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AgriNovus Indiana Announces New President, CEO

first_img AgriNovus Indiana has announced that, after a national search, Mitch Frazier, CEO of regional John Deere retailer Reynolds Farm Equipment, has been named its new president and CEO. Frazier will begin his new role on June 29 for the agbiosciences initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP).Prior to Reynolds, he served as vice president of Marketing at TinderBox and as vice president of Marketing and Investor Relations Officer at ExactTarget. He led media relations for Governor Mitch Daniels’ team at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and served as a civilian public affairs officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He also served on active duty in the U.S. Army.Frazier succeeds Beth Bechdol, who was appointed in December 2019 as deputy director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for the United Nations in Rome, Italy. Aaron Schacht, executive vice president of Innovation, Regulatory & Business Development at Elanco, who served as interim president and CEO during the search, will continue to serve as chair of the AgriNovus Board of Directors.“Mitch brings to AgriNovus Indiana vision, enthusiasm and expertise to build upon the team’s success to date and will help amplify the organization’s mission of growing the agbiosciences sector and its impact in Indiana and beyond,” said Schacht. “The Board of Directors is thrilled to welcome Mitch and is committed to helping him and the team make Indiana the home to unparalleled agbiosciences innovation and talent.”“Mitch’s experience in both agricultural and technology organizations is a perfect combination for this role,” said David Johnson, president and CEO of CICP. “His collaborative nature and passion for the industry will enable him to cultivate new alliances, connect with people and modernize the perception of the agbiosciences.”“Indiana is an epicenter for innovation in agriculture and technology,” said Frazier. “The board of directors and team at AgriNovus represent the best of Indiana, and I am confident that together we will build upon the organization’s success and advance this critical sector of our economy.”Frazier holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration from Upper Iowa University. He is also active in his community, where he serves on the Central Indiana Regional Development Authority, the City of Westfield Redevelopment Authority, and on the Westfield Washington Schools Superintendent’s Council. He is also a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series.Source: AgriNovus press release AgriNovus Indiana Announces New President, CEO Home Indiana Agriculture News AgriNovus Indiana Announces New President, CEO Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Apr 29, 2020 SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleIndiana Farmers Need Processing Facilities to Open and Rain Back in the State on the HAT Wednesday Morning EditionNext articlePurdue Professor: Farmers’ Aid Package has Parallels to Great Depression Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Ex-cop charged with murder in botched drug raid suspected of framing 69 people

