The Pandemic’s Winter Surge Could Put New Jersey Musicians Out of Work—Again – UPDATED

by Niccolo Bechtler At the beginning of March, opera singer Kevin Courtemanche was nearly done preparing for a role at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Room rehearsals had finished, and Courtemanche had flown home to New York for a two-week break before the production’s final stage rehearsals began. Then, the coronavirus pandemic struck, and Courtemanche’sContinue reading “The Pandemic’s Winter Surge Could Put New Jersey Musicians Out of Work—Again – UPDATED”

The Pandemic’s Winter Surge Could Put New Jersey Musicians Out of Work—Again

by Niccolo Bechtler At the beginning of March, opera singer Kevin Courtemanche was nearly done preparing for a role at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Room rehearsals had finished, and Courtemanche had flown home to New York for a two-week break before the production’s final stage rehearsals began. Then, the coronavirus pandemic struck, and Courtemanche’sContinue reading “The Pandemic’s Winter Surge Could Put New Jersey Musicians Out of Work—Again”

New Jersey voters say in the 2020 election, voting is more important than ever

by Niccolo Bechtler Princeton, New Jersey voters interviewed last week emphasized the urgency of the upcoming presidential election and supported the mail-in voting system, although their opinions varied about the extent to which their ballots matter in a state that consistently votes for Democrats. According to voters interviewed at the mail-in ballot drop box outsideContinue reading “New Jersey voters say in the 2020 election, voting is more important than ever”

Agricultural Conservation Programs Continue Operation Amid the Pandemic – Updated

by Niccolo Bechtler U.S. agricultural conservation programs succeeded in continuing to work nationwide, despite challenges posed by understaffing and the coronavirus pandemic, according to a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry Thursday morning. The subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture questioned Kevin Norton, acting chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service,Continue reading “Agricultural Conservation Programs Continue Operation Amid the Pandemic – Updated”

How The Coronavirus Could End Live Music in Washington, D.C. – Updated

By Niccolo Bechtler Live music in Washington, D.C. has all but disappeared since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, after more than six months without regular income, the local music venues themselves could be next in line to vanish. For Nick Fontana, owner of Pearl Street Warehouse, an American roots music stage in D.C.’sContinue reading “How The Coronavirus Could End Live Music in Washington, D.C. – Updated”

Agricultural Conservation Programs Continue Operation Amid the Pandemic

by Niccolo Bechtler Agricultural conservation programs succeeded in continuing to work nationwide, despite challenges posed by understaffing and the coronavirus pandemic, according to a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry Thursday morning. The subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture first questioned Kevin Norton, acting chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service,Continue reading “Agricultural Conservation Programs Continue Operation Amid the Pandemic”

How the Coronavirus Could End Live Music in Washington, D.C.

By Niccolo Bechtler Live music in Washington, D.C. has all but disappeared since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, after more than six months without regular income, the local music venues themselves could be next in line to vanish. For Nick Fontana, owner of Pearl Street Warehouse, an American roots music stage in D.C.’sContinue reading “How the Coronavirus Could End Live Music in Washington, D.C.”

LGBTQ Representation Will Be a Key Issue in the 2020 Election, Says Leader of Kogod Pride

For Scott Schneider, president of Kogod Pride, LGBTQ representation in government policy and in the workplace will be the most critical issues of the 2020 presidential race.  The election will be pivotal for the acceptance of LGBTQ professionals, Schneider said. Homophobic lawmakers could leverage the underrepresentation of LGBTQ groups in government in order to reverseContinue reading “LGBTQ Representation Will Be a Key Issue in the 2020 Election, Says Leader of Kogod Pride”

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