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“A lot of the warriors I saw needed mental-health treatment. They don’t get that from Wounded Warrior Project.”

Wounded Warrior Project

Who do Vet’s turn to for help when they return back from the war? It’s not our government, who has consistently failed these brave men and women. Now the nation’s leading charity, the Wounded Warrior Project is under attack.

The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2003 as a grassroots charity that distributed toiletries and other items to hospitalized Iraq War vets. They have raised more than $1 billion and have eclipsing other veterans’ charities in both size and stature. Last year, Wounded Warrior Project collected more than $372 million, mostly in small sums donated by senior citizens, according to the New York Times.

To give you a clue at what is going on Wounded Warrior is spent 60 percent of the money earned on helping Vets while Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust and the Fisher House Foundation spend 96 to 91 percent.

Steven Nardizzi

Steven Nardizzi

As these Vets are getting less and less help Wounded Warrior has increased its spending on fund-raising efforts. According to the Times $34 million was devoted to revenue-generation. CBS reported that Wounded Warrior’s spending on meetings and events went from $1.7 million to more than $26 million. In 2014 in a four-day event they spent about $3 million for a corporate retreat at Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs. The event featured CEO Steven Nardizzi whose salaery was $473,000 that year. Nardizzi, is a lawyer who’s never served in the military. He took over Wounded Warrior from founder John Melia, an ex-Marine who was injured in a 1992 helicopter crash. Nardizzi defended his financial strategy to the Times, saying it had fueled the group’s growth and allowed it to provide services to an estimated 80,000 vets.

Retired Army Staff Sgt. Erick Millette — who sustained a traumatic brain injury during the Iraq War and still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder — said he quit working as a public speaker for the group in disgust over its practices. On CBS he stated “You’re using our injuries, our darkest days, our hardships, to make money. So you can have these big parties.”

Celebrities such as Bruce Willis, country music singer Trace Adkins and actor Dean Norris, who played DEA agent Hank Schrader on “Breaking Bad” are helping Wounded Warriors stay front and present.

Wounded Warrior Project

Ex-employee’s many of them disabled vets are coming forth to state the people in charge are taking lavish trips that include 4 star meals and over the top expenses. CBS News reported that one former staff member said the group’s “extremely extravagant” outlays amount to “what the military calls fraud, waste and abuse. I’m sorry, but I’ll be damned if you’re gonna take hard-working Americans’ money and drink it and waste it.”

To make matters worse the Wounded Warrior Project has been firing these Vets with post-traumatic stress disorder, the same invisible wounds the charity says it strives to help warriors heal. Sources say people have been too afraid to come forward and tell the public, until now. A women employee known only as Carol stated. “Dare you say anything, you don’t say anything, as they would ruin me. They would come after me somehow, someway.”  They are seeing two of these Vets. Both wounded veterans, named in the lawsuits had PTSD and that’s part of why they were fired from the charity. Both lawsuits only show WWP’s side, claiming the injured veterans violated their severance agreements. Documents show one disabled veteran and a woman, were sued because WWP found a copy of her severance agreement in the hands of an Indiana charity – also being sued by WWP. The second injured veteran, a man, is being sued because a donor rescinded his $2,400 donation to WWP after finding out that warrior had been fired. In that second lawsuit, WWP demanded more than $52,000 from him – his $50,000 severance plus damages and attorney fees. Court records show both lawsuits are still open, yet the owners of WWP are lying stating that they have not sued the former employees “Them suing fellow wounded warriors honestly, I think is a travesty,” said an anonymous man speaking on behalf of an anonymous veterans’ service organization. “I know of several wounded warriors that have personally had several encounters with the project and had nothing nice to say about them.”

In a statement Wednesday, Wounded Warrior calls itself “a leader in non-profit transparency and the public reporting of the organization’s independent financial audits. “We are an open book.“

They may be an open book but, in a world where greed is king, it seems this just might not be as legit as it seems. The Salvation Army gives away 96% of their money earned to the people who need it. Now that is a charity to trust.

Many Cabaret and Theatrical artist do benefit concerts for this group in order to give back. I have been to three in the past year. Maybe it is time to find another charity that is truly giving.

