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Illinois Health Information Exchange, Northshore University HealthSystem collaborate on new service to improve patient care with long term care facilities

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Innovative integration to improve patient care transitions and lower hospital readmissions

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Health Information Exchange (ILHIE) joined NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) in announcing that NorthShore will now be able to exchange patient information such as diagnoses and medications securely and in real time with 14 long term health care facilities. This will be achieved through a web-based, encrypted and secure messaging system that is fully compliant with the Electronic Health Records requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The new system is designed to lead to improved health outcomes for patients and should result in lower rates of hospital readmissions.

“NorthShore is to be commended for their leadership and commitment to quality health care. This was definitely a team effort that included many outstanding contributions. I’d like to offer a special salute to Steven Smith, CIO, Dan O’Mahoney, Director Application Services, and their stellar team for their steadfast dedication to this pioneering effort and integration” said Raul Recarey, Executive Director of the ILHIE Authority.

Transitions of care between acute, post-acute, and long-term care providers can pose multiple challenges including poor communication, coordination and medication errors that can ultimately lead to higher hospital readmissions for patients. This integration significantly improves the coordination of care process by providing comprehensive, up-to-date information for patients that move from facility to facility.

”We are excited to be working with the ILHIE on this initiative. Our goal is to improve the continuum of patient care with the long term care facilities and also to reduce hospital readmissions. This new integration has the potential for great success and will also be used to connect with other providers of care going forward,” said Steven Smith, Chief Information Officer of NorthShore.

“By improving our communications with NorthShore and receiving messages with continuity of care, discharges and transition of care information before the patient arrives, we are confident that this will improve patient care coordination,” said Ian Crook, Vice President of Operations for Glenview Terrace Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

In addition to the patient and provider benefits, implementing ILHIE’s HIPAA-compliant Direct services offers a way for providers to achieve the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Stage 2 Meaningful Use objectives. Connecting your organization to ILHIE will also prepare for meeting Stage 3 Meaningful Use in 2016. For more information about Meaningful Use measures, please click http://tinyurl.com/MUStage2.

For more information about ILHIE’s services including ILHIE Direct or Integrated Direct, an EHR-integrated secure messaging solution or EHR Connect, a secure, electronic, patient health record request and retrieval service, visit www.ilhie.org or contact Frank Kisner at frank.kisner@illinois.gov or 312-814-1254.

The Illinois Health Information Exchange (ILHIE) is a statewide, secure electronic transport network for sharing clinical and administrative data among health care providers in Illinois. The ILHIE allows providers to exchange electronic health information in real time and in a secure environment to improve health care quality and patient care.

NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore), headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, is a comprehensive, fully integrated, health care delivery system that serves the Chicago region. The system includes four hospitals in Evanston, Glenview, Highland Park and Skokie. NorthShore employs approximately 10,000 and has 2,400 affiliated physicians, including an 800+ physician, multispecialty group practice with over 100 office locations. In 2003, NorthShore was among the first in the country to successfully launch a system-wide Electronic Medical Record with demonstrable benefits in quality, safety, efficiency and service to patients. NorthShore has been recognized by multiple national organizations for this notable achievement.

Prosecutors secure natural life sentence plus additional 75 Years for 2008 triple murder

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A Chicago man who shot and killed his foster parents and their son during a brutal attack in 2008 has been sentenced to natural life in prison plus an additional 75 years, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Vennis McCall, 34, was previously convicted of the murders of Alan McCullough, Jr., 46, his wife Danna McCullough, 43, and their son Alan McCullough, III, 19. Alan McCullough was a police officer with the Veteran’s Administration Police and Danna McCullough worked for the U.S. Postal Service at the time that they were slain on April 4, 2008.

According to prosecutors, the crime unfolded after police were called to the family’s home in the 6100 block of South Hermitage in Chicago to conduct a well-being check after Alan Jr., failed to show up to work. Investigators discovered the bodies of all three victims in the home and each had been shot one time in the head. Alan Jr., had also been severely beaten in the head with a hammer.

The victims had previously been the defendant’s foster family and had just taken him in again after McCall was released from the Illinois Department of Corrections for a 1998 Armed Robbery conviction and a 2001 escape case in which he attempted to flee from a courtroom.

