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Daily Kickoff: Questions for Tony Blinken today + The spies who prevented the Nazis from reaching Palestine – Jewish Insider

Posted By on January 20, 2021

Hot seatSeven questions for Tony Blinken

All eyes will be onTony Blinkenthis afternoon when President-elect Joe Bidens choice for secretary of state testifies in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.Jewish Insiderasked a handful of readers and experts: What is one question you would ask Tony Blinken at his confirmation hearing?

Aaron David Miller, senior fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace:As part of an effort to facilitate normalization between Israel and the Arab states, the Trump administration made certain commitments to [the United Arab Emirates], Sudan and Morocco. Will the Biden administration abide by those commitments, especially U.S. recognition of Moroccos sovereignty over Western Sahara even though it contradicts established U.S. policy?

Danielle Pletka, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute:Mr. Blinken, do you know Xiyue Wang? He was a pro-dtente-with-Iran student of history from Princeton arrested by the Islamic Republic of Iran during the Obama administration. He was released from Evin Prison after 40 months after a prisoner swap with the United States. In a recent speech, he said, I thought that the Iranian regimes hostility against the United States was exaggerated I believed that U.S. foreign policy itself was the problem. He learned otherwise. Do you believe you can dissociate hostage taking from Iranian support for terrorism from missile technology and Irans nuclear program? Or do you insist on the conceit of the JCPOA that all these issues can be split apart and solved or not separately?

Michael Koplow, policy director of Israel Policy Forum:The Abraham Accords are an important and welcome development, but nearly every normalization accord that has been signed has come with a large price tag that the U.S. has paid, be it arms sales or American diplomatic moves in completely unrelated spheres. What is the Biden administrations plan to strengthen and expand Israels integration in the region without having to make U.S. policy concessions as incentives on issues that have nothing to do with bilateral ties between Israel and Arab states?

Tevi Troy, former deputy secretary of Health and Human Services:How do you plan to manage relations with Climate Czar John Kerry? He is a former secretary of state himself, which complicates matters, and the experience of two senior people at State Department with cabinet rankdid not work out wellwith John Foster Dulles and Harold Stassen during the Eisenhower administration. In a related vein, will Kerry have any say over Middle East policy, given how wrong he was in his adamantpredictionthat there can be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world without the Palestinians on board?

David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee:Whats the strategy for re-entering talks with Iran, mindful of Irans persistently malign behavior? Will [the] Biden team honor the various U.S. pledges made in the Abraham Accords? Do you support [the] IHRA working definition of antisemitism?

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, former Republican congresswoman:I would like Secretary Blinken to give our Cuban exile community in South Florida a clearer idea of what his vision is for a U.S.-Cuba relationship under the Biden administration. Folks believe that President Biden will simply turn back the clock with no consideration given to the fact that the regime on the island has not allowed for freedom, democracy and human rights to flourish at all. They worry that concessions will be made to the communist regime without having it change one bit toward a country that allows freedom of expression. The South Florida Cuban exile community hopes and prays for no rewards to an outlaw regime. Can he please speak to this anguish?

William Daroff, CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations:The JCPOA focused solely on nuclear issues. However, Iran violates norms and values on arms proliferation, ballistic missiles, the global sponsorship of terrorism, and human rights abuses. Shouldnt any new negotiations be comprehensive in scope in order to stop the regimes harmful activities across multiple fronts?

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For the record:The text of Blinkens planned opening statement today, firstreportedby journalist Josh Rogin, references his grandfather, stepmotherand stepfather, who all fled persecution in Europe.

Bonus:JIs Marc Rod spoke to Senate staffers about their expectations ahead of todays confirmation hearings. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee, wants to hear from Blinken and Gen. Lloyd Austin, Bidens pick for defense secretary, on a range of issues including the JCPOA, human rights in Saudi Arabia and other nations and the ability to reassert a U.S. role in brokering solutions to tough issues (e.g., Israel/Palestine), a Kaine spokeswoman told JI. The Virginia senator also plans to ask Austin about combating white supremacy and conspiracies within military ranks. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, plans to question Homeland Security Secretary-designate Alejandro Mayorkas about domestic terrorism including antisemitism, a Peters aide told JI.


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Black-Jewish ties make the US better – opinion – The Jerusalem Post

