative movies. At least two screens per week show foreign or gay theme films, or films that otherwise might not have unspooled here. Second, the theaters themselves are comfortable: medium size rooms, plush seats, and good views from every one of them (so often not the case at a megaplex). Parking hasn’t been a problem, either; in fact you can often find a spot right on Alton Road, just a block away. There is a good selection of food, a caf even an outdoor patio and balcony, and absolutely no loud video arcade anywhere on the premises. Finally, before or after the movie you can stroll down the street that, while it has lost much of its counterculture vibe, remains Miami Dade’s most people friendly urban area. Plummer had his re election formula down pat: Raise tons of cash, glad hand voters at community festivals, and have his Cuban friends praise him on Spanish language radio. It had worked seven times before, after all. Upstart businessman Johnny Winton might push him into a runoff, but the veteran’s vast war chest would crush him. Oops! While Miami politics changed, Plummer didn’t. District elections had turned the city’s politically neglected Upper East Side into a powerful force that overwhelmed Plummer’s traditional base in the Cuban community. He also underestimated how badly the city’s scandals sullied his reputation. Most voters, including many in Plummer’s Coconut Grove back yard, didn’t buy his pleas of ignorance as his colleagues were arrested, the city fell into disarray, and taxes climbed. In addition the 29 year incumbent didn’t take underdog Winton seriously. The end result: Plummer maintained his unprecedented streak of seven elections without a runoff. But he was clobbered in the eighth.

It all began here in 1993: salsa classes on Monday and Wednesday nights at the spacious and charmingly down at the heels Blue Banquet Hall. By now the place is packed four nights a week, and Salsa Lovers is a huge enterprise, having expanded to two more locations. But the West Miami Dade scene has a festive, nightclubby quality all its own, and it just keeps getting hotter (sometimes literally; the AC is erratic). Monday through Thursday a large and varied crowd descends on the hall, everyone from senior citizens to families to middle school students, though the 20 to 30 year old crowd dominates. The sheer energy generated by hundreds of slaves to the salsa rhythm is irresistible. Some people skip the classes and instead hang out, flirt, or practice moves with a partner. Oscar D’Leon blares from the speakers, and pretty soon everyone’s in a whirl dile que no, dame una, hips going and fondillos shaking, abr abanico, arms rising and feet pivoting, monta balsero, and sometimes the lights will dim and the tacky disco balls will turn. For seven dollars (price per lesson) you get all this, and you might even learn the paseo por el parque.

In many American political plays, a guy (it’s usually a guy) comes onstage and talks. The set, the costumes, the lighting they’re all window dressing, which helps to explain the sorry state of political drama. Doug Wright’s 1995 work Quills, however, dissects the issues of censorship through the trials of the Marquis de Sade. But it’s also a play of images. In the exquisitely designed Florida Stage production, Jim Fulton’s lighting design reproduced the Marquis’s naughty writing as luminescent streaks across the theater walls. Allen D. Cornell’s inventive turntable set gave rise to multiple arresting scenes, not the least of which was the yanking out of the Marquis’s tongue. Suzette Pare’s costumes smartly outfitted the small minded denizens of nineteenth century France as well as the increasingly more disrobed Sade. And Scott Burgess’s sound design created an asylumwide orgy we could “see,” though it happened off stage. At the helm was artistic director Louis Tyrrell, whose fluid hand and wicked sense of humor proved to be assets the Marquis would have loved.

In his many years as the public face of the county’s public schools, Fraind had repeatedly proven himself to be inarticulate, insensitive, and inflexible. When school board members finally got tired of him making them look bad and decided, at their March meeting, to appoint someone else as their spokesman, Fraind demonstrated the wisdom of the decision by offering an upraised arm and fist in the universal gesture for “up yours” to a parent who had questioned his salary level. How ironic that the first candid, straightforward, concise statement from this guy, captured by the television cameras that record each meeting, came only on the eve of his removal as the district’s mouthpiece.

It’s supposed to feel like a little bit of Nantucket down here on the lower peninsula. A fresh and crisp Northeastern respite from the scorching Southern sun. But really the lobby in the new Beach House is Florida through and through. This is no rectangular foyer, stop over while you check in type of lobby. Instead you get different lounges with different flavors for different moods, all outfitted (if the blue hue didn’t already give it away) by the Polo Ralph Lauren design team. If you enter from Collins Avenue, huge vases of fresh cut flowers usually yellow greet the visitor at the entrance, which is decked out in muted blue and white. But no need to dally here. Head for the bright and playful room to the right the, well, Florida room. Two walls are windows, with views out to the pool and to the ocean beyond. Lime green covers the walls; pink, salmon, yellow, green, and blue cover the cushions and pillows on the white wicker furniture. That may sound noisy but it’s not. The colors combine into a soothing balm, light and airy but well removed from the heat. All the rooms are furnished like a bed and breakfast knickknacks on the end tables, art books scattered about for a leisurely browse. The main lobby is toned down, furnished in brown wicker with blue upholstery, and trimmed with sophisticated Chinese porcelains and paintings (heavy on deep red and gold, adding an extra lush touch). From here it’s also possible to see the pool area, which really should be considered part of the lobby as well, with its multicolor cabanas, ample seating, and hedges sculpted into sea horses. Grab a drink from the bar and choose your mood: There’s no better way to refresh your feeling for Florida.