In the 2008 case, McCall avoided arrest for nearly three weeks after the murders occurred by breaking into and hiding in various homes in the surrounding neighborhood. He was taken into custody for the murders on April 22, 2008 after he was discovered by a neighbor in the basement of a home.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Rosemary Higgins sentenced McCall to the natural life term plus an additional 75 years during a recent hearing on October 16 at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Joseph Magats and Kim Ward as well as the Chicago Police Department for their work on the case.

President Obama’s Remarks on the Reopening of the Government

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State Dining Room

11:00 A.M. EDT

October 17, 2013

The President’s Speech in its entirety

Well, last night, I signed legislation to reopen our government and pay America’s bills.  Because Democrats and responsible Republicans came together, the first government shutdown in 17 years is now over.  The first default in more than 200 years will not happen.  These twin threats to our economy have now been lifted.  And I want to thank those Democrats and Republicans for getting together and ultimately getting this job done.

Now, there’s been a lot of discussion lately of the politics of this shutdown.  But let’s be clear:  There are no winners here.  These last few weeks have inflicted completely unnecessary damage on our economy.  We don’t know yet the full scope of the damage, but every analyst out there believes it slowed our growth.

We know that families have gone without paychecks or services they depend on.  We know that potential homebuyers have gotten fewer mortgages, and small business loans have been put on hold.  We know that consumers have cut back on spending, and that half of all CEOs say that the shutdown and the threat of shutdown set back their plans to hire over the next six months.  We know that just the threat of default — of America not paying all the bills that we owe on time — increased our borrowing costs, which adds to our deficit.

And, of course, we know that the American people’s frustration with what goes on in this town has never been higher. That’s not a surprise that the American people are completely fed up with Washington.  At a moment when our economic recovery demands more jobs, more momentum, we’ve got yet another self-inflicted crisis that set our economy back.  And for what?

There was no economic rationale for all of this.  Over the past four years, our economy has been growing, our businesses have been creating jobs, and our deficits have been cut in half. We hear some members who pushed for the shutdown say they were doing it to save the American economy — but nothing has done more to undermine our economy these past three years than the kind of tactics that create these manufactured crises.

And you don’t have to take my word for it.  The agency that put America’s credit rating on watch the other day explicitly cited all of this, saying that our economy “remains more dynamic and resilient” than other advanced economies, and that the only thing putting us at risk is — and I’m quoting here — “repeated brinksmanship.”  That’s what the credit rating agency said.  That wasn’t a political statement; that was an analysis of what’s hurting our economy by people whose job it is to analyze these things.

That also happens to be the view of our diplomats who’ve been hearing from their counterparts internationally.  Some of the same folks who pushed for the shutdown and threatened default claim their actions were needed to get America back on the right track, to make sure we’re strong.  But probably nothing has done more damage to America’s credibility in the world, our standing with other countries, than the spectacle that we’ve seen these past several weeks.  It’s encouraged our enemies.  It’s emboldened our competitors.  And it’s depressed our friends who look to us for steady leadership.

Now, the good news is we’ll bounce back from this.  We always do.  America is the bedrock of the global economy for a reason.  We are the indispensable nation that the rest of the world looks to as the safest and most reliable place to invest — something that’s made it easier for generations of Americans to invest in their own futures.  We have earned that responsibility over more than two centuries because of the dynamism of our economy and our entrepreneurs, the productivity of our workers, but also because we keep our word and we meet our obligations.  That’s what full faith and credit means — you can count on us.
And today, I want our people and our businesses and the rest of the world to know that the full faith and credit of the United States remains unquestioned.

But to all my friends in Congress, understand that how business is done in this town has to change.  Because we’ve all got a lot of work to do on behalf of the American people — and that includes the hard work of regaining their trust.  Our system of self-government doesn’t function without it.  And now that the government is reopened, and this threat to our economy is removed, all of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists and the bloggers and the talking heads on radio and the professional activists who profit from conflict, and focus on what the majority of Americans sent us here to do, and that’s grow this economy; create good jobs; strengthen the middle class; educate our kids; lay the foundation for broad-based prosperity and get our fiscal house in order for the long haul.  That’s why we’re here.  That should be our focus.

Now, that won’t be easy.  We all know that we have divided government right now.  There’s a lot of noise out there, and the pressure from the extremes affect how a lot of members of Congress see the day-to-day work that’s supposed to be done here. And let’s face it, the American people don’t see every issue the same way.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t make progress.  And when we disagree, we don’t have to suggest that the other side doesn’t love this country or believe in free enterprise, or all the other rhetoric that seems to get worse every single year.  If we disagree on something, we can move on and focus on the things we agree on, and get some stuff done.