Posted By on January 20, 2021

As a longtime advocate for strengthening the historic Black-Jewish alliance that helped to end segregation and secure voting rights for African-Americans during the 1960s, I am ecstatic to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021 in the wake of the twin election victories in Georgia by Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff that states first African-American and first Jewish senators.The ramifications of the against all odds electoral victories for Warnock and Ossoff who ran as a team, proudly touting their Black and Jewish identities are profound, especially in the wake of last weeks insurrection, including the horrific waving of the Confederate flag in the US Capitol. A majority of Georgians let their voices be heard and votes counted by picking two outstanding individuals to represent their state.By winning the two Georgia Senate seats, Warnock and Ossoff put the Democrats in control of the Senate, ensuring that Sen. Kamala Harris, soon to be Americas first female vice president, will be in a position to break a 50-50 tie and enable Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to become the first American Jew to ascend to the position of majority leader of the Senate. The election of Ossoff and Warnock, who is senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the renowned church where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached, will it make possible for the Democratic-controlled 117th Senate to pass legislation, bringing us closer to the fulfillment of Dr. Kings long-delayed dream of an America in which people are judged by the content of their characters rather than the color of their skins.In the early years of the 20th century, Georgia, the so-called Empire State of the South, was a crucible of racism, in which Blacks were stripped of the right to vote and were forced to live in economic deprivation according to codes of strict race separation. From 1877 to 1950, 586 African-American men, women and children were lynched in Georgia, the largest number of any of the 12 southern states, as was one Jew, Leo Frank, lynched in 1915.Over the decades, Black and Jewish leaders, including W.E.B. DuBois, Thurgood Marshall, Jack Greenberg, Bayard Rustin, Stanley Levenson, Andrew Young and John Lewis, built a movement to challenge segregation in Georgia and across the South. Ossoff and Warnock see their own close collaboration in the context of that stirring history. Ossoff, 33, a member of The Temple, the flagship Reform Synagogue in Atlanta that was bombed by White supremacists in 1958, served while still a teenager as an intern for Lewis, a hero of the Civil Rights movement and congressman from the Atlanta area before passing away last year. Ossoff wrote on Twitter: And now a Jewish man (Lewis) mentored and a Black man who was his pastor have been elected to represent the State of Georgia in the US Senate. I know Congressman Lewis is looking down on us today beaming with optimism. For his part, Warnock evoked the close friendship and collaboration between King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, stating in a video, I think Abraham Joshua Heschel, the rabbi who said when he marched with Dr. King he felt like his legs are praying, I think he and Dr. King are smiling in this moment and we hope to make them proud.The electrifying victories of Warnock and Ossoff, making Schumer, a Jewish-American senator, majority leader, and Harris, a Black woman, the deciding vote in the Senate, represents heartening evidence that the Black-Jewish alliance is alive, well and revitalized in 2021, 60 years after it played such an outsized role in transforming Georgia, the South and all of America.Today, Blacks and Jews stand united to defend democracy and protect civil rights. As the Biden administration begins, our two communities, together with Americans of conscience of all backgrounds, are committed to finally bringing to fulfillment Americas long-deferred founding principle that all human beings, regardless of race, religion, orientation or economic status, have an equal God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Says This Was One Of The "Most Memorable" Scenes Of His Life – TheThings

Posted By on January 20, 2021

With his miles-long resume of hit films, what is the most memorable scene of Leonardo DiCaprio's career?

Is it really a surprise that one of the most memorable scenes in Leonardo DiCaprio's illustrious acting career came during a Martin Scorsese film? Or that it involved Jack Nicholson and an otherwise star-studded cast?Or that it was a movie produced by Brad Pitt himself?

Yeah, Leonardo has many claims to fame, and it's mostly due to his hard work as an actor. In fact, his journey started a long time ago with one specific thing he did to prepare for the small and big screens.

But his most memorable film momentwasn't on set of 'Titanic' nor was it in his breakout movie 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape.' Instead, Leo has said that the most striking moment of his career was a scene with Jack Nicholson in 'The Departed.'

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Of course, itcould have been Al Pacino acting alongside DiCaprio, but that didn't really work out. Not saying Al made a mistake, but what's with actors turning down the chance to share the set with Leo? Even Kate Winslet turned down an opportunity to reunite with DiCaprio in another film.

Anyway, as it turned out, Leo played the role of Billy Costigan Jr. while Jack portrayed Frank Costello. And as Netflix recapped, notesRepublic World, Leo says that one notable scene was "one of the most memorable moments of my life."

The scene features Costello and Costigan sitting at a table together, talking about the informant in their midst. Leo, as Costigan, threatens Jack's character Frank, because Frank is essentially saying he'll snuff out anyone who causes trouble for him.

In a short yet impassioned speech, Billy stands up for himself. But then Frank reaches under the table, pulls out his weapon, and starts waving it around. Billy, visibly shaken yas, Leo! backtracks.

The entire movie was basically a masterpiece, which isn't surprising given the star-studded cast. It is a bit ironic, though, that Leo called his moment with Jack Nicholsona memorable one. It was two guys sitting in a bar, right? But that explains why half the film's budget according toRepublic World was spent on the cast's salaries. The price was $90 million to round out the cast with Leo, Jack, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, and Alec Baldwin.

'The Departed' even won Martin Scorsese his first Oscar for directing, notedCheatSheet. No wonder it ranks so highly in Leo's book. Of course, the actor, who is so chill he doesn't even need bodyguards, admitted that Jack "terrified" him on set.

Leo elaborated at a press conference, saidCheatSheet, that "There were a number of different scenes where I had no idea what was going to happen...It gives you, I dont want to say as an actor a sense of fear, but as a character a whole new dynamic...As a human being as a person, there were some memories that I will never forget."

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Local golf league results, aces and upcoming events – The Ledger

Posted By on January 20, 2021

Results from golf league play around Polk County through Jan. 18 with format, date, event and winners by flight or class in alphabetical order.

Big Cypress 18-Hole Ladies, Team Shuffle, Jan. 12: Cathy Kosmicki/Jennifer Renaud/Donna Chapman/Barb Fatzinger and Jan Turner/Nancy Moen/Allison Letourneau/Karen Bowers tied at 94, Jane Bryant/Donna Short/Mary Hawn/Sandy Wallin 95, Joanne Burkemper/Nancy Holroyd/Sue Sumner/Karen Oldenkamp 96. Closest to pin: Jennifer Renaud 0-23 HDCP.