In a season fraught with top drawer solo performances (Charles Nelson Reilly in Life of Reilly, Kathleen Turner in Tallulah, Melinda Lopez in Medianoche, and Jean Stapleton in Eleanor: Her Secret Journey), Judith Delgado towered over all. Playing fashion diva Diana Vreeland, the actress delivered a performance that lived up to Vreeland’s motto: “Give ’em what they didn’t know they wanted.” Vreeland’s life story garnered 1996 Drama Desk and Obie awards for creators Mark Hampton and Mary Louise Wilson when Wilson starred in it. Elizabeth Ashley did the honors when the national tour passed through South Florida in 1998. Nonetheless Delgado, a genius at transforming herself, turned the tastemaker and long time Vogue editor into something of her own (and director Joseph Adler’s) making. Even the actress’s elegant, oversize hands conspired to become a perfect physical match for Vreeland’s elegant, larger than life personality. It was a performance that reached out and grabbed us by our lapels.

“Have Character, Will Travel.” So reads the business card of Daniel Ricker, self appointed “citizen advocate,” who spent the past year attending county commission meetings, city commission meetings, school board meetings, and Public Health Trust meetings, all in an effort to better understand how government operates. He even sat through the public corruption trial of former county Commissioner James Burke so he could hear firsthand how deals are made at the county level. Why did he do it? Ricker, who made his fortune managing international companies that sell coronary pacemakers, says he became so disgusted with the sleaze and corruption of politics in South Florida that, rather than withdraw into apathy, he became hyperactive in the community. He took a year off work and dedicated himself to his task. A man of limitless patience (a necessary attribute in order to sit through some of those meetings), he says he never became bored and always found the working of government fascinating and important. Simply knowing that an informed member of the public was attending those meetings, watching every move they made, undoubtedly had a sobering effect on Miami’s less than trustworthy politicians and bureaucrats.

In a county with woefully slim public transportation options, Miami Beach planners looked out their windows, past the backed up traffic at the stoplights, and saw the future. It was pretty, environmentally friendly, and didn’t cost a lot. The ElectroWave shuttle buses premiered two years ago and have proven to be a wonderfully hassle free way to navigate the often congested streets of South Beach. And a good thing was recently improved: In April the routes were expanded to cover more city blocks north of the original South Pointe to Seventeenth Street loop. Plus the fleet grew from seven to eleven vehicles, and payment options were increased (you can now use your parking debit card to pay the 25 cent fare). The shuttles are completely electric, with propane powered air conditioning units. “We are the only all electric transit system in the country,” exclaims Judy Evans, executive director of Miami Beach Transportation Management Association. “We’ve become a model for other cities.”
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In search of ideal autumn weekends, we packed up and tried out the luxe est inns and newest spas, plus urban hot spots and outdoor treks. But while our weekends are all great picks (and short drives or quick flights away), they not one size fits all. We found the trip that works (wonders) for you, whether that two decadent days at a plush Poconos lodge or sunrise to sunset salutations at a Catskills yoga retreat. So scan our list, read our lowdowns, and go for what you really need: To clear your head? Rehab your romance? Get outside and stay there a couple of days? Whatever your travel jones, we got a 48 hour fix.