Let me be specific about three places where I believe we can make progress right now.  First, in the coming days and weeks, we should sit down and pursue a balanced approach to a responsible budget, a budget that grows our economy faster and shrinks our long-term deficits further.

At the beginning of this year, that’s what both Democrats and Republicans committed to doing.  The Senate passed a budget; House passed a budget; they were supposed to come together and negotiate.  And had one side not decided to pursue a strategy of brinksmanship, each side could have gotten together and figured out, how do we shape a budget that provides certainty to businesses and people who rely on government, provides certainty to investors in our economy, and we’d be growing faster right now.

Now, the good news is the legislation I signed yesterday now requires Congress to do exactly that — what it could have been doing all along.

And we shouldn’t approach this process of creating a budget as an ideological exercise — just cutting for the sake of cutting.  The issue is not growth versus fiscal responsibility — we need both.  We need a budget that deals with the issues that most Americans are focused on:  creating more good jobs that pay better wages.

And remember, the deficit is getting smaller, not bigger.  It’s going down faster than it has in the last 50 years. The challenges we have right now are not short-term deficits; it’s the long-term obligations that we have around things like Medicare and Social Security.  We want to make sure those are there for future generations.

So the key now is a budget that cuts out the things that we don’t need, closes corporate tax loopholes that don’t help create jobs, and frees up resources for the things that do help us grow — like education and infrastructure and research.  And these things historically have not been partisan.  And this shouldn’t be as difficult as it’s been in past years because we already spend less than we did a few years ago.  Our deficits are half of what they were a few years ago.  The debt problems we have now are long term, and we can address them without shortchanging our kids, or shortchanging our grandkids, or weakening the security that current generations have earned from their hard work.

So that’s number one.  Number two, we should finish fixing the job of — let me say that again.  Number two, we should finish the job of fixing our broken immigration system.

There’s already a broad coalition across America that’s behind this effort of comprehensive immigration reform — from business leaders to faith leaders to law enforcement.  In fact, the Senate has already passed a bill with strong bipartisan support that would make the biggest commitment to border security in our history; would modernize our legal immigration system; make sure everyone plays by the same rules, makes sure that folks who came here illegally have to pay a fine, pay back taxes, meet their responsibilities.  That bill has already passed the Senate. And economists estimate that if that bill becomes law, our economy would be 5 percent larger two decades from now.  That’s $1.4 trillion in new economic growth.

The majority of Americans think this is the right thing to do.  And it’s sitting there waiting for the House to pass it.  Now, if the House has ideas on how to improve the Senate bill, let’s hear them.  Let’s start the negotiations.  But let’s not leave this problem to keep festering for another year, or two years, or three years.  This can and should get done by the end of this year.

Number three, we should pass a farm bill, one that American farmers and ranchers can depend on; one that protects vulnerable children and adults in times of need; one that gives rural communities opportunities to grow and the long-term certainty that they deserve.

Again, the Senate has already passed a solid bipartisan bill.  It’s got support from Democrats and Republicans.  It’s sitting in the House waiting for passage.  If House Republicans have ideas that they think would improve the farm bill, let’s see them.  Let’s negotiate.  What are we waiting for?  Let’s get this done.

So, passing a budget; immigration reform; farm bill.  Those are three specific things that would make a huge difference in our economy right now.  And we could get them done by the end of the year if our focus is on what’s good for the American people. And that’s just the big stuff.  There are all kinds of other things that we could be doing that don’t get as much attention.

I understand we will not suddenly agree on everything now that the cloud of crisis has passed.  Democrats and Republicans are far apart on a lot of issues.  And I recognize there are folks on the other side who think that my policies are misguided — that’s putting it mildly.  That’s okay.  That’s democracy.  That’s how it works.  We can debate those differences vigorously, passionately, in good faith, through the normal democratic process.

And sometimes, we’ll be just too far apart to forge an agreement.  But that should not hold back our efforts in areas where we do agree.  We shouldn’t fail to act on areas that we do agree or could agree just because we don’t think it’s good politics; just because the extremes in our party don’t like the word “compromise.”