first_imgdlewis33/iStock(HOUSTON) — When Houston police narcotics detectives served a search warrant on one of her clients in 2016 for possession of drugs, defense attorney Monique Sparks questioned the validity of the case as soon as she saw Officer Gerald Goines was involved.“I would say that at least for 10 years that I know of, he’s kind of been terrorizing the community,” Sparks told ABC News on Thursday. She said she has received numerous complaints from defendants about Goines’ questionable behavior, which she described as threatening and even criminal. But she said they were too afraid to file official grievances.“So they would tell me this and I’m like, ‘OK, what you have to do is make a report and they wouldn’t do it,” Sparks said, adding that most of the people targeted for arrest by Goines were low-income African Americans. “We would tell the prosecution this is what this cop did and it was just very hard to catch him or for people to want to take it up the chain.”Goines is the former Houston narcotics officer now facing murder charges stemming from a January 2019 botched drug raid in which a married couple was killed in a gunbattle that left four police drug-team members, including Goines, wounded. An investigation found Goines allegedly lied in an affidavit to get a judge to sign off on the no-knock warrant, an angry Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a February 2019 news conference.On Wednesday, Houston District Attorney Kim Ogg revealed that a review of cases Goines played a substantial role in, between 2008 and 2019, found 69 people who may have been convicted on false evidence presented by Goines.“We need to clear people convicted solely on the word of a police officer whom we can no longer trust,” Ogg said in a statement.Ogg filed a motion on Wednesday requesting judges appoint lawyers for the 69 individuals so they can begin the process of possibly having their Goines-related convictions overturned.All charges were dismissed against Sparks’ client back in March 2019.“In the interest of justice, the ongoing investigation of Gerald Goines prevents us from moving forward to trial on this case at this time,” Dane Schiller, a spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, said in a statement at the time announcing charges were being dropped against Sparks’ clients.Sparks said Oggs’ announcement this week came as no surprise to her or for many members of Houston’s poor black neighborhoods.“I think the truth has been known for a while that he was a dirty cop,” Sparks said. “This is just the first thing that surfaced that’s been made public. It was kind of common knowledge around the courthouse that he was a bad cop, but this made it common knowledge for everyone.”Goines was relieved of duty in the wake of the botched raid that left Dennis Tuttle, 59, and his wife Rhogena Nicholas, 58, dead.He had been a Hoston police officer for 25 years and was wounded in the line of duty three times, including during the raid on Tuttle and Nicholas’ home, Acevedo said at the time.In August 2019, Goines was charged with two counts of murder stemming from the deaths of Tuttle and Nicholas. Another Houston officer, Steven Bryant, was charged with tampering with a government document in an alleged attempt to help Goines cover up the illegally obtained search warrant.Authorities alleged that Goines falsely claimed in an affidavit that a confidential informant conducted two drug purchases of black tar heroin at the home of Tuttle and Nicholas after investigators learned the informant never went to the house, according to documents filed in Harris County District Court.Goines and Bryant have both pleaded not guilty to the state and federal charges filed against them.Both officers were charged in November with federal crimes of deprivation of rights under color of law, destruction, alteration or falsification of records in federal investigations and tampering with a witness, victim or informant.In an interview with ABC station KTRK-TV in Houston, Ogg said that in the 69 cases now suspected of being tainted, Goines was the sole witness.“People were convicted, they went to jail, they went to prison,” Ogg said.She said Goines, who is African American, investigated, arrested and sought charges against low-income African Americans.Goines’ attorney, Nicole Deborde, accused Ogg of attempting to influence potential jurors with her announcement this week and trying to make a publicity grab as she faces a Democratic primary election on March 3.“These are carefully timed media blitzes which are an end-run around the ethical rules that she can’t talk about the facts of the actual pending case,” Deborde told KTRK. “This is a transparent political Hail Mary as she approaches the primary deadline.”But Mike Doyle, an attorney representing the family of Rhogena Nicholas in a pending civil case against the Houston Police Department, applauded Ogg’s decision.“I think at this point, it calls into question whether anything he [Goines] did can be trusted,” Doyle told KTRK.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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Car ramming at rally protesting anti-Asian hate being investigated as hate crime

first_imgBased on what we have learned, this is being investigated as a hate crime.— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) March 23, 2021Parts of the incident, which occurred in the Diamond Bar area, were captured on videos posted to social media. In the videos, the man in the car is seen exiting his vehicle and yelling “F— China” at the demonstrators.No injuries were reported in the incident.The sheriff’s office identified the suspect as a white male in his 50s, and said that his license plate was captured on video footage from the rally.Rallies condemning anti-Asian racism occurred at cities across the country over the weekend, following the murders of six Asian women in Atlanta, Georgia. Reports of anti-Asian hate incidents have skyrocketed over the past year, with many linking them to biases related to the pandemic and the Trump administration’s incendiary language.“The brazenness of doing this at an Anti-Hate rally speaks to the level that people will go to harass and bully communities of color,” County Supervisor Janice Hahn said in a statement to ABC News’ Los Angeles station KABC.Multiple car-ramming incidents occurred this past summer during the separate nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd, resulting in the death of one demonstrator in Seattle, Washington.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. kali9/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles authorities are investigating a possible hate crime after a man recklessly drove through a red light into a crosswalk where protesters were marching in a “Stop Asian Hate” rally.The man yelled racial epithets as he rammed his car through the pedestrian route where the scheduled rally was taking place on Sunday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office confirmed to ABC News on Tuesday.“Based on what we have learned, this is being investigated as a hate crime,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a tweet.last_img read more