Sea Crest by the Sea, Spring Lake, NJ

If the thought of holing up with your honey at a B makes you slightly claustrophobic (the chintz, the toile, the wicker, the rules ), let Sea Crest by the Sea (19 Tuttle Avenue, Spring Lake; 800 803 9031) change your mind. When Barbara and Fred Vogel bought the circa 1885 Victorian in 1999, they combined smaller chambers to create large spaces replete with every luxury and plenty of privacy. With nary an instruction, Barbara showed us to our second floor room, Dolly Boudoir, named for her grandmother, whose photos adorn the mantelpiece. Dolly: not so sexy. But the king size DUX bed, the two person whirlpool bath, and the ocean view deck where we could lounge with our complimentary Yellowtail chardonnay and Godiva chocolates certainly were. When we came home at night, we were greeted with cherry cordial, sambuca, amaretto and homemade chocolates. Digs Rooms at Sea Crest feature amenities like the finest linens, cozy fireplaces, Jacuzzis and decks. One of the most desirable, and least Victorian, picks is the newer Hemingway Suite, with whirlpool tub and steam shower for two (rooms $320 to $500 a night in season). Eat Walk the few blocks into town for paella and swordfish at the Island Palm Grill, a Latin BYOB (1321 Third Avenue, 732 449 1909; dinner for two, around $80). Do Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy, then recover from, the inn breakfast. Ours spanned two sideboards and included mimosas, omelets, fruit salad, homemade cornbread, potato skins and peach cobbler. Then take a stroll along Ocean Avenue, flanked by palatial houses on one side and a two mile noncommercial boardwalk and beach on the other. And At night, paddle around the nearby spring fed lake in Sea Crest rowboat; romance guaranteed. Travel time An hour and a half drive from Center City. for silent meditation, followed by chanting and two hours of a gentle Hatha style yoga that can accommodate, or challenge, all fitness levels. At the communal meals, you converse with a documentary producer from Arizona, a New York fashion designer, a would be comedian, a Buddakan waitress, and a former hippie named Raghu Rama, the permanent guest who oversees the ashram. Digs Room service isn included. The ashram volunteer staff literally made your bed in the wood shop, so you can do your thing each day with the provided sheets. Ask for a spot in the more modern hilltop dormitories ($70 to $80 a night; $25 more for a private room), or, for a private bath, in one of the small apartments ($85 to $95; $25 more for a private room). Eat The mostly vegan, homey Indian buffet (served twice daily; included with your room) is a surprisingly delicious and essential part of the detox experience. Need a treat? No alcohol or cigarettes (or even garlic!) allowed, but there is indulgent organic chocolate for sale in the gift shop. Do Between the required morning and evening classes, linger in the small yoga and religion focused reading room, explore the 77 acre grounds, attend lectures, assist with ashram chores, or relax in the Russian style sauna. And For an even more intense experience, visit the ashram for one of its popular sweat lodge weekends (October 6th 9th and 20th 22nd) or fasting weeks (October 27th November 5th). Travel time A three hour drive north from Philadelphia. And then we got there, deep into the resort 2,200 wooded acres in the Hudson Valley, to our (shared) room, restored to the Victorian charm of the 1869 Mohonk, with our own personal wood burning fireplace, and personal rocking chairs on our personal balcony. But nothing at Mohonk not the carriage rides nor the private beach nor even the chocolate dessert fountain could compete with the calming, la la land ish spa, new this year, with its verandas and solarium and outdoor mineral pool and, as if Buddha himself designed it, the 80 minute Mohonk Red Massage that made us feel a little about each other as well. Digs The rooms are all individually decorated to feel cozy for retiring to with, say, a glass of port. But the most luxurious (and most worth the splurge) are those in the tower (rooms from $630 a night for Full American Plan). Eat All included. Breakfast and lunch are buffets (52 feet long!) in the rustically grand main dining room. Dinner is served, and usually includes mountain y fare like duck and venison, all much better than it sounds, or perhaps that because of the extensive wine list. Do Pray for nice weather, because there so much to do here outdoors: canoe, golf, bike, play tennis, hike on the 85 miles of trails, many of which climb to forever views of the Hudson Valley. And Check out the sweet little wooden gazebos peppered along the lake trail, where you find carved messages from Mohonk guests of decades ago. Travel time A three hour (non rush hour) drive. While marketing materials might lead you to believe otherwise, the 20 room inn isn exactly on the Chesapeake Bay it actually overlooks a relatively calm inlet known as a Still, it close enough (about 50 yards) that you get the soft breeze, the romantic sunsets, and the bobbing mastheads of lazing sailboats. The minimal staff won spoil you in any way. In fact, you may not see anyone for hours. Which, in our opinion, is just perfect for digesting a few hundred pages. Digs Not deluxe, but bright, airy and comfortable, and all non smoking. Some have gas fireplaces, king size whirlpool tubs, and most important to ask for private balconies overlooking the narrow ($250 to $300 a night for a double through November 30th). Eat The inn dining room does well using local produce and seafood. Much of the menu comes from waters and farms within 20 miles. The chef tasting, paired with wine, is $60 a person. Do Snag the lone table on the dock farthest out in the narrow with your book and your drink. If you tire of the introspection, cozy up to the Tilghman outdoor bar, where the locals drink beer and gossip. Or book a private sunset sail at the front desk. And At the weekend piano bar, highly sociable Tilghman co owner David McCallum will probably buy you a drink (and several for himself) and sing show tunes at the top of his lungs. Travel time A three hour drive from Center City on one lane back roads; expect traffic on Fridays. When struck, they vibrate ethereally, harmonically. But keep your boyfriend/husband/partner away from the trio. Let him strum once, and every time the two of you walk past on your way to the spa for a multi sensory facial, or for a dip in the hydrotherapy waterfalls, or to the gym for a private Pilates session, or out the door and across the street to play 18 tough holes he stop to thrum, and you be stuck in the middle of the lodge for five embarrassing minutes while he explores his heretofore untapped gift for music. The Lodge aim, say owners Ginny and John Lopis, is to awaken your inner self. But tell your man to try tai chi instead. Digs Rooms here are surprisingly un spa like, tricked out as they are with plasma screen TVs, wireless Internet, cushy beds, private balconies, and dark chocolate truffles that appear every evening on the bedside table. Per person packages include room, three meals a day, gym access, classes and a $115 daily spa allowance, for $530 to $1,085 a night. Eat Tree, your source of breakfast, lunch and dinner, feels oddly like the Fountain at Four Seasons, except the view is of a white oak forest, not the traffic around Logan Circle. Its petite gourmet meals, which change daily, break typical spa cuisine rules: There are omelets and full caf coffee for breakfast, burgers and smoothies at lunch, and beef carpaccio and molten chocolate souffl at dinner. Do Wallow in the negative edge outdoor whirlpool that overlooks the woods. Take classes in Hatha yoga and sounds meditation. Indulge in a major bevy of transcendent spa treatments. And Get in on a drum circle. Travel time A three hour drive from Center City. So it feels only right that you reserve this 20 room hotel with its Oriental rugs and clubby paneled bar and dark suited staffers constantly arriving with snacks and chardonnay for its obvious purpose: mature, romantic twosomeness. Digs Marie Antoinette meets modern in the Renaissance room, where the bed is draped in damask and the marble bathroom could accommodate the Phillies infield. Along with gold leafed walls and several chandeliers, there are three flat panel TVs. (Rooms are $275 to $1,195 a night.) Eat The Chanler luxe Spiced Pear restaurant has ocean views along with Kobe beef and surf and turf carpaccio (401 847 2244; dinner for two, about $200). For lunch, hit Pasta Beach, a simple caf with the best thin crust pizza and rigatoni marinara we had since Rome (7 Memorial Boulevard; 401 847 2222; lunch for two, about $35). Do Jog along the Cliff Walk, with the ocean on one side and Astor and Vanderbilt mansions on the other. (Park and enter at Memorial Boulevard.) Tour such as the Breakers and Marble House. (Buy tickets from the Newport Preservation Society, 401 847 1000.) At night, join yachties (crew members) and heiresses at Sky Bar, the roof deck atop one of Newport venerable nightspots (Clarke Cooke House at Bannister Wharf, 401 849 2900). And Take a drive past all the mansions on Ocean Boulevard to Bailey Beach, Newport tightest private beach club. You have to be born or marry into it to get inside, but it still fun to snoop. Travel time Just over five hours. Amy Donohue Korman

The Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, MD

The inn (308 Watkins Lane, St. Recently expanded in chic and vaguely nautical style, the rambling 80 room manor house style hotel where you can recline with cocktails on Adirondack chairs on the lovely lawn overlooking the St. Michaels waterfront is exclusive but intimate. It also the place to invite five or more of your friends for a lesson in haute housekeeping: As part of the hotel Martha Stewart ish the Domestic Goddess Within package, you make jams and jellies (!) and use inn grown botanicals to craft body scrubs. Digs Ask for a suite in the new wing, where the decor is beige, white, and all around modern. The bed has a massive ostrich leather headboard, and you have a beautiful water view (rooms from $385 to $770 a night). Eat At the hotel serene Sherwood Landing restaurant, the cuisine is regionally sourced and impeccable try handmade fennel gnocchi and there always a fantastic crabcake (dinner for two, about $200). For lunch, get crabs and you peel it shrimp at classic waterside joint the Crab Claw (304 Mill Street, 410 745 2900; lunch for two, about $50). Do If you on the Goddess Plan, your weekend starts with a wine, cheese and fruit tasting upon arrival. Saturday is spent in the inn kitchen and with the gardener, who has been planting majestic hydrangeas and roses here for decades. In the evening, you and the girls get a special chef tasting dinner, with other lavish meals to follow (two nights for groups of six or more women, single occupancy, with all meals: $930 per person). Travel time A two and a half hour drive from Center City.

Okay, Coconut Grove doesn really fit the model for a debauched weekend in glamorous Miami: The hopping est club in the area is Se Frog which tends to fill not with celebrities and models, but with drunken frat boys and men who are overzealous with the hair product. But the area has its own kind of charm, and there something to be said for staying somewhere that not South Beach but is only a $20 cab ride away. Digs White marble floored rooms are spare and modern, with balconies made for sipping drinks while overlooking the bay or nearly, blessedly, kid free pool. The hotel new Us Girls package gives you and a girlfriend a double from $229 a night (standard rooms from $139 a night). Do Paris had her record release party at newish club The Fifth (1045 5th Street, Miami Beach, 305 538 9898), your living room away from home, with leather sofas, bedroom lighting and, oh yes, models models performing acrobatics in rings above the dance floor. Down the road, at rock bar Snatch (1445 Washington Avenue; 305 531 5027), you can shake your moneymaker to songs by Poison and M Cr while celebs take turns on South Beach only (how is this possible?) mechanical bull. Travel time A nearly three hour direct flight on United to Miami. Here, where Central Park West and South intersect, you enter the looking glass through a bo of a lobby lined in glossy maple and marble; park view suites are far roomier than your average $900,000 Manhattan apartment; and the staff is superbly friendly, as well as willing to dish about favorite guests (Adam Sandler, Mark Wahlberg, the newly buzzworthy David Hasselhoff). Digs Floor to ceiling windows, flat screen TVs, Deco modern decor, and cinematic views of Central Park and the Time Warner Center make it hard to pry yourself away and experience the city (rooms from $705 a night). Eat Call ahead way ahead for a table at Del Posto, the glam new 18,000 square foot Mario Batali spot in the Meatpacking District (85 10th Avenue, 212 497 8090; dinner for two, $150 and up). For a cozier vibe with just a side of scene, hit nearby Pastis, the brasserie that birthed the Meatpacking boomlet (9 Ninth Avenue, 212 929 4844; dinner for two, about $150). Hotel Gansevoort, with its new, tabloid ish G Spa Lounge (18 Ninth Avenue, 212 206 6700) just across the street, is prime for a late night drink. For lunch, visit Cipriani Downtown (376 West Broadway, 212 343 0999; lunch for two, about $80). And Purge a prosecco hangover with a run in the Park or at the Trump excellent fitness center and pool. Travel time A two hour drive from Center City, traffic willing; about an hour and a half on the train.

Stoweflake Mountain Resort Spa, Stowe, VT

Two and a half months from walking down the aisle, fatigued by tax law (him) and wedding planning (me) and in serious need of being out of cell phone range of my mother, we thought some fresh mountain air might do us good. Quiet roads from Burlington airport led us to the Stoweflake Mountain Resort Spa, nestled near the base of Vermont highest peak, Mount Mansfield. The resort 50,000 square foot spa with aqua solarium, hydrotherapy waterfalls and mineral soaking pool instantly appealed to my frayed nerves. Snowshoes and the great outdoors beckoned my fianc Compromise ensued, and ultimately, our dual focus (hearty activity followed by hedonistic relaxation) provided just the needed tonic. Digs More standard hotel than country inn, but rooms (from $200 a night) are comfortable and spacious, with some beautiful views of the mountains and Stoweflake meditative garden. Most have fireplaces, and many feature Jacuzzis. Eat Charlie B Pub (the more casual of two on site restaurants) features spa cuisine as well as heartier selections winter squash strudel, grilled double lamb chops, Maple Leaf Farm duck breast that are ideal if you worked up an appetite outdoors (dinner for two, about $40). Do Start by meeting with on site fitness director Chad Couto to design your outing. We chose snowshoeing, and Couto took us through a network of trails that snaked alongside babbling brooks and snow painted trees. Later, head to the spa for a Vermont maple sugar body polish and herbal deep cleansing facial. And For more serious Zen, stroll the on site labyrinth. Travel time A two hour flight from Center City to Burlington, then a one hour drive. Erica Levi