I will look for willing partners wherever I can to get important work done.  And there’s no good reason why we can’t govern responsibly, despite our differences, without lurching from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis.  In fact, one of the things that I hope all of us have learned these past few weeks is that it turns out smart, effective government is important.  It matters.  I think the American people during this shutdown had a chance to get some idea of all the things, large and small, that government does that make a difference in people’s lives.

We hear all the time about how government is the problem.  Well, it turns out we rely on it in a whole lot of ways.  Not only does it keep us strong through our military and our law enforcement, it plays a vital role in caring for our seniors and our veterans, educating our kids, making sure our workers are trained for the jobs that are being created, arming our businesses with the best science and technology so they can compete with companies from other countries.  It plays a key role in keeping our food and our toys and our workplaces safe.  It helps folks rebuild after a storm.  It conserves our natural resources.  It finances startups.  It helps to sell our products overseas.  It provides security to our diplomats abroad.

So let’s work together to make government work better, instead of treating it like an enemy or purposely making it work worse.  That’s not what the founders of this nation envisioned when they gave us the gift of self-government.  You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president, then argue for your position.  Go out there and win an election.  Push to change it. But don’t break it.  Don’t break what our predecessors spent over two centuries building.  That’s not being faithful to what this country is about.

And that brings me to one last point.  I’ve got a simple message for all the dedicated and patriotic federal workers who’ve either worked without pay or been forced off the job without pay these past few weeks, including most of my own staff: Thank you.  Thanks for your service.  Welcome back.  What you do is important.  It matters.

You defend our country overseas.  You deliver benefits to our troops who’ve earned them when they come home.  You guard our borders.  You protect our civil rights.  You help businesses grow and gain footholds in overseas markets.  You protect the air we breathe and the water our children drink.  And you push the boundaries of science and space, and you guide hundreds of thousands of people each day through the glories of this country. Thank you.  What you do is important.  And don’t let anybody else tell you different.  Especially the young people who come to this city to serve — believe that it matters.  Well, you know what, you’re right.  It does.

And those of us who have the privilege to serve this country have an obligation to do our job as best we can.  We come from different parties, but we are Americans first.  And that’s why disagreement cannot mean dysfunction.  It can’t degenerate into hatred.  The American people’s hopes and dreams are what matters, not ours.  Our obligations are to them.  Our regard for them compels us all, Democrats and Republicans, to cooperate, and compromise, and act in the best interests of our nation –- one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

Thanks very much.

Resurrected writings on Chicago’s early Black experience to be focus of Oct. 22 St. Clair Drake lecture at Roosevelt University

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Brian Dolinar, editor of a new book featuring never-before-published reflections of African-American writers living in Chicago during the 1930s, will speak about the newly edited book,  The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers at an Oct. 22 lecture at Roosevelt University.

The lecture entitled Bound for Freedom: Black WPA Writers Document Chicago’s South Side is free and open to the public and will be held at 4 p.m. in the University’s 10th floor library, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

The second in Roosevelt’s 2013-14 St. Clair Drake lecture series, the event will look back in time to when President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration put promising black writers to work in Illinois on a project to chronicle aspects of Chicago’s African-American experience. Major black writers of the day, including Harlem Renaissance poet Arna Bontemps, white proletarian writer Jack Conroy, Richard Wright, Margaret Walker, Katherine Dunham, Fenton Johnson, Frank Yerby and Richard Durham wrote at the time about everything from public and domestic life to politics, religion, literature and the performing arts.

The Negro in Illinois project never came to fruition as a publication until several months ago due to the painstaking efforts by Dolinar, who reconstructed the project from papers in the Vivian G. Harsh Collection of Afro-American History and Literature kept at the Carter G. Woodson Library in Chicago and other archives across the country.

“Brian Dolinar’s efforts are impressive along two scholarly fronts. He has presented a first-class introduction to the monumental New Deal Era’s writing project to preserve Black Chicago’s history and culture that was embodied in the research and writings of Arna Bontemps, Jack Conroy, Richard Wright, Margaret Walker and others,” remarked Roosevelt University Professor Emeritus  of History Christopher R. Reed, a leading scholar on Black Chicago’s early history. “He (Dolinar) has untiringly resurrected all 29 chapters of the historic Illinois Writers’ Project labeled The Negro in Illinois, providing posterity with long sought-after meanings of things past in the vaunted Black Metropolis of the early 20th Century,” Reed said.  Following the lecture, Reed will discuss Dolinar’s groundbreaking research and the context of Black Chicago in the 1930s.

