Last night, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts held a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester at The Capitol Theatre with Christina Bianco, George Porter Jr., Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and more. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a youth mentoring organization. By matching adult volunteers, “Bigs,” with children, “Littles,” facing adversity, they are able to accomplish their mission of “helping children reach and realize their potential.” Big Brothers Big Sisters of FSW provides at-risk children with strong, positive and enduring one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.As part of The Really Big Show, the musicians came together in this spirit of goodness. The beloved NOLA funk bassist joined forces with young musicians, guitarist Brandon Niederauer and drummer Jager Soss for two songs: “Be Careful Who You Idolize” by George Porter Jr & Runnin’ Pardners and “Voodoo Child” by Jimi Hendrix. You can watch their first performance together below, courtesy of Jon Hammer:Tonight, The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY will host JAM THE VOTE, featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band & The Blind Boys of Alabama in a multi-act, classic New Orleans-style jam session. Thirty-six hours before Election Day, the once-in-a-lifetime house band will create a “Night for the Soul.” And the special guests include Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros), Amayo (Antibalas), Amy Helm, Andy Falco (Infamous Stringdusters), Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), DJ Logic, Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello), Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Irma Thomas, Ivan Neville, Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Lee Fields, Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits), Matisyahu, Nicole Atkins, Questlove, Robert Randolph, Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Valerie June, Win Butler (Arcade Fire) and more! Free stream is available to those who pledge to vote. Find out more here.[Photo courtesy of Greg Horowitz]
continue reading » Following Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mark Calabria’s recent announcement that the agency plans to issue a re-proposed rule setting capital requirements for the Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac early next year, NAFCU’s Brad Thaler reiterated the association’s call for legislative action on housing finance reform in a letter to lawmakers.As the leading voice for credit unions with housing reform discussions, NAFCU has continuously advocated for the importance of maintaining credit unions’ unfettered access to the secondary mortgage market and has engaged with Calabria, other administration officials, and lawmakers on the issue.“NAFCU has long advocated for housing finance reform because the current conservatorship of the GSEs is unsustainable; however, certain legislative safeguards should first be adopted to preserve a level playing field for financial institutions of all sizes,” wrote Thaler, the association’s vice president of legislative affairs.In the letter, sent to members of the House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees, Thaler urged Congress to move “swiftly” to protect the ability of small lenders, such as credit unions, to obtain liquidity through mortgage loan sales to the GSEs. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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Syracuse (9-3) faces Texas Southern (1-9) in its final nonconference game of the season on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The second-ever meeting between these two teams will be broadcast on ESPNU.Read what our beat writers predict will happen in the game:Sam Blum (8-4)Syracuse 78, Texas Southern 52Holiday LeftoversSyracuse practiced on Christmas and enjoys a nice feast at the expense of Texas Southern on Sunday. The Orange finishes the nonconference season as it should, by picking apart a team that has won just one game this season. TSU has one of the worst defenses in college basketball, and lost by 20 to Clemson, the only other Atlantic Coast Conference foe on its schedule. Happy holidays.Jesse Dougherty (8-4)Syracuse 76, Texas Southern 57Southern comfort AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse hasn’t blown many teams out this season, but it collects its third straight lopsided win in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. The Tigers are a rare undersized, not-so-talented team that doesn’t hoist 3-pointers, making them an outside candidate to be effective against the Orange zone. Because of that, SU is stingy on defense and literally runs Texas Southern out of the stadium before turning its focus to Pittsburgh and the start of ACC play.Matt Schneidman (8-4)Syracuse 76, Texas Southern 54Mess with TexasThere’s a formula to beat the zone but Texas Southern doesn’t have it. The Tigers are a physically inferior team and one not exactly keen on hoisting from beyond the arc. Syracuse gets to double-digit wins with ease and it may be a bit misleading. But before a daunting ACC slate begins with Pittsburgh, the Orange will take a win however it comes. Comments Related Stories Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about Texas SouthernWhat we learned from Syracuse’s win over Montana State Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 26, 2015 at 7:33 pm