Big Cypress Men's Thursday, Dealer's Choice, Jan. 14: First Flight - Gary Bryant 80, Keith Roberts 84, Larry Kiefer and John Patterson tied at 85; Second - Bob Seidel 80, Will Cochran, Bob Milley and Craig Controneo all at 85; Third - Wayne Letourneau 88, John Lunski 91, Ray Coxe 94; Fourth - Alex Donadoni 98, Andy Jugan 99, Ray Olsen and Dale Smith both at 101. Closest to pin: No. 5 - Steve Davis, John Collier; No. 8 - John Patterson, Ken Short, John Lunski; No. 13 - John Lunski, Keith Roberts, Earl Hawn; No. 15 - Bob Seidel, Bob Milley, John Lunski.

Big Cypress North Star Ladies, Two-Person Scramble, Jan. 13: First Flight - Diane Hoeh/Carol Anderson and Pat Frank/Sam Larsen tied at 68, Lise Stearns/Kathy Jones 69; Second - Madeline Fostveit/Joyce Putnam 67, Sharon Batcheller/Sally Donadoni 71.

Cleveland Heights Men's Wednesday, Jan. 13: White/Green Tee - Rick Bertrand plus 3, Steve Blois plus 1, Fred Ledford even; Yellow - Bob Shearer plus 1, Les Hettinger minus 2, Frank Shinn and Ted Thrasher tied at minus 4. Closest to pin: Green - Steve Blois; Yellow - Les Hettinger.

Cleveland Heights Tuesday Men's, Draw and Quota Points, Jan. 12: Chuck Smith/Gil Besse/Ken Farr/Dick Gebo plus 9, Jim Robinson/Wayne Cross/Ron Berry/Lorne Matthews plus 8, Keith Lohman/Paul Pelchat/Pete Selmon/Ron Moisuk plus 3. Closest to pin: No. A2 - Ken Rohrer; No. A9 - Paul Pelchat; No. C8 - Ken Farr. Best Over Quota: A - Chuck Smith plus 4; B - Bennie Boutwell and Herb Koffler both at plus 4; C - Keith Lohman plus 9.

Cleveland Heights Tuesday Women's, Tee to Green and Putts, Jan. 12: First Flight - Marsha Mathews and Susan Prevatt tied at 39, Vicki England 44, Mettie Withers 49; Second - Myrna Iosue 36, Barbara Schucht 40, Shirley Kalck 45; Third - Diane Oneil and Monica Hodge tied at 34, Debra Funkhouser 37. Putts: Mettie Withers and Vicki England tied at 32.

Cleveland Heights Weekend Women's, Best Nine of 18, Half HDCP, Jan. 17: First Flight - Vicki England 28.5, Mettie Withers 29.5, Myrna Iosue 30.5; Second - Vicki Fioravanti 25, Chris Westlund 27, Monica Hodge 30.5.

Eaglebrooke Men's Early Morning Group, Team vs Average Points, Jan. 17: Kyle Thomas/Dave Conway/Mark Neville/Jerry Moore plus 19, Mike Schwartz/Stuart Rawlins/Mark Grey/Dan Girata plus 15, Joe Whitfield/Mike Gilbert/John Siddle/Dan Kiehl plus 11.

Eaglebrooke Mens Memorial Tournament, Four-Person Net Scramble, Must Use Each Player's Tee Shot on One Par 3, One Par 5 And Two Par 4s, Jan. 16: Al Hanif/Matt McDonald/Reggie Alford/Bob Kormos 56.4, Joe Whitfield/Jerry Moore/Dave Collyer/John Doran 57.2, Rick Leonard/John Tillis/Dave Daniel/Tom Jacoby 58.8.

Grasslands Ladies, Criss Cross, Gross/Net, Jan. 14, Silver Division Gross - Claire Hennessey 37, Barb Parsons 41, Mary Ellen Krakowski 43, Net - Diana Miller, Sara Margeson and Irene Bullara all at 30, Rita Selvage 31; Red Gross - Linda Inslee and Danette Hensel both at 38, Net - Marci Kline 26, Kitty Kennedy 33.

Hamptons Couples, Two-Man Best Ball, Jan. 16: Tom Vennard/Melinda Taylor/Earl Kotsonis/Myrna Iosue 91, Wayne Turmell/Denise Turmell/Sally Fiske/Larry Baker 96 on a match of cards over Karen Stalilonis/Bill Stalilonis/Donna Richner/Gary Richner. Closest to pin: No. 11 - Sally Fiske; Best Score: Sally Fiske 73; Joe DeBonis 66.

Hamptons Ladies 18-Hole, Stableford, Jan. 14: Louise Walker plus 7, Judy Orioli plus 4, Deb Weingard and Angie Rotondo both at plus 3. Closest to pin: No. 5 - Barbara Myers; No. 17 - Deb Weingard.

Hamptons Men's, Net Stroke Play, Jan. 12: A Flight - Terry Foster 56, Bill Spivey 59, Rich Regan 60; B - Joe Schultz 52, Earl Kotsonis 58, Gary McVoy 59. Closest to hole: No. 3 - Bob Doolittle; No. 6 - Bill Spivey; No. 12 - George Bradley.