Sponsored by Roosevelt’s St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American  Studies, the lecture is being presented as part of a lecture series that honors and reflects upon the significant speeches Drake make in 1963 – 100 years after Emancipation. Dolinar will discuss the significance of Drake’s  relationship to the Negro in Illinois writers and the Black Chicago Renaissance they were part of.

The Bound for Freedom lecture is supported by a generous gift from Roosevelt alumnus Robert Johnson and his wife, Rose. For more information and/or to attend, contact Erik Gellman, associate director of the St. Clair Drake Center at egellman@roosevelt.edu or 312-322-7138.

Chicago protesters to Illinois Department of Natural Resources: “Not One Fracking Permit in IL!”

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Chicagoland stands up on the International Day of Action to ban Hydraulic Fracturing; Street Theatre and Creative Visuals illustrate dangerous impacts of Fracking in Illinois

CHICAGO, IL – Today, students and community members across Chicagoland will gather to pressure the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to hold three public hearings on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). Protesters demand that the IDNR deny applications for permits that they believe will compromise the health and safety of residents throughout Illinois.

Protesters will gather today, Friday, October 18, at 4:30 p.m., at the Thompson Center, 100 W Randolph Street, in Chicago.

Hundreds gathered as part of the Global Frackdown, an annual international day of action to promote clean, renewable energy over the dirty fossil fuels extracted by fracking. Over 300 advocacy groups are participating worldwide, with the Chicago rally coordinated by Chicagoland Against Fracking and Food and Water Watch. With more than 200 actions across six continents, citizens across the world know that fracking threatens our most basic environmental resources.

The IDNR has been drafting rules under the framework of the IL fracking regulatory bill signed by Gov. Quinn this past June. Much controversy surrounds the fracking process, in which a toxic cocktail of water, sand and chemicals is injected at high pressures about a mile underground to create fissures that release oil and natural gas. Fracking generates enormous quantities of dangerous and potentially radioactive wastewater, and has been linked extensively to groundwater contamination, air pollution, and increased seismic activity.

The regulatory bill has met opposition from a multitude of groups across Illinois.  Despite attempts to garner inclusion in IDNR’s regulatory process, citizens have repeatedly been ignored. “The IDNR clearly serves the interests of the fossil fuel industry. They have repeatedly refused to include us in the regulatory process, proving that they favor corporate profit over the health and safety of IL communities,” says Grace Pai, a Public Policy student at the University of Chicago who participated in a Springfield meeting with the IDNR last month.

Speakers: Raven Roberts, American Indian Center; Beverly Walters, Citizens Act to Protect Our Water; Tyler Hansen, Chicagoland Against Fracking; Jessica Fujan, Food & Water Watch

Chicagoland Against Fracking Facebook Page: facebook.com/ChicagolandAgainstFracking

Partial Federal Shutdown Delays Illinois Economic Reports

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CHICAGO, IL – The partial federal government shutdown will delay the statewide employment report release scheduled for Noon on October 18, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said today.

Collecting and analyzing job creation numbers and unemployment rates are a dual function of IDES, which is federally funded, and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Federal and state labor market analysts were among the first to be furloughed after Congress failed to pass a new federal budget or a continuing resolution by October 1, the first day in the federal fiscal year.

“Although we are pleased that Congress reached an agreement to reopen the federal government, this shutdown is not without consequences,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “One of those is the delay in our economic reports, but a more significant consequence is the estimated $24 billion cost to our economy. For our economy to see robust growth, Congress must stop these self-inflicted economic wounds and reach long-term agreements on fiscal and budgetary policy.”

The October 24 release date of local economic reports also will be delayed. No release date has been determined for either data set. Now that an agreement was reached and signed by President Obama, IDES will work with federal officials to determine when economic reports can be expected.

Overlooked in the federal shutdown debate are the few agencies in each state that use federal funds to pay for all or part of their operational budget. IDES is nearly 100 percent federally funded. The partial shutdown did not affect unemployment benefit payments. However, it jeopardized operational dollars used to deliver those and other IDES services. While some in Congress said furloughed federal workers will receive their lost pay, the same has not been guaranteed for state workers who are paid with federal funds.