Ross Mill Farm, Bucks County, PA

They never think to look for you here, at the only boardinghouse in the world for pet pigs where the potbellies have their own spa, but you have to forgo your hydro massage for more rustic pleasures. Revel in the quiet of your remote, 17th century (really!) cottage (down a quarter mile gravel road from the farm), without Internet, interstates or interruptions (2464 Walton Road, Rushland, 215 322 1539; $100 a night). Relax on the hammock, or fish the fishing hole in Little Neshaminy Creek, less than a mile away. And be sure to walk down the lane for a visit with proprietors Richard and Susan Magidson and their pigs. Digs Romantic for two, the cottage can also accommodate a small group, since it sleeps six. Or seven: The Magidsons sometimes let guests one of their pigs for an overnight. We hosted Daffodil, a four month old who proved incredibly clean and obedient. Eat Where you might also get spooked. Not by the food, but by the friendly spirit supposedly in residence at the Pineville Tavern (Route 413, Pineville; 215 598 3890), the town meeting ground since 1742. Three miles from the farm, the tavern serves up a hearty surf and turf and locally famous rice pudding (dinner for two, about $70). Do Cook your own breakfast. The cottage is fully equipped with refrigerator, stove, microwave, firepit and outdoor grill, but you need to supply the grub. So bring your Starbucks; leave the bacon at home. And Consider a winter visit. The huge and functional fireplace will keep you warm after your snowy stroll through the 30 surrounding acres. Travel time An hour drive northeast of the city. Amy Strauss

Leola Village Inn Suites, Lancaster, PA

Gawking at the Amish is irresistible, but our favorite Pennsylvania Dutch weekend includes something the Plain Folk don much go in for: shopping. Even the bed in your room is for sale along with the armchair, the lighting fixtures and the trash can. Hotelier Deborah Shirk wasn content to outfit her 61 stylish rooms with high end linens, sybaritic baths and feather pillows. She also lined the halls with vitrines of handbags, glassware and pottery; installed an antiques store and a collectibles shop; and arranged to sell you anything else that catches your eye. Digs We stayed in a room in the Amos King Barn, a restored tobacco barn from the 1800s, with a cool loft Jacuzzi ($249 a night). But we also loved the stonewalled Wine Cellar ($229 a night) and the two elegant bridal suites ($249 a night). Eat You start your day in Leola pretty gold and red breakfast room, where complimentary quiche and high topped muffins are served. Come evening, stroll to on site Mazzi Designed Dining, where chef Ralph Mazziocchi crafts imaginative pizzas and lays braised lamb tenders across the silkiest homemade spinach noodles ever (717 656 8983; dinner for two, around $90). Tanger Boulevard, Lancaster; 717 392 7260) are minutes away and feature the discounted goods of names like Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach and Nautica. Or drive 20 minutes to Adamstown and hit the Stroudsburg Antique Mall, with more than 500 dealers under one roof (on Route 272). And Arrange for an Arctic Algae body treatment at Leola Village Destinations Day Spa (717 556 0276) or a couples massage at Vitality Works (717 656 4256). Travel time A drive of a little under an hour and a half from Center City, unless you get stuck behind a buggy. Sandy Hingston

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, Tioga County, PA

For a place that isn particularly hard to get to, Tioga County, in northern Pennsylvania, can feel like it belongs on another part of the continent (and not just because of the dearth of Trader Joe or cell phone service). Home to stunning mountain vistas, Pine Creek Gorge Grand Canyon and the 165,000 acre Tioga State Forest, the area is fantasy camp for the outdoorsy, with horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking and backpacking. For our money, though, the most thrilling way to see the landscape is to bri
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Pamela Anderson posed in a lettuce bikini. Rocker Dave Navarro wore just his tattoos. Bill Maher was photographed in nothing but a baby bonnet. And countless young actresses have gone naked rather than wear fur.

Chuck Cook / AP PhotoActress Pamela Anderson holds a Chihuahua mix that she named Bardot in New Orleans as she was on hand to walk and help send off about 50 dogs that are being moved from Louisiana to Virginia who been orphaned by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Other celebrities have spoken out against factory farming, bullfighting and the use of great apes in entertainment. They talked up vegetarianism and put down circuses. They done all this and more for PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The animal rights organization has long relied on newsworthy stars to help spread its message in a hip, edgy way its recent “Ink Not Mink” campaign featured nude, tattooed celebs like Dennis Rodman and Tommy Lee. And PETA is thanking the stars at its big 30th birthday party on Saturday.

PETA is throwing a party at the Hollywood Palladium hosted by Alec Baldwin and honoring a spate of animal loving stars, including Anjelica Huston, Bob Barker, Woody Harrelson, Navarro and “Glee Lea Michele.

“We a totally celebrity besotted society. Even if you don want to look, you have to see what they up to,” says PETA president and founder Ingrid Newkirk, who has enlisted celebrity ambassadors since the organization early days. “Celebrity compels us to look and listen. They enormously powerful, and for them to have a compassionate voice for animals is a godsend.”