Hamptons Sunday Duffers, Scramble, Jan. 17: Sally Fiske/Terry Foster/Vic Percifield minus 3, Dan Koster/Paul Egan/Bruce Emmett even.

Hamptons Wednesday Stableford, Jan. 13: Front plus 4 - Bill Colclaser/Conrad Dionne/Joe DeBonis/Tom Vennard; Back plus 8 - George Bradley/Rudy Luce/Dave Tombley/Joe Schultz; Overall plus 9 - Bill Colclaser/Conrad Dionne/Joe DeBonis/Tom Vennard. Closest to pin: Front No. 5 - Joe Schultz; No. 7 - Perry Borden; Back No. 12 - Conrad Dionne; No. 15 - Mike Frain. Best Score: Joe DeBonis 65.

Highland Fairways Women's, Low Gross/Net, Jan. 12: First Team Gross - Cee Lawrey 67, Net - Joyce Cruise 54, Linda Smucker 58; Second Gross - Lea Pepin 70, Net - Mary Hegeman 55, Dawn Puttick and Kathy Puttick tied at 56; Third Gross - Becky Alessandro 74, Net - Betty Conner 51, Lila Wilde and Brenda Adams tied at 54. Closest to pin: First Team - Donna Schnetzka; Second - Harriet Warren; Third - Brenda Adams.

Highland Fairways Thursday Scrambles, Jan. 14: Phyllis Heckman/Mel Heckman/John Oles/Norm Cheney, Vickey Zelazny/Phil Zelazny/Rod Howell/Dick Carbanaro and Lucy Connell/Dan Connell/Caroline Low/Denny Strickland all at minus 4, Cee Lawrey/Howard Willis/Doug Prichard minus 3. Closest to pin: Lucy Connell.

Lake Ashton Blue Man Group, Four-Player Scramble from Executive Tees, Jan. 13: Front 9 - Gary Fako/Jim Fish/Bill Bothwell/Giles Snyder 18.4, Ken Engh/John Ziebell/Bob Yeager/Vince Adamo 18.6, Mike Ferraro/Stan Foulke/Leo McCafferty/Don Tuttle 18.7; Back 9 - Mike Ferraro/Stan Foulke/Leo McCafferty/Don Tuttle 20.3, Steve Burrell/Ed Pan/Clarence Bristow/Jim Gawrych 21.7, Ron Watterson/Bob Garvin/Jim Smith/Bob Sosinski 22.

Lake Ashton Men's, In the Box Plus One Net, Jan. 13: Larry Wilson/Tom Murphy/Sal Tabone/Don Abbott 124, Rolly Geyer/Steve Kettells/Rick Simonetta/Lee VanHorn 125, J. Ramalho/Don Connors/Bob Luchenbill/Jim Simpson and Jim Williams/Lew Buono/Dave Akers/Jack Farmer tied at 129.

Lake Bess Friday 3 p.m. Men's Scramble, Random Team Draw, Jan. 15: Tom Houston/Jim Stokes/Ted Carmichael/Bob Shelter minus 6. Closest to pin: No. 3 - Jim Stokes; No. 7 - Steve Tucker.

Lake Bess Tuesday 3 p.m. Men's Scramble, Random Team Draw, Jan. 12: Pete Holte/Dan Petry/Ron Gero/Bill Bennett/Jimbo Stevens minus 8. Closest to pin: No. 3 - Dan Petry; No. 7 - Ron Diem.

Lakeland Elks Lodge 1291 Monday League, Wedgewood, Jan. 18: A Flight - Dave Allen plus 5, Ed Carley plus 2, Jack Meister even; B - Les Lovering plus 6, Mark Dillon plus 5 on a match of cards over Jim Olinger. Closest to pin: No. 8 - Dave Allen (50/50); No. 15 - Bill Soldrich.

Lakeland Men's Senior, Huntington Hills, Jan. 18: Flight A - Mike Frost plus 4, Jiggs Brown plus 3, Greg Holmberg plus 1; B - Mel LaNore plus 7, Ed Scannell plus 4, Joe Stevens plus 2; C - Mike Wyatt plus 11, Jack Kann plus 5 on a match of cards over Dennis Vannoy and Henry Bishop. Closest to pin: No. 3 - Greg Holmberg; No. 11 - Henry Bishop. Low Gross: Mike Frost and Gary Terrell both at 78.

Ridge Men's, Sanlan, Jan. 14: Paul Forkner plus 7, Dennis Johnston plus 5. Closest to pin: No. B6 - Blake Tyler; No. B9 - Dennis Johnston.

Sandpiper Women's, Jan. 12: A Flight - G. Emigh plus 8, G. Clay minus 2, J. O'Neill minus 3; B - J. Norfleet plus 7, S. Herring plus 3 on a match of cards; C - L. Oppelt plus 13, B. Schuetze plus 4, H. Gillespie minus 1. Closest to pin: A - J. Curl; B - L. Fox; C - S. Nusbaum.

Schalamar Creek Couples', Count One Best Ball on Par 5s, Count Two Best Balls on Par 4s, Count Three Best Balls on Par 3s, Jan. 13: Tom Fischer/J.R. Finkle/Richard Romero/Linda Romero 111, Tim Lancaster/Sandra Lancaster/Bob Shoenfelt/Eleanor Shoenfelt 122. Nine-Hole Flight - Jim Brandeberry/Linda Bushong/Don Taft/Kathy Taft 58, Glen Valentine/Ginger Valentine/Ted Reid/Ginny Reid 61.