Coca-Cola Scholars Program to give away $20,000 Scholarships

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Deadline October 31, 2013

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports over 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.45 million, through two nationally recognized programs. With the 25th class in 2013, the Foundation has provided over 5,250 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $51 million in scholarships.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

Applicants must be: Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools); U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees; Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application; Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution; and Carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2013.

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Washington, DC’s Studio Theatre presents Charlayne Woodard in “The Night Watcher”

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Written and performed by Charlayne Woodard and directed by Bart DeLorenzo, “The Night Watcher” performances begin October 23rd in Washington, DC at the Studio Theatre

The Night Watcher, written and performed by Charlayne Woodard, will play at Washington, DC’s Studio Theatre from October 23 through November 17. Information at www.studiotheatre.org.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BlackNews.com) — Studio Theatre will present The Night Watcher, written and performed by Charlayne Woodard, as the first Special Event of the 2013-14 season. “Charlayne is a master storyteller and a magnetic performer,” says Studio Theatre Artistic Director David Muse. “The Night Watcher explores the pull between professional and parental identities and the ‘it takes a village’ approach to raising children.”

Motherhood eluded Charlayne Woodard, but as a godmother, aunt, confidant, and mentor, countless children have enhanced – and sometimes rattled – her life. With exuberance and grace, two-time Obie Award winner and Tony Award nominee Woodard fuses ten vignettes of non-parental guidance into a radiant tour de force.

The Night Watcher is Woodard’s fourth solo play. Developed at the Ojai Playwrights Festival and La Jolla Playhouse’s Page To Stage, The Night Watcher was produced at Center Theatre Group, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Primary Stages.

Charlayne Woodard’s previous solo plays are Pretty Fire, which won the LA Drama Critics and NAACP Awards; Neat, which won the Irving and Blanche Laurie Theatre Vision Award and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award; In Real Life, which won Audelco, Backstage West Garland and NAACP Awards, and was nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards; and the multi-character play Flight, which was commissioned and premiered by Center Theatre Group. As an actor, Ms. Woodard played Kate in The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. Her Off Broadway performing credits include The Witch of Edmonton at Red Bull Theater (Obie Award), Stunning at Lincoln Center, In The Blood at the Public Theater (Obie Award), Fabulation at Playwrights Horizons, and Sorrows and Rejoicings at Second Stage. Her Broadway credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’ (original company), for which she received Tony and Drama Desk nominations. Ms. Woodard’s film credits include Sunshine State, Unbreakable, The Crucible, and Eye for An Eye. Her television credits include recurring roles on Law & Order: SVU, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and ER. Ms. Woodard completed a TCG/PEW Charitable Trust National Theatre Artist Residency Program Fellowship at CTG and is a guest artist at CalArts. She trained at Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and is a member of The Actors Studio.

Studio Special Events bring unique performances and one-of-a-kind events from around the world to DC.


* Director Bart DeLorenzo is the Founding Artistic Director of the Evidence Room, an LA-based theatre company. He has directed extensively at South Coast Repertory Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, and Center Theatre Group.

* Set Designer Luciana Stecconi has designed 19 productions for Studio Theatre, including An Iliad, Lungs, The History of Kisses, and Tynan. Her work has been seen locally at Contemporary American Theater Festival, Theater J, The Library of Congress, and Adventure Theatre MTC.

* Lighting Designer Michael Lincoln’s previous designs for Studio include Bachelorette, Venus in Fur, The History Boys, Take Me Out, and Topdog/Underdog. He has designed extensively on Broadway, Off Broadway, and regionally, with long associations at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, and Cleveland Play House.

* Costume Designer Brandee Mathies has designed extensively at Studio Theatre (Stoop Stories, A Number) and Studio 2ndStage (Contractions, 60 Miles to Silver Lake), as well as at The Kennedy Center, Theater J, Round House Theatre, and The National Gallery. Sound Designer and Composer Karl Lundeberg last worked with Woodard on The Night Watcher at La Jolla Playhouse and Flight at Center Theatre Group, ACT Seattle, and City Theatre. Lundeberg works extensively in theatre, dance, radio, film, and television as a composer, pianist, and conductor.

* Projection Designer Erik Trester recently designed Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Passing Strange for Studio 2ndStage and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Grey Gardens, and A Number for Studio Theatre.