New York must offer vaccine to inmates ‘immediately,’ judge rules

first_imgMarilyn Nieves/iStockBy MARLENE LENTHANG, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A judge has ruled New York must offer the COVID-19 vaccine to all inmates in state prisons and jails immediately, condemning their exclusion from the shots as “unfair and unjust.”On Monday, Bronx Supreme Court Justice Alison Y. Tuitt called the exclusion of incarcerated populations from the vaccine “arbitrary and capricious” and “an abuse of discretion.”She said New York “irrationally” prioritized other populations living in congregate facilities, such as nursing homes and long-term care facilities, but not prisons, putting “great risk to incarcerated people’s lives during this pandemic.”The state allowed staffers of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to get vaccinated in late January.On Feb. 5 the state allowed inmates 65 years old and up to get the vaccine, about a month after the state opened the vaccine to everyone 65 and older, and as of Tuesday, 822 of 1,066 eligible inmates were inoculated, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said. Youth living in juvenile detention facilities were declared eligible for the vaccine in late February, and inmates with comorbidities were given access to the shots on March 5, after New York opened eligibility to people with comorbidities on Feb. 15.The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed last month by two Rikers Island inmates, Charles Holden, 52, and Alberto Frias, 24.“[Rikers Island] is very unsanitary and risky. It is impossible to stay six feet apart,” Holden said in a statement through the Legal Aid Society. “You eat together, you use the same showers. DOC does not supply masks within the housing area, so people are walking around without masks. I am simply asking to be treated fairly and with dignity.”The judge’s ruling noted that Cuomo announced Monday that all New York residents 30 and older will be eligible to the vaccine effective Tuesday. “However, as of today, Petitioner Frias and other incarcerated individuals under the age of of 30 years of age are still not eligible for the vaccine,” Tuitt wrote.Advocates praised the move to allow all inmates to get the vaccine.“Governor Cuomo’s decision to withhold the vaccine from the people confined to dense, congregate settings of jails and prisons always ignored the unambiguous public health guidance that called for priority vaccinations in this uniquely dangerous setting, and exacerbated the vastly disproportionate toll of this virus on Black and Latinx communities,” Mary Lynne Werlwas, director of the Legal Aid Society’s Prisoners’ Rights Project, told ABC News.“These New Yorkers should have had priority access to the vaccine, and this never should have required litigation,” she added.The governor’s office did not comment on why the vaccine was initially withheld from the entire inmate population.“Our goal all along has been to implement a vaccination program that is fair and equitable, and these changes will help ensure that continues to happen,” acting counsel to the governor Beth Garvey said in a statement.The decision over whether to inoculate incarcerated populations was a contentious issue in the early days of the vaccine rollout, following COVID-19 outbreaks at prisons across the country.As of February, just 15 states allowed inmates to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine before New York joined them this week, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit that covers national health issues.The Legal Aid Society said jail and prison populations are now surging to pre-pandemic levels of COVID-19 infection.As of March 19, 577 people in New York DOC custody have COVID-19 — an increase from 306 people at the beginning of 2021, according to state data. There are currently 31,342 incarcerated people in state correctional facilities, according to Cuomo’s office.A total of 6,273 COVID-19 cases among the incarcerated population have been documented by DOCCS, 6,099 of whom have recovered, according to last week’s COVID-19 update. There have been 35 reported incarcerated population deaths due to the virus.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Guru column: Branson beats Dilbert for business acumen