Schalamar Creek Ladies', No. 1-6 Count One Best Ball, No. 7-12 Count Two Best Balls; No. 13-18 Count Three Best Balls, Four-Person Teams, Jan. 12: First Flight - Linda Wolfgang/Pat Atherton/Linda Romero/Cathy Sheridan 126, Julie Alameda/Pam Bartley/Crystal Santopadre/Carol Sutton 131. Nine-Hole Flight - Patty Lacross/Cynde Johnson/Linda Bushong/Coby Holowacz 62.

Schalamar Creek Men's, Two-Man Best Ball, Jan. 11: First Flight - Jim Shover/Howard Basso 132, Don House/Michael Craig 133, Glen Valentine/Tim Lancaster 134; Second - Don Eby/Joe Piechoski 129, Dan Heinzerling/Joel Wolfgang 135, Barry Levy/Bob Shoenfelt 137; Third - Don Swint/Jack Dorsey 127, Joel Hervat/Fred Heil 130, Bob Jacobs/Skip Foster 133; Fourth - Terry Phalen/Rich Haugh 128, Tim Conrad/David Gray 130, Arlan Atherton/Tom Mahar 131.

Wayne Marsh, Eaglebrooke, No. 3, 115 yards, pitching-wedge, Jan. 15.

BARTOW INDIVIDUAL POINTS, Wednesdays, nine holes, make up your own foursome, $17 ($12 green fee and cart), pays all plus scores, night specials in the lounge. Call 863-533-9183.

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS MENS, tee times available 7:30-8:30 a.m. Wednesday through Monday and Friday, groups or individuals welcome, quota points with skins optional, eight to 10 groups now play. Call Paul Boeh at 863-738-4129.

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS TUESDAY WOMENS, every Tuesday, tee times start at 8:30 a.m. Call Shirley Kalck at 863-853-9566.

HAMPTONS TUESDAY MEN'S LEAGUE, accepting new players. Call 844-882-8157 for more information.

HUNTINGTON HILLS TWO-ASIDE, Saturdays, 18-Hole Points Quota. Check in by 8:15 a.m. Contact Terri White at 863-5594082 or

HUNTINGTON HILLS WHY WORRY WEDNESDAYS, Nine-Hole Quota Points, 5:15 p.m. shotgun start. Contact Terri White at 863-559-4082 or

LAKELAND MENS SENIOR GOLF, 7:30 a.m. shotgun starts, Mondays, play against golfers within your handicap. Call Dave Brown at 419-656-5747.

LPGA AMATEUR GOLF ASSOCIATION is looking for women and men to play in weekly Wednesday league and every other Saturday at various courses in the Winter Haven/Lakeland/Orlando and other areas. For more information, email Kathy Mannahan at

POLO PARK MENS TUESDAY SCRAMBLE, 7:30 a.m. sign in. Random team draw. 18-Hole. For more information, call Polo Park Pro Shop at 863-424-3341.

POLO PARK MENS SATURDAY SCRAMBLE, 7:30 a.m. sign in. Random team draw. 18-Hole. For more information, call Polo Park Pro Shop at 863-424-3341.

WEDGEWOOD THREE-MAN SCRAMBLE, nine holes; Tuesdays at 5 p.m.; call Marcus at 863-858-4451 by 2:30 p.m. to play.

WEDGEWOOD TWO-ASIDE GAME, 9 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays; 18-hole points game with skins and blind draw; call Marcus at 863-858-4451.

WEDGEWOOD MIXED CO-ED SCRAMBLE, 2 p.m. Thursdays. Call Marcus at 863-858-4451 by 1 p.m. to play.

E-mail results of local golf tournaments, aces and upcoming tournaments to; or mail to Golf News, Ledger Sports Department, P.O. Box 408, Lakeland, Fla., 33802. Include complete scores and league names. Deadline is Monday at 5 p.m.

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Idamae Schack, an angel of the arts in Everett, dies at 102 – The Daily Herald

Posted By on January 20, 2021

Idamae Schack cared deeply about life in Everett. It wasnt her first home, but locals neednt go far to see how one couples generosity transformed the culture here.

The Schack Art Center, the Imagine Childrens Museum, the Historic Everett Theatre and the Everett Public Library are only the most visible of many organizations supported by Idamae Schack and her late husband, John Schack.

Idamae Schenkeir Miles Schack died Jan. 7. Born Aug. 13, 1918, she was 102.

She was amazing, said Judy Tuohy, executive director of the Schack Art Center. In 2009, what was once the Arts Council of Snohomish County was renamed in honor of the Everett couple who had been generous patrons. Now informally called The Schack, the center has gallery space, art classes and a state-of-the-art hot shop.

She was graciously optimistic about life, said Tuohy, who shared a teatime visit with Schack in her Everett home not long before the coronavirus arrived.

The matron saint of the arts in Everett is how a 2009 Herald profile described the woman who, as a widowed mother, took over as manager of an Auburn sand, gravel and concrete business after her first husband, Walter Miles, died in 1964.