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Corruption In The Queens Divorce Courts

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Going through a divorce is hard enough. You are vulnerable, sad, angry, exhausted, frustrated and confused. It is difficult, no matter the reason. Now, what do you do when the court system disregards their own rules? To whom are you suppose to turn? To whom do you complain? I never thought I would be writing this article, but today in a sense, I was forced.

I have a friend who has been going through a divorce for 8 years. She has spent more the $600,000, due to the Judge in charge and the blatant disregard of the law. She has now had to go Pro Se and file bankruptcy.

I believe no-one should have to go to court alone, due to the scary and frightening nature for all of us in this matter. I have been by her side for over a year, as I have watched some the most egregious behavior take place.

On day one, I was asked if I was to be on a witness list and both sides said no. The second time presented the same question and answer. I do not know if this is on court record, as Judge Viscovich decides what is and isn’t on the record. A lot of times, I witnessed that it was not allowed or they are told point blank not to record. I witnessed this at least eight times. Suddenly, today, in a tactic of intimidation, I was on the witness list, though I have not been subpoenaed and according to court law a witness list was never given by either party prior to the trial. In the case of my friend, it is because she is clueless when it comes to the law. In the case of Maria Coffinas, the lawyer for the other side…she has 40 years of courtroom and trial experience. What is her excuse?

Here are the discrepancies that need to be brought to the proper authorities:

During a meeting of deciding who got what, my friend was sent away to get the house appraised even though her life was being decided on. She was given no choice. While at the appraisal, she slipped and fell, not feeling well. The next day in court, she told the Judge she was not well. He didn’t care, even though her lawyer at the time actually stood up for her for the first time since I had arrived. It was clear my friend was unwell. I actually wondered if she was drunk, even though she doesn’t drink. The court went on that day for over two hours. By the end of it my friend was so ill, we went to a doctor who diagnosed her with a brain concussion and she was hospitalized. She ended up having to see a specialist and was still made to go on zoom conference calls, even though she was not well.

Judge Viscovich constantly threatens her by telling her he is throwing her in Riker’s Island for contempt and continues to do so. On at least three occasions, he has had the handcuffs out and was seriously scary. Instead of being impartial, it was clear something was going on. What makes this so wrong is that the Judge refuses to see the evidence where this contempt charge is bogus and believes only what the other side states.

Due to a combination of that and everything else, my friend was forced to claim bankruptcy. The bankruptcy court has possession 0f most of the marital assets, yet the Judge refuses to comply with the higher court, which is odd, considering he has stated numerous times he wants this case gone.

Another thing is Judge Viscovich is constantly trying to give the house to the other side, but now his hands are tied, but that doesn’t stop the threats. This has gotten so bad that Ms. Coffinas threatened my friend over the house, until she was forced to confront the truth. She was suppose to send Judge Viscovich an email that no further action was to be taken, but yet again it was the first thing he mentioned yesterday in court and Ms. Coffinas trumped up yet another false excuse. Yet, they are not being held in contempt, and there is a stay in place. I can provide all the texts to this statement because Ms. Coffinas states all this and more.

I have proof of all I am saying, as this is just the tip of this iceberg. How am I supposed to be a witness when I have been privy to all that has gone on? I will have more tomorrow on IRS and criminal activity that this Judge has sat on for eight years.

My friend isn’t the only victim of Judge Viscovich’s court. His destruction has been written about several times. Even NBC News did a story on him. I had other references, but from the time I published this until I made sure everything was ok they were taken down or scrubbed. Only this was left. “An 8 year old girl demands NYS Queens County Supreme Court Judiciary Reform” over Judge Viscovich. I can also supply several victims names to the proof of what is happening.

I tried to talk to people in authority to no avail yesterday. I told the Judge and the court, that I am a journalist. I gave people in several different areas this information. So, now, I am giving a list of all to whom I am planning to send this article, in case anyone else needs this help. If you have more information or can help please email us at queenscourtcorruption@gmail.com.

Viscovich gives a list of his rules; however, the basic laws and rules are being disregarded. He doesn’t just destroy families, but lives.