first_imgBut will the bride be on schedule?Guru is concerned that Aslef has taken its role in improvingworking relationships too far. The train drivers’ union has announced that itis moving into the wedding business. It owns a swanky house in Hampstead, northLondon, and has decided to hire it out for receptions. While it promises that beer and sarnies will not be on themenu, organising the bridal train could take on a whole new meaning. Richard Branson may have lost the bid to run the NationalLottery but at least he can draw comfort from the fact that he beat Dilbert,the cynical office worker who is the star of the globally syndicated cartoon,in a poll of the most influential business thinkers.That is more than can be said for Sir John Harvey-Jones,former chairman of ICI. Branson comes in at 29, Dilbert at 31 and Harvey-Jonesat 38, in The Thinkers Top 50 survey.Candidates are ranked in 10 categories includingpracticality of ideas, business sense, impact of ideas and “guru” factor.Ranked first in the poll, which is dominated by US entrepreneurs, is modernmanagement theorist Peter Drucker. Unfortunately, Guru’s application was lostin the post.  Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Candidates from hell refuse to toe the lineInterviews can be deceptive. How many times have youappointed a sweet-talking candidate only to find out that the tongue-tiedapplicant would probably have been better? That bloke who declared that if you hired him he woulddemonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm –he might have been really good. Or the woman who wore a Walkman the whole waythrough the interview, claiming that she could listen to you and the music atthe same time – she could have been a real asset. On second thoughts, maybe youmade the right decision.  These candidates just provide a flavour of the interviewexperiences that many HR professionals have had, according to a new Internetsurvey released this month. One interviewer had to take a call during aninterview. The applicant promptly took out a copy of Penthouse and startedleafing through the pages.  Guru wants to hear about your experiences in field. Theycan’t be as bad as one HR manager, who was half way through an interview whenthe candidate took off his right shoe and sock, removed a medicated foot powderand starting dusting his toes.center_img Guru column: Branson beats Dilbert for business acumenOn 23 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today A new way to fill porn positionsGuru has been impressed by the inventiveness of recruitmentagencies. In last week’s news pages of Personnel Today there was a story abouthow agencies are increasingly prepared to take on debt to invest in thebusiness. There was also a drive to focus on niche recruitment. Guruhas dug out an interesting example – take for instance. Itsaw a gap in the employment market – an Internet-based agency recruiting forthe sex industry listing current vacant positions in porn – and decided toexploit it. The entire spectrum of jobs in the sex industry is listed,from actors in porn films, escorts, dancers and models, to managers,accountants and webmasters. Guru will return to websites on management theoryforthwith. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Utah’s Korver Writes About White Privilege

first_imgHe stated that last month’s heckling incident involving Jazz fans played a part in him writing his letter. April 9, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah’s Korver Writes About White Privilege FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail (Salt Lake City, UT)  —  Jazz guard Kyle Korver is making headlines after his essay about white privilege was published on the Player’s Tribune.  Robert Lovell Korver addresses race in the NBA and our country and his role in both as a white person.  Written by Tags: Kyle Korver/NBA/The Player’s Tribune/Utah Jazz/White Privilegelast_img