She and John Schack married in 1966. After moving to Everett in 1978, they unsparingly supported organizations devoted to children, culture and the communitys well-being. John Schack died in 2004 at age 95.

The Imagine Childrens Museum wouldnt be the destination it is without the Schacks. They gave $1 million for the purchase of a former bank building at 1502 Wall St., the museums current home, which is now undergoing an expansion. In 2009, Idamae Schack told The Herald that the museum was her favorite of all the nonprofits she has helped. Its just a delight for me, she said.

In addition to a donor, she also became a friend, said Nancy Johnson, executive director of the Imagine Childrens Museum. She was an amazing lady, a smart businesswoman, extremely kind, and a mentor. She genuinely loved seeing wonderful things happen.

The Schacks also gave $1 million gifts to the Everett Symphony, which in 2010 became the Snohomish County Music Project, and to renovate the Historic Everett Theatre. Other major gifts from the Schacks have gone to Everett Community College, Providence Regional Medical Centers Pavilion for Women and Children, and the Everett Public Library which has a cozy coffee shop, thanks to the couple.

They liked the idea of providing a place for people to gather, said Karri Matau, the Community Foundation of Snohomish Countys president and CEO.

Idamae was deeply devoted to supporting the community, especially for children, Matau said. The Schacks were the third of the foundations eight founding families, she said. She inspired many great projects with hope and optimism, Matau said.

The second daughter of coal mining engineer Leo William Schenkeir and his wife, Anne, Idamae was born in Cameron, Colorado. She spent her childhood around mining camps in that states southern highlands. She was 9 when her father was killed in a mining accident. Her mother kept the family together by running boarding houses for miners.

After a move to Denver, she graduated from high school and took business law and accounting courses at Denver University. In 1936, she married Walter Frank Miles, a civil engineer from Tacoma. They had four children. Walter Miles engineering jobs included the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the Grand Coulee Dam.

Idamae put her business skills to work at Miles Sand and Gravel Company, started by her first husband in Auburn. With son Frank, she ran it after Walter Miles died.

Its not easy picturing the sweet-smiling white-haired woman Everett friends came to know as a hard-charging leader of a sand and gravel company. I just did it, Idamae Schack said in a profile written by Ann Duecy Norman for the Snohomish County Womens Legacy Project.

In addition to husbands John Schack and Walter Miles, she was preceded in death by sister Ruth Zanger, brother William Schenkeir, son Frank Miles and granddaughter Anne Woll Roberts. She is survived by her children Edith Woll, Alice Erickson and Patricia DeGroodt; by John Schacks children, Margaret Schack Davis, Ellen Schack Harley and James Schack, and by their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

As a mom, she was understanding. She was loving. She was a great listener, especially to her children. She was always kind, always gentle, said daughter Patty DeGroodt.

Her mother and John Schack never sought attention, DeGroodt said. The family never wanted their name on anything, agreed Tuohy, who recalled being the one to ask, after John had died, about naming the art center in their honor.

Tuohy said artistry runs in the family. DeGroodt creates Tiffany-style stained glass lamps, and her sister Alice Erickson is a stone carver and jewelry maker.

DeGroodt has lovely memories of a mother who adored snow skiing and the outdoors. She also recalls her mom in a beautiful dress, ready to enjoy the Seattle Opera with her first husband.

And John and Mom, they were always holding hands or sitting close, DeGroodt said. She was 102. We were so lucky every day we had her.

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Idamae Schack, who died Jan. 7 at age 102, was greeted by Bill Greaves, architect for the Imagine Childrens Museum, at a 2004 donor dinner at the Everett museum. She and her husband John Schack donated $1 million for the purchase of museum building. (Michael V. Martina/Herald file photo)

The treehouse at the Imagine Childrens Museum has a rustic sign in remembrance of John and Idamae Schack, whose donation supported the purchase of the museums Everett building. (Imagine Childrens Museum)

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Inauguration Week: Things to Do in Washington, January 19-20 – Washingtonian

Posted By on January 20, 2021

Illustration by Hannah Good.

Hello everyone!

Weve got meditation, book talks, and inauguration celebrations.

Exhale: Its been a tense monthyearera. Take some deep breaths and join the National Museum of Asian Arts free virtual meditation sessions. DC teachers Aparna Sadananda and Philip Bender will walk you through a guided meditation (and if you like this one, you can join them three times a week for the next couple weeks). Wednesday 1/20 at noon; Free, register here.

You mightve seen him on TV news: Frank Figliuzzi, who formerly led counterintelligence at the FBI, is releasing The FBI Way: Inside the Bureaus Code of Excellence. Part memoir, part behind-the-scenes look at the agency, Figliuzzi explores his responsibility as the FBIs Keeper of the Code. Figliuzzi will chat with Andrew Hammond, a curator and historian at the International Spy Museum, in a virtual book talk. Thursday 1/21 at noon; Free, registration required.

In case you havent heard, theres an inauguration tomorrow. Heres a rundown of some official and unofficial events to celebrate:

In memoriam: To honor the 400,000 lives lost to Covid-19, the Presidential Inaugural Committee is hosting a ceremony that will light up the Reflecting Pool at the Lincoln Memorial. Other cities across the country are invited to ring church bells and light up their buildings to mark a national moment of unity and remembrance. Tuesday, January 19 at 5:30 PM. Find out more here.