New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, 61 Broadway, Suite 1200, New York, New York 10006

Marguerite A. Grays: Administrative Judge-Civil Term, Eleventh Judicial District: Presiding Justice – Commercial Division, Queens County: Queens County Supreme Court: 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard: Jamaica, NY 11435 (718) 298-1212

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My View: IT’S TOUGH TO SWING LIKE FRANK….THIS TOUGH GUY CAN…..ROBERT DAVI

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The atmosphere in The Boca Black Box was akin to The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas last night as movie/TV star Robert Davi (140 films and counting) swaggered onto the stage to sing and swing the songs of Frank Sinatra.  His show, titled “My Kind Of Town” had all the elements of a Sinatra event thanks to Davi’s personality which radiates the same mystique and musical excitement that ‘Ol Blue Eyes” possessed.  Robert Davi’s performance was not a great actor acting a role… this was Robert Davi,  a great actor  who started his career as a trained singer thrilling an audience singing songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, but with Davi’s own magnetism and vocal prowess.  I don’t know if Sinatra ever played Boca Raton but Robert Davi turned Boca into ‘his kind of town last night” as he brought the musical substance and charisma of “the chairman of the board” to South Florida.

Davi’s had a long and distinguished career in show business and this Boca Black Box audience got to see a lot of the musical part of it last night. The tough guy movie actor sang the music of Frank swinging it “his way”

About Robert Davi:

Robert Davi, an American actor, singer, writer, and producer has played the roles of main villain and drug lord Franz Sanchez in the 1989 James Bond film License to Kill.  He was FBI Special Agent Bailey Malone in the NBC television series Proflier.  He played a Vietnam veteran and FBI Special Agent Big Johnson in Die Hard.  Davi played the opera-singing heavy Jake Fratelli in The goonies, Hans Zarba in Son of the Pink Panther and Al Torres in Showgirls.  His album, Davi Sings Sinatra—On The Road to Romance, hit #6 on the Billboard jazz charts.  Praised for his voice, Davi debuted as a headliner at The Venetian, in Las Vegas.

ROBERT DAVI

ROBERT DAVI

ROBERT DAVI

ROBERT DAVI

BOCA BLACK BOX

SUNNY SESSA & ROBERT DAVI

SUNNY SESSA, EDA SOROKOFF, VALARIE CHRISTOPHER

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My View: A Cult Following At Birdland For The Hilarity of CASHINO

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I had no idea what I was walking into, but boy, oh, boy….am I glad we went.  Birdland was packed last night for a return engagement of CASHINO which stars Susie Mosher and John Boswell.  These two have, literally, built a cult following as Pepper Cole and Johnny Niagara with this unexpected piece of hilarity and music.  It is so fresh, so funny, so crazy and so original that all I can say is, “You had to be there.”  Thank you for such a memorable evening and Congratulations!  I hope these photos give you some idea of what fun this evening was.

SUSIE MOSHER & JOHN BOSWELL

SUSIE MOSHER

JOHN BOSWELL & SUSIE MOSHER

SUSIE MOSHER & JOHN BOSWELL

SUSIE MOSHER & JOHN BOSWELL

SUSIE MOSHER & JOHN BOSWELL

SUSIE MOSHER & JOHN BOSWELL

SUSIE MOSHER

SUSIE MOSHER

JOHN BOSWELL

SCOTT COULTER

 

EDA SOROKOFF & TOM D’ANGORA

 

 

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My View: William Finn Attends Opening Night of NEW BRAIN at Barrington Stage Company

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Last night Barrington Stage Company (BSC) in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF) presented William Finn’s 1998 musical A NEW BRAIN on Barrington’s Boyd-Quinson    mainstage.  Check out the opening night photos and after party below.  A NEW BRAIN will play through September 10, 2023.

A New Brain features Adam Chanler-Berat (Broadway: Next to Normal, Peter and the Starcatcher; HBO Max: “Gossip Girl”; WTF: Animal Crackers) as Gordon, three-time Tony Award nominee Mary Testa (Broadway: Oklahoma!, 42nd Street; Off-Broadway: Bill Finn’s In Trousers; BSC: Sleepless Variations; WTF: Most Happy in Concert) as Mimi, Tally Sessions (Broadway: Company, Anastasia, Bill Finn’s Falsettos) as Dr. Jafar / Dad, Demond Green (Broadway: Sister Act; BSC: Funked Up Fairy Tales, Bill Finn’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as The Minister, Dorcas Leung (Broadway: Miss Saigon; National Tour: Hamilton; BSC: Into the Woods) as Rhoda, Andy Grotelueschen (Broadway: The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Tootsie) as Mr. Bungee, Salome B. Smith (Broadway: 1776) as Lisa, and Justine Horihata Rappaport (National Tour: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella) as Nancy, Darrell Purcell, Jr. (Signature Theatre: The Scottsboro Boys; Temple Theatre: Hairspray) as Roger, and Eliseo Roman (BSC: Fall Springs; Broadway: In The Heights, On Your Feet!) as Richard. Understudies are Ross Griffin, Courtney Balan and Jamen Nanthakumar.