Over the past three decades, PETA workers and volunteers, celebrity and non, have significantly reduced animal suffering in everyday business practices. Revlon, Avon and Gillette bowed to pressure from PETA and stopped testing their products on animals. Juicy Couture, Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren and other major fashion houses agreed to go fur free. Nike and H pledged never to sell any exotic skins and General Motors ceased using primates and pigs in its auto crash tests.

But there much more to be done, says rocker Chrissie Hynde, a longtime vegetarian and animal activist who was once arrested alongside other PETA volunteers in Paris for protesting outside a KFC restaurant.

“To exploit an animal at any time for any reason, it the amusement of the devil,” Hynde says. “And to make profits out of them, or certainly to torture them,
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it debases the whole human condition.”

When it comes to PETA, Hynde says she “at their service always” and happy to lend her famous name to any of the group efforts.

“Celebrities have replaced God in our culture,” she says. “If they the only ones that people will look up to and listen to, then we use whatever ammo we got.”

Comedian Bill Maher, who serves on PETA board of directors, praises the group use of celebrity and comedy in spreading its message of animal kindness.

“They very clever in the way they really use humor. They are savvy with the media,” he says. “They obviously attract a lot of attention, and some of it is critical, because they take no prisoners in their approach. I glad they do it that way, because I think to defend the innocence of the animals, you really have to go the whole nine yards.”

That includes having the most recent Oscar host serve as emcee of their anniversary soiree. Baldwin has been involved with the group for two decades, after being introduced to Newkirk and other PETA leaders through his ex wife, Kim Basinger.

“I became a vegetarian to date my ex wife,” says the actor.

Baldwin and Maher are among those fighting against factory farming. Maher describes the practice as “probably the biggest single horror that goes on, because more cruelty is perpetrated on more animals in that area than almost anything else.”

“We talking about millions and millions of animals,” he says. “I think the regular citizen in America is finally becoming aware that the food they eat comes to them only at the expense of making animals lives a misery while they on Earth for such a brief time.”

Progress sometimes comes slowly, Newkirk notes, but it does come. When she first started PETA in her basement apartment in 1980, few people had considered animal rights.

“The word vegan was unheard of,” she says. “That was someone from Las Vegas.”

But with the strides PETA has made, the group two million members and many celebrity volunteers are inspired to work for more social and legislative changes. Newkirk has her eye on circuses and animal parks such as Sea World, which she calls “abusement parks.”

“The momentum is there. The public sentiment is there. We just have to push against big businesses,” she says. “The battle for hearts and minds and consideration and respect for others is where we began our base and where we continue.”

Even small daily decisions can help, she says: Order a veggie burger instead of a hamburger today. Choose animal free clothing. And give your pet at home your love and patience.
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has launched a marketing campaign to rebrand fish as “sea kittens,” a name the organization hopes will increase awareness and make the vertebrates more endearing to those who would eat them.

“A lot of people don’t realize that fish are capable of feeling fear and pain, that they develop relationships with each other, and even show affection by gently rubbing against one another,” says Ashley Byrne, PETA’s sea kitten campaign co ordinator. “Knowing that the fish sticks in the school cafeteria are really made out of tortured sea kittens makes most kids want to lose their lunch.”

The advocacy effort, which also addresses environmental concerns about over fishing, is the latest in a growing list of publicity campaigns by non profits, conservationists and animal activists that treat “misunderstood” creatures everything from cats to slugs and spiders as if they were celebrities in need of better representation.

As a humourous entry on the sea kitten website states, “fish need to fire their PR guy stat. Whoever was in charge of creating a positive image for fish needs to go right back to working on the Britney Spears account and leave our scaly little friends alone.”

Although the youth focused campaign has drawn snickers from critics, none of PETA’s long record of animal rights victories has come without some public mockery. It was by using similar tactics that the organization strong armed such corporate giants as McDonald’s, Safeway, Wendy’s, Burger King and, most recently, Canadian KFC restaurants to implement new standards of animal welfare.

According to a 2006 Canadian led study in the journal Science, nearly one third of all fishing stocks worldwide have declined to less than 10 per cent of their maximum observed abundance. Should depletion continue at this pace, researchers warn all stocks currently fished would collapse by 2050.

But Dalhousie biology professor Jeff Hutchings believes PETA’s attempt to address the issue is “misguided” at best.

“Worldwide, we can’t even reduce our fishing pressure, so the thought of eliminating fishing altogether is simply absurd,” says Hutchings, chairman of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. “Furthermore,
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any positive benefits that might be realized by drawing attention to the plight of fish are, to my mind, weakened by the costs of a campaign that calls fish ‘sea kittens’.”

But marketing expert Allen Adamson, who has written several books on branding, believes the strategy is a savvy one in the way it appeals to children.

“Deer are often a nuisance but because of the Bambi image, they get a better ride than a lot of other animals,” says Adamson, managing director of global branding firm Landor Associates. “Whatever you can do to make the cause come to life and allow people to emotionally connect to it will make (the message) more effective.”

It’s not just Nemo who’s getting a makeover these days.

“We’ve been taught from a very early age that insects are ‘creepy crawlies’ and creepy means disgusting, it means bad, it means we shouldn’t love them the same way we love our cats and dogs,” says Thormin, former acting curator of invertebrate zoology at the Royal Alberta Museum. “There’s a real image problem with anything that doesn’t have two or four legs.”

PETA HITS AND MISSES

HIT: Protest campaigns such as “McCruelty,” “Shameway” and “Murder King” that got major grocery stores and food service providers to implement new standards of animal welfare.