A virtual inaugural ball: While Washington parties are called off this year, you can still attend the online AAPI Inaugural Ball: Breaking Barriers. Join the event to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and ring in inauguration eve with celebs, politicians, comics, and others. Highlights include Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan; actors John Cho, Kumail Nanjiani, Kal Penn, and Chloe Bennet; and Representatives Pramila Jayapal, Ami Bera, Andy Kim, and Raja Krishnamoorthi. Musical artists Japanese Breakfast, Ari Afsar, and Raja Kumar are in the lineup, too. Tuesday 1/19 at 7 PM; Free, watch it here.

More multicultural fun: The Presidential Inaugural Committees We Are One party will celebrate Black Americans and those within the African diaspora. Hosted by Terrence J, the virtual event will feature music from Tobe Nwigwe, DJ D-Nice, Step Afrika, the local trio String Queens, The OJays, and Rapsody. Catch comedian Leslie Jones and appearances from various politicians including Stacey Abrams, Jim Clyburn, Cory Booker, Raphael Warnock, and more. Tuesday 1/19 at 8 PM; Free, watch it here.

Another star-studded line up: At Latino Inaugural 2021: Inheritance, Resilience, and Promise, a virtual party, youll hang out with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rita Moreno, Ivy Queen, Becky G, and more. Eva Longoria is hosting, and youll hear music from Gilberto Santa Rosa, Gaby Moreno, Emilio Estefan and others. Tuesday 1/19 at 9:30 PM; Free, watch it here.

Madam Vice President: Explore the life of Kamala Harris on the eve of her ascension to the Vice Presidency with reporter Dan Morain, author of the newly released Kamalas Way: An American Life. In a virtual event with Politics and Prose, hell chat with Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty about Harriss career from California prosecutor to headline-making Senator to presidential candidateand, now, historic Veep. Details: Tuesday January, 19 at 8 PM; Free ($28-$36 for a ticket with the book included), register here.

For West Wing nerds: Hang with President Bartlet in Mr. President: An Evening with Martin Sheen, an online event from Smithsonian Associates. Sheen will talk to U.S. News & World Report White House correspondent Ken Walsh about his fictional presidency, the enduring influence of the West Wing in pop culture, and how the show affected the nations view of politicians IRL. Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 PM; $20-$25, buy tickets here.

Its official: The swearing-in ceremony will be at noon; Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take their oaths on the west side of the Capitol building. Lady Gaga will sing the National Anthem and Jennifer Lopez will be the musical performer. Also on the agenda: a reading from poet Amanda Gorman. Former Georgetown University president Father Leo ODonovan will give the invocation, while the benediction will come from Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman of Delaware. Andrea Hall, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 3920, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Details: Youll be able to watch the full days events on cable news or you can stream it on YouTube here. (Everything will also be available on the Presidential Inaugural Committees social channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch.)

Parade: The inaugural parade is going virtual this year. Tony Goldwyn (yet another fictional president in town!) will host the celebration. There will be a bunch of exciting guests and speakers, including Jon Stewart, New Radicals, Earth Wind & Fire, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, the local Washington Chorus, and more. See popular TikTok stars like lip synching skateboarder Nathan Apodaca and Jason Campbell, a.k.a. the TikTok Doc. Theres a lineup of various performers from across the country, featuring drill teams, steel drummers, and flag twirlers. In a special Dance Across America segment, choreographer Kenny Ortega will lead 275 people in 30 states (plus two territories). The festivities will start at 3:15 PM.

The actual party: Tom Hanks will host Celebrating America, an evening TV program that will feature Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as well as performances from Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, Ant Clemons, and Justin Timberlake. Other performers include Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, and Foo Fighters. Hear a country duet from Tyler Hubbard and Tim McGraw, a set from the Black Pumas, and see Ozuna and Luis Fonsi in DJ Cassidys Pass the Mic segment. The 90-minute show will recognize American heroes who are helping their fellow Americans through this crisis, including frontline workers, healthcare workers, teachers, citizens giving back, and those who are breaking barriers, according to the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dolores Huerta, Jos Andrs, and Kim Ng will be part of the program as well. See the full program starting at 8:30 PM on Wednesday.

For more inauguration information, check out our events roundup here.

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Biden inauguration, Trump departure, DC on high alert: live updates – Business Insider – Business Insider

Posted By on January 20, 2021

President Donald Trump officially departed Washington on Wednesday with his successor, President-elect Joe Biden, set to be sworn in at 12 p.m. ET.

Biden's inauguration marks a historic end to Trump's rocky presidency and a tumultuous transition period in which the outgoing president refused to acknowledge his election loss and incited a violent insurrection at the US Capitol that resulted in five deaths.

Wednesday's proceedings will begin with remarks from Father Leo J. O'Donovan, the former president of Georgetown University and a longtime friend of the Biden family. The ceremony will feature performances from prominent celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, and will wrap up with a benediction from Rev. Dr. Silvester Beaman.

In a stark contrast with previous presidential inaugurations, Trump and first lady Melania Trump will skip Wednesday's inauguration. But outgoing Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence will be in attendance along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. McConnell and McCarthy skipped Trump's departure ceremony and instead attended mass with Biden before the inauguration, while Pence was absent due to logistical issues.

Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton will also be at the inauguration, as will former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton.