In A New Brain, Gordon can’t get past his writer’s block when a medical emergency forces him to reassess if his songs (or lack thereof) are more important than his family, his friends, or his partner. He needs to navigate a mean nurse, shelves of books and a bossy frog to get to the heart of his music.

A New Brain features music and lyrics by BSC Associate Artist William Finn (BSC: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Royal Family of Broadway), book by Finn and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner James Lapine (Broadway: Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George), and direction by BSC Associate Artist Joe Calarco (BSC: Waiting for Godot, Into the Woods, Ragtime), with music direction by Vadim Feichtner (BSC: The Royal Family of Broadway; Broadway: Falsettos, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and choreography by Chloe O. Davis (Paradise Square).

A New Brain was originally presented in 1998 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center, where it won the 1999 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical. The largely autobiographical musical is about Finn’s life-threatening experience surviving a neurological brain condition.

For a 2015 production of A New Brain at New York City Center’s Encores! Off-Center, Jesse Green, writing for New York Magazine, said, “What makes A New Brain so satisfying is that its almost relentless humor and cynicism are used to promote a very serious and often sad inquiry into key human questions. What do we make of our time here? What do we make of our abilities? Finn’s answer is the obvious one, but no less generous for that. If your brain is wired for it, you make music.”

A New Brain features scenic design by Paige Hathaway, costume design by Debra Kim Sivigny, lighting design by Jason Lyons, and sound design by Ken Travis. Production Stage Manager is John Godbout. Assistant Stage Manager is Leslie Sears.

The Boyd-Quinson Stage season opened with the legendary Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret, directed by BSC Artistic Director Alan Paul. It also includes Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky (now-August 5), directed by Candis C. Jones, and Steinberg Playwright Award winner Sanaz Toossi’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play English (September 27-October 15).

The St. Germain Stage season at Barrington Stage Company opened with The Happiest Man on Earth by Mark St. Germain, based on Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku’s extraordinary 2020 memoir of the same name, published when Jaku was 100 years old, starring Kenneth Tigar and directed by Ron Lagomarsino. The St. Germain season continued with Mike Lew’s tiny father, a co-world premiere play produced by Chautauqua Theater Company and BSC, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel. The season concludes with a revival of Brian Friel’s Faith Healer (August 1-27), directed by Julianne Boyd and starring BSC Associate Artists Christopher Innvar, Mark H. Dold and Gretchen Egolf.

BSC casting is by McCorkle Casting (Pat McCorkle, CSA; Rebecca Weiss, CSA).

TICKET INFORMATION

For tickets to A New Brain or the BSC Season, please call the BSC Box Office at 413-236-8888 or visit www.BarringtonStageCo.org/Tickets.

ABOUT BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Alan Paul and Managing Director Meredith Lynsey Schade, is an award-winning theatre located in Pittsfield, MA, in the heart of the Berkshires. Co-founded in 1995 by Julianne Boyd, BSC’s mission is to produce top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to engage our community with vibrant, inclusive educational outreach programs. Alan Paul succeeded Ms. Boyd as the company’s Artistic Director in 2022.

BSC attracts over 60,000 patrons annually and has gained national recognition for its superior-quality productions and comprehensive educational programming, including the award-winning Playwright Mentoring Project, the Musical Theatre Conservatory, Youth Theatre, KidsAct! and other initiatives. The company has become integral to the economic revitalization of downtown Pittsfield.

BSC’s reputation for excellence began with a smash revival of Cabaret that moved to Boston in 1997 for an extended run. The theatre’s prominence grew with the world premiere of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin (BSC 2004; Broadway 2005-2008, winner of two Tony Awards). Other notable productions include the world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son (BSC 2016; Broadway 2018); Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session (BSC 2009; Off-Broadway 2010-2012); Leonard Bernstein, Comden & Green’s On the Town (BSC 2013; Broadway 2014, four Tony Award nominations); Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, starring Aaron Tveit (2017); and West Side Story in honor of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins’ centenaries (2018).