Northwestern U. Soccer Coach Tim Lenahan Enjoys Team Bonding in Ocean City

first_imgBy Tim KellyJudging by previous visits to Ocean City, we can expect some big things this year from the Northwestern University mens’ soccer team.Wildcats Head Coach Tim Lenahan, an OC homeowner since 1986, recently brought his team to town for pre-season training for the sixth time in the last 10 years. During that span Northwestern won more soccer games (121) than any other team in the Big 10 and racked up numerous other accolades.The first time Lenahan and the Cats came to town, 2006, “we had one of our best years, finishing in (the NCAA Tournament) Elite Eight,” Lenahan said during his most recent visit, which concluded on Sunday.“Two years later we came back and we went to the Elite Eight again (winning a school-record 15 games in the process). Then, in 2012 we made the Sweet 16, and won the Big 10 championship.”  Lenahan was also named Big 10 Coach of the Year that year.A South Jersey native and graduate of Overbrook Regional High School in Pine Hill and a former Stockton College (now University) player and head coach, Lenahan is starting his 16th season at the ‘Cats’ helm. Before that he coached three seasons at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. At each stop Lenahan inherited previously moribund programs and turned them into national powers.Nowhere was his turnaround artistry more evident than at Northwestern, located in Evanston, Illinois, just outside Chicago. He took over a program that was winless the year before and in 2001 changed the culture to that of a winner. He recruited players who excelled academically as well as on the pitch. Many former players went on to professional careers and Lenahan formed a “coaching tree” that spawned a dozen college and pro head coaches.He did so with a level of intensity rare even among his peers in today’s high-stakes world of college athletics.“In our sport, the world knows, and the United States is now learning, you have to fight for everything,” he said.Lenahan returns to Ocean City and his house on 13th St. each summer and parts of most off-seasons to decompress after completing the rigorous Big 10 schedule, and usually, the NCAA tournament. “It takes me about a month” to wind down and begin gearing up for the next season, he said.When he began thinking of setting up an every-other-year training sojourn in 2005, there was little doubt the location would be in his second home. Not only could Lenahan return to the familiar sights, sounds and rhythms of OC, his players, many of whom are from the nation’s heartland, could learn firsthand about the attraction of the Jersey Shore. The results speak for themselves, and this year has been no exception. “It has been a great trip, the only (negative) thing has been the weather. There was such heat for a few days that we had to back off some on the training,” Lenahan said.Tim’s combined career coaching record is 269-159-66 at Stockton, Lafayette and Northwestern. The winningest soccer coach in Northwestern history, his career highlights include two Big 10 regular season championships, a Big 10 tourney title, eight appearances in the NCAA tourney and Coach of the Year awards in the Big 10, Patriot League and New Jersey Athletic Conference (three times).Northwestern’s men’s soccer team scrimmaging on the OC beach during their recent camp here.While they were in town, Lenahan’s charges could be seen scrimmaging on the beach and on city soccer fields, running on the boardwalk, and at night “Doing what you do in Ocean City: walk the boards, play mini golf, and eat ice cream.”In giving back to the community, and winning new fans in the process, the team distributed free T-shirts to lucky people on the boardwalk during a recent Family Night.Northwestern opens its regular season at home on Friday, August 26 against Florida Gulf Coast. They are coming off a 7-9-2 record, during which they played without a home field due to a $260 million renovation of their stadium and other sports facilities at Northwestern.Their week-long trip also included training and three exhibition matches at Stockton.  They drubbed South Jersey Select, 8-0 on August 13, then trimmed Patriot League power Colgate 2-1 on Tuesday, and played St. John’s University of the Big East to a 1-1 draw on Friday.Colgate is coached by former Lenahan assistant Erik Ronning, who followed his mentor’s lead and organized an Ocean City camp for his own team. Lenahan’s “Camp OC” must be doing something right.His players stayed in rented condo units in the same 13th St. neighborhood where the coach’s home is located and got in some team bonding. “During the season, some of the players are in different dorms and others live off-campus.  This is an opportunity to be together as a group.”Another highlight, Lenahan said, was learning firsthand about a South Jersey-Philly area staple.“At the risk of giving free advertising, our guys were right there to experience what Wawa is all about,” he laughed.With all of his coaching success, Lenahan sees no reason to slow down. He said he plans on keeping at it for another decade.“But when I do stop, there is no doubt where I will be (making a home in retirement),” he said. “Right here in Ocean City.”last_img read more

Latest acrylamide report shows limited change

first_imgAcrylamide levels in food have seen no significant changes since the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) last annual update, it reported today.The fourth report of its kind covered the monitoring period 2007-2010, with data collected from samples of food from 25 European countries.Downward trends were apparent in some sub-categories, including ‘non-potato based savoury snacks’, and ‘biscuits and rusks for infants and young children’. However, rises were recorded in the the sub-category ‘crisp bread’ – 42% between 2007 and 2010 – and the ‘coffee and coffee substitutes’ category.Of the soft breads tested, only 3% were found to have acrylamide levels above the ‘recommended indicative values’, in 2010, while 12% of the samples in the biscuits, crackers, and crisp bread category were above this level.EFSA said that since 2008, the number of samples submitted has declined, which has limited the reliability of the trend analysis. A total of 13,162 acrylamide results were submitted during the four-year monitoring period from 2007 to 2010.The UK submitted samples from 20 soft bread products, but none for the biscuits, crackers and crisp bread category, in 2010.Acrylamide is a chemical compound that typically forms in starchy food products such as potato crisps, bread, biscuits and coffee, during high-temperature processing, including frying, baking and roasting, and is known to be be both carcinogenic and genotoxic.last_img read more