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Brooklyn synagogue pulls off massive wedding and it’s apparently legal – New York Post

Posted By on January 20, 2021

A massive wedding for the son of a Hasidic grand rabbi took place in Brooklyn on Monday night amid the coronavirus pandemic but law enforcement authorities said the festivities were all legal.

Videos of the event posted on Twitter and circulating in the Jewish Orthodox community showed hundreds of maskless men and boys packed inside Congregation Shaarei Zion of Bobov in Borough Park.

The wedding ceremony itself took place in the synagogues parking lot and photos provided to The Postshowed a mass of black-clad guests standing shoulder to shoulder in front of the chuppah before the celebrations moved inside the temple.

A source said the nuptials of 18-year-old Shlomo Halberstam, the youngest son of the Bobov Rabbi Bentzion Halberstam drew guests from as far as Israel and London.

Bentzion Halberstam, 65, is the grand rabbi of the Bobov 48 Hassidic sect. Neither he nor the groom could be reached for comment.

New York City Sheriff Joe Fucito said both his department and the NYPD were aware of the festivities and monitored the event from outside.

Our assessment at this time is that the eventwas compliant with relevant guidelines, he said Tuesday.

The sheriffs office said that based on a recent court ruling, religious gatherings are allowed at 50 percent capacity, and that the synagogue in question has a capacity of 1,800.

The regulations state that attendees from different households must maintain six feet of physical distancing, and if unable to do so, must wear a face covering.

A law enforcement source said that there were multiple entrances for the indoor bash and fencesset up with tarps attached, limiting view.

From outside, deputies did not see any violations among guests. However, inside the synagogue, revelers flouted social distancing and mask-wearing, according to the footage.

The empty parking lot behind Congregation Shaarei Zion of Bobov in Borough Park before the wedding.

Thousands gather in the parking lot behind Congregation Shaarei Zion of Bobov in Borough Park for the wedding of the youngest son of Rabbi Benzion Halberstam.

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Activist Abby Stein who is related to the Halberstam family but did not attend the festivities posted some of the videos on Twitter Tuesday, writing: Family wedding, last night, in Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY.

I always loved, and still like, watching these, Stein wrote. I just wish it wasnt under such dangerous circumstances.

Asked about the lack of social distancing and mask-wearing amid the pandemic, she told The Post: I wish I was shocked.

Several other large-scale weddings have been held by other Hasidic sects in New York during the pandemic.

Last month, a Brooklyn synagogue held a jam-packed funeral for a rabbi, with up to an estimated 5,000 people cramming the house of worship. That same congregation had been stopped by the state from hosting a 10,000-guest wedding in October.

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Fake letter attributed to VP Harris warns DC synagogues they must close – The Jerusalem Post

Posted By on January 20, 2021

Synagogues in Washington, DC, are receiving a fake letter purported to be signed by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris warning them to close or they will go to prison.Myself and President Joe Biden, will shut down your Synagogue of worship and place heavy fines upon your religious institution, said the letter, according to an alert distributed Tuesday to Jewish institutions by Secure Community Network, the national Jewish group that advises institutions on security.

We will be in control in two weeks and we will shut you down, says the letter, which has a postmark from Albany, New York. This is your fair warning from me. [Washington] Mayor Muriel Bowser will have the authority from myself and President Biden to shut you down and take you to prison if you decide to open your doors.

The letter writer appears to hope to exploit anger by some Jewish institutions, especially among the Orthodox, at restrictions on in-person religious services.

Recipients have alerted law enforcement about the letter, according to SCN.

At this time, SCN is not aware of any specific, credible threats as it pertains to this document, the notice said.

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Sylvain Sylvain of the Proto-Punk New York Dolls Dies at 69 – The New York Times

Posted By on January 20, 2021

The band made a quick splash but within a few years had dissolved, leaving only two albums from its heyday, New York Dolls (1973) and the prophetically titled Too Much Too Soon (1974, the title borrowed from the autobiography of the actress Diana Barrymore). It produced no radio-friendly hits, but its fame grew after the fact. As Mr. Sylvain put it in his memoir, Theres No Bones in Ice Cream (2018, written with Dave Thompson), We were reborn as an historical precedent, year zero of punk, the Roanoke colonists of the new waves new world.

Mr. Murcia died of an overdose while the band was touring England in 1972. Johnny Thunders died in 1991. Jerry Nolan, who replaced Mr. Murcia and played on the albums, died in 1992. Mr. Sylvain continued to perform with his own groups and with Mr. Johansen after the Dolls dissolved. In 2004 he, Mr. Johansen and the other surviving member of the Dolls, the bassist Arthur Kane, reunited for the Meltdown Festival in London, but Mr. Kane died of leukemia soon after.

Mr. Sylvain once summed up the bands bittersweet arc.

It was like a race, and we were like horses, he said. The Dolls were the number-one horse. We were right there, like two seconds away from the finish line, and behind us were the Ramones, Kiss, the Dictators and Blondie, and the list goes on. Then we fell and broke our leg and the next guy won the race.

Sylvain Sylvain Mizrahi was born on Feb. 14, 1951, in Cairo. His father, David, a banker, was part of a family of Sephardic Jews originally from Turkey, and his mother, Marcelle, was of Syrian descent. The Suez Canal crisis of 1956, precipitated when Egypts president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, nationalized the canal, led to the familys emigration.

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