BSC develops and commissions new work with two programs: PlayWorks, which supports the creation of new plays, and the Musical Theatre Lab, which develops new musicals. Since 1995, BSC has produced 45 new works, 22 of which have moved to New York and major US regional theatres.

ABOUT WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL

For seven decades, the Tony Award-recognized Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought emerging and professional theater artists together in the Berkshires to create a thrilling summer festival of diverse, world premiere plays and musicals, bold new revivals, and a rich array of accompanying cultural events.

Artists are drawn to Williamstown Theatre Festival to make great theater in an environment conducive to artistic risk-taking. Matthew Broderick, Audra McDonald, Dominique Morisseau, Mary-Louise Parker, Susan Stroman, Uma Thurman, and Blair Underwood are just a few of the luminous theater artists who have worked at the Festival. Many others, including Sterling K. Brown, Ty Burrell, Charlie Day, Paul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Brie Larson, Chris Pine, and George C. Wolfe, began their careers at the Festival.

Productions and artists shaped at the Festival fill theaters in New York City and around the world. Recently, Williamstown Theatre Festival was represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally by The Sound Inside, Grand Horizons, The Rose Tattoo, The Visit, Fool for Love, The Elephant Man, Seared, Selling Kabul, Unknown Solider, and Lempicka, to name just a few. Cost of Living, which was developed and premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival, was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and made its Broadway debut last fall.

WILLIAM FINN & ALAN PAUL, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR BSC

WILLIAM FINN & MARY TESTA

JULIANNE BOYD, FOUNDER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CHRISTOPHER INNVAR

BRANDEN HULDEEN & JOE CALARCO

ROBERT CREIGHTON, EDA SOROFOFF, BOARD EMERITUS, CHRISTOPHER INNVAR

WILLIAM FINN & JOE CALARCO, DIRECTOR

VADIM FEICHTNER, MUSIC DIRECTOR & STEPHEN SOROKOFF

A NEW BRAIN…Tally Sessions, Justine Horihata Rappaport, Andy Grotelueschen, Darrell Purcell, Adam Chanler-Berat, Mary Testa, Dorcas Leung, Salome Smith, Eliseo Roman, Demond Green

ADAM CHANLER-BERAT

MARY TESTA

ANDY GROTELUESCHEN

DARRELL PURCELL

ELISEO ROMAN’

TALLY SESSIONS & JUSTIN HORIHATA RAPPAPORT

A NEW BRAIN

JENNY GERSTEN, WTF & ALAN PAUL, BSC

ALAN PAUL

SYDELLE BLATT, BOARD EMERITUS & WILLIAM FINN

JULIANNE BOYD & WILLIAM FINN

ARTHUR SALVADORE & WILLIAM FINN

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Biden Approves NYC Congestion Charge

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Thanks to Biden New Yorkers and commuters will be paying a traffic congestion charge of up to $23 a day by mid-2024, while the cost of a round trip by car from areas like Princeton, New Jersey, could be as much as $120. The toll will be applied on top of existing bridge and tunnel tolls to congestion charges.

NYC wants to charge a daily variable toll for vehicles entering or remaining within the central business district, defined as between 60th Street in midtown Manhattan and Battery Park on Manhattan’s southern tip.

Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy condemned the approval as “unfair and ill-advised.”

Governor Hochul is committed to implementing congestion pricing to reduce traffic, improve air quality, and support our public transit system, states John Lindsay, a spokesperson for Hochul.

New York lawmakers approved the plan in 2019, to start in 2021, but under President Donald Trump this did not happen.

MTA says they would need almost a year to set up the new tolling infrastructure once they obtains federal approval, putting it on track to meet its current target of launching congestion pricing in the second quarter of 2024.

Last year, the MTA said passenger vehicle drivers could pay between $9 and $23 to enter at peak times, while overnight tolls could be as little as $5. It would cost between $12 and $82 for trucks.

The toll will generate $1-$1.5 billion a year for MTA, which runs the city’s public transit system and faces a financial crisis as ridership continues to lag behind pre-pandemic levels.

The money would also support $15 billion in debt financing for mass transit improvement.

A study released last year projected it would reduce the number of cars entering Manhattan by 15 to 20 percent.

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