The timelessness of war

first_imgMembers of the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) current production of “Ajax” took to the stage for another version of the Greek drama, “Ajax and Philoctetes,” delivering a tale about warriors in ancient times for an audience largely made up of warriors in modern times.The production on Monday (March 7) was a collaboration between the A.R.T. and the arts group Theater of War on an innovative project that presents readings of the story of Ajax, the mythological Greek warrior ravaged by jealousy, violence, and shame who takes his own life. The production facilitates a town hall discussion to examine the challenges faced by veterans, service members, families, friends, and community members, all dealing with the psychological effects of war.“It has been suggested that ancient Greek drama was a form of storytelling, communal therapy, and ritual reintegration for combat veterans by combat veterans,” said the program notes. The event at the Loeb Drama Center bore that suggestion out, as themes of shame, fear, anxiety, honor, gratitude, anger, and resentment emerged during a discussion with the audience.A large number of military members and veterans attended the program, which included a panel of three veterans and an Army wife.Forty years ago this month, panelist Bill Donoghue returned from Vietnam. He spoke of the horrors he experienced while serving as a U.S. Marine and of his current fear for the safety of his son, a Marine officer in Afghanistan.“I identify with the line in the play [from Ajax’s wife Tecmessa] that says ‘twice the pain, twice the sorrow,’ ” said Donoghue, who described the “special letters” that only he receives from his son, detailing the death that he sees in combat.“He knows I know. …That’s how that phrase in the play resonates with me.”Panelist Gillian Sowden, a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School, sat next to her husband Evan Bick, who was an infantry platoon leader in Iraq. Sowden described the difficulty of being separated from Bick for two years, the constant anxiety she felt, and how they had “grown in different ways while apart.”“We had two very different years,” she said. “I’ll never fully understand his experience, and part of me doesn’t want to know his experience, because that’s a side of me I can’t quite reconcile with the man that I married.”Many in the audience wondered how best to respond to members of the military whom they encounter in their communities. Veterans and current service members responded that what they appreciate most is sincerity and a willingness to engage.“One of the best things is building a relationship,” said one audience member on active duty. “No one is going to give detailed information to someone they barely know. So the best thing you can do is not just say ‘thank you,’ but look us in the eye, touch us, and build a relationship with us … take time, befriend us.”Members of the Marine Wing Support Squadron, based out of Chicopee, Mass., occupied two rows of seats near the back of the auditorium. Their commanding officer, Capt. William Lee, initially worried how they might react to the program, but his fears were put to rest when many raised their hands to take part in the discussion. It’s important to understand the perspective of the people we serve, for them to understand ours, and “to have a conversation in a setting like this,” said Lee.Donoghue offered pointed advice about what not to say to a service member who has seen active duty, saying, “The worst question in the world is: ‘Did you kill someone?’ ” Instead, Donoghue urged people to ask open-ended questions like “Tell me about your experience.”Ellen McLaughlin, who directed the evening’s reading and moderated the discussion, offered background for the audience. The playwright Sophocles was himself a military veteran. Athens, where the work premiered, was a military society, and the play would have been presented to a largely military crowd.“When we are talking about a classical Greek audience, we are talking about 17,000 people. It was basically the entire city of Athens seeing the premiere of this play.”last_img read more

The Love Note Will Play Off-Broadway

first_imgGail Phaneuf’s The Love Note will run off-Broadway for a limited engagement September 10 through December 21. Russell Garrett will direct and choreograph the pre-teen tuner, which will officially open on September 14 at the Actors Temple Theatre. The new musical will play on Wednesdays and Sundays. Related Shows The cast of The Love Note will include Blair Heather Anderson, Nick Anastasia, James Michael Avance, Megan Beard, Mark Blowers, Kathleen Cameron, Adam Cavalieri, Grace Olson-Davidson, Jeff Deglow, Lauren DeFilippo, Jessie Fallow, Kelsey Flynn, Rosanne Gully, Sam Harvey, Katie Rose Ialacci, Kevin Ray Johnson, Bethany McCall, Katie Mebane, Jenna Perez, Justin Selig and Ariella Serur. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 21, 2014 The Love Note explores the trials of being “the new kid,” learning the ropes of self-reliance and survival techniques that carry into adulthood. Jessie finds herself on a spirited journey at a new school as she attempts to navigate the lunchroom bullies, a new crush and learning how to stand up for herself. With the help of a magical friend, she learns to stand up amongst the school bully, wacky bookworms and tween fashionistas.center_img View Comments The production will feature costumes by Carol Meehan Sherry, set design by Josh Iacovelli and lighting design by Josh Danzi. The Love Notelast_img read more