Meet New Jersey Boys Star and Recovering Chocoholic Joseph Leo Bwarie!

first_imgAge: 36 Hometown: Sherman Oaks, CA “My background is Lebanese and Syrian, which could definitely be confused for Italian—they’re all about loud talking and big meals.” “I was visibly shaking in my audition for Jersey Boys. The real Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio were there, and It was the scariest. Definitely the most nerve-wracking scenario I’ve ever been in.” “I come from a retail family, so after school, I’d work at my dad’s store. There are pictures of me there at four, and apparently I decided my main job was to eat all the chocolate in the candy aisle.” Jersey Boys “If I drink some milk, so what? If I have two drinks, so what? It’s gonna be fine. Frankie’s a singer and I’m a singer, and I just need to sing and do the songs justice. But do I yell and scream at a basketball game? No.” Joseph Leo Bwarie Related Shows Current Role:  A showstopping Broadway debut as pitch-perfect Four Seasons frontman Frankie Valli in the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys. Star Files View Comments from $59.00 “I played a homeless child on The Young and the Restless in the ‘80s. I sang ‘Imagine’ and I think it was Earth Day. Come on, it was a soap opera. John Lennon, homeless kid…it’s a tearjerker!” Stage Cred: Four years, 45 cities and over 1,000 performances as Frankie in the Jersey Boys national tour, originated the role of Chachi in the musical adaptation of Happy Days.last_img read more

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The short-term perks of renting

first_img 50SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derek San Filippo Derek is a freelance writer who spends his off time either working with his rescue animals or writing children’s books. He lives in San Diego with his beautiful wife … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details Most folks have the dream of owning their own home. They want that piece of land that belongs to them. That’s totally fine. But while being a homeowner might sound good, it might not make much sense considering where you might be, financially speaking. So, what are the benefits of renting? Are there any benefits at all? The short answer is yes. It might not be what someone wants in the long run, but the short-term perks of renting can potentially outweigh your interest in buying a home.MaintenanceThis is the biggest and easiest one to keep in mind. The 1 percent rule states that you should save at least 1 percent of the value of your home and set it aside for maintenance. So, if your house is valued at $580,000, you’ll need to set aside $5,800 a year. When you rent, all maintenance costs go to the landlord. If the dryer is busted, the landlord takes care of it. If the roof flew off in a freak storm, the landlord pays for it. All the pressure of finding the right repairman and covering costs suddenly vanish and you save $5,800 a year.No Property TaxesThere’s not much explanation needed here. If you’re a homeowner, you’re going to pay property tax. If you rent, you don’t. Property tax can be $4,000 or more annually, depending on your home’s value and the land. You’ll save potentially several thousand dollars a year by renting instead of owning.Insurance CostHomeowner’s Insurance is required if you’re going to purchase a home. On average, you’re looking at spending around $1,200 in homeowner’s insurance, depending on the value of your home. Renters can obtain renter’s insurance to cover their personal goods in the event of some sort of loss, like a fire. It does pretty much the same thing as homeowner’s, but only costs $12 – $20 a month, according to Investopedia.ConclusionTake a moment and consider the potential financial benefits you get now before jumping into buying a home. This is not meant to deter you from homeownership, but to educate and encourage to take a step back and think.last_img read more

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Neville backs Pellegrini

first_img And Neville, talking at a Budweiser Dream Goal event in Regent’s Park, believes keeping faith in Pellegrini would bring some much-needed stability to the Etihad Stadium. “I hope they don’t change manager,” he told Press Association Sport. “I hope that Manuel Pellegrini stays at Man City and I hope he is able to correct the things that have gone wrong in the last four months. “He used the term ‘garbage’ in recent weeks when discussing City’s form and four wins in 15 games for a club like Man City is not right and I hope he stays to correct the performances and can complete the job.” A 4-2 derby defeat to United last weekend leaves City fourth in the table, with qualification for next season’s Champions League not yet assured. Just six wins since the turn of the year has seen the club drop out of the FA Cup to Middlesbrough and come up short against Barcelona in Europe for the second season in succession. Neville feels some work on the side in the summer is required but reckons the type of wholesale changes being suggested may not be the way to go. “I don’t rule anything out – in football you don’t make wild predictions,” he said when asked if the current City team will struggle to get back to their best. Manuel Pellegrini should be given the chance to turn things around at Manchester City next season, according to Gary Neville. The former Manchester United defender has been critical of Pellegrini’s side in recent weeks as the reigning Premier League champions have seen their chances of retaining the crown slip following a dismal run of form and results. But, despite the Chilean being the favourite with many bookmakers to be the next managerial casualty and Jurgen Klopp available in the summer after announcing he is to leave Borussia Dortmund, it is understood City chiefs are not entertaining the idea of replacing Pellegrini at present. “These players aren’t finished, this team aren’t finished. There needs to be some renovation to their house – the people there know that, they don’t need me to tell them. “I have spoken a lot about City over the past months. I have praised them over the last three or four years and rightly so. Some of the football I have seen them play in that time has been the best and their players have been outstanding. “They have come to a time now where they have dropped below the standard they have set. They have set a standard I have watched, commentated on and been asked to speak about. I have enjoyed when I have watched them. But now, I’m not enjoying watching them.” Dietmar Hamann, meanwhile, believes Klopp would be the ideal candidate to succeed Pellegrini should City’s owners opt for a change in the dugout. “What Klopp has done at Dortmund is second to none. If there is a shortlist at City, he should be up there,” Hamann, who played for City between 2006 and 2009, told talkSPORT. “He is very well respected, he is articulate, and he speaks very good English. He doesn’t hold back – he says what he thinks. There are no guarantees with anyone but he deserves a shot at a top club in any country. “He has got the fire, because he is a bit younger than Pellegrini, to make him aware of what is at stake every weekend. “You have got to have a relationship with the players these days or you won’t succeed and he will be very good at that. He will be very good at getting players and people on board and that is why I think he would be a success. “As I said, there are no guarantees anywhere, but I think he has got more right to take over Manchester City than Pellegrini ever had.” :: Budweiser Dream Goal, a hunt to find the nation’s best amateur goal scorers – www.budweiser.co.uk/DreamGoal Press Associationlast_img read more

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