MISS: The 2003 Holocaust on Your Plate exhibition, which likened factory farming to the atrocities suffered by Jewish prisoners of concentration camps.

HIT: “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign, whose widespread celebrity support and public resonance has helped lead top retailers and designers such as Forever 21, Ann Taylor and Polo Ralph Lauren to go fur free.

MISS: Aggressive anti fur attacks, including the throwing of red paint on people’s fur coats, pieing fur wearing celebrities, pelting fashion runways with rubber maggots, and tossing a dead raccoon onto the dinner table of Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

HIT: After a five year protest against Canadian KFC restaurants, the chain agreed in 2008 to phase out suppliers known to treat poultry with cruelty and to introduce a soy based vegetarian sandwich.

MISS: Tasteless ads that last year exploited the brutal murder of Canadian Tim McLean on a Greyhound bus to draw attention to the violence of factory farming.

Reevely: Ontario Tories’ voting turns up thousands of ‘missing’ members in just a few ridingsThe Ontario Progressive Conservatives still have tens of thousands of iffy names.

Opinion: Trudeau’s Liberals are faltering on foreign policy at the midway point of their mandateAt the midpoint between its ascent to power and the next federal election, the Trudeau.

Winston: Why MeToo is not for meCount me out of the MeToo movement. It might be politically correct to support .

Gormley: Why Mr. Scheer’s trip to London is so impoliteI wonder: What’s the polite way to respond when an opposition leader meets with .
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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says a person who recently visited the state from Europe had the virus and their immunization history was unknown.

Officials are warning of potential exposures over the past week, from May 1 8, in the greater Boston area including some locations in Wrentham.

Anyone who was potentially exposed Is recommended to call their healthcare provider or health department.

The individual with measles was in the following locations at the following times while contagious. Because measles virus can remain in the air for two hours, an additional two hours has been added to each location listed below. MDPH and BPHC recommend that those potentially exposed call their healthcare providers or the health department with questions or concerns.

The infected individual was in the following locations during the following days and times:

Sunday, May 1, 2016TRANSPORTATION: MBTA 1 Bus Newbury St., Boston to Harvard Square

Harvard Square: Shopped at J August, 1320 Massachusetts Ave.

Ate at Panda Express in the food court

Shopped at Victoria Secret, Gap, Abercrombie Fitch, PacSunTRANSPORTATION: Back to Boston via MBTA (Green line)
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Michele J. Baehr is the new executive director for the Pocono and Wayne Pike Chapters. Ms. Baehr replaced Jim Rienhardt, who retired at the end of 2013. Before accepting her role with the organization, Ms. Baehr served as regional sales manager for LensCrafters, and had sales managerial and director positions with Ann Taylor Factory Stores, Polo Ralph Lauren and the Limited Inc. Ms. Baehr stays involved in the community and advocates for national organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and LensCrafters OneSight missions. Ms. Baehr is a member of Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Realtors and Capital Campaign Steering Committee for Bushkill Reformed Church and served as president of Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs from 2010 11. Ms. Baehr has lived in the Pocono area since 1987.

Jamie J. Anzalone earned the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys’ Top 10 Attorney Under the Age of 40 honors. The academy chose Mr. Anzalone because of his hard work and dedication in the field of personal injury law.

Robert J. Sands joined the firm as senior consultant for retail and wholesale services. Mr. Sands will lead the firm’s grocery sector consulting program. Before joining Business Solutions 360, Mr. Sands served in a variety of grocery sector senior leadership positions. Mr. Sands studied merchandising at King’s College and merchandising and food safety at Cornell University. He lives in Dallas.

Mia Bartoletti earned an appointment as president, while Tracy Cadden will serves as vice president, effective this month.

Ms. Bartoletti joined the company in 2008, serving as vice president. Ms. Bartoletti earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Scranton. Ms. Bartoletti is a member of the Pennsylvania Homecare Association’s Public Policy Committee and the Quality Council of the Office of Long Term Living for Pennsylvania, among a number of other appointments.

Ms. Cadden joined the company in 2009, serving as vice president of clinical operations. Ms. Cadden earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing and Master of Science in nursing from Marywood University, and has 17 years of experience in the health care industry.

Eileen Diskin earned the Advertising Women of New York Working Mothers Award at a ceremony in Manhattan on Feb. 24. Ms. Diskin also earned a promotion to senior vice president of marketing communications and strategy at Comcast. Since 2008, Ms. Diskin’s responsibilities included the national advertising development and strategy for Comcast’s cable service offerings. Ms. Diskin formerly served as vice president of marketing at PBS KIDS Sprout from 2006 08. Ms. Diskin has a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Delaware and graduated from the Cable Executive Management program at Harvard Business School, the Wharton Executive Program for Comcast Leaders and Comcast’s Executive Leadership Program. Ms. Diskin and her husband live in the suburbs of Philadelphia with their daughters, Grace and Eliza. She is the daughter of Fran McCabe Galson, formerly of Dunmore, and John Diskin, formerly of Scranton.

Lisa Fabbri joined the full service hair and nail salon on West Market Street, Scranton, as a stylist. Ms. Fabbri has more than 16 years of experience in the salon industry. Before working for Fusion Hair Design, Ms. Fabbri worked at Cheryl’s Studio II and Beauty Bar, and serves as an instructor at Empire Beauty School. Ms. Fabbri lives in Scranton.