Where: Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St NW, Washington DC 20005
Dates: October 23 – November 17, 2013
Performances: Wednesday-Saturday, 8pm
Matinees: Saturday and Sunday, 2pm
Ticket Prices: $39 – $59
Opening Night: October 27, 2013 at 7pm

* Captioned Performance: Wednesday, November 6 at 8pm
* Student Matinee: Wednesday, November 6 at 11am

The 2013-14 Special Events Season is generously underwritten by Susan L. and Dixon M. Butler.

Now in its fourth season under the leadership of Artistic Director David Muse, Studio Theatre is Washington’s premiere venue for contemporary theatre, “where local audiences will find today’s edgiest playwrights” (Variety). Muse is joined by Keith Alan Baker, Managing Director/Artistic Director, 2ndStage; and Serge Seiden, Producing Director. One of the most respected midsized theatres in the country, Studio Theatre produces the work of today’s greatest writers, augmented by occasional productions of modern classics, performed by acclaimed actors in intimate spaces. Throughout the Theatre’s 36-year history, the quality of its work has been recognized by sustained community support as well as with 303 nominations and 60 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence in professional theatre.


Accessibility: All performances are fully accessible to accommodate patrons with special needs. FM listening assistive system available. Accessible seats available by reservation. Call the Box Office at 202-332-3300 or V/TTY 202-667-8436.

Location: 1501 14th Street NW (Northeast corner of 14th and P Streets).

Parking: Colonial Parking Garages are located at P Street between 15th and 17th Streets NW. Street parking is limited, but arrive early to increase your options.

Metro Stops: Red Line: Dupont Circle, Orange/Blue Lines: McPherson Square, and Green/Yellow Line: U Street/Cardozo.

Contact Information:
Tickets: 202-332-3300    V/TTY: 202-667-8436    Fax: 202-332-1187
Administration: 202-232-7267
Admin. Fax: 202-588-5262
E-mail: studio@studiotheatre.org
Website: www.studiotheatre.org

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Fear of the unknown is not always bad says Better Business Bureau

Posted by Admin On October - 18 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Tips to avoid ACA Scams

CHICAGO, IL – Potentially, 50 million people could sign-up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. That’s 50 million people who could potentially be scammed. With so little actually being understood about ACA “Obamacare” and the problems brought on by massive computer glitches during sign-up it’s become a perfect storm for scammers.

The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois says there are a number of scams that consumers must watch out for. Leading the list are these:

  • Fees For Service – Scammers pose as Affordable Care Act Advisors who will help you get enrolled through one of the exchanges. The scam: There are trained and certified ACA Advisors, however, they are not allowed to accept money for their services.
  • Medicare Coverage – Senior Citizens are being told they will need new Medicare Cards because of the ACA. The scam: They provide Social Security numbers and financial information for new cards that are not required.
  • Medical Discount Plans – Scammers call offering medical discount plans that provide needed coverage and avoids penalties for lack of coverage. The scam: Medical discount plans are not insurance they are programs offered by specific clinics, doctors, and pharmacies. They are also a window to identity theft.
  • Government Imposters – Individuals call acting as “government officials” who offer assistance in enrollment or provide answers to questions about your insurance plan. To do this they will need your personal information. The scam: No government official will call, email, or text you about your insurance options.

“To avoid being scammed is simple” says Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Don’t engage in conversations over the phone, don’t give out personal information, and don’t provide any payment information unless you have checked out the business offering you services.”

For more tips and information about scams, visit www.bbb.org

The Arsenio Hall Show is looking to hire interns

Posted by Admin On October - 18 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Arsenio Hall Show, distributed by CBS Television, is looking to hire some interns in the production finance department that also work with the entire team. Hired interns will have the opportunity to get a hands-on learning experience as they learn company policies and help identify and resolve issues.

Positions are available in accounts payable, purchasing, residuals, etc, and so students should have an interest in finance/accounting. Other positions at CBS Television are available in business, sales and finance as well as other departments and range from internships to full-time permanent positions.

The Arsenio Hall Show, a revived late-night talk show that was very popular back in the 90’s, recently returned to prime time television after 19 years off the air. CBS also produces other critically-acclaimed programs such as Judge Judy, Dr. Phil, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! Other shows include Rachael Ray, The Doctors, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, NCIS, Criminal Minds, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, Hot in Cleveland and Undercover Boss.

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