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Michael C. Before joining GCMC, Dr. Sleet worked as a general surgeon and the trauma medical director at Meadville Medical Center. Dr. Sleet completed a general surgery residency at SUNY Stony Brook University Medical Center, in 2009, and fellowships in surgical critical care, thoracic surgery and burn surgery. Dr. Sleet is board certified in surgery and surgical critical care, and graduated from Harvard University in 1997. Dr. Sleet also earned a Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, and graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2004. The presentation supported the development of education and leadership skills for administrative professionals. Ms. Pete Beach, Fla. Dr. Howell collaborated with Mr. Barton and Ms. Pollack to present “Building Algebraic Competency in Undergraduate Statistics Courses with ‘Expanded Formula’ Sample Spreadsheets That Allow Interactive Changes.” Dr. Howell also worked with Ms. Browne on “First Contact: An Interactive Classroom Exercise to Stimulate a First Encounter with Speakers of an Unknown Language.” Dr. Chase collaborated with Ms. Nguyen to discuss “YouTube and the Bashful, Aspiring Mental Health Practitioner” and presented “Setting the Stage: Where ‘Disturbed Students’ Can Be a Good Thing.” Dr. Gallagher presented “How Lilo and Stitch Saved Introductory Psychology Students Or the Use of Retrieval Cues on Exams to Increase Memory for Class Material.”

Brandi L. George joined the college, Brian Costanzo earned a promotion and Christine Kiehart received tenure at the college.

Ms. George, Wilkes Barre, joined the college as the community concerts box office manager and administrative assistant for advancement. Ms. George manages all aspects of the college’s community concert season, including ticket sales, hospitality, booking and marketing. Ms. George also coordinates advancement department events, finances and clerical duties. Ms. George graduated from King’s College with bachelor’s degrees in theater and mass communications.

Mr. Costanzo, Dunmore, earned a promotion to associate vice president of enrollment at the college. Mr. Costanzo, who has worked at the college for 12 years, served as the dean of enrollment management. In his new role, Mr. Costanzo will oversee enrollment and retention functions of the college related to admissions and financial aid. Mr. Costanzo is a Lackawanna alumnus, and earned an associate degree in education from the college. Mr. Costanzo also has a bachelor’s degree in counseling from Penn State University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Marywood University. Mr. Costanzo and his wife, Amy, have two children, Emma and Jacob.

Mrs. Kiehart, Mayfield, earned tenure at the college, and serves as an assistant professor and chairwoman of academic development. Mrs. Kiehart joined the college 10 years ago, previously serving as an adjunct professor and developmental education specialist. Mrs. Kiehart works with developmental students, including English as a Second Language students, and serves as a mentoring coordinator for students transitioning from high school to college. Mrs. Kiehart and her husband, Roger, have two sons, Ryan and Kyle.

Scott L. Dr. Massey presented “From Theory to Practice: Guidelines for Implementing Cooperative Learning into Your Curriculum” at the college, and discussed the basic theoretical foundations of cooperative learning, outlined how to implement basic cooperative learning techniques into the classroom and explained proven methods of student engagement, among other topics. Dr. in leadership from the Andrews University Leadership Program, Berrien Springs, Mich. Dr. Massey also completed the management development program at the Harvard University School of Education.

Vincent O’Bell earned an appointment as chairman of the organization’s loan oversight committee, which provides input and guidance for all lending and loan servicing activities. Mr. O’Bell is a vice president for Fidelity Deposit Discount Bank. Mr. O’Bell graduated from Lackawanna Junior College and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Mr. O’Bell has 32 years of banking experience with five other local financial institutions. Mr. O’Bell also serves as a member of the Sacred Heart of Mary Finance Council, an advisory board member of the Lackawanna Historical Society, a member of the Scranton Industrial Development Co., a board member for the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and treasurer for the Scranton Rotary Club. Mr. O’Bell also earned the Paul Harris Fellowship from the Scranton Rotary Club.

Jessica Nataupsky Kang, violinist, will join the faculty of the music school in Plains Twp. Ms. Kang moved back to Northeast Pennsylvania after having lived in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Philadelphia for the past six years. While in Philadelphia, Ms. Kang served as an adjunct faculty member who specialized in Suzuki violin, at Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music, Preparatory Division, a member of the string faculty at the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and Suzuki violin faculty at Moorestown School of Music. Ms. Kang earned her master’s degree from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music. Ms. Kang also serves as an active freelance musician, and plays professionally with numerous regional orchestras in and around Northeast Pennsylvania. Ms. Kang is now accepting students at the music school.

Kathryn Serniak joined the bank as the mortgage originator in Lackawanna County. Mrs. Serniak will work out of the Central Scranton office at 216 Adams Ave., and will work with mortgage customers in the Abington Branch on Northern Boulevard in Clarks Summit and in the West Scranton office on South Main Avenue. Mrs. Serniak has more than 13 years of experience with local financial institutions as a mortgage loan officer, and is licensed by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System. Mrs. Serniak and her husband, Steve, live in Mayfield, and are the parents of two adult children, Nicole Hocking and Richard Vail.

Edward Bednarz, a mechanical engineering visiting professor in the College of Science and Engineering, earned a patent for his design of a radar antenna safety brace he created while working at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. Mr. Bednarz designed the project after the accidental death of an Army soldier, who died while repairing a radar antenna overseas in 2010. The antenna searches for enemy missiles, and the brace Mr. Bednarz designed allows mechanics and soldiers to safely perform maintenance underneath the antenna without risk of injury. Mr. Bednarz became a visiting assistant professor at Wilkes in September, and teaches four undergraduate mechanical engineering courses in addition to serving as a master’s thesis adviser. Mr. Bednarz earned his Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, and received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Wilkes University.
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